Washington DC- U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015:
“Every year since 2003, Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula has jeopardized payments to doctors and created uncertainty in seniors’ access to high quality care. With short-term fixes, Congress has for years not met this challenge with a real solution,” said Harper. "This legislation was overwhelmingly adopted because it provides a permanent solution to this flawed formula, and will provide long-term structural changes needed to keep Medicare solvent."
Gregg Harper is a fourth-term Republican lawmaker from Mississippi.Read More
U.S. REPS. CONAWAY, VEASEY, AND HARPER FORM CONGRESSIONAL CARBON DIOXIDE ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY (CO2-EOR) CAUCUS
WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, U.S. Representatives Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Marc Veasey (D-Texas), and Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) will host a launch event for the newly formed Congressional Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR) Caucus. The CO2-EOR Caucus will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to educating Congressional Members and Staff on the economic and environmental benefits of enhanced oil recovery from carbon dioxide. Reps. Conaway, Veasey, and Harper will be the acting Co-chairmen for the CO2-EOR Caucus for the 114th Congress. The March 17th event will feature energy and environment experts who will provide an overview of the process and benefits of CO2-EOR.
Congressmen Conaway, Veasey, and Harper issued the following statements ahead of the formal launch of the new caucus:
Rep. Conaway: “Our nation is blessed with an abundance of both natural resources and innovative minds. Energy companies in West Texas have been using the CO2-EOR process for quite some time now, but it is still a relatively little known technique for oil recovery. I’m glad to be working alongside Congressmen Harper and Veasey to help our colleagues in Washington understand the vast benefits of the carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery process.”
Rep. Veasey: As a problem solver, Congressman Marc Veasey, is constantly looking for ways that members of Congress from across the aisle can form sound policy solutions for satisfying our domestic energy needs while being stewards of our natural environment. “Our energy future is not controlled by Congress, but Congress can help enact policies that further economic growth, allow for sustainable energy production practices, and provide a cleaner environment for all of us to share. While my home state of Texas is the top oil and gas producing state in our nation, it also produces a variety of renewable energy sources. CO2-EOR can be a part of the solution. It is a win-win solution to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase energy independence here at home.” Rep.
Harper: “I became interested in the CO2-EOR process after meeting with constituents who use enhanced oil recovery to extract oil from fields that were once thought to be depleted. At a time when the United States is experiencing an energy renaissance, I believe Members of Congress will benefit by gaining a better understanding of the CO2-EOR process. I appreciate Congressmen Veasey and Conaway for their help in forming this Caucus so that we can serve as a resource on this issue.”
Washington DC – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper made the following statement in advance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address to a joint session of Congress:
“Iran is the most dangerous state sponsor or terrorism in the world and I appreciate a leader who recognizes the threat that exists. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has correctly stated that Iran must never be allowed to build a nuclear weapon,” said Harper. “America and Israel should have a shared goal to do whatever is necessary to prevent the threats we face from Iran and radical Islam. Why does our President insist on making a deal with Iran, a country that seeks to destroy both American and Israel? Iran has proven time and time again that it cannot be trusted.Read More
A number of misleading claims are being used by critics of the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) to derail K-12 education reform. The following information will explain my support and how the Student Success Act will reduce the federal footprint and restore local control over elementary and secondary education.
Claim: H.R. 5 cements Common Core into federal law.
FACT: The Student Success Act prohibits any agent of the federal government – including the Secretary of Education – from coercing states into adopting Common Core (or other specific standards) through waivers, federal grants, or any other authority.
FACT: Leading conservative education organizations and long-time critics of the Common Core, including the Home School Legal Defense Association and the American Association of Christian Schools, have endorsed the Common Core prohibitions included in the Student Success Act.
FACT: The Student Success Act is a conservative response to President Obama’s Common Core overreach. The federal government must not dictate what academic standards can and cannot be taught in schools. The Student Success Act protects the right of states to reject Common Core, free from federal coercion.
Claim: H.R. 5 continues the No Child Left Behind era of federally-mandated standards, assessments, and accountability.
FACT: The Student Success Act repeals the one-size-fits-all accountability metric, giving states freedom to choose how best to evaluate their schools.
FACT: Under the Student Success Act, states are responsible – not the federal government – for developing academic standards in reading, math, and science, and evaluating student and school performance against those standards.
FACT: The Student Success Act rolls back the highly prescriptive accountability metrics of NCLB, while ensuring policies are in place to protect federal taxpayers’ dollars.
Claim: H.R. 5 is fiscally irresponsible.
FACT: The Student Success Act eliminates 69 programs authorized under current law. The bill replaces the current maze of programs with a Local Academic Flexible Grant so states and school districts allocate resources in a way that meets local priorities, not Washington’s priorities.
FACT: Under the Student Success Act, federal spending on K-12 education programs will be less than what is currently authorized for just the Title I program, and the bill freezes that level of annual spending for the next six years.
FACT: The Student Success Act requires the Secretary of Education to reduce the department’s workforce by the amount of staff currently assigned to implement the programs eliminated under the bill (saving taxpayers $10 million) and includes other policies (authored by Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA)) aimed at lowering spending as the number of federal mandates is reduced.
Claim: H.R. 5 continues NCLB mandates dictating school improvement and state and local spending.
FACT: The Student Success Act repeals mandates in current law that dictate how much money school districts must spend on federally-mandated school improvement activities.
FACT: Under the Student Success Act, states – not the federal government – would create strategies to improve failing schools. There are no federal requirements dictating what state-created school turnaround strategies must look like.
FACT: The Student Success Act repeals NCLB’s prescriptive and limited menu of school improvement activities dictated by the federal government. Instead of this top-down approach, states would use federal funds to improve underperforming schools, free from any federal influence.
Claim: H.R. 5 forces every state to participate in the programs under the bill.
FACT: The Student Success Act includes a specific provision allowing states to opt-out of the policies adopted under the bill. Authored by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), the specific legislative text reads:
Any State that opts out of receiving funds, or that has not been awarded funds, under one or more programs under this Act shall not be required to carry out any of the requirements of such program or programs, and nothing in this Act shall be construed to require a State to participate in any program under this Act.
FACT: The Student Success Act is clear: Any state that does not want to comply with any requirement under any program in the bill is free to opt out.
FACT: The Student Success Act rejects the “blank check” approach advocated by some who believe federal dollars should be spent with zero taxpayer accountability. The bill strikes the right balance by rejecting calls to micromanage schools and ensuring schools are transparent with parents and community leaders about how taxpayer dollars are used.
Claim: H.R. 5 requires states to waive their sovereignty.
FACT: The Student Success Act supports the right of every state to opt out of any program under the law. No state is compelled to participate in any program under the bill.
FACT: The Student Success Act includes an “opt-in” provision that relies on the state legislature to affirm it wants to participate in the policies established under the bill. This ensures parents and local leaders have an opportunity to make their voices heard with state leaders about the direction of education policy in their home states.
FACT: The Student Success Act includes numerous provisions that prevent the Secretary of Education from meddling in state and local affairs, including matters involving standards, Common Core, assessments, and a state’s decision to opt-out of the system.
Claim: H.R. 5 tramples on parental rights.
FACT: The Student Success Act empowers parents to have greater control over the quality of education in their neighborhood schools. In no way does the bill allow the federal government to limit the rights of parents under the law.
FACT: Nothing in the Student Success Act limits or transfers parents’ rights to the government.
FACT: Empowered parents are absolutely critical if students are to receive an excellent education. That is why the Student Success Act continues support for magnet schools, expands access to quality charter schools, and allows federal funds to follow low-income children to the traditional public or public charter school of the parent’s choice.
Claim: H.R. 5 is an assault on the nation’s religious, private, and home schools.
FACT: The Student Success Act protects the autonomy of religious schools, private schools, and home schools by ensuring they are free from the Secretary of Education’s control. The bill includes long-standing policy that prohibits any control or monitoring of private schools by the federal government.
FACT: The Student Success Act includes a long-standing policy known as “equitable participation,” which provides low-income students attending religious schools, private schools, and home schools their fair share of federal services offered under the law, such as math tutoring. This does not allow the federal government to monitor or influence any aspect of non-public schools.
FACT: The Student Success Act continues long-standing policies that require equitable participation to be delivered in a non-secular manner. This only applies to the actual services provided to students as agreed to by the private and public schools providing the services. In no way does this require schools to abandon their religious beliefs.
Claim: H.R. 5 erodes student privacy.
FACT: The Student Success Act ensures every grantee under the law not only understands the importance of protecting student privacy, but is aware of their responsibilities to protect student privacy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, (FERPA).
FACT: The Student Success Act makes no changes to FERPA, which has been the controlling law on student privacy for 40 years. The law includes strict limits on the use or sharing of a student’s personally identifiable information.
FACT: House Republicans are committed to strong student privacy protections. FERPA was written before laptops, iPads, and smart boards were in America’s classrooms. Congress must update the law to ensure student privacy protections reflects the realities of modern technology.
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President Obama on Wednesday morning sent Congress draft legislation authorizing the use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), warning that if the terror group was left unchecked, it would “pose a threat beyond the Middle East, including to the United States homeland.”
In September 2014, I wrote that the United States has an obligation to lead and respond whenever innocent people are being massacred. The President has since shown indecision and dragged his feet on the formulation of a plan to wipe out this radical terror group. On September 10th, the President spoke for a mere 14 minutes in length during a primetime speech, painting in broad strokes the outlines of a strategy that was void of anything substantive.
It is the President who, utilizing the vast resources of the executive branch, must assess any threats to our national security and who must lead by developing a comprehensive, intelligent strategy to confront and defeat the enemy. I appreciate that the President has come to Congress for authorization for use of military force, but this is not a substitute for a comprehensive strategy to confront and defeat an enemy that the President has yet to define.
I want to reiterate that there is no more serious matter that comes before a Congress than the authorization for the use of military force. I am keenly aware that the American public is war weary after fighting in the Middle East for over a decade, but we must respond with military might, not with half-hearted attempts at pacifying terrorist organizations.
As Congress moves forward in addressing this serious threat, I strongly support any discussion that ensures the United States aggressively and effectively attacks this enemy while also providing the training, equipment, and strategic flexibility needed by our military. I welcome this debate and urge President Obama to not limit the means or capabilities of the United States (such as a “3 year sunset provision” and not authorizing “enduring offensive ground operations”) to defeat this enemy. Working with our friends in the region that are most affected by ISIS is necessary, but the United States must also do what it traditionally has done: Lead. The President’s current request is not sufficient.
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Washington DC – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee:
"With heavy hearts, Sidney and I extend our love and prayers to Tori and her entire family in the loss of Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee. Alan was not only a loyal and dedicated statesman, but he was my friend and encourager. His devotion to his family, his love for Mississippi, and his commitment to our Lord gave me strength and inspiration. He served his congressional district and the people of Mississippi with great care and dedication, and we will miss him greatly."
In keeping with our pledge to Grow America’s Economy Instead of Washington’s Economy, I want to take a moment to draw your attention to what the House of Representatives has accomplished in just the month of January.
We have passed 27 different pieces of legislation in 13 legislative days, including:
As noted by USA Today last week, the White House has set its own record, issuing the most veto threats ever in the first month of a new Congress (including all those above with an asterisk). The Obama Administration has spent more time drafting veto threats – often on bipartisan legislation – than on identifying common ground.
In January, the new Republican Senate also set a record of sorts. The Senate has voted on more than twice as many amendments to legislation this month than they voted on the entire prior year under former Senate Majority Leader Reid!
House and Senate Republicans are doing the hard work that our country demands. Tomorrow’s good-paying jobs will come from the freedom to innovate from the ground up, not from top-down bureaucrats looking out for special interests.
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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).
Gregg Harper is a fourth-term Republican lawmaker from Mississippi.Read More
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.
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.
Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., co-sponsored a bill to eliminate public funding of presidential campaigns.
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Congratulations to the newest members of the Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at East Central Community College.
Great conversations surrounding trade, energy, and currency policy at the Congressional Steel Caucus State of Steel hearing this morning.
The SGR legislation was overwhelmingly adopted today because it provides a permanent solution to a flawed formula, and will provide long-term
What an amazing young lady! I was so impressed by Chloe Vizier and thankful that she and her mother, Amanda Vizier, visited with me this afternoon
The Environment and the Economy Subcommittee heard from a stakeholder panel yesterday to further the discussions regarding proposed EPA regulations