Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after the Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2014 (H.R. 5544) passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 5544 seeks to provide physicians with the necessary research to make better informed decisions regarding whether or to what extent there are health risks associated with low-dose radiation. This would be accomplished using existing, rather than new or increased, appropriations. H.R. 5544 passed by a voice vote and now awaits consideration by the U.S. Senate.
Said Dr. Paul Broun, “I am pleased by the bipartisan efforts of my colleagues to advance this common-sense bill and help resolve what we do not yet know in the field of low-dose radiation. Every day, more humans are exposed to a wide range of low-dose background radiation – but there exists only limited research on the health-risks associated with low-dose radiation. This bill seeks to address the current gaps in knowledge by leveraging the nation’s current expertise in the area, and then proposing a long-term strategy to tackle the issue. At the same time, this legislation does not authorize any additional funds and requires the Department of Energy to carry out this work using only their existing appropriated funds. This bill is a common-sense win, and I hope that Senator Reid and President Obama will act swiftly in passing this vital legislation and signing it into law.”
Broun Pays Tribute to American Legion
Pictured from left to right: Unit 583 President Marion Waller, Rep. Paul Broun, Post 583 Commander Roosevelt Jordan, and Honorable John Reid, Mayor of Eatonton
Athens, GA– On Monday, October 13, 2014, U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) presented a Congressional Record to the Wesley Lee Farley American Legion Post 583. On behalf of this local post and American Legions worldwide, Congressman Broun entered the following statement into the Congressional Record on American Legion Day, which is celebrated on September 16th:
“Mister Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, the American Legion, which was chartered by Congress in 1919 on this date in history. Since then, it has grown to include more than 2.5 million members in over 14,000 American Legion posts worldwide, and its influence is invaluable.
“The American Legion supports a variety programs that benefit the communities in my home state of Georgia and those around the world. As a Marine and retired officer in the Naval Reserves, I am deeply grateful for the Legion’s commitment to mentoring youth, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and encouraging continued devotion to fellow service members, veterans, and their families. Therefore, it is my honor to applaud the great work of the American Legion.
“Furthermore, it is my privilege to recognize the Wesley Lee Farley American Legion Post 583 and Auxiliary in Eatonton, Georgia. Incorporated in 1952, Post 583 was first comprised of World War II and Korean War veterans, who built the post from the ground up, supported by donated material from the Eatonton community and unending fundraisers by the future Unit 583 Auxiliary. Today, the post proudly presents to qualified students the ‘Fannie Pearl Farley Scholarship.’ A charter member, Mrs. Farley served as the 69th Department of Georgia President, which is the highest office in the American Legion Auxiliary, and today she is still an active member of the post.
“On behalf of the United States Congress, I express my sincere respect and support for the American Legion, dedicated to upholding the ideals of freedom and democracy, while working to make a difference in the lives of fellow Americans around the world. I yield back.”
Congressman Broun was, this year, honorably discharged as a Commander in the Navy Reserves, and he is a paid up for life member of the American Legion.
Milledgeville, GA – Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) is currently accepting applications from highly qualified young Americans for appointment to our nation’s outstanding Service Academies. Dr. Broun has the privilege of nominating students to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. Students applying to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London do not require a nomination.
“Attending one of the nation’s service academies is a tremendous privilege,” said Congressman Broun. “The young men and women whom the academies select will receive a first-rate, undergraduate education, equivalent to that provided by an Ivy League school. They will also spend a minimum of five years serving their country on active duty as a military officer and gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will offer a world of career opportunities.”
Interested students may download an application at www.broun.house.gov and submit their completed packets to Dr. Broun’s district office at 620 Broad Street, Suite 401-C in Milledgeville, Georgia 31062, by Friday, October 10, 2014. Applicants who are considered competitive will be asked to attend an Academy Selection Board interview later this year. Dr. Broun’s Academy Selection Board includes members of the community who are either service academy graduates themselves or have prior military experience.
To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must be nominated from an authorized person, including the President, Vice President, and a Member of the United States Senate or the House of Representatives. As competition for nomination and appointment is very keen, it is wise for all interested persons to apply through all sources for which they are eligible and for all Academies in which they have a real interest. An individual may be nominated by more than one nominating authority and/or to more than one Academy.
For more information about the nomination process, please contact Academy Director Austin Mechan at Austin.Mechan@mail.house.gov or (478) 452-4440.
Congressman Broun was recently recognized for his outstanding pro-taxpayer voting record as National Taxpayers Union (NTU), a nonpartisan citizen advocacy group, announced that Congressman Paul Broun is among the distinguished recipients of the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” for 2013.
|Rep. Broun pictured with NTU Executive Vice President, Brandon Arnold.|
“With so many remaining doubts that our economy has completely turned a corner, it's never been more important for Washington to change direction on fiscal policy,” NTU President Pete Sepp said. “Fortunately, the taxpayers of Georgia’s 10th Congressional District could count on Congressman Paul Broun to help put our nation on a saner path. Day in and day out, Congressman Broun earned the title of 'Taxpayers' Friend.'”
Since 1979, NTU has acknowledged Representatives and Senators who achieve top scores in their annual Rating of Congress with the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.”
The Rating, which is based on every roll call vote affecting fiscal policy, assigns a “Taxpayer Score” to each Member of Congress that indicates his or her support for reducing or controlling federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation. For 2013, a total of 253 House and 90 Senate votes were selected.
“Congressman Broun’s pro-taxpayer score of 86% percent was one of the best in the entire Congress,” Sepp continued. “By casting principled votes for limited government time and again, Congressman Broun has led by example in the fight to defend overburdened taxpayers across the country.”
In NTU’s 2013 Rating, the average “Taxpayer Score” in the House remained at the rounded level of 51 percent. Thus, for the third year in a row the House mean has managed to reach the halfway mark – a feat never before achieved on NTU’s Rating. The Senate’s average was nearly the same as last year, rising one point to 41 percent - but the bigger story might be their woeful 17 percent median score.
For the first session of the 113th Congress, 58 lawmakers attained scores sufficient for an “A” grade (a minimum score of 83 percent in the House and 90 percent the Senate) and therefore won the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.” Yet, a startling 204 Senators and Representatives were tagged with the title of “Big Spender” for posting “F” grades (24 percent or less in the House and 16 percent or less in the Senate). The record of 267 was reached in both 2008 and 2009.
--- Sepp concluded: “By working to reduce federal spending, taxes, and debt, Congressman Broun proved to be one of the most effective advocates for taxpayers in his state as well as throughout the nation.”
---“If every Member of Congress voted as carefully as Congressman Broun, current and future generations of Americans could enjoy much lower taxes and a less wasteful government,” Sepp concluded. “Hard-working families in Georgia’s 10th district and across the nation owe Congressman Broun a debt of gratitude for his effort on their behalf. Congressman Broun has truly earned the title ‘Taxpayers’ Friend.’”
National Taxpayers Union, “The Voice of America’s Taxpayers”, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit citizen group founded in 1969 to work for lower taxes, smaller government, and economic freedom at all levels. Note: The 2013 Rating and a searchable Rating database from 1992 to 2013 is available at ntu.org. For questions about the Rating, its history, or methodology, please contact NTU Communications Manager Doug Kellogg at (703) 299-8698.
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after introducing H.R. 5544, the Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2014. H.R. 5544 seeks to address the limited understanding of health risks associated with low dose radiation by leveraging the nation’s current expertise in low dose radiation and then proposing a long-term strategy to address current gaps of knowledge. This legislation also stipulates that no new spending shall be authorized.
Said Dr. Paul Broun, “Every day, humans are exposed to background radiation, and yet sufficient data is not available for experts to conclude whether there exists a radiation dose limit below which the health risk is zero. This lack of understanding prevents regulatory agencies from setting more precise radiation-dose limits and impairs authorities’ precision to address potential radiological events and medically-based radiation exposures - all of which pose an unnecessary burden on society. In short, this legislation seeks to resolve what we do not know in the field of low dose radiation for the betterment of medicine, emergency response planning, and industrial safety. This bill is a common-sense win, and I urge House leadership to bring it to the House floor for an immediate vote.”
The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, named U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10) a Guardian of Small Business for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress.
Broun pictured with Dan Danner, President of NFIB
NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Broun for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.”
“The record shows that Rep. Broun is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”
NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was also unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker. Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award.
In all, NFIB will present Guardian awards to 232 Representatives who stood up for small business.Read More
Washington, D.C. – The Oversight Subcommittee today voted in favor of a resolution authorizing Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to issue a subpoena to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, a top Assistant to President Obama during the launch of Healthcare.gov last November.
After refusing to testify, Mr. Park scheduled a briefing for Members of the Oversight Subcommittee on Wednesday September 10, 2014, regarding his management and oversight of the HealthCare.gov website, including security protocols. However, less than 24 hours in advance, the White House cancelled the briefing because they did not want any official transcript of the discussion.
Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Broun said, “The Committee has invited Mr. Park to testify before us on five different occasions on his knowledge of privacy and security matters relating to the Affordable Care Act website, HealthCare.gov. We have written directly to Mr. Park, as well as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), but to no avail. The Committee’s concerns about HealthCare.gov are well known, as we have held two hearings since the website’s botched launch last October. Additionally, recent reports about a successful hack of the website have further raised the stakes on the need to ensure Americans who log on to HealthCare.gov later this year are safe from cyber criminals.
“The Committee did not receive these documents from OSTP, despite requesting them in a letter last December. That is one part of the reason for today’s meeting. It is inexcusable for an agency, of which this Committee has complete jurisdiction, to not provide records from a request made nine months ago. The other reason for today’s meeting is that it would certainly appear, upon reading the contents of some of the e-mails, that Mr. Park has more knowledge about the website than either he or OSTP has represented to Congress.”
In his opening remarks, Chairman Broun laid out a brief timeline of emails that were obtained by the Committee raising questions about Mr. Park’s role and knowledge of security issues prior to October 1, 2013, as the website was being built.
The subpoena would require the White House to provide documents and emails pertaining to Todd Park’s role in development of the website. It will also oblige Mr. Park to appear before the Oversight Subcommittee to provide testimony under oath. Mr. Park, who recently stepped down as Chief Technology Officer, was the co-chair of the White House’s Affordable Care Act Information Technology Exchanges Steering Committee, a body responsible for overseeing security protocols during development of the Healthcare.gov website.
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act (Audit the Fed), passed in the U.S. House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. H.R. 24 has over 220 cosponsors and passed overwhelmingly by a 333-92 margin.
Said Rep. Paul Broun, “Today’s passage of the Audit the Fed bill brings us one step closer towards bringing much-needed transparency to our nation’s monetary policy. For the past 100 years, the Federal Reserve, a quasi-government agency, has acted under a veil of secrecy – controlling our monetary policy and thus, our economy. While in recent years, the Fed has been granted a greater role in overseeing the regulation of our financial system, current law specifically prohibits audits of the Federal Reserve’s deliberations, decisions, or actions on monetary policy. This lack of accountability and transparency has led to grievous consequences - and it must end.
“I applaud my colleagues, Republicans and Democrats alike, for their support of this vital bill, and I commend my good friend and former colleague Dr. Ron Paul for his leadership on this important issue. I strongly encourage Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to recall his past support for this legislation – which he stated as recently as 2010 – and to bring this bill before the Senate for a vote, so we may deliver the transparency and government accountability the American people need and deserve.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition to the McKeon Amendment to H.J. Res. 124. The Amendment would authorize assistance to train and arm Syrian rebels to combat the forces of the Islamic State or ISIL.
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“Today, 227 years ago, on September 17th, our founding fathers signed our nation’s most precious document – the U.S. Constitution. As we celebrate Constitution Day today, and as the House votes on the President’s request to authorize aid to Syrian rebels and discusses steps to address the rising threat of ISIL – it is important to reflect on the founding principles of this nation.
“Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution states, ‘Congress shall have power to….declare War.’
“In his televised speech last week, the President outlined his plan to degrade and destroy ISIL. In his address, the President stated, ‘I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,’ but that ‘congressional support’ would be welcomed in his efforts. Ironically, just seven years ago, Senator Barack Obama stated in an interview, ‘the President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.’
“The Constitution gives our President the power to defend our country; however, that authority remains subject to checks and balances. In this case, as the Obama Administration has admitted, no specific plotting has been detected against our homeland. As such, if the President believes a state of war exists between ourselves and ISIL – and the comments made by both the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State indicate that he does – then let him make if Constitutional by coming first to Congress.
“On this historic day, Constitution Day, I urge President Obama to revisit this founding document – and take the opportunity to restore order and balance in the branches of government as our nation addresses the rising threat of ISIL.
“Today, the House is expected to vote on the President’s request to authorize assistance to train and arm Syrian rebels. I have long opposed arming the Syrian opposition out of the fear that these weapons will fall into the hands of Islamic radicals, such as ISIL.
“Rather than supporting relatively unknown opposition groups in Syria to battle the forces of the so-called ‘Islamic State,’ we must instead turn to our long-standing allies, the Kurds. The Kurds have shown repeatedly that they have the capacity, the tenacity, and the will to stand up to ISIL. With our support, the Kurdish Peshmerga, together with the Iraqi Security Forces, will be able to successfully annihilate the evil forces of ISIL.
“In conclusion, Mr. Chairman, if the President wishes to engage this country in military action against ISIL, then I urge him to ask this Congress for a declaration of war. Therefore, I ask my colleagues to join me in opposition to this amendment and I yield back the balance of my time.”
U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10), together with Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson and Representatives Jack Kingston (GA-01), Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03), Austin Scott (GA-08), Doug Collins (GA-09), and Phil Gingrey (GA-11), encourage teachers across the State of Georgia to educate students on the importance of the U.S. Constitution and its role in the federal government. In anticipation of Constitution Day, observed on September 17, 2014, the Members are asking elementary and middle schools teachers to take an hour out of their school day to highlight the importance of this founding document.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss:
“As citizens across the country commemorate Constitution Day, I urge Georgia’s educators and students to set aside time in the classroom to study our Constitution and the principles it represents. Much more than a document, our Constitution has endured throughout America’s history as the foundation of our democracy and protector of the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today. Understanding its contents and significance is critical to educating our youth and preserving the legacy of our Founding Fathers, who recognized that a constitutionally-limited government is key to ensuring our nation’s continued prosperity.”
Sen. Johnny Isakson:
“In honor of Constitution Day on September 17th, I encourage Georgians to read, study and learn the contents of the United States Constitution. I call on our educators, elected officials, community leaders and parents to educate our youth about the foundations of our great country and how the principles of the Constitution play out in our daily lives as Americans.”
Rep. Jack Kingston (GA-01):
“I invite Georgia’s educators to discuss the United States Constitution in their classrooms and for students to write to me with their reflections. This document is unique in the history of civilization and should be well-known to all Americans. Gathering in Philadelphia in 1787, the authors of the Constitution wisely crafted a system that respected state sovereignty and provided for a limited federal government. By following the debates of the Constitutional Convention, recognizing the compromises in the text, and understanding its role today, the students of Georgia would be well-informed citizens and more able to participate in their government.”
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03):
“For over 200 years, Americans have turned to the United States’ Constitution for guidance, and as a reminder of our nation’s core values. The framers of the constitution instituted checks and balances so we are reminded that this is the people’s nation, and we have a responsibility to protect our liberty and freedom. I encourage educators in Georgia’s Third Congressional District to challenge their students by having them study the Constitution so they can be reminded of the timeless values it upholds for all Americans.”
Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08):
“During a time where our nation’s government seems divided on most issues, there is one issue that almost everyone can agree on—the importance of our Constitution. Our Founding Fathers created this framework to not only serve as a basis for our government, but also as a safeguard for our freedoms and our liberties. I believe that it is important now, more than ever, to ensure that our nation’s students understand the gravity and relevancy of this centuries-old document. As we celebrate Constitution Day, I encourage teachers to help educate our students on the importance of our Constitution, and I invite Eighth District students to send me a letter about why the Constitution is important to them and what they have learned about this document.”
Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09):
“The Constitution should have a special place in our schools on September 17th and every day because it’s the roadmap for how we as Americans live life together. It provides the job descriptions for legislators and citizens alike, showing us how our government can be both accountable and accessible to every American. As I visit as many schools as I can across Northeast Georgia, I want to hear from students about what they’ve learned, and how the responsibilities and freedoms our constitution gives to every American means they can grow up to be anything they want to be.”
Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10):“On September 17th, more than 200 years ago, our Founders signed our nation’s most precious document – serving as a timeless arbiter of principle and governance in America. Today, it is vital that our students are reminded of the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the critical role it plays in safeguarding our liberty and freedom. I encourage teachers in the state of Georgia as well as nationwide to take an hour out of their lesson plans to help educate our youth on the importance of the U.S. Constitution and constitutionally-limited government as our Founding Fathers intended. Additionally, I ask that students in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District write to me on why the Constitution is important to them and what they have learned about our nation’s most important document.”
Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA-11):
“September 17th honors the signing of our Constitution – a document that embodies our most precious principles and serves as a framework for our republic. In the name of protecting the liberties and freedoms that it stands for, I’ve encouraged teachers in my Congressional District to use one hour of their lesson plan to educate the young Americans in their class – our future leaders – on the importance of the Constitution and the role it plays in our everyday lives. Additionally, I encourage students in my district to send me a note about what the Constitution means to them and what they’ve learned about this guiding document.”
On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the U.S. Constitution, thus securing the blessings of freedom that Americans enjoy today.
The full text of Congressman Broun’s letter to teachers in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District is attached above.Read More
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Washington, DC 20515
Representative Paul C. Broun, Jr. was elected in July of 2007 to serve the Tenth District of Georgia. Since his arrival in Congress, he has been appointed to the House Homeland Security Committee, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and currently serves as Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee for the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Dr. Broun grew up in Athens, Georgia where he attended Athens High School and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1967 with a B.S. in Chemistry. In 1971, he received his Medical Doctor degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. An internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon and a residency at University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama followed.
Dr. Broun served in the military as a jet engine mechanic in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves and later received a commission as a medical officer in the U. S. Navy.
For most of his career, Dr. Broun has practiced general medicine and, in 2002, he went out on his own, establishing a unique practice of full-time house calls. Dr. Broun enjoys the freedom of practicing medicine without bureaucratic encumbrances and has used his experience to introduce commonsense solutions to our nation’s health care financing crisis.
Dr. Broun’s first exposure to politics came at the age of sixteen, when his father won a seat in the Georgia State Senate. Paul Broun Sr. represented the Athens area as a State Senator for 38 years. Later, Paul Jr. himself would become involved politically; first as a volunteer lobbyist for Safari Club International, a pro-hunting and conservation organization, then as a conservative Republican United States Representative.
Dr. Broun participates in many diverse organizations and activities ranging from politics and religion to cooking and sports, including: the National Rifle Association, Gideons International, Rotary International, Trout Unlimited, Gun Owners of America and University of Georgia President’s Club. He was the founding President of the Georgia Republican Assembly, and President of the Georgia Sport Shooting Association (the NRA state affiliate). Dr. Broun is an avid outdoorsman, having a passion for conservation, hunting, fishing, and Second Amendment rights.
Dr. Broun has been married to his wife Niki since 1985 and has two grown daughters, a son and two grandchildren. The Brouns are members of Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Athens, where Dr. Broun formerly served as an AWANA children’s ministry leader. He is active in the Gideon ministry and, in 2004, he participated in a mission trip to Iraq.
As the 113th Congress moves forward, look for Dr. Broun to lead the charge for fiscal responsibility as he works to cut wasteful government spending, remove burdensome and unconstitutional mandates, and restores a constitutionally-limited government.
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Speaking on the House floor in support of HR 5544, the Low-Dose Radiation Research Act. Tune in now: http://t.co/zFeBe47JDo
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