Congresswoman Jenkins' Statement on President Obama's Decision to Evoke Executive Privilege
Wednesday morning, President Obama took another action that struck at the heart of our system of government. He asserted his executive privilege in an attempt to further stonewall a congressional investigation into the Fast and Furious gun running operation that led to the death of, Brian Terry, an American citizen.
The President and I have not agreed on much when it comes to policy since we were both sworn into office in January of 2009, but one area where I believed we had common ground was on the importance of the rule of law and transparency in government. In fact, the President made government transparency a cornerstone to his presidency stating,
Information will not be withheld just because I say so; it will be withheld because a separate authority believes my request is well-grounded in the Constitution. Let me say it as simply as I can: transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of the Presidency.
With these recent actions, it has become painfully clear to me that we no longer see eye to eye on this topic. Brian Terry's family deserves the truth; whatever that may be. In the same respect, the American public deserves transparency and confidence that any Administration, regardless of party, will operate in a straightforward fashion. President Obama has chosen to go a different direction. That is deeply disappointing and I urge him to reconsider this decision.
Statement on the House Floor Supporting an Energy and Jobs Bill
Also on Wednesday, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, H.R. 4880 was debated on the floor of the House. I had the opportunity to speak in favor of this bill during the floor debate.
This legislation is another attempt by House Republicans to assist our country in taking a step towards energy independence. The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act strengthens our energy security, removes the bureaucratic red tape hindering American energy production, and creates American jobs. The House ended up passing the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act with a solid majority of 248-163 voting in support. Hopefully the Senate will follow suit and pass this needed legislation.
Congresswoman Jenkins to Meet with Constituents in Topeka District Office on July 2
On Monday July 2nd, at 1:00pm I will be holding Open Office Hours in my Topeka District Office. Remember, "Open Office Hours" are one-on-one meetings with me. They are open to any resident of the 2nd district on a first come, first served basis.
The meetings will last between 5-10 minutes, depending on demand. Members of my staff will be present before and after the individual meetings to handle any additional requests. To make a reservation please contact my Topeka office at 785-234-5966. Walk-ups will be allowed only if the meeting schedule has not been filled.
Deadline for Fall Internships Applications July 1st
Congressional internships offer college students a valuable opportunity to work with my staff and me as we represent the people of Eastern Kansas in Congress. Students have the opportunity to work in either my Washington, D.C. office or in one of my two district offices, located in Topeka and Pittsburg.
We are currently accepting applications for students who are interested in an internship for the Fall of 2012. A Congressional internship provides a wonderful opportunity for young people to see how their federal government works first hand.
If you are in college or know of a college student that is interested in getting involved, encourage them to visit my website. Applications are due on July 1st. You can find additional internship information as well as our application on my website by clicking here.