Aug 2, 2013

ObamaCare and your family

Yesterday, I asked an Obama administration official tough questions about ObamaCare’s impact on families. You see, in the official’s remarks, she claimed – and I paraphrase: “There is growing evidence that these reforms are working for the entire system…keeping costs low…for consumers…shopping for coverage in the private health insurance market.” This isn’t true for folks in Mississippi like Forrest Collier.

Jul 25, 2013

I have good news.

Mississippians rely on coal for energy and jobs. But the EPA is in the process of regulating coal ash as a hazardous material, which could have negative effects on the economy. Here’s the truth. Coal ash has been used for decades as a safe part of many products that Americans use every day.

Jul 17, 2013

seem fair to you?

After claiming that ObamaCare's implementation is on schedule, the administration abruptly delayed the mandate established to penalize business owners who choose not to provide health insurance to their employees. The decision to exempt businesses from this law but still require average citizens to obtain government-approved health insurance is backwards.

Jul 5, 2013

fair wages

Earlier today, I had the privilege of speaking with thousands of advocates at the National Federation of the Blind’s annual convention in Orlando. This crowd gets it. They understand that real transformation of publicly financed supports for people with disabilities not only requires a paradigm shift, but it also requires bold, courageous, and innovative leadership.

Jul 3, 2013

delay tactics

Last evening, the Obama administration delayed for one year the mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance to their workers. I’ve argued that this rule was a bad idea from the start. And once again, the White House has proven that ObamaCare is nothing short of politics above economics.

Jun 29, 2013

Telemedicine works

Over the last 90 days, I’ve worked with health care experts in Mississippi and across the country in drafting a bill to improve telemedicine on the federal level. Congress has to figure out a way to overcome physician shortages and reach underserved patients. One answer is telemedicine.

Jun 23, 2013


As the father of 24-year-old son living with Fragile X Syndrome, I understand the challenges families raising special needs children face. This is why I’ve authored a bill to prioritize funding for children’s medical research instead of political parties and conventions. It’s called the “Kids First Research Act.” And the bill is fully paid for by eliminating taxpayer funding of presidential campaigns and party conventions.

Jun 6, 2013

bloated bureaucracy

It has been more than four years since my first oversight hearing with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) as a member of the Committee on House Administration. Since that time, I’ve introduced several bills to terminate this obsolete agency. And just this week, my latest proposal passed the committee.

May 31, 2013

Time's up

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is an obsolete agency that has long outlived its purpose. Need proof? This agency still has no commissioners, no executive director, and no general counsel. And they haven’t been able to conduct official business for the past two years.

May 22, 2013

$3.29 per gallon

As kids wrap up another school year and families prepare for summer break, the pain at the pump continues to hurt our pocketbooks. One way to help lower gas prices is by increasing energy production through projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. This is why I supported a bill today to bypass the White House’s administrative delays on this shovel-ready energy proposal.