Congressman Gregg Harper makes a stop in Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - While Congress is on break, U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper made a stop in Meridian to meet with constituents. Newscenter 11 caught up with him talking with students in Meridian Community College's Phil Hardin Honors College Tuesday.

"These are bright young people that give us hope for our own future, and for the future of our state and country," says Harper.

"I think it's important for our students to be aware of politics, and just to expose them to a life outside of what we have in our community," says Cathy Parker, who is the co-director for the honors college. "I think things like having the congressman speak to them will help them grow."

Tuesday's stop was one of several for this day and this week for the congressman. Before returning to Washington on Monday, Harper says members of Congress are spending a few days meeting with constituents in their home states.

"Each member has their district to cover when they're not in D.C. So, I've got 24 counties in my district," says Harper.

Happy to be at home for now, Congressman Harper says he's also anxious to get back to Washington where there's a lot of work to do.

"It's like nothing I've seen," says Harper. "It's certainly very intense right now in Washington and it's been difficult."

Citing 16 acts that have been signed into law, which he says roll back regulatory burdens and help with things such as veterans' affairs and missile defense, Congressman Harper says next on the agenda is tax reform, which he supports.

"That's a critical issue for us to get through, and I think that we'll get it passed in the House probably within the next six weeks or so. Then hopefully the Senate can pick it up. Let's get that done before the end of the year and move on."

Harper represents Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District. He was first elected to Congress in 2008. His district covers 24 counties.