Members of Congress wear a lot of hats. One of the more enjoyable parts of my service is sitting on the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress. It’s an assignment that I’ve had since 2009. But this week, I was honored to be elected as chairman of this panel -- the oldest joint committee in Congress.
Last week, I introduced a bill with my good friend, Tom Cole from Oklahoma, that prioritizes pediatric research for children with special needs. But introducing this bill is just the beginning. Passing this bill is our ultimate goal. And if Congress acts, millions of our friends and neighbors could see improved diagnostics. A more timely diagnosis means more effective treatments.
As the White House warns of possible flight delays and other limitations in government services resulting from the sequester, one Obama administration official yesterday admitted that workers advancing the president’s health care law would see no change in their employment.
Recent scientific developments linking Fragile X Syndrome and autism have ushered in a renewed sense of hope in the disabilities community. Just last year, researchers discovered specific connections between these genetic conditions. But to fully grasp the significance of this breakthrough, one must first understand Fragile X.
As you enjoy a peaceful Sunday afternoon, when you have a moment I’d be honored if you read the following article regarding my family’s journey.
On Saturday, I’ll host my fifth annual Military Academy Day at Pearl High School. This free event is from 9:00 a.m. – noon and includes informational programs and breakout sessions.
This week, in conjunction with World Autism Day, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and I released the framework of a bill that would end taxpayer funding of presidential campaigns and use the money for pediatric research.
House and Senate lawmakers revealed contrasting visions for the federal government this week with competing 2014 budget plans. House budget writers produced a plan to save $4.6 trillion and balance the budget over the next ten years.
The House recently passed a bill to continue funding the federal government through September 30, 2013. So does this bill pay for Obamacare? The truth is that most of the president’s health care law falls under automatic – or mandatory – spending which was not addressed by this funding resolution.
There is a lot of talk lately about the sequester. So what exactly is it? This term refers to across-the-board spending cuts proposed by the president and agreed to by Congress in 2011. The result is about $85 billion in actual spending cuts over the next seven months. Half of the reductions will come from defense accounts with the other half coming from discretionary domestic programs.