Kansas Common Sense - Honoring Those Who Served

Senator Jerry Moran
2012-11-13 17:07:49
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Upcoming Open Office Hours 

A member of Sen. Moran’s staff will soon be visiting the following communities to assist Kansans who are experiencing difficulties with Social Security, Medicare, and veterans’ benefits or have other concerns regarding federal issues. Members of the community are welcome to attend:





Elk County
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CT
Elk County Courthouse
Commission Room
225 E. Washington
Howard, KS 67349

Marion County
Monday, November 19, 2012
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT
Marion County Courthouse
Commission Meeting Room
200 South Third Street

Marion, KS 66861


Miami County
Thursday, November 29th, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CT
Miami County Administration Building
Training Room, Suite 200
201 S. Pearl 
Paola, KS 66071 



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Kansas Common Sense
November 13, 2012


Dear Friend,


Welcome to “Kansas Common Sense.” Thank you for your continued  interest in receiving my weekly newsletter. I spent time this week in  Kansas, traveling throughout our state, listening to Kansans, and  getting feedback on issues we face in Washington. Congress has returned  to session and much work remains to be done. Without Congressional  action, Americans will be saddled with $500 billion in tax increases,  nearly $4,000 per household, on January 1. At the same time, as part of  the 2011 Budget Control Act, mandatory spending cuts known as  “sequestration” will take place, creating what is being referred to as a  “fiscal cliff.” While Congress must rein in government spending, it  needs to be done in a responsible manner. In a recent report, the  Congressional Budget Office forecasts that the combination of these two  events will trigger another economic recession in 2013. It is past time  for Congress and the President to work together, set aside the game of  politics, and make certain the country remains strong for generations to  come.

This week, I visited with folks in Sedgwick, Riley, Douglas, Rooks  and Ellis Counties. You can read more about visits below. Please feel  free to forward this newsletter on to your family and friends if it  would interest them.

Honoring Those Who Served

The celebration of Veterans Day in the week following the election  serves as a fitting reminder of where our priorities should be. The  service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans has protected the  freedoms of our democracy and allowed us to live in the strongest,  freest, greatest country in the world. Our service men and women don’t  sacrifice in the name of Republicans or Democrats; they put their lives  at risk for the greater good and to ensure freedom and liberty for their  children and grandchildren.

When our nation’s veterans return home from battle, it must be our  priority to help these heroes return to civilian life. Unemployment,  mental health care, rural health care, and timely processing of claims  are critical issues facing veterans. As a member of the Senate Veterans’  Affairs Committee, I am committed to addressing these problems. You can  read more about my efforts by clicking here. As we in Washington return  to work on pressing legislation, we would be well served to remember  the example of veterans: It is time to work together, place the common  good ahead of narrow interests, and keep our promises.

Happy 237th Birthday to the Marine Corps

On Friday morning, I spoke at the Marine Corps 237th birthday  celebration in Lawrence, Kansas. This is a great tradition where Marines  all over the world enjoy the same moment with the cutting of the  birthday cake and celebrate the birthday of their Corps - one of the  finest fighting forces in the world. It is honor, courage and commitment  that guide Marines to remain “Semper Fidelis” – “Always faithful” to  the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps, and to country.  Washington must follow the example of our Marines Corps and show honor,  courage and commitment when it comes to tackling the challenges before  us. Our country owes the Marine Corps an incredible debt for what  they've accomplished throughout history. Happy Birthday and Semper Fi. to see photos from the event.
Sen. Moran Celebrates 237th Marine Corps Birthday at the Dole Institute


Meeting with the Governor’s Military Council

On Wednesday, I met with the Governor's Military Council in  Manhattan, Kansas. This council focuses on state leaders, Kansas  military installations, service men and women and their families, and  works to make certain Kansas remains a place committed to their success.

During the meeting, members of the military, community leaders and  members of military-focused organizations discussed the importance of a  strong military presence in Kansas including McConnell Air Force Base,  Smoky Hill ANG, Forbes Air Force Base, Ft. Riley, Ft. Leavenworth and  the 35th Infantry Division. The group offered advice and suggestions to  develop a strategy to support our military installations and a high  quality of life for Kansas military families.

Our local communities are the biggest contribution to the quality of  life for our military families. Junction City, Leavenworth, Wichita,  Topeka and Salina provide the support, infrastructure and care that our  military families deserve. These communities and others around the state  also support our veterans and various ideas were exchanged as to how we  can provide the best care, whether it is a routine check-up or mental  health wellness. The Council also discussed the future of unmanned  aerial system technology and other programs that could benefit Kansas  military installations in the long run. Concerns were voiced about  upcoming Department of Defense budget cuts, restructuring and  sequestration. The Council is working hard alongside military and  community leaders to address potential outcomes from this budget-cutting  process and possible impacts on our state.

Thanks to the entire  council, including Brigadier Gen. MacWillie, Senior Commander of Ft.  Riley, Kansas Adjutant General Tafanelli for the Kansas National Guard,  and Mr. Kirby Brown, Deputy to the Commanding General of Ft.  Leavenworth, for the constructive conversation.


Celebrating Entrepreneurship Week

On Friday, I joined students, faculty and Kansas innovators and  entrepreneurs on the University of Kansas campus at an event focused on  entrepreneurship. This event, hosted by the Schools of Business,  Engineering and Journalism, aimed to expose students to entrepreneurship  as a career path and introduce students to startup companies in the  region. It also gave them the opportunity to learn from policy makers  about the role of government in enabling entrepreneurship, innovation  and company creation.

The event kicked off with a panel of entrepreneurs, including Bill  Donovan, president of Pulse Aerospace and KU aerospace engineering  alumnus; Naithan Jones, CEO and founder of AgLocal, a mobile-based  agriculture application that has gained national attention; Joseph  Melookaran, president of JMA Information Technology; and Danny O'Neill,  founder of The Roasterie, a Kansas City-based specialty coffee roaster.

Following the panel, I joined Dean Neeli Bendapudi of the KU School  of Business for a discussion regarding national efforts to make certain  the U.S. remains a global leader in entrepreneurship, and to discuss  ways to reduce the barriers for entrepreneurs so more Americans will  take a chance and start a business.

Kansas has a rich history as a place where innovators have been free  to pursue their ideas, start businesses, and pursue their dreams – and  we must keep it that way. While new business - those 5 years and younger  - are responsible for all net new job creation in the past 25 years,  new business formation at its lowest level in nearly 40 years. I have  introduced legislation called Startup Act 2.0 with Sens. Mark Warner  (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), to make it  easier for entrepreneurs in Kansas and across the country to succeed.  Congress needs to focus its attention on creating an environment where  entrepreneurs have an opportunity to pursue success and in the process  put people back to work. I am committed to working with my colleagues in  the Lame Duck session to help create such an environment. Thanks to  Dean Bendapudi, Dean Ann Brill of the School of Journalism, Interim Dean  Stan Rolfe, Ph.D., of the School of Engineering, and Charlotte Tritch  for helping to organize this worthwhile event. Click here to see a photo album from this event.


Speaking to the Hays Lions Club

On Election Day, I spoke to the Hays Lions Club at the Bakery Shop.  It was great to be among so many fellow club members and longtime  friends. We discussed many important issues facing our state and nation  including the presidential election, the economy, our growing national  debt, and the terrorist attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Libya that  resulted in the killing of four American diplomats, including  Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Communities across our state are strengthened by the Kansans who  participate in civic clubs. Lions Clubs work to make Kansas communities  strong and I have been a proud member of the Hays club for more than 35  years and am former President of the club. Thanks to Club President Jim  Huenergarde and to Les and Brenda Herrman for their warm welcome,  hospitality and for allowing me to be the program this week. Click here to see a photo album from the event.


Speaking at the West Sedgwick County Sunrise Rotary Club

During breakfast on Thursday, I spoke to the West Sedgwick County  Sunrise Rotary Club. We had a good conversation about several topics  including government spending, the need for jobs, a growing economy, a  more certain regulatory environment. We also discussed the looming  “fiscal cliff” that awaits lawmakers as they return to Washington D.C.   The conversations I have with Kansans are always helpful and I  appreciate everyone who came to the meeting. Thanks to President Dalia  Hale for her leadership of the club and to Jesse McCurry for the kind  introduction. Thanks also to former Wichita Mayor Carlos Mayans, Wichita  City Councilman Jeff Longwell, and Pat Gallagher from the Wichita  Chamber of Commerce for attending. Thanks also to Club President Dalia  Hale for being so welcoming. Click here to see a photo.

Visiting with Members of Derby Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday afternoon, the Derby Chamber of Commerce hosted me at a  membership luncheon. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss several  issues including McConnell Air Force Base and its current and future  role in the defense of our nation, job creation, the importance of  education and my concerns with our nation’s $16.3 trillion debt. Thanks  to retiring Chamber President Rhonda Cott for her hard work and  leadership. And Congratulations and best wishes to incoming president  Alicia Early. Thanks also to State Representative Jim Howell for  participating and to Daniel Johnson, owner of Johnson and Company  Certified Public Accountants, for sponsoring the luncheon. Click here to see a photo from my visit.

Visiting the U.S. Air Force Academy

Robba and I drove to Colorado last weekend to attend the wedding of  Emily Jeter, daughter of Joe and Cheryl Jeter of Hays. I stayed on  Monday to visit the United States Air Force Academy. At the Academy, I  was briefed by the Superintendent Lt. General Mike Gould, and had lunch  with eight cadets from Kansas and Brigadier General Greg Lengyel, the  Commandant of Cadets. I was also asked to speak to a senior seminar  studying the U.S. Congress taught by Lt. Col. Shaio Zerba and Lt. Col.  Denver Collins. Congratulations to the Jeter family and thanks to all  those at the U.S. Air Force Academy for facilitating my visit. Click here to see a photo.



In the Office

This week we had several visitors in the Washington, D.C., office, including the Kansans listed below.


Close Up Foundation
Seaman High School, Topeka:
Janelle Sparkman
Katelyn Foss
Dakota Mumford
Katie Peenenboom
Kelsea Mullinix
Kaitlyn Perkins
Danielle Davenport
Anne Haskell
Lisa Marston
Hannah Poort
Ryan Colombo
Alex Lee
Steve Darting

City of Topeka
Jim Colson

City of Wichita
Pete Meitzner

Garden City Community College
Herbert Swender of Garden City
Debbie Atkinson of Garden City
Dee Wigner of Garden City
Herbert Swender, Jr. of Garden City
Austin Swender of Garden City

Stop Hunger Now
Rick McNary of El Dorado


Many Kansans stopped by to take a tour of the US Capitol this week including:

Overland Park
Sean Franke
Jim Lyons

St. George
Carole Lovin and son, Jared

Hugo Aravena-Diaz and Laura Tornini and children Ana, Alex, and Lucas
Ana Diaz Poblete



Contact Me

It is an honor to serve you in Washington, D.C. Please let me know how I can be of assistance. To send me an email, click here. You can also click here to contact me through one of my Kansas offices or my Washington, D.C., office.

Very truly yours,