The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading advocate for small businesses, awarded Huelskamp with its biennial Guardian of Small Business Award for his outstanding support of America’s small business owners in the 114th Congress.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the NFIB for my fight for small businesses, the biggest driver of our economy,” Huelskamp said.
“Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business owners who is really fighting for them,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Based on his voting record, Rep. Huelskamp is one of the most reliable advocates for small business in Washington.”
The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most prestigious award. It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners. NFIB tracks the votes of every member of Congress. House members and Senators who vote with NFIB members at least 70 percent of the time are eligible for the Guardian Award.
Huelskamp received a 100 voting record during the 114th Congress.
“NFIB is honored to present Rep. Huelskamp with this award,” Duggan said.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp receives his NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award.Read More
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) was the first co-sponsor of the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act when Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller introduced it this summer. It passed Wednesday evening with overwhelming support in the House (301-116).
“At a committee hearing last year, the VA publicly admitted to me it was too difficult to fire bad employees. The situation is so dire that dozens of blatantly negligent employees and convicted criminals continue to work at the VA with zero consequences for their behavior.
“This bill provides necessary solution to a problem that has plagued the VA and other agencies for a long time,” Huelskamp said. “This bill places more authority, and therefore more responsibility, on the VA Secretary to fire bad VA employees quickly.”
The bill will expand the VA Secretary’s removal authority to cover all VA employees and speed up the removal process.
“It might not be talked about too much around here -- but inside Washington everyone knows there is no accountability in the civil service. A recent nonpartisan Government Accountability office study found on average it takes six months to a year – and often longer – to remove a bad bureaucrat in Washington! That’s far too long for someone who has committed a heinous crime or is just not putting his or her interests ahead of our Veterans.
“I hope this will create a cultural shift in the VA. Until that happens, we will continue to see headlines about VA employees dealing heroin to patients, operating on patients while drunk, keeping their job despite an armed robbery charge, and giving years of paid leave to bad doctors. And we can all agree that our Veterans deserve better.”Read More
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) today stood with Congressman John Fleming as they introduced another motion to hold IRS Commissioner John Koskinen accountable for his actions. Huelskamp made the following statement:
“The American people were rightly outraged when the IRS targeted conservative organizations seeking to exercise their First Amendment rights. Commissioner Koskinen was hired to clean up the mess at the IRS. Instead, he obstructed, covered up and lied.
“President Obama has been unwilling to do the right thing and fire the Commissioner. If Congress is unwilling to exercise its Constitutional powers and hold Commissioner Koskinen accountable, the House and the Senate will merely continue down the path to becoming obsolete.
“Conservatives have been laying out the case in an intense, systematic way for months, and it is time for all Republicans to join us and stand with the American people. No one, especially a high-ranking Washington official, should be above the law. It is time for Congress to do what it should have done long ago – hold someone in the Obama Administration accountable."Read More
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) issued the following statement in response to an announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) has been officially removed from the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife:
“This announcement formalizes our big victory earlier this year when USFWS announced their plans to remove the LPC from the endangered species list.
“However, we must remain vigilant because the future intentions of the USFWS remain unclear. This is why I successfully partnered with my House colleagues to include language prohibiting any enforcement of any LPC listing in the text of the Interior Appropriations bill that passed the House last week.
“And as a fifth-generation farmer, I am happy to report that, as we predicted, the end of the drought has brought about a significant increase in the LPC in western Kansas.”
Previous to this announcement, Congressman Huelskamp has been involved in a long list of efforts to stop listing of the LPC:
Larned’s Gary Hiestand is struggling through tough times, but it was the perfect time to celebrate his military service at American Legion Post 106.
Thanks to the Dream Foundation, Gentiva Hospice and his daughters’ work, Hiestand’s service in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1960 in San Diego and Honolulu was celebrated Friday at the Larned American Legion Post 106.
“This brings tears to my eyes,” said Hiestand, who is assisted by Hospice care through Gentiva Hospice of Hutchinson. “I thank everybody here.”
Hiestand is a charter member of American Legion Post 106.
The Dream Foundation in Santa Barbara, Calif. donated a specialized hearing device. Ariel Newcomb said Gentiva applied for Dream Foundation assistance more than six months ago.
“At home, when the kids are visiting, I can hear really good with it. The hearing aid really helps,” Hiestand said.
The Dream Foundation created Dreams for Veterans in 2014 to tailor the dream experience for veterans and their families. Dream recipients who served from World War II to those who currently serve on active duty, or in the reserves are eligible for assistance.
Dreams for Veterans recognizes veterans and honors their service by fulfilling their final dream, providing inspiration, comfort and closure near the end of their lives.
Wayne Bollig, Kansas Veterans Affairs deputy director, and U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp honored Hiestand with special awards Friday afternoon.
Bollig presented Hiestand with a Dream Foundation challenge coin as a token of gratitude for his military service. A basket of “goodies,” was also provided to remember his special day.
“Gary is the recipient of a Dream Foundation wish request. They’ve already delivered the hearing mechanism,” Bollig said. “These are things to remember this day and you just let you know we’re all thinking of you.”
Hiestand said, “I’ll remember it. Don’t worry.”
Bollig read a letter from Governor Sam Brownback:
“On behalf of the great state of Kansas, I’m pleased to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your service to this country. I hope this special hearing aid from the Dream Foundation allows you to hear your TV and conversations with family and friends.
“Thank you for your service in the U.S. Navy. I am proud to serve Kansans such as yourself. You had to sacrifice many things. I commend you for the courage and strength to shoulder that burden. You have the thanks of the entire state of Kansas for your dedication protecting our nation.”
Congressman Huelskamp provided a U.S. flag that has been flown over the U.S. Capitol for Hiestand.
“It’s an honor to be here today,” Huelskamp said. “I was touched by your letter to the Dream Foundation. We thank you for your service for your time in the Navy. It’s an inspirational story to hear what the Dream Foundation has done for you.”
“I will fly that flag at my home every day,” Hiestand said.Read More
Today Congressman Huelskamp was pleased to welcome Chairwoman Hartzler to Fort Riley and highlight why Fort Riley is a critical, unique, and strategic asset to the Army.
“I was once again impressed by Fort Riley. For the needs of the 21st century defense of America, there’s nothing like Fort Riley’s unique, mission-critical capabilities. In an increasingly turbulent world, it was an honor to join Chairwoman Hartzler on her visit to highlight the training and other capacities at Ft. Riley that prepare our brave men and women in uniform to take on ISIS and other enemies."
Huelskamp attended briefings with Chairwoman Hartzler and learned about the high frequency of deployments out of Fort Riley and what sets Fort Riley apart: the training ground around the Fort that allows excellent training to occur near the troops, the state-of-the-art facilities at Fort Riley, and the tremendous local community and regional support.
Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s 4th Congressional District and serves as the Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations as well as on the Readiness Subcommittee.
"It was such a pleasure to visit Rep. Huelskamp's district and see firsthand our Army's excellence in training. I appreciated all that I learned about the 1st Infantry Division and will certainly use those data points in future discussions on our military readiness. It's an honor to have Big Red One just across the border from Missouri's 4th District and I look forward to working with Rep. Huelskamp in the future to ensure the 1ID is well equipped and ready to deploy."
Following Hartzler’s visit, Congressman Huelskamp had the opportunity to visit personally with 1st Infantry Division soldiers leaving for training in California.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp and Commanding General Wayne W. Grigsby have a conversation with Chairwoman Vicky Hartler before the Fort Riley tour and briefings.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler listen to a briefing with senior leadership at Fort Riley
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) supported the FY2017 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and related agencies. It passed the House 231-196 on Thursday afternoon.
This legislation cuts EPA funding by $164 million and removes over $43 million from the EPA’s efforts to enforce burdensome regulations. Most important, this bill includes language requested by Congressman Huelskamp to prohibit the Obama Administration from enforcing the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and puts a stop to any further efforts on Lesser Prairie Chicken regulation.
Huelskamp issued the following statement:
“The Clean Water Act was never intended to allow Washington to regulate every road ditch, farm pond, prairie pothole, swimming pool, water tank, and rain puddle. And concern over a bird should not be used to suppress our economy. We must rein in the power that is being usurped by the Obama Administration. This follows our legislation the House passed this week to restore the separation of powers that our Founders prescribed in the Constitution.”
The bill also prohibited the EPA from implementing new, expansive, scientifically-questionable greenhouse gas regulations for new and existing power plants.
Congressman Huelskamp rebuked the EPA for their mistreatment of those in rural America: “The EPA has done so much damage to our rural way of life, by attacking my fellow farmers, ranchers, and those in our oil and gas industries that fuel our economy. I am proud to support this legislation to curtail Obama’s abuse of executive power.”Read More
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) joined Representative John Fleming (LA-04) to offer a privileged motion on the floor of the House of Representatives to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. The goal of this motion is simple: force members of Congress to vote on impeaching Commissioner Koskinen.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was supposed to reform the IRS after the scandal regarding the targeting of conservative groups years ago. Koskinen has failed to reform the IRS, failed to follow the legal requirements to preserve and hand over evidence in the targeting investigation, perjured himself in sworn testimony to Congress, and hid critical information from Congress. In fact, under his leadership, the IRS erased 422 backup tapes with as many as 24,000 emails.
“Time after time, Obama and those in his Administration have gotten away with behavior that would result in the rest of us getting fired or thrown in prison. Just last week, the Administration gave Hillary Clinton a free pass despite her criminal conduct.
“Congress has held countless congressional hearings on the impeachable offenses of Koskinen -- but there have been zero consequences for his behavior. It is time for him to be impeached and removed,” Huelskamp said. “This action was necessary to bring national attention to this disgrace and to impeach and remove at least one Obama Administration official.
“No one should be above the law in America, especially the head of an agency that has harassed and threatened so many Americans. These folks work for us. They should not lie to us, destroy evidence in investigations, or hide it from us.”Read More
On Wednesday, the Conscience Protection Act, a bill cosponsored by Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), passed the House. The Conscience Protection Act would ensure that no American is forced to pay for abortion coverage in their healthcare plan or participate or refer for abortions against their conscience.
On the House floor, Huelskamp spoke in favor of the prolife legislation: “No American should be forced to participate in an abortion or be coerced to purchase a healthcare plan that includes abortion.”
On the passage of the legislation Huelskamp made the following statements:
“We all know that President Obama has a record of lawlessness. Now his Administration is ignoring clear federal law and is instead allowing California to force pro-life Americans and churches to pay for abortion. I am appalled by this shocking attack on conscience rights, yet not surprised. For nearly 8 years any time the President does not like a law, he simply ignores it.
“No one should be forced to participate in the gruesome act of abortion and no entity, especially a church, should be forced to violate their deeply held beliefs and pay for abortion. It is an outrage – it is a violation of the 1st Amendment – and it is simply wrong. I am grateful that the House passed our bill, and I urge the Senate to act immediately on this important piece of legislation.”
Every year since 2004, Congress has passed the Weldon Amendment as part of the Labor Health and Human Services spending bill. The Weldon Amendment ensures that the government cannot discriminate against any entity based solely on the fact that they do not provide abortions or abortion coverage. However, states such as California have mandated that ALL healthcare plans, even those offered by churches and other religious institutions, must include elective abortion coverage in their plan benefits. This is a clear violation of federal law and a blatant attack on conscience rights. Yet, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a statement refusing to enforce the law and allowing California to continue on with this illegal, un-American mandate.
The Conscience Protection Act would make the Weldon Amendment permanent in federal law and ensure that Americans discriminated against by their government because of being pro-life have a private right of action and are able to have their day in court.Read More
On Tuesday, The Separation of Powers Restoration Act, a bill cosponsored by Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), passed the House. The Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA) seeks to restore the balance of power among the three branches as the Constitution dictates.
In 1984, the Supreme Court established the Chevron Deference, which gives agencies in the executive branch authority to interpret “ambiguous” laws.
“Obama has used this ruling to undermine the separation of powers and unleash ‘swarms of Officers to [harass] our people, and eat out their substance,’ the same charge the Declaration of Independence made against King George III. Obama has wielded it to further his agenda against the American people, especially against rural farmers and ranchers,” Huelskamp said.
Under this extreme ruling, unelected bureaucrats and Administration appointees were essentially given a green light to rewrite the laws passed by Congress. SOPRA, however, overturns Chevron and places the power to create and interpret law back into the hands of Congress, thus restoring the proper balance of power as outlined in the Constitution.
“For seven years, Obama’s unelected bureaucrats have usurped power from Congress. Elected lawmakers in Congress should make law, not unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. SOPRA will restore the balance of powers, and most important, protect our Constitution.
“I am pleased that our legislation to rein in the bureaucracy has passed the House and that it will ultimately put the power back in the hands the people, where it belongs,” Huelskamp said.
“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judicia[l] in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny” (James Madison, Federalist No. 51, 1788).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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