On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 5035, a bill introduced by Rep. Larry Bucshon, a physician and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology, which reauthorizes the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Dr. Bucshon released the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 5035:
“Whether contributing to the technology of the smoke detector or developing X-ray standards for mammograms, NIST has had a substantial impact on our nation’s scientific and technological developments, industry, and economy for over 100 years,” said Bucshon. “This bill implements changes and updates to ensure responsible use of taxpayer funds during tight fiscal times while still maintaining a competitive edge in the United States. NIST is critical to the advancement of the United States technology and scientific industries and I think my colleagues for supporting this legislation.”
President and CEO of the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), Carrie Hines added:
“The American Small Manufacturers Coalition is most appreciative for the recent passage of HR 5035, the NIST Reauthorization Bill of 2014, which includes critical provisions for the sustainable growth of the US based manufacturing industry,” said Hines. “The Manufacturing Extension Partnership program provides valuable services to the nation’s manufacturers and with this bill, the program can continue to retain and grow manufacturing jobs in the US. ASMC is grateful of the leadership and hard work of Representative Bucshon on this effort.”
During House floor debate on H.R. 5035, Dr. Bucshon controlled the floor and managed debate time. That exchange can be accessed here.
H.R. 5035 authorizes $850 million for NIST in Fiscal Year 2014 and $855.8 million in Fiscal Year 2015. The bill adds language to emphasize NIST’s role in advancing our nation’s technological competitiveness and innovation ability and enables more information sharing related to technical standards. Additionally, H.R. 5035 codifies NIST’s outreach and education efforts.
Included in the bill is the reauthorization of the Hollings Manufacturing Partnership (MEP), a program that provides assistance to small, U.S. based manufacturing companies to help identify and adopt new technologies and manufacturing techniques. Purdue serves as the MEP for Indiana and Clabber Girl in Terre Haute is a prime example of the important impact MEP’s have on our economy. This manufacturer of baking powder, baking soda, and cornstarch has utilized Purdue University’s Technical Assistance Program, which has assisted over 12,000 organizations and trained over 26,000 employees since 1986.Read More
On Tuesday, Representative Larry Bucshon spoke on the House Floor in support of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act. H.R. 3086 permanently extends the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA); a law enacted in 1998 that placed a moratorium on state and local governments taxing internet access. The bill has over 200 bipartisan cosponsors and passed the House unanimously.
Full text of Dr. Bucshon’s comments is provided below and video can be accessed here.
“Thank you. I rise in strong support of H.R. 3086, the “Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act.”
“I believe that this permanent extension is necessary to ensure the internet remains accessible for all Americans.
“The internet economy is growing and changing every day, and this pro growth legislation will support the vibrant online marketplace of goods and ideas by preventing state and local tax policies from creating barriers to access.
“Americans use the internet every day to communicate, to work, and to get an education – they shouldn’t have to pay an unnecessary, unfair tax to do so.
“I thank Chairman Goodlatte for his work on this important, bipartisan bill. I urge all my colleagues to vote yes and I yield back the balance of my time.”
ITFA, enacted in 1998, prohibited states and localities from imposing new taxes on Internet access or imposing multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce. Although the law was extended multiple times, ITFA is set to expire on November 1, 2014.
Personal Internet usage by American adults increased from 14% in 1995 to 86% in 2013. Individuals increasingly rely on it to access healthcare information, education, and career opportunities. In addition, the Internet has played an increasingly critical role in the U.S. economy, “becom[ing] the primary driver of U.S. economic growth, innovation and productivity.” These and other uses demonstrate the vast number of individuals—students, job seekers, employees, and employers—who would be impacted if the ITFA tax moratoriums were allowed to lapse. The state telecommunications taxes that would be permitted to go into effect could be significant, and would disproportionately impact low income households, who “pay ten times as much in communications taxes as high income households as a share of income.” As the Internet becomes even more ubiquitous, H.R. 3086 gives users certainty by ensuring the tax moratoriums contained in ITFA are permanently in place. (Information courtesy the House Republican Conference) House Judiciary Committee Report 113-510; pg. 5 House Judiciary Committee Report 113-510; pg. 5 House Judiciary Committee Report 113-510; pg. 6 Read More
Yesterday, the House unanimously passed H.R. 5056, The Research and Development Efficiency Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Dr. Bucshon, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology. The legislation received widespread support from universities across Indiana, the Association of American Universities, and bipartisan support from Dr. Bucshon’s colleagues.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology:
“H.R. 5056 is an important step to ensure federal research dollars are being spent on research and not on regulatory requirements,” said Chairman Smith. “I encourage my colleagues to support this bill.”
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology:
“Every week in the Science Committee we hear expert testimony on challenges with no easy solution,” said Ranking Member Lipinski. “The challenge of having a patchwork of uncoordinated and sometimes duplicative administrative burdens on federally funded researchers should be a solvable problem. H.R. 5056 is a very important step in the right direction.”
University of Southern Indiana:
“The University of Southern Indiana supports the efforts of Congressman Bucshon in HR 5056 to improve the efficiency of Federal research administration and development,” said Dr. Katherine A. Draughon, Executive Director of Planning, Research and Assessment at University of Southern Indiana. “A review of Federal regulations with the goal of streamlining reporting requirements and minimizing regulatory burden is of great benefit to institutions of higher education pursuing Federal grants. The end result should be a more efficient use of federal funds in the pursuit of scientific research.”
Indiana State University:
“University researchers are entrusted to explore important issues and inspired to do the hard work of discovery,” said Dr. Dawn Underwood, Director of Sponsored Programs at Indiana State University. “Indiana State University supports Congressman Bucshon's efforts to reduce administrative and regulatory burdens so that research can flourish.”
“IU welcomes the effort to reduce the administrative burden associated with carrying out federal research,” said Dr. Jorge Jose, Vice President for Research at Indiana University. “The number and complexity of federal research regulations warrants a review and we are pleased to see attention given to this matter.”
“Purdue University is home to global leaders in a wide variety of scientific endeavors who advance a robust and diverse research enterprise,” said Suresh Garimella, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships at Purdue University. “We are very supportive of the regulatory and reporting requirements for our faculty and staff being reviewed, rationalized and harmonized, so that the central focus of our research may remain on scholarship and global impact. Purdue supports mechanisms, such as those in the Research and Development Efficiency Act, that would review and streamline these important requirements to continually ensure that our faculty spend their time and efforts most efficiently.”
University of Notre Dame:
"We appreciate that Chairman Bucshon is moving a bill that could result in a much more streamlined process for Federally-funded research,” said Dr. Robert Bernhard, Vice President for Research at University of Notre Dame. “We are especially pleased that regulatory reform is at the top of his agenda, and we applaud him for his efforts in this regard."
The Association of American Universities:
“The Association of American Universities (AAU) supports the Research and Development Efficiency Act, HR 5056, a bill introduced by Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN). We believe this legislation can lead to a long-needed reduction in the regulatory burden currently imposed on universities and their faculty members who conduct research on behalf of the federal government.
“Universities and researchers must take seriously their responsibilities to account for their use of federal resources and to comply with federal requirements. However, the federal government also has a responsibility to periodically reevaluate and assess whether the regulations it is imposing are achieving their intended objectives. Too often federal requirements are ill-conceived, ineffective, and/or duplicative. When that is the case, the time researchers must devote to compliance with such requirements unnecessarily reduces the time they can devote to discovery and innovation and increases institutional compliance costs.
“This legislation calls for the creation of an interagency working group under the auspices of the National Science and Technology Council to conduct a comprehensive review of these requirements and make recommendations for reforms that can reduce the regulatory burden associated with federally sponsored research. We applaud Rep. Bucshon for taking this important step, and we will work with him to see that this bill is enacted into law.”
Yesterday, Dr. Bucshon spoke on the House floor to urge his colleagues to support H.R. 5056 prior to its passage. That speech can be accessed here.Read More
Today, the House unanimously passed H.R. 5056, The Research and Development Efficiency Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by physician and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology, Rep. Larry Bucshon, (R-Ind.).
H.R. 5056 will help alleviate administrative burdens on federally funded research, primarily the work done at universities like the University of Southern Indiana, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Purdue University, Notre Dame and other Hoosier institutions.
“Last year, I toured universities that conduct federally funded research across the state of Indiana. At each institution, I heard a resounding concern regarding the increased regulatory burden on their research,” said Rep. Bucshon, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology. “As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, I took action to alleviate the regulatory maze that encumbers basic research at institutions across the country. As an undergrad and a medical student, I gained a deep understanding for the positive impacts research has on the student, the university, and our country. I am hopeful the Senate will move quickly on this bipartisan legislation so our universities can get back to the main goal of conducting basic scientific research.”
By helping to reduce the burden of federal regulations on government-sponsored research, H.R. 5056 ensures taxpayer dollars are being used efficiently and effectively and that researchers can focus on research instead of time-consuming administrative tasks.
SUMMARY OF H.R. 5056:
H.R. 5056 requires that the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the agency tasked primarily with implementing policies related to science and technology, establish a working group to review federal regulations affecting research and research universities.
The bill also makes recommendations on how to:
1. Harmonize, streamline, and eliminate duplicative Federal regulations and reporting requirements
2. Minimize the regulatory burden on institutions of higher education performing federally-funded research while maintaining accountability for U.S. tax dollars
As a measure of accountability, within one year of the date of enactment of this legislation (and annually for three years thereafter), the Director of OSTP is required to report to Congress on what steps have been taken to carry out the recommendations of the working group established under this Act.
In 2012, the National Research Council (NRC) produced a report highlighting ten recommendations for the future of U.S. research universities. One of the recommendations was to “reduce or eliminate regulations that increase administrative costs, impede research productivity, and deflect creative energy without substantially improving the research environment.” A 2012 Federal Demonstration Partnership Faculty Workload Survey found that, on average, principal investigators of federally sponsored research grants spend 42 percent of their time on administrative tasks.
 Information provided by the Science, Space, and Technology Committee; Report can be found here: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13396.  http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/cs/groups/pgasite/documents/webpage/pga_081189.pdfRead More
Today, Rep. Larry Bucshon, physician and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology, urged his colleagues to support H.R. 5056, The Research and Development Efficiency Act, a bill he sponsored to help alleviate administrative burdens on federally funded research at universities.
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker and thank you, Chairman Smith. I was pleased to work on this bipartisan effort to reduce the administrative burden placed on federally funded researchers.
“Last year, in my new role as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, I participated in a university tour across the state of Indiana. This tour focused on federally funded research in the state of Indiana. It included Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and Indiana State University, both in Terre Haute, Indiana, and the University of Evansville and University of Southern Indiana, both in Evansville, Indiana, and the issues of concern these higher education institutions have surrounding federally funded research.
“Along with the input I received during last year’s tour, we have also received feedback and input at various hearings the committee has held pertaining to this regulatory burden. This legislation would establish a working group to review federal regulations that affect these universities and others. The working group would be required to obtain input from stakeholders including federally and non-federally funded researchers, higher education institutions, small businesses and scientific disciplinary societies. The bill also requires a report on what steps are taken to carry out the recommendations of the working group.
“I would like to thank Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Johnson, my colleague Mr. Peters of California, and my colleague Mr. Lipinski from Illinois for their work on the bill. I am hopeful this bipartisan legislation can see movement in the Senate and that from there we can help to alleviate some of the burden placed on our research universities so they can get back to the main goal of conducting basic science research.”
A full video of Dr. Bucshon’s speech can be accessed here.Read More
Representative Larry Bucshon, a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, joined Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA), John Tierney (D-MA), Tim Bishop (D-NY), and Jared Polis (D-CO), to introduce H.R. 4982, the Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act. H.R. 4982 streamlines the student aid application process helping student make timely financial decisions about their education.
“I grew up in a small town of 1,400 people. The opportunity to pursue an education is what allowed me to achieve my goals and pursue the American dream,” said Rep. Bucshon (R-IN). “Unfortunately, filling out the FAFSA and applying for financial aid is a daunting and scary task for many students. Having discussed with my wife the process of helping our two sons navigate the college loan process over the past few years, I know this all too well. To make it easier on students, our bill helps streamline the confusing FAFSA process allowing for an earlier notification period. This will undoubtedly help students make better financial decisions about their educational opportunities. I thank my colleagues for their work on this bipartisan bill on behalf of our nation’s students.”
Chairman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Rep. John Kline stated:
“I want to thank all of my colleagues for their hard work crafting these commonsense proposals, and am pleased to see bipartisan consensus starting to emerge,” said Chairman John Kline (R-MN). “We are committed to strengthening America’s higher education for students, families, and taxpayers. The legislation introduced today will begin to help improve a system that is too bureaucratic, too costly, and outdated. I look forward to continuing to move this process forward in the coming weeks as we look to keep the dream of postsecondary education within reach for all Americans.”
For many students and families, federal financial aid makes a postsecondary education possible. The time when a family begins the process of applying for financial aid is critical to ensuring students access the full range of assistance available to them. Unfortunately, the current process is not serving the best interests of students and families. A student’s application process starts when he or she submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who wish to enroll in fall classes are encouraged to begin applying for aid in January. However, the FAFSA relies on income tax data from the previous year that is not readily available at the time students should start filling out their applications.
This flawed process results in significant delays in the submission of FAFSA forms, which leaves financial aid administrators little time to put together aid packages for incoming students. More importantly, students do not learn in a timely manner what their financial aid packages will ultimately be, which makes it more difficult to plan for the cost of their education. Some students may even miss opportunities to receive state and institution-based aid as these limited resources are often awarded on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Further complicating matters is an overly complex FAFSA form. The current application runs 10 pages long and includes 108 questions on topics such as income, expenses, family size, and assets. Some families are so overwhelmed they fail to apply, which disqualifies students from aid they may otherwise be eligible to receive.
As part of an effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the bipartisan H.R. 4982 will help streamline and improve the student aid application process and help students make timely financial decisions about their education.
SIMPLIFYING THE APPLICATION FOR STUDENT AID ACT WILL:
Allow earlier notification for federal student aid. Allow students to use family income data from two years prior to the date of the FAFSA application. This process will help students apply for financial aid earlier so they can better prepare for their college costs.
Make it easier to apply for federal aid. Establish a link between the online FAFSA form and income tax data stored by the Internal Revenue Service to automatically input income data into the FAFSA form, reducing the need to manually input information that often prevents low-income students from applying for aid.
Support the integrity of federal financial aid programs. Strengthen the integrity of federal financial aid by providing institutions more time to verify the income of their students.
The Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act (H.R. 4982) will help students access the full range of federal financial aid to turn their dreams of a postsecondary education into reality.
Full text of H.R. 4982 can be found here.Read More
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The recent surge of immigrants at the Southern Border is more than just a result of the President’s bad policy; it is a humanitarian crisis with the potential of causing a health emergency in America.
Recently, Dr. Bucshon stated:
"As a physician, I have concerns about the serious health risks everyone faces if the President continues to not act – this includes those people coming into the United States and the local communities."
Respected physician Dr. Manny Alvarez recently wrote that processing facilities are not sufficiently screening the thousands of people who have crossed the border for things like tuberculosis and that the necessary steps are not being taken to prevent the spread of serious diseases.
“State health officials touring one of the detention centers in Texas recently reported several issues including a lack of medicine for children, and insufficient medical screenings and testing for vaccinations or tuberculosis. They also noted that the children in the facility ate, slept and used the bathroom in the same crowded areas with no running water or soap for proper hygiene to prevent the spread of disease.” (Fox News; 7-7-14)
Not properly identifying medical issues of course also does not allow these adults and children to be treated for their conditions in a caring and effective manor further deepening this developing humanitarian crisis.
The President should engage Congress immediately to help formulate a bipartisan solution to the crisis and stop insisting on amnesty for those who have violated our immigration laws.
As the President continues to put off action, the situation worsens.
The National Review reports that over 40 immigrants at one detention center in San Diego have active cases of scabies. The news outlet also reports concerns from border patrol agents that FEMA management is more concerned with processing and transferring people than preventing the spread of such diseases into the community and treating those who may be suffering.
According to the agent the individuals being released, “go out in the community, get on the public transportation, go where they need to go, and it could result in another infestation of scabies being spread everywhere.” (National Review; 7-7-14)
With all the health and security concerns at the border, Border Patrol agents report that they have been placed under gag orders to prevent the men and women on the ground from painting a real picture of what is occurring. This includes concerns about the humanitarian needs of the children and families and that the situation is preventing many agents from actually patrolling and securing the border increasing national security risks.Read More
Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon released the following statement in celebration of Independence Day:
"On July 4th 1776, a small group of brave men led like minded patriots to stand against the tyranny of oppression and secure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for what would become the greatest country the world has known. Since then, countless American heroes have made the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard and expand the reach of freedom.
"As President Ronald Reagan so eloquently put it, America is truly the “shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.” The strength of a Nation lies in the courage and character of its citizens. Throughout history we have shown this to be true and united as one to overcome the challenges before us. It has been a great honor to serve the people of Indiana’s 8th District in Congress and no matter the challenges we face, I always believe that America’s best days are ahead.
"As you celebrate with friends and family, please take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice made by so many and say a prayer for the men and women bravely serving today."Read More
Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional for the government to impose cost-sharing requirements on employers who have religious objections to specific contraceptive services mandated in employee health plans. The decision upholds every American’s Constitutional right to religious freedom.
“Today’s ruling was never about the Affordable Care Act; rather, it was about safeguarding every American’s fundamental right to religious freedom. Hardworking Americans should not be forced to choose between sacrificing their religious beliefs and facing punishment from the federal government. I’m happy that the Supreme Court upheld the Constitution and reaffirmed our First Amendment rights.”
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has already exempted religious employers (i.e. churches) and religious nonprofit organizations with religious objections from this mandate.
According to the Supreme Court ruling, “Under this accommodation, the insurance issuer must exclude contraceptive coverage from the employer’s plan and provide plan participants with separate payments for contraceptive services without imposing any cost-sharing requirements on the employer, its insurance plan, or its employee beneficiaries.” (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores; 6-30-14)
Organizations that do not currently fall under this umbrella are required, by law, to provide 20 contraceptive methods. This ruling allows employers to opt out of sharing the cost of four specific services out of the 20 required methods and would provide the same accommodations currently offered to employees of churches and religious nonprofit organizations by HHS.Read More
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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.
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