Kansas Common Sense

January 3, 2011

This Week in Congress

By Congressman Jerry Moran

January 3, 2011




Dear Friend,


    Welcome to “This Week in Congress.” Throughout the past month, I have been meeting with Kansans across the Big First to hear their concerns and to hear what is most important to them before I return to Washington, DC for the new Congress. This week, I will begin a new journey, and will have the honor of representing all Kansans in the U.S. Senate. We lead a special way of life in Kansas, one that is worth fighting to preserve for the next generation. That fight has been my focus and will continue to remain my focus as I join the U.S. Senate.


Upcoming Town Hall Meeting in Pawnee County Today


    Today, I will be hosting a town hall meeting in Burdett to visit with Pawnee County residents. If you are in the area, I hope you will stop by to visit.


Monday, January 3

Pawnee County, Burdett

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Location: Burdett Senior Center

Address: 203 Elm Street


Continuing Town Hall Meetings 

    This week, I held seven town hall meetings across the Big First district. On Tuesday, I traveled to Quinter to visit with Kansans at the First National Bank for my Gove County listening tour stop. The discussion focused on the recent tax credit and employment benefit compromise, concern about the deficit and national debt, and the importance of expanding alternative energy sources, including ethanol. We also discussed the future of the health care reform legislation passed this year. Thanks to First National Bank manager, Don Finger, for allowing me to host a town hall meeting at the bank.

    After visiting Quinter, I hosted my Sheridan County listening tour stop in conjunction with the weekly Hoxie Rotary Club meeting at Trish’s Steak House in Hoxie. Our conversation covered the state of the economy and expectations for the new Congress. We also discussed the threat of state government debt, health care reform legislation, and broadband expansion in Kansas. Special thanks to Harry Joe Pratt for helping arrange the visit.


    I was on the road again on Wednesday, this time south of Hays. I traveled to Gray County to host a town hall at the Community Center in Montezuma. We talked about a range of issues, including the new health care law, cap and trade legislation, veterans’ issues, and alternative energy sources such as ethanol. Garrett Love, recently elected to be the state senator in that part of Kansas, joined me at this visit. His Dad and I were friends at Ft. Hays State University. Now his son will soon be a senator in the state legislature. Congratulations and best wishes to Garrett. Thanks to Laura Powell for helping arrange the visit. Click here to view a photo from my visit to Montezuma.



    After visiting with residents in Montezuma, I then drove further south to visit with residents of Haskell County in Sublette. I hosted my listening tour stop in conjunction with the weekly Sublette Rotary Club meeting at the American Legion. We discussed several topics, including increased federal government spending, illegal immigration and the welfare system. Thanks to Judge Tom Webb for helping arrange the visit. Click here to view a photo from my visit to Sublette.



    On Thursday, I traveled to Comanche and Clark counties. In Comanche County, I visited with residents in Coldwater at the Comanche County Courthouse. Questions were asked about several pieces of legislation that were recently passed by Congress on topics including food safety, health care and taxes. We also discussed the ongoing war against terrorism in Afghanistan. Joining us for the discussion was newly elected and long-time friend, Rep. Kyle Hoffman. Kyle will soon be representing the 116th district in the Kansas House of Representatives. Congratulations and best wishes to Kyle and his family. Thanks to Brenda Fry for her help in coordinating the visit. Click here to view a photo from my visit to Coldwater.




    After my visit to Coldwater, I traveled to Ashland to visit with residents of Clark County. I joined members of the local civic club for their weekly meeting, and we talked about education policy, the DREAM Act and illegal immigration, the future of agriculture and recent legislation to extend tax rates. Thanks to Frank York for his help in arranging the details for my visit. Click here to view a photo from my visit to Ashland.




    On Friday, I held my seventh town hall meeting of this week at the Trego-WaKeeney State Bank in WaKeeney. Our conversation focused on increased government spending, the future of agriculture and the recent health care law. Thanks to Richard Jensen for helping arrange the visit.


Contact Me


    It is an honor to serve you in Washington, D.C. Please let me know how I can be of assistance. To send me an email, click here. You can also click here to contact me through one of my Kansas offices or my Washington, D.C., office.


Very truly yours,



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