Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), an Advisory Council member to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute was proud to bestow their 2015 Angels in Adoption Award to Matt and Emily Lightner of Scott City.
Matt Lightner is a family physician who delivers babies at the Scott County Hospital. Emily is a teacher. With three children, ages six, four, and two, they had a heart for adoption of babies of color, and they took the opportunity to adopt twin newborn boys.
Beyond providing a home for Ezekiel and Elijah, they went even further. Partnering with Wichita’s Circle of Love Maternity, they worked to create a rural place of refuge for birthmothers, the majority of which have aged out of the foster system, and up to 90% of them have suffered physical or sexual abuse during their childhoods.
“It was such a pleasure to meet the Lightners and two of their children. It’s admirable that they would adopt, especially children who have a tough time finding a forever family,” Huelskamp said. “They’re such an inspirational a family, and they have done a great thing, giving a home to two blessed children. Additionally, their ongoing support of families and mothers in need is so admirable."
The Lighters traveled to D.C. to accept their award from CCAI, which is presented to recognize individuals, couples, or organizations residing in who have made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in need of loving homes.
Based on a strong case pending against President Obama’s extreme Waters of the United States Rule, a federal court issued a stay on nationwide enforcement.
For years, Congressman Huelskamp has been fighting the rule, an unprecedented effort to expand its regulation and control over all waters in our nation, well beyond the limits established by Congress.
“As a farmer, I am very relieved by the decision to stay the WOTUS rule. As a Congressman, I am pleased that the Court agrees with me: the water grab of Obama’s EPA is illegal and should be abandoned.”Read More
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is plagued with an ongoing laundry list of problems and scandals. Just days ago, another devastating report surfaced that nearly 1 million Veterans are waiting for VA approval to get their health care – and perhaps 300,000 Veterans died while waiting. And just last month the VA Inspector General found evidence again of VA employees shredding benefit claims documents instead of processing them. And not a single employee was disciplined. Last year, as Congress was investigating the presence of secret wait lists across the VA system, I held up a 1970 copy of Life Magazine with the glaring headline of “Our Forgotten Wounded” in a committee hearing. That headline would not be out of place among today’s news stories.
Congress responded last summer with sweeping reform legislation: the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act. This law opened up opportunities for tens thousands of Veterans across America to receive care outside VA facilities for the first time. For Kansas Veterans, this means they can choose care in their local community instead of being forced to drive hours to a VA facility.
This law also gave broader firing authority to the VA Secretary. But this spring we learned that out of 230,000 VA employees, only three have been fired due for illegally, unethically and secretly manipulating VA wait lists. Meanwhile, perhaps hundreds of poor-performing employees remain on the payroll. In some cases, they keep getting paid or retire with full benefits and a cushy pension. In fact, it is more common for the VA to demote or remove courageous whistleblowers than poor-performing employees.
Even with this new option for health care outside the VA, the root of the problem remains. There’s an old phrase: one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch – that is true at the VA as well. I wholeheartedly believe the majority of employees at the VA want the best for our Veterans. Yet a few key individuals — many in leadership positions — have ignored, perhaps even covered-up employee misconduct and, in some cases, the mistreatment of our Veterans.
Early this year, I worked with Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller to propose some practical changes to ensure our Veterans receive quality service from VA employees. We were pleased to see H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act, pass the House of Representatives in late July with bipartisan support. The bill includes vital whistleblower protections and provides the VA Secretary the authority and responsibility to discipline and fire poor-performing personnel. While the bill is overwhelmingly supported by nearly every Veteran service organization, President Obama threatened a veto, the VA employee labor union came out in opposition, and neither offered alternative solutions for accountability.
The VA budget has more than doubled in the last decade, while wait times and disability benefit backlogs persist. Instead of throwing more money at the VA, the VA must be fundamentally reformed so Veterans receive the timely, quality health care they deserve. While I’m tired of excuses from the VA and its leadership, even more exhausted are the thousands of Veterans languishing in wait for the health care they were promised by a grateful nation.Read More
WASHINGTON - On October 1, 2015 the House of Representatives passed the Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. Congressman Huelskamp issued the following statement:
“While this legislation contains some reforms to the Department of Defense, particularly second amendment protections, I ultimately did not support final passage for a series of reasons.
“This flawed bill once again uses budget gimmicks to get around the spending caps established by Washington. By adding an additional $38 billion in off-budget spending, Congress is avoiding its responsibility to follow the laws it passes. The Senate also refused to accept in their version commonsense House language to stop the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken.
“Another flaw of the legislation is vague and unenforceable language regarding the Syria train and equip mission against ISIS. A year later, I still have not yet heard a coherent strategy from President Obama regarding the goals of U.S. involvement in the region. Without that clarity, particularly with men and women from Fort Riley heading to the Middle East, I could not support additional funding for a program with no clear objective, nor any significant results.
“Fort Riley troops, and all American service members stationed in harm’s way, deserve clear policy and support."Read More
WASHINGTON – Congressman Huelskamp released the following statement on the passage of the continuing resolution to fund the government including abortion providers and overreaching agencies. Along with a solid majority of the entire Republican Conference, Huelskamp voted against the bill:
“Republican leadership once again caved. They are going to fully fund Planned Parenthood. Fully fund the Iranian nuclear ‘deal.’ Fully fund Obama’s illegal amnesty. Fully fund Obamacare. Fully fund the EPA. This is exactly the reason we need new leadership. And this is exactly why 60% of all Republicans across America believe that Republicans in Washington have betrayed them.”Read More
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) spent many days enjoying the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. His staff oversaw a Congressional booth throughout the entire Fair. As part of the outreach, constituents were surveyed on four questions. The results closely match the sentiment among the American people that culminated in Speaker John Boehner announcing his resignation on Friday.
Huelskamp issued the following statement:
“These survey results match what dozens and dozens of Kansans told me at the Fair: they are frustrated with Washington insiders, whether it be Republican leaders, President Obama or his bureaucrats. Rest assured, I will continue to represent the will of Kansans over the desires of the Washington political elites.”
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Nearly five years ago, I joined the rest of the newly elected freshman Republican class of 2010 as we sat in the Library of Congress and listened intently to incoming Speaker John Boehner.
Here’s what Boehner promised us: a new House that listens to the American people. No longer would members of Congress be punished for representing our constituents, voting our consciences or the Constitution. Instead, the House would be open for debate, be respectful, and pass new laws reflecting conservative principles, not campaign contributions.
After the Tea Party wave election of 2010, Boehner’s words seemed real. But what made them believable was the Pledge to America. In this national Pledge, Boehner and his team promised to ‘do away with the old politics’ and offered a concrete agenda of conservative items that WOULD be achieved under Speaker Boehner.
So what did America get since then – certainly not Boehner’s Pledge. Federal spending is higher than ever. More national debt. Record high taxes. An ever-more intrusive bureaucracy. Obama still issuing executive orders and secret deals. An unelected Supreme Court imposing their will. Obamacare and his amnesty fully funded. And in Boehner’s House, last-minute massive spending bills still are passed, debate remains stifled, and the status quo Establishment is still in charge.
Shortly after Romney blew the 2012 election, Boehner – instead of renewing efforts to stall Obama – turned his vengeance on conservatives both in the House and across America. Using a secret scorecard, Boehner targeted four conservatives without warning and did what Speaker Pelosi never did – kicked members off their committees. Every Republican got the message: anyone who crosses Boehner and the rest of the DC Establishment would be punished. So much for getting rid of old politics.
Since 2012, Boehner’s attacks on conservatives have only worsened. Now dozens of conservatives have been kicked off or denied key committees, our bills spiked, lobbyists warned not to support us, primary opponents recruited, and a Super PAC affiliated with Boehner even spent millions slandering us for defunding Obama’s illegal amnesty. All the while Boehner publicly slams conservative organizations striving for conservative policies. This is not the way to run any institution, organization or party – especially one that claims to represent the American people.
Now with Speaker Boehner suddenly quitting his job, Washington Republicans have only two choices: either they can actually follow through on the 2010 Pledge to listen to and obey the American people or they can once again change one set of leaders for another. I know what the Establishment wants, and let’s hope they don’t get it.Read More
WASHINGTON – Following Pope Francis’ address the joint session of Congress, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) released the following statement:
“My family and I were blessed to hear from Pope Francis yesterday and today. He's inspired us to continue fighting for our beliefs rooted in the clear teachings of our Catholic faith, especially the sanctity of life, marriage, family, and religious liberty. George Washington reminded us in his farewell address that national morality cannot prevail in exclusion of religious principle. I am praying Francis' visit inspires Catholics and non-Catholics alike to return to our nation's founding principles and reliance on our Heavenly Father.”
As one of the only two members of Congress to attend Catholic seminary, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) has been inspired by his Catholic to defend the unborn, restore traditional marriage, and protect religious liberty. He also has first-hand experience navigating the U.S. immigration system after having gone through the process for two of his adopted children.Read More
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) sent the following personal letter to President Obama in light of his radical threat to hold the whole federal government hostage unless Congress continues to subsidize racist Planned Parenthood and their trafficking in baby parts. The letter encourages Obama to watch the videos, which present very strong evidence that Planned Parenthood executives are engaged in literally butchering babies and selling their organs to the highest bidder.
“[A]s President of all of America, not just your political supporters, it is imperative that you approach this critical issue with both an open mind and a full understanding of the evidence. Until you have watched the videos, the American people can only draw one of two conclusions about you: either you are afraid of the evidence or you support the harvest of organs from live, defenseless little babies for sale to the highest bidder.”
You can find the full letter 09.21.15- President Obama Planned Parenthood Letter.pdf.
The pro-life advocate whose organization has sent shockwaves throughout the nation with videos exposing how Planned Parenthood sells aborted babies and their body parts has been invited to witness Pope Francis’ address to Congress on Thursday.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp, a pro-life Kansas Republican, informed LifeNews.com he has David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress and Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action to join him. Huelskamp invited these pro-life advocates for Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States.
The Pope will deliver his address to the joint session of Congress and viewers across the country this Thursday, September 24. In addition to this being this Pope’s first visit to the United States, this will also be the first time any Pope has addressed a joint session of Congress.
This summer, Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress exposed Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in aborted baby parts to the nation.
“As a Catholic, an American, and a Congressman, I am excited for Pope Francis’ upcoming, historic visit to America and his address to Congress. I am honored to welcome Mr. Daleiden and Ms. Rose to witness what I hope will be an inspiring articulation of Catholic social teaching, especially the evil of abortion, defending traditional marriage and families, and protecting religious liberties,” Hielskamp said.
“America faces multiple, severe challenges to basic human rights, such as the recent revelations about the trafficking in baby parts by Planned Parenthood, and Catholic faith has much light to shed upon these attacks. Pope Francis does not come as a politician, but as a pastor, as a moral leader. He is not coming to share policy prescriptions, but a moral vision and direction for our country based upon the gospel of Jesus Christ,” he added.
The expose’ videos catching Planned Parenthood officials selling the body parts of aborted babies have shocked the nation. Here is a list of all ten:
So far, 12 states have responded to the Planned Parenthood videos and launched investigations into their abortion and organ harvesting business including South Carolina,Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia,Texas and Louisiana. The district attorney in Houston Texas is also investigating after the Houston-based Planned Parenthood abortion facility was caught selling aborted babies.
Congress has expanded its investigation into the Planned Parenthood abortion businessand five states have revoked taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, including Utah, Arkansas, Alabama, New Hampshire and Louisiana and Iowa’s governor has ordered a review of Planned Parenthood funding.
The full, unedited videos have confirmed that revelations that some aborted baby remains sold by Planned Parenthood go to biotech companies for the purpose of creating “humanized” mice. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has been exposed as having sold body parts from aborted babies for as much as 15 years.
The federal law that technically prohibits the sale of aborted babies and their body partswas written by a pro-abortion Congressman decades ago and essentially spells out a process by which sellers of aborted baby body parts can meet certain criteria that allows the sales to be legal. That’s why a Colorado congressman has introduced legislation to totally ban the sales of aborted baby body parts.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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