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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs – this week cosponsored the TRICARE Reserve Improvement Act, which extends TRICARE eligibility to all National Guardsmen and Reservists, regardless of their civilian occupation.

“Members of our nation’s National Guard and Reserves have sacrificed for this country and stand ready to serve at all times,” said Sen. Moran. “I’m proud to support legislation that would provide a choice in healthcare coverage for servicemembers who also work in the federal government, making certain their decision to enter both military and public service does not limit their access to benefits they have earned. The brave men and women who honorably serve our country deserve the best our nation has to offer, and I will continue to work to make certain they have the flexibility to choose the healthcare plan best for them.”

Under current law, federal employees who serve in the National Guard or Armed Forces Reserve are prohibited from participating in TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS). This disparity creates a financial incentive for transitioning service members to take their skillset and credentials away from the federal government, and penalizes those who choose to serve their country in a civilian capacity. It also limits the effectiveness of TRS as a recruiting tool within the public sector.

This legislation was introduced by U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today cosponsored the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation will allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state’s laws.
“This sensible legislation is a positive step for law abiding gun owners across the country and protects the rights of individual states,” said Sen. Moran. “Americans deserve the ability to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense by concealed carrying where legally permitted. I am proud to support this legislation and look forward to taking it up on the Senate floor.”
The legislation was introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and is cosponsored by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Kennedy (R-La.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), John Thune (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:

Protects fundamental Constitutional rights by:

  • Allowing law-abiding citizens to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while they are traveling or temporarily living away from home.
  • Allowing individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to conceal carry in any other states that also allow concealed carry.
  • Treating state-issued concealed carry permits like drivers’ licenses where an individual can use their home-state license to drive in another state, but individuals must abide by that other state’s speed limit or road laws.
     

Respects state sovereignty by:

  • Not establishing national standards for concealed carry.
  • Not providing for a national concealed carry permit.
  • Not allowing a resident to circumvent their home state’s concealed carry permit laws. If under current law an individual is prohibited by federal law from carrying a firearm, they will continue to be prohibited from doing so under our bill. 
  • Respecting state laws concerning specific types of locations in which firearms may not be carried and types of firearms which may not be carried by the visiting individual.
  • Not mandating the right to concealed carry in places that do not allow the practice.

 

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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to the Senate Special Committee on Aging during the committee’s hearing on fighting elder fraud on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. During this hearing, Senator Moran and Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.) introduced legislation to help prevent seniors from losing money to scams.

Sens. Moran, Casey Introduce Bill to Help Prevent Seniors From Losing Money to Scams

Bipartisan Bill Would Train Retailers, Financial Institutions to Spot and Stop Fraudulent Transactions at the Point of Sale

Jan 16 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection – and Bob Casey (D-Penn.) – ranking member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging – introduced the Stop Senior Scams Act to ensure retailers, financial institutions and wire transfer companies have the resources to train employees to help stop financial frauds and scams on seniors.

“Our nation’s seniors are among the most vulnerable consumers in this digital age—mistakenly falling victim to scammers that steal their money, identity and dignity,” said Sen. Moran. “This legislation would bring key industry and government leaders together to make certain we are doing all we can to protect seniors. I’m proud to introduce this widely-supported, bipartisan bill with Senator Casey that would provide resources, materials and programs on fraud prevention.”

"Far too many older Americans have been targeted and victimized by scam artists who steal more than $3 billion annually from seniors,” said Senator Casey. “These criminals coerce and threaten legal action against our elder loved ones if ‘payment’ is not made immediately, often through a wire transfer or gift card. The Stop Senior Scams Act is a common sense proposal that would help stop a payment before it is made so seniors don’t lose one more penny to a fraud or scam.”

The bipartisan Stop Senior Scams Act was introduced during a Senate Aging Committee hearing this morning on fighting elder fraud. The bill would create a federal advisory council to develop educational materials for retailers, financial institutions and wire transfer companies to use to train employees on how to spot and stop financial scams at the point of sale. This legislation is endorsed by AARP, Amazon, Best Buy, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Reports, MoneyGram, National Consumers League, National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Target, Walmart and Western Union.

If you or a loved one receives a suspicious call, hang up the phone immediately and contact the Aging Committee’s toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-855-303-9470.

Items to note:

  • A summary of the legislation can be found here.
  • Full text of the legislation can be found here.

 

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) to introduce the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2019, S. 109. The measure would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion. Similar policies, such as the Hyde Amendment, currently require annual passage and do not apply to Obamacare.

“The use of taxpayer money to fund abortion is something that simply shouldn’t happen,” said Sen. Moran. “This legislation would make certain it doesn’t, and is especially timely as thousands of Americans descend on Washington, D.C. this year to support the sanctity of the unborn at the annual March for Life. I’m proud to support efforts that respect the inherent dignity of human life.”

In addition to establishing a government-wide ban on federal funding for abortion, the legislation would:

  • Prohibit funding for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion with funds authorized or appropriated by federal law.
  • Prohibit abortion in federal health facilities (such as Department of Defense and VA hospitals) and ensure that no federal employee provides abortion services in the course of their employment.
  • Make permanent the provisions of the DC Hyde Amendment, or the Dornan Amendment, which clarifies that federal provisions regarding abortion funding also apply to the government of the District of Columbia.
  • Ensure that elective abortion is not deductible for tax purposes by amending Section 213 of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Ensure that Affordable Care Act premium assistance subsidies provided in the form of refundable advanceable tax credits are not used to pay for health insurance plans that include abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother.

The legislation also includes a provision from Sen. Roberts requiring that all plans offered by the Affordable Care Act exchange disclose whether a plan includes coverage of elective abortion procedures, as well as the abortion surcharge embedded into abortion-covering plans.

This legislation was introduced by U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators James Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), David Perdue (R-Ga.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
 

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Introducing Legislation to Fund Border Security, Protect DACA Recipients and Reopen the Government
On Friday, I introduced legislation with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) that would return to the basics of what a majority of my colleagues and the president support – providing the necessary resources to strengthen and modernize border security and long-term certainty to DACA recipients. Our legislation would establish a $25 billion trust fund to better secure our borders and codify DACA protections. I’m urging the Senate to support this sensible solution that provides us a realistic path forward to resolve this partial government shutdown. To read more on this legislation, click here.
Delivering Keynote Remarks at the USS Wichita Commissioning Ceremony
On Saturday, I was honored to represent Kansas in celebrating the Commissioning of the USS Wichita into service for the third time in defense of our freedoms. The USS Wichita is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship that will conduct minesweeping, anti-submarine and drug trafficking surveillance operations, while also providing humanitarian support around the world. This ship that will bear Wichita’s name throughout her time in service is a tangible representation of our nation’s ongoing commitment to protecting the values and ideals for which our nation was founded upon and I am so proud the crew of the USS Wichita will embody the perseverance and hard work of those who call Wichita home.

 

100 Years of American Farm Bureau
Authoring a Resolution to Honor American Farm Bureau
On Thursday, I introduced a resolution in the Senate to honor the 100th anniversary of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). AFBF is one of the leading groups advocating on behalf of agriculture and rural America. This resolution honors AFBF and the countless contributions they and their over six million member families in all 50 states have had on our nation’s producers. Across the country, generations of Farm Bureau members contribute to production agriculture, lead local organizations and give back to their communities. I am pleased to introduce this legislation with Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the state where the first Farm Bureau convention was held in 1919.

Attending the 100th American Farm Bureau Annual Convention
Over the weekend, I attended the AFBF Annual Convention and met with the Kansas Farm Bureau delegation. At the convention, I spoke about the importance of trade to Kansas and the country, and the need for Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). My discussion also focused on the importance of rural hospitals and the inclusion of the FARMERS First Act in the 2018 Farm Bill that will provide greater resources for mental health services for farmers and ranchers. I heard from producers about the impact of the government shutdown on agriculture and USDA services, including the trade mitigation payments, farm loans and market reports. I’m grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the centennial anniversary with the American Farm Bureau and to have Kansas Farm Bureau as a close partner in my efforts to strengthen rural economies, open markets for agricultural goods, advance rural 5G and digital infrastructure and inspire the next generation of ag leaders in Kansas and across the county.

 

Announcing the Air Force’s Acceptance of the KC-46A Tanker
On Thursday, the Air Force announced their acceptance of the KC-46A Pegasus Air Refueling Tanker. I am pleased that the KC-46A will finally be coming home to McConnell Air Force Base. The Airmen at McConnell have a global reach in refueling missions and with the arrival of the KC-46A McConnell will continue to be the nation’s ‘Super Tanker’ base for years to come. The Air Force has made significant investments in McConnell to make certain it is ready to receive the KC-46A and to prepare for the arrival, and we look forward to integrating this strategic asset into the Air Capital of the World.

Discussing the Importance of the Federal Reserve Remaining Independent
Last week, I joined Bloomberg TV and CNBC’s Squawk Box to discuss the importance of the Federal Reserve to remain independent. The Federal Reserve and their decisions on monetary and economic policy have far-reaching consequences on our nation and its economy. Their dual mandate to limit inflation and maximize employment is core to our financial system, and we must work to protect them from the political passions of the moment as they try and create long-term success for our economy. I will continue working with my colleagues to make certain this importance independence is maintained. To watch my interview with Bloomberg, click here. To watch my interview with CNBC, click here.

Introducing Legislation to Expand Chiropractic Care to All Military Servicemembers
Last week I joined Senator Tammy Baldwin to reintroduce the Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act. Many of the brave men and women who have served our country have sustained back and other neuromusculoskeletal injuries that can be treated through chiropractic care. Currently, the Department of Defense offers limited access to chiropractic care to active duty servicemembers and certain members of the Reserve Component. This leaves many retired servicemembers and other Reservists who utilize TRICARE at a disadvantage – unable to receive the same care they had access to while on active duty.

This bill will increase access to chiropractic care by expanding TRICARE coverage for military retirees and all reservists, which is something I’ve advocated to the VA many times over. The men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present, deserve access to the same care they received while on active duty to prevent a lapse in care. I’m pleased to re-introduce bipartisan legislation that makes certain they are able to maintain that access to care, regardless of their status. Click here to read more on this measure.


Speaking with HHS Secretary Azar on OTPN’s Liver Transplant Policy
This week, I spoke with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to express my deep concern over recent changes to our national liver allocation policy that will have a detrimental impact on Kansans’ access to life-saving donated livers.

This latest policy change is a reaction to a lawsuit, where a misguided approach is being forced through without due consideration for concerns from important stakeholders, such as our major transplant hospitals including those in the Kansas City area. This flawed process disregards expert medical opinion and moves simply to increase the shift of organs to areas where they have not attempted to improve deficient donation rates in years.

I will continue to engage with Secretary Azar, HHS and affiliated organ allocation organizations, to ensure that the interests of Kansans are being heard at the federal level, and that quality transplant centers and organ procurement organizations are rewarded rather than punished for effectively carrying out their responsibilities to patients and their families. Click here to watch floor remarks I delivered last month on this issue.

Inquiring with Cellular Providers on Service Availability in Southeast Kansas
On Thursday, I along with fellow members of the Kansas delegation Senator Pat Roberts and Congressmen Ron Estes and Roger Marshall in inquiring with Pioneer Telephone Cooperative and U.S. Cellular Corporation regarding lost cell phone service in Longton and Elk County.

Based on a report by KAKE Television, residents of Longton are currently experiencing public safety communication issues associated with an interruption in mobile wireless broadband and voice services. In addition to the residential and commercial services that mobile wireless broadband provides rural communities, access to emergency communication technology remains a fundamental component in preventing loss of life and property. Reliable access to broadband communication is critical to growing a business, bringing an idea to market, strengthening a community and maintaining effective public safety communications, and I will continue to work to get Kansans reliable broadband service. 

Supporting Concealed Carry Reciprocity Legislation
This week, I cosponsored Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation, which I have done each congress since joining the Senate in 2011. The right to self-protection afforded to American citizens by the Second Amendment should not be limited by the borders of the state in which you reside. This legislation would make certain that Kansans who are lawfully carry a concealed weapon will have those rights extended to other states who share concealed carry laws. This legislation also protects states’ rights would not establish national standards for concealed carry permitting; rather, it preserves states’ rights by providing mutual legal recognition for permits issued by states that allow concealed carry practices. 

Meeting with CSX Leadership in Jacksonville
During my visit to Jacksonville for the USS Wichita Commissioning Ceremony, I visited with leadership of CSX, a major transportation corporation and one of seven Class 1 railroad companies in United States. During this meeting, we discussed the importance of trade to American companies and manufacturers, infrastructure and its vitality across the nation, positive train control and federal regulations that effect their operations. As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, meetings like this help me to better understand our nation's transportation needs. Thanks to CSX President and CEO Jim Foote, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Nathan Goldman, Executive Vice President of Operations Ed Harris and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Frank Lonegro for taking the time to visit with me. 

Kansas Listening Tour Stop in Lindsborg
Last Monday, before heading back to Washington, D.C., I held a Kansas Listening Tour Stop in Lindsborg. During this meeting, we discussed border security and the government shutdown, the importance of trade agreements, the Farm Bill, and ways in which we can provide certainty to our Kansas farmers and ranchers during tumultuous times. 2019 marks the sesquicentennial for the Lindsborg community, and I wish them all the best as they celebrate this milestone and look ahead to the next 150 years. Thank you to the many McPherson County residents who joined me for our discussion and to Lindsborg Mayor Becky Anderson for attending. A special thanks to Bethany College and Bethany College President Will Jones for hosting my visit.

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Honored to Serve You in Washington
It is an honor to serve you in Washington, D.C. Thank you to the many Kansans who have been calling and writing in to share their thoughts and opinions on the issues our state and country face. I appreciate the words of Kansans, whether in the form of a letter, a Facebook comment, or a phone call, who wish to make their voice heard.

Please let me know how I can be of assistance. You can contact me by email by clicking here. You can also click here to contact me through one of my Kansas offices or my Washington, D.C., office.

Very truly yours,
Jerry

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) delivered the keynote address at the commissioning ceremony of the third USS Wichita on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Naval Station Mayport near Jacksonville, Florida. The newly-commissioned littoral combat ship will carry out drug trafficking, minesweeping, anti-submarine and humanitarian missions during her time in service.

Sens. Moran, Portman Introduce Legislation to Enhance Border Security, Codify DACA Protections

Bill Would Create $25 Billion Border Security Trust Fund and Protect Current DACA Recipients

Jan 11 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today introduced legislation that would establish a $25 billion trust fund to enhance U.S. border security. The legislation would also codify protections for those individuals who, through no fault of their own, entered the United States illegally as children and are currently covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“This bill returns to the basics of what a majority of my colleagues and the president support – providing the necessary resources to strengthen and modernize border security in addition to long-term certainty to DACA recipients,” said Sen. Moran. “I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this sensible solution that provides us a realistic path forward to resolve this partial government shutdown.”

“A fair and reasonable solution will put in place stronger border security measures consistent with the president’s request while also codifying the protections for the DACA population,” said Sen. Portman. “Those in the DACA program are here through no fault of their own, and for many, this is the only country they know. This measure represents a permanent legislative solution that will allow those in the DACA program to stay here and continue to contribute to our society while strengthening our border security to protect all Americans.  I believe we have a responsibility to resolve this issue, and this legislation is a fair and responsible solution that could get the necessary votes to become law.”

Items to Note:

  • The trust fund that would be established by the Portman-Moran legislation would include payment for no fewer than 700 miles of reinforced fencing (excluding vehicle barriers), additional physical barriers, access and patrol roads, lighting, an interlocking surveillance camera system, remote sensors, and the purchase of surplus Department of Defense aircraft and unmanned systems.
  • The legislation would codify DACA protections for only the existing population of people who are currently covered by the program, and it would preserve the current renewal process at two-year intervals.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today announced that the Air Force will accept the Boeing KC-46A, soon bringing the tanker to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita:

“I am pleased that the KC-46A will finally be coming home to McConnell Air Force Base. The Airmen at McConnell have a global reach in refueling missions and with the arrival of the KC-46A, McConnell will continue to be the nation’s ‘Super Tanker’ base for years to come. The Air Force has made significant investments in McConnell to make certain it is ready to receive the KC-46A and to prepare for the arrival, and we look forward to integrating this strategic asset into the Air Capital of the World.”

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