Gregg Harper

Gregg Harper

MISSISSIPPI's 3rd DISTRICT

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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House passes FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill

2014/12/12

Dear Friend,

This evening, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This spending bill contains a number of important measures that fulfill the people’s priorities, including protecting jobs, stopping wasteful spending, reining in government overreach, and funding our national security.

This bill also sets up a showdown with President Obama in just a few weeks on immigration and his illegal amnesty action. In January, with the help of a Republican-led Senate, Congress will have the ability to move legislation through the legislative process and work to place a check on the President's power. While this bill is not perfect, it does move us in the right direction on conservative principles.    

Highlights:

  • Fully funds our troops’ pay raise that was authorized in the NDAA
  • Includes $94 billion for new equipment and upgrades of attack submarines, EA-18G Growlers, KC-46 Tankers, F-35 JSF, and 3 Littoral Combat Ships
  • $5.4 billion to Fight Ebola in the US and abroad (below the president’s request)
  • Provides $64 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for our troops, to combat ISIL, Train and Equip Iraqi allies, and support for Ukraine
  • Prohibits the transfer or release of Guantanamo detainees into the US
  • No new funding for ObamaCare
  • Prohibits funds for ObamaCare Risk Corridors
  • Requires HHS and Treasury to report to Congress on improper payments of ObamaCare tax subsidies
  • Cuts the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by $10 million
  • Maintains all existing pro-life policy and funding provisions
    • Hyde, Tiahart, Helms, and Kemp-Kasten Amendments, bans public funding for abortions in the DC, within FEHBP, and federal prisoners
  • Three new pro-life provisions:
    • Obamacare transparency - requires ObamaCare healthcare plans to tell customers if they provide abortion services
    • Conscience protection - requires HHS Office of Civil Rights to address complaints of violations
    • Provides $12 million in unused abstinence education funds
  • Cuts EPA $60 million (fifth consecutive year of cuts, totaling a 21% reduction since FY10, and a decrease in 2,000 positions – 1989 levels)
  • Prohibits regulation of farm ponds and irrigation ditches
  • Prohibits listing the sage grouse on the Endangered Species List
  • Protects Second Amendment rights and prohibits EPA to regulations of lead content in ammunition or fishing tackle
  • Amends Dodd-Frank swaps pushout requirements to protect farmers and other commodity producers
  • Cuts IRS funding $345.6 million ($1.5 billion below the president’s request and below FY08 levels)
  • Prohibits IRS targeting organizations based on their ideological beliefs or for exercising their First Amendment rights
  • Prohibits the White House ordering review of tax-exempt status
  • Prohibits IRS funds for inappropriate videos and conferences
  • Prohibits local and federal funds to implement legalization of recreational marijuana use in DC
  • Prohibits requiring businesses to disclose political contributions 
  • Fully funds the US-Israel Memorandum of Understanding at $3.1 billion
  • Prohibits funds for the Palestinian Authority if it unilaterally seeks membership at the UN and does not counter incitement of violence
  • Requires the Administration to keep Congress informed on Iran nuclear negotiations 
  • No funds for the IMF
  • Prohibits funds for Green Climate Fund
  • Provides flexibility for the Administration’s school lunch regulations 
  • Fully funds PILT at $442 million (including funds authorized in FY14 NDAA)
  • Prevents new fees on onshore oil and gas producers
  • Stops NLRB’s regulations related to e-Card Check
  • No funds for high-speed rail
  • Cuts AMTRAK by $90 million
  • Protects small business from over regulation related to commercial trucking, weight limits, driver hours, and hazmat permitting

 

God Bless, Gregg Harper Member of Congress

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Congress Must Pass the ABLE Act

2014/12/11

Congress Must Pass the ABLE Act

With the lame-duck session set to wrap-up this week, the clock is ticking for Congress to rise above Washington gridlock and give millions of Americans with disabilities a chance for a better financial future.

Members in the House already did their job last week, voting to pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience or ABLE Act with wide, bipartisan support. For dedicated advocates, the passage was an encouraging achievement for their tireless effort over the past eight years to correct decades-long inequality and burden on people with disabilities and their families. It is now time for the Senate to also vote to pass this common-sense legislation.

The ABLE Act would allow individuals with disabilities to save towards their future without giving up access to much-needed government support. The average cost for families raising a child with a significant disability is staggering. Families face often-debilitating costs for transportation, assistive technology, continuing education, medical care and housing. Many people with disabilities fear that earning or saving too much money could cause them to lose access to supports that they need to live independently in the community. Currently, people with disabilities cannot save more than $2,000 in assets before jeopardizing their Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income benefits. People with disabilities often cannot save for emergencies and unanticipated challenges.

While many American families plan for the future by opening tax-advantaged 529 savings accounts to set aside funds for future college costs, families with children with disabilities lose federal benefits if they opt to make the same choice. The act would establish tax-free so-called ABLE accounts — a flexible savings tool similar to what other Americans have through college savings accounts, health savings accounts, and individual retirement accounts. People with disabilities would be able to save up to $14,000 annually at any financial institution. Families would also be able to use the account to cover medical expenses not covered by private insurance or Medicaid.

Studies show Americans with disabilities face significant barriers to joining and remaining in the middle class. The ABLE Act will go a long way in removing barriers and fostering the kind of independence and self-determination that should be afforded to all. The ABLE Act is not an entitlement or government handout that entangles and creates roadblocks for legislators; rather, the bill allows individuals with disabilities a slice of the American dream. Moreover, the ABLE Act will not cost taxpayers.

The ABLE Act is finally something Congress can and should rally around. The legislation has the distinction of being the most popular bill in Congress with about 85 percent of Congressional members cosponsoring the bill. Rightly so, the ABLE Act has been embraced by the disability community, which has built a far-reaching coalition around the legislation.

The legislation is an important and long overdue milestone for individuals with disabilities and their loved ones. Passing the ABLE Act would show to the American people that Congress can in fact work together. Passing the ABLE Act means those living with disabilities have a fighting chance free of dependency and filled with opportunities.

Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., has represented Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District since 2009. He sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Committee on House Administration.

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House Passes ABLE Act

2014/12/03

WASHINGTON - Following a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) this evening. Congressman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) released the following statement after voting in favor of the bill:  

“This action is eight years in the making and reflects the tireless work of individuals with disabilities, their families and advocates,” said Harper. “This legislation advances our common goal of providing individuals with often life-long disabilities a better way to save and plan for the future.” 

The legislation would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code to allow use of tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The bill, first introduced in 2006, would ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, medical, and transportation. The bill would supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources.

“Today’s vote is a critical step forward for this bipartisan, common-sense legislation that will help families of children with disabilities save for their long-term care. I am confident that today’s action by the House of Representatives will provide the necessary momentum for the ABLE Act to clear the Senate and to be signed into law within the next few days.”                            

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A third-term Republican lawmaker from Mississippi, Gregg Harper was recently re-elected to a fourth term.

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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.

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Alan Nunnelee

MISSISSIPPI's 1st DISTRICT

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

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