The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill today that removes an obsolete federal mandate requiring the distribution of a booklet reporting motor vehicle insurance costs. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), eliminates the mandatory printing of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) annual booklet entitled, “Relative Collision Insurance Cost Information.”
“While I have great respect for the Supreme Court, I am tremendously disappointed in this ruling. This decision expands the power of the federal government and leaves citizens with fewer freedoms. Only a full repeal of this overreaching law will allow Americans to receive the care that they need, from the doctors that they choose, at a cost that they can afford.”
“This simple and bipartisan bill, if passed, would show that Congress is serious about efforts to alleviate burdensome and unneeded regulations on businesses across the country,” added Harper. “The president states that it is a priority of his administration to identify and eliminate costly, outdated and unneeded regulations; I say Congress should lead now with H.R. 5859.”
Every day in schools across the United States, students are being subjected to barbaric and potentially deadly treatment in the form of seclusion and restraint. According to leading education researchers and child trauma experts, as well as the Government Accountability Office, the use of these practices — which include forcibly pinning students to the ground, strapping them to chairs or locking them in closets — is dangerous and traumatic for everyone involved, including teachers, other school personnel and students. Their use has been linked to physical and emotional harm and even death. It is a practice that amounts to institutionalized child abuse, and it has no place in our schools.
“I am honored to co-introduce legislation that reduces federal spending and eliminates burdensome government regulations,” added Harper. “This bill is another step in peeling back outdated and unnecessary rules that businesses must deal with on a daily basis.”
“I’m extremely excited with the exceptional number of entries for this year’s competition,” said Harper. “In the past four years, our district has seen tremendous growth in this annual event, which is indicative of the talented young students willing to share their artistic gifts with Mississippians. Seoin and all of the student artists displayed brilliant creativity in their entries.”
“My desire is to serve the Third Congressional District and the state of Mississippi in a responsive and professional manner. This includes assisting Mississippians when they face challenges in communicating with the federal government and federal agencies,” Harper said. “It’s important that folks have access to my staff and me no matter where they live across the Magnolia State.”
U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) will host his fourth annual Military Academy Day on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Madison Central High School. Military Academy Day is a free seminar for students and parents to learn more about America’s military academies, requirements for admission and the congressional appointment process. High school students preparing for college in the approaching years and considering the military service academies option should attend. Junior high students are welcome to participate and no registration is required.
“From day one, House Republicans made it clear that we would stand in firm opposition of job-crushing tax increases,” said Harper. “As a result, negotiators included short-term solutions that turn our country from the failed tax-and-spend policies of the White House to the pro-growth reforms necessary to promote job growth and make America more competitive.”
“Sam Hamilton had a long and personal history with the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, where he caught his first fish at age 5 and began his conservation career at age 15. Renaming this refuge in Sam’s honor is a fitting tribute to his remarkable career and commitment to wildlife conservation,” Harper said.