Kansas’ Congressman Tim Huelskamp must be crazy! He refuses to raises taxes on the majority of those who can pay and then makes the poorest 79% of Americans pay for this oversight or stupidity?
I hope you and your family enjoyed the Independence Day weekend. As I mentioned in last week’s email, I took part in two parades – one in Hays and another in Hutchinson. It was great to see many familiar and new faces! What an honor to serve as your representative in the greatest country in the world!
Tackling America’s Debt & Deficits
Likely this week you read or saw the news about the discussions (more like arguments) taking place on the debt limit. Though I am not a part of the formal negotiations taking place – they involve only the President and House and Senate leadership – I do feel strongly about what is being discussed and hope that the solution is one that gets to the root of the problem: overspending.
The one key approach that must be considered is “Cut, Cap, Balance.” Cut the deficit this year. Limit future spending with enforceable budget caps. And PASS a Balanced Budget Amendment through Congress…and then I might consider a debt ceiling increase. I am joined in my support by dozens of other Members of Congress in both the House and the Senate. I discussed this idea on MSNBC on Thursday morning:
Congressman Huelskamp on MSNBC
Click image to view MSNBC interview
Taking on any more debt must be accompanied with a clear, concise, and actionable plan to make sure we never find ourselves in this spot again. I look forward to the House voting on a balanced budget amendment later this month, and am excited to hear that there is growing support for it in the Senate. 49 of the 50 states have to balance their budgets; why shouldn’t Washington do the same?
Washington’s inability to tackle its fiscal problems has consequences. This failure is probably felt most by the more than 14 million Americans who are out of work – and hundreds of thousands more who have quit looking. On Thursday, the Labor Department announced that for the 13th straight week, more than 400,000 new unemployment claims were filed. On Friday, we learned that the unemployment rate grew to 9.2%. Only when Washington’s spenders, excessive borrowers, regulators, and bureaucrats undo the harmful environment for job creation they have established, will American entrepreneurs have the confidence they need in order to hire.
Funding the Department of Defense
In addition to the ongoing debates taking place on raising the debt limit, the House considered the 2012 Department of Defense Authorization bill. I offered a successful amendment that will prevent the U.S. Navy from carrying out an April 2011 internal directive that would allow chaplains to perform same-sex marriages on military bases in states where same-sex marriages are legal.
Of course many problems would arise if this directive were allowed to prevail. One, the military is supposed to be about uniformity and conformity, yet this directive allows for same-sex marriage depending on where the military base is located. Two, the religious freedom of chaplains is at stake: what about those who refuse to perform same-sex marriages? Three, when “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed last year, Americans were told that federal laws would prevail; this law allows liberal state laws to supersede federal laws on military bases.
Congressman Huelskamp on House Floor
Click the video to view the introduction of the amendment.
Upcoming Work Week Schedule & Satellite Office Hours
On Monday, July 18, 2011, I will host two town hall meetings. If you are in or around these towns, please take the time to stop by and share your thoughts:
9:00am – 10:00am
Fowler Town Hall (Meade County)
Fowler Senior Center – 310 N Church, Fowler
11:00am – 12:00pm
Dodge City Town Hall (Ford County)
The Depot Theater Company, Dining Room – 201 E Wyatt Earp Blvd, Dodge City
The House will now be in session July 19-22, meaning that the town halls originally scheduled in St. Francis, Atwood, and Seneca that week will be rescheduled for a later date and time.
In addition to town hall meetings, my staff will be hosting satellite office hours in a number of communities in the next few weeks. During these satellite office hours, constituent services representatives will be available to hear Kansans’ opinions, ideas, and concerns about issues being debated in Washington. They will also be available to help constituents who need assistance with federal agencies and programs, including Social Security, Medicare, Veterans’ Affairs, and visas.
The full schedule is also available at http://huelskamp.house.gov/events.
Guests in the Office
Thanks to those who stopped by the D.C. office this week to meet with staff and me, including: Janet Splitter, Executive Director of ElderCare Inc. in Great Bend, Linda Black, Food Service Supervisor of ElderCare, Inc., and Michelle Morgan, Executive Director of the Northwest KS Area Agency on Aging, who were here representing the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs; Randy Crawford, Aegis, from Lenexa, discussing veteran-owned small business issues; and five students here as part of the National Civic Youth Leadership Conference: Jennifer Crist, Lincoln; Jena Ernsting, Hays; Lauren Mountford, Colby; Kevin VonFeldt, Larned; and Larissa Liggett, Tescott.
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