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.
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.”
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.
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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.”Read More
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 customersRead More
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.”Read More
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.”Read More
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.
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The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im is an independent, self-sustaining agency with a mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services.
When private sector lenders are unable or unwilling to provide financing, Ex-Im fills in the gap for American businesses by equipping them with the financing tools necessary to compete for global sales. In doing so, the Bank levels the playing field for U.S. goods and services going up against foreign competition in overseas markets, so that American companies can create more good-paying American jobs.
Because it is backed by the full faith and credit of the United States, Ex-Im assumes credit and country risks that the private sector is unable or unwilling to accept. The Bank’s charter requires that all transactions it authorizes demonstrate a reasonable assurance of repayment; the Bank consistently maintains a low default rate, and closely monitors credit and other risks in its portfolio.
It is rumored that reauthorization of Ex-Im unfairly hurts domestic companies and costs the American taxpayer billions. Ex-Im programs do not cost taxpayers a cent. Any loans made must be paid back with interest. In fact, Ex-Im turns a profit for the American taxpayer; in 2012 and 2013, Ex-Im returned $1.1 billion dollars to the U.S. Treasury after covering all its expenses to sustain ongoing operations.
Borrowers have defaulted on less than 2% of all loans backed by Ex-Im since its inception in 1934, a default rate lower than commercial banks. The bank’s default rate for fiscal year 2013 was .25% (one quarter of one percent). Ex-Im loans and guarantees present very low risks because they are backed by collateral of real goods for which a buyer has already been found and a price has been agreed. Every other trading nation has an export credit agency that does as much or more than what Ex-Im does to promote home-country exports. Thus, Ex-Im programs have the opposite effect from distorting market forces: they level the playing field so that market forces actually function.
If Ex-Im were shut down then market forces would be distorted, because other countries would continue their own export credit programs, creating an imbalance. Trade subsidies, meaning government giveaways to support exports, are a real problem – France subsidizes Airbus, China subsidizes Huawei. But Ex-Im does not subsidize anybody.
Lastly, it is a myth that Ex-Im only helps foreign or politically connected corporations. In 2009, small businesses accounted for more than 85% of Ex-Im’s total authorizations. In fiscal year 2013, the Bank approved and helped a record-high 3,413 small business receive loans to export their products. These business transaction figures do not include the tens of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses that supply goods and services to large exporters.
Efforts to diminish Ex-Im bank's ability to fulfill its mission—to support U.S. jobs through exports—can only result in the bolstering of foreign enterprises competing with U.S. exporters, which ultimately hinders the creation of American jobs. Ninety-six percent of the world’s customers are outside the U.S. If we want to create more opportunity and more high-paying jobs here at home, we need to sell more American-made products and services overseas.
This is not about politics. This is about keeping ALL American companies competitive in the global marketplace. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, and the Mississippi Manufacturers Association support reauthorization and collectively represent thousands of companies that create hundreds of thousands of jobs for Americans. Reauthorization ensures U.S. exporters have a seat at the table and are able to compete fairly in growing markets throughout the world. I will continue to support Ex-Im and will vote in favor of reauthorization when it comes before the House of Representatives.
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When we think of World War II, our thoughts often go to Pearl Harbor and the surprise attack by Japan that catapulted us into war. Just a few days ago, Sidney and I had the honor to stand on the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, to reflect on the horror of that fateful day and to remember with profound gratitude the sacrifice so many fathers, husbands and sons made that day.
Today, on the island of Guam, a U. S. Territory, I had the sobering opportunity to participate in a wreath laying ceremony at Guam Veterans Cemetery where many of those who died when they liberated Guam from the Japanese in 1944 are buried.
Yesterday, I saw a photo on the wall at Joint Region Marianas Headquarters on Guam. The caption below it read "U. S. Coast Guardsmen and Marines join in prayer a few hours before storming the beaches of Guam. July 21, 1944."
Memorial Day is such a solemn day of remembrance by our nation of those who have given their lives in service and protection of America. It is a debt we can never repay, but we can honor them by remembering that they are the reason our great country is like no other in the world. We can also honor their memories by realizing that our freedom is so precious and can never be taken for granted. Let us remember what Christ said in Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” May God bless America!
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