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roger marshallGUEST COLUMN, Dr. Roger Marshall, US Senate, Kansas

 

Over the past several weeks I’ve been able to travel back to the great state of Kansas numerous times to meet with constituents and hold 15 town halls. On Saturday, I held town halls in Nemaha, Brown, and Doniphan Counties. These opportunities to have real conversations with fellow Kansans about their ideas and about the issues impacting their lives are my favorite part of the job. 

The big news of the week in our nation’s capital was President Biden’s address to Congress. I attended the address in person, and it was the lowest energy speech I have ever personally heard on the House floor. Instead of using this opportunity to promote bipartisanship and unity, President Biden pitched his partisan wish list that raises taxes, spends more money, increases regulations, and pushes the American people to government dependency. If President Biden truly puts unity above all else, we can accomplish great things for our nation, but his radical, partisan ways will only further divide this nation.

Prior to President Biden’s address to the joint session of Congress, I delivered remarks on the Senate floor. 100 days in office and there has been zero bipartisanship from the White House on any major issue. Democrats have shown they are not interested in bipartisanship as they continue to jam through their radical agenda and seek power grab after power grab. Unfortunately, President Biden’s speech was about government control of our lives and it was so hard to listen to the radical policy carefully hidden between colloquialisms, false claims, and boasts. Instead of hearing about solutions to the real issues our country is facing, we heard more of President Biden’s pitch to sell his partisan wish list that raises taxes, spends more money, increases regulations, and pushes the American people to government dependency. Make no mistake, if he truly puts unity above all else, we can accomplish great things for the American people. For it is unity that will see this country come roaring back – not President Biden’s radical, partisan ways that have further divided this nation.

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During an interview with Good Morning America about the President’s Address to Congress I discussed whether or not Democrats and Republicans can find common ground. I think that President Biden and I agree on this big picture of America – that Middle America built this nation and that we want a stronger economy, we just disagree on how to get there.

 led a group of Republican doctors and other health care providers in Congress in the launch of a public service campaign to boost COVID-19 vaccine participation. It’s obvious to me from a medical standpoint, the only way to protect yourself and your loved ones, and to end the government’s restrictions on our freedoms is to take action and get the vaccine. However, the beauty of living in this great nation is that we have the option to choose whether or not we get vaccinated. When the time comes for you to make that decision, I encourage you to talk it over with your doctor or your pharmacist and consider their recommendation.

Last week, I introduced the Abortion Providers Loan Elimination (APLE) Act, which requires Planned Parenthood affiliates to return the $80 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans they illegally applied for and received. It would also ensure Planned Parenthood affiliates, and other abortion providers, remain ineligible for future PPP funding, and instruct the Small Business Administration (SBA) to investigate how this national organization was able to receive funds from the program. Like most Americans, I was outraged to hear Planned Parenthood affiliates gamed the system and illegally obtained millions of dollars through the program. It’s clear to me that Americans don’t want their hard earned tax dollars to fund abortions, and this bill prevents that from happening.

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