MISS. LEADERS WELCOME L-3 EXPANSION IN MADISON COUNTY
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Mississippi congressional delegation and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant today welcomed news that the communication and electronic systems corporation L-3 will expand its presence in Mississippi by establishing its L-3 Logistics Solutions headquarters in Madison.
U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Governor Bryant have been working to demonstrate Mississippi’s strong support for the firm. With today’s announcement, L-3 is expected to soon add a significant number of new skilled jobs to its Madison office and grow operations in the state as market conditions improve.
“The decision by L-3 to focus its Logistics Solutions business in Madison is another vote of confidence in Mississippi’s growing high-tech industry,” Cochran said. “I appreciate the company’s willingness to engage with local, state and federal officials on its future in Madison County. We want to ensure that our state’s productive partnership with L-3 only grows stronger.”
“This expansion is a great development for Madison County,” Wicker said. “L-3 is a proven leader in aerospace and communications. These are good-paying, high-tech jobs that will help strengthen Mississippi’s workforce and ensure that our military remains the best-equipped and most advanced fighting force in the world.”
"This is certainly an exciting day for Madison County as L-3 plans to expand its presence in our state,” said Harper. “L-3 could have chosen to expand at other locations, and the fact that they plan to grow in the Madison office speaks volumes of Mississippi’s business climate. This decision is a credit to the hard work of our congressional delegation, Gov. Bryant and his team, and our industry partners to foster economic development here in Mississippi. I am pleased to see that L-3 is dedicated to thriving in Mississippi.”
“I thank L-3 for choosing to expand their operations in Mississippi, locating their Logistics Solutions headquarters in Madison, and creating more career opportunities for area residents,” Bryant said. “When companies choose to expand or locate in the state they put Mississippi on the global stage and show companies around the world that we are open for business. L-3 is a valued member of our business community, and we look forward to having them in Mississippi for years to come.”
L-3 currently employs more than 280 workers in Madison and approximately 7,000 people around the world. Much of their work focuses on providing logistical and maintenance support for military equipment used in combat zones overseas. The company also supports a variety of critical military aviation programs, including platforms for the C-12 Huron, T-45 Goshawk, T-1A Jayhawk and numerous rotary-wing platforms.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Energy and Commerce Committee today unanimously passed S. 611, the Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act – companion legislation to H.R. 2853, a bill introduced by Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Vice Chairman Gregg Harper (R-Miss). The legislation helps smaller and rural communities across the country deal with the technical and financial challenges of regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Often, smaller and rural communities face significant hurdles when it comes to maintaining, replacing, and upgrading their aging drinking and wastewater infrastructure.
S. 611 would:
· Reauthorize the EPA program proving technical assistance to small public water systems.
· Authorize EPA to provide technical assistance programs to small public water systems through grants or cooperative agreements made to non-profit organizations.
"This technical assistance and compliance training ensures that federal regulations do not overwhelm the resources of small and rural communities and provides small and rural communities that lack technical resources with the necessary skills to improve and protect water resources," said Harper. "Across the U.S., 90% of community water systems serve a population of less than 10,000 individuals. Small and rural communities have the greatest difficulty providing safe, affordable public drinking water and wastewater services. S. 611 will help ensure that our constituents living in rural areas have access to clean, affordable water."
Americans are outraged with the senseless, despicable acts of violence carried out in Paris last Friday. At the same time, our citizens are concerned about the threat posed by inadequate security screening procedures for refugees seeking entry into the United States. ISIS itself has stated its intention to take advantage of the crisis to infiltrate the west. With this knowledge, we absolutely must take this threat seriously.
I have cosponsored three pieces of legislation: H.R. 3314 – the Refugee Resettlement Accountability National Security Act, which calls for the Syrian Refugee program to be suspended in its current form until reforms are implemented and Congress agrees to resume the program by joint resolution.
H.R. 3573 – the Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act, that will rein in the Administration’s refugee resettlement plans and give Congress more control over the process by requiring the Administration to get affirmative approval from Congress through the enactment of a joint resolution before any refugees may be admitted into the United States.
And H.R. 4038 – the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, which ensures that no refugees come in from Syria or Iraq until all three of our top national security chiefs – director of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence – sign their names in approval for each and every one of the proposed refugees, saying they have performed thorough background checks and they are not a threat.
Make no mistake – halting our refugee program will not bring an end to the threat of attacks by radical extremists. As Speaker Paul Ryan said today, “In the end, the ultimate solution to this crisis is a strategy to defeat ISIS.”
We must act now and formulate a plan to wipe this radical terror group from the face of the earth before they have the capabilities to hit us here at home. There must continue to be a coalition of nations willing to take the fight to Islamic terrorists, wherever they may be found. Working with our allies and the countries in the region that are most affected by ISIS is certainly in everyone’s best interest, but it’s time for America to do the right thing: LEAD.
Finally, we must stand by France. In the Chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives hangs a portrait of the French military officer Marquis de Lafayette, whose assistance was integral to the birth of our nation. If France is at war, the United States must be at war as well.
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Washington, D.C.—Representatives Gregg Harper, Mario Diaz-Balart, Gerry Connolly, and Albio Sires, the co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, made the following statement regarding the meeting between the presidents of Taiwan and China:
“Last weekend, the leaders of Taiwan and China met for the first time in more than sixty six years. As co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, the largest nation based caucus in the House of Representatives aiming to strengthen U.S.-Taiwan relations, we will continue to strive for dignity and equality for Taiwan, as well as peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region."
“It is crystal clear that due to China’s long time coercion, Taiwan remains isolated from international society, inadequately armed and threatened. The United States will continue to honor the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances and will continue to provide defensive weapons based solely upon our judgement of the needs of Taiwan. We also will continue to examine ways to help Taiwan to join international organizations and regional trade and economic mechanisms. Taiwan is a close friend, strong ally, and important security partner with the United States. We reaffirm our commitment to Taiwan in order to preserve its thriving democracy, freedom and peace.”
Washington D.C. - U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) released the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day:
“Today, we honor the brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces throughout our nation's history. With great courage and sacrifice, our servicemen and women have kept us safe and acted selflessly to protect America’s interests across the globe,” said Harper. “As we celebrate this year’s Veterans Day, let us remember all those who have fought and lost their lives in the name of freedom and democracy. The men and women of our Armed Forces deserve our deepest gratitude every single day for their continued sacrifice, and I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all our service members, our veterans, and their families have access to the care and benefits they deserve."
National Health Leaders Recognize U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper For Leadership in Healthcare Innovation
WASHINGTON – The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of leaders of the nation’s premier health care companies and organizations, has honored U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS) as a “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” at an award ceremony in Washington, DC.
The award presentation took place at the Council’s annual Healthcare Innovations Expo on Capitol Hill. The day-long event is dedicated to showcasing new developments in health care technologies, treatments and practices. This year’s event featured, among other exhibits, new technologies for blood glucose monitoring, innovative treatment options for mental illness, and telehealth systems that make physicians accessible to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“As we strive to conquer illness, elevate population health and make our healthcare system more affordable and sustainable, the answer lies in dynamic and continual innovation,” said Healthcare Leadership Council President Mary R. Grealy. “For this to happen, we need federal policies that encourage progress and new breakthroughs in care. We applaud Representative Harper for the leadership, vision and commitment that patients and healthcare consumers need.”
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), today issued the following statement following the House’s 363-64 vote to amend Senate language, and send a six-year highway and transit bill to a conference committee to negotiate final details with the Senate.
“Every state needs their transportation infrastructure to keep people and goods moving in order to continue to grow our economy,” said Harper. “Strong, healthy, and modern roads, bridges and highways ensure efficiency when it comes to road travel and commerce. This is the first long-term highway legislation advanced by the House in nearly a decade and today’s action puts us one step closer towards guaranteeing structural stability for our country’s infrastructure.”
Harper and Langevin Introduce Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization
U.S. Family Caregivers Provide Estimated $470 Billion in Uncompensated Care
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Coinciding with the start of National Family Caregivers Month, Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, today introduced the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2015. This legislation would reauthorize the Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006 at $15 million per year over five years in order to support coordinated respite services for family caregivers.
“Family caregivers are the backbone of services and supports in this country and are the first line of assistance for most people. Each caregiver helps make it possible for older adults and people with disabilities to live independently in their homes and communities,” said Harper. “Respite is one of the most frequently requested support services among family caregivers; however, the vast majority of family caregivers still go without it. With access to respite services, family caregivers are given the opportunity to recharge as they continue to face the physical, emotional, and financial challenges of caregiving.”
“Family caregivers perform demanding tasks that allow their loved ones to live at home where they are most comfortable. While the benefits of this type of family caregiving are plentiful, it can take an emotional, mental and physical toll,” said Langevin, who authored and first introduced the Lifespan Respite Care Act in 2002, and as the lead Democratic sponsor, saw it signed into law in 2006. “Access to respite services has been shown to ease that burden, improving caregiver health and promoting family stability. As the only federal program that increases access to and affordability of respite care regardless of age or disability, Lifespan Respite Care is an absolutely essential lifeline for families facing medical challenges.”
The 43 million family caregivers in the United States provide an estimated $470 billion in uncompensated care, more than total Medicaid spending in 2013. Respite care helps keep those costs diverted from the overall health care system, decreasing the need for professional long-term care and preventing caregiver burnout. To date, 33 states – including Rhode Island – and the District of Columbia have received funding through the Lifespan Respite Care program.
“The ARCH National Respite Coalition applauds Reps. Langevin and Harper for championing respite for family caregivers. The announcement is especially timely during National Family Caregivers Month when we honor caregivers and celebrate Respite as the theme,” said Jill Kagan, director of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. “Many caregivers experience great joy and satisfaction from their role, but it can be a lonely and stressful path. Respite provides the necessary fuel for the caregiving journey. Yet, the latest caregiver survey found that 85 percent of the nation’s 43 million family caregivers don’t use respite because it is out of reach or they just don’t know about it. State Lifespan Respite programs are paving a smoother road to respite by building coordinated statewide systems of accessible services. We pledge to work with Reps. Langevin and Harper to ensure that Lifespan Respite becomes reality in every state.”
"The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has witnessed firsthand how the Lifespan Respite Care Program has benefitted families affected by multiple sclerosis (MS)," said Bari Talente, Executive Vice President of Advocacy at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "Family caregivers of people with MS provide, on average, 24 hours a week of support and while their role is invaluable, 64 percent of these caregivers report being emotionally drained and 32 percent experience depression. Since MS is typically diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, the Lifespan Respite Care Program – which serves regardless of age – can often be the only available door to providing these caregivers quality respite. During National Family Caregivers Month, we particularly thank Representatives Langevin and Harper for raising awareness about needed family caregiver support and their continued leadership on this vital program."
Washington D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) released the following statement after voting today to elect Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives:
“Paul Ryan is a solution-oriented leader and the right man for the job. He is not reluctant to engage on the issues that are important to the American people, and has the ability to bring people together – a quality that is often lacking in today’s politics,” said Harper. “On the issues, Paul is seriously committed to tax and welfare reform, balancing our budget, and promoting American leadership across the world. His record of fighting for the conservative cause is why Republicans across the country united behind him as our party’s last vice presidential candidate. I’m very proud that Paul Ryan has been elected as our Speaker of the House.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015:
“This two-year bipartisan, bicameral, budget agreement secures long-term savings through structural entitlement reforms, protects the economy by avoiding a default on the national debt, and strengthens our national security and Armed Forces,” said Harper. “The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office confirmed that H.R. 1314 – the Bipartisan Budget Agreement – is fully paid for (meaning it will not increase the debt beyond the levels previously established in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013), will strengthen Social Security, and save taxpayers billions over the long-term. While the bill is far from perfect, the benefits of the bill outweigh the costs.”
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France is the oldest ally of the United States. A portrait of the Marquis de Lafayette whose assistance was integral to the birth of our nation