MOUNT VERNON — On Wednesday, students in the Advanced Placement government classes at Mount Vernon High School got a first-hand account of how government works on the national level when Congressman Bob Gibbs visited the school.
He said he was happy to be able to talk with the students, to share his experiences and describe his work on various Congressional committees.
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“You guys are going to run the country someday,” Gibbs said. “You need to be aware of these issues today. … Don’t burn bridges. Opportunities might come up that you never thought about. Remember, things change and develop throughout your lives. Keep your eyes open.”
Gibbs also spoke briefly about the government’s deficit spending, explained the difference between discretionary and mandatory spending, and stressed the need for tax policy changes.
In response to questions from students, Gibbs explained his average work day in Washington, D.C., talked about his relationship with other representatives and defined success in the job.
“What’s most rewarding,” he said, “is being able to help constituents.”