Archive for Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Boyda settles into D.C. office

January 3, 2007


— U.S. Rep.-elect Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, turned the key at 9:45 a.m. EST today and opened her new Congressional office. The Great Seal of Kansas was posted next to the front door on the seventh floor of the Rayburn House Office Building.

"When you think about having the plaque outside, Rep. Nancy Boyda of Kansas, that's kind of - eye-opening is the word I'm looking for. It kind of makes it a reality," Boyda said as her staff members were settling in and spent a few minutes exploring the freshly painted office.

Boyda has been preparing for this day for nearly two months by meeting with constituents in Kansas. It will become official when she will be sworn in Thursday afternoon on the House floor when the 110th Congress begins its session.

With receptions, meetings and a House Democratic caucus scheduled this afternoon, incoming House leaders on both sides of the aisle have planned press conferences on Capitol Hill to roll out legislative agendas.

Boyda said Wednesday morning was mostly about settling into the office with her staff. She will have a staff meeting this afternoon to help acquaint her aides who will work in offices in Washington, Topeka and Pittsburg.

Boyda defeated U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Lawrence, in November for the 2nd District of Kansas seat, which includes the western half of Lawrence and Topeka, Manhattan and much of eastern Kansas.

During an interview this morning, Boyda said she would co-sponsor bills on ethics reform and reinstating loan and grant funding for colleges.

Boyda, an incoming member of the House Armed Services Committee, also made a statement about the recent execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

"I think people are glad that that chapter is over, but I don't think it's going to have any long-term impact on what actually happens day-to-day in Iraq," Boyda said.

She also said she hoped to travel to Iraq in the next couple months and spend time outside the Green Zone to gauge the status of the war and security situation.

This morning, Boyda received a welcome from U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, whose district includes the eastern half of Lawrence. Moore's office and the personal office of incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., are on the same floor as Boyda's staff.


preebo 11 years, 3 months ago

Go get 'em, Nancy. It was a pleasure working for you Ms. Boyda here in Topeka. In a sea of Red (Blood) you are a blue life saver of honesty, integrity, and honor. May God bless you in your efforts. I know you'll make us here in Kansas proud. Good luck.

fletch 11 years, 3 months ago

Yes.. two leftists... who both used to be welcome members of the Kansas GOP before the fundamentalists pushed them out. But, hey, whatever delusions help you sleep at night.

Christine Anderson 11 years, 3 months ago

Do those of you who are so happy to see Boyda take office realize something??? She is going to be one of the patsys who let illegal immigrants get welfare benefits, amnesty, etc, etc. I tell you, something is screwed up in our government big time when a citizen places calls to INS, ICE, or whatever they call themselves these days to report marriage/immigration fraud, and no one pays any attention! What the Hades is the point of having laws that say it is illegal to marry someone solely for the purpose of keeping their big fat behind from getting deported, never living in the same household and then not enforcing them? Well-have we got nothing but stupid schmucks running INS?

yourworstnightmare 11 years, 3 months ago

It is still exhilaratting to realize that Jim Ryun is cooling his heels back home in Kansas and will not be representing (like he ever did) Kansans in the House.

Jim, I hear there might be some openings at Walmart...

laughingatallofu 11 years, 3 months ago


She just got there. Don't you remember your first day of work? (oops, sorry, I forgot that some of you never have worked, but just criticize those that do).

Give her a chance. She's filled with emotion and enthusiasm. Every day won't be a perfect one, and Yes, she will have her stumbles.

Can you do better? If so, run against her in 2008.

List of volunteers who, ON JANUARY 3, 2006, already want to run against her because they think that she's doing a bad job:

For those of you who are so filled with hate and can't read to boot, ask somebody who isn't prejudiced from the outset to FILL IN YOUR NAME.

Shelley Bock 11 years, 3 months ago

I always find it so amusing when people dump on illegals for being on "welfare". Illegals can't get welfare because they don't have the documents. And, even more importantly, they don't want to draw any attention to themselves by going to the government.

Talked with an illegal last Tuesday, his only day off each week. He works from 9 AM to 10 PM daily in Lawrence. Think he gets 1 1/2 overtime pay. No. Think he gets paid vacation. No. Think he gets health insurance. No.

Who can he complain to about wage problems? No one. And, where does his FICA contribution go? Unclaimed. Where does his withholding go to? The government.

When they pick up traffic tickets, they pay with cash and as quickly as possible. Why? They don't have driver's licenses for ID so they can't have bank accounts. ( And, to draw as little attention to themselves as is possible.)

Welfare bums? Hardly. You want to send them all home? Then, don't eat out, especially at fast food places. Don't expect to live in a house, since it won't be built, roofed or painted. If a decent wage was paid for these services, more US citizens might work, but there would still be a need for guest workers. Of course, your really going to have to shell out the cash for it.

Maybe what would be important is getting laws which ICE can enforce. Getting a comprehensive guest worker program going would be a start. Getting people driver's licenses so there would be some quailty control over driving ability and allowance for vehicle insurance. The ney-sayers will never go along with this, so the problem will only get worse.

Shelley Bock 11 years, 3 months ago

I'm glad to hear your comment's right_thinker, since that's the type of thinking and commentary that will get Boyda relected.

Shelley Bock 11 years, 3 months ago

I'm glad you came over on the Mayflower, Pilgrim. 99.99% of us didn't.

You're ignoring reality.

So no driver's license or vehicle insurance for illegals is it. Come into court and tell grieving parents of someone killed in a traffic accident involving an illegal driver who doesn't have insurance because they don't have a driver's license. Now's the time to cough up your contribution for their funeral expenses! Hurry up, it's time to put your money on the line.

Oh, so they shouldn't be here, they're illegal. That's the law, so you're going to accomplish that by throwing billions of dollars at the problem by hiring thousands more border guards.

What are you going to do when you throw out American citizens born in the US to an illegal parent? Rip the child from the parent and adopt them out to "good" Americans? That's smart. That's humane.

What don't you get about $5.00+ Quarter Pounders at Big Mac? What don't you get about seeing building costs go up 50%? Oh, but they're illegal and they must not be here. Ok, so ignore the fact that they aren't taking jobs away from real Americans who won't work.

That's a great Republican idea. Pay billions for more border guards and more billions in inflation, all the while ignoring such things as the reequipment of the American ground forces that are constantly declining in the Iragi heat, sand and combat or getting a handle on health insurance costs. That's going to keep Democrats winning.

Get those illegals out of here because they're "illegal", but most importantly, ignore the consequences.

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