TOPEKA | About 65 Kansans converged on the Statehouse Wednesday to protest what they see as federal attempts to meddle with Kansas’ sovereignty.
Several waved signs citing the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reserves powers for the states that aren’t specifically given to the federal government.
The reason for the event? A resolution sponsored by Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook, a Shawnee Republican, that calls on the federal government to “cease and desist” from withholding federal funds from states that don’t meet federal mandates.
Speakers included Sen. Tim Huelskamp, a Fowler Republican. He cited the stimulus package’s funding requirements as the latest attempt by Washington to control the states.
“Here we are a month later and we still don’t know what’s in there,” he said of the stimulus. “It’s scary.” — David Klepper