Work on the Senate floor has been slow because bills have to go through the committee hearing process first. This means committee work has been busy with agency updates and industry briefings, and hearings on bills have begun. As you will see below, I’ve been assigned to a handful of new budget subcommittees. Those committees meet outside the traditional hearing schedule, which means 7 am meetings and 8 pm meetings, etc.
If I can find time in the schedule to take the stairs, a destination tracker would be very busy chasing me around the Capitol from meeting to meeting: 5th floor to the 1st floor, back to the 5th, back to the first or another floor if there’s a lunch meeting, then back to 5, Senate session on 3 and my office on 1! I expected to be busy but the pace and non-stop schedule has been the most surprising.
It was nice to see Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins in the Capitol this week, just a day after she announced she would not be running for office in 2018. She has a lot of spunk and is fun to talk to. It’s too bad Kansas is losing her in DC, but we will be glad to have her skills here at home.
Around the District
It was a pleasure to welcome constituents this week! Sheila Dodson, DVM; Nat Goscha of Leawood won the Happy Birthday Kansas! 2016 Student Photography Competition; Arthur Smith, Mercy & Truth Medical Missions; and John Foster & Zach Lawry, KU and KSU students advocating to keep guns out of buildings on university campuses.