Rep. Estes Announces 2024 Congressional Art Competition Winners

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The office of Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) announced the winners of this year's Congressional Art Competition Saturday, April 20, during a reception and awards program at Mark Arts in Wichita. Each year, the U.S. House of Representatives hosts An Artistic Discovery: Congressional Art Competition for High School Students, which takes place in each congressional district with each first-place wi...

Rep. Estes Issues Statement on Supplemental Aid Packages

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WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) voted in favor of the End the Border Catastrophe Act, Indo-Pacific Security Supplemental Appropriations Act and Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act and against the Ukraine Security Supplemental Appropriations Act. "When the country is more than $34.5 trillion in debt and bad actors threaten the United States' border and our allies across th...

Kansans Have Spent $23,623 More Since January 2021

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Following Wednesday's CPI announcement that inflation had come in hotter than expected for the third month in a row, Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) released the following statement and Kansas-specific inflation data from the Joint Economic Committee, of which he is a member. "For the past three years, Kansans have been paying far too much for essential goods and services," said Rep. Estes. "While the r...

Rep. Estes Votes for Protecting Americans' Privacy, Securing Country

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Today, Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) voted in favor of major reforms to strengthen privacy in the Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act. "Global threats to our nation are more prevalent now than ever before, and the Biden administration’s open border exposes the United States to even greater risks. It's imperative that the United States has the necessary tools to combat terrorists and keep A...

Rep. Estes Votes Against Washington's Wasteful Spending

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WASHINGTON – Today Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) voted against a package of spending bills, commonly referred to as a "minibus," that will cost taxpayers $1.2 trillion. "At $34.5 trillion in debt and when we're borrowing $95,000 per second, there is no reason to continue pushing forward reckless spending full of pet projects and waste that doesn't benefit Kansans," said Rep. Estes. "We must change our...

Rep. Estes Pens Op-ed Decrying Biden Budget Proposal

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Yesterday, Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) published an op-ed in National Review, The Biden Administration’s Budget Disaster, unpacking the damaging provisions in the president’s latest budget request and highlighting the plan put forth by Republicans which, in contrast, balances the budget in 10 years. Highlights of the op-ed are below and you can read the full op-ed here. The Biden Administration’s Bu...

Rep. Estes Leads Letter Seeking Answers on Impact of IRS Telework Policy

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Today, Reps. Ron Estes (R-Kansas), David Kustoff (R-Tennessee) and eight additional Ways and Means colleagues sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel communicating questions and concerns about the telework policies of the IRS. "The IRS has a duty to provide reliable service to hardworking American taxpayers who are trying to follow the rules by paying their taxes – if working remotely is t...

Rep. Estes Responds to State of the Union

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Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) issued the following statement in response to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address. "Kansans deserve better than what Joe Biden tried to tout as accomplishments in tonight's State of the Union – an open border, Bidenflation, historic debt levels, disregard for human life and a failure to advocate for America abroad is nothing to brag about," said Rep. Estes. "...

Rep. Estes Publishes Op-ed Ahead of State of the Union

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Today Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) published an op-ed in Newsweek outlining what he thinks President Joe Biden should say at tonight's State of the Union. "For years President Biden has claimed that the border is secure and the economy is strong. Any deviation from this script now is simply election-year rhetoric," wrote Rep. Estes. "The American people, who from their daily lives know the real state...

Reps. Estes, Maloy, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Private Water Rights

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Reps. Ron Estes (R-Kansas), Celeste Maloy (R-Utah), Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado), Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) and Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) have reintroduced the Water Rights Protection Act to prevent the federal government from seizing privately owned waters. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced a companion piece of legislation in the Senate. "Kansas r...

Rep. Estes WSJ Op-ed Calls Out IRS Failure To Serve Taxpayers

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Yesterday, Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, IRS Agents Shouldn’t Work From Home, criticizing the work from home policy of the IRS given their inability to provide adequate customer service to Kansans and taxpayers across the country. This follows a Ways and Means Committee hearing during which IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel answered to Rep. Estes that 50% of...

Rep. Estes Authors Opinion Piece Regarding EPA

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Last week, Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) authored an op-ed for the High Plains Journal concerning the EPA's latest rule proposal targeting small meat processors. "The Clean Water Act Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Meat and Poultry Products Point Source Category—which spills enough ink to do environmental damage—would force small operations to conduct the same burdensome, costly...

Rep. Estes Publishes Op-ed on Coinciding Fiscal Pandemics

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On Friday, Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kansas) published an op-ed on FoxNews.com addressing America's coinciding fiscal pandemics. "More and more, Americans are living on borrowed time and money – and so is their government," wrote Rep. Estes. "As James Madison once warned, 'A public debt is a public curse.' It's time for both the individual and the federal government to break free from the curse of overspe...

IRS Commissioner Admits Massive Remote Working to Rep. Estes

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WASHINGTON – Today during a Ways and Means hearing, IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel admitted that staffing at the IRS is about 50% in-person and 50% remote after Rep. Estes questioned him about issues with the Information Return Intake System (IRIS), lack of customer service and staffing levels following the end of COVID-19. Talking about a recent issue faced by Lubbers Cars in Cheney, Rep. Estes s...

Reps. Estes, Arrington, Colleagues Introduce Balanced Budget Amendment

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Last week, Reps. Ron Estes (R-Kansas), Jodey C. Arrington (R-Texas), Rudy Yakym (R-Indiana), Tim Burchett (R-Tennessee), Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina) and Jake Ellzey (R-Texas) introduced H.J.Res. 113, the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment. This legislation would require the federal government to balance its budget and rein in out-of-control spending. "Our country borrows about $90,000 per...

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