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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][1][(Washington Post commentary) Reluctantly, the Senate's Weekend Warriors:][2] After four years of fighting in Iraq, and two weeks of trying to force senators to debate the conflict, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yesterday wheeled out the ultimate weapon. He ordered his colleagues to work on Saturday. To the average American, this would be an inconvenience. To a senator, a Saturday vote is a hardship reserved for national crises such as impeachment or Terri Schiavo. Votes have been held on Saturday only five times in the past 10 years. ... Moments after Reid's bombshell, one presidential candidate, Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), went to the Senate floor to voice his dissent. "I don't think that is a fair or appropriate process for this body to follow," he said. Particularly because he had plans to attend the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Florida on Saturday. [EARLIER: Roberts not a fan of Senate's longer work week][3][(CR Newswire) Brownback Reintroduces Video Game Rating Act:][4] U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today reintroduced the Truth in Video Game Rating Act which would require a video game rating organization to review the entire playable content of a game before assigning a content rating. "Video game reviewers should be required to review the entire content of a game to ensure the accuracy of the rating," said Brownback. "The current video game ratings system is not as accurate as it could be because reviewers do not see the full content of games and do not even play the games they rate." Currently game reviewers do not play the games prior to determining ratings. Their reviews are based on taped segments of the game submitted by the game's producer to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. Such taped segments may or may not fully represent the game's content. The bill would prohibit video game producers and distributors from withholding or hiding playable content from a ratings organization.Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][5][(CattleNetwork.com) Senator Roberts: Trade Promotion Authority Good for Kansas:][6] At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance regarding the 2007 Trade Agenda, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today called for renewed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and discussed other important trade issues with the U.S. Trade Representative, Susan Schwab. "International trade is a vital and necessary component in the Kansas economy," Senator Roberts said. "Kansas exports in 2005 were $6.72 billion dollars. As a strong supporter of free and fair trade, I am pleased with the President's call to renew trade promotion authority. By opening markets and tearing down trade barriers to our products and services, we can expand opportunities for exporters and better compete in the global market place. "TPA is an important tool by which Congress grants the president the authority to negotiate trade agreements with on behalf of the United States in consultation with the relevant congressional committees.Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![][7][(AP) Boyda drawing partisan backlash:][8] n campaigning for Congress, Nancy Boyda blunted questions about her stance on the war in Iraq by telling voters she'd support the troops even if she had misgivings about their mission. That approach worked for the Democrat, but now Republicans are trying to undercut whatever support she enjoys among veterans in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas. A month into her first term, she faced criticism for voting for a military spending bill that didn't earmark money for construction projects in her district. "Very few things surprise me in politics - very few things," said Boyda earlier this week before attending a ceremony at Fort Leavenworth's Command and General Staff College. "I am surprised at the level of hostility and the personal nature of the attacks, especially when I am working hard - ask anybody here - to try to clean up the mess I've been left." The firestorm comes as the House prepares to vote Friday on a nonbinding resolution condemning President Bush's plan to send 21,500 troops to quell the violence in Iraq. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the Democratic resolution was the first step in a longer campaign to end U.S. participation in the nearly four-year-old conflict.Etc.[(AP) Kansas growers conflicted over farm bill:][9] When Congress passed the last farm bill five years ago, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts was firmly in the "no" column. The latest version of farm legislation proposed by the Bush administration last month hasn't put to rest Roberts' concerns, or those of other Kansas officials worried about its impact on the state's farmers and ranchers. "We want to do a lot more homework and run the numbers to determine what we really think the practical effect will be and then we'll go from there," said Roberts, a Republican. The White House's blueprint would boost conservation funding, promote renewable fuels and provide money to upgrade the quality of rural hospitals - key issues for Kansas farmers. "There are some things that make a lot of sense to me and some things that are detrimental to the agricultural economy in Kansas," said Republican Rep. Jerry Moran, who represents western Kansas. Kansas farmers received over $9 billion in subsidies from 1995-2005, ranking 6th in the nation according to a database compiled by the Environmental Working Group, a public interest group that tracks payments. [1]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/brownback.jpg [2]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/15/AR2007021501468.html [3]: http://www2.ljworld.com/blogs/kansas_congress/2007/feb/07/roberts/ [4]: http://www.crnewswire.com/news_details.php?nid=183 [5]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [6]: http://www.cattlenetwork.com/content.asp?contentid=106569 [7]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg [8]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/16707710.htm [9]: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/business/16712668.htm

Comments

ksmattfish 8 years ago

A veteran of the "do nothing congress" complaining about working on Saturday, what a surprise.

ksmattfish 8 years ago

I just heard on the radio that the Senate is taking a 10 day recess for Presidents' Day. How many working Americans will get Presidents' Day off, let alone a 10 day weekend? No wonder nothing gets done. We need a way to fire these lazy a-holes between elections.

blessed3x 8 years ago

Didn't Pelosi and her merry band of idiots close down shop for an entire day one week into their term to attend a football game?

Mike Blur 8 years ago

If Brownback is so inconvenienced by having to actually work instead of stumping on the campaign trail, maybe he should resign his Senate seat. He has already missed a couple Senate sessions because of his preoccupation this year.

Jamesaust 8 years ago

"To a senator, a Saturday vote is a hardship reserved for national crises such as impeachment or Terri Schiavo."

And there, in a single sentence, you find the whole of Brownback's dementia encapsulated.

hornband 8 years ago

blessed3x,

it was actually the House Minority Leader that requested the day off for that game...

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=2779114&page=1

"But the real reason was that some lawmakers, including House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other members of the delegations from Ohio and Florida, wanted to travel to Arizona to watch tonight's college football championship between Ohio State and the University of Florida.

"He did in fact request that votes not commence this week until tomorrow" because of the football game, Boehner spokesman Brian Kennedy told ABCNews.com, calling the brouhaha "much ado about nothing."

nice try, though.

mom_of_three 8 years ago

It would be interesting to know how many days senators and congress-people actual work.
anybody know where to find that information?

Michael Stanclift 8 years ago

Brownback does know that POTS is a 24/7 job right?

blessed3x 8 years ago

hornband, nice job of censoring out the facts that didn't support your position.

The whole story:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=2779114&page=1

Boehner and others (including Dems requested it) and Majority Leader Hoyer okay'd it stating that things would change next year.

EXks 8 years ago

It would be interesting to know how many days senators and congress-people actual work. anybody know where to find that information?

posted by mom_of_three


The average American works approximately 2,080 hours in one year. I doubt our elected officals even come close to that figure.

In a December 6, 2006, article in the Washington Post it indicated that congress started work on late Tuesday and finished by Thrusday afternoon!!

They don't know the meaning of a FORTY hour WORK week!

Read the article here

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/05/AR2006120501342.html

staff04 8 years ago

Okay kids, calm down...

Let me give you my perspective, as someone who works in a Congressional office.

If your Representative can't ever get to their home district, then they are restricted to ONLY meeting with those of their constituents who have the means to travel to Washington. Too often, the people most in need of representation don't have those means.

THAT is the reason members are upset about the schedule. The work here in Washington is important, but the work on the ground at home is of far greater importance.

Just try to get it out of your head that because they aren't in Washington, they aren't working. It ain't the way it works, and I doubt most of you would be happy if you could never meet your Congressperson because you couldn't afford to go to Washington.

deec 8 years ago

I don't think campaigning in states other than one's home state qualifies as meeting with constituents.

EXks 8 years ago

Ok staff04, thanks, but we don't need your condsending tone nor lecture, as a taxpayer who PAYS your salary and our representative's salaries!!

laughingatallofu 8 years ago

I don't doubt that our Representatives/Senators are working. The question is, are they working FOR US, and are they working SMARTLY? I don't think so. My best guess is that they're working to get themselves re-elected!

Has anyone noticed that Jim Ryun is going t run again in 2008? The poor guy must be having withdrawal seizures by now. How terrible it must be to be "Joe Six Pack"!

preebo 8 years ago

I find in it particularly interesting that Mr. Brownback doesn't like the current work week of the Senate. It is of particular interest because Mr. Brownback doesn't show up to work anyway. He has missed more then half of the roll call votes in the Senate.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0207/2782.html

This will give you a picture of what kind of Senator Brownback has been.

Michael Stanclift 8 years ago

I wonder if there is anything that tracks his attendance prior to him announcing his bid for President? Still, the fact that Obama can have perfect attendance says something.

8 years ago

From the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/15/AR2007021501468.html

Moments after Reid's bombshell, one presidential candidate, Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), went to the Senate floor to voice his dissent. "I don't think that is a fair or appropriate process for this body to follow," he said. Particularly because he had plans to attend the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Florida on Saturday.

Here's some news Sam, a lot of people that work really hard also get called in to work on the weekends when the boss says so. Personally, I think you're looking at a representative of the state of Kansas who has lost his interest in representing the people of Kansas.

staff04 8 years ago

Posted by EXks (anonymous) on February 16, 2007 at 1:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ok staff04, thanks, but we don't need your condsending tone nor lecture, as a taxpayer who PAYS your salary and our representative's salaries!!

Not trying to be condescending or lecture, EXks, just trying to make the distinction that a lot of posters appeared to have missed. Now for the lecture: trying to interpret tone through text is stupid!

And please don't pull out that BS about paying my salary. I know who pays my salary, and guess what? I pay taxes too.

staff04 8 years ago

Posted by Marshalus (anonymous) on February 16, 2007 at 1:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I wonder if there is anything that tracks his attendance prior to him announcing his bid for President?

This link shows the votes he missed (as well as all Senators) in the 109th Congress, which was the 2005-2006 calendar years.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/109/senate/vote-missers/

Brownback missed 13 of 645 (2%) votes in the 109th Congress.

hornband 8 years ago

blessed3x,

yeah, my posting the same link you did really censored it didn't it! :)

Boehner requested it (he's from Ohio and wanted to watch Ohio St.) and the Dems agreed. I'm not saying Boehner is the only lazy sack in the House, but it was his request, not Pelosi's.

preebo 8 years ago

Brownback missed 13 of 645 (2%) votes in the 109th Congress.

WRONG AGAIN!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0207/2782.html

This shows that Brownback missed 48 % of his votes since starting his exploritory committee.

Nice try.

EXks 8 years ago

staff04, ok you can take the chip off your shoulder.

and it is NOT BS when it comes to taxpayers who support you and elected representatives, even if you do pay taxes.

staff04 8 years ago

preebo, did you read either my post or the link? Marshalus asked about his record before his ANNOUNCEMENT that he was running for President. In the 109th Congress, which I noted spanned the calendar years 2005 and 2006, Brownback missed 13 of 645 votes.

Why would you even say something like "nice try?" I think Brownback is an idiot, but people should at least be armed with the information.

staff04 8 years ago

EXks, no chip on my shoulder. I'm not the one who pulled out the "I pay your salary so I can tell you how to think" card, you are.

staff04 8 years ago

N.B. No one is paying my salary today--I'm on unpaid leave today, so don't go there either.

EXks 8 years ago

staff04, What? You again! You're annoying as some of the political hacks you work for. I see they teach you well, I suppose you expect the taxpayers to give you an Oscar for such a performance.

drewdun 8 years ago

So brownback doesn't like working on the weekend?

Too damn bad.

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