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Boyda concerned about Gitmo-to-Leavenworth proposals

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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![][1][(49abcnews.com) Boyda speaks out about Ft. Leavenworth housing terrorists:][2] A Senate committee is reviewing a bill that would cut the purse strings on Guantanamo and bring charged inmates to Fort Leavenworth. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is spearheading the effort. ... If passed, the bill would bring some of the worst international criminals into Congresswoman Nancy Boyda's district. But she says she hasn't been consulted with about the plan. "Senator Harkin hasn't approached me. As I understand it, the Army hasn't even approached Fort Leavenworth about this," Boyda said.[(Harris News Service) Boyda doesn't get chosen for Blue Dog Coalition:][3] They're both Democrats who express concerns about the federal budget and represent predominantly GOP districts in eastern Kansas. For now, though, 2nd District U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda won't be joining 3rd District Congressman Dennis Moore in the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of self-described fiscally conservative Democrats. When the coalition announced a membership expansion earlier this month, Blue Dog members didn't invite Boyda to join their ranks. The freshman Democrat from Topeka had been among eight finalists vying for five spots in the caucus, a competition sparked by the group's decision to limit its size to 47 members this year.Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][4][(Drovers commentary) Cattle producers urge equal opportunity energy policy:][5] The U.S. Senate voted 65-27 Tuesday in favor of comprehensive energy legislation - H.R. 6, the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007. ... "NCBA supports segmenting the RFS by fuel source," says Truitt. "Cellulosic ethanol production does not rely on feedgrains. Therefore, it can offer new energy production opportunities to cattle producers with a negligible impact on grain prices. We urge that greater policy emphasis be placed on development of cellulosic fuels." Truitt applauded Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) for her leadership in successfully including a study in the legislation that will assess the impact these high mandates could have on the producers of feedgrains, food, livestock, and energy. NCBA also appreciates the efforts of Senators James Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on behalf of the beef industry. Senators Cornyn and Roberts were cosponsors of the Hutchison amendment.Kansas beef abroad[(Emporia Gazette) S. Korea lifts ban on Tyson beef:][6]Six American beef plants that had been barred from selling in South Korea, including Emporia's Tyson plant, will be allowed to enter that market again, U.S. officials announced Tuesday. South Korea had closed the door to the plants, owned by Cargill and Tyson, in June after a third-party vendor shipped meat that was intended for U.S. consumption only. Korean standards only allow boneless meat from cattle that are less than 30 months old to be imported. U.S. Rep Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, this morning called the news a welcome development. "It appears to me that in a relatively short period of time, they were able to reach the conclusion that this is not a widespread problem," Moran said In a release Tuesday, Sen. Pat Roberts said the decision "inches us closer to normal beef trade with Korea." [1]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg [2]: http://www.49abcnews.com/news/2007/jun/27/boyda_speaks_out_about_ft_leavenworth_housing_terr/ [3]: http://www.parsonssun.com/news/articles/boyda062707.shtml [4]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [5]: http://www.drovers.com/news_editorial.asp?pgID=675&ed_id=4223 [6]: http://www.emporiagazette.com/news/2007/jun/27/s_korea_lifts_ban_tyson_beef/

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jasonc_22 6 years, 9 months ago

i don't think it really matters...but I'd rather not have them in Kansas, either.

Once again, Congresswoman Boyda is right on track!

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Oracle_of_Rhode 6 years, 9 months ago

Bring 'em on.

Seems this would create jobs and growth in the area, with more media attention, money, and hotel rooms for lawyers, protesters, visitors and journalists.

Plus, these detainees should be given a dose of American justice, in the sense that they should be put on trial like our Constitution demands. It's the moral and ethical imperative.

And, finally, it would make it less likely for K.C. to get nuked by Bid Laden, since he'd not want to off his pals in the local pokey.

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Kontum1972 6 years, 9 months ago

the worst is yet to come ...be prepared folks!

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Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 6 years, 9 months ago

If they moved the Gitmo terrorists here, you can expect to see their supporters move to the KC area as well so they can visit, etc.

Not good.

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b_asinbeer 6 years, 9 months ago

I fail to see how this is "embarrassing" dagopman:

"Senator Harkin hasn't approached me. As I understand it, the Army hasn't even approached Fort Leavenworth about this," Boyda said.

You've got issues.

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dagopman 6 years, 9 months ago

Congresswoman Boyda, please just shut up. Most everytime you speak, you embarrass yourself and your district.

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