Representative Lynn M. Jenkins's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (KS) - District 2, Republican
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Lynn Jenkins has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Lynn Jenkins is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynn Jenkins. Lynn's Weekly Update - "Stimulus" Signs, Dems Plot Lame Duck Session, Honor Patriot Guard Riders, Against Abortions at Dept. of Defense Facilities. 16 July 2010. "I have always opposed the taxpayer funding of abortions, and that includes opposing any plan that would overturn the 1996 law that bans abortions in military medical facilities. Recently, I sent a letter with 180 of my colleagues to House and Senate leadership opposing Senator Roland Burris' (D-IL) amendment in the Senate Armed Services Committee that would overturn this ban. Military medical facilities should be places of healing and life-saving, and expanding abortion in government owned and operated military medical facilities is wrong. I will continue to working to ensure this misguided amendment is not allowed and continue opposing any taxpayer funding for abortion." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Supports Amendment To Block Federal Funding For Abortion. 7 November 2009. "I voted for the Stupak-Pitts Amendment because I am opposed to public funding for abortion. Federal funding of abortions has been prohibited since 1977 when the Hyde Amendment became law and it should not be undone now. Folks all across the country have strong moral objections to abortion and forcing them to pay taxes to fund abortion is indefensible. I am pleased this body was able to stop Speaker Pelosi's attempt to reverse federal law and successfully correct one element of this fatally flawed legislation." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Lynn Jenkins voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the Family Research Council 87 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Lynn Jenkins voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Lynn Jenkins voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Lynn's Weekly Update - "Stimulus" Signs, Dems Plot Lame Duck Session, Honor Patriot Guard Riders, Against Abortions at Dept. of Defense Facilities. 16 July 2010. "I have always opposed the taxpayer funding of abortions, and that includes opposing any plan that would overturn the 1996 law that bans abortions in military medical facilities. Recently, I sent a letter with 180 of my colleagues to House and Senate leadership opposing Senator Roland Burris' (D-IL) amendment in the Senate Armed Services Committee that would overturn this ban. Military medical facilities should be places of healing and life-saving, and expanding abortion in government owned and operated military medical facilities is wrong. I will continue to working to ensure this misguided amendment is not allowed and continue opposing any taxpayer funding for abortion." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Supports Amendment To Block Federal Funding For Abortion. 7 November 2009. "I voted for the Stupak-Pitts Amendment because I am opposed to public funding for abortion. Federal funding of abortions has been prohibited since 1977 when the Hyde Amendment became law and it should not be undone now. Folks all across the country have strong moral objections to abortion and forcing them to pay taxes to fund abortion is indefensible. I am pleased this body was able to stop Speaker Pelosi's attempt to reverse federal law and successfully correct one element of this fatally flawed legislation." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Lynn Jenkins voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the Family Research Council 87 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Lynn Jenkins voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Lynn Jenkins voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Lower Taxes. 23 January 2012. "It's not complicated. The American economy works best when Americans are allowed to keep more of their money to spend or save as they please instead of giving it to Washington, D.C. bureaucrats. I have always been a strong believer in the economic power of lower taxes and I will staunchly defend that position in Congress." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Video: Congresswoman Jenkins Keeps Pledge, Votes Against Tax Increase. 17 December 2010. "When I ran for Congress I made a pledge to the people of Kansas that I would not vote to raise their taxes. Today, I will honor that pledge, and vote for the tax bill before us. Because a no vote on this measure is a vote to raise taxes on every American taxpayer: every working parent, every small business person, every retiree, everyone." (www.youtube.com)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Iola Register - Jenkins Offers Tough Talk. 11 July 2008. "When your economy is struggling, the last thing you want to do is raise taxes." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 23 January 2012. "I have stuck to my promise to oppose any tax increases, especially in such a harsh economic climate. If we want our economy to recover and our nation to prosper once again, we have to stop taking so much away and give decisions back to the people. Instead of politicians in Washington pretending to know what's best, let the people decide for themselves." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Lower Taxes. 23 January 2012. "It's not complicated. The American economy works best when Americans are allowed to keep more of their money to spend or save as they please instead of giving it to Washington, D.C. bureaucrats. I have always been a strong believer in the economic power of lower taxes and I will staunchly defend that position in Congress." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Reaction to President Obama's Address to Congress. 24 February 2009. "The President also talked about his budget that will be released later this week. He promised to cut the $1.3 trillion federal deficit in half by the end of his term. I am pleased he recognizes reducing the deficit is critical to growing our economy, but the worst thing that he could do right now is raise taxes on the American people and small businesses." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Video: Congresswoman Jenkins Keeps Pledge, Votes Against Tax Increase. 17 December 2010. "When I ran for Congress I made a pledge to the people of Kansas that I would not vote to raise their taxes. Today, I will honor that pledge, and vote for the tax bill before us. Because a no vote on this measure is a vote to raise taxes on every American taxpayer: every working parent, every small business person, every retiree, everyone." (www.youtube.com)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Iola Register - Jenkins Offers Tough Talk. 11 July 2008. "When your economy is struggling, the last thing you want to do is raise taxes." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 23 January 2012. "I have stuck to my promise to oppose any tax increases, especially in such a harsh economic climate. If we want our economy to recover and our nation to prosper once again, we have to stop taking so much away and give decisions back to the people. Instead of politicians in Washington pretending to know what's best, let the people decide for themselves." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Reaction to President Obama's Address to Congress. 24 February 2009. "The President also talked about his budget that will be released later this week. He promised to cut the $1.3 trillion federal deficit in half by the end of his term. I am pleased he recognizes reducing the deficit is critical to growing our economy, but the worst thing that he could do right now is raise taxes on the American people and small businesses." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynn Jenkins. The Stimulus Plan. 4 February 2009. "In the long run, this extreme level of federal spending will burden our children. That's not an economic stimulus. That's a crime." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 17 January 2012. "I am convinced now more than ever that our federal government's greatest problem is its addiction to spending. Too many politicians who have been in Washington for too long have forgotten that taxpayers are what keeps our government going. Instead of being responsible and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse or reigning in spending, many politicians think they have been given a blank check to do as they please. I couldn't disagree more." (www.votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Lynn Jenkins a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Lynn Jenkins voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Reduced Spending. 17 January 2012. "Runaway federal spending has been perhaps the largest failure by the previous Republican Congress [¦] In Congress, I will work my hardest to reduce spending and slow the growth of a bloated federal bureaucracy. One of the most frustrating things I've seen Democrats and Republican do over the past decade is spend your hard-earned tax dollars on frivolous and wasteful projects." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issues Facing America. 20 July 2011. "So it's my hope that the establishment here in Washington can finally see the error of its ways, make real cuts to this out-of-control spending binge, put hard caps on the attempts to increase spending in the future, and establish some pro-growth policies that will lift us out of this stagnant economy and into the prosperity the American people deserve." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Supports Record Spending Cuts. 16 March 2011. "Today, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) voted in support of a short-term Continuing Resolution that will cut more than $6 billion in Federal spending over the next 3 weeks [¦] 'Today, the politicians who got us into this spending mess sought to abandon real spending cuts in exchange for the hope of a longer continuing resolution with fewer cuts, but I refused to compromise. This vote to cut more than $6 billion over the next 3 weeks is a confirmation of our Pledge to America to cut $100 billion over the President's budget. While I would prefer and expect a long term resolution that meets our responsibilities to the American people, at a time when debt is eating our nation alive.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. The Stimulus Plan. 4 February 2009. "In the long run, this extreme level of federal spending will burden our children. That's not an economic stimulus. That's a crime." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 17 January 2012. "I am convinced now more than ever that our federal government's greatest problem is its addiction to spending. Too many politicians who have been in Washington for too long have forgotten that taxpayers are what keeps our government going. Instead of being responsible and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse or reigning in spending, many politicians think they have been given a blank check to do as they please. I couldn't disagree more." (www.votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Lynn Jenkins a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Lynn Jenkins voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Reduced Spending. 17 January 2012. "Runaway federal spending has been perhaps the largest failure by the previous Republican Congress [¦] In Congress, I will work my hardest to reduce spending and slow the growth of a bloated federal bureaucracy. One of the most frustrating things I've seen Democrats and Republican do over the past decade is spend your hard-earned tax dollars on frivolous and wasteful projects." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issues Facing America. 20 July 2011. "So it's my hope that the establishment here in Washington can finally see the error of its ways, make real cuts to this out-of-control spending binge, put hard caps on the attempts to increase spending in the future, and establish some pro-growth policies that will lift us out of this stagnant economy and into the prosperity the American people deserve." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Supports Record Spending Cuts. 16 March 2011. "Today, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) voted in support of a short-term Continuing Resolution that will cut more than $6 billion in Federal spending over the next 3 weeks [¦] 'Today, the politicians who got us into this spending mess sought to abandon real spending cuts in exchange for the hope of a longer continuing resolution with fewer cuts, but I refused to compromise. This vote to cut more than $6 billion over the next 3 weeks is a confirmation of our Pledge to America to cut $100 billion over the President's budget. While I would prefer and expect a long term resolution that meets our responsibilities to the American people, at a time when debt is eating our nation alive.'" (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Education. 23 January 2012. "A high quality education, from elementary school to higher education, is important to each student and critical to our nation's future. I look at education as a partnership between federal, state and local governments and families. Even though many of the goals of No Child Left Behind are admirable, I am concerned that politicians in Washington do not best represent the needs of children in Chanute, Iola or Atchison. When No Child Left Behind is reauthorized, we need to reform the program so changes can be made at the state and local level by teachers and leaders who best know the local students and schools. There needs to be assurances that teachers are not merely teaching to the test." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Education. 28 August 2012. " Education is not one-size-fits-all, and I firmly believe that the people best equipped to make decisions about a child's education are the parents, teachers, and administrators at a local level. As a parent of two children being educated in Kansas public schools, I have great faith in Kansas' education system, and have worked hard my entire career to strengthen it." (lynnjenkins.house.gov)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "As a parent of two children educated in public schools, I have great faith in Kansas' public education system. I see education as a partnership between teachers, parents, and communities and educating our next generation is a monumentally important task. There are always improvements to be made and accountability to be had. However, I also feel that both can be accomplished most efficiently at the state and local level by teachers and leaders who are most intimately aware of the challenges and successes of each specific child and school. While the intent of No Child Left Behind is an honorable one, I don't believe a distant federal bureaucracy can best meet the individual needs of a child in Parsons or a middle school in Manhattan." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Education. 23 January 2012. "A high quality education, from elementary school to higher education, is important to each student and critical to our nation's future. I look at education as a partnership between federal, state and local governments and families. Even though many of the goals of No Child Left Behind are admirable, I am concerned that politicians in Washington do not best represent the needs of children in Chanute, Iola or Atchison. When No Child Left Behind is reauthorized, we need to reform the program so changes can be made at the state and local level by teachers and leaders who best know the local students and schools. There needs to be assurances that teachers are not merely teaching to the test." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Education. 28 August 2012. " Education is not one-size-fits-all, and I firmly believe that the people best equipped to make decisions about a child's education are the parents, teachers, and administrators at a local level. As a parent of two children being educated in Kansas public schools, I have great faith in Kansas' education system, and have worked hard my entire career to strengthen it." (lynnjenkins.house.gov)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "As a parent of two children educated in public schools, I have great faith in Kansas' public education system. I see education as a partnership between teachers, parents, and communities and educating our next generation is a monumentally important task. There are always improvements to be made and accountability to be had. However, I also feel that both can be accomplished most efficiently at the state and local level by teachers and leaders who are most intimately aware of the challenges and successes of each specific child and school. While the intent of No Child Left Behind is an honorable one, I don't believe a distant federal bureaucracy can best meet the individual needs of a child in Parsons or a middle school in Manhattan." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynn Jenkins. Video: Issues in Focus: Cap & Trade. 29 May 2009. "One of the next big issues Congress will tackle is global climate change and the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions through a Cap & Trade program. This whole idea is extremely complicated and will undoubtedly affect each and every one of us. [¦] Now I am not a climatologist and don't claim to have all the answers , but my roots in agriculture and my professional experience as a CPA, tell me that this Cap & Trade proposal is not the right approach." (www.youtube.com)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Agriculture. 23 January 2012. "The challenges facing farmers and ranchers are many, ranging from tax issues and environmental regulation to volatile markets and a shrinking number of young people returning to production agriculture. I am committed to supporting the agriculture industry so that we are able to produce a safe and abundant food and fiber supply here at home and not be reliant on foreign nations like we are for our energy." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Directing Committees to Review Regulations from Federal Agencies. 11 February 2011. "Overbearing regulation from the Federal Government, whether it be from the EPA, the USDA, HUD, the Department of Transportation, the SEC, or the IRS Regulators, at every turn are making job creation, investment, expansion, or growth too complex and too costly." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Cement Sector Regulator Relief Act of 2011. 5 October 2011. "The EPA's Maximum Achievable Control Technology or MACT rule is set to crush our cement manufacturers. [¦] They have the revenue stream and the desire to hire more Kansans, but the cost of complying with Government regulations, like the cement MACT, restrict their ability to do so. The EPA shouldn't be implementing regulations that do more economic damage than they achieve in environmental good. I hope the EPA will take this opportunity to reform this rule and be part of the solution rather than the problem. Let's end over regulation and get Americans back to work." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Lynn Jenkins voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Lynn Jenkins voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Video: Issues in Focus: Cap & Trade. 29 May 2009. "One of the next big issues Congress will tackle is global climate change and the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions through a Cap & Trade program. This whole idea is extremely complicated and will undoubtedly affect each and every one of us. [¦] Now I am not a climatologist and don't claim to have all the answers , but my roots in agriculture and my professional experience as a CPA, tell me that this Cap & Trade proposal is not the right approach." (www.youtube.com)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Agriculture. 23 January 2012. "The challenges facing farmers and ranchers are many, ranging from tax issues and environmental regulation to volatile markets and a shrinking number of young people returning to production agriculture. I am committed to supporting the agriculture industry so that we are able to produce a safe and abundant food and fiber supply here at home and not be reliant on foreign nations like we are for our energy." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Directing Committees to Review Regulations from Federal Agencies. 11 February 2011. "Overbearing regulation from the Federal Government, whether it be from the EPA, the USDA, HUD, the Department of Transportation, the SEC, or the IRS Regulators, at every turn are making job creation, investment, expansion, or growth too complex and too costly." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Cement Sector Regulator Relief Act of 2011. 5 October 2011. "The EPA's Maximum Achievable Control Technology or MACT rule is set to crush our cement manufacturers. [¦] They have the revenue stream and the desire to hire more Kansans, but the cost of complying with Government regulations, like the cement MACT, restrict their ability to do so. The EPA shouldn't be implementing regulations that do more economic damage than they achieve in environmental good. I hope the EPA will take this opportunity to reform this rule and be part of the solution rather than the problem. Let's end over regulation and get Americans back to work." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Lynn Jenkins voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Lynn Jenkins voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 17 January 2012. "Growing up in rural Kansas, I've known from a young age that as Americans, we cherish our right to keep and bear arms. I support the Second Amendment and applaud the Supreme Court's decision that reaffirmed every individual American's right to bear arms. I will continue to oppose laws and regulation that infringe on this Second Amendment right." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Protects the Rights of Kansas Sportsmen. 19 April 2011. "As a proud member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, a bi-partisan group of Senators and Representatives who work to protect the interest of America's sportsmen and advance sound wildlife management policy, I have strong concerns about attempts to ban traditional lead ammunition and fishing tackle. This effort, promulgated by the EPA and anti-hunting and fishing groups, seems to be a poorly disguised attempt to use unelected bureaucrats at a faceless government agency to weaken the Second Amendment [¦] The hunters and anglers of Kansas have my pledge that I will continue to fight to ensure their rights are not trampled on by bureaucrats." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Lynn Jenkins a grade of 55." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Lynn Jenkins in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Lynn Jenkins in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Lynn Jenkins a grade of 55." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 17 January 2012. "Growing up in rural Kansas, I've known from a young age that as Americans, we cherish our right to keep and bear arms. I support the Second Amendment and applaud the Supreme Court's decision that reaffirmed every individual American's right to bear arms. I will continue to oppose laws and regulation that infringe on this Second Amendment right." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Protects the Rights of Kansas Sportsmen. 19 April 2011. "As a proud member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, a bi-partisan group of Senators and Representatives who work to protect the interest of America's sportsmen and advance sound wildlife management policy, I have strong concerns about attempts to ban traditional lead ammunition and fishing tackle. This effort, promulgated by the EPA and anti-hunting and fishing groups, seems to be a poorly disguised attempt to use unelected bureaucrats at a faceless government agency to weaken the Second Amendment [¦] The hunters and anglers of Kansas have my pledge that I will continue to fight to ensure their rights are not trampled on by bureaucrats." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Lynn Jenkins. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Lynn Jenkins voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Presents "A Pledge to America." 23 September 2010. "The Pledge adheres to the will of the American people by repealing Obamacare and replacing it with solutions to bring down costs and improve health care." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "I will be voting in support of H.R. 2, voting to repeal this government takeover of our health care system, just as I promised my constituents I would. Let's repeal this bill so we can go to work replacing it with reforms the American people want and support. I encourage all of my colleagues in the House to listen to their constituents and join me in voting 'yes.''' (www.votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Health Care. 23 January 2012. "Meeting the health needs of this nation is a priority for the Administration and for all of us in Congress. However, there are stark differences. President Obama and many in Congress are fighting for a one-size-fits-all, government takeover that takes away the vital health choices all Americans value and cherish. Imagine a United States in which bureaucrats can deny you a procedure or where citizens must waits months for a routine checkup or screening that could save a life. I believe that nothing should come between the patient-doctor relationship -- not distant government bureaucrats or politicians in Washington. When your child needs medicine, it should be made available. When an x-ray is needed or a prescription needs filled, Kansans cannot afford to wait weeks or months, which is common in countries like Canada and England. All Americans should be able to choose their coverage and get the health care they need, when they need it." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. One Year Later We Know What's in it...It's Not Good. 22 March 2011. "Simply put, ObamaCare destroys jobs, increases taxes, expands government control and increases the cost of healthcare for all Americans. This is why I was opposed to the Obamacare package from the beginning, and voted to repeal this 2,801 page overhaul of our healthcare system with a simple 2 page bill this January. The American people deserve better. As we continue the process of repealing and replacing this law, I will continue to listen to the people of Eastern Kansas and fight to enact real health care reforms that lower costs and expand accessibility and quality of care." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Lynn's Weekly Update - The House Takes First Step to Repealing Health Care Reform. 21 January 2011. "Last March I voted against Obamacare. This week, I fulfilled my pledge to the people of Eastern Kansas and voted to repeal this job-killing, government takeover of our health care system. Rather than bringing down health care costs for Americans, helping job creators provide coverage for their employees, and preserving Medicare for our nation's seniors, the Obamacare package raises premiums for families, hits states and businesses with costly unfunded mandates, adds additional job-killing taxes, and cuts Medicare by more than half a trillion dollars. It was irresponsible to pass this bill against the will of the American people, but with a national debt topping $14 trillion, unemployment still over 9%, and many states on the verge of bankruptcy, it would be equally irresponsible to allow these so-called reforms to be implemented." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Presents "A Pledge to America." 23 September 2010. "The Pledge adheres to the will of the American people by repealing Obamacare and replacing it with solutions to bring down costs and improve health care." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "I will be voting in support of H.R. 2, voting to repeal this government takeover of our health care system, just as I promised my constituents I would. Let's repeal this bill so we can go to work replacing it with reforms the American people want and support. I encourage all of my colleagues in the House to listen to their constituents and join me in voting 'yes.''' (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Lynn Jenkins voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Health Care. 23 January 2012. "Meeting the health needs of this nation is a priority for the Administration and for all of us in Congress. However, there are stark differences. President Obama and many in Congress are fighting for a one-size-fits-all, government takeover that takes away the vital health choices all Americans value and cherish. Imagine a United States in which bureaucrats can deny you a procedure or where citizens must waits months for a routine checkup or screening that could save a life. I believe that nothing should come between the patient-doctor relationship -- not distant government bureaucrats or politicians in Washington. When your child needs medicine, it should be made available. When an x-ray is needed or a prescription needs filled, Kansans cannot afford to wait weeks or months, which is common in countries like Canada and England. All Americans should be able to choose their coverage and get the health care they need, when they need it." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. One Year Later We Know What's in it...It's Not Good. 22 March 2011. "Simply put, ObamaCare destroys jobs, increases taxes, expands government control and increases the cost of healthcare for all Americans. This is why I was opposed to the Obamacare package from the beginning, and voted to repeal this 2,801 page overhaul of our healthcare system with a simple 2 page bill this January. The American people deserve better. As we continue the process of repealing and replacing this law, I will continue to listen to the people of Eastern Kansas and fight to enact real health care reforms that lower costs and expand accessibility and quality of care." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Lynn's Weekly Update - The House Takes First Step to Repealing Health Care Reform. 21 January 2011. "Last March I voted against Obamacare. This week, I fulfilled my pledge to the people of Eastern Kansas and voted to repeal this job-killing, government takeover of our health care system. Rather than bringing down health care costs for Americans, helping job creators provide coverage for their employees, and preserving Medicare for our nation's seniors, the Obamacare package raises premiums for families, hits states and businesses with costly unfunded mandates, adds additional job-killing taxes, and cuts Medicare by more than half a trillion dollars. It was irresponsible to pass this bill against the will of the American people, but with a national debt topping $14 trillion, unemployment still over 9%, and many states on the verge of bankruptcy, it would be equally irresponsible to allow these so-called reforms to be implemented." (votesmart.org)

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  • Lynn Jenkins. Video: Lynn Jenkins Immigration 3. 1 March 2008. "Doing nothing is no longer an option. Under Republican and Democrat control we've allowed 12 million illegal immigrants to come into our soil. And, so we need to address it. The first thing I believe we need to do is to secure the border and stop the hemorrhaging now. And then we just need to have businesses the tools that they need to be the second line of defense for us. [¦] What I am suggesting is a database that when somebody walks in here and applies for a job they could sit down and you could enter their name and their social security number and instantly you would get back whether the birth date matched, and you would know whether they were illegal or legal, and whether you could hire them or not." (www.youtube.com)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Lynn Jenkins in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Lynn Jenkins voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Lynn Jenkins in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Border Security. 19 January 2012. "In order to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, we must strengthen our borders through increasing border agents, building additional fences, and utilizing technology to monitor our borders. It needs to be more difficult for illegal immigrants to obtain and use false identification documents. We also need to address illegal immigration in the employment line. Employers should have a have a system that can accurately and quickly confirm a person's identity and immigration status. The E-Verify is an important tool for employers to ensure their employees have a legal immigration status. [¦] We cannot ignore the problems illegal immigration causes in our nation. Please be assured I will look at ways to crack down on illegal immigration and to reform the legal immigration system so American citizens can find work." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Immigration. 19 January 2012. "Illegal immigration is wrecking havoc on our economic, legal, and national security interests. As a nation of immigrants, we must continue to welcome legal immigrants who wish to live and work in our nation. At the same time we must secure our borders and refuse to grant amnesty to those who violate our laws." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Arizona's Immigration Law. 21 July 2010. "Illegal immigration puts an economic strain on our country and puts American citizens at risk. The federal government failed to take seriously the threats illegal immigration puts on our country, forcing Arizona to pass their state law to assist with implementation and enforcement of federal immigration law. Rather than suing the State of Arizona for trying to protect its borders and keep its legal citizens safe, the federal government should work with the State of Arizona to enforce immigration law and put an end to illegal immigration in our country." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Lynn's Weekly Update - Speaking Against Govt Spending & Debt, Supporting AZ Immigration Law, Americans to Pay Higher Taxes in Months. 23 July 2010. "The federal government has a responsibility to enforce immigration law. Unfortunately, it has failed to take seriously the economic strain and risk that illegal immigration puts on our country, forcing Arizona to take matters into its own hands. Despite what some, including the Department of Justice, may claim, the law in Arizona is meant to help the state implement and enforce federal immigration law. It is extremely disappointing that the Department of Justice decided to sue the state rather than help it put an end to illegal immigration in our country. I joined with the American Center for Law and Justice as well as 76 U.S. Representatives and five U.S. Senators to file an amicus brief in support of Arizona's efforts to enforce immigration law. I will continue to support Arizona's efforts to keep its citizens safe." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Video: Lynn Jenkins Immigration 3. 1 March 2008. "Doing nothing is no longer an option. Under Republican and Democrat control we've allowed 12 million illegal immigrants to come into our soil. And, so we need to address it. The first thing I believe we need to do is to secure the border and stop the hemorrhaging now. And then we just need to have businesses the tools that they need to be the second line of defense for us. [¦] What I am suggesting is a database that when somebody walks in here and applies for a job they could sit down and you could enter their name and their social security number and instantly you would get back whether the birth date matched, and you would know whether they were illegal or legal, and whether you could hire them or not." (www.youtube.com)
  • Lynn Jenkins. The Unsustainable Welfare State: Reform is Necessary. 30 June 2010. "Amnesty Will Make the Problem Worse: If the U.S. government were to provide amnesty or "earned citizenship" to illegal immigrants, the welfare system would be flooded with new recipients. Of the 11“12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., at least half lack a high school degree." (www.lynnjenkins.com)
  • Lynn Jenkins. The Unsustainable Welfare State: Reform is Necessary. 30 June 2010. "Amnesty Will Make the Problem Worse: If the U.S. government were to provide amnesty or "earned citizenship" to illegal immigrants, the welfare system would be flooded with new recipients. Of the 11“12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., at least half lack a high school degree." (www.lynnjenkins.com)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Lynn Jenkins in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Lynn Jenkins voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Lynn Jenkins in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Border Security. 19 January 2012. "In order to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, we must strengthen our borders through increasing border agents, building additional fences, and utilizing technology to monitor our borders. It needs to be more difficult for illegal immigrants to obtain and use false identification documents. We also need to address illegal immigration in the employment line. Employers should have a have a system that can accurately and quickly confirm a person's identity and immigration status. The E-Verify is an important tool for employers to ensure their employees have a legal immigration status. [¦] We cannot ignore the problems illegal immigration causes in our nation. Please be assured I will look at ways to crack down on illegal immigration and to reform the legal immigration system so American citizens can find work." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Immigration. 19 January 2012. "Illegal immigration is wrecking havoc on our economic, legal, and national security interests. As a nation of immigrants, we must continue to welcome legal immigrants who wish to live and work in our nation. At the same time we must secure our borders and refuse to grant amnesty to those who violate our laws." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Arizona's Immigration Law. 21 July 2010. "Illegal immigration puts an economic strain on our country and puts American citizens at risk. The federal government failed to take seriously the threats illegal immigration puts on our country, forcing Arizona to pass their state law to assist with implementation and enforcement of federal immigration law. Rather than suing the State of Arizona for trying to protect its borders and keep its legal citizens safe, the federal government should work with the State of Arizona to enforce immigration law and put an end to illegal immigration in our country." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Lynn's Weekly Update - Speaking Against Govt Spending & Debt, Supporting AZ Immigration Law, Americans to Pay Higher Taxes in Months. 23 July 2010. "The federal government has a responsibility to enforce immigration law. Unfortunately, it has failed to take seriously the economic strain and risk that illegal immigration puts on our country, forcing Arizona to take matters into its own hands. Despite what some, including the Department of Justice, may claim, the law in Arizona is meant to help the state implement and enforce federal immigration law. It is extremely disappointing that the Department of Justice decided to sue the state rather than help it put an end to illegal immigration in our country. I joined with the American Center for Law and Justice as well as 76 U.S. Representatives and five U.S. Senators to file an amicus brief in support of Arizona's efforts to enforce immigration law. I will continue to support Arizona's efforts to keep its citizens safe." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Hanna. Boyda, Jenkins spar on minimum wage. 2 October 2008. Hutch News: "Jenkins also said she opposes gay marriage. She added: 'It's a states' rights issue, and Kansas spoke a few years ago.' Kansas voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution in 2005 to ban same-sex marriage." (www.hutchnews.com)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Lynn Jenkins voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Lynn Jenkins supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Hanna. Boyda, Jenkins spar on minimum wage. 2 October 2008. Hutch News: "Jenkins also said she opposes gay marriage. She added: 'It's a states' rights issue, and Kansas spoke a few years ago.' Kansas voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution in 2005 to ban same-sex marriage." (www.hutchnews.com)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Lynn Jenkins voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Lynn Jenkins. Victory in the War on Terror. 6 May 2011. "As I am sure all of you know, we had a major victory in the War on Terror this week. It was announced late Sunday night that an elite team of Americans had tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden, was the founder of al-Qaida, the architect of the attacks on September 11th, and has rightly been public enemy number one for over a decade, so the men and women in our armed forces and our intelligence community deserve to be congratulated on a job well done." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Victory in the War on Terror. 6 May 2011. "As I am sure all of you know, we had a major victory in the War on Terror this week. It was announced late Sunday night that an elite team of Americans had tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden, was the founder of al-Qaida, the architect of the attacks on September 11th, and has rightly been public enemy number one for over a decade, so the men and women in our armed forces and our intelligence community deserve to be congratulated on a job well done." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Works to Rebuild American's Savings. 27 April 2009. "'Folks across the nation are worried about paying their mortgages, keeping their jobs, and feeding their families. They should not also have to worry about losing more of the money they've saved. Unfortunately, not only have savings accounts been severely hit by the economic crisis, but the strict contribution limits and confusing tax regulations discourage many folks from saving at all. This legislation will help workers, seniors and students and their families rebuild their savings and will help achieve long-term sustainable economic growth.' [¦] NOTE: The Savings Recovery Act will: Increase retirement income by doubling the Social Security earnings limit from $14,160 to $28,320 and allowing more Americans to increase their income without being hit by the Social Security earnings penalty." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins' Commends Passage of FY 2013 Path to Prosperity. 29 March 2012. "Our budget addresses the drivers of our national debt and removes decades of loopholes, accounting gimmicks and broken promises that have buried our nation under a mountain of debt now exceeding $15 trillion. We chart a path to a balanced budget, establish the frame work for comprehensive tax reform, outline a plan to pay down the national debt, and establish a plan to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for generations to come. It is time Washington got serious about our financial perils. We can't afford to wait any longer. I sincerely hope the Senate will break their 3 year budgetary silence and pass the Path to Prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Video: Lynn Jenkins on Social Security. 15 April 2008. "You don't break promises to people already in the system [¦] but what you can do, is tell everybody, like in Kansas, everybody that starts in the system [¦] they've got a new plan designed. They're gonna pay more into the system, because they're gonna get, like, a cost of living adjustment. They pay a little extra because they're gonna get a little extra. Plus, the biggest benefit is, that its gonna be there when they retire [¦] I think we need to take that same approach and apply it to Social Security [¦] I think we can have a new plan designed." (youtu.be)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Seniors. 23 January 2012. "Folks worked hard during their careers, and when they retire, they expect benefits that were promised to them to be there. They deserve nothing less. The federal government can't be in the business of breaking promises, raising taxes, or cutting benefits to our seniors. However, more than 50 million Americans are currently receiving Social Security benefits, and just last year the first of the baby boomer generation began receiving Social Security benefits. While the program is currently financially solvent, if reforms are not made for future generations, there will be no Social Security for our children and grandchildren. In less than ten years, there will be more benefits being paid out to beneficiaries than payroll taxes coming into the program. Today, the ratio of workers paying into Social Security to those receiving benefits continues to decline. There is no simple solution to solving the financial problems facing Social Security, therefore any solution will require bipartisan cooperation that keeps our promises to today's retirees and workers and strengthens Social Security for future generations." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Honored for Protecting Medicare and Social Security. 13 May 2011. "I was happy to accept the Guardian of Seniors' Rights Award from the folks at the 60 Plus Association this week for my work to protect Medicare and Social Security for our nation's seniors. Medicare and Social Security are two of the most important social contracts our government has with the American people. The dismantling or bankruptcy of this social safety net would be devastating." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins Works to Rebuild American's Savings. 27 April 2009. "'Folks across the nation are worried about paying their mortgages, keeping their jobs, and feeding their families. They should not also have to worry about losing more of the money they've saved. Unfortunately, not only have savings accounts been severely hit by the economic crisis, but the strict contribution limits and confusing tax regulations discourage many folks from saving at all. This legislation will help workers, seniors and students and their families rebuild their savings and will help achieve long-term sustainable economic growth.' [¦] NOTE: The Savings Recovery Act will: Increase retirement income by doubling the Social Security earnings limit from $14,160 to $28,320 and allowing more Americans to increase their income without being hit by the Social Security earnings penalty." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Jenkins' Commends Passage of FY 2013 Path to Prosperity. 29 March 2012. "Our budget addresses the drivers of our national debt and removes decades of loopholes, accounting gimmicks and broken promises that have buried our nation under a mountain of debt now exceeding $15 trillion. We chart a path to a balanced budget, establish the frame work for comprehensive tax reform, outline a plan to pay down the national debt, and establish a plan to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for generations to come. It is time Washington got serious about our financial perils. We can't afford to wait any longer. I sincerely hope the Senate will break their 3 year budgetary silence and pass the Path to Prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Issue Position: Seniors. 23 January 2012. "Folks worked hard during their careers, and when they retire, they expect benefits that were promised to them to be there. They deserve nothing less. The federal government can't be in the business of breaking promises, raising taxes, or cutting benefits to our seniors. However, more than 50 million Americans are currently receiving Social Security benefits, and just last year the first of the baby boomer generation began receiving Social Security benefits. While the program is currently financially solvent, if reforms are not made for future generations, there will be no Social Security for our children and grandchildren. In less than ten years, there will be more benefits being paid out to beneficiaries than payroll taxes coming into the program. Today, the ratio of workers paying into Social Security to those receiving benefits continues to decline. There is no simple solution to solving the financial problems facing Social Security, therefore any solution will require bipartisan cooperation that keeps our promises to today's retirees and workers and strengthens Social Security for future generations." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Video: Lynn Jenkins on Social Security. 15 April 2008. "You don't break promises to people already in the system [¦] but what you can do, is tell everybody, like in Kansas, everybody that starts in the system [¦] they've got a new plan designed. They're gonna pay more into the system, because they're gonna get, like, a cost of living adjustment. They pay a little extra because they're gonna get a little extra. Plus, the biggest benefit is, that its gonna be there when they retire [¦] I think we need to take that same approach and apply it to Social Security [¦] I think we can have a new plan designed." (youtu.be)
  • Lynn Jenkins. Honored for Protecting Medicare and Social Security. 13 May 2011. "I was happy to accept the Guardian of Seniors' Rights Award from the folks at the 60 Plus Association this week for my work to protect Medicare and Social Security for our nation's seniors. Medicare and Social Security are two of the most important social contracts our government has with the American people. The dismantling or bankruptcy of this social safety net would be devastating." (www.votesmart.org)

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Kansas State Legislative Election 2000 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape or the life of the woman is endangered.
Xe) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xf) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xg) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
Xh) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xi) Prohibit abortion clinics from profiting from the sale of fetal tissue.
j) Other

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Maintain Funding Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
h) Other

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasei) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Greatly Decreasek) Vehicle taxes
l) Other
Yesm) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Non) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yeso) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Kansas taxpayers?
Undecidedp) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Noq) Do you support allocating a portion of the tobacco settlement to fund annual budget shortfalls?
Undecidedr) Do you support allocating a portion of the tobacco settlement to create a school preparatory program for young children?
Yess) Do you support expanding the motor fuel tax to include gas and diesel fuel sold on Kansas Indian reservations?
t) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty in Kansas.
e) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xf) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xg) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
h) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Support .08 blood alcohol content limit defining drunk driving.
Xk) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
l) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
m) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xn) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xo) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
p) Support reducing the number of prisoners in overcrowded state prisons by granting early release to non-violent offenders.
q) Allow law enforcement officers to stop automobile drivers for not wearing seat belts.
r) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
f) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
i) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xj) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
k) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
l) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
m) Increase state university tuition to fund financial aid programs.
n) Provide state funds to offer all-day kindergarten.
o) Other
p) Do you support requiring that evolution be taught in Kansas public school science classes?

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Increase the state minimum wage.
f) Provide tax credits to individuals investing in small businesses unable to obtain conventional loans.
g) Other

Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Support funding for recycling programs in Kansas.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power companies.
i) Prohibit grazing of agricultural animals within Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
j) Require that privately owned lakes and rivers meet EPA Clean Water standards.
k) Other
Nol) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.

Noa) Do you support the current limit on terms for Kansas Governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Kansas State Senators and Representatives?

c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yesa) Individual
Yesb) PAC
Yesc) Corporate
Nod) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nog) Do you support voting on-line?
Undecidedh) Do you support on-line voter registration?
i) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Allow retired law enforcement officers with more than twenty years of service to carry concealed guns without a license.
j) Require motorists to lock up handguns within the vehicle while driving on streets.
k) Require guns seized by the state to be destroyed instead of re-sold.
l) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xd) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
Xe) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
Xg) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xh) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xi) Allow parents to leave unwanted newborn infants at Kansas hospitals, fire stations, and health departments without facing criminal charges.
j) Provide tax incentives to blood and organ donors.
Xk) Require health insurance to cover mental health treatment as they do other health issues.
l) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Xa) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xb) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xd) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
e) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
f) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
g) Require single-family homes, duplexes, and triplexes built or renovated with public money to be "handicap-accessible."
h) Allow adult care facilities access to job applicants' non-conviction and juvenile records.
i) Other
Noj) Should physician-assisted suicide be legally available in Kansas?
Yesk) Should Kansas include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
Nol) Should Kansas recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesm) Should Kansas restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
k) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
l) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

One priority would be to reduce property taxes. Kansans pay entirely too much tax on our business equipment & machinery, on our vehicles and on our homes. A second priority would be to increase support for our schools and universities. Kansas kids deserve a quality education. If we focus on expanding our tax base, these priorities, and others, can be accomplished.