Congressman John Kline’s Response

January 10, 2013

Dear Mr. MaddMedic:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me and share your thoughts on the unspeakable tragedy that occurred recently at an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut. I appreciate learning of your views.

As a father and grandfather, I am shocked by the enormity of the senseless slaughter of so many innocent lives, particularly our nation’s greatest treasure – our children. I believe the President struck the right tone in his remarks shortly after the tragedy, and agree with him that no single piece of legislation can prevent another tragedy.

As you may know, firearms are regulated by a comprehensive system of federal and state laws and regulations designed to assist law enforcement in their efforts to reduce crime and violence. The National Firearms Act of 1934, the Gun Control Act of 1968, and the Firearm Owner’s Protection Act of 1986 all combine to form a comprehensive system of regulating the manufacture, sale, transfer, and possession of firearms and ammunition. Since 1986, for example, federal law severely restricted and essentially banned the manufacture and sale of automatic weapons (better known as ‘gangster’ style machine guns). Federal law is the minimum and many states place tighter restrictions on gun possession including wait periods, semi-automatic weapons bans, and conceal and carry restrictions. A full list of Minnesota‘s laws can be found by visiting the Minnesota Legislature website at http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hrd/pubs/firearmsgd.pdf.

I believe more gun control is not the answer. We must also recognize this tragedy deals with issues of mental health and mental illness. In 2008, I supported the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Since the enactment of this legislation, federal law now requires that when an insurer chooses to cover mental health and substance use disorder services, they must offer coverage of those services at parity with medical and surgical services. We must look at the reasons this happened and how to stop it from happening in the future. We must focus on good public policy rather than rushing to legislate.

As new details continue to emerge about the tragedy, one thing remains certain: a community – and a nation – have been forever changed by this unthinkable act. Like you, I believe we must ensure that those affected have the support they need from our nation’s leaders. We must not legislate in haste; instead, we must take a thoughtful, comprehensive approach. As the details of the appalling devastation continue to emerge, the nation and Congress will talk about school safety, and how best to protect our precious children when they leave us for school each day.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to do so again regarding any issue of importance to you.

Sincerely,

JOHN KLINE
Member of Congress

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A Letter from Congressman John Kline: “Fast and Furious”

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July 9, 2012

Dear Mr. MaddMedic:

Knowing of your support for our constitutional right to keep and bear arms, I would like to update you on recent congressional action to investigate the “Fast and Furious” operation and the individuals involved.

As you may know, the controversial “Fast and Furious” operation administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, allowed federally issued guns to fall into the hands of violent criminals. I was appalled to learn of this operation and the failure of leadership by Attorney General Eric Holder.

Congress has a constitutional responsibility to ask the difficult questions of the Attorney General, and he has a responsibility to answer them fully and truthfully. Ample time has been given to Attorney General Holder to comply with legally issued subpoenas for information, but he has refused to cooperate, and the Administration has asserted an unprecedented use of executive privilege to further stonewall congressional oversight efforts. For these reasons, I joined a majority of my colleagues in voting for a resolution recommending that the House of Representatives find Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress.

As I continue to serve you in Congress I will remain a steadfast defender of your Second Amendment rights. To receive additional updates on legislative activity and my efforts of your behalf in Congress, please visit my website at kline.house.gov/issues.

Sincerely,

JOHN KLINE
Member of Congress

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A Letter from Congressman John Kline: UN Gun Grab

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July 9, 2012

Dear Mr. MaddMedic:

Thank you for contacting me to share your opposition to the United Nation‘s Arms Trade Treaty. I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and I share your opposition to any measures that infringe upon the right to bear arms.

As a retired Marine and avid outdoorsman, I am an experienced firearms owner and user and believe individuals should have the right to keep and bear arms for the protection of one’s home, property, family, and person. I am especially proud of my “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. Any agency or government actions that violate your Second Amendment rights – whether intentional or not – are unacceptable.

You may be interested to know that I am a cosponsor of the United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act (H.R. 2829), which would make funding from the United States to the United Nations conditional on increased transparency from the organization and withhold funding if certain policies are not adopted by the organization. We should pursue our country’s goals and objectives without allowing the United Nations to override our actions. I will support those actions that are in our nation’s best interests and preserve its sovereignty – with or without U.N. approval.

Rest assured, I will continue to support all efforts that secure a person’s right to own firearms and promote efforts that encourage gun owners to engage in gun safety and responsible firearm practices.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to do so again regarding any issue of importance to you.

Sincerely,

JOHN KLINE
Member of Congress

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A Letter from Congressman John Kline: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (H.R 3523).

May 23, 2012

 

 

Dear Mr. MaddMedic:

 

Thank you for contacting me to share your opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (H.R 3523).  I appreciate learning of your views.

 

Every day, Americans are targeted by nation-state actors like China and Russia for cyber exploitation and theft, resulting in huge losses of valuable intellectual property and sensitive information.  These attacks ultimately cost American jobs.  This legislation will enable voluntary cyber threat sharing and provide clear authority for the private sector to defend its own networks, all while providing strong protections for privacy and civil liberties.  This bipartisan legislation was developed by the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in close consultation with a broad range of private sector companies, trade groups, privacy and civil liberties advocates.

 

I should point out that under H.R. 3523, any sharing of information is completely voluntary, and limited to the data associated with cyber threats.  Additionally, this legislation does not provide any authority or levy to block access to accounts or websites, or to remove content.  The bill’s authority is limited to the identification, obtaining, and sharing of cyber threat information.  Finally, H.R. 3523 includes an anti-tasking provision that explicitly prohibits the government from conditioning its sharing of cyber threat intelligence on the sharing of private sector information with the government.  I supported this legislation when it passed the House of Representatives and it is now before the U.S. Senate.

 

I support legislation that maintains the freedom of expression and liberties provided by our Constitution.  While we disagree on this issue, I appreciate you taking the time to contact me.    Please feel free to do so again on any matter of concern to you.

 


Sincerely,

JOHN KLINE
Member of Congress

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A Letter from Congressman John Kline: Fast and Furious.

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May 16, 2012

 

Dear Mr. MaddMedic:

Knowing of your support for our constitutional right to keep and bear arms, I would like to update you about congressional action underway to investigate the “Fast and Furious” operation and the individuals involved.

As you may know, the controversial “Fast and Furious” operation administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, allowed federally issued guns to fall into the hands of violent criminals. Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, recently released a report outlining the Justice Department‘s failure to cooperate in the investigation, and the Justice Department’s retaliation against agents who blew the whistle on the operation. You can read the full report by clicking here.

I was appalled to learn of this operation and the failure of leadership by Attorney General Eric Holder. Accordingly, I am a proud cosponsor of a resolution (H.Res 490) expressing no confidence in Attorney General Holder’s performance. I look forward to voting for this resolution when it is considered by the House of Representatives.

As I continue to serve you in Congress I will remain a steadfast defender of your Second Amendment rights. To receive additional updates on legislative activity and my efforts of your behalf in Congress, please visit my website at kline.house.gov/issues.

Sincerely,

JOHN KLINE
Member of Congress

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DFLer Mike Obermueller to Face John Kline for Congress Seat

DFLer Mike Obermueller to Face John Kline for Congress Seat.

I love this statement..

“The district got some better demographics for us (in redistricting),” Obermueller�told the Star Tribune. “We have a popular president
and a congressman whose voting record doesn’t match the district very
well, and so there’s an opportunity here to take him out.”

Not only drinking the damn kool aid, he must bathe in it!!

Popular pResident?

What country would that be in?

You mean the dufus at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave?

In Washington?

DC?

He has done what? Besides screw us into the ground, take care of his
benefactors, take vacations, go golfing and campaign extensively on the
the taxpayers dime…popular amongst illegals and those on the dole! Or
unions!! Not amongst those of us working our asses off to pay for the
debt, programs and other bullshit he has created!

Created divide and racism, allow racists like Jackson and Sharpton to thrive, allow pointless occupiers to exist..

Fuck…popular pResident my ass.

The only thing he has done positive is create a drive for precious
metals…brass, lead, copper, etc..and Guns….which has been great!!!

Get a damn clue..

To My Esteemed Senators and Representatives…

Did any of you or all of you sign this POS? If so, you do not represent me nor the Country I love and support!!! Yes you, Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken and John Kline!! I would expect it from the first two dhimmicrats, but not from the last!!!

HR 347 was recently signed into law by President Obama. This statute had wide support amongst both parties of Congress. In essence, it criminalizes disruptive behavior upon government grounds, at specially designated national events (Super Bowl, nominating conventions, etc.) and anywhere that Secret Service is protecting “any” person. Obviously, the goal of this law is to enhance the ability of the Secret Service to protect those persons it is charged to do so; but in extending this power, this law eviscerates the citizens’ rights to assemble and petition under the First Amendment.

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A Letter from Congressman John Kline on Fast and Furious..

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February 13, 2012

Dear Mr. MaddMedic:

Knowing of your support for our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, I would like to update you about Congressional action underway to investigate the “Fast and Furious” operation and the individuals involved.

As you may know, the controversial “Fast and Furious” operation administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, allowed federally issued guns to fall into the hands of violent criminals.

As a strong supporter of our Second Amendment gun rights, I will not allow the mismanagement of one program by Attorney General Eric Holder to infringe on the rights of responsible gun owners. Accordingly, I am a proud cosponsor of a resolution (H.Res. 490) expressing no confidence in Attorney General Holder’s performance. I have attached for your reference a copy of the resolution, which increases pressure on the administration to address his unacceptable actions.

In addition to this resolution, you will be pleased to know Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has initiated efforts to investigate the Fast and Furious program to determine who ultimately authorized the program, who knew about it, and why it was administered so poorly. You can track the progress of their efforts by visiting www.FastandFuriousinvestigation.com. While I do not serve on the Oversight Committee, I am following their efforts and look forward to examining their findings.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. To receive additional updates on legislative activity and my efforts of your behalf in Congress, please visit my website at kline.house.gov/issues.

Sincerely,

JOHN KLINE
Member of Congress

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John Kline’s Pork Report: Pelosi Writing Out Checks Our Country Can’t Cash

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Pelosi Writing Out Checks Country Can’t Cash

Dear Friends,

During last week’s State of the Union address and again in a meeting with House Republicans, the President repeatedly used rhetoric conservatives could embrace – calling for “fiscal responsibility,” “spending freezes,” and “earmark reform.” While no one expected the President to make a complete 180-degree turn from the previous 12 months of failed economic policies, Americans were optimistic about this indication of fiscal responsibility from Washington.

Unfortunately, just days after the President’s call to rein in spending, he unveiled a new $3.8 trillion budget that once again spends too much, borrows too much, and taxes too much. The President’s budget plan more than doubles the debt, pushes the deficit to a new record of $1.6 trillion in FY 2010, and raises taxes by more than $2 trillion through 2020.

Adding insult to injury, yesterday, Congress wrapped up the week by passing the largest one-time increase in the debt limit in our nation’s history. I joined bipartisan opposition to this $1.9 trillion increase, which raised the debt limit to an unfathomable $14.3 trillion.

Americans continue to tell me they have had enough of Washington’s reckless addiction to wasteful spending. But that hasn’t stopped Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Congressional Democrats from saddling our children and grandchildren enormous debt.

Weekly Waste Watch: $7 Million in Stimulus Funds for a ‘Bridge to No Benefits’

Each week on my Stop the Pork web site, I highlight examples of government waste on the “Weekly Waste Watch” page. This week’s installment comes from Thedford, Neb., where $7 million in stimulus funds were spent on a “Bridge to No Benefits.”

The purpose of the bridge was to help 168 residents avoid a 30-second wait at a local train crossing. But according to Mike Hodges, a local business owner, crossing the bridge won’t even help residents avoid the current 30 second wait time — it will actually take longer to cross the new roundabout bridge. Will the bridge at least create jobs? Not for Thedford. Town Chairman Judy Taylor complained that the bridge contract was awarded to a Colorado company that is using their own workers. In fact, not one full-time job will be created through the construction of this $7 million bridge. CNN closed a segment about this bridge by saying: “No economic benefit, no full time jobs, and a lot of taxpayer dollars used to cross the road.”

Keeping in Contact with You

I hope you are enjoying the Stop the Pork “Pork Reports.” Please feel free to share these updates with your friends and family, so they, too, can stay informed about my work on their behalf in Washington. You can also keep up to date by reading the “Pig Tale Blog” section of the Stop the Pork website or visiting my Facebook page. If you aren’t already, please become a Facebook “supporter” and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please e-mail me or visit the Stop the Pork website.

Sincerely,

John Kline

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the Kline Line: Americans Want Freedom – Plain and Simple

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Americans Want Freedom – Plain and SimpleDear Friends,

On Tuesday evening, Democrats across the country received a clear message from the overwhelming majority of Massachusetts voters who elected Republican Scott Brown to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Their vote was a clear repudiation of the reckless agenda of the President and Congressional Democrats. This is the same message I have been hearing loud and clear from Minnesotans who have been telling me for months that they do not want a government takeover of health care, and they are tired of closed door meetings and backroom deals like the “Louisiana Purchase” and the “Cornhusker Kickback.”

It’s unclear whether Democrats will heed their call, but Americans have grown weary of the borrowing, the spending, the bailouts, and the takeovers. They want affordable and accessible health care – not a government takeover that puts a bureaucrat in the room with you and your doctor. They want tax relief for working families and small businesses – not so-called stimulus bills based on failed tax-and-spend policies and fictitious congressional districts. They want energy independence – not a national energy tax.

They want freedom – plain and simple.

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‘Right to Life’ is Front and Center in Health Care Reform

Today marks the 37-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic failure to protect the right to life in America. Earlier today, thousands of Minnesotans marched in front of the State Capitol in St. Paul to send a message to public officials that a majority of Minnesotans believe that the right to life is a founding principle of this country.

This right– and our obligation to protect it – has been front and center in the Congressional debate surrounding health care reform. I was proud to support an amendment offered in the House of Representatives that would prohibit government funding for abortion. Unfortunately, it remains to be seen whether this protection will be included in the final version of health care legislation that will ultimately receive a vote in the House and Senate.

The debate on this bill is far from over. It is critical for every one of you to remain vigilant in your efforts to ensure your elected representatives know of your opposition to any health care provision that uses taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. With the 2010 elections on the horizon, continued protection for the right to life hangs in the balance. We must remain steadfast in our commitment and obligation to this most fundamental of all rights.

Join Our Facebook Efforts to Win Back America

Let’s ensure Tuesday night’s call by Massachusetts voters for less government and more transparency is heard across America! I challenge you to encourage 10 of your family members or friends to become “fans” of my Facebook page and join our efforts to win back America.

Sincerely,

John Kline

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