WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Huelskamp signed on to a letter urging House leadership to block implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule by not funding its implementation in the upcoming spending bill.
“WOTUS is and always has been an attempted power grab, broadening the scope of federal jurisdiction to every farm pond and prairie puddle – with enormous consequences on people across the country.
“Since President Obama and Senate Democrats are dismissive of the harm this would cause to Kansas and other states, the House of Representatives must flex its Constitutional muscle and refuse to fund this overreaching EPA regulation."
To view the full text of the letter, please click here: 11.24.15 WOTUS Letter.pdf..
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp has opposed President Barack Obama’s goal to resettle 10,000 refugees since September, suggesting in a tweet Sept. 14 that some of the refugees will be “radical Muslims who want to wage jihad.”
Huelskamp’s opinion, considered stringent at the time, has become the prevailing thought among conservatives since a series of attacks by the Islamic State on Nov. 13 in Paris left 130 people dead. Though it remains unclear whether any Syrian refugees took part in the attacks, conservative politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have called for restrictions on the resettlement of refugees in the weeks since.
“ISIS has made it very clear that they will commit acts of terrorism against the West, including the United States,” Huelskamp said Monday. “As part of their plans, ISIS has announced they are planting terrorists among Syrian refugees.”
On Thursday, Huelskamp joined the other U.S. House members from Kansas — Reps. Lynn Jenkins, Kevin Yoder and Mike Pompeo — in voting to pause Syrian settlements in the United States and demand a more extensive vetting process.Read More
Salina, KS – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp continued the tradition of holding a Town Hall in every county in the Big First District in Salina at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. Nearly 100 Saline county residents attended the Congressman’s 328th Town Hall since taking office.
Top issues discussed at the Town Hall included concern that ISIS terrorists may be posing as Syrian refugees, the impact of trade on Kansas, and the failures of Obamacare. Congressman Huelskamp was thanked for his work on behalf of Veterans, families, and rural health care.
In his fifth year in Congress, it has been reported that Congressman Huelskamp has held more in-person Town Halls than any sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Huelskamp released the following statement:
“It was great to see such a huge turnout today in Salina. It shows people care about how government affects our lives. I appreciated the strong words of encouragement and thanks for my efforts in Washington, especially for our Veterans, families and rural health care.
“We do need a government that stands strong on protecting its citizens. Saline County residents were concerned about the threat of ISIS. With recent terrorist attacks, we must make sure those entering our homeland will not put Americans in danger.”
Learn more about past and upcoming Town Halls at http://huelskamp.house.gov/about/events.Read More
Congressman Tim Huelskamp is excited to announce the nomination of Chase Henton of Olpe to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy and U. S. Naval Academy.
Chase is the son of John and Tara Trear. He currently attends Emporia High School. After passing final acceptance from the academies, he will then choose the one he wishes to attend.
Each year members of Congress has the opportunity to nominate outstanding young men and women to attend the nation’s military service academies. Chase received this nomination following in-person interviews and evaluation from a board of Kansans on October 31 in Hays.
“It was my privilege to meet with outstanding young men and women like Chase to hear their stories and passion for learning and serving their country. I want to thank our nominating committee on behalf of the constituents of Kansas’ Big First for their efforts,” Huelskamp said. “I’m excited for the bright futures of these inspiring young adults.”Read More
Every year, members of Congress exercise a certain little, but prestigious power.
They have an opportunity to nominate young men and women to attend the nation's military service academies.
And Rep. Tim Huelskamp nominated four Junction City High School students to U.S. military academies.
Nathaniel Hancock, son of Patrick and Windy Hancock, received a U.S. Air Force Academy nomination.
WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) voted to pass common sense legislation to stop admission of Syria and Iraq refugees to the United States until an effective standard for screening and monitoring these refugees has been established. H.R. 4038 American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015 is a first step in strengthening the vetting system for those seeking the privilege of admission to the U.S.
Earlier this week, Huelskamp signed on to a letter with over 100 other members of Congress demanding President Obama take action to protect American citizens.
Congressman Huelskamp released the following statement on these refugees coming to the U.S.:
"Since President Obama’s announcement in September to allow more Syrian and Iraqi refugees into our country, I’ve maintained that the threat of people posing as refugees to commit terrorist attacks on our nation's soil is not something to be ignored.
"Our first priority must be our own citizens. While our country has a history of welcoming those in need with open arms, we simply cannot allow ISIS the chance to seep into the U.S. unfiltered. We must secure our borders and prioritize Christian refugees who face martyrdom at the hands of Islamic jihadists because of their faith."Read More
The four U.S. House members from Kansas voted Thursday to halt the flow of Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking refuge in the United States, the first legislative action on an issue thrust into the national spotlight in recent days.
The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, or American SAFE Act, would temporarily stop the settlement of refugees until Congress is given assurance they have undergone more extensive background checks.
It would also require the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to certify background checks have been completed for refugees and require each refugee to receive unanimous certification from three national security officials — the FBI director, Homeland Security director and director of national intelligence.
The SAFE Act passed by a wide margin, 289-137, Thursday afternoon. Only two Republicans voted against the bill. Democrats were more split, with 47 voting in favor and 135 voting against. All members of Kansas’ congressional delegation are Republicans.
“A pause in admitting Syrian and Iraqi refugees until the administration can ensure the implementation of stringent safeguards is a logical and practical step to maintain the well-being of folks in Kansas and across the country,” Rep. Lynn Jenkins said in a news release.
Opponents of the SAFE Act note that the current screening process for refugees from the war-torn Middle East is thorough, lasting an average of 18 to 24 months. President Barack Obama, who has proposed the United States accept 10,000 refugees from Syria, has vowed to veto the bill.
“Slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values. That’s not who we are. And it’s not what we’re going to do,” the president said in a social media statement Wednesday.
The yes votes of 47 Democrats on Thursday showcase the political pressure involved in constraining emigration from the Middle East in the wake of attacks in Paris last week that killed at least 129 people. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
“In light of the attacks in Paris, now is not the time to open our borders to refugees from countries who want to do us harm,” Rep. Kevin Yoder said in a news release. “Congress stands ready to use the power of the purse to halt this program should the president defy the will of the American people and veto this bill.”
Senate Democrats, meanwhile, have vowed to ensure the bill never reaches Obama’s desk. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters Wednesday, “Don’t worry, it won’t get passed.” To pass through the Senate, the SAFE Act would require the support of at least a half-dozen Democrats or independents.
Regardless of the bill’s future, Thursday’s passage gave House Republicans a platform from which they could weigh in on the most contentious political topic of the past week.
“The SAFE Act takes common-sense and much-needed measures to strengthen our vetting system for Syrian and Iraqi refugees being admitted to the U.S.,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo. “We cannot allow any shortcuts when it comes to ensuring the safety of Kansans and the American people.”
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who also voted in favor of the SAFE Act, said the U.S. should prioritize Christian refugees “who face martyrdom at the hands of Islamic jihadists.”
He said, “While our country has a history of welcoming those in need with open arms, we simply cannot allow ISIS the chance to seep into the U.S. unfiltered.”
Pompeo’s office announced Thursday that the congressman traveled to the Syrian border last week.
“There, I visited with Syrian refugees and saw, firsthand, the plight of these men, women, and children,” Pompeo said. “The president allowed these people to be driven from their homes, and now, terrorists can take advantage of the chaos that has ensued to infiltrate these refugee populations.”Read More
Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced the nomination of Issaih Lopez, of Abilene, to the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy.
Issaih is the son of Hector Jr. and Evelyn Lopez. He currently attends Abilene High School.
Each year members of Congress have the opportunity to nominate outstanding young men and women to attend the nation's military service academies.
Issaih received this nomination following in-person interviews and evaluation from a board of Kansans on Oct. 31 in Hays.
"It was my privilege to meet with outstanding young men and women like Issaih to hear their stories and passion for learning and serving their country," Huelskamp said. I want to thank our nominating committee on behalf of the constituents of Kansas' Big First for their efforts. I'm excited for the bright futures of these inspiring young adults."Read More
‘The Big First’ district in Kansas is among the 20 most Republican districts in America, and voters there agree on conservative policies. But they aren’t as unified in supporting some of the right wing's tactics.
LEONARDVILLE, KAN. — It was the question that sparked applause at an eatery here in Leonardville, Kan., (pop. 449).
Could the congressman please explain what the House Freedom Caucus is, and how it’s benefited the state?
That set off a passionate response by Rep. Tim Huelskamp, the Republican who represents the vast First District of central and western Kansas. Elected in the tea party wave of 2010, he’s proud to belong to the hard-line Freedom Caucus, whose nearly 40 members helped drive Speaker John Boehner into early retirement last month.
Representative Huelskamp described the caucus as conservatives who have been “punished,” “marginalized,” or “verbally attacked” by the Washington establishment, and who seek a greater say in how the House is run. He held himself up as Exhibit A: He says he was kicked off the Agriculture Committee in 2012 “because I didn’t vote the way the speaker wanted me to vote.” He was also kicked off the Budget Committee.
It’s the first time in more than a century that the Sunflower State has been without a member on the powerful “ag” committee. But to supporters of Huelskamp, his exile looks like a badge of honor. When he delivered his big line at the Leonardville eatery – “I work for you,” not the speaker – the crowd clapped with robust approval.
Darn straight the congressman works for them. He’s doing exactly what many of his constituents want – standing up against the establishment, sticking to his guns. For instance, he’s voted against the various bipartisan budget and fiscal deals that have pulled the country back from the brink of shutdown or debt default. The deals weren’t stringent enough. They didn’t defund Planned Parenthood.
“I’m proud of Tim,” said Chris Tawney, meeting at a table with a few of her tea party friends after the town hall meeting. “He said from the first day he was elected where he stood on issues, and he has stayed there.”
In Kansas, as in the tumultuous House, the divide within the GOP is less over policy and more over tactics. Talk to Republicans in “The Big First” district – about the size of Illinois and among the 20 most Republican districts in the United States – and you’ll hear over and over that most of them agree with the conservative views of Huelskamp.
It’s his unwillingness to compromise that divides them.
GOP critics argue that the ideological rigidity of the right wing – both its politicians and its backers – has had a destructive effect on US government. Punching far above its weight, the tea party movement and those sympathetic to it have taken the country to the financial brink several times, triggering a partial government shutdown in 2013. This year, they ousted Mr. Boehner.
Perhaps recognizing this, national support for the tea party movement has dropped to its lowest point ever, according to Gallup. Last month, 17 percent of adults said they favor the movement, compared with 32 percent at the peak five years ago.
Indeed, two GOP candidates are challenging Huelskamp, campaigning against his obstructionist tactics. The congressman faced no such competition in 2012. Two years later, appalled that Huelskamp was again running unopposed in the primary, a political novice jumped in – and took 45 percent of the vote on a shoestring budget.
“A lot of people are expecting a backlash to the tea party,” says David Wasserman, who tracks House races for the independent Cook Political Report. But, he says, “I don’t see it coming yet.”
This movement is not the backing-down type. Here in the crossroads towns of rural Kansas, Huelskamp supporters are just as mad as they were five years ago – perhaps more so because, in their view, nothing has changed.
Washington isn’t heeding their cry for fiscal reform. The president, they say, is getting away with executive-order overreach. They rebel against federal regulation – whether it be “Obamacare,” new rules about water oversight, or protection for the lesser prairie chicken.
If anything, “Huelskamp needs to raise his voice a little louder,” says Marla Landis of Abilene, Kan., who drives a school bus. Her biggest worry is that she’ll leave her grandchildren to a country that’s no longer America – its Judeo-Christian values unrecognizable, its balance sheet stained red.
If it takes another government shutdown to wake people up, she says, so be it: “I think that’s the only way anyone is going to pay any attention.”
Chuck Henderson has ambled over to the restaurant table at Nelson’s Landing in Leonardville where three of his tea party friends are talking to a reporter. He’s a member of the Flint Hills Tea Party, his red athletic jacket sporting the group’s emblem.
“It’s not that we can’t do math,” he jumps in, answering a question about the futility of trying to pass conservative legislation when Democrats have blocking power in the Senate.
Despite the GOP takeover of the Senate in last year’s midterms, Republicans still don’t have the 60 votes needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster. And it takes two thirds of both chambers to override a presidential veto.
Mr. Henderson understands all that. What galls him and others at the table is that it looks as if Republicans aren’t even trying to fight for what they believe in. Last year, they “folded like cheap tents” on budget and immigration issues, he says.
Republicans in Congress have “a mountain to climb. We get that. But we won’t get there if we don’t take the first step,” says Henderson, who lives in Manhattan, Kan., home to Kansas State University.
Illegal immigration is Henderson’s top issue. The mechanical engineer grew up in southern California and got to Kansas “just as quick as I could.” Americans lost jobs to undocumented workers in California, and that has since spread in “orders of magnitude” across the country, he says. Add criminality on top of that, and sanctuary cities to that, he says.
It’s an issue that affects schools and health care. “Its tentacles are everywhere, and our politicians are just dithering,” Henderson says.
Each person in the small group has a concern that they lay at the feet of President Obama – abuse of the Constitution, education mandates, and a “handout” society and Obamacare.
But they are just as angry with establishment Republicans, among them Boehner and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. These Republicans campaigned on false promises, the group says. They promised to repeal Obamacare, roll back environmental regulations, and stop “executive amnesty” for immigrants if voters would only hand them the Senate in addition to the House.
“What it boils down to is they lied to us,” says Sylda Nichols, a retiree from outside Leonardville. The Senate is no different under Senator McConnell than it was under Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, she says.
Larry Tawney, Chris’s husband, agrees. “I think we’ve had our fill of their empty promises, and I think the presidential election will reflect that.”
This little group has no interest in presidential candidates like Jeb Bush or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the latter of whom Henderson says fell for amnesty. They like the outsiders – Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (yes, they consider him an outsider).
The friends talk among themselves about being up on the issues. Indeed, they’re in regular e-mail contact with Huelskamp’s office, which usually sends a quick reply. They’re concerned about the political apathy of other Americans. “People need to wake up,” Mr. Tawney says.
Ms. Nichols chimes in. “But every time we try to talk to people, they say, ‘You’re those radicals!’ ”
Huelskamp is sitting in the passenger seat of a black Lincoln Navigator SUV. The driver is Don Landoll, founder and president of Landoll Corp., which manufactures farm and transport equipment in Marysville, Kan., a town of about 3,300 not far from the Nebraska state line.
Marysville has long been a hub for the Union Pacific Railroad – and for more than 50 years it’s been home to Mr. Landoll’s company, which employs 850 people.
Landoll wants to give the congressman a driving tour before heading to his state-of-the-art factory. As he starts out, he passes the new hospital. It couldn’t have been built without federal dollars, he says. The congressman asks him about the kind of care available there.
Farther along the tour, they pass the expanded municipal airport. “A lot of federal help has gone into that airport over the last 10 years,” Landoll comments. Huelskamp wants to know where the doctors who work at the hospital fly in from and where patients are flown to.
As they head toward his factory, Landoll mentions that an expressway over multiple railroad tracks required big government dollars and that the airport access road is thanks to a federal grant that employed 30 people. “I don’t know that there’s that kind of money hanging around now,” he says.
A little later, the congressman has an opportunity to learn just how much Landoll and his company have poured back into the community. They’ve contributed serious money to the hospital, airport, and more.
Landoll’s passenger may be famous for his rigid stand for small government and belt-tightening in Washington. But the reality is that rural Kansas depends heavily on the federal government.
If there is a backlash against Huelskamp, it is likely to come from the business community, which is often agriculture-oriented, says Burdett Loomis, a political science professor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
“These people are pretty sophisticated,” Professor Loomis says. “They have to deal with farm subsidies. They make big investments in farm equipment. If you are surviving as a business in western Kansas, you’ve got to have something on the ball. The question is, how far does this [no-compromise stance in Washington] go before they say, ‘We can’t do this anymore’? ”
The Kansas Farm Bureau did not endorse Huelskamp – a farmer – in 2014. It didn’t like his opposition to several key issues, including the farm bill; renewable fuel standards for biofuels, including corn-based ethanol; and funding for transport improvements on major waterways.
The day before his tour of Marysville, Huelskamp was about 90 miles south, visiting Abilene Machine, a family-owned business just off of Interstate 70.
The company sells new and used tractor parts. As the congressman took a tour through graveyards of expired yellow, green, and red tractors and combines, he reminisced about driving a John Deere 6600 combine on his family’s farm.
Part owner Kenny Roelofsen explained the business and its challenges. But he didn’t say what he later told a reporter: that he wished Huelskamp were more open to compromise.
“I believe in a lot of what he says, I really do,” says Mr. Roelofsen, a young Republican who that night would moderate a panel discussion on the future of the GOP. “But I think it would be very beneficial to the Republican Party to compromise a little bit. Compromise is the art of politics.”
Two Republicans are saying “enough already” to hardball tactics. The one who jumped into the primary in 2014, Alan LaPolice, is running again. Mr. LaPolice is a student-retention specialist at Cloud County Community College in Concordia. Last quarter – his first quarter of fundraising – he raised $14,500. Huelskamp, by comparison, raised $63,700, and has $700,000 in his war chest.
At a GOP event in Abilene last month, LaPolice, a combat veteran, complained that hard-liners in Congress such as Huelskamp don’t represent him. “All they do is fight. They obstruct.”
Also running is Roger Marshall, an OB-GYN in Great Bend who has held just about every community leadership position imaginable – from coaching the kids he delivered as babies to serving on hospital, bank, and church boards. He was also a captain in the Army Reserve.
Dr. Marshall outraised Huelskamp last quarter with $151,465, though he’s not even close to matching the congressman in total funds. In an interview, Marshall characterizes Huelskamp as a “professional politician” who doesn’t represent Kansas. “He’s part of the left and right yelling at each other so much that we can’t get anything done.”
Mr. Wasserman, at the Cook Political Report, recently met Marshall. Wasserman was impressed. But that doesn’t change his view that two opponents in a primary will give Huelskamp the edge.
And so Huelskamp – for now – continues to ride a wave of anger over issues that most Republicans in his state agree on. Next year’s primary will help answer the bigger question over tactics.Read More
The group of conservative lawmakers who chafed under former Speaker John Boehner’s rule are signaling guarded approval for the latest internal shift put forth by Speaker Paul Ryan: proposed changes to the influential Republican panel that assigns committee chairmanships and memberships.
They note, however, that the changes are incremental, and Ryan still has a lot of power.
“These are good changes,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), a House Freedom Caucus member, on Tuesday. He had just come from a morning Republican conference meeting at which GOP leaders unveiled their plan to overhaul the House Republican Steering Committee. He said the GOP conference is “moving in the right direction.”
“It’s an incremental change in the right direction,” said Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), a frequent Boehner critic who is not a part of the Freedom Caucus.
The Steering Committee is an internal House GOP organ traditionally stacked with speaker allies, including the leaders of the chamber’s six major committees and individual members of the House leadership team. For that reason, the committee has been one of the chief targets for Boehner critics asserting that power within the House is too concentrated at the top.
The Steering Committee also has representatives from various congressional regions and from the House “classes” that mark the years in which representatives were first elected.
Ryan promised to overhaul the committee by Thanksgiving. On Thursday, the GOP conference will vote on his plan to change the panel’s makeup. The five votes the speaker traditionally holds on the committee will be reduced to four. The biggest change will include booting off six of the chamber’s most powerful committee chairmen.
Eventually, additional regional representatives will fill the slots formerly held by the committee chairmen. In the interim, according to Roll Call, six holdover members will be selected. Ryan will also be able to appoint one member at his discretion, and a rotating committee chair seat will be created for whomever’s panel is under consideration by the Steering Committee.
Massie pointed out that while the major committee chairmen might no longer have a seat at the table, Ryan’s loss of one vote is made up by the slot he can fill with whomever he likes. “Well he still has five,” he said. “Actually, you know what? It’s a red herring to say that he’s got five. He’s got 12 if you go count the leadership votes at the table.”
“Look, I don’t want to be critical of it because it’s a change in the right direction,” Massie added.
Still, other members of the House Freedom Caucus are exuberant about the changes they see Ryan bringing to the House. “I see this great new day, so I think the glass is not only half full but it is being filled to the brim,” Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) said at a press lunch hosted by the Heritage Foundation Tuesday. (Lummis will not seek reelection in 2016.)
“We just got our way — on regular order, and on the Steering Committee, and a lot of the procedural moves that we wanted,” said Rep. David Brat (R-Va.) at the same event, congratulating his fellow caucus members on the changes they’ve seen in the House since Ryan took the gavel.
Other caucus members are more reserved. “I’m cautiously optimistic,” said Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Okla.), a founding member of the group. “The right rhetoric is being used, the right words are being used. But we need to see results.”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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