Senator Jerry Moran

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10/15/2020
Bioscience & Technology Business Center - BTBC

JOIN LIVE: As I help announce a $7.77 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant to the Bioscience & Technology Business Center - BTBC which will more than double BTBC’s capacity to support Kansas start-ups, as well as other high-growth companies. Located on KU’s campus, this grant will support the creation of over 200 new jobs.

It’s the last day to fill out the 2020 Census!Currently, Kansas has a 99.9% response rate. This outstanding response wou...
10/15/2020

It’s the last day to fill out the 2020 Census!

Currently, Kansas has a 99.9% response rate. This outstanding response would not have been possible without local government and organizations helping spread the word, the many Census Bureau workers who went door-to-door to improve response rates and each of you who filled out the 2020 Census to make certain that #KansasCounts. Your responses to the 2020 Census do matter, and the results can shape many different aspects of our communities over the next decade. Thank you.

If you still need to fill out the 2020 Census, you can do so by visiting 2020census.gov through tonight.

Thanks to decisive action taken by Graham and Rooks County emergency personnel and volunteer fire departments, Nicodemus...
10/15/2020

Thanks to decisive action taken by Graham and Rooks County emergency personnel and volunteer fire departments, Nicodemus was recently spared from the effects of a devastating wildfire. I visited this historic community tonight where I was honored to hear from and personally thank upwards of 30 heroes for their extraordinary efforts. I learned that on the evening of the fire a unified command consisting of 35 firefighters and three law enforcement officers, supported by 16 fire trucks and three command vehicles was staged in less than 30 minutes in order to fight the fire. This is just one more example of how Kansans come together to support one another in a time of need. Thank you to Cole Presley, Graham County Sheriff and president of the Kansas Sheriffs Association for the kind welcome. Special thanks to Mickie Helberg, Graham County Emergency Services Coordinator, for arranging my visit.

Happy birthday, President Dwight D. Eisenhower! It’s been 130 years since Kansas’ favorite son and Abilene native was bo...
10/14/2020

Happy birthday, President Dwight D. Eisenhower! It’s been 130 years since Kansas’ favorite son and Abilene native was born. As a WWII five-star general, Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe and 34th President of the United States, we continue to honor his service and legacy, today and every day. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our nation.

I encourage you to visit the wonderful Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene and if you are visiting Washington, D.C. soon, to see the new national Eisenhower Memorial, made possible by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission.

Yesterday, I paid my respects to Jon Londeen, a friend and the former mayor of Chapman. Jon served in the Army after com...
10/13/2020

Yesterday, I paid my respects to Jon Londeen, a friend and the former mayor of Chapman. Jon served in the Army after commissioning from the ROTC program at K-State and following his return home, he continued to serve his hometown community through civic organizations, roles in the city government and running local businesses, including Londeen’s hardware and furniture store, which I stopped by while in town. Jon loved his hometown and he will be missed. Robba and I send our condolences to his family and loved ones.

Learn more about Jon’s life here: https://www.ymlfuneralhome.com/obituary/6567

I was pleased to visit Pawnee Mental Health Services in Manhattan to announce the $832,505 grant they received from the ...
10/12/2020

I was pleased to visit Pawnee Mental Health Services in Manhattan to announce the $832,505 grant they received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants program. Through partnerships with the local health departments, these resources will help expand rural health services across north-central Kansas, providing critical care to rural communities.

I was also able to see firsthand how the grant they received last year allowed them to expand video conferencing services to Jewell, Mitchell and Washington counties. Thank you to Executive Director Robbin Cole for the tour and conversation and USDA Rural Development State Director Lynne Hinrichsen for joining us.

Now, more than ever, people will benefit from greater access to mental health services, and I am pleased this grant will further help Kansans.

Read more in The Manhattan Mercury here: https://themercury.com/news/pawnee-mental-health-receives-832-505-grant-from-usda/article_3e98cad9-3c6c-5f52-a603-0188e9b21b84.html

The cornerstone of Kansas is our agricultural community. On #NationalFarmersDay I want to recognize the tireless work of...
10/12/2020

The cornerstone of Kansas is our agricultural community. On #NationalFarmersDay I want to recognize the tireless work of our state’s farmers and ranchers who have dedicated their lives to feeding the world, especially during this pandemic. Thank you for all you do. #ThankAFarmer

📷 Taken during my travels across Kansas

The Wall Street Journal’s recent article about the impact of COVID-19 on Emporia’s economic development captures the exp...
10/11/2020
America’s Main Street Revival Goes Into Reverse, Cutting a Small-Town Lifeline

The Wall Street Journal’s recent article about the impact of COVID-19 on Emporia’s economic development captures the experiences of many of our Kansas communities throughout the past six months. During my visit to Emporia this week, I met with locals to hear the experiences of Emporia’s community members and business owners firsthand. While it’s great to see family members, friends and neighbors pull together during difficult times, COVID-19 has undeniably dealt a long-term blow to many of our main street businesses.

I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Emporia Main Street to discuss how I can be of further help during this pandemic and visited several local businesses, including The Sweet Granada chocolate shop while I was in Emporia. We also discussed the housing developmental efforts in the downtown area and how new loft apartment complexes have been added over the past several years.

Small towns fostered a wave of new downtown restaurants and specialty shops in recent years, bringing some much-needed growth. The challenges faced by businesses in Emporia, Kan., show how much that revival is now in danger from Covid-19.

10/10/2020

This week, I announced six grants, totaling nearly $4 million, that will go to communities across Kansas to help rural residents gain access to health care and educational opportunities. These grants will be used to make certain our students continue to receive a quality education and address critical health care needs during this pandemic, as well as create new learning opportunities for students in rural communities to pursue careers in STEM fields.

🌻$943,163 for educational opportunities in STEM fields for counties in rural Southeast Kansas

🌻$781,127 to help establish telehealth programs in Barton and surrounding counties

🌻$501,956 to support distance learning for Labette County Unified School District 506

🌻$658,894 to support the Redesign Virtual Learning project that impacts 11 school districts in 10 south-central Kansas counties

🌻$791,638 for Paradise School District to support distance learning upgrades

🌻$832,505 for Pawnee Mental Health Services to support the expansion of rural health services across north-central Kansas

10/09/2020
Sen. Moran Joins Pete Mundo on KCMO Talk Radio

Joined Pete Mundo on KCMO Talk Radio to discuss my meeting with Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett last week. We discussed why she is a well-qualified nominee, her view of the law and Constitution, and her ties to the Midwest.

10/02/2020
Wichita Eagle

May we all hold our families a little closer on the 50th anniversary of this tragedy that took so many young lives and changed others forever. The WSU community and the victims' families are in my heart today.

Wichita Eagle photographer Travis Heying visited in August the Colorado site where a plane that carried members of the Wichita State University football team crashed on Oct. 2, 1970. Thirty-one people died. Beat writer Taylor Eldridge talked to some of the children who lost a parent - or both parents - in the tragedy. STORY: https://trib.al/970icwS

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is without a doubt a well-qualified, thoughtful nominee who is committed to upholding the law an...
10/01/2020
Sen. Moran Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is without a doubt a well-qualified, thoughtful nominee who is committed to upholding the law and applying it fairly. After our meeting today, I have an appreciation for her principled judicial philosophy and her views on the Constitution.

During our meeting, we discussed how she has developed her judicial philosophy, her balance of work and family life, and the importance of carrying out the law as written. She has risen to the pinnacle of her profession while also raising a young family and being an admired professor. I look forward to Judge Barrett further demonstrating her judicial views as the confirmation process continues.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today released the following statement after meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the president’s nominee to serve as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court: “After meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, I have an appr...

10/01/2020
Olympic reform legislation headed to President's desk

BREAKING → My sweeping Olympic reform legislation unanimously passed the House and is now headed to the president’s desk for signature.

The Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur Athlete Act is the culmination of an 18-month investigation into systematic abuse within the U.S. Olympic movement, which I began as chairman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the health and safety of Olympic and amateur athletes. Sen. Blumenthal and I began the investigation the day after Larry Nassar was sentenced to life in prison, and discovered that the very institutions charged with protecting these athletes chose to ignore or cover-up abuse rather than defend and protect athletes and survivors.

Today, the House passed our legislation, advancing critical reforms and effective safeguards to protect our Olympic, Paralympic and amateur athletes. Through the input and guidance of the survivors – athletes who traveled to Washington countless times, shared their stories and demanded change – we were able to advance this legislation through Congress.

We look forward to the president quickly signing this legislation into law to institute and enforce these reforms so all athletes can participate in the sport they love without fear of abuse.

10/01/2020

I am pleased to announce the University of Kansas Medical Center will be receiving $5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve COVID-19 testing in underserved and vulnerable populations. This funding is provided under the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, intended to enhance the timeline of innovation surrounding COVID-19 testing development, commercialization and implementation.

The University of Kansas Medical Center has excellent community partnerships that make them an ideal participant for this initiative to further understand the effects of COVID-19 on particular populations and how we can better serve them, including alleviating barriers to testing.

Maintaining a free-market path that allows the private sector to build multiple 5G networks is important to helping the ...
09/30/2020

Maintaining a free-market path that allows the private sector to build multiple 5G networks is important to helping the United States lead the world in its deployment, just as we did for 4G. Today, I joined my Senate colleagues in urging the President to continue this approach and warned against the creation of a national network, which threatens our digital security.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and Congress advanced two major mental health bills to be signed into la...
09/29/2020

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and Congress advanced two major mental health bills to be signed into law by the president. Now, more than ever, Kansans and the entire country will benefit from greater access to critical suicide prevention and mental health services.

1️⃣ The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which I introduced with my colleagues, designates 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. This legislation provides an easy-to-remember number and easy-to-access service for people in need of a helping hand.

2️⃣ My landmark veterans mental health care and suicide prevention legislation, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, will bolster the VA’s mental health workforce and increase rural or hard-to-reach veterans’ access to VA care. One veteran lost to suicide is too many and passing this legislation to serve veterans was my top priority as chairman of the Senate VA Committee this Congress.

During the transition to 9-8-8, those who need help should continue to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK). Veterans and servicemembers may reach the Veterans Crisis Line by pressing 1 after dialing, chatting online at www.veteranscrisisline.net, or texting 838255.

I expect the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to hold all new drugs and treatments to high standards to ensure the safe...
09/25/2020
The FDA’s Oversight of Vaccines is Vital to Public Health

I expect the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to hold all new drugs and treatments to high standards to ensure the safety of American patients. The FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization process, while expedited, should continue to hold to this criteria. I appreciate the FDA’s dedication to keeping the American people safe by refusing to lower the bar for potential coronavirus vaccines, which will result in a vaccine the American people can trust and will keep families safe.

FDA is committed to making decisions regarding the authorization or approval of COVID-19 vaccines that are guided by science and data.

09/25/2020

This week I met with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to stress the importance of our Postal Service in rural areas and the essential services it provides Kansans. I reiterated to the Postmaster General how much Kansas communities rely on the Postal Service, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and my eagerness to work with him on comprehensive postal reform legislation.

While the Postal Service is an independent agency, Congress derives oversight responsibilities from the Constitution, and I take this responsibility very seriously. As the nation begins recovering from COVID-19, we cannot risk losing the Postal Service. Now is the time to put the Postal Service on a path towards financial solvency and, in doing so, protect an essential American institution that serves Kansans each day.

“While this legislation puts in place critical care, services and support that will save veterans’ lives, my hope is it ...
09/24/2020
Congress approves major bill aiming to prevent veteran suicides

“While this legislation puts in place critical care, services and support that will save veterans’ lives, my hope is it will also serve as a signal to our veterans, service members and families that they are never alone.”

Read more from Stars and Stripes ⤵️

The House passed sweeping bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would give up to $174 million during the next five years to state and local organizations that provide suicide-prevention services to veterans and their families.

BREAKING NEWS FOR VETERANS: The House unanimously passed my landmark legislation to significantly improve veterans’ ment...
09/23/2020

BREAKING NEWS FOR VETERANS: The House unanimously passed my landmark legislation to significantly improve veterans’ mental health & suicide prevention programs. Passing the legislation to serve veterans was our top priority this Congress, and I look forward to the president quickly signing the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act into law.

One veteran lost to suicide is too many and this pandemic has further worsened mental health conditions and resulted in more veterans being isolated from friends and family. This bill will bolster the @U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ mental health workforce and increase rural or hard-to-reach veterans’ access to VA care. I appreciate my colleagues in the House for prioritizing this important legislation that will bring life-saving care, service and support to veterans.

Today, the House of Representatives passed my legislation to establish 9-8-8 as the national suicide hotline. This legis...
09/22/2020
Sen. Moran Applauds House Passage of 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline Legislation

Today, the House of Representatives passed my legislation to establish 9-8-8 as the national suicide hotline. This legislation unanimously passed the Senate in May and is now headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

This three-digit number, 9-8-8, will serve as the new national suicide and mental health crisis hotline number, connecting callers in need of help with experts who can offer resources and hope to make it through a mental health crisis. The current national suicide hotline is 10-digits long, which is a barrier to many Kansans in crisis. I will continue to work with the FCC to quickly establish this new easy-to-access number so Kansans will have improved access to life-saving support. As Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’m pleased this legislation also includes the Veterans Crisis Line for veteran-specific mental health support.

During the transition to 9-8-8, Americans who need help should continue to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK). Veterans and servicemembers may reach the Veterans Crisis Line by pressing 1 after dialing, chatting online at www.veteranscrisisline.net, or texting 838255.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 2661, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to designate 9-8-8 as the national....

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Sir, The G.I bill (S. 3503) that you helped pass will expire in Dec. Vets are worried that we will no longer receive our benefits with most schools saying they will stay distance learning for the spring 2021 semester. We are humbly requesting your assistance on this matter. Thank you. - Jason Lugo USAF Combat Vet
Please vote against Amy Coney Barrett. Please treat this the same way you treated the process with Merrick Garland. Take care. Thank you for your service.
We want you to vote for judge Amy
Do NOT confirm Judge Barrett. My health insurance depends on the ACA.
Do not confirm Judge Barrett! We ARE paying attention, and we WILL come for your seat in 2022. The results of a confirmation will be apparent by the time you are up for re-election. Watching the hearing, it is clear that most of your Replublican colleagues are already determined to confirm. I am certain that you have received countless requests to wait. We NEED Republicans to break from the party line, and side with the people. So, once again, we're imploring you to to stand with us.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Coney_Barrett To be a SCOTUS Justice, you need to have a broad view and at least 10 years’ judge experiences. Barrett’s experiences are fair (a teaching scholar but only 3 years in Judge experience with no broad view of this society). She definitely is not exceptional in the Justice field. There are definitely more than 50 people in USA have a better qualification than her. Wise men don’t rush in, especially the SCOTUS nomination - it is a job for lifetimes and there are only 9 Justices in USA, the justice has to be the best of the best in nation. President and Senate should take at least few months to evaluate him ( her) carefully and thoroughly to make sure he (she) has the qualities and abilities to handle all kind of the issues. I agree with Democratic Party ( though I am conservative and not a fan of DNC) that the nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barret is in too hurry. She is not the top 10 choices to be in this position. Further more: Due to the 200+ years old American history, the social situation of USA has been changed dramatically. Today’s environment and society is no longer fit into the old school mentality and formation back to 200 years ago. The constitution needs to be changed to fit the current society. Many of us believe that SCOTUS term of the lifetime appointment should be limited to less than 10 years.
Don’t be a hypocrite, you wouldn’t allow Obama’s nominee, abstain your vote!!!!
She says it all, Senator. And in your heart, you have to know she is right.
Please do NOT vote for Judge Barrett. PLEASE. She is not good for Kansas, and she is not good for women.
Do not let the Democrats make a farce of Amy Coney Barrett. Let this nomination go through. Stand up for our rights
The representation of Catholicism on the Supreme Court is already out of sync with the U. S. as a whole, with 3/4 of current justices influenced by their Catholic religion. To confirm another Catholic Justice would be discriminatory against all the other citizens of other beliefs, including the 26% of Americans who are not affiliated with any religion, who represent the vast majority of the U. S. population. Six of the currently sitting Supreme Court Justices have been raised as Catholic, one of whom says he is now Episcopalian - out of eight! Yet, only 22.8% of the U.S. population declare themselves to be Catholic, with only 43% having any connection to the Catholic Church. People are challenging the questioning of ACB in relation to her religion, both the extremeness of her beliefs, and, I will now question the nomination of yet another Catholic to the Supreme Court. For further reading: Irreligion in the United States - Wikipedia EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG Irreligion in the United States - Wikipedia Irreligion in the United States refers to the extent of the lack, indifference to or rejection of religious faith in the country. Based on surveys, between 8% and 15% of citizens polled demonstrate objectively nonreligious attitudes and basically naturalist worldviews.[1] The number of self-identifi...
This will be my last message. Real daily life is a calling. I am sure you can see the future you are helping to create. Soon we will have two new justice seats. Because with the way things are rolling you will loose majority possibly in all three locations. And then the other side will do exactly what you are doing. A never ending loop of one upping each other. Another loop of somehow two wrongs make a right. Another never ending pulling and pushing and manipulation of the American people. Please push to make a law that states no justices within a certain time period of a presidential election. Make this one last thing you can drag the American people through the emotional mud with. I would like to ask one more time for you not to be a hypocrite. But I know you will not listen. At least if that cannot be avoided help to make sure it can never happen again. No more set precedent but a law to help both the GOP and the DNC from being their own worst enemy.