Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) today announced that he has received the “Hero of Main Street” award from the National Retail Federation for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry. Huelskamp is part of a bi-partisan group honored for their support of a wide range of issues including international trade, infrastructure investment, tax reform and labor issues.
Huelskamp said the following: “I am proud to stand with Main Street retailers against Obama and his burdensome taxes and over-regulations. We need to push back against Obama and give our small businesses fighting chance at survival. They are critical to the growth of our economy and in families around the First District.”
“Huelskamp has shown through his support that he cares about retailers big and small, and values the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Huelskamp is an advocate for his thriving Main Street and to the long-term growth the retail industry -- our nation’s largest job creators and the catalyst for continued growth and opportunity for our nation’s economy.”
The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013 to recognize members of Congress for support of the retail industry’s public policy priorities. Eligibility is based on NRF’s Retail Opportunity Index, bill sponsorship and advocacy to advance the industry’s priorities. The “heroes” have supported policies and initiatives defined by NRF that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.comRead More
Congressman Tim Huelskamp voted today for the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, which passed the House of Representatives 247-177.
For television and radio reporting, please find audio HERE.
Congressman Huelskamp issued the following statement:
“Ensuring our men and women at Fort Riley have the tools and support necessary to defend our country is vital. This bill rejects President Obama’s indiscriminate cuts to our military and makes strategic decisions to ensure our soldiers have the necessary equipment, training, and support.
“I was pleased to halt Obama’s drawdown in military strength and maintain a strong, active Army both at Fort Riley and elsewhere.
“Despite Obama’s budget request to reduce the projected military pay raise, this legislation keeps in place a 2.1% pay raise. Our armed forces, particularly the enlisted soldiers stationed at Fort Riley, deserve to receive the pay raise they are entitled to by law.
“I have worked with members of the Kansas delegation over the last six months to fight the White House plans to transfer terrorists at Guantanamo Bay to Fort Leavenworth. For the safety and security of our country, we cannot allow these dangerous terrorists to be transferred to Kansas or elsewhere on the mainland. As I have done every year in Congress, I supported language forbidding the closing Guantanamo Bay.
“Additionally, I was proud to support the Second Amendment rights of our soldiers and their families and make it simpler for military spouses to purchase firearms. Important religious freedom protections are also included in the bill to defend faith-based organizations who serve our military men and women.”Read More
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) today offered congratulations to the Salina Regional Airport on resumed flights to and from Denver. Unfortunately, the congressman will be unable to attend the ribbon cutting at the airport this Friday due to scheduled votes in the House of Representatives.
“I take pride in this victory. Working with Salina Airport Authority’s Executive Director Tim Rogers and pressuring the federal government to resume the screenings necessary to start Great Lakes Airlines service from the Salina airport to Denver was a great accomplishment. This was only possible because of strong teamwork between my office, the Salina airport, and my colleagues in Congress facing similar situations.”
After learning about the refusal of the Transportation Security Administration, Congressman Huelskamp sent a letter to the agency, urging them to reinstate service at the Salina Airport. He emphasized the importance of the flights to the local economy.
Huelskamp led the fight in the House, taking to the floor of the United States House of Representatives to urge colleagues to support the TSA Fairness Act. This legislation passed the House of Representatives shortly after his speech. The language would reverse the TSA’s initial decision and prohibit such discrimination against smaller rural communities like Salina in the future.
“D.C. bureaucrats sometimes dismissively call Kansas flyover country. And then they want to take away the opportunity to land here. Chalk this up as a victory for rural communities against the federal government.”
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) celebrated yet another victory for Kansas, as the Obama Administration surrendered to the intense pressure and abandoned their appeal of a court ruling deeming their listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) as illicit. The regulation was a real threat to the rural Kansas economy, as it restricted the ability of farmers and ranchers, oil and gas producers, and many other entrepreneurs to earn a living and operate a business to support their families.
“Washington is deaf most of the time. It takes a long time to get through, but constant pressure from members of Congress and checks by the federal courts sometimes forecast the doomed prospects of their efforts.
“After years of leading the fight against the Fish and Wildlife Service’s rule, starting even before the rule was in place, I am thrilled by this decision,” Huelskamp said. “I appreciate the support and help from those in the agriculture industry like the Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Natural Resources Coalition, members of the energy industry, and members of the Kansas delegation in challenging the Obama Administration attempted takeover.”
“Most Washington bureaucrats and attorneys have never farmed, raised livestock or worked an oil rig. They do not understand that state and local governments, and business owners themselves, care about the environment.
“This final nail in the coffin is fantastic news for the people and the economy across the First District. It is an honor to have been a loud voice for Kansans opposes to this federal government overreach.”
Some of the most important efforts Congressman Huelskamp made to fight the “Threatened” listing of the LPC:
SALINA – For the fifth year in a row, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), a Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Advisory Council member, is partnering with CCAI’s Angels in Adoption Program to help recognize an individual, couple, or organization residing in Kansas’ 1st Congressional District who has made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in need of loving homes. As a proud parent of four adopted children, Representative Huelskamp is a big supporter of this program. The Congressman is asking for nominations from the District to be honored as one of CCAI’s 2016 Angels in Adoption.
The Congressman requests that residents of the First District nominate any outstanding persons or organizations who have helped a child or children find a family by submitting the name, contact information, and reason why you believe this individual, couple or organization is deserving of being selected to receive this honor to Ashley Howard by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail at 200 S. Santa Fe, Suite 6, Salina, Kansas 67401. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 15th, 2016.
Once an “Angel” is selected, CCAI will then assist the “Angel” in coordinating their trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in three days of advocacy training, networking events and a gala held in their honor in September.
CCAI is a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness about the needs of children without families and to remove policy barriers that hinder children from knowing the love and support a family provides.
Since the Angels in Adoption program’s inception in 1999, almost 2,000 Angels have received the honor nationwide. In addition to giving Members of Congress a firsthand look at the foster care and adoption related work taking place throughout the country, the Angels in Adoption program seeks to draw media attention to raise public awareness about the positive difference adoption makes in the life of a child.
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From veterans health care to federal government overreach to the national debt, U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp touched on a variety of topics Tuesday afternoon during a town hall meeting at Ward’s Garden Café in Garden City.
Huelskamp, who serves on the Veteran Affairs Committee, had five town hall meetings to attend in southwest Kansas on Tuesday, and immediately left for Jetmore after visiting Garden City for about an hour.
Huelskamp told those in attendance that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Choice Program, which gives veterans the option to receive medical treatment at local hospitals rather than oftentimes having to travel more than 100 miles to seek treatment at a veteran’s hospital or clinic, proves Congress is making a difference on this matter.
To date, more than 8,000 veterans nationwide have chosen a local hospital over a VA hospital for treatment, Huelskamp said.
“So, you now have a choice,” he said. “It’s good for our hospitals, veterans and families.”
The Congressman also talked about regulations the federal government is imposing on local communities, but did not go into much detail on what those were.
“Bureaucratic overregulation does not work for Kansas farmers or other small businesses,” Huelskamp said. “We don’t need folks in Washington, D.C., regulating us.”
Huelskamp said the $20 trillion national debt concerns him. He said in the last 10 years, the debt has doubled, and it has continued to increase under President Barack Obama.
“What we are doing today is borrowing from the future,” he said. “That’s something that bothers me.”
Last year, the public paid $250 billion on just interest alone, and Huelskamp said it could have been as high as $500 billion if not for the low interest rates in 2015.
On the fate of Social Security, Huelskamp said this fund likely will be going bankrupt at some time. To prevent this from occurring anytime soon, he said, the discussion has been about raising the retirement age to 67.
Garden City resident Jason Lujan questioned Huelskamp about the positive effects that the legalization of marijuana could have on the state of Kansas. Lujan said such a change in the law would give farmers another crop to grow, and added that its medicinal use often is better than using prescription drugs.
“It’s a wonder drug,” Lujan said.
Huelskamp disagreed, saying that since Colorado has legalized marijuana, the state has seen a huge increase in the use of methamphetamine and heroin.
Huelskamp said he had seen reports of a 4-year-old boy whose seizures stopped after he was treated with medical marijuana, but added that he is skeptical of the positive effects.
“I have not seen the research, but I would be scared to give marijuana to my kids,” he said. “One case is not a true test.”
Garden City resident Jack Anstaett wanted to talk about entitlements the federal government is handing out.
Huelskamp said entitlements remain a problem, as more than 45 million Americans are receiving food stamps.
“A job is the way out of poverty, not a government check,” Huelskamp said. “We have got to encourage a work ethic.”
After the town hall, when asked about entitlements, Anstaett said, “Don’t get me started.”Read More
US Congressman Tim Huelskamp held a town hall meeting at Casey's Cowtown Club on Tuesday.
Topics of discussion were Veterans Affairs, agriculture and trade as well as answering questions from those in attendance.
One of the people in attendance was Michael Burroughs, CEO of Western Plains Medical Complex, who thanked the Congressman for his support of the hospital.
"I appreciate the thanks," Huelskamp said. "But I also want to thank you for your support as well as the support of our veterans.
"There are more than 300,000 employees working for the VA and a few bad apples have tarnished their work but they still won't fire them."
Huelskamp added that recently another VA scandal occurred in Wichita but did not discuss any of the details regarding it.
"But we in Congress have been able to pass VA Choice legislation," he said. "Which would allow those veterans to be able to get medical at their local hospital.
"I know some veterans were forced to visit VA hospitals in Kansas City because that was the closest hospital they could go too.
"More than 8,000 veterans said they preferred going to their local hospital and now they will be able to, especially throughout the big first district."
Some of the questions asked had to do with the tax code and current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan as well as former speaker John Boehner.
"It is hard to pass things," Huelskamp said. "Especially when bills have 74,000 pages filled with things geared towards special interest groups and lobbyists.
"But I do know when talking about the tax code, will the vote happen this year? I don't know. But I know Paul Ryan is committed to the tax code vote.
"Most people are in favor of a flat rate and of course corporations are not."
Huelskamp also spoke in regards to agriculture and the upcoming farm bill.
"Ag prices are a concern," he said. "Another concern is that there is insurance programs that just don't work, especially here in southwest Kansas and we will be trying to improve them."
Agriculture exports was another concern.
"52 percent of our wheat is exported," Huelskamp said. "And our beef tariffs going to Japan compared to going to Australia is hugely different.
"Those prices were set from previous negotiations between each country but overall we have more to sell but we want the same amount of bushels for the same amount of prices."
Huelskamp still believes the US could be competitive against China.
"We are very entrepreneurial," he said. "We are better than China in that we are always inventing new things and they are not.
"They find ways to steal what we do and reverse engineer it but they do not invent new things like we do.Read More
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Huelskamp, a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, appeared on KSN TV last night, commenting on the Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, which concludes that management at the Wichita VA Regional Benefits Office instructed staff to provide false information on Veterans’ benefits claims.
“The conclusion of this report is troubling. The problem is not a lack of training or a lack of leadership – it appears to be crooked leadership and intentional malpractice,” Huelskamp said.
This week’s report found that Wichita VA management instructed staff to enter inaccurate data when processing appeals data in order to meet VA metrics for processing time. Out of the 36 claims examined by the OIG in June, all claims were filled out in violation of Veterans Benefit Administration policy.
“These were not mistakes,” said Huelskamp. “The staff was well trained; they were just trained to input false information about our Veterans, which ‘may have resulted in Veterans not having received the correct information regarding their claims, unreliable appeals workload reporting, inefficient research, and inaccurate responses to inquiries.’
“Our Veterans deserve better. This type of behavior would never fly in the private sector. It is little consolation that the Wichita VA’s Acting Director Debbie Dodd say they have "discontinued this practice" of breaking the law -- now that we caught them.”
Congressman Huelskamp’s office has reached out to the OIG about meeting to further discuss the findings and next steps to prevent this from happening again.
Congressman Huelskamp just wrote an opinion piece about another VA scandal involving the VA continuing to continuing to employ a woman who was charged with armed robbery.Read More
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) was presented with the Award for Conservative Excellence by Chairman Matt Schlapp and the American Conservative Union (ACU).
The award is presented to Members of Congress who scored greater than 90% on key measures of importance to conservatives. The ratings include votes on taxes, wasteful government spending, cultural issues, defense and foreign policy. Huelskamp earned a score of 96% in 2015.
ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp commented on Huelskamp's record: “Tim Huelskamp is a fierce fighter for conservative principles, who in his heart is motivated by his family and his faith. He upholds our values each day in Congress and I'm proud to call him a friend. He deserves our highest recognition.”
Huelskamp commented on getting his award: “I appreciate Chairman Matt Schlapp and ACU’s recognition of my continued conservative voting record. In the face of many Washington insiders pressuring my vote, I remain committed to the conservative principles of Kansans.”
Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union (ACU) is the nation’s original conservative organization. For more than fifty years, ACU has served as an umbrella organization harnessing the collective strength of conservative organizations fighting for Americans who are concerned with liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and strong national defense. ACU promotes a conservative vision on issues before Congress, the Executive Branch, State Legislatures, the media, political candidates, and the public.
WASHINGTON – This morning Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) was pleased to learn from Salina Airport Authority’s Executive Director Tim Rogers that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has agreed to resume services in Salina.
TSA felt the pressure from Congressman Huelskamp and his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives when the House unanimously passed the common sense Treating Small Airports with Fairness Act (H.R.4549) last week to ensure the Salina Regional Airport and airports in similar situations across the country get the service the TSA security screening needed to provide commercial passenger service to larger airport hubs like Denver, CO. Huelskamp was a cosponsor of bill and spoke on the House floor about the need for TSA to fulfill its mission to ‘ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.’
Huelskamp and Senators Moran and Roberts also reached out to TSA and the Department of Transportation on the issue, noting how this service is critical for the Salina community to grow and thrive.
“Pressure from Congress and the Salina community has caused TSA to see the light and reverse their denial of service,” said Huelskamp. “I’m confident the Great Lakes Airlines flights that are planned to begin in June, with TSA screening services, will contribute to our region’s continued economic growth.”
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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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