Hueslskamp Questions Jenkin’ Vote on NBAF Money
December 17, 2013

(AP) – Congressman Tim Huelskamp is challenging a statement by a fellow Kansan in the U.S. House that funding for a new bioscience lab is secure under a new budget agreement.

The Topeka Capital Journal reports Huelskamp is questioning comments last week by fellow Republican Lynn Jenkins about why she voted for the bipartisan measure.

Huelskamp says the bill does nothing to secure money for construction of the $1.25 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan. Huelskamp voted against the budget deal.

Jenkins issued a statement when the bill passed the House suggesting the money was moving forward in the process. A Jenkins spokeswoman told The Capital-Journal the statement was meant to convey that any funding for NBAF would be at stake if the budget deal stalled.

Huelskamp May be Indicating a Change of Strategy By House Conservatives
November 8, 2013

Conservative west Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp is hinting there may be a chnage of tactics amoung House Conservatives.
Politco reports. That may mean an ed to the tactic of shutting down the government in a showdown over Obamacare.
The article says during a tour of his west Kansas district, often called ‘ The Big First’ , Huelskamp did not talk of using the shutdown strategy in the future.
” There will still be a push to repeal it. there will still be a push to defund it,” Politco quote Huelskamp.
The Congressman says he’ll support efforts at. Passing a law stating American who already have health insurance can keep it, if they choose.
The Politco report says Huelskamp’s remarks may a signal a change in tactics.
Some west Kansas Republicans agree.
” I’ve noticed it. I think they’ve backed off, they’ve surrendered”, Jim Circle Rook County Republican Chairman, according to the report.
Huelskamp is part of the die- hard Conservative Members in the GOP House Caucus.
After bucking House Speaker John Boehner last year, Huelskamp was one of three conservatives who were kicked off choice committee assignments. Huelskamp was removed from the House Agriculture Committee, even though he is from on one of the nation’s biggest farm districts.
Despite the inside-the-beltway setback, Huelskamp remains almost politically untouchable in the Big First, a nickname that reflects the expansive, heavily Republican district he represents, it covers the western half of Kansas.
“If a Republican is going to challenge him he’s going to have to run to the left of him and I don’t think you’re going to see much success of somebody running to the left of him,” said Kelly Arnold, Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party.


Huelskamp’s Gay Marriage Ban Plan Lacks Kansas Co- Sponsors
August 1, 2013

(AP) – A Kansas congressman’s legislation seeking a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage has picked up more support, but not from his Kansas colleagues.

Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s bill has picked up at least 47 co-sponsors in the U.S. House since its introduction a month ago. That includes 20 supporters added in July.

The Hutchinson News reports that absent from the list of co-sponsors are Kansas’ other three House members, all Republicans.

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo says he strongly believes in defending traditional marriage and is looking at the amendment carefully. Reps. Kevin Yoder and Lynn Jenkins declined comment.

Huelskamp’s legislation is currently in a subcommittee. He introduced it after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June

Roberts’ Rules: Put Potential Rivals on Campaign Committee
March 29, 2013

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts may have erased any potential primary challenge from his right flank.
Roberts’ 2014 re-election honorary campaign committee includes Ks-1 Rep. Tim Huelskamp and Ks. Attorney General Kris Kobach.
Roberts is the ranking Republican on the Senate AG Committee.
Huelskamp used to have a seat on the House AG panel. He was kicked off earlier this year by House Speaker John Boehner.
Huelskamp says he was booted because wasn’t loyal enough to the GOP House leaders.
Kobach has been a prominent voice in the GOP wing that wants a stricter immigration policy.
Roberts announced sometime ago he intends to stand for a 4th term. He’ll be 78 in 2014.
In addition to Huelskamp, Ks-3 Rep. Kevin Yoder, Ks-2 Dep. Lynn Jenkins and Ks-4 Rep. Mike Pompeo are on the honorary panel. So are Ka. Lt. Governor Jeff Coyler; Attorney General Derek Schmidt and State Treasurer Ron Estes.

Yoder Stays on House Appropriations Panel
January 18, 2013

Yoder_headshot(AP) – Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder is keeping his seat on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for another two years.

The Republican lawmaker is in his second term representing the Kansas 3rd Congressional District, which covers most of the Kansas City metro area. He chaired the Appropriations Committee in the Kansas House before being elected to Congress in 2010.

Yoder says he’ll serve on an Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture, giving Kansas a voice in congressional oversight of farm programs and policy.

Last month, another Kansas congressman – Republican Tim Huelskamp – was removed from the House Agriculture Committee by GOP leaders angered by his positions on issues.

Yoder said he’ll also serve on an Appropriations subcommittee on general government, and a subcommittee on the State Department and foreign aid programs.