Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, and a Jobs Fair
This week, the focus of the House was again on jobs. On Tuesday, I took to the House Floor to spread my jobs message. I asked, yet again, for the Senate to take up the House passed jobs bills, so we can get the American people back to work. You can see the video of those remarks below.
On Thursday, the House passed the bi-partisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act or JOBS Act. This is a commonsense legislative package, put together by House Republicans and endorsed by the President, that will jumpstart our economy and restore opportunities for America's primary job creators, our small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. The plan paves the way for more small-scale businesses to go public and create more jobs, by increasing their options for capital formation and removing unnecessary governmental red tape. The bill is now in the Senate, and I hope they will take it up and pass it immediately.
My focus on jobs will continue with my Southeast Kansas Jobs Fair next Friday, March 16th, from 10:00am to 1:00pm in Pittsburg. The SEK Jobs Fair is free of charge to all employers and open to the community to attend. We already have over 30 employers signed up for booths at the jobs fair and are near capacity, but if you are an employer looking to hire and interested in reserving one of the last available booths at the jobs fair, I encourage you to visit my website HERE or call my Pittsburg office at: 620-231-5966 to register. If you are looking for work, I also encourage you to register, but job-seekers are not required to register to attend. These are tough times, but it is my hope that this jobs fair will give Kansans without jobs the opportunity to meet with local employers who are hiring.
Bi-Partisan IPAB Repeal Passes Ways and Means Committee
Yesterday, H.R. 452, the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act, passed out of the Ways and Means Committee with bi-partisan support. This common sense legislation will repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The President's health care law is chock-full of pitfalls, government overreaches, and newly created bureaucracies, but perhaps the most outrageous and dangerous manifestation in Obamacare is the IPAB. The IPAB is an arbitrarily appointed board of 15 bureaucrats charged with slashing reimbursement rates paid to Medicare providers, which in turn may force many doctors to stop seeing Medicare patients entirely. The board has no mandate to improve patient care. It has a mandate to meet a budget, and may ultimately lead to the rationing of care for our senior citizens.
Obamacare set up the IPAB giving these bureaucrats unprecedented power with no accountability, no judicial review, and no requirement of transparency. The simple fact is the American people don't want, and certainly don't need, a Medicare IRS. I was proud to support the full repeal of the IPAB in the Ways and Means Committee, and I look forward to supporting this legislation when it comes to a vote on the House Floor.
National Agriculture Week
This week, we celebrated National Agriculture Week and March 8th was National Agriculture Day. Kansas native President Eisenhower once said that, "Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from a corn field.' Having grown up on a dairy farm in Jackson County and seeing how hard my parents worked seven days a week 365 days a year, I know these words ring as true today as they did in Eisenhower's time. Our farmers and ranchers produce the safest and most abundant food supply in the world, and this invaluable asset has given America the strength to become the most powerful nation in the world. I urge all Kansans and all Americans to thank a farmer in their life. I'm proud to be a Kansas farm girl, proud to be from an Ag state, and immensely proud to represent so many incredible farmers and ranchers in Congress.
Bi-Partisan Support for the NBAF
On February 29th, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) wrote a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano expressing his support for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) and its importance to the Kansas City (KC) Animal Health Corridor. In the letter, Congressman Cleaver expressed his concern and disappointment with the lack of funds for the NBAF in the President's FY 2013 budget and questions the need for a "comprehensive reassessment" of the project. The NBAF, to be built in Manhattan, is one anchor of the KC Animal Health Corridor, which stretches from Columbia, MO to Manhattan, KS, running straight through Congressman Cleaver's district.
The protection of our country's citizens and food supply is a non-partisan and highly critical mission of the Congress and the Federal Government. I want to thank Congressman Cleaver for his strong and steadfast support of the NBAF and the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. As Congressman Cleaver states in his letter, the KC Animal Health Corridor generates more than one-third of the global sales for the $19 billion animal health industry. There is nowhere else in the world with better knowledge, expertise, or experience in studying animal health. Manhattan is where the NBAF belongs, a fact confirmed by two administrations and members of Congress from across the political spectrum. Again, I want to express my sincere gratitude to Congressman Cleaver for his work on making the NBAF a reality, and I look forward to continuing to work with him and our bi-partisan colleagues to see the NBAF constructed as soon as possible
Congress to Kansas Reminder
Next week, I be hosting two listening sessions, my 56th and 57th Congress to Kansas events of the 112th Congress, on Monday, March 12th. First, I will visit the Memorial Building in Chanute for a listening session at 9:00 a.m. Then I will be hosting a listening session at the Oswego High School Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. Visit my Congress to Kansas page for more details. I hope to see you there!