Newly elected Democratic Kansas Congresswoman Sharice Davids says her top priority is reopening the government.
In a speech Friday at a Kansas City, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce forum, Davids called the partial government shutdown “completely unacceptable.” She said she would push for back wages for furloughed government workers and low-wage contractors.
There are nearly 19,000 federal employees in the Kansas City area, where her district is located.
Davids also announced she is opening an office in Wyandotte County. She previously said she would maintain the office in neighboring Johnson County’s Overland Park that had housed former 3rd District U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder’s staff.