Tim Huelskamp

Tim Huelskamp


Huelskamp Grills VA Secretary


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, questioned the Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson during a hearing entitled, “Restoring Trust: The View of the Acting Secretary and the Veterans Community.” Following the hearing, Congressman Huelskamp released the following statement: “The VA has lost the trust of many Americans and neglected many Veterans. During today’s testimony, Secretary Gibson assured me—to the best of his knowledge—that we’ve seen the end of secret waiting lists, criminal data falsification, and the tragic, preventable deaths of dozens of Veterans.  But I believe only time will tell, as dozens of criminal investigations and audits are underway and perhaps hundreds more to follow.  The Secretary could not answer the fundamental question of how can we restore our nation’s trust in the VA—and how soon.  There is a long road ahead and yet, Kansas Veterans still don’t have the answers they deserve. “Just like the tragic VA scandals that shook the nation in 1970, throwing money at the VA won’t solve their problem.  Instead, a fundamental change in culture and real leadership from the President on down is the only way to provide the quality, timely care our Veterans deserve.  Rest assured, as an active member of the VA committee, I will continue to fight and protect our veterans, investigate whistleblower claims, and protect those who have come forward to shed light on the inadequate performance we’ve seen at the VA.”   To see Rep. Huelskamp’s full questioning of Secretary Gibson click below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KozJ6CWv0ac   Read More

Manhattan Student Chosen for Library of Congress Summer Internship Program


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Tim Huelskamp (K-S01) would like to congratulate First District student Katherine Andrews of Manhattan, Kansas, for being one of the 48 students selected to participate in the Library of Congress Junior Fellows program. Katherine, a student at the University of Kansas, is one of 900 applicants chosen to be a part of the program this year and will be interning in the Preservation Research and Testing Division. Today, the Junior Fellows Summer Interns, along with Library curators and specialists, presented rare items from the Library’s unique collection. Fellows are given the opportunity to travel through time via the Library’s rich collections of information in five categories: Collections Preservation, Geography and Maps, Humanities, Arts and Culture, Information Technology, Library Sciences, and Chemistry and Science. Representative Huelskamp issued the following statement: “Students like Katherine Andrews make me proud to represent the Big First District. This speaks volumes to others about the quality and importance that we place on the education of our children. This 10-week program gives eager students the chance to explore the depths of historical archives and is an unparalleled chance to gain insights into culture through the world’s largest archives.  Katherine’s work is commendable and with continued hard work she will continue to be recognized in Kansas and all over the US for her dedication.”     Read More

ICYMI Huelskamp Appears on C-SPAN


WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Representative Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss issues and scandals at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Following the broadcast, Congressman Huelskamp issued the following statement: “As I shared on C-SPAN this morning, I wish it were as easy as throwing money at the massive problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. But in order to ensure that our brave Veterans receive proper timely care, the problem is far deeper. Scandal after scandal at the VA has documented data manipulation, massive bonuses, irresponsible bureaucrats, and worst of all, Veterans who died because the system failed them. “The President must get personally involved and step up to address the issues our veterans are facing at his VA—it’s more than just appointing a new Secretary, Mr. President. Real reform at the VA begins with demanding a culture of accountability – not a culture of deception. They must replace the culture of intimidation and retaliation with real leadership that puts Veterans before bonuses and protects brave whistleblowers from retaliation.  Only when both President Obama and his likely new VA Secretary, Mr. McDonald, step up to address these fundamental and systemic failures at the VA can we truly improve the VA system and provide real choices for those Veterans who want and deserve quality care closer to home. “Rest assured, I will continue to push VA officials and demand quality care and timely access for our Veterans.” ### Read More

Federal Court Rules ObamaCare Tax Subsidies Unlawful


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled 2-1 that ObamaCare tax subsidies, a pillar of the scheme, are unlawful in the 36 states using federally-run insurance marketplaces. Rep. Tim Huelskamp issued the following statement: “President Obama and his administration have waived, changed, delayed or ignored the law 36 times. Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed what we already knew: ObamaCare is unworkable, unaffordable, and its very implementation by the IRS is likely unlawful. Members of Congress like myself have fought against this lawless behavior. We were right to do so, and we must continue to oppose ObamaCare until it can be repealed.” The 4th Circuit issued a separate decision today disagreeing with the DC Circuit.  This means that the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to hear the case and ultimately decide this issue of tax subsidies.  ### Read More

Call to Action


House Passes Huelskamp Supported bill to protect from EPA Overreach


Last night, the House of Representatives passed its annual Energy & Water appropriations bill by a vote of 253 to 170 with Congressman Huelskamp’s support. The bill included a provision that Congressman Huelskamp requested to stop attempts by the EPA and Corps of Engineers to re-write the Clean Water Act. It was a response to the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers proposal of a radical expansion of the terms ‘navigable waters’ and ‘waters of the United States’ earlier this spring.  Representative Huelskamp issued the following Statement: “This attempt at a massive regulatory expansion—by the Obama Administration in tandem with its environmentalist allies—is an extreme threat, particularly to America's farmers and ranchers. This Washington power grab would subject nearly all waters in the U.S. to EPA control, including those in road ditches, farm ponds, prairie potholes, swimming pools, water tanks, and rain puddles in Kansas and elsewhere. Last night’s passage shows the importance my colleagues and I see in protecting the private property rights of farmers and ranchers. By using our constitutional authority through this power of the purse, we can rein in out-of-control bureaucrats in Obama’s EPA and any other federal agency.” ### Read More

EPA to Drown Us with Water Rule House: Time to Ditch


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) took to the House Floor to voice support for defunding the ability of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA to enforce a proposed joint rule that would dramatically expand their control of water and properties across the U.S.  Representative Huelskamp released the following statement: “The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a radical redefinition of the terms ‘navigable waters’ and ‘waters of the United States.’  By adopting this rule, these Washington's bureaucrats would dramatically expand their regulatory control.  This massive regulatory expansion -by the Obama Administration in tandem with its environmentalist allies - is an extreme threat, particularly to America's farmers and ranchers. “This massive power grab would subject nearly all waters in the U.S. to EPA control, including those in road ditches, farm ponds, prairie potholes, swimming pools, water tanks, and rain puddles in Kansas and elsewhere. “Only in Washington would bureaucrats try to define standing water in a ditch surrounded by prairie land (like that pictured above) as water capable of navigation.  It’s time for the Administration to Ditch the Rule, and until then this Congress should not allow the Administration to spend one penny to advance it.” Representative Huelskamp has remained at the forefront of the fight against over-regulation issues throughout his time in Congress. He has introduced and supported numerous bills and defunding amendments to stop the Obama Administration from implementing many of their job-killing regulatory excesses and burdens. Click here to view the Congressman’s Floor Speech   ### Read More

Huelskamp: It is a Good Day for Religious Liberty


WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on the Obamacare HHS mandate. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood fought to uphold their religious liberties in an attempt to address one of the gravest threats to the First Amendment in recent generations. Representative Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) released the following statement: “Today’s ruling in favor of American’s Constitutional rights is a victory for religious liberty, the very soul of the Constitution.  If Obama and Sebelius had their way, Americans of a multitude of faiths would have been forced to violate their consciences and pay for abortion-causing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilizations. This landmark decision upholds our nation’s most deeply held tradition – that Americans cannot be forced by the Government to violate their own faith – thereby protecting the beliefs of the Hahns’ and the Greens’ families that life begins at conception. “The First Amendment, indeed the entire Constitution, should be protected from the radical anti-religious liberty agenda of the Obama Administration. I applaud the Supreme Court for protecting religious beliefs, and I call on President Obama to go even further and eliminate this HHS mandate. Only by doing so can we protect the most cherished of all American freedoms and the heart and soul of our Constitution." Read More

10th Circuit Decides Against Marriage and Family


WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) made the following statement concerning the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in (Kitchen V. Herbert). “With this decision, two radical judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals have far exceeded their constitutional authority. Contrary to a clear ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor, these two lawyers invented a brand new constitutional ‘right’ and overruled the express opinion of nearly three million American voters and their elected representatives.  Similar to unelected federal judges elsewhere in America, these two lawyers have ignored the Supreme Court and invalidated Section 2 of the Defense of Marriage Act which clearly protects ‘the State’s power in defining the marital relation.’ In typical liberal fashion, what those who seek to destroy marriage can’t win in the court of public opinion, they seek to impose through unelected and unaccountable judges with lifetime appointments. “Citizens in Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado, in addition to my home state of Kansas, exercised their clear power and authority by overwhelmingly passing constitutional protections for traditional marriage.  As the author of the Kansas Marriage Protection Amendment, I am incensed that two lawyers in Denver, Colorado believe they can overrule 70% of Kansas, plus strong majorities in Utah, and Colorado.  Additionally at one time every single state in the 10th Circuit had statutory protections for traditional marriage – protections these two lawyers have effectively invalidated in all six states. “Decades of research on families, combined with centuries of human experience, all agree children do best when they have a married mom and dad in the home. By substituting their personal biases for sound legal reasoning, these two attorneys are harming marriage, families, and most important, our children.”     ### Read More

Huelskamp Fights for Marriage at March


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) served as a featured speaker for the National Organization for Marriage’s March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. Congressman Huelskamp was joined in speaking by Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Rick Santorum, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, among others. The event was held to support traditional marriage and highlight the tremendous public support of marriage between a man and a woman. Representative Huelskamp issued the following statement: “I consider it a great honor to speak and participate at this year’s March with my family. Despite what the Obama Administration and liberal media would like us to believe, the American people know that every child deserves a mom and a dad. The institution of marriage holds a society together—and the people, not a group of activist unelected judges, have spoken. “Last June I introduced the Marriage Protection Amendment (HJ Res. 51), a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. President Obama has made it clear that he is waging war on religious liberty—he is waging war on the family—he is waging war on the future of our children. The thousands that have gathered today to say enough is enough, Mr. President. As a member of Congress, I will continue to fight and defend our families and our children.   ### Read More

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Congressman Tim Huelskamp (HYUELS-camp) was elected to his first term as a United States Representative in November 2010. In the 113th Congress he represents Kansas’ First Congressional District, known as the “Big First.”

Congressman Huelskamp was born near and raised on the family farm in Fowler, Kansas. Pioneered by his grandparents Martin and Clara in 1926, the farm operation includes raising corn, cattle, wheat, milo, soybeans and kids. There he learned the value of hard work and personal responsibility, a strong family life and the essentials of his Catholic Christian faith.

Congressman Huelskamp attended elementary and high school in Fowler, where he was a Farm Bureau Youth Leader, a member of St. Anthony’s Parish, and active in both 4-H and Future Farmers of America.

Following high school, Congressman Huelskamp attended a seminary in Santa Fe, New Mexico and pursued his bachelor’s degree in social science education at the College of Santa Fe.

After his undergraduate education, Congressman Huelskamp accepted a scholarship to pursue doctoral studies at The American University in Washington, D.C. In four years he obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science with a specialization in agriculture policy.

During his time at American University, Congressman Huelskamp met his wife, Angela, and together they were active in assisting women in crisis pregnancies. Additionally, Tim was busy as a college instructor teaching public policy and working as a statistical analyst.

Upon graduation, Congressman and Mrs. Huelskamp turned down various job offers and decided to return home to farm, ranch and raise a family in Fowler. Before coming to Congress, he was first elected to the Kansas Senate in 1996, the youngest senator elected in twenty years. Tim was re-elected by his constituents three times by wide margins – 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Congressman and Mrs. Huelskamp are the proud parents of four adopted children: Natasha, Rebecca, Athan and Alexander. Both girls are from Haiti, while the two boys were already Americans. Tim enjoys working in his church and remains involved as a lector and usher. He also continues to enjoy involvement in various civic organizations, hunting, playing sports with his kids, and reading with the family. Meanwhile, Angela continues to work promoting and fostering adoptions.

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