Ed. Note: Each week, U.S. Reps. Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran have been invited to submit a blog entry during their primary run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback. The following is a submission from Moran:

Ed. Note: Each week, U.S. Reps. Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran have been invited to submit a blog entry during their primary run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback. The following is a submission from Moran:

If you’ve turned on the television recently, you may have seen a tv ad from our campaign. 


Just last weekend we launched our first ad, called There’s A Road. 


While folks in Washington may not understand or like it, Kansans simply don’t support the seemingly never ending stream of bailouts, binge spending and constantly growing government. 


Coming home every weekend to Hays, I speak with and hear from Kansans about what’s wrong with Washington. Kansans know we need to return to common sense conservative policies of reducing government spending, reducing our debt and no longer spending above our means. 


If you haven’t seen the ad yet, be sure to visit www.moranforkansas.com to watch it.


As Washington keeps on spending, the current leadership’s policies are really hurting Kansan families. Just today, the Dept. of Health and Human Services released a report confirming that the healthcare takeover bill will in fact raise the cost of care for Americans. 


For nearly a year, I worked to stop the healthcare takeover bill. It hurts rural America, raises Kansans’ insurance premiums, and increases the federal government’s health costs - meaning more debt for our kids and grandkids. 


Now, even reports from inside the federal government confirm this. This is just the latest example why we need to replace the healthcare bill with common sense policies that reduce the cost of care for everyone. 


And just like we need to reduce government spending on healthcare, we desperately need to stop wasteful earmark spending. This week, the House GOP introduced a bill that would force all of Congress to vote on a one-year ban on earmarks. 


I proudly co-sponsored that bill and will work hard to ensure that Members of Congress are forced to take a vote on it. I’ve been a strong advocate for earmark reform for years, proudly supporting the proposed GOP’s proposed earmark ban back in 2008. Unfortunately I was the only candidate in this race who supported the ban then. 


From healthcare to binge spending to wasteful earmarks, Washington needs to put the brakes on this spending and stop putting our kids and grandkids into even more debt. It’s time they looked to Kansas for some common sense policies.