Gregg Harper

Gregg Harper

MISSISSIPPI's 3rd DISTRICT

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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Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.

2014/12/03

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.

Dear Friend,

The first Thanksgiving Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln in 1863 at the height of the Civil War. One may have not necessarily expected that to be a time of gratitude, for the conclusion of the war was still over a year away. Yet, Lincoln believed that it was exactly the time to establish an official national holiday across the country to remember God’s blessings and to give thanks for them. He wrote, “It has seemed to me fit and proper that they (the gracious gifts of the Most High God) should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.”  

I am often reminded of our blessings through the doxology and hymn, “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.” I join you in giving thanks for the incredible blessing of being an American. And yet we have so much more to be thankful for. May God bless your family and our great nation during this holiday season, and may God especially bless our men and women celebrating Thanksgiving while serving America far away from their families and in harm’s way. For them and their sacrifices, we are especially grateful.

Sidney and I cannot thank you enough for the honor of serving each of you in Congress.

God Bless, Gregg Harper Member of Congress

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An Abuse of Power

2014/11/24

Dear Friend,

A significant majority of Americans oppose President Obama's stubborn, "my way or the highway" approach, and yesterday the president simply did not listen to the American people. He did exactly what the American people said on Election Day they didn't want.

Our country has a broken immigration system that needs a real solution, not a quick fix. The president's unilateral action on immigration is not an effective, long term solution to our broken system, and it will set back the American peoples' goal to move forward with effective an accountable solutions.

Hardworking taxpayers deserve a president that respects the Constitution and consults with the American people to get things done -- not one who acts alone when he deems fit.

This begs the question. The President says he has to act because the Congress will not. So why did the President have to act unilaterally if the Democrats had control of both the House and Senate for the first two years of his administration? And why did President Obama wait to grant amnesty after this midterm election? The common denominator to both questions is that President Obama knew the American people opposed it, and he did not want his fellow Democrats to be held accountable at the polls. And does anybody really believe the president's claim that border is more secure and more illegal immigrants are being deported? Me either!

Make no mistake: Republicans will utilize the many tools afforded to us in the Constitution to bring an end to the President's unilateral executive action on immigration. The voices of Mississippians are clear: "Work together to deliver commonsense solutions." That's what my Republican colleagues and I are committed to do. It is time for the President to stop acting alone, listen to the people, and join us in solving this problem.

God Bless, Gregg Harper Member of Congress

 

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An Executive Mistake on Immigration

2014/11/19

Dear Friend,                                              Recently, President Obama has made headlines by threatening to take action on immigration reform – without input from Congress. Though details of any plan the president might be considering are murky, one thing is clear: any changes made to U.S. immigration policy should NOT circumvent the U.S. Congress.

On November 4, 2014, the voters spoke loudly, put the president and his policies on notice and stripped democrats of their control of the U.S. Senate. Yet the president continues his threat to legislate by executive order. If President Obama were truly concerned about fixing our broken immigration system, he wouldn’t be threatening to go around the U.S. Congress. If he truly wanted to make common sense changes to address this threat to national security, he would work with Congress. And if the president were interested in listening to the American people, he would first secure our borders and enforce our existing immigration laws.

The president has failed to earn the trust of the American people on this issue. Threatening an executive order with misguided policies is a mistake.

I will continue to monitor this situation closely, and I will continue to advocate for secure borders and common-sense immigration policy. I’m listening, so why isn’t the president?  

God Bless, Gregg Harper Member of Congress

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Rep. Harper to Serve as Vice-Chairman of Environment and the Economy Subcommittee

2014/11/19

WASHINGTON – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), today named Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), Vice Chair of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee. The subcommittee is led by Chairman John Shimkus (R-Ill.).

“Congressman Harper will play a key role as Vice Chairman of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee,” Upton said. “During his tenure on the Energy and Commerce Committee, he’s been a leader in promoting job growth, reducing burdensome regulations, and investigating wasteful government programs that hinder America’s small businesses and industry. I am confident Congressman Harper will continue to further our record of success in the 114th Congress and I welcome him into his new leadership role.”

The subcommittee, with its oversight of key environmental laws and programs, focuses on the intersection of regulations and jobs. As a longtime advocate for American-made energy, Harper believes that Congress must advance ideas that safely promote and build a steady supply of American energy.

“I am honored to be named Vice Chairman of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee and I look forward to working closely with Chairman Shimkus,” Harper said. “At a time when our economy is still struggling to recover and accelerated job creation is needed, I look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee to promote common sense policies that will spur economic growth and innovations, achieve meaningful regulatory reform, and protect consumers and the environment.”

 

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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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Honor, Duty, Country

2014/11/13

Dear Friend,   Since the Armistice that ended World War I on November 11, 1918, Veterans Day has stood as an opportunity for the United States, as both a nation and its citizens, to pause and honor American veterans of all wars.

Our troops have always served our country with dedication. They fought in major conflicts, including World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and the Iraq and Afghan Wars. They fought in smaller actions around the world, such as Somalia, Bosnia, and Grenada.

General Douglas MacArthur said it eloquently, “…the soldier above all other people prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”  

Our obligation to these brave men and women and their families does not end once a war ends. It continues long past the final shot, and I am committed to fight for the rights and benefits of our current and future veterans.

In August, H.R. 3230 - The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 was signed into law. This law increases veterans’ access to private health care providers, increases recruitment of new physicians into the VA system, and grants the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs more flexibility to terminate employees. Congress has given Secretary McDonald the funds and the tools to take better care of our veterans. I believe that more should be done to assist those who have sacrificed so much to protect our individual freedoms and we will continue to work toward that goal in the 114th Congress.

If you are a veteran and need assistance navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs, please contact us at my Pearl Office - (601) 932-2410 or visit our website for further information.

On this Veterans Day, I am extremely thankful for all our veterans and their families. It is their continued commitment to Duty, Honor, and Country, which make this the greatest nation in the world.  

God Bless, Gregg Harper Member of Congress

 

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Rep. Harper Statement on the Release of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican Prison

2014/11/03

Washington D.C. - Today, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following statement upon being notified that U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi had arrived back in the United States after his release from a Mexican prison.                                                                                     

“After 214 days, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is finally back on American soil. I am glad that he is back with his family and can now put this horrific experience behind him. I had originally expected that the Administration would use all means necessary to get Sgt. Tahmooressi released from imprisonment in Mexico. As this terrible period in his and his family’s lives finally comes to a close, I believe the Administration could have done much more to secure his release. This clearly was not a top priority for them. Welcome home Sgt. Tahmooressi.”

                                                                                 ###                                                                    Gregg Harper is a third-term Republican lawmaker from Mississippi.

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Rep. Harper Honored with Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence

2014/10/10

 Rep. Harper Honored with Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence

Nation’s Largest Industrial Trade Association Says Rep. Harper Champion of Manufacturing

Washington, D.C., October 9, 2014 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has awarded Rep. Gregg Harper (R- Miss.) the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The award is based on his votes in the 113th Congress on issues that are critical to manufacturing in the United States.  

“Manufacturers in Mississippi and throughout the United States are making a comeback, creating jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “However, manufacturers are often disproportionately impacted by decisions made by policymakers in Washington. The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Rep. Harper who understand what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness.”

 Key Votes included in the Voting Record are selected by small, medium and large manufacturing executives who serve on the NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee. Additional information on the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence can be found here.

 

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.08 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for two-thirds of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

 

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Contact Information

307 Cannon HOB
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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