Gregg Harper

Gregg Harper

MISSISSIPPI's 3rd DISTRICT

Rep. Harper Saddened by Passing of Long-Time Staffer, Hank Moseley

2015/08/19

Starkville – Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) released the following statement after learning that Henry A. "Hank" Moseley, the Congressman’s Special Assistant for Constituent Services, passed away earlier today:

"Sidney and I are incredibly saddened by news of the passing of Hank today. Hank was a dedicated, passionate public servant and a true gentleman; he cared deeply for everybody and lived to serve others.” Harper said.

Hank Moseley served as a Special Assistant for Constituent Services in the Starkville, Mississippi office and worked for both of Rep. Gregg Harper’s predecessors, Rep. G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery and Rep. Chip Pickering.

“My staff and I lost a dear friend and mentor today, and our Congressional delegation, our state and our country are all better off because of Hank's life. We will miss him dearly.”

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Library of Congress to Showcase Programs, Mississippi Recordings at First Annual Mississippi Book Festival

2015/08/12

Congressman Gregg Harper to conduct live interview of World War II veteran Earl Derrington at first-ever Mississippi Book Festival

Library of Congress to Showcase Historic Mississippi Recordings

At the first-ever Mississippi Book Festival on Saturday, August 22nd, one of the highlights of the day will be a live interview conducted by Mississippi’s own U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper, vice chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress. Harper explained, “It is such an honor for me to serve on the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress, and I am so excited that the Dr. James Billington has chosen to send a Library team from Washington, DC be a part of this inaugural event in Mississippi! I will have the great honor of conducting an interview of decorated, ex-POW and World War II veteran Earl Derrington at 11:30 am on Saturday at the Mississippi Capitol building in Jackson. Please join me as visitors are welcome to attend this event.”

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) collects, preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. In addition to being able to witness the interview by Congressman Harper, Library of Congress staff will demonstrate for festivalgoers how to participate in this most extensive oral-history project in the United States by interviewing friends, family, coworkers and others who served in the U.S. military and submitting the recordings to the Library of Congress. VHP staff will provide field kits containing all the resources needed to submit a veteran interview to the project. The public will be able to watch this interview as it is being recorded and preserved for the Library of Congress at 11:30 a.m. in Room 103.

Library of Congress personnel will also be on hand with a booth in the Mississippi Capitol Rotunda. They will be distributing information as well as displaying examples of Mississippi cultural materials from its collections. Calling all teachers! The Library’s Educational Outreach division will share strategies for using the Library’s millions of digitized historical primary sources to support reading and literacy skills, and distribute information about professional development opportunities and primary-source sets for teachers. Teachers will be able to pick up materials and free educational resources and library services for the blind and physically handicapped. The booth will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Festivalgoers stopping by the Library’s booth rotunda can also listen to rare sound recordings of Mississippi musicians dating back to the 1930s.

"The Library of Congress is a rich treasure-trove of resources and programs for all Americans, free and accessible online," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "We are bringing Library experts, program information and also some examples of Mississippi culture to share with festivalgoers as Mississippi celebrates this first of what is sure to be many great gatherings of book-lovers."

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (AFC), the world’s largest collection of ethnography materials, houses significant holdings from the Magnolia State, including field recordings, photographs and manuscripts. Festivalgoers stopping by the Library’s booth can experience rarely heard recordings, and view compelling, seldom-seen historic images documenting cultural life in Mississippi over the past two centuries. Highlights include materials dating to the 1920s by iconic Mississippi performers such as Son House, Mississippi John Hurt and McKinley "Muddy Waters" Morganfield. Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) administers the Library of Congress braille and talking-book program, providing free library service for people who cannot see to read regular print or use print materials because of a physical disability. NLS staff will provide information on how eligible Mississippians can use the program to obtain access to more than 65,000 titles of braille and talking books through their local NLS-cooperating library or through a new BARD mobile app that enables users to download talking books on their smartphones and tablets.

Congressman Harper concluded, “The public will be able to meet and hear from Mississippi authors such as John Grisham and former Governor Haley Barbour, as well as listen to historic sound recordings from our state’s music history. This will be an outstanding event, and something that folks of all ages and interests will not want to miss.”

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Reps. Harper, Castor, Black, and Lujan Grisham Introduce Legislation to Recognize Value, Role of Family Caregivers

2015/07/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) today announced the introduction of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act of 2015. This legislation would implement the bipartisan recommendation of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care that Congress require the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers, similar in scope to the national strategy developed to address Alzheimer’s disease.

This bipartisan legislation would require the development, maintenance, and updating of an integrated national strategy to recognize and support family caregivers. The bill would bring together relevant federal agencies and others from the private and public sectors, such as family caregivers, older adults and persons with disabilities, health care and Long Term Support Services (LTSS) providers, employers, relevant industries, state and local officials, and others on an advisory council to advise and make recommendations. The strategy would identify specific actions that government, communities, providers, employers, and others can take to recognize and support family caregivers.

“The importance of family caregivers can’t be overstated. In many cases, family caregivers help with activities such as eating, bathing, transportation, managing finances, and paying for services to help their loved ones,” Harper said. “This bipartisan legislation demonstrates that family caregivers are the most important source of support for many people with chronic conditions, disabilities, or functional limitations.”

“There is increasing need to come together to better understand the needs of our caregivers across America,” Castor said. “I am proud to introduce today, along with U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) the bipartisan RAISE Family Caregivers Act in the U.S. House of Representatives to create a much-needed National Family Caregiving Strategy with recommendations by experts related to support services, training, workplace policies and others to better support caregivers.”

“As a nurse for more than 40 years and a daughter of elderly parents, caregiving is something that I have dealt with both personally and professionally,” Black said. “For this reason, I know firsthand that caring for loved ones can be a difficult and stressful responsibility, especially when caregivers lack the resources and support necessary to provide family members with the care they deserve. I am proud to be a sponsor of legislation that will better prepare caregivers to fulfill the important role they play in our communities and enable our loved ones to continue living meaningful, productive lives.”

“This legislation will bring together a wide array of stakeholders, allowing Congress to create new and meaningful solutions to our nation’s caregiving crisis,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. “American families deserve a comprehensive plan to address the issues faced by caregivers, their families and those receiving care.”

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act of 2015 outlines that there will be 18 months for the development of an initial strategy, followed by annual updates of the strategy. The bill would improve the collection and sharing of information, including related to evidence-based or promising practices and innovative models regarding family caregiving; better coordinate, maximize the effectiveness, and avoid unnecessary duplication of federal government activities to recognize and support family caregivers; assess federal programs around family caregiving; and address disparities and meet the needs of the diverse caregiving population. Development of the national strategy will require no new funding and the Advisory Council will sunset in 15 years.

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Harper Comments on Iran Deal

2015/07/14

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following statement after the Obama administration announced a final agreement on nuclear negotiations with Iran:

“After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress, I said that America and Israel should have a shared goal to do whatever is necessary to prevent the threats we face from Iran and radical Islam. Instead of making the world less dangerous, this ‘deal’ emboldens Iran – the world’s largest sponsor of terror – by helping stabilize and legitimize its regime as it spreads even more violence and instability in the region. I believe that instead of stopping the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, this deal is likely to fuel a nuclear arms race around the world.

The House of Representatives will review every detail of this agreement very closely, but I won’t support any agreement that jeopardizes the safety of the American people and all who value freedom and security.”

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Independence Day

2015/07/04

Dear Friend,

Each year on the Fourth of July, Americans across the country come together with friends and family to honor the anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. Before the cook-outs start and the fireworks flare, we reflect on the great sacrifices of our nation's founders, our incredible freedoms, and so many other reasons that make Independence Day a unique day of celebration and gratitude.

Today, we also remember that freedom isn’t just a privilege, but an obligation that must be cherished and protected. We should never forget to thank the brave men and women in our Armed Forces who are often away from their families, and who risk – and too frequently make – the ultimate sacrifice, so that we may live free.

As we celebrate, let us take time to be thankful for our families and to love our neighbors. As it is written in Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord...." May God bless you and your family, and may He continue to bless the United States of America.

God Bless,

Gregg Harper 

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Harper Disappointed With Obamacare Ruling

2015/06/25

U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling, which in effect establishes the federal exchange subsidies under Obamacare as constitutional:

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States is simply disappointing. This ill-conceived and poorly written law has been patched together by an Administration more concerned with saving face than providing quality health care for all Americans. I will continue to work to repeal and replace this arduous and expensive law and to forge a conservative alternative that ensures patients and doctors are the real decision makers.”

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UPS CEO Applauds Rep. Gregg Harper for Support of Trade Promotion Authority

2015/06/22

UPS CEO Applauds Rep. Gregg Harper for Support of Trade Promotion Authority

Urges Congress to Continue to Work Together for Final Passage

Washington, D.C. – June 22, 2015—UPS, a global logistics provider and leading advocate for global trade, commends U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (MS-3), and the bipartisan group of House Members who voted to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), as part of the "The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015." UPS strongly encourages Congress to continue to work together for final passage of this critical legislation.

“By supporting Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Rep. Harper has shown his commitment to bolstering the Mississippi economy and businesses, large and small,” said David Abney, UPS CEO. “Expanding trade is vital to the U.S. economy and to UPS, opening new markets for our customers and creating more opportunity for American businesses and job seekers.”

TPA is critical to ensuring that Congress has an opportunity to help shape trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership, and Trade in Services Agreement, during their negotiation and that an up or down vote is taken once they are completed. TPA is a vital step toward enabling our country to determine the rules of trade going forward with other countries, ensuring fair competition and breaking down barriers to growth.

Each day, UPS alone handles six percent of U.S. GDP and two percent of global GDP. Global trade, therefore, is important to the future of UPS and our more than 350,000 employees in the United States and 2,807 employees in Mississippi. The trade agreements that TPA will help facilitate are essential for the growth of UPS and our customers

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Dr. James Billington's retirement: We are losing a national treasure.

2015/06/10

Washington D.C. - U.S. Representative Gregg Harper released the following statement after news that the 13th Librarian of Congress, announced his retirement effective January 1, 2016:

“Our country learned today that we will lose a national treasure in the retirement of Dr. James Billington as the Librarian of Congress. I have had the great privilege of knowing Dr. Billington for the past six and half years, but our country has known him as the dedicated and passionate leader for this institution for almost thirty years. Under his able leadership, the Library of Congress has continued to procure and protect its more than 160 million items and vast amounts of digitized information. Dr. Billington has worked tirelessly during his historic tenure to make the Library and these vast collections more accessible to people both here at home and from around the globe.

The list of his contributions is endless, but I am especially thankful for his work to expand the reach of the Library not only outside the beltway, but in particular for making primary source materials available for K-12 educators, and for continuing to grow the Library’s astounding collection through preservation.

I thank Dr. Billington for his personal friendship, and I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to him for his service to our country and for his immeasurable contributions to the Library of Congress and to the United States. His legacy will be one of excellence.”

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Rep. Harper Welcomes Rep. Trent Kelly

2015/06/09

Washington DC - U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper released the following statement congratulating Rep. Trent Kelly after taking the Oath of Office this evening:

“It is such an honor for me to welcome Congressman Trent Kelly as the newest Member of the U. S. House of Representatives.” Harper said. “Rep. Kelly’s many years serving the people of Mississippi and serving his country have prepared him for the important task that is before him and the issues facing America. He has gained valuable insight through his success as a City Prosecutor, a District Attorney, and through his able leadership as an officer in the Mississippi Army National Guard. I am so excited to welcome Trent to the Mississippi Congressional delegation, and I look forward to working with him as he serves the First Congressional District and the people of the great state of Mississippi.”

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Balancing Security and Civil Liberties

2015/06/05

Dear Friend,

On October 24, 2001, in response to the 9/11 attacks in which nearly 3,000 Americans were murdered, the United States House of Representatives passed the Patriot Act by a vote of 357 – 66. The United States Senate passed the Patriot Act the following day by a vote of 98 – 1. The Patriot Act was signed into law on October 26, 2001.

The purpose of the Patriot Act was to keep suspected terrorists under surveillance in an attempt to prevent another attack on our country like we suffered on September 11, 2001. I firmly believe that the Patriot Act has been an invaluable tool in keeping our country safe.

As a former prosecutor, I understand the importance of ensuring investigators have the tools they need to prevent terrorist attacks and bring to justice those who want to do our nation harm. But as a result of a recent Federal Court ruling against the National Security Agency (NSA), it has became clear we needed stronger protections to safeguard personal privacy from overreach and secrecy.

On May 13th, 2015, I voted in favor of the USA Freedom Act that passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives by a vote of 338-88. This bill, which passed the Senate on Tuesday and was signed into law only a few hours later by the President, prohibits the indiscriminate bulk collection of data records under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. Among other provisions, the bill establishes a new call-data program that would require records to remain with the phone companies, while permitting government access through specific warrants under close supervision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The USA Freedom Act included a wide spectrum of supporters, from civil libertarians to national security hawks and struck the delicate balance between preserving privacy rights and protecting our country from terrorist threats.

Like you, I believe that we as Americans have a constitutional right to privacy. I do not support any attempt by the government to unlawfully gather information on its citizens. While no piece of legislation is perfect, the USA Freedom Act was critical to ending the unacceptable status quo and to better protection of Americans’ civil liberties.

God Bless,

Gregg Harper

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307 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5031
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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

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

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