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Letter: Voting record

July 23, 2013

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To the editor:

So, this is the way your elected representatives and senators cast their votes in Washington during the week ending July 12: Three of the four representatives (including our Lynn Jenkins) voted “yes” to strip the farm bill of all nutrition programs, including food stamps, that had been part of farm support policy for 40 years.

They also cast four votes to defeat a bid to require annual inspections in those countries that export meat, poultry and egg products to the U.S.

Our representatives cast four “yes” votes for a 2014 energy budget bill (HR 2609) that cuts spending for renewable energy and increases funds for modernizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. They then voted for an amendment to HR 2609 that would eliminate subsidies for ALL energy industries. The amendment, however, was defeated by a vote of 300 “nos” to 115 “yes” votes.

Another amendment to HR 2609 attempted to transfer the $100 million for nuclear weapons over to the Army Corps of Engineers public works. It was defeated with the help of votes by the Kansas four. Weapons win over public works!

In the Senate, our two helped prevent the advance of a bill designed to reinstate the 3.4 percent interest rate on student loans that Congress had allowed to double on July 1. College students, did you notice?

The positions of one senator and all four representatives will be on the ballot in 2014. I hope that all voters are paying attention.

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

The Kansas delegation is not republican by any stretch of the imagination. They belong to the right wing ALEC party virtually controlled by the Koch bothers,Wal-Mart family money and few others.

Why would anyone vote republican ever again considering the party has been subverted by the extreme right wing?

Voting right wing is supporting this insane war policy.This policy deserves to be called in, put in the trash never to be seen again. The WRONG Policy.

"Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination” (Very dangerous position which threatens OUR freedoms and the nations security)

--- http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

--- http://www.antiwar.com/orig/stockbauer1.html

rtwngr 1 year, 7 months ago

Did the author include any of the other tripe that was tacked on to those bills in the form of amendments. I think not.

Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 7 months ago

I don't think anyone is being distracted by the royal family as there is time enough in the day to think about more than one thing. I am fascinated by the royal family and anxiously awaited the birth of Kate and Will's first baby. I even had sympathetic labor pains. They are people as well as royals and I imagine the Queen is feeling like any great-grandmother.

I still have time to think about Syria and that awful civil war which has being going on for so long, the elections in Egypt and Iran, and the Palestinian apartheid.

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