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Government shutdown produces automated calls from Democratic Party group targeting Jenkins, Yoder


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday launched automated phone calls in the 2nd congressional district blaming U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, for helping shut down the federal government.

The campaign asks Kansans to call Jenkins to tell her to end the shutdown.

The call says: "While you were sleeping, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins shut down the government. You heard that right. But even worse — Congresswoman Jenkins is still getting paid — and she's not listening to our frustration. All because of her demand to take away your benefits and protect insurance company profits."

Jenkins, whose district includes Lawrence, has voted for bills to fund government but only if the Affordable Care Act is repealed or key parts of it delayed. She has blamed Democrats for failing to approve the bill. And Jenkins has asked that her pay be withheld until the government is operating again.

The DCCC has also launched similar automated calls against U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park.


Rick Hird 4 years, 7 months ago

Good. Lynn Jenkins is one of the worst representatives Kansas has ever had. She's never had an original thought and simply acts as a puppet for the right wing wacko extremists. Yoder is just as bad. Don't let the Republicans complain about the economy when they are willing to shut down the government because they oppose a law that was passed 4 years ago. Don't forget that Obama was re-elected when Romney made the repeal of Obamacare one of his primary campaign issues. The people have spoken. Don't let Jenkins and Yoder get away with this.

Margie Wakefield is opposing Jenkins and will do a great job voicing the opinions of people not named Koch. I wish her the very best. Time to improve our representation.

chootspa 4 years, 7 months ago

I hope this bites both of them in the butt. Sweets for the sweet.

Armstrong 4 years, 7 months ago

Let the D's have their way, then they can explain the debacle they created.

chootspa 4 years, 7 months ago

That would have been a smarter strategy than throwing a tantrum and causing a debacle.

In_God_we_trust 4 years, 7 months ago

The D's are making a real bad name for themselves out there right now. It will be great for the R's and especially the Tea Party in the future.

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

Do you know that more people will blame R than D for this shutdown, according to recent polls?

deec 4 years, 7 months ago

Actually, the polls are showing that more people blame the Republicans. "The CNN poll is similar to a CBS News/New York Times survey released late last week that indicated 44% blaming congressional Republicans and 35% pointing fingers at the president. Two other polls conducted in the past week and a half, from Pew Research Center and United Technologies/National Journal, showed a much closer margin but their questions mentioned Republicans in general rather than the GOP in Congress." http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/politics/cnn-poll-shutdown-blame/

"A Quinnipiac University poll found that Americans gave Republicans in Congress their lowest marks ever, with 74 percent disapproving of the way the GOP is handling its job. (Sixty percent of Americans said they disapproved of the way Democrats in Congress were handling their job, and 49 percent disapproved of the way Obama is handling his job.)

Moreover, the poll also found that voters broadly oppose – 72 to 22 percent – shutting down the federal government to block the implementation of Obamacare, the core element of Republicans’ strategy to date." http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/01/20772110-latest-gop-shutdown-proposal-fails-no-separate-funding-for-vets-parks?lite

In_God_we_trust 4 years, 7 months ago

The democratic controlled Senate is being obstructionist with the lead of President Obama. Harry Reid echoed Obama. “They try to send us something back, they’re spinning their wheels,” The Senate has had all of this year to work with the House to pass a budget and has failed. I urge the Republicans in the House to firmly stand their ground.

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

Did you look at any of the information provided by deec?

MarcoPogo 4 years, 7 months ago

Ooh, oooh! I know the answer to that question!

tomatogrower 4 years, 7 months ago

Oh IGWT, your tea party buddies still hold the record for obstructionism. They have won the gold medal. http://crooksandliars.com/jon-perr/gop-wins-filibuster-gold-medal

BitterClinger 4 years, 7 months ago

Quote from the President, "I shouldn't have to offer anything." Not exactly the voice of comprise and reason, eh?

Lisa Medsker 4 years, 7 months ago

Aha! No wonder Jenkins office was the only one with a staffer who actually answered their phone!

Liberty275 4 years, 7 months ago

In truth, only "non-essential" portions of government are shut down. Why we have "non-essential" portions of government, is a question we should all be interested in.

Lisa Medsker 4 years, 7 months ago

Exactly. And whom, exactly, decides whether or not they are "essential", anyway? Sure isn't us...

arch007bak 4 years, 7 months ago

The CDC and NIH aren't essential? If this drags on for a few weeks, the FDA? You don't consider that essential? I personally consider NASA to be essential but I guess others will disagree.

Lisa Medsker 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes. ALL of those, I feel, certainly are. As well as the EPA, and the National Park Service. What I DON'T feel is essential are the "Assistant to the Assistant to the Secretary of Blah-Blah-Bureaucracy". However, those that put on the socks of Congresspeople, so they should not have to stoop to do it themselves, won't be "furloughed", even though they are paid with money made from our tax dollars.

Liberty275 4 years, 7 months ago

Do you think the CDC and NIH are essential? If so, why do you disagree with the government?

Mike Ford 4 years, 7 months ago

tell Representative Jenkins to stop wasting taxpayers money franking mail with misinformation on it.

Brock Masters 4 years, 7 months ago

Why does the GOP have to acquiesce to the Dems and the President? If the Dems would accept the House bill the government would be shut down would it?

Not defending the GOP, but instead pointing out both sides share equally in the dysfunction.

arch007bak 4 years, 7 months ago

And if, over the last 6 months, republicans in the Senate and House would have agreed to 18 requests to go conference committee to resolve the Senate and House budgets, only separated by about $26 billion, this whole mess could've been averted for the upcoming fiscal year.

jimmyjms 4 years, 7 months ago

Fred, your question boils down to basic understanding of our system of government:

This POTUS, like it or not, won the last election. He campaigned heavily on the ACA.

After the ACA was signed into law, it survived over 50 congressional votes to repeal it.

The two instances above are called "democracy."

Then, just for good measure, the SCOTUS verified the constitutionality of the ACA.

That's why the GOP has to "acquiesce" to the Dems and the POTUS: they lost. They lost the pres election, they lost in Congress, and they lost in the Supreme Court.

What they're doing now is tantamount to hostage taking - "we lost, so now give us everything we want or we'll shut down the government."

It's insane, and disgraceful. Don't forget that Huelskamp and Pompeo also voted to shut down the government.

jimmyjms 4 years, 7 months ago

Fred, you just don't know what you're talking about.

KS Dems try to stop Brownback, you say. How do they do that? Do they do it by voicing opinions and voting against his policies? Or do they try and shut down state gov?

Everything I said above is 100% accurate. You need to take a civics refresher.

Brock Masters 4 years, 7 months ago

Oh, another double standard eh Kathy? Locally the voter ID requirements are the law. The Dems and others should just accept it and not try to repeal them?

The employer mandate is the law but Obama is not enforcing it. Deporting illegal aliens is the law but Obama is not enforcing it for young people. Pot use and sales are against federal law but Obama is not enforcing it.

Where is your outrage for these violations of the law? Oh that is right there is none because you like Obama.

Kathy let me make this simple for you. Congress passes the laws and Congress can change the laws. Congress appropriates funds and they don't appropriate funds. Happens all the time.

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes, but it's generally not tied to these sorts of temporary budgets.

If Congress wants to change laws, etc. they can do it the normal and correct way, through the legislative process. But the R in Congress don't have a majority so they can't do it that way.

Trying to repeal things that you don't have the votes to repeal is a waste of time, regardless of which side does it. It's also a waste of taxpayer dollars, since each try costs us all money.

The HHS has the authority to decide when to start enforcing certain provisions, and so they're well within their rights to choose to delay that a bit.

This administration is deporting more than previous administrations.

There is some selective enforcement of laws at the federal level, but I'm sure that's common practice among all administrations.

Brock Masters 4 years, 7 months ago


I agree the GOP are idiots and I am not defending them. But unlike some others I recognize the blame is on all of Congress. They all deserve it.

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

Generally speaking, I find that both sides are flawed in a variety of ways.

But, in particular instances, I find that one or the other may be more to blame, and in this case, I think more of the blame falls on R, particularly TP R.

jimmyjms 4 years, 7 months ago

"Congress passes the laws and Congress can change the laws"

Holy melon, Fred. You really have no clue do you?

To change the law, Congress has to vote. The majority vote wins.

Congressional Republicans attempted to repeal the ACA over 50 times. They lost every time.

It's low-info voters like yourself, who have no conception of how our government actually works, that get the nation into jams like this. It's enough to make your teeth hurt.

Brock Masters 4 years, 7 months ago

Ah, resort to personal attacks when you have nothing else.

chootspa 4 years, 7 months ago

Why doesn't Boehner bring the senate bill for an up or down vote in the House? If he did, it would pass as a bipartisan measure. Instead, he's beholden to the special interest of less than 60 House members and sends forth these non-serious bills that everyone knows will go nowhere. And the House majority whip threatens any hint of "moderate revolt." That's not sharing equally in the dysfunction. That's a minority of one party on one side holding things up.

Assign blame to both sides when it's actually due.

JayhawkFan1985 4 years, 7 months ago

GOP. Great old poopooers. We know what they're against. What are they for?

Dan Blomgren 4 years, 7 months ago

Personal responsibility. It's not up to the government, it's up to me!

riverdrifter 4 years, 7 months ago

In other news, the new HealthCare.Gov website crashed early this morning due to vast overload. As Letterman just said: "Guess the Republicans are right: it's not working."

tomatogrower 4 years, 7 months ago

It only crashed because of all the people who are desperate to get some health insurance. If a private sector site was this popular, you would consider it a success and maybe buy stock in it.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

What's created the debacle?

United States of ALEC – Bill Moyers and I agree. http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

There have been 4 other major contributors to this financial terrorist activity.

--- The first time the GOP Deliberately crash the economy - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many billions and millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

--- Why did the GOP Deliberately crash the economy for the second time? 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. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

--- Why did the GOP Deliberately crash the economy for the third time? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/09/did-republicans-deliberately-crash-us-economy

Rehabilitating the economy following each GOP destruction project at some point may not be possible. It appears the GOP has been replaced by the ALEC Right Wing Party that has been masquerading as the GOP for the past 33 years.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

A fourth big player in the destruction of the nation's economy right before our very eyes. As we will notice some people with access to friends who control the nations money are in so many words dangerous as a team.

Why have big USA banks financed the unemployment of America the last 33 years? Leveraged Buyouts have been killing USA jobs for 33 years. Hedge fund friends and big banks have been very busy putting America out of jobs.

Why do big USA banks help finance the unemployment of America? Very large profits indeed.

For example private equity firms are making tons of money.

--- http://www.joshkosman.com

--- http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/why-private-equity-firms-like-bain-really-are-the-worst-of-capitalism-20120523

--- http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/business/jan-june12/privateequity_01-18.html

--- http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/18/greg_palast_mitt_romneys_bailout_bonanza

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

When Kansas republicans support shutting down government they have effectively cut OUR tax dollars from the economy. Our tax dollars keep people in business and keep millions upon millions legitimately employed.

Why do republicans want to sit on OUR tax dollars in Washington D.C. instead of feeding the economy? This is not smart business.

There are trillions of investment dollars provided by some very smart people with access to extremely wealthy sources of money from the USA and around the world that are paying attention to this reckless fiasco. These investors are critical to the success of the USA economy.

How stupid can the GOP be?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

Pensions funds being looted won't be good for the economy. Folks may be counting on that money for retirement ....... am I right?

Matt Taibbi reports that Wall Street firms are now making millions in profits off of public pension funds nationwide. "Essentially it is a wealth transfer from teachers, cops and firemen to billionaire hedge funders," Taibbi says.

"Pension funds are one of the last great, unguarded piles of money in this country and there are going to be all sort of operators that are trying to get their hands on that money.


Just thought Jenkins and Yoder might want to put the brakes on the looting if they could find time.

In_God_we_trust 4 years, 7 months ago

Democrat Senator Harry Reid says: Forget Constituents, We Serve the Government


We should start impeachment on Harry Reid and the other top nine democrats. Then there will be a budget passed.

kernal 4 years, 7 months ago

A little sidebar story in the national news on the goings on in the Congress this week indicates perhaps some of members of Congress need to sober up.

In_God_we_trust 4 years, 7 months ago

Q: Will you sign up for health coverage under Obamacare?

Yes 19 %

No 60 %

Only if I have to 21 %

Source: MSN

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

More information would be useful, like whether or not the 60% have insurance already, etc.

In_God_we_trust 4 years, 7 months ago

Agreed, but it says a great deal, even without that information.

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

I searched for that poll and didn't find it - do you have a source/link for it?

When I went to msn and searched, I found a number of other polls, with interesting results, like that young people support the ACA, 61% of those without insurance say it's because they can't afford it, etc. but nothing about your numbers.

bad_dog 4 years, 7 months ago

Gee, yet another unsupported contention. Allegedly from that bastion of liberalism MSN, no less. Go figure...

Robert Schehrer 4 years, 7 months ago

Ask these same people if they like the "Affordable Care Act" and you will get a different result. The majority like it. They don't seem to know that the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare is the same thing.

In_God_we_trust 4 years, 7 months ago

At least 52% don't want Obamacare according to Lou Dobbs report on Obamacare.

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

Just some friendly advice.

Most people on here won't go to breitbart for anything - why not post more primary sources? After all, if he's right, then those should be just as good, and people might actually look at them.

In_God_we_trust 4 years, 7 months ago

Just some friendly advice.

You can ignore reporting of facts that do not agree with the democrat view if you want. That is your choice, but it is produced for the benefit of those that want to hear the other side of the story, a more balanced view. I think most reasonable people would like to know both sides, so they are not only "blindly" in the camp of the hard line that the President and Harry Reid have put forth. They clearly want a government shutdown to force congress into higher spending levels beyond our means. President Obama has already spent too much and needs to concede his position and compromise for the good of the country. Government will still operate on a little lower budget, but the democrats in the Senate are going to have to be willing to compromise. Up to this point they have done nothing, but the House has tried many times to be flexible.

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

I don't ignore facts, and I'm not a partisan D.

But, I do ignore certain sources, given my knowledge of their duplicity.

You can do as you like, and keep posting links to breitbart and dobbs - I'm just telling you that most people on this site don't find those to be reliable sources. And, the ones that do are already biased in your direction.

So, what good does it do exactly?

bad_dog 4 years, 7 months ago

You can characterize/manipulate facts however YOU choose, but one cannot characterize Breitbart's views as "balanced" even with the most generous retrospective. The opinions found there are completely biased and as unbalanced as a load of wet tennis shoes on spin cycle.

bad_dog 4 years, 7 months ago

Sorry, jafs; intended for the deity truster...

Liberty275 4 years, 7 months ago

Why do you never coach merril on his use of links to thenation.com, probably 5th in line to be the most liberal website of any of note on the web?

Let me guess... You think thenation.com is non-partisan.

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

I have no idea what "the nation" is, and have never visited it.

If it's analogous to breitbart, who has been shown to be a liar, then I would caution merrill not to use it as well.

However, if it's merely a left leaning source, that's a different story.

Also, I have to say I generally just skip merrill's posts - I know where he's coming from, and may agree with a lot of what he says, but I also disagree with some of it.

All of that is quite different from quoting sources that have been shown to misrepresent facts/reality.

Liberty275 4 years, 7 months ago

Why are their gates on National Parks in the first place? Are they there to keep the illegal aliens out?

bad_dog 4 years, 7 months ago

They're their gates because they belong there.

Liberty275 4 years, 7 months ago

I'm a hick. I should be allowed to flub those words with impunity.

But seriously, why should, there be gates at National Parks? Is Yosemite mine or does it belong to the federal government?

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 7 months ago

It is the GOP who have attached an unrelated issue, defunding the ACA, to the budget resolution. It is clearly extortion on their part.

The GOP are to blame for attaching an unrelated issue to the continuing resolution. The blame is not all equallsy as many on the right are lying about.

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 7 months ago

And Romney/Ryan will win in a landslide!

We are seeing many "dispatches from the bubble" here.

People posting as fact that which they only wish for.

Sad, really.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

This action reveals the true ignorance of the GOP and their misinformation campaign loaded with lies and distortions. Who wants to return to the days which allowed the medical insurance industry to cut off patients at will? How can one political party be more significantly stupid than the other? Well we have the ALEC Right Wing Party posing as the GOP being evermore stupid than the democrats.

No mean feat I must say. And it does not stop with Obamcare.

Here's the trouble with the medical insurance industry. People spend thousands of dollars a year to have an industry either drop a client or tell a client that they have not paid enough for a service to be rendered.

Consumers pay thousands of dollars a year in the event something might happen only to start over at the next cycle to keep paying in the event something might happen. And all of that money paid the previous year or previous years means nothing no matter whether a client used the insurance or not. Talk about a scam.

Liberty275 4 years, 7 months ago

Give the non-essentials a nice vacation. A few months would be fine. Maybe that would give them time to find somewhere in the private industry where they can be essential.

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

Sure, because we have so many lovely private sector jobs waiting for people.

800,000 federal employees are on unpaid leave until this gets resolved.

Where exactly will they work in the private sector, given high unemployment and a lack of decent jobs?

Liberty275 4 years, 7 months ago

They can work wherever they can find a job, just like the rest of us.

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago


Lots of people can't find jobs already - your suggestion just winds up with more suffering.

No thanks.

Liberty275 4 years, 7 months ago

Ever the voice of reason you are. I don't mean to sound so harsh, but there is a political civil war in America right now over the aca and it is one we don't intend on losing. Non-essential government employees are regrettable collateral damage.

Thank you for your perspective, as always.

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

You're welcome.

I have a lot of trouble with "collateral damage", as you know.

Tradways 4 years, 7 months ago

You mean the coporate welfare receiving millons in tax breaks as the private sector that Biden tax payees as well.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

BTW the home loan approval process is now on the chopping block thanks to this right wing party shutting down the economy and the government.


Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

We know Lynn Jenkins cannot think for herself much less vote in the best interest of the USA. Margie Wakefield deserves an opportunity to be elected and demonstrate her form of representation with America in mind.

As a registered republican I'm calling for Lynn Jenkins to step down. I say let's put Margie Wakefield in to office.

The GOP did this exact nonsense in 2011. What is wrong with these people? Where did they come from?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

There is a way out and I feel we must encourage President Obama to step up to the plate and put an end to this despicable GOP behavior. We need a 12 month debt ceiling approval not a 90 day approval that gets these unethical GOP people through the election process.

There is a way.

The debt-ceiling crisis threatens not just the president's constitutional duty to make payments on the public debt but also the accompanying requirement that he spend money lawfully appropriated by Congress, either as part of a yearly budget or as part of statutes authorizing “entitlement” payments like Medicare or veterans' benefits.

Failing to do any of these things would be a default on the president's duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

The president may not be able to obey all three sources of law; if so, Obama should make the payments and ignore the debt ceiling.

“The debt ceiling is the fiscal equivalent of the human appendix — a law with no discoverable purpose,” he writes. “If Congress leaves the debt ceiling at a level inconsistent with duly enacted spending and tax laws, the president has no choice but to ignore it.”


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