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 has successfully overridden a veto during the Obama Administration.

Congressman Harper released the following statement about the vote, “If I have the choice between siding with a foreign country and standing up for the American people, I will always put America first.”

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H.R. 5325:  Providing funding to continue government operations

This week, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (C.R.) to continue funding essential government operations through early December. This C.R. allocates funding to allow time for the 2017 budget process to be completed. In addition, this bill includes funds for several important issues:

  • Modernizing VA health records and improve oversight to address mismanagement issues
  • Providing resources to our service members for national defense
  • Sustaining quality housing for over a million military families
  • Stopping the spread of Zika by funding vaccine and diagnostic test research for the virus
  • Fighting the opioid epidemic
  • Rebuilding and repairing damages from recent flooding

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In other news:

Congressman Harper received the Health IT Congressional Leadership Award on Wednesday evening from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Rep. Harper was chosen as the single Republican recipient for his continued support for telemedicine, health IT and the groundbreaking work being done by the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Harper commented, “I am deeply honored to receive this award from HIMSS. The advancement of health technology has had an enormous, positive impact on the well-being of the people of Mississippi and I will continue to do everything I can to help lead the charge to ensure that high-quality care is provided through telehealth and other exciting initiatives.”