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Moran discouraged by anti-Cuba vote

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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Rep. Jerry Moran (R) ![][1][(The Hill) Dem leaders struggle for votes to change Cuba policies:][2] When Democrats gained control of Congress, hopes were high that Cuba travel and trade restrictions would be eased by a party historically opposed to a so-called hard line on Cuba. So far, however, the Democratic-led House has been tougher on Cuba than when Republicans controlled the lower chamber. Sixty-six House Democrats - including 20 members of the freshman class - recently voted against a farm bill amendment offered by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) that would have made it easier for U.S. farmers to sell agricultural goods to Cuba. ... Both supporters and opponents of the Cuba embargo said they were surprised by the vote. "If we can't prevail on an issue of agriculture trade, it says it will be very difficult to prevail on other issues," said Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a longtime supporter of trading with Cuba.Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![][3][(The Nation commentary) The NAFTA Superhighway:][4] There's no such thing as a proposed NAFTA Superhighway. ... Though the story of the highway has been seeded and watered in the fertile soil of the nationalist right wing--promoted by Birchers and Corsi, co-author of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth's book about John Kerry--it also stretches across ideological and partisan lines. Like immigration and the Dubai ports deal, it divides the Republican coalition against itself, pitting the capitalists against the nationalists. And more than a few on the center-left have voiced criticisms as well: Teamsters president James Hoffa wrote in a column last year that "Bush is quietly moving forward with plans...for what's known as a NAFTA superhighway--a combination of existing and new roads that would create a north-south corridor from Mexico to Canada.... It would allow global conglomerates to capitalize by exploiting cheap labor and nonexistent work rules and avoiding potential security enhancements at U.S. ports." Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Boyda, from eastern Kansas, invoked its specter early and often in her improbably successful 2006 campaign against Republican incumbent Jim Ryun. A campaign circular inserted in local newspapers warned that "if built, this 'Super Corridor' would be a quarter-mile wide and longer than the Great Wall of China." Boyda told me that her attacks on the highway "hit a real nerve because enough people had the same concerns."Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][5][(Free Yahoo Game blog) Legislation To Benefit Home Oxygen Therapy Patients Introduced By U.S. Senators:][6] The Home Oxygen Patient Protection (HOPP) Act was introduced last month by U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Jack Reed (D-RI). This bipartisan legislation was introduced to reverse the effects of the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act. That Act required that Medicare recipients being administered home oxygen therapy must purchase the equipment after 36 months, creating an unnecessary burden for the patient. The Senators were applauded for introducing the legislation by the Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC). The CQRC is a coalition of leading home oxygen therapy providers and manufacturers who provide equipment and services to oxygen therapy patients. [1]: http://ljworld.com/specials/kudole/bios/art/moran.jpg [2]: http://thehill.com/business--lobby/dem-leaders-struggle-for-votes-to-change-cuba-policies-2007-08-15.html [3]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg [4]: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070827/hayes [5]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [6]: http://free-yahoo-gamehmclpxdnb.blogspot.com/2007/08/legislation-to-benefit-home-oxygen.html

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jasonc_22 7 years, 4 months ago

sigh

I wish the super highway issue would die...and i wish we could normalize trade with Cuba, too, Jerry.

oldgoof 7 years, 4 months ago

It is funny to see Moran carrying water for a Rangel issue.

staff04 7 years, 4 months ago

Amongst the other House Republicans who support expanding relations with Cuba:

Jeff Flake Nancy Johnson Mary Bono Jo Ann Emerson Chris Shays Jo Bonner John Boozman Charles Boustany Michael Conaway Nathan Deal Sam Graves Jeb Hensarling Bobby Jindal Ray LaHood Charlie Norwood Butch Otter Ted Poe Denny Rehberg Terry Everett Lee Terry Pat Tiberi Randy Kuhl Chip Pickering Tim Johnson John Shimkus Wally Herger Don Manzullo Ron Paul Jim Ramstad Dave Camp Mike Castle Barbara Cubin Vern Ehlers Paul Gillmor Bob Inglis John Peterson Paul Ryan Fred Upton Judy Biggert Jeff Garrett

That was just the list from about 10 minutes on the Thomas Legislative Information site...I'm sure I could expand it if I wanted to spend the time.

Kind of disingenuous to call it a "Rangel issue."

jasonc_22 7 years, 4 months ago

well, yes fine with all of those R's...but, still, it is kind of funny to see Jerry Moran fighting on the same pages as Charles Rangel

staff04 7 years, 4 months ago

It just shows that some people in Congress care more about governing and leading than being a partisan hack...

A rare find in Kansas, I know, but thank goodness there's at least one of them...

oldgoof 7 years, 4 months ago

staff04 is a little too sensitive. The reason it is a Rangel issue is it was a Rangel amendment!!! The fact that there were a bunch of other R votes has absolutely nothing to do with it. It is well known that Jerry doesn't go out on the political limb for anything in DC. Never did while in serving Topeka either.

staff04 7 years, 4 months ago

goof, I didn't actually look at the result of that vote, that was just a random list of Members who have supported various pro-Cuba legislation recently.

Still disingenuous to call it a Rangel issue and my list shows that it is even more disingenuous to say Moran is "carrying water" on the issue.

If anything, it is historically a Jeff Flake (R) issue, as he has been most vocal in pushing for open trade and travel with Cuba.

Either way, Tiahrt is the only one who voted against Kansas farmers. I guess if it isn't big business or guns, he just doesn't care.

penguin 7 years, 4 months ago

Moran has not always played it safe within his own party. He voted against Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind. Each of these drew contempt from on high and there were rumblings that the Rs should find a way to get rid of him. So for a guy who apparently does not go out on a limb, he does sure seem to vote policy above party.

dagopman 7 years, 4 months ago

Penguin-

Jim Ryun also voted about Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind. Ryun and Moran were able to vote against their own party leadership.

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