Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
Rep. Albio Sires
Rep. Gerald E. Connolly
Rep. Gregg Harper
“October 10, 2016 will mark the 105th National Day of Taiwan. As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, we would like to congratulate the people of Taiwan on this occasion and wish them a Happy Double Ten Day.
There is much to celebrate this year with regards to Taiwan democracy and U.S.-Taiwan relations. This year, the world witnessed Taiwan’s third peaceful transition of power, and Taiwan’s first female president took office. U.S. trade in goods with Taiwan reached $66 billion last year making Taiwan our 9th largest trading partner, and the United States completed a $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan in accordance with the commitments made in the Taiwan Relations Act.
The United States Congress once again enacted legislation directing the Administration to develop a strategy to help Taiwan secure greater participation in international organizations. This is something Congress has done previously, specifically with respect to Taiwan’s inclusion in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It is of vital importance that the United States continues to push for Taiwan’s inclusion in ICAO. Airports in Taiwan handle large cargo and passenger volumes, and for the sake of passenger safety and international security, Taiwan must be allowed to participate in ICAO.
We would like to use the occasion of Taiwan’s National Day to reaffirm the strength of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship and our continued commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act and Six-Assurances. It is an honor and privilege to support this vital relationship, and we look forward to joining the people of Taiwan in celebrating their 105th National Day.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), along with Congressman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), announced that the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport will receive a $3.38 million airport improvement grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The award, which is made up of $1.44 million in formula funding and $1.93 million in discretionary appropriations, will facilitate continued runway rehabilitation and outdated lighting replacement.
“The efficient and safe operation of an airport requires consistent facility maintenance. I’m pleased the Federal Aviation Administration has committed additional resources to enhance safe aviation operations in Jackson,” Cochran said.
"The Jackson Airport stands to benefit from upgrades to its runway and lighting," Wicker said. "These infrastructure improvements are critical to upholding important aviation standards, giving the capital area access to the safest air service possible."
Harper commented, “The Jackson-Evers International Airport is an important economic and transportation resource for Central Mississippi and throughout the state. I am pleased to see these funds invested in improving the airport’s existing infrastructure and connecting the people of Jackson to cities across the United States and abroad.”
This grant will supplement a $13.8 million grant awarded in July for runway rehabilitation and wildlife hazard assessments at the Jackson airport.
House Admin Congratulates Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA), and Joint Committee on the Library Vice-Chairman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following statement congratulating Dr. Carla Hayden as the 14th Librarian of Congress:
“We congratulate Dr. Carla Hayden as she marks the beginning of her service as the 14th Librarian of Congress. As Dr. Hayden works to lead the Library into the future, our Committee looks forward to working with her and her staff to keep the tradition of collecting, preserving, and offering a vast collection of educational resources. Additionally, we extend our gratitude to David Mao who served as Acting Librarian, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to the Library’s mission during the past year.
“Today is a historic day for the Library; an institution which stands as a steadfast symbol of learning and democracy. We wish Dr. Hayden the best in the days and years to come.”
Washington, D.C.-The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading advocate for small businesses, today awarded Congressman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) with its biennial Guardian of Small Business Award for his outstanding support of America’s small business owners in the 114th Congress.
“Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business owners who is really fighting for them,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Based on his voting record, Rep. Harper is one of the most reliable advocates for small business in Washington.”
The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most prestigious award. It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners. NFIB tracks the votes of every member of Congress. House members and Senators who vote with NFIB members at least 70 percent of the time are eligible for the Guardian Award.
Harper received a 100 voting record during the 114th Congress.
“NFIB is honored to present Rep. Harper with this award,” Duggan said.
JACKSON – Congressman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) has been presented with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award for his outstanding work in the 114th Congress. This is the fourth consecutive time that Mississippi Farm Bureau has honored Harper for his strong commitment to the farmers of Mississippi.
“We are pleased to recognize Congressman Harper with our Friend of Farm Bureau Award and are grateful for the many things he does for Mississippi agriculture,” said Mississippi Farm Bureau President Mike McCormick. “The congressman and his staff have been very supportive of our farmers by attending Farm Bureau events and listening to farmers’ concerns.”
Harper serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he is a member of three subcommittees: Environment and the Economy; Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade; and Energy and Power.
The state’s senior House Republican also sits on the select Committee on House Administration, a special appointment made by House Speaker John Boehner. Additionally, he serves as vice chairman of the Joint Committee of the Library of Congress and chairman of the Joint Committee on Printing
Congressman Harper was cited for his support for his work on America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act; (H.R. 1105): Death Tax Repeal Act; (H.R. 2353): Highway and Transportation Funding Authorization; (H.R. 2146): Trade Promotion Authority; (H.R. 1599); Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act; (H.R. 2029): Consolidated Appropriations; (S.J. Res. 22); Senate Resolution of Disapproval on EPA/Corps WOTUS rule; & (H.R. 2406); Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act.
“I am so honored to receive this award from my longtime friends at the Mississippi Farm Bureau,” said Congressman Harper. “I have always fought to defend Mississippi’s dedicated farmers and strengthen our important agricultural industry. I look forward to continuing to support this important organization and our farmers in the future.”
The Friend of Farm Bureau Award is given at the end of each Congress to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate who were nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus and approved by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Board of Directors.
PEARL – U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS), Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced today the award of a $250,000 post-disaster grant to Wilkinson County to assist residents with repairing homes damaged by flooding in early August. Damage assessments, conducted by MEMA and local officials, show three homes were destroyed, 23 with major damage and 58 others with minor damage in Wilkinson County, primarily in the town of Crosby. The damage did not meet the threshold for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Stafford Act. This assistance is being provided by MEMA to the newly formed non-profit Community Based Recovery Committee (CBRC) in Wilkinson County with remaining funds from the Alternative Housing Pilot Program (AHPP) awarded to Mississippi by FEMA following Hurricane Katrina. The requirement of the original AHPP grant is that the funds must be used for on-going housing needs as a result of the disaster. "As we have seen in the aftermath of last month’s flooding, federal disaster assistance programs are generally restricted to state boundaries. When storm systems affect multiple states, people are often refused federal aid simply because their home sits across a state line from their neighbors," said Rep. Harper. "Many Mississippians, particularly those in the Crosby community, were as badly impacted by the recent flooding as the people of Louisiana—however our state’s total damages were not sufficient enough to trigger federal assistance. As a result, the state of Mississippi has stepped up to respond to this disaster," continued Harper. "I am pleased that these Mississippians will be able to rebuild their homes and begin the healing process all thanks to Director Smithson and the great team at MEMA." Gov. Bryant explained, "Under the direction of Lee Smithson, MEMA has shown its willingness to go the extra mile to help our residents get back on their feet after a disaster. This method ensures that every penny will go toward the repair of homes in Wilkinson County." Wilkinson County, through the CBRC, will use 100% of the funds from this grant for affordable home ownership, materials and supplies to repair flood-damaged homes, and rental assistance for low and moderate-income people with on-going housing needs. "Prior to this initiative, there was never a source of funding to buy building materials for residents who did not qualify for federal assistance," said MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson. "I am extremely proud of my staff for thinking of a creative solution to help those affected by this disaster." The National Weather Service reported more than 15 inches of rain fell in southwest Mississippi during August 11-13, 2016.
HARPER, COCHRAN, WICKER ANNOUNCE $10 MILLION GRANT TO UPGRADE NATCHEZ RAILWAY
Natchez Railway Bridge Upgrades Could Spur Economic Growth in Southwest Mississippi
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Representative Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), today praised the award of a $10 million federal transportation grant to the City of Natchez to upgrade bridges on the Natchez railway.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Natchez the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funding to upgrade five structurally-deficient bridges along the Natchez railway between Natchez and Brookhaven. Cochran, Wicker and Harper supported the Natchez application for federal funding.
“Improved service along the railway would stimulate economic development at the Natchez-Adams County Port and Industrial Park, in neighboring Franklin and Lincoln Counties, and across Southwest Mississippi,” said Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “There is intense competition for TIGER grants, and I am very pleased that Natchez has successfully secured this funding.”
"South Mississippi will see substantial benefits from this TIGER grant,” Wicker said. “Increasing the productivity and safety along the Natchez railway promises to boost economic growth throughout the entire region. I am pleased that these grants are being used to address critical gaps in rail service in our state.”
“This grant is an investment in Southwest Mississippi that will increase the traffic base, boost production and provide additional job opportunities,” said Harper. “More importantly, this grant assures cost effective, reliable and safe rail service for the citizens and businesses of Adams, Franklin and Lincoln Counties.”
The bridge repair work would represent a major step toward maximizing the potential of the railway. The improvements would permit railcars that meet the 286,000 pound industry standard and allow trains to travel at 25 mph over the repaired bridges. Trains are currently limited to lighter loads and must travel at 10 mph over the bridges.
The Natchez award is funded through FY2016 transportation appropriations, including $500 million overall for TIGER discretionary grants or National Infrastructure Investments. Under Cochran’s leadership, the Senate Appropriations Committee in April approved $525 million to support TIGER grants in FY2017.
As you know by now, FBI Director James Comey announced this week that the FBI did not recommend criminal charges to the Department of Justice (DOJ), and that the DOJ will not pursue charges in connection to the existence of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s private email server that contained classified information.
I have taken a few days this week to contemplate this important issue, its impact on our country, and to give Director Comey the opportunity to explain his decision to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Director Comey’s decision is disappointing. The findings released by the FBI investigation on Tuesday make it clear that Secretary Clinton has consistently misled the American people since the news of her private email server came to light in the Spring of 2015. For more than a year now, she has time and time again lied to the American people. Director Comey’s news conference clearly described her very poor judgment, and it’s clear to me that her actions were illegal.
FBI investigators found 110 emails in 52 email chains on Hillary Clinton's server that were classified at the time that they were sent or received. Previously, she had denied that she had sent or received classified emails.
Like most Americans, I struggle with the idea that a public official can be given a free pass for the reckless handling and transmission of national security information and putting our country’s very safety at risk, when other public officials and members of the military have been held responsible for breaking the law in this manner. I have signed on to a letter requesting that the Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, pursuant to her authority under federal law, appoint a Special Prosecutor to formally investigate this matter. A Special Prosecutor should make the decision on whether or not Secretary Clinton should be prosecuted.
No American, regardless of position, wealth, or status, should be above the law.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following statement in response to the news that law enforcement officers were ambushed in Dallas late last night, killing five, and wounding seven other police officers:
“I am sickened and heartbroken by last night’s cowardly, senseless act of violence against law enforcement officers who were protecting the rights of those who wished to peacefully protest in downtown Dallas, marking the deadliest day for law enforcement since 9/11,” said Harper. “Sidney and I send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, first responders, law enforcement and the entire city of Dallas.”
InsideGov, a government research website that provides detailed information on national and state-level politics and government activities, has named Congressman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) as the 5th most influential Member of Congress for 2015. He was ranked #5 out of the top 21 Senators and Representatives.
InsideGov ranked all current members of Congress in terms of their committee leadership positions and subcommittee leadership positions.
Rep. Harper, along with Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), ranked first among all Representatives when it comes to a committee leadership score. Rep. Harper served as chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library and vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Printing (two of the oldest committees in U.S. history), and vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy (Energy and Commerce Committee).
Among others acknowledged were Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, and Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). Senator Wicker serves as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Seapower (Senate Armed Services Committee), and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet (Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee).
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Happy to announce additional FAA funding to continue improvements to the Jackson airport. https://t.co/n9cgh8SWFI
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"In Mississippi, we understand the importance of our second amendment rights." From my appearance on @paulgalloshow this morning.
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What's status of Congressional fight on Zika funding vs Planned Parenthood funding? Congressman @GreggHarper next on GalloShow.
I was thrilled to attend the swearing in ceremony today of Dr. Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress and the first African American and
I am humbled to receive the Guardian of Small Business Award by the National Federation of Independent Business! Thank you NFIB for this award
So honored to receive this award from my friends at the Mississippi Farm Bureau. http://harper.house.gov/press-release/congressman-harper-honored-farm-bureau
Congressman Gregg Harper announced today the award of a $250,000 post-disaster grant to Wilkinson County to assist residents with repairing homes
Today at the steps of the Nation’s Capitol, my colleagues and I held a service for the 15th observance of the terror attacks on September 11,