First off, what a game on Tuesday! I hope you had the chance to watch the incredible win by the Kansas State Wildcats over the KU Jayhawks! Admittedly, I was checking the score throughout the State of the Union. K-State ended rival Kansas’s eight-game winning streak with their 74-67-win Tuesday night. Go Cats!
This week we heard President Trump discuss American exceptionalism and the endless opportunities for success that our nation has when we put politics aside and work together. President Trump made it clear that his vision for success is only possible when both parties come to the table.
I am hopeful that we can take President Trump’s call for unity seriously, and begin to work closer with each other understanding that we have one goal, a better America. I was sent to Washington to do what is best for Kansas and America, not bicker and play party politics. I am continuing to try to work with members up here and negotiate to find victories and ways we can work together.
To see the President’s speech, click here.
President Trump Delivers Unifying State of the Union Address
This Administration has been focused on lifting regulatory and tax burdens, unleashing our economy and most importantly keeping our country safe.
President Trump called for Congress to ‘show the world that America is committed to ending illegal immigration and putting the ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug dealers, and human traffickers out of business.’ I stand with the President on this issue and agree that we must secure our border by building the wall. Simply put, walls work, and I hope that we can find a win-win solution to the crisis on our southern border in these continued negotiations.
During the speech, Trump also outlined other priorities for the 116th congress including lowering the cost of health care and protecting patients.
As a physician, I want to lead the charge for all people to have meaningful access to health care. Of course, that includes people with pre-existing conditions, but we shouldn’t stop there. We must also help the millions of people who have been failed by the current healthcare system.
I am excited to work with the President on this critical issue.
I Know a Crisis When I See One
On Sunday, I spoke with Fox’s Molly Line about the crisis at our southern border and what I believe is necessary in order to solve it. Securing the border by building the wall is step one.
A compromise funding deal will need to be reached by next Friday to avoid another government shutdown, and it must include funding for the border wall. If an agreement is not made, this will only further highlight the Democrats unwillingness to try to work on a compromise. The American people have spoken, and they want the wall. I sincerely pray and hope that Nancy Pelosi will start to at least try to work with Republicans and even moderate Democrats within her own party to come up with a solution to secure the border and put an end to this national security and humanitarian crisis.
Watch the full clip here.
On Thursday, my wife Laina and I attended the National Prayer Breakfast where President Trump delivered a beautiful message on why faith is crucial to the success of our great nation. In his speech, he said, “We are blessed to live in a land of faith where all things are possible. Our only limits are those we place on ourselves.”
This yearly prayer breakfast serves as a reminder of both the responsibility and privilege it is to serve our great nation. We prayed together and called on the lord to guide our hand to make the right decisions. So much of the decisions we make here in Washington rely upon strength and guidance from God. It was an honor to attend and join my colleagues and the many people across the nation that gathered to pray with us as well.
America has always done its best work when it is united, and I was pleased that President Trump reiterated his call for unity and led us in prayer asking for the Lord for strength and guidance.
It is also important to remember the deep roots Kansas has in this yearly tradition. President Eisenhower, who grew up in Abilene, Kansas, was the first president to join members in their informal prayer event in 1953. Since that year it has been honored as a nationally recognized event, and to this day, every president since Ike has attended.
Infanticide in New York
I am outraged by the new legislation in New York that supports abortions all the way until the due date of the baby. Congress, the medical community, and the American people need to stand up to this legislation and denounce these immoral, murderous procedures. This law combined with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s comments regarding a live birth abortion have enraged not only myself, but millions of people across the country that recognize abortion as what it is – murder. I think House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) put it best what he said “it woke a sleeping giant.” I hope and pray that this newly awakened spirit of morality and respect for the dignity of life will win out in the end and result in an end to the practice of abortion in this country.
150 Years of Little Sweden, USA
This week, I introduced a resolution celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lindsborg, Kansas. This legislation also recognizes and applauds the people who have made the town culturally rich and vibrant.
Lindsborg, located in McPherson County, was established on February 20, 1869, by Swedish immigrants who settled in the area.
It is a great honor to sponsor this resolution that celebrates a very special town to my family. I, myself, am one-quarter Swedish and am very proud of that. My family moved to the United States from Sweden in the early 1900s, first settling around Chicago then moving to White City, KS. Eventually, they found their way to rural Butler County, where they settled on 160 acres and raised their own cattle, chicken, pigs, eventually evolving that farm into the multi-faceted Kansas farm that it is today.
Growing up in a family with Swedish roots, we still celebrate Swedish traditions today. At every Christmas dinner, we have various Swedish dishes including pickled herring, anchovies, hardtack crackers, and Swedish candies all bought from shops in Lindsborg. I greatly value my heritage and am especially proud to sponsor a resolution supporting Lindsborg, ‘Little Sweden, USA.
Qatar: US Ally or Global Menace?
On Wednesday, I had the privilege of delivering the opening remarks at the Middle East Forum’s “Qatar: U.S. Ally or Global Menace?” conference in Washington, D.C. I spoke about President Trump’s strong stance against radical Islamic terrorism and governments that support it.
I also discussed the importance of standing alongside Israel, an important ally of over 60 years with a unique bond to the United States.Today, this alliance remains stronger than it has ever been before. However, there are still many groups that threaten violence against Israel and the United States. Iran and Qatar’s well-documented support for extremism has fueled bloodshed throughout the region and around the world.The U.S. and Israel must continue to stand together to counter destabilizing activity, stop the financing of terrorism, and end the proliferation of missiles.
I am proud to stand with President Trump in his efforts to counter foreign aggression and Islamic terror and to promote peace and stability across the globe.
This week, I introduced legislation with Sen. Roberts and Sen. Moran that honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the First Infantry Division. The legislation allows for additions to the First Division Monument located on White House grounds. Freedom isn’t free, and this legislation is an excellent reminder of that. I am both humbled and proud to recognize these service members on this historic monument at the White House.
This monument was developed to honor the heroic efforts of the 1ID soldiers who fought in World War I and has been modified throughout the years to include Big Red One soldiers who lost their lives. This legislation will ensure those that paid the ultimate sacrifice serving our country will be honored.
Marshall Joins Bipartisan Group in Reintroducing Violence Against Women Health Act
This week, I joined a group of bipartisan legislators in reintroducing H.R. 973, the Violence Against Women Health Act. This legislation builds on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by emphasizing efforts on behavioral health, adding a focus on early childhood programs, and utilizing existing resources for coordination between providers and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Since its enactment, the VAWA has funded programs for prevention of domestic violence and resources for victims of sexual assault such as rape crisis centers and hotlines. VAWA health-related programs have trained more than 13,000 health care providers to assess for and respond to domestic and sexual violence.
I am proud to support this important piece of legislation that takes the great work of the VAWA program and expands it to help even more women and families.
For more details on this legislation, please click here.
Dr. Roger Marshall, R-Great Bend, is the U.S. Representative for the First District of Kansas.