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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding his plan to keep the government open and the need for common-sense, responsible, long-term funding solutions.

“The goal here is to keep government functioning – not shutting the government down – and also to have the discipline necessary to put an appropriations process in place and stop the cycle of short-term funding bills,” said Sen. Moran. “To that end, I’d suggest a CR that lasts only a few days, keeping government open and continuing our negotiations on the many priorities involved in this debate. Common sense tells me that we can find a solution to the problems if we work at it, but if we allow ourselves to escape from the process today, we’ll be back in the same position next week and the week after and the week after that. Let’s keep the pressure on until we can resolve our differences.”

Click here to view Sen. Moran’s full remarks.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today spoke on the Senate floor to honor former Senator Bob Dole following the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony this afternoon.

Click here to view Sen. Moran’s full remarks. Click here to view Sen. Dole’s Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in its entirety.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today introduced Mr. C.J. Mahoney of Russell, Kan., former intern in his office, as the Senate Finance Committee considered his nomination as Deputy United States Trade Representative.

“C.J. has an impressive professional background, including degrees from Harvard and Yale and a United States Supreme Court clerkship,” said Sen. Moran. “C.J.’s success demonstrates a tremendously promising future at the USTR and beyond due to his significant intelligence and talents, and his strength in personal character. C.J. was my first intern as a member of the United States House of Representatives, and I am certain that he exhibits Kansas character and an appreciation for others. C.J. is highly qualified for this position and is the type of person, regardless of your political affiliation, that you would want in this capacity.”

Below is the biography provided by the White House at the time of Mr. Mahoney’s nomination.

Mr. Mahoney is a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP where his practice focuses on international disputes and arbitration.  Prior to joining Williams & Connolly, Mr. Mahoney clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for Judge Alex Kozinski and at the Supreme Court of the United States for Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.  A native of Russell, Kansas, Mr. Mahoney holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal.  Mr. Mahoney also serves as a Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School, teaching a course on international arbitration.

Click here to view Sen. Moran’s full remarks in support.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement today after participating in the ceremony presenting Senator Bob Dole with the Congressional Gold Medal to honor his service to the nation as a solder, legislator and statesman:

“I firmly believe that a single person can make a difference, and that we change the world one person at a time. This is the mission of public service. No one is a better example of this than my friend and mentor, Senator Bob Dole. His integrity, thoughtfulness and statesmanship serving Kansans have made not only our state but also the world a better place.

“I have long been inspired by Sen. Dole’s work feeding the hungry – it is one of the reasons I’ve worked on global hunger during my time in the Senate and was a co-creator of the Senate Hunger Caucus. I also have the privilege of occupying the same desk Sen. Dole used on the Senate floor during his time here, and each day I am reminded and motivated by his example. I am grateful that we as a nation were able to honor him today by presenting him with the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest civilian honor the United States can bestow.”

Items to Note:

  • The Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act passed the Senate unanimously in August of last year and was signed into law by President Trump last September.
  • Participants in today’s ceremony included President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and additional members of Congress.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) this morning joined CNBC’s Squawk Box to discuss his support for returning to the full Appropriations process in order to prioritize spending, rather than relying on short-term continuing resolutions (CRs) to fund the government. He also discussed this morning’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing entitled, “Terrorism and Social Media: Is Big Tech Doing Enough?” and his return to the Senate Banking Committee, which today voted in support of Jay Powell to chair the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Joe Kernen (3:40): “Both sides use immigration as sort of a political football to highlight worries about terrorism, the people that want to end chain migration and lotteries, they say that, I don’t know, most of the incidents that have happened have been perpetrated by individuals that got here that way. Others say ‘not so.’ What’s the right middle ground there, how do we solve, where do you think we’re going to go? Will the government stay open?”

Sen. Moran (4:19): “We ought to have a continuing resolution, not shut down government, but we ought to do it for a very short period of time – a day or two – and stay here and resolve these differences. Because not only are we talking about DACA and immigration, the attempt to resolve those issues which are very important, but also disaster assistance, the list is long… CHIP, the program for healthcare, the Collins-Nelson bill. We ought not delay these things until March. I’m a member of the Appropriations Committee as well and I don’t want us to be back here in February with another continuing resolution. We need to get out of the CR business and get to doing 12 appropriations bills. This is where we can prioritize spending, we can reduce spending, and perhaps most importantly we can rein in agencies, departments and bureaucrats with directions about how the money can be spent.”

Sen. Moran (5:14): “Congress every once in a while, we get some credit these days and it’s perhaps one of our greater successes – reining in regulations. We’ve done that via CRA, a congressional process by which you can reject administration regulations, and we can only do that in a very narrow path. Where we can do that every year, every day is in appropriations by taking away money that comes from bad behavior or bad ideas. We need to get out of the CR and get into an appropriations process again.”

Click here to watch Sen. Moran’s interview on YouTube. 

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Sen. Moran: “I have been working closely, in my view, with the Chairman, the Ranking Member, other members of this committee, those in the VA that you designated for me to work with and with the White House to make certain that the future of community care for veterans works and works well veterans and the providers who serve those veterans.”

Sen. Moran: “It is of upmost importance to me to reform Choice and to pass the right policies that will work for veterans in accessing healthcare that they deserve. It is also critical that members of Congress continue to push for a change in the VA culture to promote implementation of policies directed by Congress instead of VA, often narrowing the scope and thwarting the intent of Congress. This is in fact the conversation that you and I had, almost exclusively, during your confirmation hearing in February of 2017.”

Sen. Moran: “Pushing for a culture that transforms the VA, in my view, we have to hold you and other VA leaders accountable. In my view too often, in commitments and pledges that are made to this committee and to individual members regarding legislative efforts on behalf of our veterans, the follow up, the experience, is typical of what I’ve found with implementation of Congressionally-passed legislation: the VA changes course and it thwarts the intent of Congress. You and I had this conversation during your confirmation hearing.”

Sen. Moran: “On numerous occasions, you and I have met in my office. We have had numerous telephone conversations. And in those meetings and in those telephone conversations  you expressed support for access standards in the eligibility of Choice reform. In every instance in my view, you led me to believe that you and I were on the same page. What I remember you saying is this: the need for “specificity” in legislation is there, and then I quote you, “if it’s left to the Reg process, nothing in the VA will change.” You told me that.”

Sen. Moran: “I learned, though, that you have said something quite different to the Chairman and Ranking Member, and I am of the opinion that our inability to reach an agreement is in significant part related to your ability to speak out of both sides of your mouth, double-talk. My understanding is that others have had this experience and there is a shared frustration about this circumstance… You have been sworn to give testimony today, I am looking for a straightforward answer, a yes or no would be good – do you believe that the eligibility criteria to determine if a veteran can receive care in their community ought to be explicitly linked to the access standards?”

Sec. Shulkin: “Of course I believe that eligibility criteria should be explicitly linked to access standards, and I believe that those access standards need to be determined by the VA.”

Sen. Moran: “And Mr. Chairman, then, let me ask the Secretary, you support the access standards that are in our bill. You’ve told me that. True?”

Sec. Shulkin: “I support the access standards that are in the bill that the Senate committee passed 14-1.”  

Sen. Moran: “And those access standards are very similar. The issue is whether they are then tied to eligibility. Why would you not tie the access standards to eligibility? Why have access standards if they don’t matter in who is eligible for community care?”

Sec. Shulkin: “Senator Moran, first of all I applaud your efforts to get this right. I think it is grossly unfair to make the characterizations that you’ve made of me and I’m disappointed that you would do that. But I think that you have… I do not disagree with where you want to get to. I do believe that it is our job to give veterans more choice about how and where they get their healthcare. I think the issue is is that I am trying to do this in a way that will work for veterans and work for VA. I’ve seen, as you said before, Congress pass legislation that makes it more complicated and that makes it not work for veterans. And what I am trying to do is give you my best advice about how this works. The best way that I know how to do it is the way that the committee, 14-1, passed their vote, and I do believe that because of your efforts we can make those eligibility criteria, those access standards, clear to veterans so they understand them – that should be our goal – and to make sure that they do have choice based upon their clinical needs of their condition. That’s what you do in a healthcare system. That’s what I’m driving to get at. I don’t believe that we are at a far way position, here. We’re now talking about the best way to implement what we all want for veterans, which is the best care and giving them the most choice that they can get in that care.”

Sen. Moran: “Mr. Secretary, I’m sorry that you’re disappointed in my approach to this hearing today. I chose my words intentionally. I believe it to be the case. I think you tell me one thing and you tell others something else, and that’s incompatible with our ability to reach an agreement and to work together. I intend to be a member of Congress who holds you accountable for what you tell me. I hope the next step is, the Chairman indicated that the White House was sending language. I certainly would welcome a conversation, a discussion among members of this committee, the Ranking Member and the Chairman, the White House and you. This is, as you say, not that difficult. But it is an important issue. It’s not one that’s just a matter of a few words. It matters in the result that we get for accountability at the VA.” 

We had a very special day in the United States Capitol this afternoon, and I’m grateful that we as a nation were able to honor Senator Robert Dole by presenting him with the Congressional Gold Medal. It’s the highest civilian honor that the United States can bestow. He joins a list of very esteemed Americans, going back to 1776 with President George Washington as the first recipient of this award.

The Gold Medal shows our highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions, and Senator Dole was such a deserving recipient of this award. It was real honor and pleasure for me to be there to see this take place.

Senator Dole is known obviously as a member, former member, of the United States Senate, a Majority Leader, a Presidential Candidate. But I would put at the top of my list, in the attributes that I admire and respect, is Senator Dole’s service in our military.

Senator Dole joined the Army shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was 21 years old and left Russell, Kansas, and ended up on the battlefield, in the hills and mountains of Italy. He suffered for nine hours after being hit by a Nazi bullet. It did tremendous damage to his body and to his life. But that wasn’t the end, as it could be for some people. Even if people continued to live after these traumatic injuries. This was a recovery process that began that day for Senator Dole.

I once heard a story about Bob Dole’s commitment to our country that stuck with me. There are lots of Dole stories, particularly in Kansas. Bob Dole used his injuries to learn about caring, not for himself, but for others. And his service in World War II, again what I greatly admire and esteem, also resulted in his effort to raise the money, no taxpayer money, to build the World War II Memorial now on the National Mall. Senator Dole took that task on and made certain that happened for his soldiers and fellow colleagues that served in World War II.

He went out and raised the money across the country. He was out in Hollywood, California and he was visiting with one of those people who have lots of money, and Senator Dole asked for this person’s support for this project. And he was told by that wealthy person that he was not interested. And Senator Dole responded to that mogul, “When I was 22 I had other priorities, too. I went to war.” And that’s the Bob Dole that every day since then has gone to battle on behalf of Americans, other Kansans, and people across the country. And his service in many ways began in his military service, but continued every day since his days in the 10th Mountain Division.

During his nearly 36 years on Capitol Hill, Senator Dole became known as the leader who worked relentlessly to forge alliances and pass significant legislation. Today, he serves as a role model for those of us involved in this legislative process. We ought to be fully engaged in the kind of public service that Senator Dole represented.

Senator Dole has used his experiences to be a champion every day for those with disabilities and for veterans. Coming from Kansas, he had an appreciation for those who were in need of food. Senator Dole grew up in the Depression and knew tough times. But it became a goal for him to see that people who were hungry were fed. It's one of the reasons I continue to chair and work in the Senate Hunger Caucus; Kansas, a place in which we raise lots of food, but recognize there are lots of people who are still hungry. We have a role we can play, and Senator Dole provided the leadership to accomplish that.

I now occupy this desk, kind of an amazing development, but this is the desk that Senator Dole had on the Senate floor during his time here. And this desk allows me to be reminded of the type of public service that too often we think of as a thing of the past. It doesn't have to be a thing of the past, it can be a thing of the present. And each of us can use that role model to make certain that in our day-to-day, we do things to bring people together and find solutions to common problems.

There probably is no one living from Kansas more admired and respected than Senator Bob Dole. For three decades he was our congressman and our senator. And he grew up just down the road in Russell, Kansas, just a few miles from my hometown. And I've seen what continues today, the love and respect from Kansans, but particularly those from small towns and particularly from those from Russell, their regard for him. And we ought to work every day to honor his legacy.

I think there is something about growing up in small town America. There’s differences of opinions in small towns, and there are Republicans and Democrats in communities across Kansas and there's people who go to this church or that church. But when you’re in a small town, you have no choice but to figure out how to get along, and how to solve problems, and how to work together. And Bob Dole brought that Kansas common sense and goodwill and desire to have achievement instead of a fight to the United States Senate.

So I honor Senator Dole for his military service, and for his public service as an official of our government, an elected official. And I thank him for his efforts on behalf of veterans, on behalf of people with disabilities, and on behalf of people who are hungry. And I ask my colleagues, in honoring Senator Dole, in presenting him a medal today, that we honor his work by doing ours better.

I've been with Senator Dole at the World War II Memorial when Honor Flights come to Washington D.C. He's there, and he's there almost every time a Kansas group comes to the World War II Memorial. But he's also there when almost any group of World War II veterans come to visit the World War II Memorial. And I've watched the way they respond to him. And the mutual respect between him and his fellow veterans is inspiring and unparalleled.

I'm a firm believer we change the world one person at a time, one soul at a time. And Bob Dole has been making that difference and changing lives for 94 years. So thank you, Senator Dole, for your distinguished service to our country and especially to our home state of Kansas.

The world is a better place because you are in it, and we hope you take great satisfaction by knowing that your colleagues in Congress today honor you with the Congressional Gold Medal because it reflects the truth of what a high quality person you are.

WASHINGTON – After speaking at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. this weekend, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) spoke on the Senate floor in support of protecting trade and sending bipartisan disaster relief and farm bill legislation to the president’s desk.

“I appreciated the opportunity to hear from Farm Bureau members about what they hope to see in an upcoming farm bill, as well as to convey my priorities,” said Sen. Moran. “When we talk about a farm bill, we must highlight that there are important components of the legislation – in addition to farm policy and crop insurance – that we must not forget, including rural development, conservation and global food aid, all of which must be prioritized in any reauthorization measures. Farmers and ranchers from across the country expressed their desire for Congress to work together in a bipartisan fashion to get a disaster relief bill, followed by a farm bill, to the president’s desk for signature, and I remain committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to deliver on this request.”

“In addition to the farm bill, so much of what I heard about at the convention revolved around trade,” continued Sen. Moran. “The reality is many of our farmers and ranchers earn their living by feeding a hungry world. Exports matter to us, and farmers and ranchers conveyed their concerns to me about the potential of a NAFTA withdrawal. We must remember all of the jobs related and important to agriculture. In 2016, Kansas exported more than $4.5 billion worth of agricultural products, supporting more than 36,000 jobs and generating more than $5.7 billion in economic activity. These jobs are imperative to the economic success of our state. I will continue to insist that the administration keep trade a top priority and will continue to discuss the importance of trade to the ag economy with my colleagues.”

Sen. Moran’s floor remarks can be viewed here

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WASHINGTON – After speaking at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. this weekend, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) spoke on the Senate floor regarding the convention and what’s next for the Farm Bill, trade and disaster relief.

“I appreciated the opportunity to hear from Farm Bureau members this weekend about what they hope to see in an upcoming farm bill, as well as to convey my priorities,” said Sen. Moran. “I especially want to thank American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, Kansan and Executive Director of Public Policy Dale Moore and Senior Director of Congressional Relations Mary Kay Thatcher for inviting me to attend and speak at the conference. I also want to commend President Trump for traveling to Nashville to spend time with farmers and ranchers, and I appreciate the agenda that he outlined in regard to regulatory relief, the importance of the farm bill and crop insurance and the need to expand access to rural broadband.”

“This conference reminded me that no matter where you go, farmers and ranchers have a lot in common,” continued Sen. Moran. “In addition to their economic importance to communities across Kansas and rural America, it is farmers and ranchers who provide a sense of what’s right in America, who understand the value of life, integrity and character. They set an important example not just for rural America, but for the entire United States of America. I will continue urging the administration to remain mindful of the role that agricultural trade plays in our economy to protect this way of life, and I urge AFBF attendees to convey to policymakers the importance of trade and ongoing trade agreements to jobs in rural America.”

Sen. Moran’s floor remarks can be viewed here

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