Monday, August 19, 2013
Members of the Kansas congressional delegation seem to agree the coming weeks are critical to the future of the federal health care law. But the all-Republican delegation is less certain about how to stop it.
Sen. Pat Roberts wants to delay the law's October implementation. He told a meeting of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association on Monday it's difficult to take away a subsidy once it's been granted.
Rep. Mike Pompeo says the tactic of defunding the law by refusing to pass an appropriations bill may shut down government for a few days. But Pompeo also said he's unsure if the tactic would be useful if Republicans fold on the issue a week later.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins say Congress will probably pass another continuing resolution to fund government.
The Kansas congressional delegation will be talking about taxes with independent oil producers.
Their session Monday at this year annual Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association convention in Wichita is titled "Over the Cliff -- Digging in on Taxes."
Expected panelists include U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts along with U.S. Reps. Mike Pompeo, Kevin Yoder, Lynn Jenkins and Tim Huelskamp.
Other sessions planned during the convention include seminars on health care reform and oil exploration in a geologic formation known as the Mississippian Lime Play in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma.
Wichita State University men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall is the luncheon speaker.