Keynote speaker District 8 United States Congressman Dr. Larry Bucshon was unable to attend the event because he had to remain in Washington, D.C.
District Director Justin Groenert read a letter from Bucshon to the more than 100 guests at the dinner.
"As you are well aware, I am still in Washington, D.C. representing our voice and fighting to cut spending and fully fund our troops. I am still here this evening because of the failure of the Democrat controlled Congress to pass a budget for fiscal year 2011."
Washington politicians aren't the only ones having difficulty.
On Feb. 22, all but two of the Indiana Legislature's 40 House Democrats staged a "walk out" in an attempt to delay action on bills concerning collective bargaining rights. After five weeks of self-imposed exile, the democrats returned to work on March 28.
State Representatives Bob Heaton (Indiana District 46), Jim Baird (District 44) and District 37 State Senator Richard Bray spoke to the crowd about the recent problems in Indiana.
"I took an oath Nov. 16 to represent all of Indiana's citizens," Heaton said. "I will be there to represent district 46 or 44, where ever our citizens live. This is about representing the people. Staying in touch with the people, representing them and their wishes. We can and will get the job done."
Baird agreed, but also pointed out it's been somewhat difficult.
"It's really nice to see an audience with friendly faces," Baird told the crowd with a chuckle. "I've sort of gotten accustomed to being in a room with only 60 people. If you didn't notice, 40 of them have been sort of missing lately."
Bray stressed to the audience the importance of legislators doing the people's business.
"One thing we have to do, we have to pass a budget," Bray said. "I don't know what we would have done or what would have happened if there was no budget in July. Personally, I don't even want to think about it."
Bray also talked about the budget issues facing all Americans at the national level.
"There should have been a budget passed in October, when the Democrats had control of the House, the Senate and the White House," Bray said. "But they couldn't do it."
He went on to praise Indiana's leadership.
"I don't always agree with him, but Gov. Mitch Daniels has shown guts and fiscal responsibility by keeping the state of Indiana solid without raising taxes. It's been a while since we have had a governor do that," Bray said. "We've done extremely well. As a state, we've been able to live within our means, our budget. Not too many (states) can say that."