Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), the Whip for the bi-partisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision to rule against women’s safety in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt.
In a shocking 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a common sense Texas woman’s health law, which requires abortion clinics to adhere to the same health and safety guidelines as all other ambulatory surgical centers and requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
Huelskamp made the following statement: “It is unconscionable that the Court today protected Big Abortion profits, not women’s safety. With this ruling, these five justices enable substandard, filthy conditions to persist within abortion mills across America. As we all saw in the wretched, inhumane conditions of the abortion mill operated by the monster Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, abortionists profit off women and the innocent unborn. Protecting the Big Abortion industry from common sense health and safety standards has nothing to do with the Constitution – and everything to do with greed and a systematic hatred of the unborn and their mothers.”
In both the Kansas Senate and now in Congress, Huelskamp has been a pro-life leader. He has been active in Kansas promoting legislation similar to this Texas law and multiple other pro-life initiatives.
Congressman Huelskamp tweeted about the decision HERE.
Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) voted for the Fiscal year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act and Zika Response and Preparedness Act, which passed the House 239-171.
The bill included several legislative provisions Congressman Huelskamp has introduced, including text of Huelskamp’s legislation, H.R. 2981, the Whistleblower Testimony Travel Act, to make sure the voices of VA whistleblowers are heard in Congress.
“Whistleblowers were critical to shedding light on the VA scandal in Phoenix, AZ two years ago. Yet under current VA policy, they have to use personal vacation time and personal resources to come and testify before Congress. My language would remove the barriers constructed by the VA and allow whistleblowers to come and shed light on what’s really happening inside the VA as part of their official responsibilities as a federal employee.”
Another win for Huelskamp came with the inclusion of language to prohibit bonuses for all Senior Executive Service employees at the VA. In 2013, Huelskamp demanded a VA bureaucrat now found to be responsible for $1.1 billion in cost overruns at the Denver Hospital Construction site justify his $55,000 bonus. After he grilled that bureaucrat, every single House Military Construction and VA Appropriations bill since then has included language to prohibit these senior employees from receiving bonuses. In addition, this year’s language allows any of these lavish bonuses to be recouped from poor-performing VA employees.Read More
Today the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v Texas upholds a decision to halt Obama’s illegal immigration order, effectively shutting down Obama's attempt to end-run the Constitution.
The ruling today upholds the federal appeals court in New Orleans that found Obama had no authority to legalize at least a million illegal aliens via his lawless executive actions.
“The answer to fixing our broken immigration system is not rewarding illegal aliens who have no respect for our laws by allowing them to jump in front of the line, past those who actually follow the law. In the trademark of his Presidency, Obama tried to bypass Congress, ignored the law, taunted the judiciary; but he has been stopped this time by the Supreme Court. This is a victory for America, the American people, and our Constitution,” Huelskamp said.Read More
Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) chaired a Small Business Subcommittee hearing entitled "Audits and Attitudes: Is the IRS Helping or Hurting Small Businesses?"
“In the administration of the tax code, the IRS has dual roles: collection and enforcement,” said Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Chairman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) in his opening remarks. “Small businesses have a right to be treated fairly on both counts. Unfortunately, that is often not what happens.”
“To this day, taxpayers and advisers continue to report on troublesome developments in IRS audits that range from isolated cases to broader policies,” testified Pete Sepp, the President of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU).
Based on National Taxpayers Union’s review of research literature, statistical analysis, oversight reports and hundreds of anecdotes, Pete Sepp pointed to “uncertainty” in the tax collection and enforcement and “intimidation tactics” by the IRS.
Huelskamp commented after the hearing, “It’s evident that the IRS is a plague to small businesses. Because small businesses don’t have armies of lawyers and tax professionals to bargain with the IRS on their behalf, audits can be a great burden for them. I’ll keep fighting to protect small businesses from the heavy hand of the IRS.”Read More
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) today supported the Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations Act of 2017, which passed the House 282-138. The legislation funds critical national security needs, military operations at Fort Riley and across the world, and provides for the care of the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.
Huelskamp said, “I’ve always been a strong supporter of ensuring our men and women in uniform, especially those at Fort Riley, have the tools and resources they need to continue serving and defending our nation.”
Besides the provisions in the bill to support military spending and a pay raise for our soldiers, Congressman Huelskamp also voted on several key amendments:
In addition, Congressman Huelskamp supported an amendment not just important to our soldiers, but to Kansas’ farmers and ranchers. This amendment by Adrian Smith of Nebraska added language to the bill to prevent the Department of Defense from implementing Meatless Monday.
“Soldiers don’t need Washington bureaucrats dictating their menu choices. These individuals signed up to serve and defend our country, and using them to attack animal agriculture is outrageous.”Read More
Legislation cosponsored by Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) passed the House Tuesday. The legislation protects our First Amendment right to free speech and assembly by keeping the IRS’ hands off sensitive information it does not need. It eliminates the use of Form 990 Schedule B, used to list personal donor information. IRS employees have illegally leaked this personal information for political and ideological purposes.
In May of 2013, the most recent IRS scandal broke. Since then, America has learned that Obama’s IRS specifically targeted conservative and Tea Party groups for extra government scrutiny and censorship and withheld their tax-exempt status for months. In response to this shocking politicization of the IRS, congressional investigations have been met with non-cooperative witnesses, failures to comply with legally binding subpoenas and preservation orders, and even lies from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
On passage of the bill Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) made the following statements: “The IRS has a terrible track record and has proven that it cannot be trusted. The IRS should not be used to punish political enemies of President Obama or any other president. This bill is a step toward safety from the IRS, which plays far too large a role in our lives. I was proud to support this bill and stand up for my constituents.”Read More
In light of today’s meeting to discuss Kansas’ response to President Obama’s threat to withdraw federal funding for schools that will not compromise the security and privacy of students, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) sent emails to all ten members of the Kansas Board of Education.
Last week, he sent letters with the same message to the Big First Congressional District’s Superintendents and School Board Presidents, urging them to ignore Obama’s radical agenda.
On May 13th President Obama's Department of Education and Department of Justice issued a so-called “guidance” to all school districts in the country requiring that schools allow students, and perhaps visitors and school employees, to use whatever restroom facilities they desire, rather than the one corresponding to their actual sex. Obama threatened that schools would lose federal dollars or face a costly legal battle for non-compliance.
Huelskamp said the following: “I am urging the members of the State Board of Education to join Attorney General Derek Schmidt in standing up for the rule of law and for our kids. I am encouraging them to ignore President Obama’s re-writing of the law, which he has done without Congress.
“Obama’s edict is not only illegal, but it is putting the well-being, privacy and safety of our children at risk. Neither our girls nor our boys should be forced to undress in the presence of individuals who are of the opposite biological sex. Unfortunately, Obama is willing to coerce our local schools into implementing his radical social agenda.”
In the letters and emails, Huelskamp cited his support for the announcement by the Kansas Attorney General that he would challenge Obama’s illegal actions, “Attorney General Derek Schmidt has already decided to join a lawsuit challenging this new ‘guidance.’ Attorney General Schmidt rightly believes that the Obama Administration “guidance” has re-written Title IX without Congressional action and is therefore invalid because it lacks statutory authority.”
Congressman Huelskamp supports defunding this illegal “guidance” in the Congressional appropriations process and is committed to continuing to look for ways to protect the privacy of all Kansas students in the upcoming school year.
Congressman Huelskamp concluded the letter and emails: “Moving forward, please know you have my full support to set policy for your schools, even if that policy is not in conformity with this Obama ‘guidance.’ These conflicts must, and ultimately will, be resolved by either Congress or the Federal Courts. Until then, I encourage you to stand up to the Obama Administration.”Read More
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.”
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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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