U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., on Monday reiterated her opposition to a government-run public option for health insurance.
Speaking before a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce breakfast crowd Monday, she said legislators remain far from a resolution on how to best address health care reform, even though a plan with a public option included could pass in the House.
“What we’re seeing today is nothing like it’s going to look like,” said Jenkins, whose district includes western Lawrence. “It’s going to change on the hour, every hour.”
She also warned that an effort to move Guantanamo Bay detainees to Fort Leavenworth is not over, and within the last couple of weeks there had been a lot of “push-back” on the decision.
Jenkins said she intended to continue to work to ensure the detainees are not moved to the area, saying it would be detrimental to the mission of Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College.
Jenkins said Republicans’ stance on fiscal affairs had caused some to deem them the “Party of No,” which has rankled some.
“I have chosen to embrace it,” she said. “I’m a proud member of the Party of No,” adding that she happily opposes bad legislation. It’s important, she said, to offer alternative ideas.
In response to a question on her attitude toward funding earmarks, she said that while she opposed the system at large, it was still important to ensure that Kansas’ 2nd District did not get left out of federal funding opportunities.
She said the funding she worked to obtain for the district was all for things that had a federal purpose — items she said the government should be spending money on, including roads and bridges and funding for the major universities in her district.