Huelskamp given new House gig

By The Mercury

Ejected last month from two House committees, First District Rep. Tim Huelskamp landed on Main Street Friday.

Huelskamp’s office said he has been named to the Small Business Committee during the 113th Congress, which convened Thursday. He will also continue to serve on the Veterans Affairs Committee.

Huelskamp, beginning his second term in the district that was expanded last year to include Manhattan as well as Riley and Pottawatomie Counties, lost seats on the House Budget and Agriculture Committees following a public dispute with Speaker John Boehner that flowed from disagreements over how aggressively to pursue spending cuts.

He said in a prepared statement announcing the new assignment that he was excited to join the Small Business Committee, which is focused on small-business needs. “The wide range of policies and activities of the Committee – taxes, health care, regulation, trade, and energy – provides tremendous opportunities to help advance a pro-growth agenda for rural Kansas,” Huelskamp said. He promised efforts directed toward “fighting overregulation, eliminating tax increases, and opposing ObamaCare.”

The committee is chaired by Sam Graves, a Republican from Missouri.

With respect to the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, he said he would pursue “wasteful spending at the Department of Veterans Affairs, along with “working hard to fix the problems in our veterans’ health care system – especially for veterans who live in rural areas and lack access to the care and services they need.”

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