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U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran talks spending cuts during Lawrence visit

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran gives his thoughts on the debt ceiling during a town hall-style meeting at the Lawrence Public Library on Monday.

May 24, 2011

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Senator Jerry Moran laughs during a meeting with Lawrence residents, hosted by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce at the Lawrence Public Library. Moran came to Lawrence to discuss his opinions on issues including health care, immigration and conflicts overseas in addition to taking questions.

Senator Jerry Moran laughs during a meeting with Lawrence residents, hosted by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce at the Lawrence Public Library. Moran came to Lawrence to discuss his opinions on issues including health care, immigration and conflicts overseas in addition to taking questions.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said Monday that spending cuts needed to be part of a congressional deal to increase the country’s debt ceiling in coming months.

“If we don’t do something now, our country really will be broke, and so there are dire consequences to not doing something in regards to spending and in regards to the deficit,” Moran said after talking to a group of about 80 people at Lawrence Chamber of Commerce event at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

The U.S. Treasury Department has given Congress an Aug. 2 deadline to raise the federal government’s debt ceiling without risking a default, and Obama administration officials are involved with trying to work out a deal with Congress.

Moran, a Kansas University graduate who is serving his first term in the Senate after seven terms in the House, said during his town hall meetings in 56 counties he has heard concerns from Kansans about government spending plus other economic issues like high gasoline prices and jobs.

Moran wore a plaid shirt, jeans and boots in Lawrence as he took questions for nearly an hour before heading back to Washington. He had come to Lawrence directly from surveying tornado damage in Reading in Lyon County.

The senator told the Lawrence crowd, which included KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, it was easier to explain to them why he was in boots and jeans than it would have been to tell Reading residents why he was wearing a KU tie with a suit.

In response to a question about the extension of the Bush tax cuts contributing to the deficit, Moran said that he would be in favor of an overhaul to simplify the tax code, and that he feared any increase in taxes would lead to higher spending.

“My guess is you would not see a reduction in the deficit that corresponded with that increase in taxes,” Moran said.

Moran also addressed questions on:

• Libya and presidential military powers: “My general belief is that Congress ought to have a significant say unless it’s a defensive action before our military is engaged,” he said.

Earlier Moran had said that the executive branch had assumed too much power related to military action and that Congress needed to assert itself more, especially with a debate over a resolution about whether it was “the proper course for our country or not” to be militarily involved in Libya.

• Health care: He did not support the Democratic health care overhaul in 2010 and said he didn’t believe it was working at reducing health care costs. But Moran did say Congress should address things like medical malpractice lawsuits and more effective medical records technology.

“There’s an election in 2012 that determines the outcome of health care reform,” he said.

• Alternative energy: “We need to be thinking about this long term, as opposed to a sound bite for the next election,” Moran said.

Comments

SouthSide 3 years, 7 months ago

By all means, wear a flannel shirt and blue jeans when you talk to the simple folk in Lawrence.

pace 3 years, 7 months ago

The Bush tax cuts need to end. They are not sustainable. It would be nice if Moran would back that up.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

You need to visit with President Obama who supported extending the tax cuts. Remember the middle class portion of those cuts is very important to keep in place for future economic growth.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 7 months ago

You know what? I'd swear I saw this same set of drivel on another thread on this award-winning website just this morning.

Lindsey Buscher 3 years, 7 months ago

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kansanjayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Oh-- you mean like the deep cuts contained in Obama-care? Single payer would complete the process of destroying the best health care in the world. I guess you would be satisfied with third world health care?

pace 3 years, 6 months ago

I don't get your point how health care reform act here in the Us would effect the worlds best health care systems, France, Italy, Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom . Unless you mean once the US health care reforms have taken effect, and that will put American health care higher up the standard ladder. Just declaring our old system, which was out of control and bloated with denials and raising costs as the best health care system in the world is just inaccurate.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

Jerry Moran is a member of the neoconservative christian fundamentalist party. Yes this is the party that hijacked the republican party essentially buying the Repub party name because they know that going by the Neoconservative Christian Fundamentalist Party name would get the party nowhere.

From day one this Neoconservaive Christian Fundamentalist Party was lying.

Now the republican party is dead. After 60 years as a fiscal conservative republican my father in law signed off and is now working for the democratic party in Pennsylvania. Which is more with his line of thinking as the Demo party today is more like the party of moderate republicans. More Fiscally responsible/Socially Responsible.

Reagan/Bush was a bit much. Bush/Cheney chased him away. The war policy, reckless spending and womens rights were the final nails in the coffin. He realized the repub party has been hijacked.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

sounds like anti-christian religious bigotry again. What other group of citizens would you be allowed to attack based upon their faith? Besides Moran was to the left of Tiarht if you recall during the last election. I think he well represents the conservative middle range of thought in Kansas. Maybe you are out of step with what your fellow Kansans are thinking, maybe we just disagree on issues, and perhaps it does not need to be turned into an attack on peoples religious beliefs.

pace 3 years, 6 months ago

If you think it is anti-christian to not want an elected official to pander his votes and policies to his church's sociological and faith tenets rather than public needs, fairness and economic realities. Community needs need to be address, infrastructure, economy, environment, health, irregardeless of what faith you practice or not. Then go ahead call that anti'christian, but I don't want elected officials to listen only to their church, they should be fair, to all the citizens, we all pay taxes.

irvan moore 3 years, 7 months ago

i wandered into the library and saw him talking, wondered why it wasn't more widely publicized that he was having a town hall meeting there. maybe wanted to make sure it was a "friendly" crowd?

notanota 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm thinking so. I'd have come and asked him a few pointed questions if I knew about the event.

Joseph Jarvis 3 years, 7 months ago

@beatnik: I think your instincts are right. The timing and poor notice suggest he dodged Lawrence.

This visit was part of a larger county-by-county listening tour. Typically, tour stops are scheduled weeks in advance, publicized in his newsletter and on his website, and scheduled midday, often on weekends.

Lawrence's stop was announced on one week's notice. His newsletter didn't release the location. His website omitted the stop until five days beforehand. It was scheduled at 9 a.m. on a Monday. It was also the day after commencement, so most students had left town. At the end of the event, a Chamber of Commerce person--who in theory ought to be pretty sympathetic--made a quip about arranging the event on one week's notice.

He may face tougher questions here, but Lawrence is no less deserving of a voice in Washington.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 7 months ago

Our state does not have reps. Write to any of them. They will tell you what they think.

Getaroom 3 years, 7 months ago

I could swear Snap-bla- bla -bla is a stuck record who never has anything but his same old same, old to add.

usnsnp 3 years, 7 months ago

I was at the so called town meeting, most of the people there were suits and the all seemed to know each other. I find it intresting the time and day the meeting was scheduled, Monday between 9-10 AM. , how many of the average working public can afford to take the time off from work during the week. It seems that Moran is more intrested in talking to the Suits than the working public, he probably figures that Lawrence and Douglas county is a lost cause, so why waste time here.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

anyone who wanted to take the initiative could have come to the meeting. This meeting was very similar to the ones Boyda and Jenkins hold. Much better than the impossible to contact Dennis Moore who refused to meet with the public

ModerateOne 3 years, 7 months ago

Obviously you are right because people who wear suits don't work. They just sit around in their suits all day.

matchbox81 3 years, 7 months ago

...But you're more likely to be able to take 2 hours off on a Monday morning if you wear a suit to work, rather a blue collar shirt. This same line of reasoning also assumes that people with higher incomes are more likely able to attend this event on a Monday morning.

Still, being a Washington politician is sort of like being a train. If you want to visit 5 places in a day, plus be able to head back to Washington that night, chances are your visits are not going to be at the most convinient time for everyone.

pace 3 years, 6 months ago

Yours is a naive statement on blue collar or clerical job work leave. You should be more awake to the realities of others and not exaggerate statements to ridiculous. Between the two, your remark smacked of ignorance. Get over your self. If you wear a suit, no one said you didn't work, only that your job may be more flexible on time off.

overthemoon 3 years, 7 months ago

It seems that we are in a constant 'election coming up' mode so nothing of substance ever gets done.

mloburgio 3 years, 7 months ago

During Bush Presidency, Current GOP Leaders Voted 19 Times To Increase Debt Limit By $4 Trillion

June 2002: Congress approves a $450 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $6.4 trillion. McConnell, Boehner, and Cantor vote “yea”, Kyl votes “nay.”

May 2003: Congress approves a $900 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $7.384 trillion. All four approve.

November 2004: Congress approves an $800 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.1 trillion. All four approve.

March 2006: Congress approves a $781 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.965 trillion. All four approve.

September 2007: Congress approves an $850 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $9.815 trillion. All four approve.

Database searches revealed no demands from the four legislators that debt increases come accompanied by drastic spending cuts, as there are now. In fact, the May 2003 debt limit increase passed the Senate the same day as the $350 billion Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

When Bush was in office, the current Republican leaders viewed increasing the debt limit as vital to keeping America’s economy running. But with Obama in the White House, it’s nothing more than a political pawn. http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/14/republican-leaders-debt-limit-hypocrisy/

jafs 3 years, 7 months ago

The point is that their concern seems partisan, rather than real.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Maybe they have had to change based upon the Tea Party and the last election. Republicans are responding to concerns about the deficit the question is: where is Barack Obama with a proposal to deal with these issues. He is AWAL--- guess that is who we should be concerned about now-- wake up Mr. President.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

more name-calling. Why don't you consider the fact that the man is attempting to deal with these huge financial issues and is willing to make some hard decisions- instead of hitting him with name calling.

Centerville 3 years, 7 months ago

So a town hall meeting isn't legitimate unless the senator arrives in a suit (with an nice crease, I presume) and everyone in the audience is dressed like unmade beds?

yourworstnightmare 3 years, 7 months ago

Too bad that cutting spending alone will not even come close to ending the deficit.

Tax increases will be required. End the Bush tax cuts and raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

Anyone who argues spending cuts while simultaneously arguing tax cuts is either deeply duplicitous or profoundly stupid.

Tax cuts have for the last 12 years been given to the wealthy, and look at the situation in which we find ourselves.

Corporations create jobs, not individuals or CEOs. Reduce the corporate tax rate (or eliminate it), and raise taxes on the wealthy recipients of corporate compensation.

jafs 3 years, 7 months ago

That's an interesting distinction that we don't often see - the difference between a corporation and those who run it.

nativeson 3 years, 7 months ago

Jerry Moran has positions on the budget that are unrealistic. There is no way to balance the budget without revenue enhancements. The GOP must see this at some point. That being said, he is very informed on health care and has the best interest of Kansans in mind when it comes to the impacts of new legislation.

The fact is the community hospitals that make up the largest portion of providers in Kansas. They will have a difficult time making it with changes now passed. They are providers without option of selecting who they care for in the community, and the reimbursement rates will drive many of these providers into non-existence. Rural communities will suffer.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 7 months ago

"The fact is the community hospitals that make up the largest portion of providers in Kansas. They will have a difficult time making it with changes now passed. They are providers without option of selecting who they care for in the community, and the reimbursement rates will drive many of these providers into non-existence. Rural communities will suffer."

Here's the the sick part. "...without the option of selecting who they care for..." Deselecting people who need health care creates a system of haves and have nots. How do we fix this?

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Kind of like the "rationing panels" or "death panels" contained in the Obama non-care health legislation.

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