This week in Washington:

Today, the House passed H.R. 2810, the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)funding our military and authorizing increases to the size of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Air Force, as well as our Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard. The bill includes proposals to help address several critical needs for our Armed Forces and helps to protect those who serve each day to protect us by ensuring that our military has the resources they need to be equipped for combat in the 21st century. This legislation will support our military families, and provides the largest raise in troop pay in eight years.

The Cost of Caring
I wanted to also inform you of an important issue that affects a large number of families across our state—supporting family caregivers and easing the burden on those who devote themselves to taking care of loved ones who cannot take care of themselves. In a recent editorial in The Hill, I outlined my work in Congress to assist the millions of loving family caregivers across our country. My colleagues and I, during the last Congress, introduced the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act:

…This bipartisan legislation would implement that strategy by bringing together relevant federal agencies and others from the private and public sectors, such as family caregivers, older adults and persons with disabilities, healthcare and Long Term Support Services (LTSS) providers, employers, relevant industries, state and local officials, and others on an advisory council to advise and make recommendations. This approach would identify specific actions that government, communities, providers, employers and others can take in order to recognize and to better support these devoted family caregivers.

Click here to read my full editorial in The Hill.

Congress is working–For You
There has been a lot of misinformation about the productivity of Congress in recent months, and I wanted to make sure that you have the most accurate information possible about what is being done by the folks who represent you. I wanted to share with you an article that ran today in the Washington Times about the pace at which the House of Representatives has been working since we were sworn in this January. The article states: 

…according to The Washington Times Legislative Activity Index, which shows a newly unified government in Washington passing bills at a clip not seen since the early days of the Obama administration.

It’s the House that has led the way, notching a legislative record that puts it in the top 25 percent of sessions of Congress dating back to just after World War II, when the Congressional Record began to publish monthly tallies of floor activity…clearing some 260 bills and joint resolutions through the chamber and having 29 of its bills signed into law.

Despite what you hear, the House is working to fix the problems facing our constituents and our country.

Click here to read the full article in the Washington Times.

Picture of the Week

Post from above: “Watch out Congress! There’s a new face on Capitol Hill —and she’s not messing around!…

It is my honor to represent you in Congress. Please let us know if my office can be of assistance to you in any way.

God Bless,

Gregg Harper

Member of Congress