U.S. Capitol Update
March 27, 2009
Welcome to this week’s U.S. Capitol Update.
ABL Program Critical to the Future of our National Security Capabilities
On Monday, I was joined by six of my congressional colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates requesting his support for continued funding of the Airborne Laser (ABL) program. The ABL program is critical in maintaining America’s technological edge and national security capabilities to destroy ballistic missiles from the moment of launch. I am also pleased this program will bring increased job opportunities to Kansas workers with modification of the Airborne Laser expected to be done by Boeing in Wichita.
Click here to read the text of the letter.
I also enjoyed appearing on Fox News to discuss the importance of the ABL Program. Click here to watch the video.
2nd Amendment Self Defense Bill
This week I co-sponsored the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill (H.R. 197). This legislation recognizes that those who have a valid state-issued concealed firearms permit should not have to forfeit their safety when traveling to other states. Not only does this bill protect the rights of concealed firearm permit holders, it also maintains the right of states to issue concealed weapons permits as they desire.
Click here to read more.
Ethical Stem Cell Research Initiative
I was proud to become a co-sponsor of the Patients First Act (H.R. 877), a bill that supports productive and ethical stem cell research by prioritizing scientific breakthroughs with the greatest potential for near-term clinical benefits.
For years stem cell research has been a divisive issue, but the Patients First Act will help bridge the divide between protecting life and advancing scientific endeavors. With more intensified research, I have confidence we will see treatments available for many more ailments and diseases while honoring the sanctity of life.
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Spring 2009 Satellite Office Hours
The Spring 2009 satellite office hours are happening now. This is your opportunity to meet with a member of my staff who will be available to offer assistance with federal agencies, answer questions about the federal government, and discuss your concerns and opinions. No appointment is necessary, just come during the scheduled hours. Please feel free to share this information with your family and friends.
You can find the complete satellite office schedule on my website by clicking here. Or for more information, please call my office at: 316.262.8992 or toll free at 1.866.668.8478.
2009 Congressional Art Competition
I would like to invite all high school art students to participate in the 2009 Annual Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery.
This unique competition provides members of the U.S. House of Representatives an opportunity to showcase the artistic talents of high school students within their districts. We have many talented young artists in Kansas, and I encourage as many to participate as possible. The winning entry from each district-wide contest will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Click here for more information.
Job Resource Center
Located on my website you will find a Job Resource Center to help aid constituents impacted by layoffs. Through the Job Resource Center, you will find links to job banks, job training resources, and unemployment benefits information.
Click here to be directed to the Job Resource Center.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help to you or your family. You can reach my Wichita office by calling 316.262.8992 or click here to send me an electronic message.