Gregg Harper

Gregg Harper

MISSISSIPPI's 3rd DISTRICT

Rep. Harper Renews Fight to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

2015/01/28

WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) has renewed his fight to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a proposal to allow consumers to shop for insurance across state lines.  Harper co-sponsored H.R. 543, the Health Care Choice Act of 2015, which was introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) yesterday.   

“The American consumer can make better choices for their health care than Washington bureaucrats,” Harper said. “The Health Care Choice Act empowers consumers by giving them the ability to purchase affordable health insurance coverage with a range of options and replaces Washington mandates with interstate competition.”

“Instead of requiring every health plan to carry burdensome directives that make insurance unaffordable, the Health Care Choice Act frees insurance companies to compete for your business across state lines: online, by mail, over the phone, or in consultation with an insurance agent in your hometown.”

Original cosponsors of the Health Care Choice Act of 2015 include: Rep. Gregg Harper (MS-03); Rep. Diane Black (TN-06); Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-03); Rep. Scott DesJarlais(TN-04); Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03); Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-19); Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02); Adam Kinzinger (IL-16); Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07); Rep. Billy Long (MO-07); Rep. Mia Love (UT-04); Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04); Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22); and Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01).                                                                                      

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                    Gregg Harper is a fourth-term Republican lawmaker from Mississippi.

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Harper Announces Third Congressional District Military Academy Day

2015/01/27

 WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) today announced that he will host the Third Congressional District’s Annual Military Academy Day at Madison Central High School on Saturday April 18, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Military Academy Day is a free seminar for students and parents to learn more about our nation’s military academies, requirements for admission and the congressional appointment process. Harper will be joined by area midshipmen, cadets, alumni, Congressional staff, and representatives from the five service academies: U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and college R.O.T.C. representatives. Representatives from the academies and Parents’ Clubs of Mississippi will be available to help answer any questions participants may have about each of these prestigious institutions.

“I invite all students who are interested in obtaining a service academy appointment to attend this informative seminar,” said Harper. “I look forward to visiting with the bright young men and women from across Mississippi’s Third Congressional District considering a commitment to serve in the military.”

High school students preparing for college in the approaching years and considering the service academies option should participate. Junior high students are also welcome to attend.                                             Madison Central High School is located at 1417 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison, Mississippi 39110.                                           

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Opposing View in USA TODAY: Drop Subsidies for Politicians

2015/01/22

Since 1976, more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer money has been given to politicians to run for office. The underutilized Presidential Election Campaign Fund has subsidized presidential candidates and nominating conventions from its inception.

Four decades later, the presidential fund has fallen into obsolescence, so much that in the 2012 election cycle  nobody chose to participate in the program, yet the parties did take funds for their respective conventions.

Because of President Obama's decision in 2008, no major party candidate has participated in public funding because the funds that major party candidates can utilize are so restrictive.

Supporters argue for the need to modernize the public funding system, but we should examine whether valuable taxpayer dollars are better used on other programs. The fund does not create jobs or stir innovation of any kind, which begs the question: Why should Americans be providing taxpayer subsidies for politicians?

Last April, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act became an example of Congress prioritizing a pediatric research initiative at the National Institutes of Health over taxpayer funding of political conventions. In a time of scarce resources and a need for smaller government, that was not a hard decision.

In the American political system, private contributions have opened up new choices for candidates. In recent memory, it was private money that backed outlier candidates such as Ross Perot in 1992 and Ron Paul in 2008. It is the freedom to raise and spend money freely that has increased the likelihood of viable candidates.

In 1980, 28.7% of taxpayers participated in the presidential check-off fund. That declined to 6% last year.

People are voting with their feet and leaving behind a public funding program they find no value in. It is a mistake to continue to promote wasteful public spending programs for which the taxpayer continually must foot the bill.

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Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., co-sponsored a bill to eliminate public funding of presidential campaigns.

 

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Rep. Harper Responds to State of the Union Address

2015/01/21

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following statement this evening in response to the president’s State of the Union Address:

“I am disappointed that President Obama’s vision for America appeared to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and class-warfare, rather than setting a realistic agenda for Congress. This is President Obama’s same old top-down approach we've come to expect that hasn't worked. Raising taxes on people that are successful is not going to make people that are struggling more successful.”

“I believe every child should have an equal opportunity for a great education, which is why we must encourage high-tech educational opportunities and give parents the right to send their kids to schools of their choice.  In Mississippi, our community college system is one of the best, if not the best in the country, and very affordable. Keeping it affordable, not free, should be our objective.  President Obama’s proposal for two years of “free community college” only nationalizes our education system and tells students Washington, DC knows best while making community college more bureaucratic and costly.” 

“Finally, our energy policy should encourage investment, lower fuel prices, and create jobs here at home.  America has an abundance of natural resources, and through innovation we can continue to put people back to work, reduce energy costs, and make America energy independent while looking out for our environment at the same time.  President Obama’s commitment to veto the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project will prevent more than 40,000 American jobs from being created right here at home. I am disappointed that the President took credit for lower gas prices at the pump when it's been his policies that have caused lower and middle class American to suffer economically these past six years. American energy innovation in the private sector is responsible for the lower prices."

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Gregg Harper is a fourth-term Republican lawmaker from Mississippi.

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Rep. Harper's Statement on Passage of Homeland Security Appropriations Act

2015/01/14

 Washington DC- U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) made the following remarks today after the House of Representatives passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

“Today, with my support, the House passed legislation to block President Obama’s executive amnesty plan. President Obama’s immigration plan is a clear example of executive overreach, and I believe Congress must do all it can to stop these actions. This legislation continues to secure our borders and provides the resources necessary to protect all Americans. I hope the Republican-controlled Senate will also pass it and send it to the President’s desk,” Harper said.

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                  Gregg Harper is a fourth-term Republican lawmaker from Mississippi. 

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Boehner was Conservative Choice for Speaker

2015/01/11

Last Tuesday, I was one of 216 of 246 House Republicans that elected John Boehner to serve as Speaker for the 114th Congress.  Those 216 included some of the most conservative members we have in the Republican conference. A number of television and radio hosts, as well as outside groups, whose primary purpose is to raise money to work, not against Democrats, but against Republicans, urged us to vote for a member who ultimately only got three votes (one of which was his own).  Twenty-five voted against Boehner, even though the entire Republican Conference had selected him as our leader in November at our Organizing Conference.  That would have been the time to vote against the Speaker and there would have been secret ballots, but not one person ran against him.  Who was it that gave the nominating speech for Speaker Boehner at that event in November?  It was Trey Gowdy from South Carolina, who is a strong voice for America and conservative principles.

If Boehner is not conservative, then why was he endorsed in his 2014 election by groups such as the National Rifle Association, where he carries an A+ Lifetime Rating?  John Boehner said: “The 2nd Amendment isn’t just about our freedom; it’s about our way of life.”  He was also endorsed by the National Right to Life, and said: “Our founding principles of life and liberty will always be linked. I am proud to fight for the defenseless….”

I wish everyone had the opportunity to talk to Speaker Boehner.  (Take 10 minutes and watch “John Boehner: the Biggest Long Shot” on YouTube.) He’s a family man, he’s loyal to a fault, and he truly wants to guide us through what has been a very difficult time these past six years dealing with President Obama.  During my first two years, we were in the minority with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, then these past four years with Harry Reid running the Senate.  We passed over 380 conservative bills during the last term that never saw the light of day in the Democratic controlled Senate, but now we have control of the House and the Senate, and this should be a time for optimism.

Some have said there should be no “retribution” for any of the 25 who voted against Boehner.  A basic Republican belief is that actions have consequences.  Specifically, the Ethics Committee (on which I served my first two terms) and the Committee on House Administration (on which I’m beginning my fourth term) and the Rules Committee are all appointed by the Speaker.  All other committee assignments are made by the Steering Committee.  Two of the members who voted against Boehner have served on the Rules Committee, which is essential for the majority to control legislation on the floor.  I like both gentlemen, but they should not be allowed to serve on the Rules Committee.  This is not punishment but it’s about assuring Republican control over the legislation that goes to the floor. 

So where do we go now?  We must realize that we are stronger if all 246 members work together.  John Boehner has led us through these last, very difficult, four years to arrive at the largest Republican majority in almost a century.  Let’s stay focused.  Let’s work together and put bills on the President’s desk that he either has to sign or veto.  Then let’s elect a Republican President in 2016.

Gregg Harper is a Republican Congressman for the 3rd congressional district of Mississippi.

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Harper Introduces Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act of 2015

2015/01/08

Washington, DC -   U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) introduced yesterday the Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act of 2015 (H.R. 188) seeking to responsibly phase out the use of Special Wage Certificates under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that would  facilitate the transitioning of people with disabilities now working in sheltered, segregated employment, sometimes for pennies per hour, to integrated employment positions paying competitive wages.

“Section 14(c) of the FLSA, enacted out of ignorance regarding the true capacity of people with disabilities, currently prevents over three-hundred thousand people with disabilities from gaining access to the work and training environments that have been proven to be more cost effective and to produce more competitive integrated work outcomes." said Harper. "Segregated, subminimum-wage work is just an expression of low expectations that instills a false sense of incapacity in individuals who could become competitively employed with the proper training and support. It unjustly prohibits workers with disabilities from reaching their full potential.”

Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The National Federation of the Blind and our partners representing the 55 million Americans with disabilities fight every day to obtain the equality and respect in the workplace that nondisabled citizens take for granted. We applaud Congressman Harper for having the courage to confront over seventy years of entrenched but false thinking about the capacity of people with disabilities. We strongly urge his colleagues in both houses of the United States Congress to exhibit the same courage by recognizing that it is time to reject an antiquated and ineffective employment model for one that truly values workers with disabilities.”  

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Gregg Harper is a fourth-term Republican lawmaker from Mississippi.

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Harper Takes Oath of Office for 114th Congress

2015/01/06

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) took the Oath of Office to serve a fourth, two-year House term today when new and returning members were officially sworn in for the 114th Congress.

“I continue to be humbled by the trust placed in me to represent our conservative values,” said Harper, who resides in Pearl with his wife, Sidney, of 35 years and their two children, Livingston and Maggie. "Our team will continue to advocate for sound federal policies that will reduce overall spending and lead to a balanced budget."

Harper will continue to serve on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he is a member of three subcommittees: Environment and the Economy; Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade; and Energy and Power. Harper was named as Vice Chairman of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee. 

The state’s senior House Republican will also return to the select Committee on House Administration. This panel manages the chamber’s daily functions, oversees federal elections, House security, and has many other oversight responsibilities on Capitol Hill.

A longtime advocate for American-made energy, Harper said that his policy priorities will continue to reflect this interest.

“Empowering innovators and harnessing our domestic energy capabilities continue to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and has begun to lower prices at the pump,” declared Harper. “Good-paying energy industry jobs will grow throughout Mississippi’s Third District if we advance ideas that stabilize fuel prices and build a steady supply of American energy.”

The Third Congressional District seat stretches from Wilkinson County to Oktibbeha County and includes the northeast corner of Jackson and the I-20 corridor into east central Mississippi.

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Gregg Harper is a fourth-term Republican lawmaker from Mississippi.

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Miss. Delegation Endorses Federal Disaster Declaration

2015/01/06

 

WASHINGTON, DC – A united Mississippi congressional delegation has endorsed Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s recent request for a federal disaster declaration for areas of the state that sustained extensive tornado and severe storm damage on Dec. 23, including Marion and Jones counties.

U.S. Senators Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., with U.S. Representatives Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., Gregg Harper, R-Miss., Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., and Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., signed a letter to President Obama asking for full consideration of the state’s request for a major federal disaster declaration, including hazard mitigation assistance statewide.

“We understand that the State of Mississippi and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) jointly continue to assess the damage across the state.  Should the state request federal disaster declarations for other counties, we are hopeful you will also give these requests your full consideration,” the federal lawmakers wrote.

“We stand ready to face this new challenge by supporting the local communities, the State, and your administration as we work together to rebuild and renew areas destroyed by this major storm,” they added in the letter received by the White House on Monday.

 

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Merry Christmas

2014/12/24

Dear Friend,

I hope this year has been a special year for you! As always, the Christmas season is an extraordinary time: a time to enjoy our families; a time to give back to our communities; and a time of reflection. My staff and I have had the pleasure of meeting with and assisting many of you this past year. Serving you continues to be the highlight of my time in Congress.

Moving forward into the New Year, we each have the unique opportunity of making our communities stronger and working together on important issues. Together, we can make our State and our Country a better place to live, to work, and to raise our families. I look forward to your continued input, support, and feedback in this coming year.

Scripture reminds us that this is a season of Joy and Hope as we see in Jeremiah 29:11—“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a future and a hope.” I wish you all the best in this upcoming year and during this season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

To all of you, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

God Bless, Gregg Harper Member of Congress

 

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5031
Fax 202-225-5797
harper.house.gov

Congressman Gregg Harper has lived in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District since 1972 and currently resides in Pearl with his wife of 29 years, Sidney, and their two children, Livingston and Maggie. The Harper’s are active members of Crossgates Baptist Church where Gregg serves as a deacon and a college Sunday school teacher.

A conservative man of faith and integrity, Gregg was elected in November, 2008 to serve the citizens of Mississippi’s Third Congressional District. Soon after the election, his peers elected him as the only freshman member of the Republican Steering Committee in the House of Representatives. This key leadership group, which is made up of fewer than 30 members of the 435-member House, makes decisions about which Congressmen serve on all of the legislative committees.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Gregg practiced law for twenty-seven years, including serving as the prosecuting attorney for the cities of Brandon and Richland. Committed to his state and country, Gregg is active in his community as a member of both the Pearl and Rankin County Chambers of Commerce.

During the past eight years, Gregg has served as the chairman of the Rankin County Republican Party. Throughout his involvement in Republican politics, he has helped advance the conservative agenda by assisting in local, county and statewide elections as well as volunteering as a Republican Observer during the Bush-Gore recount in Florida.

The son of a former petroleum engineer and an 85-year-old mother who still works two days a week, Gregg learned at a young age the value of hard work and the importance of education. Gregg and Sidney are both graduates of Mississippi College, where Gregg studied Chemistry. The couple then moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where Gregg earned a degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981.

In taking the Congressional Oath of Office on January 6th, 2009, Gregg committed to improve his state and country, and desires to accomplish this goal through the restoration of true conservative values in his work in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Serving With

Alan Nunnelee

MISSISSIPPI's 1st DISTRICT

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

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