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 – 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 – 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.”
WASHINGTON – With less than one week until tax day on April 18, today Chairman Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) held a hearing on simplifying taxes for small businesses. As chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access, Huelskamp and his colleagues heard from a private sector panel to examine key tax provisions in a hearing titled “Keep It Simple: Small Business Tax Simplification and Reform.”
Many small business owners across the country are filing their tax returns. For many small businesses, taxes and the costs involved with complying with the law can drive business decisions. Employers with more than 50 employees face a tax compliance burden of somewhere between $182 and $191, while the smallest employers with 1-5 employees spend between $4,308 and $4,736 per employee, an astronomical difference.
One focus of the hearing today was the many people who travel across state lines to do their jobs, whether that might be for farming, sales, or to provide health care services. These employees and their employers are forced to comply with a patchwork of confusing, outdated, and sometimes predatory nonresident state income tax laws.
Huelskamp issued the following statement on the hearing:
“We should be encouraging our small businesses and helping them to succeed, not erecting barriers to block their way. Every dollar that a small employer spends on tax compliance is a dollar that could have been used to invest back in the business or to hire another employee. Every hour that a small employer spends on tax compliance is an hour wasted that could have been spent on their actual business. It’s time to simplify our tax system to help our small businesses.”
Watch full video of the hearing here.
WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp voted for the Treating Small Airports with Fairness Act (H.R.4549) to ensure the Salina Regional Airport gets the TSA security screening it needs. The bill passed unanimously in the House.
TSA withdrew screening services at Salina when the previous air carrier stopped flights from Salina. In February, Great Lakes Airlines and the Salina Airport Authority came to an agreement to provide service to and from Denver, but TSA has not resumed screening service – a requirement for interstate travel.
Huelskamp sent a letter to the TSA urging reinstatement of service, and in the days following, TSA denied the Salina Airport Authority’s request to bring passenger checkpoint screening back.
The Salina Airport isn’t alone. Other airports located in predominately rural communities across America – and in nearly identical situations – are also being denied TSA screening services. This Huelskamp-sponsored legislation requires TSA to restore passenger screening services to any airport that lost service after January 1, 2013 and that has a guarantee from a commercial airline to resume service, like Salina Regional Airport. Huelskamp worked with colleagues across the nation to pass this bill and defend rural airports.
Huelskamp gave the following statement on the legislation:
“Our rural communities in Kansas, and across our nation, are tired of being left with the short end of the stick and Obama’s Washington bureaucrats thinking they can get away with it.
“This legislation will reverse the denial by TSA and ensure they stop discriminating against smaller rural communities like Salina. The air service agreement with Great Lakes Airlines will support our region’s continued economic growth.
“I am hopeful the Senate will act quickly on this simple fix to ensure TSA fulfills its mission to ‘ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.’”
Watch video of Congressman Huelskamp speaking on the House Floor about the TSA Fairness Act here.Read More
Congressman Tim Huelskamp today exposed Hillary Clinton's statements that unborn babies are persons, but somehow they have no Constitutional rights. Clinton made remarks supporting unlimited abortions on Meet the Press Sunday and reiterated on The View yesterday.
Huelskamp issued the following statement:
"The Declaration of Independence calls the right to life "unalienable". The Preamble to our Constitution says the document is in place 'to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.'
“She is right about one thing: unborn humans are persons. But her absurd legal conclusion that these unborn persons have no Constitutional rights is inconsistent and inhumane. A clear reading of the Constitution, along with a 5th grade understanding of biology, can reach only one logical conclusion: the Constitution does provide for the protection of unborn people. Our laws and court precedent revoking the right to life are unconstitutional, and they should be ruled as such.
“Disregarding our Founding Fathers and the Constitution’s protection of the right to life, Hillary Clinton made it clear that she believes these innocent baby girls and boys have no Constitutional rights up to and including the moment of birth.
“I condemn her remarks supporting even the most violent abortions and even an hour before natural birth, and I call on every Member of Congress to do the same."Read More
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) has cosponsored H.R. 1397, the Seniors’ Tax Simplification Act. Huelskamp has long held that a flatter, simpler, fairer tax code would boost the American economy and benefit families and individuals. He contends that a shorter and more straightforward tax code would also reduce the amount people pay for tax preparation.
“This bill creates a simplified tax form, like the 1040EZ, for seniors who are receiving the benefits of their Social Security contributions over a lifetime of hard work.”
Under current law, seniors have to file a more complicated tax form when they start collecting Social Security benefits. Huelskamp emphasized how this reform would benefit seniors: “This would make it easier for our seniors to file their taxes, and it would point to a conservative conclusion: why shouldn’t all Americans have a simpler tax code that is easier to understand and follow?”Read More
GREAT BEND, KS – Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced today that he and his staff representatives from his Kansas office will be available on Wednesday through Friday, April 6-8, at the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo. Staff can assist Kansans with their questions, comments, and concerns on issues affecting agriculture and other areas impacted by the federal government.
The staffers will in essence be hosting remote office hours. Expo attendees can either drop by booth #241 for a visit or schedule an appointment time for the expo by contacting the Congressman’s Hutchinson office at (620) 665-6138.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced today that his offices in Washington D.C. and Kansas are accepting applications for internships in the summer and fall semesters. Kansas offices with internship positions include Dodge City, Hutchinson and Salina.
Duties will include the following: basic administrative responsibilities, responding to constituent inquires, researching legislation, conducting U.S. Capitol tours (Washington interns), aiding with events, and attending hearings (Washington interns) and briefings.
Qualified candidates must be highly organized, responsible, detail-oriented, possess excellent communication and writing skills, and be able to multi-task. Preference will go to candidates who can work 9-5, and Kansas ties are preferred but not required. Internships are unpaid, but course credit is available.
All interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com with the subject line, “Name – Internship Application.” Applicants should indicate their office location of interest in their email.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp joined House colleagues to reaffirm Article 1 of the Constitution, which establishes the legislative branch of the federal government, with their vote for H. Res. 639. After a barrage of the Barack Obama’s attempts to overrule the Constitution, the House today made a clear statement: “The House and Senate make the laws. It is Obama’s duty, not to make or rewrite laws, but he ‘shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.’”
Huelskamp remarked, “Obama supposedly taught Constitutional Law. But in his radical attempt to impose his views on America, he has spent nearly eight years attacking our constitutional structure and seeking to expand his 'imperial presidency.'"
The resolution received unanimous support from Republicans, with five Democrats supporting the bill.
Congressman Huelskamp also cosponsored a bill to ensure that before a federal agency imposes rules and mandates on Americans, they must first address and answer questions raised by Congress. The Preventing Overreach Within the Executive Rulemaking System (POWERS) Act would prohibit federal agencies from finalizing rules while there are outstanding questions from members of Congress.
“Bureaucrats at federal agencies must not be allowed to finalize rules affecting our nation without legitimately considering comments and addressing questions from those actually elected by the American people.”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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