Gregg Harper

Gregg Harper

MISSISSIPPI's 3rd DISTRICT

Harper Awards 2014 Art Competition Winners

2014/04/17

PEARL, Miss. – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) today awarded Germantown High School junior, Avery Roberson, as the overall winner of Mississippi’s Third Congressional District 2014 Congressional Art Competition. Roberson’s entry entitled, “Date Night,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year beginning in June.

Harper announced the overall and divisional winners during a reception for participants, teachers, and family members held at the Pearl Public Library.

“Mississippians are surrounded by inspiration for cultural expression. From the mighty Mississippi River to the farmland spread across the Magnolia State, and innovative industries along the way, our state is an artistic crossroads,” Harper said.

As the overall winner, Roberson is eligible for a $1,500 per year scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. She will receive two roundtrip tickets to Washington, DC, compliments of Southwest Airlines.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of high school students.

This year’s competition was judged by a three-member panel comprised of local accomplished artists. A complete list of divisional winners by place can be found below.

Avery Roberson

Germantown High School

Drawing

Overall Winner

Noel Teaster

Starkville High School

Computer Generated Art

First Place

Carys Snyder

Starkville High School

Computer Generated Art

Second Place

Janiece Pigg

Starkville Academy

Computer Generated Art

Third Place

Shelby Russell

Germantown High School

Drawing

First Place

Allie Roberson

Germantown High School

Drawing

Second Place

Carys Snyder

Starkville High School

Drawing

Third Place

Taylor Thrasher

Germantown High School

Mixed Media

First Place

Alexa Stamey

Germantown High School

Mixed Media

Second Place

Rebekah Fondren

Starkville Academy

Mixed Media

Third Place

Mittie Field

Germantown High School

Painting

First Place

Mallory Fisher

Germantown High School

Painting

Second Place

Mittie Field

Germantown High School

Painting

Third Place

Breland Anderson

Starkville High School

Photography

First Place

Breland Anderson

Starkville High School

Photography

Second Place

Haydon Hester

Starkville Academy

Photography

Third Place

Ashley McDavid

Germantown High School

Print

First Place

Caitlyn Gardner

Germantown High School

Print

Second Place

Lea Fuller

Germantown High School

Print

Third Place

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

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cutting spending

2014/04/10

Good evening--

There’s no question: Spending is out of control under the Obama administration. From the failed stimulus to the ballooning cost of ObamaCare, this White House continues to spend money we just don’t have.

But House Republicans have a plan to balance the budget and grow the economy.

It’s called the Path to Prosperity. And the plan repeals ObamaCare, provides a fairer tax code, and cuts $5.1 trillion over the next decade – targeting wasteful Washington spending and reforming government programs driving the nation’s debt.

I voted for this budget today – a budget that protects our national security interests and strengthens the safety net for our neighbors in need.

But the Harry Reid-controlled Senate has already signaled that they won’t accept this plan even though they have no budget ideas of their own. What’s more is the president’s budget only received two votes in the House. That’s right, two votes.

Having a budget matters. Your family has a budget. Mississippi has a budget. It’s beyond time for tax-and-spend Washington Democrats to accept our budget and place America back on a Path to Prosperity.   God Bless, Gregg Harper Member of Congress

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We did it!

2014/04/04

Because of your help, the “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act” has been signed into law!

One year ago, I asked you to help me spread the word about this exciting idea. Washington heard your voice. Lawmakers in both chambers with varying political views recognized the value of expanded and improved medical research and set aside differences to advance this practical act.

After all, creating a lifetime of hope and opportunity for our most vulnerable kids is more important than subsidizing week-long political pep rallies.

Thank you for standing up for kids fighting life-threatening conditions. Thank you for lending your voice to kids facing developmental disorders. And thank you for helping kids like Evie Horton from Mississippi, whose strength and determination in overcoming the struggles of Spinal Muscular Atrophy continuously energizes my public service.

Inspired by Gabriella Miller’s captivating advocacy, this idea became a movement. Now this movement has become a law.

God Bless, Gregg Harper Member of Congress

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President Signs Harper's Kids First Bill

2014/04/03

WASHINGTON, DC – Following a White House bill signing ceremony, U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) – author of the “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act” – applauded the enactment of this law, which funds pediatric medical research with the money previously designated for political nominating conventions:

“Inspired by Gabriella Miller’s captivating advocacy, this law gives hope to our country’s most vulnerable kids. Kids fighting life-threatening conditions. Kids facing developmental disorders. And kids like Evie Horton from my home state, whose strength and determination in overcoming the struggles of Spinal Muscular Atrophy continuously energizes my public service. I am thrilled that lawmakers in both chambers with varying political views recognized the value of expanded and improved medical research and set aside differences to advance this practical act.”

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

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Harper To Attend Bill Signing

2014/04/02

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) will attend a White House bill signing ceremony for the “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act,” legislation that the third-term Republican lawmaker authored to fund pediatric medical research with the money currently designated for political nominating conventions. The event is set to take place in the Oval Office Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

“This bill appropriately places kids first by prioritizing research for our country’s most vulnerable children,” said Harper. “I appreciate the collaboration between advocates and lawmakers in advancing this practical idea.”

WHO:    U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.)

WHAT:    “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act” Bill Signing Ceremony

WHEN:    Thursday, April 3, 2014    4:00 p.m. Eastern

WHERE:    The White House    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW    Washington, District of Columbia 20500

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

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Students Invited To Annual Academy Day

2014/03/28

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) will host his sixth annual Military Academy Day on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Pearl High School.

This free seminar is for students and parents to learn more about America’s military academies, requirements for admission, and the congressional appointment process. High school students preparing for college in the approaching years who are considering enrolling in a service academy should attend. Junior high students are welcome to participate.

“Mississippi has a rich history of appointing student leaders to our nation’s military academies,” Harper said. “I invite all interested students to attend this helpful event to learn more about how they can serve our country and receive a world-class college education.”

Harper will be joined by area midshipmen, cadets, alumni, and representatives from the five service academies, all of whom will be available to help answer questions.

Members of Congress may nominate a limited number of students each year to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

Pearl High School is located at 500 Pirates Cove, Pearl, Mississippi 39208. This free event is from 9:00 a.m. to noon and includes informational programs as well as breakout sessions. Registration is not required.

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

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Senate Sends Harper's Pediatric Research Bill To President's Desk

2014/03/11

WASHINGTON, DC – A bill authored by U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) that funds pediatric medical research with the money currently designated for political nominating conventions is heading to the president’s desk.

“As the father of a special needs child, I understand fully the challenges facing families raising kids with medical difficulties,” said Harper, whose 24-year-old son lives with Fragile X Syndrome. “This bill appropriately places kids first by prioritizing research for our country’s most vulnerable children.”

Coauthored by U.S. Reps. Peter Welch (D–Vt.) and Tom Cole (R–Okla.), the bipartisan “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act” reallocates $126 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for children’s research from an account set aside for taxpayer funding of party conventions. The bill passed the Senate today by unanimous consent, moving the bill to the White House. House lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the legislation in December by a bipartisan vote of 295-103.

The bill is named after a courageous young girl from Virginia who lost her battle to brain cancer when she was 10. Gabriella became a leader of this movement with moving videos and inspiring speeches, in which she vowed, “If I go – if I lose my battle – I’m going to want all the people to carry on with the war, and we're going to win this war.”

“Sending this bill to the president is a fitting tribute to Gabriella’s legacy,” Harper continued. “I urge the president to sign the bill without hesitation.”

The “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act,” championed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R–Va.), has the support of over 100 patient advocacy groups, including the National Fragile X Foundation and Autism Speaks. U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D–Va.), Mark Warner (D–Va.), and Orrin Hatch (R–Utah), along with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.), promoted the bill in the Senate.

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

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flood insurance

2014/03/04

Good evening--

The House passed a bill earlier this evening to address steep hikes in flood insurance rates facing many Mississippi homeowners and businesses.

Superstorm Sandy and last year’s flooding out west were brutal reminders of what Hurricane Katrina did to Mississippi in 2005. These tragedies demonstrate the need for a strong flood insurance program to help innocent victims of natural disasters across the country.

Since the last reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, an unintended consequence has arisen where many homeowners and businesses nationwide will see astronomical increases in their premiums. Some could see their costs rise to such unaffordable rates that it would jeopardize their ability to get or maintain a mortgage.

This is not what Congress had in mind when we reauthorized the program.

Today’s bill made a number of reforms to strengthen the future financial solvency and administrative efficiency of the National Flood Insurance Program, while providing more transition time and protection for current homeowners. From refunding excess premiums to completing an affordability study, this bill helps Mississippians.

Our end goal is to make sure that folks impacted by natural disasters are paid on time. We also want to see the program stand on its own, saving taxpayers money. We are not there yet. But this bill, championed by my good friend Steven Palazzo, puts us on that path.

I am committed to ensuring that an affordable safety net is in place when Mississippians are affected by natural disasters.   God Bless, Gregg Harper Member of Congress

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Joint Commentary in Roll Call: Telemedicine -- A Modern-Day Cure For An Age-Old Problem

2014/02/25

Rural America and underserved communities struggle with inadequate access to health care. This is primarily due to provider shortages and a lack of resources in communities needing primary care and prevention education. Metropolitan areas face similar challenges in providing timely and adequate access to specialty and sub-specialty services — such as care for cancer patients and victims of acute strokes — due to urban isolation and cultural barriers.

That is why we have authored a bipartisan bill, the Telehealth Enhancement Act (HR 3306), to help connect these patients with health providers through telemedicine networks.

What is telemedicine? It is the use of technology-based communications to assist in the delivery of medical care. From emergency rooms in Mississippi to intensive-care units in California and rural health facilities in Vermont, telemedicine is already improving health care access and delivery, leading to timely diagnoses and better outcomes.

Technological advances have created new opportunities for enormous advances in health care delivery. However, this progress is stymied by an outdated statutory regime that restricts the use of telemedicine under Medicare. The unfortunate reality is that state Medicaid programs make better use of telemedicine than does Medicare, the nation’s largest health care payer. But the leadership shown by states on this issue has created a pathway to expand telemedicine on the national level.

After seeing telemedicine succeed in our home states and others, we engaged in a monthslong conversation with patients, providers and other industry stakeholders to determine whether Congress could strengthen Medicare and enhance Medicaid using this technology. The response was overwhelmingly clear: Until we can attract more physicians to underserved communities and tighten the access gap, the best and most cost-efficient alternative is to improve telehealth networks.

As Congress evaluates the use of alternative payment models and service delivery methods for Medicare, the time is ripe to grant providers flexibility to improve telemedicine. This is the time to explore how to use telehealth and other technologies to improve patient access and health outcomes. This is the time to find ways to efficiently meet the growing demands of our aging population. This is the time to find creative and innovative ways to bend the health care cost curve and save Medicare and Medicaid money. The Telehealth Enhancement Act does just that.

Our bill would expand telemedicine services into rural and underserved households for use in home dialysis, hospice and among homebound patients. It would also expand coverage of telehealth services offered in some metropolitan areas, such as for critical access and sole community hospitals. To improve the economic and clinical outcomes, our bill allows remote patient monitoring for some acute, chronic and other medical conditions — like a stroke — for all Medicare beneficiaries.

Additionally, our bill would give states the opportunity to enhance and expand Medicaid coverage to include telemedicine services for women with high-risk pregnancies and premature births. This model builds on the work of the Institute of Medicine and the operational experiences of the Arkansas ANGELS program.

The Telehealth Enhancement Act was also crafted with our current budget outlook in mind. As the cost and volume of health care increases with the growth of the Medicare population, we must find ways to ensure the long-term viability of the program. In fact, we believe that when the Congressional Budget Office officially scores our legislation, it will determine that our bill saves money for both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. We achieve these savings by building on existing payment innovations, providing incentives for fewer hospital readmissions, encouraging the use of accountable care organizations and enhancing acute hospital-service bundles.

Even though the changes proposed in the Telehealth Enhancement Act are small, they will have an enormous impact on health care prices and patient access, especially in rural and underserved communities. This is our attempt to devise a modern-day solution to an age-old problem.

Reps. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee; Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Devin Nunes, R-Calif., serve on the Ways and Means Committee.

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connected care

2014/02/18

Good afternoon--

Last week, former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle launched the Alliance for Connected Care – a coalition to promote telehealth policies like my bill, the “Telehealth Enhancement Act.”

Over the last couple of years, I have had the privilege of being a part of this exciting conversation on telemedicine. My involvement began with a discussion with the University of Mississippi Medical Center about physician shortages and health care access problems.

After seeing telehealth succeed in my home state and others, I engaged in a months-long conversation with patients, providers, and other industry stakeholders to determine whether Congress could strengthen Medicare and enhance Medicaid using this technology. The response was overwhelmingly clear: Until we can attract more physicians to underserved communities and tighten the access gap, the best and most cost-efficient alternative is to improve telehealth networks.

But do not take my word alone. Senator Lott put it best when he said, “Imagine an elderly woman with diabetes who can consult a doctor about managing her disease without having to leave her home. Or a working parent who can video chat with his child’s pediatrician. Or a patient in need of mental health services, but too afraid to go to an office, now able to access care through a laptop. Or a doctor who can monitor a patient already discharged from the hospital.”

He is right. Technological advances have created new opportunities for enormous advances in health care delivery. However, this progress is stymied by an outdated statutory regime that restricts the use of telemedicine under Medicare.

The time is right to grant providers flexibility to improve telehealth.

God Bless, Gregg Harper Member of Congress

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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.

Serving With

Alan Nunnelee

MISSISSIPPI's 1st DISTRICT

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

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