Archive for Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jenkins explains budget vote; tours local businesses

April 15, 2014


U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins on Tuesday explained her vote in favor of a federal budget bill that she says would rein in the federal deficit, but which Democrats say would gut funding for domestic programs such as Medicare and student financial aid.

"This is basically the same budget we've passed the last several years," said Jenkins, a Republican from Topeka whose district includes Lawrence. "It stands in stark contrast to the president's budget that got two votes."

On April 10, the House passed what many are calling the Paul Ryan budget, after the Wisconsin Republican who chairs the House Budget Committee. GOP supporters say it would balance the federal budget in 10 years by cutting taxes, repealing the Affordable Care Act and making deep cuts in other domestic programs in favor of national defense.

Justin Hill, president of the Lawrence Paper Co., gives Rep. Lynn Jenkins a tour of the high-tech manufacturing plant Tuesday. Jenkins is running for a fourth term in Congress and is being challenged by Lawrence Democrat Margie Wakefield.

Justin Hill, president of the Lawrence Paper Co., gives Rep. Lynn Jenkins a tour of the high-tech manufacturing plant Tuesday. Jenkins is running for a fourth term in Congress and is being challenged by Lawrence Democrat Margie Wakefield.

The plan would overhaul the income tax system by reducing the top tax bracket to 25 percent instead of the current 39 percent. And it would reduce domestic spending by about $5.1 trillion over 10 years, largely through changes in Medicare as well as cuts in programs such as Head Start and Pell Grants.

It would overhaul Medicare for people currently younger than 55 by converting it to a "premium support" system that would provide those future retirees with a subsidy to buy private insurance

"I went to Washington to make tough decisions," Jenkins said. "We save the Medicare program without making any changes to current seniors or folks that are near retirement. We save the program which is near bankrupt in 10 years; make sure our nation is secure; and all the while takes care of domestic spending."

Democrats are making the Ryan budget a centerpiece of their campaign to win back control of the House.

"Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins voted against the interest of nearly every voter in the 2nd district (Thursday) so that she can give tax relief to billionaires like Charles and David Koch," Lawrence Democrat Margie Wakefield, who is running against Jenkins, said in a written statement last week.

Jenkins, who serves on the Ways and Means Committee which deals with federal spending, said the plan is, "about the only honest, sincere budget in Washington today and I was proud to support it."

Jenkins was responding to questions during a stop in Lawrence while Congress is on a two-week recess.

While in Lawrence, Jenkins toured the Lawrence Paper Co. plant and visited with company president Justin Hill, who said he's concerned about the impact that the Affordable Care Act will have on large employers like his firm, which will eventually come under a mandate to provide employee health coverage.

"They change the rules every five minutes and the last I knew were exempt out to maybe 2016, but I'm not even sure," Hill said. "Lots of people are making a career out of trying to explain Obamacare to people."

Jenkins also toured the Free State Brewery plant at 1923 Moodie and visited with Steve Bradt, head of brewing and bottling, who said the craft brewing industry is hoping for both state and federal tax legislation that would help them stay competitive with large beer manufacturers.

Her schedule also included a tour of Haskell Indian Nations University and a visit with new university president Venida Chenault.


William Weissbeck 3 years, 9 months ago

I have to say I'm amazed she discovered that Lawrence was in her district. Let's see if she takes a tour of campus and speaks to students.

Julius Nolan 3 years, 9 months ago

Lynn has never had an idea or thought that didn't come from the Kochs. Note the blank look on her face in the picture. Hope Mr Hill was using simple words and lots of pictures to explain to her how hi tech plants work.

Larry Sturm 3 years, 9 months ago

Cutting taxes for the rich and raising it for the middle class and poor does not help the economy or budget deficits.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

After 35 years and 3 republican administrations the cost of government has never decreased and Jenkins is repeating the same dusty platform. Apparently she is not paying attention. Not to mention having taken up a commitment to the Koch Political Empire.

Face it neither WOMEN nor Republicans nor Green Party advocates nor Democrats nor the Middle class will ever be able to afford those posing as the Republican Party!

--- Publicopoly Exposed = is a threat to Democracy

The repub party declared the day Obama was elected their primary function would be to make Obama a one term president. Consequently their millions of NO votes became the disastrous campaign against women,The USA and jobs for Americans.

Meanwhile the GOP John Bircher Libertarians aka Koch Political Empire continue their efforts to destroy the USA economy and wages over new economic growth.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

Jenkins has received $15,000 Koch dollars thus far and will receive plenty more from Koch associated organizations from around the USA. Wal-Mart dollars will certainly come her way.

She is no friend to public education.

Time to clean house folks. Margie Wakefield will be the low spender and the best candidate for Kansas and Lawrence.

Vote Margie Wakefield !!!

Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

These republican economic policies are apparently GOP entitlements that literally destroyed millions of jobs,economies,retirement plans and put families out of their homes. Plus make owning a home a risky investment - now that is remarkable. SAM BROWNBACK WAS THERE! LYNN JENKINS WAS THERE !

--- Ask yourself is the market value of your home worth less than your mortgage? How much market value have home owners lost since 2007? Trillions of $$$$.

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions. Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money?

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT Publicopoly Exposed - ALEC

--- Killing Social Security and Medicare Insurance NOT AN OPTION

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