Daily Archives: April 28, 2013

Congress should act on more than FAA furloughs

At least Congress proved last week that it still has the ability to pass legislation when a crisis arises, in this case the sequestration cuts that prompted furloughs of air traffic controllers and many flight delays. Both chambers quickly passed a bill giving the Obama administration flexibility to move money among Transportation Department accounts. As Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., a dogged critic of the Federal Aviation Administration’s sequestration decisions, said Thursday night: “This bipartisan solution is a victory for air travelers and communities nationwide.” Still, it was hard to disagree with comments along the lines of this tweet: “Sequester Head Start classrooms, deny cancer patients, reduce Meals on Wheels, but don’t delay a senator’s flight!”

Welcome collaboration on law enforcement center

It’s good to see city and Sedgwick County officials communicating about a new law enforcement training center. A joint tour last week of the outdated facility at 37th Street North and Meridian underscored the need to act soon. The governments should try to stick to their earlier commitment to join the Kansas National Guard and build at the new Heartland Preparedness Center at K-96 and I-135, and try to scale back the original plan and $30 million shared cost to fit their current budget challenges. County Commission Chairman Jim Skelton’s (in photo) idea of a design to allow expansion makes sense. But officials need to get moving on the project.

So they said

“We got rid of the wind production tax credit. I worked really hard on it. We got rid of it for 23 hours. Crowning achievement of my time here in Congress so far. And then in the Senate, they stuck it back in, in the dark of night.” – Rep. Mike Pompeo (in photo), R-Wichita, at a Politico forum on energy and taxes

“There was a bright light in the room.” – Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., sparring with Pompeo

“An alien who has a terrorist background can call himself ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ without having to prove that that is his real name.” – Secretary of State Kris Kobach, arguing against an immigration-reform bill last week in Senate Judiciary Committee testimony

“The testimony had nothing to do with this office.” – Kobach spokeswoman Kay Curtis, after Sunflower Community Action asked in a news release, “Has Anyone Seen Kris Kobach in Kansas?”

“If I do vote for it, it would end my political career. Politics in this state are brutal.” – Rep. Don Hineman, R-Dighton, at a Garden City forum, saying he won’t support the governor’s effort to retain the higher sales-tax rate