The 40 demonstrators picketed outside Luetkemeyer's Jefferson City office and also delivered a so-called "cease and desist order" to members of his staff. Allison Dreith is with the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition, the group that sponsored the demonstration.
Missouri has joined a growing list of states looking to reopen national parks within their borders as the federal government shutdown continues.
In a statement released late Friday, Governor Jay Nixon (D) says he's directed members of his staff to put together a proposal for reopening National Park Service sites in Missouri, including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park. He calls the two sites "national treasures" that draw millions of tourists every year and "generate significant economic activity."
A deadline has been extended for some Illinois state retirees to submit certain health insurance documents because of the federal government shutdown.
Recipients of various state health insurance programs need to provide IRS documents by a late October deadline in order to prove that their dependents should still be eligible to receive state health insurance coverage. But as the federal shutdown drags on, the transcripts aren't being released by the IRS.