AUSTIN (KXAN) - Many local politicians said their offices will stay afloat during the partial government shutdown to answer comments, questions and concerns.
"Congressman Smith believes that ensuring his constituents' needs are met and views are heard is an essential operation of our office," said an aid for U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican representing the 21st district, which encompasses parts of Hays and Travis counties as well as all of Gillespie and Blanco counties.
"We'll have all hands on deck for this latest Republican-manufactured mess to help steer neighbors through this completely avoidable crisis," said U.S. Rep Lloyd Doggett. , D-Austin.
"It won't be soon enough," the veteran lawmaker added. "This is really a problem for many families. Our federal workforce bears the brunt but it begins to impact small businesses that have a loan pending and so many others."
On his website, Doggett said that his Austin office location at 300 East Eighth St. #763 Federal Building will remain open. His offices in Washington and San Antonio will also stay open and are "ready to be responsive."
Doggett represents the 35th district, encompassing parts of Travis, Caldwell, and Hays counties.
U.S. Rep. Roger Williams' office said its Cleburne, Austin and D.C. offices will remain open and that people can call or email. Williams represents the 25th district, which includes parts of Travis and Hays counties and all of Burnet and Lampasas counties.
Congressman Ruben Hinojosa's office says all staff will continue to work without pay and "continue to serve our constituents as best we can." He represents the 15th district.
Congressman Michael Conaway represents the 11th district, which includes Llano, San Saba, and Mason counties.
Congressman John Carter represents the 31st district, including all of Williamson County.
Congressman Michael McCaul represents the 10th district, which includes parts of Travis, Bastrop, and Lee counties as well as all of Fayette County.
Congressman Blake Farenthold represents the 27th district, which includes parts of Bastrop and Caldwell counties.
Congressman Bill Flores represents the 17th district, encompassing Travis, Bastrop, and Lee counties as well as all of Milam County.
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