Kansas 'Freshman' Sworn Into Congress

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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January 5, 2011

They campaigned with a mission, and they won. Now three Republicans from Kansas are starting their freshman year in Congress. The new class was officially sworn into office today.

"It's a different place, it's different from home, from Kansas. But it was also quite an experience to be on the House floor and to be sworn in and to recognize the obligation that comes with that office," said Rep. Mike Pompeo.

The Republicans have come with a plan of attack. One of their first goals is to repeal the Obama administration's health care overhaul.

"There's a better way to fix health care. It wasn't perfect before but we went backwards with 'Obamacare'" said Pompeo.

The new congressional class has made it a mission to create some change, saying voters elected 85 freshman Republicans to Congress for a reason. Three of those freshman are from Kansas, and all four Kansas U.S. Representatives are Republican.

Now, their mission is getting the nation's attention. Mike Pompeo has appeared on FOX News, and fellow Republican freshman Rep. Tim Huelskamp appeared on ABC News.

ABC's Diane Sawyer interviewed Huelskamp, along with nine other new Republican members of Congress.

"How much do you worry about what everyone says is the almost irresistible softening of the edges when you get to Washington, and the next thing you know, you're part of the establishment?" asked Sawyer.

"I think Republicans were given a second chance, but I don't think we're going to be given a third chance. And I'm worried what happens in the next two years, if we don't get something done," said Huelskamp.

But the new Kansas Congressmen promise they will get something done.

"We have an obligation to do what we think is right. And we think repealing that health care bill is the right answer," said Pompeo.

There was also some change in leadership in the U.S. Senate today. One of the new Senators was Kansas Republican Jerry Moran.

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