Tim Huelskamp

Tim Huelskamp


Congressman Huelskamp Takes Part in KIOGA Convention Panel


Wichita, KS – Today Representative Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) participated in a special panel discussion during the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association annual convention. Congressman Huelskamp discussed a number of issues including the Lesser Prairie Chicken, the future of energy policy in the United States, and limiting the role of government over-regulation in energy production. Congressman Huelskamp released the following statement: “It was an honor to address KIOGA members today as our nation finds itself at a crucial turning point. As the Obama Administration attempts to enlarge government and encroach upon the American entrepreneurial spirit, it is important that those of us in Congress work to protect our Kansas economy. Washington’s one-size-fits-all approach to regulation is costing jobs and hurting Kansas families. We saw this recently in the unwarranted listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken—which is already having a devastating impact on oil production and jobs in our state. We must protect the rural way of life and the Kansas economy, and that is what I have been committed to, and will remain committed to during my time in Congress.” ### Read More

Wichita VA Regional Office to hold Veterans Town Hall Meeting


The Veterans’ Town Hall meeting will be held on Friday, August 15, 2014, from 1 – 3 p.m., at the downtown Wichita Public Library located at 223 South Main Street.  The Town Hall meeting will be a listening forum that will allow veterans and their families we serve to be heard and to answer questions, concerns, and issues.   Subject matter experts will be available to answer questions from the Wichita VA Regional Office and the VA Medical Center.  Read More

Congressman Huelskamp Joins Senator Roberts & Kansas Delegation to Protect Ft. Riley


JUNCTION CITY, KS – Wednesday, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) joined U.S. Senator Pat Roberts and the rest of the Kansas Delegation in sending letters to Secretary of the Army John McHugh and General Raymond Odierno, Army Chief of Staff, to fight potential cuts to personnel and operations at Ft. Riley as a result of the Army’s planned Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA). This assessment will determine possible force reductions at Army installations around the country. Representative Huelskamp issued the following statement: “As it has been, Fort Riley will continue to be on the forefront of modernizing the Army's infantry capabilities. The men and women stationed at Fort Riley receive some of the best training in the country. As the Army reviews the capabilities at the Fort, I am committed to working with community leaders and the Commanding General to demonstrate why Fort Riley is the best home for the Big Red One.” Read More

Huelskamp Supports Compromise Border Funding and Reform Bills


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) voted to support the supplemental funding bill to address the crisis at the Southern border which passed the House by a vote of 223 to 189. Representative Huelskamp also supported the bill to repeal the unlawful executive order related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which passed 216 to 192. Congressman Huelskamp released the following statement: “I am pleased the Republican House leadership substantially revised these two bills so as to address the border security needs in a fiscally responsible way and eliminate the amnesty magnet created by President Obama that caused the crisis in the first place.” “The funding bill is not the blank check the President demanded.  Rather, it reduces wasteful spending elsewhere to pay for the immediate humanitarian needs of Obama’s Border Crisis.  It boosts border security enforcement. It will pay for National Guard troops to help shore up the border security needs. It speeds up the process for reuniting these individuals with their families back home.  It forces Central American nations to crack down on the problem they are allowing to continue.  And lastly, it ends the dangerous practice of prohibiting our border patrol from having access to hundreds of border miles on certain federally-owned lands because of environmental restrictions.” “The second piece of legislation would repeal the amnesty magnet created by President Obama in his DACA executive order - putting an end to the order that encouraged thousands of illegal aliens to rush across our border.  Even more importantly, it prevents the President from taking executive action to give illegal immigrants amnesty in the future.” “What these bills cannot do though is force the Senate Democrats and President Obama to do their jobs.  It is ridiculous that Harry Reid and the rest of the Senate Democrats went on vacation, rather than staying in Washington to fix Obama’s Border Crisis.  With Reid on vacation, President Obama must actually enforce our nation’s current laws to secure the border and address much of the crisis created by his own lawlessness.”   ### Read More

Our Veterans Deserve Choice and Accountability Huelskamp to Vote Yes to Reform Scandal-Plagued VA


WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the floor of the U.S. House today, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) announced his support for the “Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.”  This bill, of which Representative Huelskamp is a co-sponsor, would achieve much-needed reforms to the scandal-plagued Veterans Administration (VA).  The agreement would achieve policies long-sought by Rep. Huelskamp including the expansion of non-VA healthcare access, extending the ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home) pilot program in Kansas, authorizing the VA to fire or demote bureaucrats for poor performance or misconduct, and reducing funding for VA bonuses available to VA employees by $40 million each year through FY 2024. Following his speech, Representative Huelskamp issued the following statement: “As a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, I have spent the better part of three years asking tough questions of the VA and demanding transparency, accountability, and more health care choices for our Veterans.  The culture of non-accountability, retaliation, and intimidation we uncovered at the VA is shocking.  The secret waiting lists and outrageous bonuses are unconscionable—and its impact on our Veterans unforgivable. With this bill, we can provide a solution to these problems by enhancing choice for our Veterans and increasing accountability of the VA.  “This bill begins the process of restoring the VA to its true mission to serve our Veterans.  It includes common sense reforms I have long sought:  Allowing Veterans in rural areas or who have waited on the VA for more than 30 days the option to stay in the VA system or receive their care closer to home. Issuing a “Veteran Choice Card,” not unlike Medicare, for Veterans to receive care in their local communities – a reform I proposed to the VA two years ago. Providing an extension of the ARCH pilot program, which has proved successful here in Kansas. Reducing the outlandish bonuses and the incentive to scheme the VA scheduling system. Creating an independent Commission to provide external accountability and expertise to impose necessary cultural change on the VA. Providing VA accountability by allowing for poor-performing bureaucrats to be punished or fired when they fail at their job. “We are now on the road to passing the most important piece of legislation for rural Veteran care in recent decades.  As this bill is implemented in the coming months and years, I will continue to fight for Kansas veterans and demand the VA treat our veterans with the respect and honor they deserve.” Click below to view Congressman Huelskamp’s Floor Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJVvr-CJFwQ   Congressman Huelskamp is a leading member of the House Veteran Affairs Committee and sits on the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.   Read More

Huelskamp-Sponsored Endangered Species Transparency Act Passes: Listing of Lesser Prairie Chicken is Hurting Rural Kansas


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today by a vote of 233 to 190, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4315 “The Endangered Species Transparency & Reasonableness Act.” This legislation is a package of four separate bills focused on common sense and specific updates to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), including a requirement for the federal government to disclose to affected states prior to listing, protecting taxpayer dollars by placing caps on attorney’s fees, and requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to track, report to Congress, and make available to the public information on funds used to respond to lawsuits. Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), an original co-sponsor of all four bills, issued the following statement: “Western Kansas specifically has seen and continues to see major disruptions as a result of the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken earlier this year. Farmers, ranchers, oil and gas producers, and our electric cooperatives are facing tremendous uncertainty and costs because of this federal mandate.  It is even so silly that the federal bureaucrats identified specific times of the day that no oil and gas activity can take place in certain areas – for fear it might disturb the bird.  This one-size-fits-all policy is costing jobs and hurting Kansas families. We must protect the rural way of life and the Kansas economy from the massive grips of these bureaucrats and their attorneys. “I salute my colleagues for joining me in passage of the ESA Transparency Act. Although this is only one step in the right direction, it is an important one in reforming an ESA that does not work. There must be transparency and accountability at the federal level—especially because of the overreach we continue to see from the Obama Administration. This bill sends a message to the USFW and their liberal environmental allies who are targeting hundreds of other species to list under outrageous “sue and settle” agreements — we will fight to protect our economy and our jobs.” ### Read More

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

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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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