Staffers at Republican Representative Ron Kind's Janesville office were busy Friday writing down opinions from constituents on the proposed $700 billion financial bailout package before Congress.
At the offices of members of congress across Wisconsin, you and your neighbors are calling in, e-mailing, trying to make your opinion known, as your economy teters on a proverbial cliff.
Republicans and Democrats alike have been deluged this week, as people worried about their jobs, their homes, and their tax dollars weigh in. "We've probably had nearly 2,000 communications," Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin's spokesperson Jerilyn Goodman told 27 News. A spokesperson for Senator Herb Kohl told 27 News constituent contacts during the same time period pushed 5,000.
At Baldwin's Madison office, staff members entered notes on the many constituent communications into the office computer system. A report on the mood of the constituency is then prepared for Baldwin, as she ponders her direction in this evolving bail-out discussion.
At Republican congressman Paul Ryan's Janesville office, staff members said the sentiments of the e-mailers and callers border on unanimous. "I don't want my taxpayer dollars going for this bailout: short and sweet is the message we're getting," Ryan spokesperson Andy Speth told 27 News.
Staff members at congressional offices in Wisconsin told 27 News people appear to be more forceful and urgent about the proposed use of public funds to support failing financial giants, than on other issues.
At the government offices 27 News visited, the calls and e-mails tended to be lengthy.
A nationwide Associated Press poll found 30% support for the bail-out concept.
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