Congressman Roger Marshall makes Emporia stop before visiting family for Thanksgiving Featured

Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall stopped at the KVOE studios on Wednesday after touring Empria's Hostess facility. Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall stopped at the KVOE studios on Wednesday after touring Empria's Hostess facility. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

For Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall, the Thanksgiving week has meant a trip to see relatives in El Dorado -- and a stop in Emporia to catch up with friends and visit one of the city's biggest employers.

Marshall and his wife got a tour of the Hostess facility, something he says both have wanted to do for a long time. Following the tour, Marshall stopped at the KVOE studios for an interview. He says he heard several concerns from Hostess management, including the lack of available employees and increasing health care costs, so he's working on different policy adjustments to help.

Marshall says policy discussions in Congress, however, have all been shelved during the current round of impeachment proceedings. He calls it "the most frustrating time" in his career as a lawmaker, which may be changing chambers if voters approve. Marshall is among the most well-known candidates for the Senate seat opening up when longtime Senator Pat Roberts retires next year, and he says the campaign is going well so far.



One of the issues Marshall would like to see resolved before next year's election is trade. Marshall says it's important for the United States to finalize an agreement with China as battle over tariffs continues, but he says "the first domino to fall" should actually the ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada, or USMCA, agreement -- partly because of the North American trade volume already in place and partly because China has been a "horrible" trade partner through the years -- albeit one with "tremendous upside."

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