From our Washington bureau
From our Washington bureau
Special to the Blade-Empire.
Kansas congressman Tim Huelskamp today introduced legislation in the House of Representatives which would increase government spending for infrastructure, education, research, raise additional revenues by closing tax loopholes and provide for more financial market oversight and accountability.
"I've seen that austerity hasn't worked in Europe and will now shift my focus to what is in the best interest of the American people," Huelskamp said. "If this means abandoning the Tea Party, so be it. I'm also introducing legislation which would ban assault rifles, high capacity magazines, establish national background checks and provide additional funding for mental illness."
A similar gun legislation bill was introduced in the Senate by Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran. Roberts said that after being deceived by the Bush administration when he was chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee about the weapons of mass destruction, he wasn't going to be deceived by the NRA. "How could I ever have believed that the government was going to come and take our weapons," Roberts said. "After all, we are the government."
Moran added that he too had been foolish to fear that universal background checks would lead to government confiscation of all guns. "If the government did come after our guns, the broadened conceal and carry law in Kansas will protect us because our guns will be hidden from prying government eyes."
Moran added that the more he studied Obamacare, the more he realized the benefits of the law. "I was amazed when I read in the bill that small business owners providing health care insurance for their employees can receive up to a 35 percent tax credit under the provisions of the law‚" he said. "I also believe the country should embrace the Mayo Clinic's cornerstones for health care reform which are:
1. Create value by improving patient outcomes and satisfaction by decreasing medical errors, costs and waste.
2. Provide health insurance for all.
3. Coordinate patient care.
4. Change the way providers are paid to reward care that improves health and minimizes waste.
"I have come to believe that we have a moral obligation to provide health care for all of our citizens, even if takes a universal single payer system," Moran said.
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