Dear Friend,

We’ve just completed another busy week in our nation’s capital. I want to share with you a few highlights that I think you will enjoy:

Legislative Victories

PASSED: H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019

The House of Representatives passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 6157) on Thursday. This vital funding will rebuild our armed forces, restore our military readiness, and support our warfighters.

Rebuilding our Armed Forces

Boosts base funding for our military by $17.1B above FY18 levels, continuing to rebuild our military – consistent with the House-passed NDAA and enacted budget agreement.

Ensures our military has the resources needed to continue ongoing Overseas Contingency Operations and Global war on Terrorism efforts and replenishes our military might.

Restoring Military Readiness

Increases funding for military readiness programs that ensure our troops are ready for their missions – providing 245.9B for training, maintenance, and base operations.

Prepares and modernizes our Armed Forces for future warfare by providing $92.4B for research and development into new defense systems and technology.

Supporting our Warfighters

Boosts troop end strength by providing $144B for military personnel and pay – supporting 1,338,100 active-duty troops and 817,700 Guard and Reserve Troops. This includes the authorized 2.6% pay raise for our troops – the largest pay raise in 9 years. It also fulfills the requested 16,400 end-strength increase.

PASSED: H.R. 6160, Congressman Harper’s Bill Delivers for America’s Veterans

The House of Representatives passed my bill, which amends the Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act, on Thursday. This bipartisan legislation encourages veterans with a 30% disability to apply for a job in the federal service with a promise that they will receive “wounded warrior leave” on day one. This allows our nations veterans to maintain meaningful work in the legislative branch while allowing them to go to their medical appointments without fear of losing pay or having to skip doctors appointments.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who introduced an identical bill in the U.S. Senate, is leading the charge on this issue in the Senate. I am proud that we are working together to help our brave veterans not only in our home state of Mississippi, but across the United States.

Committee Action

Energy and Commerce #SubEnergy Examined Geopolitics of Oil and Gas

The Subcommittee on Energy, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), held a hearing on Tuesday on the benefits of American oil and gas development, and the associated jobs, economic development, energy security advantages, and geopolitical impacts.

Witnesses:

Mr. Dennis Arriola, Chief Strategy Officer, Sempra (Opening Statement)
Mr. Harold Hamm, CEO, Continental Resources (Opening Statement)
Dr. Kevin Kennedy, Deputy Director, U.S. Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute (Opening Statement)
Dr. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit (Opening Statement)

Click here to view the hearing background memo and witness testimony on the Energy and Commerce Committee website.

Energy and Commerce #SubEnvironment Advanced Two Bipartisan Bills to Full Committee for Consideration
The Subcommittee on Environment, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today advanced two bipartisan bills to the full committee that advance the Department of Energy’s environmental remediation efforts.

H.R. 2278, the Responsible Disposal Reauthorization Act of 2017, from Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), amends the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 to extend the authorization for the Secretary of Energy to continue the operation of the disposal site in Mesa County, Colorado (known as the Cheney disposal cell) for receiving and disposing of residual radioactive material from processing sites from 2023 to 2048. H.R. 2278 passed, as amended, by voice vote.

H.R. 2389, to reauthorize the West Valley demonstration project, and for other purposes, from Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), reauthorizes the West Valley Demonstration Project located in West Valley, New York. Additionally, the legislation considers the disposal pathway for the project’s radioactive waste. H.R. 2389 passed, as amended, by voice vote.

Constituent Highlight

I was honored to see so many Mississippi groups and families who were visiting Washington, D.C. this week. Click here for more information on how my office can assist you in planning your next trip to D.C.

David Gates and John McDill

The Maze Family

The Rawls Family

The Bergeron Family

Trent Lott Leadership Institute

Mississippi Beta Club

Congressional Art Competition Winner – Octavian Singleton

Each spring, a nation wide high school art competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students, including home-schooled youth, in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District. The overall winner of the district competition will have their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide.

See Octavian’s winning piece below:

For more information on the Congressional Art Competition, click here.

God Bless,

Gregg Harper
Member of Congress