Chairman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) held his first hearing as Chairman of a Small Business Subcommittee. As chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access, Huelskamp held a hearing titled, "SBA Management Review: Oversight of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Offices.”
The Small Business Administration, or SBA, has the mission of aiding and counseling American entrepreneurs as they seek to start or grow their company. In the hearing, committee members examined how changes within the Offices of Entrepreneurial Development and Veteran’s Business Development will ensure that the SBA is effective in helping small firms without wasting federal funds on duplicative programs.
According to recent data, almost 600,000 Kansans are employed by small business, and 36% of Kansas businesses have fewer than 100 employees.
Huelskamp gave the following statement on his first hearing:
“As small businesses are the lifeblood of the local economy in my home district, Kansas’ Big First, I want to stress how important the SBA’s mission is and note that as Chairman of this Subcommittee I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the SBA moving forward.
“It is an honor to be in the Chairman's chair now to ensure entrepreneurs are able to start and grow small businesses without government interference.”
Congressman Huelskamp was named Chairman of the Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access last month. He was also named to the influential Republican Steering Committee late last year.
You can watch a replay of the hearing here.
Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp released an official email communication from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) which revealed that the agency will not enforce their ‘threatened’ listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) anywhere in the U.S. This declaration followed an order from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas vacating the listing and ruling that the FWS “arbitrarily” and “capriciously” listed the LPC. The judge called the FWS analysis of the situation “neither rigorous nor valid.” Until this time, it was unclear whether the FWS would still enforce their listing outside of Texas.
Huelskamp released the following statement:
“For years, I have been leading the fight against the FWS and this nonsensical listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken. The original decision to list the bird was not based on sound science or the proven success of voluntary conservation, but that didn’t stop the FWS bureaucrats from imposing their decision on our farmers, ranchers, energy producers and other small businesses. I call on the FWS to abandon any appeal of this Court ruling and instead to recognize the continued LPC recovery as the historic drought has hopefully ended and voluntary efforts are working.
“The original listing tactic for the LPC was initiated through a secretive legal action – a method known as ‘sue and settle’ – one in which the government encourages a lawsuit and then secretly settles without public input. Two weeks ago, the House passed a bill I sponsored, H.R. 712, to prevent agencies from undermining current law with this approach.”
The email is below:
It was good talking with you earlier this morning. Below is some background to respond to your question about the lesser prairie-chicken.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has vacated the listing decision for the lesser prairie-chicken. The United States requested the court to modify the judgment, to leave the listing in place on remand for the Service to complete a new rule making. The court has ordered the parties to engage in mediation. As a result of the court's order, the Service is not treating the lesser prairie-chicken as a species protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We continue to support voluntary conservation efforts that benefit the lesser prairie-chicken and will continue to work with the states, private landowners, other federal agencies, and other partners on these efforts. Interested landowners and industry may enroll in the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Range-wide Plan, NRCS’ Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative or a Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAAs). CCAAs are available in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. In addition, an Oil and Gas CCAA is available for companies across the five-state range of the lesser prairie-chicken.
Please let me know if you need anything else.
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Huelskamp joined Greg Akagi from the Kansas Ag Network to discuss a variety of issues, including stopping Obama's Waters of the US Rule and the legislative agenda for 2016.Read More
Salina, KS – Each spring, a nationwide, high-school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent across the U.S. as well as in each congressional district.
The contest is open to all public, private and homeschooled high school students in the 1st District. The overall winner of the 1st District competition will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. The national exhibit in Washington also will include artwork from other winners nationwide.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
The deadline for submitting entries for the 2016 Congressional Arts Competition is Thursday March 17, 2016 at 5:00pm.
All entries must be submitted digitally by email to Ashley.email@example.com Please make sure to include student’s name, high school, art teacher’s contact information, title, and medium in the email.
Judges will then select 1st and 2nd place winners in each of the seven categories and one overall winner. 2016 Art Competition Awards will be presented later this spring.
All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.
Each high school is allowed to enter SEVEN original pieces. Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. Art works entered cannot weigh more than 15 pounds. The art work may be:
If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition please contact Ashley Howard in the Salina office at 785-309-0572 or Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit https://huelskamp.house.gov/services/art-competition.
View an album of the winning artwork from the 2015 competition here.
Artwork by Alastair Brillhart of Little River, the 2015 winner from the First District of Kansas
TOPEKA – On Friday, January 22, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) will be the keynote speaker for the annual Kansans for Life March and Rally outside the Topeka Statehouse.
“I look forward to joining supporters of Life in Topeka on Friday. Despite the decades-long frontal assault by pro-abortion forces, along with a complicit media, and a corrupt Court system, the support the most innocent babies has only continued to grow. And that will be clearly evident at Rallies and Marches all across America tomorrow.”
View a video of the Congressman speaking about his family’s plans for the March for Life here.
For more information on the day’s events, visit http://www.kfl.org/events_topekacapitolrally.htmlRead More
SALINA, KAN. – On Tuesday, members of the Saline County Farm Bureau Association board met with Congressman Tim Huelskamp, who represents Salina in Washington.
Huelskamp discussed many issues with the board members, including the federal government’s overreach with the Waters of the United States rule and the Endangered Species Act. How the government addresses technology in agriculture, especially FAA regulation on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, was also an issue of concern.
Huelskamp also highlighted trade and the members discussed proposals to sell more Kansas agricultural products around the world. A reliable private crop insurance market is part of that equation.
The Congressman said on the discussion, “Meetings like this one with the Saline County Farm Bureau help confirm and spread new light on the problems Kansas farmers and ranchers face because of Obama’s overregulation. This year I will continue to fight for Kansas agriculture at the national level, so those at home can focus on their own livelihoods and not the feds.”Read More
WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) voted to ditch the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Huelskamp was a cosponsor of S.J. Res. 22 in the House. His colleagues voted 253 to 156 on the disapproval resolution; it will now be sent to the president’s desk.
For years, Congressman Huelskamp has been fighting this radical new regulation, an unprecedented effort by the Obama Administration to expand its regulation and control over all waters in our nation, well beyond the limits established in law by Congress. The legislative and judicial branches continue to whittle away at the flawed rule. In 2015, Huelskamp took action to stop implementation and funding of the rule. In November, a federal court issued a stay on nationwide enforcement.
“As a fifth-generation farmer, I personally understand the threat WOTUS poses to our rural way of life. As at least one Court has decreed, WOTUS is illegal, because it seeks to regulate every road ditch, farm pond, prairie pothole, swimming pool, water tank, and rain puddle in Kansas and elsewhere—despite the clear law otherwise. With passage of our resolution, my colleagues have joined with me on the side of rural Americans to protect us from the EPA’s unprecedented water grab. While President Obama has already threatened to veto our common sense effort, I hope both chambers will stand strong and override his veto.”Read More
WASHINGTON – Today the House Small Business Committee announced that Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) has been named the new chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.
Huelskamp said of his new Chairmanship, “From family farms, to small manufacturers and our community banks, small businesses are the lifeblood of the Kansas economy. It will be an honor to serve as Chairman of this Subcommittee and shine a light on issues that are so important to our way of life. As Chairman, I will invite small business owners, employees, farmers, bankers, and others to give their insight how the federal government can work better for them, or simply just get out of their way.”
This new role will provide Huelskamp opportunities to highlight topics important to Kansas small businesses, the backbone of the state’s economy. Huelskamp’s priorities include evaluating the current tax code that is hurting small businesses, halting harmful regulations on farmers and many other small businesses, such as the radical Waters of the U.S. rule, and reducing the burden of Dodd-Frank’s overregulation of the community banks upon which our small businesses rely.
"Congressman Huelskamp is a strong advocate for small businesses, fighting against government overregulation and interference. He knows small business is where the jobs are and he's proven to be a champion for the little guys," said Randy O’Boyle, president of Ultra Electronics ICE, Inc in Manhattan.
“As the owner of an independent pharmacy in rural Kansas, I know first-hand how government regulations are strangling small business,” said Patrick Hilger, pharmacist and owner, Gregwire Health Mart in Russell. “ I cannot afford to hire a team of lobbyists like the large corporations do, so we rely on our elected representative to stand up for the small guy out here. Congressman Huelskamp is an advocate for small businesses and our rural communities. His leadership as Chairman of this important Subcommittee will give people like me a stronger voice and oversight on critical issues facing our industry.”
“Congressman Huelskamp’s appointment to the Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee will have immediate, positive implications. Regulatory accountability has been lacking, environmental review needs improving, and local voice has been subordinated to bureaucratic agendas,” said Jim Carlson of Stillwater Technical Solutions and the Kansas Natural Resource Coalition. Carlson is based in Garden City, KS.
“Congressman Huelskamp’s promotion to Chairmanship of this important Subcommittee is a huge win for small manufacturers across the state,” said Tony Schleich, president of American Packaging in Hutchinson. “His tenacious and unrelenting efforts protecting Kansas small businesses allow our voices to be heard clearly in D.C.”
Todd Godrey, president of Godfrey’s Indoor Shooting and Archery Range in Junction, commented on the implications of the subcommittee being led by a strong defender of the Second Amendment. “We feel that protecting your 2nd Amendment is our top priority, and that having Congressman Huelskamp leading the Small Business subcommittee, will give us a National voice in ensuring that the constitutional rights of all small Kansas businesses are heard. His leadership on this Subcommittee is essential in pushing back against the Obama Administration that is doing everything in their power to infringe on the rights of citizens to bear arms.”
“Congressman Huelskamp listens to his constituents first and foremost,” said Chairman Chabot, the Chairman of the full Small Business Committee. “That’s what small businesses need from their representatives in Washington, and that is what will make him a great leader for the Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee.”
This marks another recent victory for conservatives under new House Speaker Ryan. In December, Congressman Huelskamp was also elected by his colleagues to the powerful House Steering Committee which makes selections for all other House Committees.Read More
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Huelskamp was elated to learn that his nomination of the Junction City High School Blue Jay marching band was successful as they were invited to participate in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C.
Huelskamp nominated the Blue Jay band in February of 2015. On May 29th of 2017, they’ll join other talented bands from across the nation in marching down Constitution Avenue. While in Washington D.C. the band is tentatively scheduled to perform two concerts and visit the Capitol.
Huelskamp released the following statement on the Blue Jay’s achievement:
"I congratulate Band Director T. J. Taylor and these young individuals and am excited to have them represent Kansas as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
“Each year in high school I was proud to march with my school’s band at the Kansas State Fair. I look forward to the potential opportunity to host these dedicated folks as they march in D.C.”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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