"Over the past five years, as I’ve had the opportunity to work with Chris on a number of national security issues, he has become someone I trust and admire. Anytime I needed in depth analysis on conflicts ranging from the Pacific Rim to the Middle East, he's been my go-to guy. I’ve also come to recognize his leadership skills and management abilities. With his deep ties to Utah, distinguished military service, and willingness to shake things up to move things forward, he will be a great Chief of Staff."
Chris Harmer is a former infantryman in the United States Marine Corps and a retired Commander, United States Navy, where he served as a Naval Aviator and a strategic planner. He is a graduate of Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross, Utah, the United States Naval Academy, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to joining Representative Stewart's staff, he was Senior Naval Analyst at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization in Washington D.C. He has published numerous articles through ISW and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and is a regularly scheduled guest on multiple television networks.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement announcing the departure of his Chief of Staff, Dr. Brian Steed, who has taken a new position with the Department of the Interior as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land and Management:
“Dr. Steed has been a huge part of my success here in Congress. I always say he’s the best Chief of Staff on the Hill. I consider him a brother and will miss him greatly. He has a huge opportunity to serve the American people at the Bureau of Land and Management and I know he’ll have great success.”
Brian Steed had been Stewart’s Chief of Staff since his start in Congress in 2013.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT), Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today introduced H.R. 3862, the National Health Service Corps Strengthening Act of 2017. The bipartisan legislation aims reauthorize the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for five years and increase its funding levels.
The NHSC is a national program that provides loan repayment and scholarship awards to primary care, mental health, and dental health professionals in exchange for practicing in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). Additionally, the NHSC matches funding for State-based loan repayment programs that assist health professionals in underserved areas. The NHSC has helped more than 50,000 health professionals meet the medical needs of underserved and vulnerable populations for over 40 years.
The current funding for this program is set to expire on September 30, 2017.
The National Health Service Corps Strengthening Act of 2017 will reauthorize the National Health Services Corps program for an additional five years and increase its funding by $10 million each year. The bill will extend health care services to five million more Americans and enable 5,000 more health professionals to participate in the program.
“The NHSC program brings access to many Utahns who are living in rural communities and have limited access to care,” said Congressman Stewart. “Communities in my district rely on this vital health care program, and I am dedicated to making sure this access continues.”
“With seventy-five percent of the fourteen counties I represent in rural eastern North Carolina designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas, a strengthened National Health Service Corps is critical for the residents in my district,” said Congressman Butterfield. “One of the counties I represent has the highest infant mortality rate in the nation and its community health center will only be able to hire a new OB/GYN if the NHSC is reauthorized. There are countless stories like that across the country in areas of underserved medical need. We must do all we can to eliminate those health disparities and to reauthorize this important program.”
“The young doctors and healthcare professionals that make up National Health Service Corps play a key role in providing health care services in many rural and underserved communities in New Mexico,” said Congressman Luján. “It is critical that rural residents have access to this care, and our bill takes an important step forward by continuing the NHSC program for five more years and providing appropriate levels of funding.”
The NHSC is widely recognized- both in Utah and across the country- as a success on many fronts. According to the National Health Service Corps Stakeholders and the Association of American Medical Colleges, the program:
Read the text of the legislation here.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart’s office is excited to announce that Utah’s 2nd Congressional District will be participating in the third annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for students in high school and below.
“I invite all students from Utah’s 2nc Congressional District to participate in the Congressional App Competition. Computer science and STEM education are crucial proficiencies for the rising generation. By recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, I want to help encourage students to continue engaging in these fields.”
The Challenge runs until November 1, 2017. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. We strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate and to learn how to create their own apps. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and be given Congressional recognition for their achievements in STEM and computer science. Their apps will be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., on house.gov, and on the Congressional App Challenge website.
The CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by many as a million programmers by 2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the United States invests in our youth now, and helps them acquire these valuable skills. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognizes them for their efforts.
For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) led a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in sending a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, urging the committee to support the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).
The NHSC program provides loan repayment and scholarship opportunities for primary care, mental health, and dental health professionals in exchange for service in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. The current funding for this program is set to expire September 30, 2017
“Many communities throughout Utah have limited access to care,” said Congressman Stewart. “The NHSC program brings more access to Utahns by drawing medical students and clinicians to these rural areas. Our communities rely on this vital health care program, and I am dedicated to making sure they continue to have access.”
“Seventy-five percent of the fourteen counties I represent in rural eastern North Carolina are in health professional shortage areas,” said Congressman Butterfield. “Despite the already limited access to local primary care physicians, funding for our best solution- the NHSC program- could end on September 30. The NHSC program is essential to ensuring better access to primary care, regardless of zip code, and I strongly urge my colleagues to support continued funding for this vital program.”
The full text of the letter is below. The PDF can be found here.
Dear Chairmen Walden and Burgess and Ranking Members Pallone and Green,
We are writing to express our support for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program. The current funding for this important program is set to expire September 30, 2017, and we urge you to continue funding for this vital health care program.
The NHSC program provides loan repayment and scholarship opportunities for primary care, mental health, and dental health professionals in exchange for service in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. Because it is hard to naturally entice medical professionals to these locations, the market demand for medical services well exceeds the supply of health care providers in these areas.
Since 1972, the NHSC has placed more than 50,000 health care professionals, with more than 10,000 placed in the last year alone. These primary care professionals – including physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, mental and behavioral health professionals, physician assistants, certified nurse-midwives, and dental hygienists – deliver quality, culturally competent care to more than 11 million people in every state and territory.
The NHSC offers financial assistance to recruit and retain health care providers to meet the workforce needs of medically vulnerable communities through four key programs: The Loan Repayment Program, Scholarship Program, State Loan Repayment Program, and Students to Service Program.
Prior to FY2009, the NHSC was funded through the annual appropriations process. Today, the program is funded through FY2017 by a dedicated trust fund that was extended within the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. With a strong history of results, and recognizing the key role access to primary care plays in controlling costs and improving health, we strongly support the extension of the NHSC trust fund. We appreciate the work of the Committee to date on the NHSC funding and look forward to working with you to ensure a sustainable future for this vital health care program.
Reps. Chris Stewart (R-UT), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Peter Welch (D-VT), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Frank Lucas (R-OK), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), William Clay (D-MO), John Garamendi (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Al Lawson (D-FL), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Mark Takano (D-CA), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), André Carson (R-IN), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX), Betty McCollum (DFL-MN), Joe Courtney (D-CT), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Mia Love (R-UT), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), David Loebsack (D-IA), Peter King (R-NY), David Price (D-NC), Denny Heck (D-WA), Robin L. Kelly (D-IL).
Washington, D.C. – After the passage of the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement:
“Today, the House passed the last of the 12 appropriations bills that our hard work in the Appropriations Committee produced. This is the first time in over a decade that the House has passed a government funding bill on time that also contains Republican priorities. It’s Congress’s constitutional duty to fund the government and exercise the power of the purse. The House has done our job, now it’s time for the Senate to act.”
The bill includes full legislation and funding for the final eight of the 12 annual Appropriations bills, including: Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science, Financial Services, Homeland Security, Interior/Environment, Labor/Health and Human Services/Education, State and Foreign Operations, and the Transportation/Housing Appropriations bill. This funding extends through the entire 2018 fiscal year.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) issued the following statement after today’s vote on the disaster relief, debt ceiling, and government funding bill:
“This wasn’t a vote for hurricane relief. I already voted for emergency funding on Wednesday. I voted no because we once again have abandoned our military and failed to address our national debt.”
Rep. Stewart outlined the following concerns with the bill:
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“While well intentioned, the way the Obama administration went about enacting DACA was unconstitutional. Authority to alter immigration law clearly only lies within the purview of Congress. Nonetheless, I believe that we must protect those individuals who came to this country as children. I’m a cosponsor of two pieces of legislation that will continue to protect children of undocumented immigrants. These include the BRIDGE Act and the ENLIST Act. These bills bar the removal of individuals who were brought here under the age of 15 that are currently pursuing education, have recently graduated, or are serving in the armed forces. I look forward to Congress authorizing a long-term, legislative solution to this important and pressing problem.”
Washington, D.C.— U.S. Representatives Chris Stewart (UT-02) and Scott Tipton (CO-03) introduced the Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act (H.R. 3543), a bill that would streamline the approval process for vegetation management projects to protect or restore the habitat of the sage-grouse and mule deer.
In recent years, the rapid encroachment of invasive Piña and Juniper trees on sagebrush habitat has threatened sage-grouse and mule deer populations and created dangerous wildfire conditions. H.R. 3543 would allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to quickly engage in habitat restoration and proactive vegetation management projects to protect the species and improve ecological conditions.
“In order to protect mule deer and sage-grouse populations in Utah and across the West, we must protect their habitat. The review process for vegetation management has become too cumbersome and time consuming. This legislation removes bureaucratic red tape and gives land managers the tools needed to protect and preserve this precious habitat.” – Rep. Stewart
“The current vegetation management process isn’t allowing Western states to keep up with the rapid growth of invasive species in sagebrush habitat. To combat invasive species effectively, we must streamline the process through which BLM must go to protect and restore threatened habitats and address potential areas of concern. Our bill cuts through the unnecessary red tape that has prevented BLM from acting quickly in the past.” – Rep. Tipton
“The Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act will allow conservation partners to move quickly on landscape habitat restoration projects that are proving to have a tremendous impact for mule deer, sage-grouse and other species dependent on sagebrush rangelands. This is good for wildlife conservation as well as western big game hunters,” noted MDF President/CEO Miles Moretti. “The Mule Deer Foundation greatly appreciates Congressmen Tipton and Stewart for working together to introduce this important legislation in the House. With bills now in both chambers of Congress, we are optimistic about moving this issue forward in this Congress.” – The Mule Deer Foundation
Washington, D.C. – After the passage of the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement:
“We have worked long and hard on passing the 12 appropriations bills out of the House Appropriations Committee. Today, we passed the first four appropriations bills on the House Floor. These bills keep Americans safe and free by boosting our national defense, securing our borders, and supporting our veterans. I urge the Senate to pass these important bills.”
The bill includes the full legislation and funding for four of the 12 annual Appropriations bills, including: The Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water, and the Legislative Branch Appropriations bills. This funding extends through the entire 2018 fiscal year.
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Chris Stewart is the Congressman from Utah’s Second Congressional District. He is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling and national award-winning author, world-record-setting Air Force pilot, and the former owner/CEO of a small business.
Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He graduated from Utah State University, where he earned his degree in economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined the United States Air Force where he was the Distinguished Graduate (top of his class) in both Officer Training School and Undergraduate Pilot Training. He served for fourteen years as a pilot in the Air Force, flying both rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber. He holds three world speed records, including the world’s record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world.
Chris is a prolific author having written 17 books, several of which have become national best-sellers, and have been published in six different countries.
Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a nationally recognized firm for consulting expertise in energy and the environment. He and his wife, Evie, are the parents of six children.
Chris now serves as a member of House Appropriations Committee.
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I’ve asked the ATF why these devices were approved without restriction in 2010 and again in 2012.