Yesterday 72 conservatives filled the Leadership Institute’s Steven P.J. Wood Building to hear Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) speak at the monthly Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast.
“I want to thank you Morton for your leadership and helping train folks like myself,” said Rep. Huelskamp. “I’ve spent many an hour at an LI workshop, receiving the training. It is a distinct honor to be here this morning.”
Fired up by recent news that the Department of Health and Human Services will have access to Americans’ medical records, Rep. Huelskamp gave an impassioned plea for conservatives to take action in Congress.
“It is taking the language of the left—taking the strategies and the technology and going out and convincing folks that we have the answers. It is our conservative principles that are going to win the day. But we’re not going to win by hiding,” Rep. Huelskamp told the audience.
He argued for Congress to promote conservative principles, not put off policy battles until a more favorable election.
“[My colleagues say] ‘wait until 2013, we’ll have the House, the Senate and the President.’ But what if we don’t get 60 votes in the Senate? Then we end up putting it off until 2015. ...but the only cuts that count are the ones you do now,” said Rep. Huelskamp.
While discussing procrastination regarding budgetary issues, he noted: “Just because we’re not fighting, doesn’t mean we’re not losing. If you’re not fighting, they’re adding trillions to the debt.”
“There is a lack of urgency in Washington,” Rep. Huelskamp said in a call for more action and backbone from political leaders. “Just do what you say you’re going to do.”
“The idea that a young man—a kid out from the middle of nowhere—can end up in Washington, D.C. representing a Congressional district, that’s pretty amazing.”
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The next Wake-Up Club Breakfast, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2, will feature Dr. Matthew Spalding, distinguished author and director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation. For more information and to RSVP, please go here.