Larry Bucshon

Larry Bucshon

INDIANA's 8th DISTRICT

Dr. Bucshon Comments on Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling

2015/06/29

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Monday, Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D., a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement in reaction to the Supreme Court’s Michigan v. EPA ruling requiring the EPA to consider the costs of the regulations it imposes on American families and energy producers:

“The President and his EPA will stop at nothing to implement their ideologically driven regulatory agenda, regardless of the consequences,” said Bucshon. “The EPA disregarded the economic harm – the potential job loss and increase in energy costs for families and businesses – caused by this rule.  As I’ve always said, any regulations coming from the EPA should carefully consider the balance between economic and environmental concerns. Although we’ve unfortunately already seen coal-fired power plants close, I’m happy the Supreme Court put an end to this regulatory overreach. This decision is a win for Indiana and hard-working Hoosier families.”

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.  

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Dr. Bucshon Comments on King v. Burwell Decision

2015/06/25

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement in reaction to the King v. Burwell decision by the U.S. Supreme Court: 

“Under ObamaCare healthcare costs continue to rise, premiums and deductibles continue to stay unaffordable for families, and middle class workers’ hours are being slashed. While the Americans who may have lost their health insurance because of a poorly written, flawed law are no longer at risk of losing their subsidies, the fact remains that millions of Americans are still without affordable insurance or proper access to the healthcare system. The Supreme Court’s decision doesn’t change these facts.

“As a physician who spent my career caring for patients regardless of their ability to pay, my goal is to make sure that everyone has access to quality, affordable healthcare. I will continue working for common-sense solutions that lower costs, expand choice, and put patients back in control of their healthcare decisions.”

In his dissent, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued that, “Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the Government should lose this case. But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.”

Justice Scalia went on to argue that the Constitution grants only Congress the authority to make and mend laws, not the courts:

“The Court’s decision reflects the philosophy that judges should endure whatever interpretive distortions it takes in order to correct a supposed flaw in the statutory machinery. That philosophy ignores the American people’s decision to give Congress ‘[a]ll legislative Powers’ enumerated in the Constitution.  Art. I, §1.  They made Congress, not this Court, responsible for both making laws and mending them. This Court holds only the judicial power—the power to pronounce the law as Congress has enacted it. We lack the prerogative to repair laws that do not work out in practice, just as the people lack the ability to throw us out of office if they dislike the solutions we concoct. We must always remember, therefore, that ‘[o]ur task is to apply the text, not to improve upon it.’”

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.  

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Dr. Bucshon Votes to Protect Ratepayers from EPA Action

2015/06/24

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Wednesday, Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. voted to pass, H.R. 2042, The Ratepayer Protection Act,  a bill introduced by Congressman Ed Whitfield (KY-01), to protect families and businesses from significant electricity rate increases or reduced electric reliability that may result from EPA’s pending regulations for existing power plants, also known as the “Clean Power Plan.”

“This bill will protect the thousands of jobs and low-cost energy for our families and manufactures that are being put at risk by aggressive EPA overreach,” said Bucshon. “With 80 percent of Indiana’s energy generated from coal, the EPA isn’t just attacking our jobs and affordable energy; this plan will damage the reliability of our electric grid.

“States have serious concerns that this plan will increase their citizens’ electric bills. Just today, Governor Pence announced that Indiana will not comply with the EPA’s plan unless it is drastically improved, and I agree with his stance.”

H.R. 2042 passed the House by a vote of 247 to 180 and has gained support from over 200 organizations.

Earlier today, Governor Mike Pence announced that Indiana will not comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan in its current form. You can find Dr. Bucshon’s statement of support here - http://goo.gl/WWk84s.

SUMMARY:

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced H.R. 2042 to allow for timely judicial review before states would be required to comply with the rule and to ensure a state would not be forced to implement a state or federal plan that would have a significant adverse effect on its ratepayers.

Extend Compliance Dates: The bill would extend the rule’s compliance dates pending judicial review, including the dates for submission of state plans.

Safe Harbor for States to Protect Ratepayers: The bill would provide that no state shall be required to implement a state or federal plan that the state’s governor, in consultation with other relevant state officials, determines would have a significant adverse effect on (i) retail, commercial, or industrial ratepayers; or (ii) the reliability of the state’s electricity system.

BACKGROUND:

Last June, EPA proposed a rule for existing power plants, referred to by the agency as its “Clean Power Plan.” In the rule, EPA interprets a rarely invoked provision of the Clean Air Act, section 111(d), to allow the agency to set mandatory carbon dioxide (CO2) “goals” for each state’s electricity system. In the rule, EPA seeks to fundamentally change how electricity is generated, distributed, and consumed in the United States.

Under EPA’s unprecedented proposal, states would be required to submit complex state plans to EPA in 2016, and to begin to meet interim goals in 2020 and a final goal in 2030. For states that do not submit a satisfactory plan, EPA would impose a federal plan, a model of which has not yet been proposed by the agency. EPA estimates annual costs of $5.5 billion to $7.5 billion in 2020 and $7.3 billion to $8.8 billion in 2030. But according to other forecasts, the potential costs are much higher and could range from $366 billion to $479 billion over the period 2017-2031.

State governors, regulators, and other stakeholders have submitted extensive comments raising a wide range of concerns, from the legality of the rule to how it would be implemented, the significantly higher electricity costs, and the risks to electric reliability. According to a summary of state concerns, “32 states made legal objections, 28 raised significant concerns regarding compliance costs and economic impacts, 32 warned of electricity reliability problems, and 34 states objected to EPA’s rushed regulatory timelines.” EPA plans to finalize the rule this summer.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.  

 

 

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Dr. Bucshon Praises Governor Pence’s Letter to President on EPA Regs

2015/06/24

(WASHINGTON, DC) –Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D., member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, release the following statement praising Governor Mike Pence’s announcement that Indiana will not comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan in its current form.

“I echo Governor Pence’s concerns with the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. These regulations will drastically impact our state’s coal industry and put at risk thousands of good-paying jobs and affordable energy on which our families and manufacturers rely. That’s why last year I personally invited President Obama and a senior EPA official to tour a Hoosier coal mine and meet with the hardworking miners that this plan will affect. This week, I’m supporting the “Ratepayer Protection Act,” which will halt these regulations and protect states, like Indiana, from being forced to implement a federal plan that will cause significant rate increases for residents. I applaud Governor Pence for taking a stand against this aggressive federal overreach by calling on the EPA to significantly change or rescind this plan.”

More information on the Governor’s letter to President Obama can be found here - http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=221567&information_id=215753&type=&syndicate=syndicate.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.  

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Dr. Bucshon Supports IPAB Repeal

2015/06/24

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Tuesday, Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. voted to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a board of 15 unelected bureaucrats put in place by the Affordable Care Act with the sole responsibility of making cuts to Medicare.

“This board of unelected, political appointees is one of the biggest threats to the sacred doctor-patient relationship.  Its sole focus will be to cut funding from Medicare more than it’s already been cut under the Affordable Care Act,” said Bucshon. “Granting an unaccountable board unfettered authority to make cuts to Medicare will, without a doubt, result in a decrease in the quality of care seniors receive.  As a physician who cared for Medicare patients, I understand this critical program represents an improved quality of life and dignity for millions of seniors. I support full repeal of IPAB to keep patients and doctors in charge of decisions regarding medical care, not government bureaucrats.”

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.  

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Dr. Bucshon’s Floor Speech on Chemical Safety Modernization Bill

2015/06/23

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Tuesday, Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 2576, The TSCA Modernization Act.  H.R. 2576 is a bipartisan measure that will modernize and reform the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) first implemented in 1976 to manage hazardous chemicals. 

Video of the speech can be accessed here - https://youtu.be/0CJClREiAsg and full text is included below: 

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 2576, the ‘TSCA Modernization Act of 2015,’ which updates the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. 

“This legislation will benefit the Eighth District of Indiana and our nation by improving the regulation of chemicals in commerce. 

“Indiana’s 8th district has a strong and diverse manufacturing sector, including plastics, fertilizer production, automobiles, and medical devices, which play pivotal roles in the local and state economy. 

“H.R. 2576 will improve the EPA’s outdated regulatory process for these industries and manufacturers, foster conditions for stronger interstate commerce, and ensure robust protections for public health and the environment. 

“I urge my colleagues to support this important legislation.”

H.R. 2576 WILL: 

  • Provide EPA the tools to ensure chemicals in commerce are safer for consumers. 

  • Create a new system for EPA to evaluate and manage risks associated with chemicals already on the market: 

    • Either EPA or a manufacturer (who is willing to pay the cost) may designate a chemical for risk evaluation.

    • The risk evaluation must stand up to rigorous scientific standards set out in the legislation.

    • If unreasonable risk is determined, EPA must immediately draft a rule to manage the risk.

  • Set deadlines for EPA to take action:

    • Risk evaluations must be completed within 3 years.

    • Risk management rules must follow completion of risk evaluations by 90 days.

  • Ensure user fees paid to EPA for specific purposes are used just for those purposes:

    • User fees will be deposited in a separate fund in the Treasury, and the fees charged and collected will match the cost of carrying out the specific purposes

  • Provide limited preemption of state law:

    • Once EPA makes a final decision on a chemical, either a new rule or a determination that it poses no unreasonable risk, EPA action would apply in all states

    • Prior state laws that do not conflict with TSCA, and private rights of action under tort or contract law, are preserved

  • Maintain protection of confidential business information:

    • Certain state, local, and tribal government officials and health care professionals will now have access

    • Confidentiality claims must be reclaimed after ten years

    • Exemption from CBI protection for health and safety studies does not include disclosure of confidential chemical formulas

BACKGROUND: 

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted in 1976 to manage hazardous chemicals in commerce. However, TSCA has proven to be ineffective in providing adequate protections and facilitating U.S. chemical manufacturing and use – this is particularly true today, in the face of industry advancements and increased interstate commerce. Modernization of the law is necessary to improve protections for public health and the environment, to provide the public greater confidence in the safety of U.S. chemicals, and to promote further innovation and economic growth. 

 

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Dr. Bucshon's Statement on Trade Promotion Authority

2015/06/18

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. voted to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), legislation that establishes and exerts Congressional authority over the process by which the Administration can negotiate and consider trade agreements. 

“To be clear, TPA is not a trade agreement. TPA is legislation that asserts the will of Congress and the American people on any potential trade agreement negotiated by the Administration. I don’t believe the President should have the authority to negotiate a trade deal without input from Congress or American workers. I also firmly believe the American people have the right to review any potential trade agreement negotiated by the President before it’s considered by Congress. I support TPA for these reasons. It allows Congress to set what the President can or can’t negotiate, ensures the American people can review any agreement for 60 days before it reaches Congress, and gives Congress an up or down vote,” said Bucshon. “Free and fair trade is critical to Indiana’s economy. It allows our farmers and manufacturers to grow and make products right here in Indiana that will be sold around the world. Trade exerts American leadership around the world, it helps create American jobs, and it grows the wages of workers. One in five Hoosier jobs is linked to trade; we can expand and support those jobs by opening up Indiana-made products to foreign markets that house 96 percent of the world’s consumers.”   

BACKGROUND: 

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is not a trade agreement. Instead, TPA establishes the process by which the Administration can negotiate and consider trade agreements and is needed in order for U.S. trade negotiators to get the best deal possible for the American worker.  

TPA asserts Congressional priorities and prerogatives into trade negotiations by establishing nearly 150 negotiating objectives.  To ensure transparency, TPA will require that the President make any trade agreement public to the American people for sixty days before it can be submitted to Congress. The House of Representatives can turn-off TPA if the House determines the proposed agreement has not met the negotiating objectives. Finally, TPA makes sure that Congress has an up or down vote on any final agreement. 

Every President since FDR has been granted TPA or a similar policy to negotiate trade agreements. 

TPA highlights: 

  • Sets 150 Congressionally-mandated negotiating objectives, including prohibitions on policies related to immigration and climate change;
  • Establishes robust consultation and access to information requirements before, during, and after negotiations that ensure an open and transparent process for Members of Congress and the American people;
  • Gives Congress authority to remove TPA procedures if the Administration fails to meet TPA requirements; 
  • Ensures the American people can review any agreement for 60 days before it reaches Congress;
  • Gives Congress the final say in approving or disapproving trade agreements.

Extensive background on TPA, including statements of support and full text of the bill, can be found here – www.bucshon.house.gov/tpa

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.  

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Dr. Bucshon to House Colleagues: Support Medical Device Repeal

2015/06/17

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Wednesday, Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. took to the House floor to discuss the importance of repealing the Medical Device Tax, a 2.3% excise tax on medical devices put in place by the Affordable Care Act. 

Video of the speech can be accessed here - https://youtu.be/S70Aa4pVooI, and full text is included below: 

“Mr. Speaker, in Indiana the medical device industry employs over 20,000 Hoosiers in over 300 medical device companies. These are good-paying jobs that pay 56 percent more than the average wage. 

“As Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence recently put it in a letter to our delegation, ‘This industry is vital to Indiana’s economy and the health and well-being of people across the nation and world.’

“Unfortunately, this critical industry is living under the shadow of a job-killing tax put in place to pay for Affordable Care Act. 

“In fact, companies in Indiana have already halted research projects and plans for expansion. 

“The Medical Device Tax is crippling innovation of life-saving products like the ones I used as a surgeon, and it’s putting patients and jobs at risk.  

“This is about patients, at the end of the day, and their access to healthcare. 

“We’ve had broad bipartisan support for repeal of the Medical Device Tax in both chambers before. It’s time to put an end to this onerous tax once and for all.”

BACKGROUND: 

H.R. 160, the Protect Medical Innovation Act, repeals the 2.3% excise tax on medical devices put in place to help pay for the Affordable Care Act. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), has broad bipartisan support with 282 cosponsors. Similar legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives in the 113th Congress but was not brought up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. However, in March of 2013, the Senate passed a non-binding budget resolution opposing the tax by a bipartisan vote of 79-20 and earlier this year, a bipartisan group of Senators filed a bill to repeal the tax

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.  

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What TPA Means

2015/06/05

Nearly 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the borders of the United States. In order for American companies to win in the global economy and support American workers, they need a fair shot. We can level the playing field by opening foreign markets to American-made products through fair trade. 

Right now, Congress is working through Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which sets the standards by which the Administration can negotiate a trade agreement.  In fact, TPA sets nearly 150 clear objectives for the Administration, makes the negotiation process open and transparent, and requires that any agreement be made public for 60 days before it reaches Congress. Congress has a TPA off-switch for this and future negotiations if it becomes clear the Administration is not following the agreement. Finally, Congress can reject the final agreement with a simple majority vote. 

TPA is the best-case scenario for Congress to maintain authority over trade agreements to make sure they reflect the priorities and objectives of the American people.  

Unfortunately, some interests groups have wrongfully characterized TPA as a means to give President Obama additional authority he did not have prior to the legislation. 

TPA actually sets parameters for what the President can negotiate before the discussions even begin.

In fact, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report explaining that TPA gives the President “no new authority.” 

To be clear, TPA is not a trade agreement and a potential vote on a trade agreement wouldn't come until months after TPA passes. 

A full timeline of the TPA requirements can be found here and text of the bill can be found here

Here’s why fair trade is so important. 

In Indiana, trade supports 1 in 5 jobs directly or indirectly and here in the 8th District, 85 percent of our exporters are small and medium sized companies with less than 500 workers. 

More information on the impact of trade on the 8th Congressional District is available here and on Indiana here

Trade supports not just companies, but the good-paying jobs they provide here in Indiana. Manufacturers like Escalade Sports in Evansville, which just won an award from the President for exports, and Toyota Manufacturing in Princeton, which just surpassed 5,000 employees and 4 million vehicles produced, rely on fair trade opening markets to their products so they can grow jobs in Southern Indiana. 

According to the USDA, “Indiana is a leading producer and exporter of agricultural products, ranking 8th among the 50 U.S. states in the value of its agricultural exports…Indiana’s exports help boost farm prices and income, while supporting about 36,200 jobs both on the farm and in related industries such as food processing, transportation, and manufacturing.” 

That’s why Indiana Farm Bureau supports passage of TPA because, “If we don’t have TPA, the Indiana ag economy will suffer.”

The only way we can sell American made products overseas is with fair trade agreements. Since 2000, Asia-Pacific countries have signed 48 trade agreements and the United States has only been a party to two. Since then, our share of trade in Asia has declined 42 percent. That means countries like China are writing the rules on international trade while we are being left behind. 

The good news is that TPA will put the American people in the driver’s seat on negotiating trade agreements. 

TPA is not only vital for our economic prosperity and good-paying high quality jobs, but it also strengthens our national security.  

According to the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry, TPA is a critical tool to promote U.S. values and interests. 

“Trade Promotion Authority – with all of its checks and balances – is an important tool of the U.S. to use in shaping the world’s economic and security environment...The importance of this tool is the reason former senior military officials, such as Secretary Gates, General Mattis, and General Petraeus, recently wrote to the Speaker in support of TPA.”

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some others from across the country have to say: 

“Only TPA will reassure other countries they can trust the U.S., and so only TPA can give the U.S. the leverage it needs to win a fair deal for America’s workers. And sealing the deal will renew American leadership in the world. One of the easiest ways to extend American influence is to expand American trade. Opening up other countries’ markets to the U.S. binds them together—because when the U.S. grows, they grow. As a result, it’s in their interest to work with the U.S. for a greater, shared prosperity. For many countries, these trade deals demonstrate the value of American leadership: When the world plays by America’s rules, everybody benefits.” – Paul Ryan (Fox News; 5/28/2015

“Congress needs to strengthen the country’s bargaining position by establishing trade-promotion authority, also known as TPA, which is an arrangement between Congress and the president for negotiating and considering trade agreements. In short, TPA is what U.S. negotiators need to win a fair deal for the American worker.” – Rep. Paul Ryan and Senator Ted Cruz (WSJ; 4/21/2015)

“TPA is not a way to unleash the president; it is a way to constrain congressional Democrats, whose hostility toward more open international trade is partly ideological and partly self-serving. That free trade is generally good for the country does not mean, of course, that every proposed trade pact is desirable. With TPA, Republicans can kill a bad deal; without it, they have effectively no chance of endorsing a good one.” – National Review Editorial Board (National Review; 5/18/2015

“Having strongly opposed Obama’s constitutional usurpations on immigration, health care, criminal justice and environmental regulation, I’m deeply sympathetic to that concern. But in this case, there is no usurpation. There is no congressional forfeiture of power. Fast track has been the norm for 81 years. And the final say on any trade agreement rests entirely with Congress.” – Charles Krauthammer (Washington Post; 5/14/2015)

“With the world’s economies hitting stiff headwinds, more free trade is the one big lever available to produce a lift for consumers, job-seekers and entrepreneurs.” – WSJ Editorial (WSJ; 4/16/2015)  

The Washington Post editorial board argues that not passing TPA would, "represent a setback for the U.S. economy and for the country’s standing in the world." (WashPost; 6/9/2015)

“In the past, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) focused on priorities – Congress indicating what it wants in a trade treaty. This bill gives equal time to accountability, with much of the text devoted to how the president must consult Congress throughout the negotiation process. Even better, it requires the administration to inform the public. Negotiating objectives must be made public during the process and the treaty itself must be public for 60 days before the president can sign it.” – American Enterprise Institute (AEI; 4/17/2015

“The new legislative incarnation of TPA does more to protect U.S. sovereignty and congressional prerogatives than versions that were previously in force. It provides for unprecedented congressional oversight of the negotiating process and it bars agreements from making any changes to U.S. law without further congressional action. It also requires that any trade agreement be made public for 60 days before it is signed.” – Washington Examiner Editorial Board (Washington Examiner; 4/21/2015

“But the main thing is, for every party involved, it would contribute to decades of prosperity and economic growth, as study after study on the impact of free trade agreements has found…Free trade in fact is the greatest poverty killer the world has ever known.” – Investor’s Business Daily Editorial (IBD; 4/24/2015)

“In other words, Congress does not relinquish its authority. It reiterates its authority by setting boundaries for the president.” – Cato Institute (Cato; 1/13/2015

"TPA is a critical step to ensuring that the United States and its metro economies remain leaders in the global market place, while providing appropriate consultation with Congress." - The United States Conference of Mayors (6/10/2015)

“With the new safeguards in H.R. 1890 and S. 995, there is no excuse for any Republican (or Democratic) supporter of free trade to oppose a bill that includes a reasonable insurance policy against executive overreach in trade agreements, which are always a much-needed boon to both the U.S. and global economy.” Citizens Against Government Waste 

In a letter of support, 26 of the leading conservative organizations across the country argued, “By definition, the term of this TPA will extend beyond the current administration and into the next one—the goal here is to advance America’s free trade agenda this century, and not to be mired in the stalled trade failures of the recent past.” (ATR; 4/21/2015)

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The Facts on GMOs

2015/05/18

A lot of misinformation has been promulgated regarding the effect Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have on health. 

Here are some facts.

A recent study reviewed the last ten years of research - 1,700 studies - and found no scientific evidence supporting claims that GMOs present a risk to human health.

An additional study showed that more than half of the peer-reviewed research conducted worldwide is independently funded. The study includes a searchable database that can be accessed here. 

In fact, the Washington Post wrote last year that, "genetically modified crops could help improve the lives of millions."

And many of the world's leading organizations on science and health have argued that GMOs are safe.  

Here is a list of what some them are saying about GMOs: 

American Association for the Advancement of Science: "The science is quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe." (AAAS Board Statement on Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods, 2012)     American Medical Association: "Our AMA recognizes that there is no evidence that unique hazards exist either in the use of rDNA (GE) techniques or in the movement of genes between unrelated organisms." "Bioengineered foods have been consumed for close to 20 years,  and during that time, no overt consequences on human health have been reported and/or substantiated in the peer-reviewed literature." (Report of the Council on Science and Public Health, 2012)     National Academies of Science: "Genetic engineering is one of the newer technologies available to produce desired traits in plants and animals used for food, but it poses no health risks that cannot also arise from conventional breeding and other methods used to create new foods." (Expert Consensus Report: Safety of Genetically Modified Foods, 2004) "An analysis of the U.S. experience with genetically engineered crops shows that they offer substantial net environmental and economic benefits compared to conventional crops. Generally, GE crops have had fewer adverse effects on the environment than non-GE crops produced conventionally." (Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States, 2010)     World Health Organization: "GM foods currently available on the international market have passed risk assessments and are not likely to present risks for human health. In addition, no effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved." (20 questions on genetically modified foods, 2013)     European Commission: "The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are no more risky than conventional plant breeding technologies." (A decade of EU-funded GMO research, 2010)     The Royal Society: "A previous Royal Society Report (2002) and the Government's GM Science Review (2003/2004) assessed the possibilities of health impacts from GM crops and found no evidence of harm. Since then no significant new evidence has appeared. There is therefore no reason to suspect that the process of genetic modification of crops should per se present new allergic or toxic reactions." (Reaping the benefits: Science and the sustainable intensification of global agriculture, 2009)     International Science Academies - Joint Statement: "GM technology has shown its potential to address micro-nutrient deficiencies[in developing nations]." "GM technology, coupled with important developments in other areas, should be used to increase the production of main food staples, improve the efficiency of production, reduce the environmental impact of agriculture, and provide access to food for small-scale farmers." "Decisions regarding safety should be based on the nature of the product, rather than on the method by which it was modified. It is important to bear in mind that many of the crop plants we use contain natural toxins and allergens." (Transgenic Plants and World Agriculture, 2000)   Read More

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Contact Information

1005 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4636
Fax 202-225-3284
bucshon.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

Larry Bucshon (pronounced:  “Boo-shon”) was born on May 31, 1962 and raised in Kincaid, Illinois, a small town of 1400 people in central Illinois. His life was shaped by this small town upbringing by two hard working parents. Larry’s father was an underground coal miner and his mother was a nurse. Both are now retired and still live in Kincaid.

Larry attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and, upon receiving his bachelor’s degree, attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Following medical school Larry completed a residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he served as chief resident in surgery, and then remained there to complete a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. During this time he also enlisted with the United States Navy Reserve and served for almost a decade. During his residency Larry met his wife Kathryn, who is also a physician and a practicing anesthesiologist in Evansville.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Larry spent his life specializing in cardiothoracic surgery and has performed hundreds of heart surgeries and also served as President of Ohio Valley HeartCare. Larry’s outstanding work and leadership in this field led to him being honored as the St. Mary’s Medical Staff Physician of the Year in 2007. Larry also served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medical Director of the open heart recovery intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. He is board certified in Cardiothoracic Surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Larry and his wife Kathryn reside in Warrick County with their four children and attend Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Evansville.


Serving With

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Marlin Stutzman

INDIANA's 3rd DISTRICT

Todd Rokita

INDIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Susan Brooks

INDIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Luke Messer

INDIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Todd Young

INDIANA's 9th DISTRICT

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