Congressman Aaron Schock begins listening tour

By Alyssa Donovan

Congressman Aaron Schock begins listening tour

August 6, 2013 Updated Aug 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM CDT

BLOOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The 113th Congress is on track to become the least productive in history with last month's Congressional approval rating at 15 percent.

Lawmakers are using their five-week summer recess to return to their home states to hear from constituents.

18th District Congressman Aaron Schock began a 14 day district-wide listening tour on Monday to hear the concerns of his constituents.

At his stop in Bloomington, Schock heard from members of the Bloomington Kiwanis.

"Well we're always concerned about Medicare you know being retired medicare and social security. So he updated us on what's going on with that," said Bloomington Kiwanis President Wilbert Davis.

Schock also fielded questions about Obamacare.

"As more and more people become aware as to what Obamacare means to them they're not happy with the law," said Schock. "Even the President now is pulling back on the enforcement of some of his law because he knows it won't work."

However, Obamacare is not the number one concern for members of the House.

Schock said the top priority among both Democrats and Republicans is the economy, including unemployment, tax reform and energy costs.

He said, after speaking with people in his district, they have expressed the same concerns.

"They're concerned about our growth in our economy the lack of jobs for them, their family their children," he said. "Unemployment has been too high for too long. That's what I hear when I travel the district and so what do we have to do to get our economy going. Well we have huge regulatory tax burdens, on entrepreneurs and businesses, on families right now."

Schock said if the tax code could be simplified and made more fair, people could keep more money in their pockets.

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