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the Fight For Our Future
This week, I launched a new effort to enable
Kansans to get involved in the fight to reduce our nation’s growing deficit by learning about the
issue, exploring proposed solutions, and providing their feedback directly to Washington. The core of
the approach is a new interactive website called Fight For Our Future, www.moran.senate.gov/OurFuture, which
features data and infographics describing our government’s true fiscal condition. Site visitors
can review specific provisions within debt reduction proposals and vote for those they believe are most
effective. They also have an opportunity to co-sign a letter to President Obama urging him to engage
Congress and the public in an open, honest and urgent discussion to confront our fiscal challenges. Finally,
visitors can share their opinion about why spending cuts are essential to our country’s future.
Tuesday, I delivered a speech on the Senate floor to highlight this new effort and communicate to the
President and my colleagues in Congress that it’s time to have a responsible discussion on spending.
We must ultimately do what Kansans do: Make decisions based on solid values and be held accountable for
those decisions. If we fail to take action now and leave it for a future President and Congress to solve,
we will reduce the opportunities of the next generation to experience the country we know and love,
and we will diminish their chances to pursue the American Dream. I stand ready to work with my colleagues
in Congress toward a solution, and am hopeful that Kansans will utilize the Fight
For Our Future site to join the
effort to achieve meaningful spending reduction and reform.
Phone Call on the Debt with Thousands of Kansans
element of my initiative to engage Kansans in the Fight
for Our Future was a town hall meeting
via telephone on Wednesday night. It was an opportunity for folks to share their thoughts on our country’s
overspending and weigh in on the proposals being considered by Congress. I heard from many Kansans who
are concerned about the direction of our country and am grateful for the conversation, to everyone who
listened in, and to those who left messages with my office following the call. If you did not participate
in the call and would like to share your thoughts on how to address the challenges we face, please visit
my website to contribute: www.moran.senate.gov/OurFuture.
on the President to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline
Wednesday, I called on President Obama and the State Department to authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline
project after the announcement that Gov. Dave Heineman (R-Neb.) had approved a new route through Nebraska.
We cannot afford to further delay long-term energy security, and unemployed Americans with the skills
to construct this important project should not be forced to wait any longer for jobs. The President has
already spent more than four years reviewing the Keystone XL permit and conducting two comprehensive
environmental evaluations of the project. Approval would put Kansans and Americans to work and provide
an opportunity to grow local, state and national economies while taking a vital step toward energy security.
The original Keystone pipeline already moves crude oil from Steele City, Neb., to the processing facility
in Cushing, Okla. The Keystone XL Pipeline would use the existing infrastructure to safely move crude
through Kansas. I will continue my efforts to get the new portion of the pipeline operational. Click
here to read more about my call on
Senate Leadership Press Conference
Tuesday, I participated in my first weekly Senate Republican Leadership Press Conference as Chairman
of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, where I spoke about the greatest responsibility facing
elected officials in Washington: tackling the national debt and deficits. The first step toward righting
America’s fiscal course is passing a budget and sticking to it. It is thought to be compassionate
to spend money – how can it be compassionate to spend money that’s not yours, that is the
next generation’s? Click
here to watch my remarks at the press
conference in their entirety.
several weeks of some Senate Democrats threatening to take unprecedented action and unilaterally change
the rules of the Senate in order to deprive the minority party and its constituents of their right to
have their voices heard, Republican opposition to this action was successful, and a bipartisan rules
reform agreement was reached on Thursday.
new rules, which were agreed to with strong support from both parties, preserve the right of Republicans
and Democrats to fully participate in the legislative process and to use the filibuster when necessary. These
rule changes – if met with changes in behavior – will help us return to the days when healthy
debate and a fair amendment process made the Senate the most unique and efficient legislative body in
the world. Now that this rules debate is behind us, I am eager for the Senate to begin to address
our national debt and the other important, difficult challenges we face as a nation.
Remarks at State of the Net Technology Policy Conference
Tuesday, I joined technology policy thought leaders for the 9th Annual
State of the Net Conference hosted by the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus. State
of the Net is the largest tech policy conference in Washington, D.C., and the event provides an opportunity
to discuss many important technology issues including broadband expansion, online privacy, copyright
and cyber security. Many of these regulatory issues are important to the future growth of our digital
economy, one of the fastest-growing sectors of both the Kansas and U.S. economies. I was honored
to deliver a keynote address to kick off the conference and outline my thoughts on ways we can increase
innovation and provide our nation’s entrepreneurs with the environment they need to succeed. To
watch a video of my comments, please click
here. Thanks to Internet Education Foundation Executive
Director Tim Lordan for the opportunity to participate. Click
here to see a photo from the event.
with Secretary of Defense Nominee on Kansas Issues
on Wednesday, I hosted former-U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), the President’s nominee for Secretary
of Defense, for a conversation on issues relevant to military activities in Kansas and our national security
in my Washington, D.C., office. I asked for Sen. Hagel’s views on a number of issues like
the impact of Sequestration on defense programs, our relationship with Israel, and turmoil in the Middle
East including concerns with Iran’s nuclear agenda and chaos in Syria.
the meeting, we also discussed the important role of Kansas military installations and facilities. Sen.
Hagel was very familiar with the Big Red One at Fort Riley, as well as the Command and General Staff
College at Fort Leavenworth. I let the Secretary of Defense nominee know that the United States
Air Force has recognized the critical role Kansas plays in our national security and global air mobility
by selecting McConnell Air Force Base (AFB) in Wichita as a finalist for the Formal Training Unit and
Main Operation Base #1, as well as Forbes Airfield in Topeka as a finalist for Main Operation Base #2
for the KC-46A tanker program. I was glad to have the opportunity to advocate for Kansas tanker bases
and asked Sen. Hagel to be mindful of the critical role they play in our national security.
also made sure Sen. Hagel was aware of the negotiation process involving the U.S. Army and the Kansas
Army Ammunition Plant operated by Day & Zimmerman near Parsons which could impact as many as 150
employees. I am hopeful negotiations can proceed and a solution will be found to protect workers in the
Parsons community. I look forward to a fair and thorough hearing and nomination process for the Secretary
of Defense nominee. Click
here to see a photo from my
meeting with Sen. Hagel.
at the Wichita Aero Club Gala
Saturday, I presented the Wichita Aero Club Trophy to Airbus Americas Engineering and its vice president
of engineering, John O’ Leary. I was glad to have the opportunity to celebrate the contributions
Airbus has made over the past 10 years to the Wichita community and to our state.
currently employs 350 people in Wichita who help design parts for every Airbus product in the sky. As
the “Air Capitol of the World,” Wichita is proud to be Airbus’ first and largest engineering
and design facility outside Europe. Airbus has grown significantly over the past decade and is still
growing. In fact, Airbus is looking to increase the work it does with Kansas businesses. Given our economy’s
struggles the last few years, this is a tough time for many businesses. You know when you hear a company
is expanding and taking on more work, they must be doing something right. This kind of success does not
come about without strong leadership, and I commend John and the entire Airbus team on their achievements.
Wichita Aero Club exists to foster and promote interest in aviation, provide a forum that focuses on
the industry’s issues and achievements, and bring together those with a passion for flight in an
environment that expands and enhances professional relationships. Thanks to Wichita Aero Club President
Dave Franson for inviting me to honor Airbus at this year’s gala. Click
here to see a photo from the event.
to Leaders in the Commodities Industry
Sunday, I had the opportunity to address the Commodity Markets Council’s (CMC) 2013 State of the
Industry kickoff dinner. Attendees of this annual conference are active participants in the industries
that get our Kansas exports to market. As the 113th Congress gets underway, and with my seat on
the Senate Banking Committee and my Ranking Member position on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial
Services and General Government, I look forward to further engagement with these groups as we work promote
economic growth. Thanks to CMC President Sanjeev Joshipura and Kansas City Board of Trade’s
Jeff Borchardt for making my visit possible.
Join the 40th March for Life
again, this week saw hundreds of Kansans travel to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life on
January 25th. This event gives Americans from all parts of the country the opportunity to come together
to advocate for the inherent dignity of every human life, especially life in its most innocent form.
The right to life is fundamental and deserves our protection. I am grateful for the many Kansas students
and their chaperones for taking time from their schedules to make the long bus ride to Washington to
speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
was able to greet some of the participants from the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, when they arrived
in Washington. It was inspiring to see their enthusiasm as they braved freezing cold temperatures. It
was refreshing to hear their idealism and desire to move our country forward in a positive direction. As
a new term of Congress begins, these Kansans reinforce my commitment to promoting the dignity of all
human life. Click
here to see a photo from the March
In the Office
week we had several visitors in the Washington, D.C., office including the Kansans listed below:
Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Randall O’Donnell, Kansas
Sandra Lawrence, Kansas City
Genny Nicholas, Kansas City
Dallas Polen, Kansas City
Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Down Porter,
Charles Milhuff, Topeka
Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Council
Thomas Wabnum, Mayetta
Kansans stopped by to take a tour of the U.S. Capitol this week including:
and Janet Weis
Christie and Warren Sims
and Karen Landrum
and Nancy Carroll
to Serve You in Washington
is an honor to serve you in Washington, D.C. In recent weeks, I’ve been listening to Kansans calling
and writing in to share their thoughts and opinions on the debt crisis and big issues our country faces.
Whether your thoughts are in the form of letter, a Facebook comment or a phone call, please know that
I am listening and I appreciate messages from Kansans who wish to make their voice heard.
let me know how I can be of assistance. To send me an email, click
can also click
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Kansas offices or my Washington, D.C., office.