Sunday, August 30, 2009

Senator Roberts

You may have already received this letter from Senator Roberts, but since you live in the Leavenworth area, I thought I would pass it along. Be sure to click on "GITMO" and sign the 'Petition' to Barack Obama that we do not want the Detainees housed in Kansas.

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Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2009 3:12 PM
Subject: The Roberts Report - August 27, 2009

Newsletter Contents
Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) Detainees
400 New Jobs to Leavenworth VA
Remembering Scott Speicher
Pushing for Increased Trade with Korean Ambassador


Office Locations
Dodge City:
100 Military Plaza
PO Box 550
Dodge City, KS 67801
(620) 227-2244

Overland Park:
11900 College Boulevard
Suite 203
Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 451-9343

Frank Carlson Federal Bldg.
444 SE Quincy - Room 392
Topeka, KS 66683
(785) 295-2745

109 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-4774

155 N Market Street
Suite 120
Wichita, KS 67202
(316) 263-0416

The Roberts Report
August 27, 2009

Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) Detainees
Senator Pat Roberts continues to fight against the notion of moving the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Ft. Leavenworth, KS amid Obama Administration statements saying Ft. Leavenworth is under consideration not only to house the detainees, but also to be the site for the federal criminal trials and military commissions to prosecute terrorism suspects. Exhausting all legislation options, Senators Roberts and Brownback placed legislative "holds" on key Administration appointees to the Departments of Defense and Justice until they receive answers from the Department of Defense and Justice Department.

The entire Kansas Congressional Delegation sent a letter to invite President Obama and his Gitmo task force to Ft. Leavenworth to see firsthand that housing detainees there or using it as the site for the federal trials and military commissions is dangerous for the community and logistically unreasonable. The delegation is united against this idea and cited in the letter to President Obama the total lack of local support for such a proposal and the many security risks it raises for Kansas communities. Additionally, they urged Obama to visit the existing facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to fully understand what it means to put a facility like Gitmo in the middle of our American communities.

Kansans can join Senator Roberts in opposing the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the transfer of terrorists to American communities such as Leavenworth, Kansas, by visiting the Senator's homepage and clicking on the "Gitmo" button on the lower left side at the following web address:


400 New Jobs to Leavenworth VA
Senator Roberts along with Senator Brownback and Representatives Jenkins, Moran and Tiahrt announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) selected Leavenworth's Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center Campus to be the new home of a VA Consolidated Patient Account Center for the central plains region, bringing 400 jobs to the area. Patient Account Centers handle billing, insurance verification, accounts receivable management, and cash management at seven regional centers. This center will be housed in buildings listed on the National Historic Register, further preserving the history and architecture of the Eisenhower campus.

"Leavenworth is the ideal place for this center. We have the buildings, a welcoming community and a proud history of service to our nation's veterans. Not only will the center find a great home on this historic campus, it brings good paying jobs and helps to support the local economy during these tough times," Roberts said.


Remembering Scott Speicher
After a decade of work on behalf of Navy pilot Captain Michael "Scott" Speicher, Senator Roberts and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced and the Senate passed a resolution honoring Speicher following the discovery of his remains in an unmarked desert grave in July by United States Marines. The resolution encourages the Department of Defense (DoD) to finish their work on Scott's case and continue accounting for all who remain missing in action. It honors the Marines and all who worked to bring Captain Speicher home as he paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Speicher family. The perseverance of the Navy brings closure to Scott's family and all of us who have worked on his case after a long ordeal. As a fellow Marine, I am proud these Marines followed every lead and fought all the way to the end. This proves a military member cannot be listed as Killed in Action (KIA) without actual evidence, I call this the 'Speicher Law' for that reason. Thank you to the Defense Department for not giving up on Scott, a true American hero," Senator Roberts said.


Pushing for Increased Trade with Korean Ambassador
In a recent meeting with the South Korean Ambassador Han Duk-soo, Senator Roberts and he discussed the currently stalled United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) and expressed their mutual support for moving forward with the trade agreement. KORUS is the most economically significant trade agreement to be negotiated behind NAFTA. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. agricultural exports would become duty free on day one. Korea is a growing market for Kansas agriculture, machinery, transportation equipment and chemicals, and a key Asian country.

"The Korean market is a great opportunity for expanding trade for our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers. I appreciated the chance to discuss the pending agreement with the Ambassador and look forward to working on a path forward that will work for both of our nations. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee which handles trade agreements, I will continue to work towards opening markets for U.S. producers and exporters," Senator Roberts said.
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Blogger Myron & Sally Holter said...

Senator Roberts is our Kansas Senator. I agree with him on the GITMO prisoner release.

Read my previous blogs about what I would do if I had the authority.


August 30, 2009 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Myron & Sally Holter said...

here is my good Senator's home page

August 30, 2009 at 6:42 PM  

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