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
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?
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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.”
A third-term Republican lawmaker from Mississippi, Gregg Harper was recently re-elected to a fourth term.Read More
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
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.”
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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.
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.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) has co-signed a letter to President Obama about the U.S. response to protect Americans from Ebola. This bipartisan letter authored by Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), urges President Obama to take immediate and decisive action to protect and prevent American citizens from further exposure to the deadly Ebola virus disease. “With West Africa currently facing an Ebola epidemic, my belief is that this administration must take aggressive action to combat and prevent the spread of this disease in the United States,” said Harper.
The letter urges the President to direct the CDC, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, to order our customs and border agents to begin more active screening of travelers to and from affected countries in West Africa; consider a possible quarantine for any individual who has traveled to or from affected countries within the dormancy period, aside from responsible health and military personnel sent there to fight the disease; and to seek that the State Department impose a travel ban and restrict travel visas issued to citizens of the West African countries experiencing this epidemic, until such countries have defeated the epidemic.
“It is of the utmost importance that this Administration takes these commonsense steps to protect U.S. citizens from this Ebola epidemic.”
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, recently called ISIS, “an organization that has an apocalyptic end-of-days strategic vision.” Earlier this summer, ISIS made territorial gains militarily in Iraq and Syria and announced the establishment of a caliphate in areas under its control. They have pursued, attacked, and killed members of Christian minority groups in northern Iraq and have attempted to invade Kurdish controlled regions in Iraq. And last but certainly not least, ISIS has beheaded two American journalists, and is said to be planning more beheadings.
In August, the United States military began bombing ISIS held sites to stem their advancements. Without these surgical strikes, I have no doubt that Iraqi minority groups, including Christians, would have been slaughtered on the Sinjar Mountains and in the surrounding territories. The U.S. bombing campaign has assisted Iraqi security forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga in retaking territory. Working with these groups on the ground has made the U.S. bombing campaign very effective, while also reduced the need for a large presence of U.S. combat troops on the ground.
The United States has an obligation to lead and respond whenever the innocent are being massacred. We must quickly formulate a plan to wipe this radical terror group off the face of the earth before they have the capabilities to hit us here at home. There must also be a coalition of the willing that includes Arab nations. The United States cannot and should not have to go it alone in this fight.
I know the American public is war weary after fighting in the Middle East for over a decade, but we must respond to injustice with military might. I look forward to continued debate on the U.S. response in the coming weeks and hope that we will soon see a comprehensive plan from the Commander-in-Chief that cuts ISIS to the core.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss) today released the following statement on news of the passing of the beloved former sports broadcaster of six decades of Mississippi State University athletics and who was known throughout the South as "the Voice of the Bulldogs," Jacob Sanford “Jack” Cristil:
“For 58 years, Cristil had been at the microphone broadcasting across the radio airwaves for Mississippi State football and basketball games. As an Honorary Bulldog I know that I speak on behalf of all the Bulldog Family at Mississippi State University in expressing our sincere gratitude for Cristil’s leadership, his dedication, and steadfast confidence at MSU.”
Cristil was known for his commitment to journalistic professionalism in his broadcasts as well as his unique trademark expressions such as, "You can wrap this game in maroon and white!''
“Jack Cristil will remain an icon for all who love the Maroon and White. To say thank you to Jack Cristil seems woefully inadequate, but I do take comfort in knowing that his legacy will live on through those of us he influenced. May Jack Cristil always be remembered for the excellence he inspired in all of us.”Read More
2,145 days. That’s more than 5 ½ years. Over half a decade - that’s how long President Obama has been reviewing the Keystone XL pipeline application. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America drafted and ratified the Constitution in less than a year.
The U.S. is currently experiencing an energy renaissance. The economies of towns and states across the nation are benefitting from increased production of our natural resources. Private companies, small and large, are investing in big ways around the country. They are capitalizing on fine-tuned technologies that are turning previously unreachable energy reserves into fuel for our cars, homes and manufacturing facilities. We’re on a path to energy independence from Middle Eastern countries, but we need the president’s support.
The Keystone XL pipeline could play an important role in reducing our need for overseas energy sources if the president would just approve the application. Keystone XL would bring nearly one million barrels of oil per day from Canada to U.S. refineries. In addition to being a new source of energy from our largest trading partner, the pipeline would create thousands of jobs during construction. Keystone XL makes sense for so many reasons. Remember January of 2009 when the price for a gallon of gas was $1.84? Approval will help the price at the pump!
The U.S. House of Representatives has acted numerous times over the last 3 ½ years to push this project forward - unfortunately, those efforts have been halted by the Administration and Senate. I’ll continue to support the approval of this project even though others are standing idly by.
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ICYMI: My response to President Barack Obama's Thursday night address regarding his executive action on immigration. http://1.usa.gov/1tpPfSW
I am honored to be named Vice Chairman of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee. At a time when our economy is still struggling to recover
Recently, President Obama has made headlines by threatening to take action on immigration reform – without input from Congress. Though details
Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all those who have answered the call to serve in our nation's armed forces and to all Americans who believe