Brownback in Baldwin
Senator says Republicans will tackle major issues
U.S. Senator Sam Brownback stopped in Baldwin City on Thursday afternoon and answered questions from a small group of community members at Baker University's Collins House.
Some of issues he was presented with, such as social security, could be tackled with a Republican president and Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, he said.
"Give Republicans a chance to govern," Brownback said to the voters. "We haven't had that chance in 50 years."
Dwight Eisenhower was president the last time the Republicans controlled the White House and both houses of Congress.
"Democrats have had a chance to put policy in place," Brownback said. "The Republicans have not. This will be a very interesting fall."
And Kansas, Brownback said, is home to an important race for the U.S. House of Representatives between incumbent Democrat Dennis Moore and Republican Phill Kline for the 3rd Kansas Congressional District.
"This will be a hotly contested seat," Brownback said.
Brownback said social security, adding a pharmaceutical benefit to federal health care and the marriage penalty tax are some of the issues a Republican Congress and president would likely address.
"We need to reform Social Security now, before baby boomers are fully retired," he said.
The election and important issues aside, James White, superintendent of the Baldwin school district, also wanted to know what Brownback considered his "most outstanding achievement."
"Getting the budget balanced," Brownback said. "Obviously, it's not a solo achievement. It put us in a much better financial position."