PoliticalNews.me - Mar 17,2017 - Sen. Moran Shares Clark County Family Story from Kansas Fires on Senate Floor
“It’s like that with ranching. It’s like that with Kansas. We’re all a family.”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the fires burning across Kansas this week. He shared experiences of the Gardiner family, ranchers in Clark County, Kan., from a Wichita Eagle article authored by Michael Pearce about the impact the fires have had on the family and their livestock.
“Although it’s not a big national news story, Kansas is ablaze,” said Sen. Moran. “There is no doubt the impact of the fires and tornadoes that swept across the plains earlier this week has been devastating. But I am not surprised that Kansans are working together as friends and neighbors to overcome the challenges we face. I’m thankful for the willingness of so many living nearby – and across the country – who have volunteered to help us rebuild fences, bring in much-needed hay, and offer any assistance we need. And I’m thankful to represent Kansans who care for one another and treat each other as family.”
A transcript of Sen. Moran’s remarks can be found below:
(0:01) “Mr. President, there’s a lot to be proud about, from my view, of being a Kansan. We have lots of challenges in our state. We’re undergoing serious ones at the moment. For those of you who’ve noticed on the news, although it’s not particularly a story here in the nation’s capital, but Kansas is ablaze. Fires are devastating acres and acres… nearly 700,000 acres in our state of grassland have been burned. Fires have started. We’ve had winds for the last three days 50 to 60 miles an hour and we’ve had dozens of communities and counties that have been evacuated. Lots of places that have been hard hit. My home county of Rooks has experienced those fires. Hutchinson, a community of 50,000 people, had to evacuate 10,000 people in what we could consider in our state a pretty big place. They’ve been rampant and real and had significant consequences to many, many lives in our state.
(1:26) “On my way over here, I was reading a couple of articles that appeared in Kansas press that… I wanted to bring to my colleagues’ attention. There’s nothing here that necessarily asks for any kind of government help, but it does highlight the kind of people I represent.
(2:23) “There’s lots of great ranch families in our state. One of those is the Gardiners… Their story is told a bit in the Wichita Eagle, in today’s edition. They are known as some of the best ranchers in the country. For more than 50 years they provided the best Angus cattle. They have customers across the country, but it’s a family ranch. This is multi-generational and three brothers now ranch together.
(3:03) “One of the reasons I appreciate the opportunity to advocate on behalf of farmers and ranchers, it’s one of the last few places in which sons and daughters work side by side with moms and dads, in which grandparents are involved in the operation. Our grandkids grow up knowing their grandparents. There’s a way of life here that’s important to the country. Our values, our integrity, our character is often transmitted from one generation to a next… because we’re still able to keep the