Larry Bucshon

Larry Bucshon

INDIANA's 8th DISTRICT

Dr. Bucshon Thanks HHS Secretary for HIP 2.0 Approval

2015/02/26

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Eighth District Congressman, Larry Bucshon, M.D., thanked Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell for working with Governor Mike Pence to approve Indiana’s state-based, consumer-driven Medicaid replacement program, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0.

The transcript of Dr. Bucshon’s remarks is available below and video is available online here.

“I want to thank you for working with Governor Mike Pence of Indiana on Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0.

“[HIP 2.0] will help to cover 350,000 low-income Hoosiers in a state-based program that, I think, has been shown historically to not only save money, but is very popular with the enrollees.

“So thank you very much for that work.”

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  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 Expand College Savings Accounts

2015/02/26

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 529, a bipartisan bill that expands access to and modernizes college savings accounts known as 529 plans. 

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after voting to approve H.R. 529:

“Growing up in a small coal-mining town, the opportunity to go to college allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a physician. Unfortunately, the same opportunity is out of reach for far too many students, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Bucshon. “In the United States, our students have amassed $1.16 trillion in debt attempting to keep pace with the rising cost of tuition – a 17 percent increase in a 4 year degree under President Obama.  My goal is to ensure that every student who wants to pursue an education has the opportunity to do so regardless of his or her position in life. That’s why I opposed the President’s proposal that would increase the financial burden on students by taxing 529 college savings. Instead, I voted to expand and remove barriers to this program that has helped American families save over $225 billion for college. By making it easier for families to save for college, we are giving millions of students who are just starting out in life, like I was, a shot at pursuing their dreams.” 

H.R. 529 passed the House on a vote of 401 to 20 and moves to the Senate for consideration.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  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 Statement on President’s Keystone Veto

2015/02/24

(WASHINGTON, DC) –Today President Obama vetoed a bill approving the Keystone XL Pipeline sent to his desk with bipartisan support from both chambers of Congress.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after the President vetoed the pro-energy, pro-jobs, and pro-national security project:

“By vetoing this pro-jobs, pro-energy, and pro-national security project, the President ignored the will of an overwhelming majority of the American people,” said Bucshon. “Republicans, Democrats, union workers, and industry leaders – over 60 percent of Americans – agree Keystone is a common-sense project that should be approved. I’m disappointed the President put the interests of a few ideological extremists over our national interests.” 

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  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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Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill Includes Dr. Bucshon’s Reforms

2015/02/13

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, President Obama signed H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (Clay Hunt SAV Act), a bill that aims to prevent veteran suicides and ensure veterans have access to resources that help them overcome the psychological struggles of war.  This reform bill includes a pilot program first introduced by Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) to recruit more psychiatrists and increase access to critical mental healthcare services for our nation’s veterans.

“Many of the brave men and women who have served our country are returning home without proper attention to their mental health needs. Tragically, we are losing 22 veterans every day to suicide. Improving access to mental healthcare is a critical first step to reversing this trend,” said Congressman Bucshon, M.D.  “During my career as a physician and my time working at the VA, I saw the need for new dedicated methods that encourage more psychiatrists to choose a career helping veterans. Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices for this country, and I firmly believe we should do everything in our power to support them. I’m happy that my pilot program to recruit more qualified psychiatrists across the country to serve our veterans was incorporated into this important bill.”  

This bill is named after Clay Hunt, a Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in Iraq before redeploying to Afghanistan.  Upon his return from duty, Clay was diagnosed with PTSD and later tragically took his own life at age 28.

Clay’s story is unfortunately not uncommon. Many of our veterans return from battle facing obstacles to the mental health resources they need. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports that one of the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) greatest challenges has been to hire and retain psychiatrists to properly diagnose, treat, and monitor the mental health of veterans.

Drawing on his experience practicing medicine and his time at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee, WI, Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. introduced a pilot program to fill the growing vacancy of psychiatric care in the VA system through a recruitment and loan repayment model. This program was outlined in Bucshon’s bill, H.R. 4234, the Ensuring Veterans Resiliency Act, and incorporated into the Clay Hunt SAV Act.

American Psychiatric Association (APA) President Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D. praised Bucshon’s pilot program saying, “this legislation will help ensure that our nation’s veterans, who often face significant mental health challenges, have access to much needed, high quality, mental health care.”

H.R. 203 passed the House by a vote 403 to 0 in early January of this year and subsequently cleared the Senate 99 to 0 at the beginning of February.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  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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Hoosier Delegation Urge Donnelly to Allow Debate on DHS Funding Bill

2015/02/12

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, seven Hoosier Lawmakers penned a letter to Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly requesting that he reconsider three recent votes to block full and open debate on the House-passed bill fully funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), H.R. 240 the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015.

 “As you know, DHS funding will expire in 15 days. It is imperative that we work together to fund the critical functions at DHS to ensure Americans are safe at home and abroad. Our constituents and the American people demand action,” said the members.

Senator Donnelly is one of eight Senators who previously claimed they do not agree with President Obama’s unilateral executive action on immigration. These same eight Senators subsequently voted three times to prevent debate on the House-passed bill fully funding DHS and defunding the President’s proposal. The bill would proceed to an open debate and amendment process with their support.

The members went on to write, “We recognize you may have disagreements with the House-passed bill; however, as elected representatives we believe those differences should be resolved through the democratic process. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has offered an agreement to Senate Democrats for an equitable amendment process. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to offer constructive ideas that improve the underlying bill and protect America’s national security.”

The letter was signed by Representatives Larry Bucshon (IN-08), Susan Brooks (IN-05), Luke Messer (IN-06), Todd Rokita (IN-04), Marlin Stutzman (IN-03), Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Todd Young (IN-09).

The full text of the letter is below and available here.

Full Text of Letter to Senator Donnelly:

February 12, 2015

The Honorable Joe Donnelly United States Senator, Indiana 720 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Donnelly,

On behalf of the people of Indiana, we respectfully request that you reconsider your recent votes to block full and open debate on the House-passed bill to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), H.R. 240 the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015.

As you know, DHS funding will expire in 15 days. It is imperative that we work together to fund the critical functions at DHS to ensure Americans are safe at home and abroad. Our constituents and the American people demand action.

Furthermore, we agree with your November 20, 2014 declaration that Congress has the sole authority to alter immigration law and that, “…the president shouldn’t make such significant policy changes on his own.”[1] President Obama made similar claims on 22 different occasions. Unfortunately, your three votes[2] to prevent debate from proceeding last week cannot be reconciled with your previous statements or the president’s.

We recognize you may have disagreements with the House-passed bill; however, as elected representatives we believe those differences should be resolved through the democratic process. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has offered an agreement to Senate Democrats for an equitable amendment process. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to offer constructive ideas that improve the underlying bill and protect America’s national security.

As members of your constituency and fellow members of Congress, we sincerely hope you will strongly consider our request and vote to proceed on debate so that Congress can properly deliberate the merits of this important bill. We look forward to continued discourse among our delegation and Congress on this vital issue. 

Respectfully,

Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D.U.S. Representative (IN-08)

Rep. Susan BrooksU.S. Representative (IN-05)

Rep. Luke Messer           U.S. Representative (IN-06)

Rep. Todd RokitaU.S. Representative (IN-04)                                                                        

Rep. Marlin StutzmanU.S. Representative (IN-03)

Rep. Jackie WalorskiU.S. Representative (IN-02)                                                                         

Rep. Todd YoungU.S. Representative (IN-09)

[1] Press Release; 11/20/2014. http://www.donnelly.senate.gov/newsroom/press/donnelly-statement-on-president-obamas-expected-executive-actions-on-immigration.

[2] Senate roll call votes on H.R. 240; 2/3/2015, 2/4/2015, 2/5/2015.  http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/vote_menu_114_1.htm

 

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Dr. Bucshon Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline Project

2015/02/11

(WASHINGTON, DC) –Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline project as amended and passed by the U.S. Senate.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after voting again to approve the pro-energy, pro-jobs, and pro-national security project:

“The State Department’s own report confirms that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will create over 40,000 American jobs and have minimal impact on the environment,” said Bucshon. “This project is a no-brainer. Over 60 percent of the American people, industry leaders, and union workers support the project. It’s been properly vetted over 6 years and thousands of pages of review by the State Department. It’s passed both chambers of Congress with the support of Democrats and Republicans. The President is the only obstacle in the way of the good-paying jobs and energy security this project will support.  I sincerely hope the President reconsiders his ideological position and signs this bill into law.”

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  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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Bucshon, House Re-Launch Bipartisan Interstate 69 Congressional Caucus

2015/02/06

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Larry Bucshon (IN-08) joined five of his colleagues today in re-launching the bipartisan Interstate 69 Congressional Caucus to raise awareness of the strategic importance of I-69 as a freight corridor.  Congressman Bucshon will serve as a co-chair of this caucus with Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Congressman Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27), and Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS-02).

Specifically, the caucus’ mission is to advance the development of I-69, and to enhance the regional mobility, and the safety of the traveling public.

“A complete Interstate 69 corridor is critical to our nation’s multi-modal freight transportation and the opportunity for Americans to find good-paying jobs,” said Congressman Bucshon, M.D. “In my home state of Indiana, I-69 is a tremendous economic asset that helps move our products and people more efficiently and effectively. Our manufacturers, small businesses, and industries rely on it and it supports thousands of jobs and economic activity. I hope we can accelerate I-69 projects, like the bridge between Evansville, IN and Henderson, KY, that have both regional and national significance.  I’m happy to help lead this caucus as we educate our colleagues on the importance of this project and advocate for its completion as we move forward with transportation planning this year.”

“With Texas’ economy continuing to grow, we need a more modern transportation infrastructure to move people and freight,” said Congressman Farenthold. “I-69, which runs from Mexico to Canada will be a critical piece of infrastructure for all of North America.”

“Interstate 69 is an important project that paves the way for expansions of the interstate highway system, connecting places like Laredo, McAllen, and Brownsville, Texas where it will support some of the busiest freight routes in the nation,” Congressman Cuellar said. “The development of I-69 will make travel safer and lower the cost of doing business in the region which will in turn create jobs and open the door for the expansion of commercial opportunities—all great things for South Texas. The I-69 Congressional Caucus has my full support and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the caucus to educate others on the importance of the Interstate 69 corridor.”          

“I am pleased to join my fellow Co-Chairmen to promote and raise awareness for Interstate 69,” said Congressman Whitfield.  “Interstate 69 is vitally important to my constituents in Kentucky’s 1st District and will provide a tremendous benefit to the economy, from the creation of jobs to increased trade that will be felt on both the regional and national levels.  It is essential that we all remain united and committed to completing this entire project as soon as possible.”

“With innovative companies like FedEx and a prime location in the Mid-South, Memphis is our nation’s freight transportation hub,” said Congressman Cohen. “The completion of I-69 will add yet another important link to and from Memphis, create good-paying jobs, spur economic growth in the Mid-South, and help ease traffic congestion.” 

Note: The I-69 corridor is currently designated by Congress as a combination of two high priority corridors and stretches from Texas at Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville through the heartland to Port Huron, Michigan.  It serves over 23 million people, traversing over 111 counties and hundreds of municipalities.  To date, more than 750 miles of the interstate are complete.

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Dr. Bucshon Votes for Transparency on Unfunded Mandates

2015/02/04

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 50, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act.  H.R. 50 would require more complete information be made available regarding the cost and economic impact of unfunded mandates on state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector.

“H.R. 50 is a simple bill with a simple, common-sense idea,” said Bucshon. “The American people deserve to know – and the federal government should take into account– the full cost and economic impact of unfunded mandates imposed by Washington, D.C.  This isn’t a new idea. In fact, in this bill, we strengthen policy that was passed by both parties in the ‘95 Congress and signed into law by President Clinton. There is bipartisan support for more transparency in the regulatory process. I’m not sure anyone can come up with a solid argument for why the government should have the ability to levy unfunded mandates behind closed doors. Consulting with state and local governments and private sector job creators, ensures that regulations and unfunded mandates aren’t making it more difficult for small businesses to pay the bills and hire new employees.”

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  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 Statement on President’s Budget Proposal

2015/02/02

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement in response to the President’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016, which includes $4 trillion in federal spending and would add $8.5 trillion to the debt over the next decade.

“Today, the President released a similar laundry list of tax-and-spend policy proposals as he has in previous budgets. These proposals serve to divide the American people rather than unite us under our common goal of expanded prosperity and opportunity for all Americans,” said Bucshon. “In his $4 trillion proposal, the President fails to balance the budget or even take a serious look at reform of the drivers of our debt. Instead, the President asks for higher spending, higher taxes, and higher debt. Fortunately, for middle class families who’ve seen their incomes drop almost four percent over the past six years, the President’s budget is only a proposal. Congress sets the budget for our country. 

“Our budget will not ask the American people to give more of their hard-earned income to maintain the status quo like the President has year after year. This has led to an $18 trillion national debt and failed to provide economic security to the vast majority of our fellow citizens. Instead, we will require government to do more with less and become more effective and efficient at serving the American people. Our budget will not only balance, but it will maintain critical government programs and protect our national security interests at home and abroad. And our budget will build a tax code that is fair to everyone and encourages economic vitality to grow incomes and increase opportunity for those climbing the economic ladder.”

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  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 Hold Office Hours in Evansville on February 6th

2015/02/02

(Evansville, IN) - Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) will hold Office Hours in his Evansville District Office on Friday, February 6, 2015. 

Who: Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08)

What: Evansville Office Hours

When: Friday, February 6, 2015 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CST

Where: 420 Main Street, Suite 1402, Evansville, IN 47708 (PLEASE NOTE the change in location)

Note:Appointments will be scheduled in 15 minute increments on a first come, first served basis and can be arranged by calling Erin Pugh at (812) 232-0523.

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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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