November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friend, My many Thanksgiving recollections are filled with fond memories of time with family, fellowship with special friends, thoughts of loved ones who were with us then but have now passed on to glory, and so many other blessings of which I am thankful. I am thankful for those blessed times, but Sidney’s and [ READ MORE ]

November 11, 2016

Thank You to Our Veterans

Dear Friend, Today, Veterans Day, marks 98 years from the signing of the Armistice and the end of World War I. Each year, Veterans Day reminds us to be thankful for the freedoms we are so fortunate to have in our country. We also remember to express our gratitude to and to honor our brave [ READ MORE ]

September 30, 2016

Legislative Update: For the Week of Sept. 26, 2016

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM YOUR CONGRESSMAN For the week of Sept. 26, 2016 S. 2040: The first successful override of President Obama’s Veto Congressman Gregg Harper and the House of Representatives voted this week to override President Obama’s veto on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA. This vote marks the first time that Congress [ READ MORE ]

July 08, 2016

No American Should Be Above The Law

Dear Friend, 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 [ READ MORE ]

February 22, 2016

Guest Column in The Clarion-Ledger: Obama Power Plan Costly For Mississippi

The Supreme Court recently hit the pause button on what could be the single most costly government regulation in the history of our country. In a 5-4 decision, the justices ordered that implementation of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan stop until a lower court determines whether the president’s signature environmental agenda item is in [ READ MORE ]

January 06, 2016

Harper Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood and Repeal Obamacare

Dear Friend, Today, House Republicans set a tone for 2016 that reaffirms that the life of the unborn is precious and that Americans should no longer be punished by Obamacare. The House will send to the President’s desk a bill that repeals and replaces Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood while providing additional funding for community [ READ MORE ]

January 04, 2016

The Second Amendment

Dear Friend, For the last seven years, President Obama has used his executive orders to dodge the legislative process. It looks like his eighth and final year in office will be no different. As a new year begins, the president is launching a new attack on the Second Amendment. He has completely missed the mark [ READ MORE ]

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Dear Friend, As we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus, let us remember that the holiday season is also about family and the love we share for each other. It’s about gathering together to share in the traditions that we hold dear, not only as a family or a community, but as a nation. [ READ MORE ]

November 18, 2015

Syrian Refugees

Dear Friend, Americans are outraged with the senseless, despicable acts of violence carried out in Paris last Friday. At the same time, our citizens are concerned about the threat posed by inadequate security screening procedures for refugees seeking entry into the United States. ISIS itself has stated its intention to take advantage of the crisis [ READ MORE ]

September 24, 2015

Pope Francis

Dear Friend, In a chamber accustomed to receiving foreign dignitaries, His Holiness Pope Francis’ historic address stirred an energy and enthusiasm that I have rarely seen at the U.S. Capitol. Over 50,000 Americans from across the country gathered outside on the West Lawn to listen to his words and to catch a glimpse of him. [ READ MORE ]

September 18, 2015

Defunding Planned Parenthood

Dear Friend, In the wake of the videos that exposed Planned Parenthood’s leadership brazenly discussing the harvesting and selling of fetal body parts, I applaud my colleagues for their hard work in continuing to end this horrible practice. As a father, I am troubled by the thought that there are children throughout our country that [ READ MORE ]

September 07, 2015

Harper Comments on Labor Day

Dear Friend, As we enjoy this Labor Day with family and friends, please take a moment to be thankful for the contributions that each and every working American has made to the recovering strength and prosperity of our nation. I believe in order to reestablish this nation’s economic success; job creation must be our utmost [ READ MORE ]

July 04, 2015

Independence Day

Dear Friend, Each year on the Fourth of July, Americans across the country come together with friends and family to honor the anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. Before the cook-outs start and the fireworks flare, we reflect on the great sacrifices of our nation’s founders, our incredible freedoms, and so many other reasons [ READ MORE ]

June 05, 2015

Balancing Security and Civil Liberties

Dear Friend, On October 24, 2001, in response to the 9/11 attacks in which nearly 3,000 Americans were murdered, the United States House of Representatives passed the Patriot Act by a vote of 357 – 66. The United States Senate passed the Patriot Act the following day by a vote of 98 – 1. The [ READ MORE ]

May 27, 2015

Export-Import Bank

Dear Friend, The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im is an independent, self-sustaining agency with a mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services. When private sector lenders are unable or unwilling to provide financing, Ex-Im fills [ READ MORE ]

May 25, 2015

Reflections on Memorial Day

Dear Friend, When we think of World War II, our thoughts often go to Pearl Harbor and the surprise attack by Japan that catapulted us into war. Just a few days ago, Sidney and I had the honor to stand on the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, to reflect on the horror of that fateful day and [ READ MORE ]

May 13, 2015

Trade Promotion Authority

Dear Friend, Ninety-six percent of the world’s customers are outside the U.S. If we want to create more opportunity and more high-paying jobs here at home, we need to sell more American-made products and services overseas. Since the U.S. historically already has more open markets than much of the rest of the world, trade agreements [ READ MORE ]

May 07, 2015

National Day of Prayer

Dear Friend, Many times as I walk through or accompany constituents in the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, I’m reminded of and encouraged by the great men and women of faith who sacrificed so much to help forge this nation. Devoted prayer was an important part of our their lives. Today, the first Thursday [ READ MORE ]

February 27, 2015

The Student Success Act

Dear Friend, A number of misleading claims are being used by critics of the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) to derail K-12 education reform. The following information will explain my support and how the Student Success Act will reduce the federal footprint and restore local control over elementary and secondary education. Claim: H.R. 5 cements [ READ MORE ]

February 12, 2015

President’s AUMF Request is Insufficient

Dear Friend, President Obama on Wednesday morning sent Congress draft legislation authorizing the use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), warning that if the terror group was left unchecked, it would “pose a threat beyond the Middle East, including to the United States homeland.” In September 2014, I [ READ MORE ]