Daily Archives: March 6, 2013

Roberts wants White House to remain open to public

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., blasted the announcement this week by the U.S. Secret Service and the National Park Service that because of staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, public tours of the White House will be canceled beginning Saturday. “This is perception politics run amok,” Roberts said in a statement. “The White House spends tens of thousands of dollars each year on Christmas decorations and elaborate events, but when asked to trim its budget they opt to close the White House gate to the American people.”

When Jerry met Harry on the Senate floor

Explaining in a speech last week in Washington, D.C., why he took the job as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., told a story about being approached on the Senate floor shortly after his 2010 election by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. As quoted by the Hill newspaper, Moran said: “Sen. Reid that day, in a casual conversation, asked me, ‘Jerry, how do you like the Senate?’ My response was that I’m very grateful for the opportunity that I’ve been given. But, Leader, we’re not doing anything. Sen. Reid’s response was, ‘Jerry, you need to understand that we’re not going to do anything until after the election.’” Moran also said: “To be told at that stage – almost two years before the next election – that nothing was going to be done, was an eye-opening experience to me and was very troublesome.” Reid’s office did not respond to the Hill’s request for comment.

Kansans support Medicaid expansion

Sixty percent of Kansans support the federal expansion of Medicaid in our state, according to a survey released last week by the Kansas Hospital Association. And nearly 3 in 4 Kansans think the state should maximize federal funds and prevent Kansas tax dollars from going to other states. Not expanding Medicaid would mean forgoing these funds and result in significant hardship on hospitals, because the Affordable Care Act reduces payments to hospitals that serve low-income uninsured patients (in expectation that many of these patients would be joining Medicaid). “It amounts to real cuts to hospitals,” said KHA president Tom Bell.