Legislative update from Todd Tiahrt

A recent legislative update from Congressman Todd Tiahrt:

U.S. Capitol Update
March 9, 2009

Dear Friend,

Welcome to this weeks U.S. Capitol Update.

Freezing Federal Spending Levels
The unemployment numbers released last week (8.1 percent nationally) only confirm what American families across the country have been experiencing. Far too many workers are out of a job, and it is the responsibility of this Congress to find solutions that help get people back to work. There are tools available that would immediately offer incentives for businesses to hire workers, invest in capital, increase exports, and boost sales.

Unfortunately, Democrats in Washington are content to grow the size of the federal government instead of helping businesses create high-paying, high-quality jobs for American workers.

Last week, I voted to freeze spending levels within the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year. Washington’s government programs should have to make the same budget adjustments many Kansas families have had to make by cutting out unnecessary spending. It is irresponsible for taxpayers to pay for a bloated federal government that is feeding off borrowed money.

Reducing the jobless number by helping people get back to work should be our focus. As the House prepares the next budget, I will continue being a voice of reason for a fiscally-responsible government and will persist on real solutions that increase opportunities for American workers.

Fighting for an American Tanker
On Thursday I participated in a hearing on global mobility as a senior member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. I used this as an opportunity to speak out for the need to act quickly to replace our current aging tanker fleet. Witnesses included General Duncan McNabb, Commander, Transportation Command; General Arthur Lichte, Commander, Air Mobility Command; and Major General Randy Fullhart, Director, Global Reach Programs.

I stressed the need for an American-made aerial refueling tanker that will provide us with maximum mobility around the world. America’s ability to quickly and reliably mobilize forces and resources cannot be done without the support of our tanker fleet. We must give our military service members all the tools they need to carry out their missions. Replacing the current fleet of KC-135 tankers is necessary to help ensure we are ready for whatever mission we may be called to do.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee Community Event
It was an honor to speak at the AIPAC community event in Overland Park Sunday. Several hundred members of the Jewish community were in attendance at the Kehilath Israel Synagogue.

I spoke of the important relationship between the United States and Israel, especially as both countries face challenges fighting the Global War on Terror. The relationship between Israel and the United States is a vital, strategic partnership. Israel is on the front lines of the Global War on Terror and we must remain strong allies in our shared goal of a more peaceful world.

Department of Health and Human Services
Early last week we learned that President Obama had nominated Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As the new Ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Subcommittee that approves funding and provides oversight for HHS, I thought it was important for me to communicate concerns I have with some of her views.

Click here to read my statement.

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you or your family, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can reach my Wichita office at 316.262.8992 or send me an electronic message by clicking here.

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