Kansas Common Sense - Elected to Serve in Senate Leadership

Senator Jerry Moran
2012-11-19 16:29:58
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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:

 

 

         

 

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

           

 

                                 

Sedgwick County
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CT
Council Chambers
Mulvane City Hall
211 North Second Street
Mulvane, KS 67110

 

 

             

Sumner County
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CT
Commission Meeting Room
Sumner County Courthouse
501 North Washington
Wellington, KS 67152

 

 

             

Harper County
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT
Commission Meeting Room
Harper County Courthouse
201 North Jennings Avenue
Anthony, KS 67003

 

 

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

 

 

 

             

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Kansas Common Sense
November 19, 2012

 

Dear Friend,

 

Welcome to “Kansas Common Sense.” Thank  you for your continued interest in receiving my weekly newsletter.  Congress has returned to session in Washington 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. 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. You can read more about my activities this week  below. Please feel free to forward this newsletter on to your family and  friends if it would interest them.

 

Elected to Serve in Senate Leadership

On Wednesday, I was elected unanimously  by my Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate to serve as Chairman of  the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). I am thankful to my  colleagues for giving me the opportunity to serve in this position.

Before pursuing this position, I spoke  with Senator Bob Dole about his time representing Kansas in the United  States Senate. We discussed both the challenges and opportunities that  accompanied his role in Senate leadership and how he used his leadership  post to better represent Kansas. Though my new position will bring  additional responsibility, I am deeply committed to fulfilling my duties  as a senator to promote the interests and values of Kansas. I look  forward to working with Leader McConnell and others within our  Conference to make certain we make the right decisions for Kansas and  our country as a whole.

 

Concerns over U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Continue

This summer, 50 of my Senate colleagues  joined me in sending a powerful bipartisan message to the Obama  Administration: A United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that does not protect  Americans’ Second Amendment rights will not be ratified by the Senate.  When the U.N. Conference dissolved in July without a treaty, it was  clearly a positive conclusion for American gun owners and I’m glad we  were able to steer the Administration toward this outcome.

  Unfortunately the threat to our Second Amendment rights remains. Within  hours of securing his reelection, President Obama declared his support  for continued negotiations of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty now scheduled  for March 2013. The President’s insistence on continued treaty talks is  alarming. It is now clear that Congress must reiterate its concerns with  the latest draft of the treaty. I intend to lead this effort once  again, and make certain President Obama knows there is sufficient  opposition in the new Congress to block ratification. A copy of the  letter that my colleagues and I sent to the President in July can be  found here.

 

Global Entrepreneurship Week

This week, I spoke on the Senate floor  to share with my colleagues the importance of supporting our nation’s  entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Started in 2008 by  the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Global Entrepreneurship Week is  the world's largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who  launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and  expand human welfare. Since its founding, the celebration has grown to  129 countries with some 35,000 activities that engage millions of  people. 

Entrepreneurship remains a key  component of our growing economy. In fact, startups - businesses 5 years  old or younger - are responsible for all net job creation in the  economy between 1980 and 2005, creating about 3 million jobs each year.  But recent economic data suggests that America’s startup engine is  slowing down because of a number of factors including regulatory  burdens, lack of access to talent, difficulties in attracting capital,  and a host of other issues. Earlier this year, I introduced the Startup  Act 2.0 to reduce these burdens so more American entrepreneurs will take  a chance to provide a new product or service, tackle some of our  world’s greatest challenges, and in the process get Americans back to  work. Click here to view a video of my remarks.

 

Supporting Israel’s Right to Defend Itself

 When I traveled to Israel in 2008, I  visited the town of Sderot. Located a mile east of Gaza, residents of  this border town have been the target of rocket and mortar attacks  launched by terrorists in Gaza for years. When the warning of an attack  sounds, residents have just 10 seconds to find shelter. No one should  have to live like this.

Yet, more than a million Israelis live  within range of the rockets Hamas and other terrorists fire daily into  Israel. This year alone, more than 1,900 rockets have been fired at  Israel. A recent increase in the number of attacks from Gaza led Israel  to respond this week. Like any nation, Israel has the right and  responsibility to defend its citizens.

I sponsored a resolution this week  expressing support for Israel as it battles to protect its people from  acts of terrorism. Passage of this legislation with unanimous support  sends a powerful message that in this difficult time, America stands  with Israel at it defends itself.

  

 

Senate Banking Committee Reviews Proposed Regulations

On Wednesday, I participated in a  hearing held in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban  Affairs focused on reviewing the new international banking standards set  forth in the Basel Accords.  These international finance summits are  held periodically in Basel, Switzerland, with the intent of stabilizing  and standardizing global banking practices.  The most recent meeting  resulted in a set of capital standards referred to as Basel III. The  Federal Reserve Board of Governors (FRB), Office of the Comptroller of  the Currency (OCC), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)  who regulate U.S. banks, have begun to draft new rules for our banks in  accordance with the Basel agreements. The recently concluded public  comment period resulted in well over one thousand comments from U.S.  banks and insurance interests requesting more information on how these  rules were formulated.

Wednesday’s hearing was scheduled to  make certain these proposed rules were appropriate for our national  financial system.  If implemented as currently proposed, Basel III would  have far reaching negative effects on smaller banks.  Smaller financial  institutions are unable to comply with complex international standards  and they should not be expected to do so.  Forcing small town banks to  comply with standards intended for large, complex financial institutions  with international interests will result in fewer home and business  loans in our rural communities.  As the Banking Committee continues to  review the proposed rules set forth by the regulators, I will continue  to push back on over burdensome, one-size-fits-all regulations that will  further stall growth in our communities.

 

Discussing Health Care with Kansas Hospital Administrators

On Friday, I had the opportunity to  visit with hospital leaders from across our state at the Kansas Hospital  Association 2012 Convention in Overland Park. This annual event allows  Kansas’ hospital administrators to get together and discuss strategies  to meet today’s challenges and future expectations in the changing  health care arena. I appreciated hearing our hospital administrators’  valuable perspective on a wide range of post-election issues that  President Obama and Congress must work together to address. Several of  these important issues include the adverse consequences of the looming  “fiscal cliff,” automatic sequestration cuts and other reductions to  Medicare reimbursements to doctors and other providers, and a number of  questions surrounding implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Thank  you to KHA President Tom Bell and new KHA Board Chair Vicki Hahn for  inviting me to this event. 

Additionally, I wanted to wish KHA’s  Senior Vice President, Fred Lucky, best wishes on his upcoming  retirement. Congratulations to Fred on more than 20 years of dedicated  service to our state’s hospitals and their patients. Throughout his  career, Fred has been a strong advocate for hospitals and a  knowledgeable resource on health care legislative and regulatory issues  affecting Kansans. I appreciate having the opportunity to have Fred’s  advice and counsel. Click here to view a photo from the event.

 

Selection Board Interviews Applicants for U.S. Service Academies

On Saturday, I had the honor of meeting  more than 60 students from Kansas at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library  in Abilene as part of my annual Service Academy Selection Day. Students  applying for admission to the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy,  U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy interviewed  with my Selection Board, and the Board provided me with recommendations  regarding nominations. This day has always been a favorite of mine  because I get to meet some of the best and brightest of Kansas. The day  once again served as a reminder that Kansas produces smart,  hard-working, civic-minded people who want to serve their country.

Big thanks to Karl Weissenbach, DeAnn  Stone, and Linda Smith at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library for hosting  us. And, this important process would not be possible without the help  of my Selection Board, made up of community leaders from across the  state who take great interest in seeing students succeed. The members  review applications and conduct interviews before giving me their  recommendations.

Members of the 2012 Service Academy  Selection Board include: Mike Junk of Salina; Ron Whitney and Steve  Harmon of Emporia; Ron Lucas of Goodland; Paula Ripple of Dodge City;  Frank Clepper, Chris Meyer and John O’Leary of Wichita; Robin Jackson of  Hutchinson; Jacque Oakes of Independence; Jill McCarthy and Ernie  Garcia of Overland Park; Sam Turner of Leawood; Cecil Webb of Olathe;  Bill Clifford of Garden City; Wendell Maddox of Kansas City; Karen Clark  of Leavenworth; Corinne Nilsen of Andover; Daralyn Arata of Manhattan  and Betty Click of Lawrence. I would like to thank Midshipman Brent  Cline of the U.S. Naval Academy for traveling home to Kansas to visit  with this year’s applicants. Brent is the son of Kevin and Wendy Cline  of Mulvane. Click here to see a photo from the event.

  

 Visiting the Overland Park Rotary Club

En route to the airport I had the  opportunity to visit the Overland Park Rotary meeting. Their program  featured students who are Youth Leadership Institute participants. The  Youth Leadership Institute promotes leadership skills, civic awareness  and exposure to Rotary values to high school students across the Kansas  City area. I enjoyed speaking to members of this year’s Institute class  including Lauren Adamson, Ali Campbell, Willis Cook, Emily Hathhorn,  Daniel Huhn, Sarah Smoot, Cindy Wang, Stardust Wehmeyer, Elizabeth  Wolock and scholarship winners Bobby Goheen, Logan Reilly and Matt  Schmitz. 

Johnson County Community College (JCCC)  President Dr. Terry Calaway was also honored at the meeting. Dr.  Calaway recently announced he will be retiring in August of 2013. During  his tenure at JCCC, the college has seen increased enrollment and  campus expansion, as well as several other numerous accomplishments. Dr.  Calaway’s exemplary leadership has been a model for many, and I greatly  appreciate his service and dedication to students, faculty and  community members. I enjoyed attending the Rotary Club and appreciated  the hospitality of member Greg Musil, Youth Leadership Institute 2012  Program Chair Ryan Cook and club President Doug Young. Click here to view a photo.

 

Attending Eagle Scout Ceremony in Plainville

On Sunday, I attended the Eagle Scout  Court of Honor Ceremony for Brennan Foster at the First Methodist Church  in Plainville. As a former scout in Plainville’s Troop 109, I was  especially pleased to attend and personally congratulate Brennan on  achieving Scouting’s highest honor. Brennan worked diligently to achieve  Scouting’s highest honor, earning more than 20 merit badges, taking a  leadership role in his Boy Scout troop, and developing and completing a  service project for the Plainville community. The path to becoming an  Eagle Scout calls on young men like Brennan to adopt a spirit of service  and prepare themselves for life’s great challenges. I encourage Brennan  and all other Eagle Scouts to stay involved in their Troops, continue  to invest in their communities, and provide leadership to the next  generation of Scouts. Click here to view a photo from the ceremony.

 

Recognizing National Adoption Day

November is National Adoption Month and  Saturday was recognized as National Adoption Day. As a member of the  Congressional Coalition on Adoption, I am proud to celebrate the many  families in Kansas and across our nation who have made a lasting  difference in the lives of thousands of children through adoption. Their  compassion and commitment has given these children both a family and a  bright future. Every child deserves the opportunity to be part of a  permanent and loving family. When dedicated individuals make a major  difference in a child’s life through adoption, families are strengthened  and communities are enriched.

National Adoption Day is a nationwide  effort to raise awareness of the more than 104,000 children in foster  care in the United States waiting for families to adopt them. More than  400 communities across the country, including in Kansas, hosted events  on or around this day to finalize adoptions out of foster care and  celebrate families who adopt. Since 2000, nearly 40,000 children have  been adopted from foster care on or around National Adoption Day and  this year thousands more children are expected to be adopted. This week I  sponsored S. Res. 595, a resolution promoting national awareness of  adoption and the children awaiting families, celebrating children and  families involved in adoption, and encouraging Americans to secure  safety, permanency and well-being for all children.

 

Remembering Charlie Staab

This week I was saddened to learn of  the passing of Charlie Staab, Jr. of Hays. On Saturday I joined friends  and family in celebrating Charlie’s life at the Immaculate Heart of Mary  Catholic Church in Hays. Charlie was a kind and special person who made  an incredible impact upon the Hays community. He believed in serving  God, his community and others, made evident through his involvement in  so many local causes including Thomas More Prep-Marian High School,  Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, Immaculate Heart of Mary,  and the Knights of Columbus. 

As a World War II veteran, Charlie  remained extremely involved in his local VFW and American Legion and  worked to make certain no veteran was ever forgotten.  Charlie’s  involvement in the community resulted in him being chosen as a past Hays  Citizen of the Year. Charlie was a devoted husband to Marcella, who  passed away in 2005, and a loving father to his sons Charles of Federal  Way, Washington; Ronald of Victoria; Douglas of Lawrence and Conrad of  Russell. I was honored to call Charlie a dear friend for many years and  will greatly miss him. Robba and I extend our sympathies to his family  and friends during this difficult time. 

 

 

In the Office

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

Bethany College
President Ed Leonard of Lindsborg

Close Up Foundation
Courtney Madden of Lawrence
Alejandra Hernandez-Castro of Lawrence
Kayla Moore of Topeka
Margarita Nunez of Emporia
Biak Nun of Kansas City
Miguel Dominguez of Garden City

Eagle Communications
Gary Shorman of Hays

Hawker Beechcraft
Jay Gibson of Wichita

Immigration Voice
Govind Ramakrisha Pillai of Wichita

Invisible Children
William Payne of Overland Park
Herbert Hansen of Overland Park
Hayleigh Howe of Wichita

Kansas Health Consumer Coalition
Anna Lambertson of Topeka

Kansas Independent College Association and Fund
Matt Lindsey of Topeka

Marshall Elementary, Blue Ribbon Award Winners
Principal Rob Leis

Pleasant Green Baptist Church
Reverend Jarvis Collier of Kansas City

Society for Human Resource Management
Dan Hamel of Wichita
Phillip Hayes of Wichita
Claudia Saenz of Garden City
Dan Schultz of Manhattan

Value Place, LLC
Ed Watson of Wichita

WorkforceONE
Eddie Estes of Dodge City

University of Kansas Medical Center CHC Executive Fellowship
Marsha Killian of Kansas City
Mike Grasso of Kansas City

 

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

Hays
Tamara Lynn
Joshua Rounkles
Karla Murguia
Ashley Campbell

Lawrence
Alejandra Hernandez-Castro of Lawrence

Jetmore
Grant Stairrett

Netawaka
Christopher Scheidegger

Olpe
Dorothy Blaufuss

Plains
Juliana Herrera

Reading
Jeremy Bishoff

Salina
Shellby Beaman

Stilwell
Keith Hagel

Topeka
Jodi Gee
Lisa Blaufuss

WaKeeney
Evan Cronn

 

  

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Very truly yours,     

 

Jerry

 

 

    
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