As the month of February comes to a close, I wanted to share with you a look back at some photo highlights of my work on your behalf.
I held the first two in a series of health care listening sessions in Fredericksburg and Woodbridge to hear from health care providers and community leaders about ways we can improve our health care system. We talked about the path forward for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act with patient-provider centered reforms that expand choices for consumers, increase access to care, and reduce health care costs.
I met with Virginia representatives from the National Federation of the Blind in my D.C. office to talk about ways to improve the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
I participated in the first meeting of the year with my fellow co-chairs of the Public Health Caucus. We discussed how public health will fit into the future of health care reform. Fellow co-chairs in the 115th Congress are: Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Lucille Roybal Allard (D-CA), Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), and Gene Green (D-TX).
Part of my work as chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee includes visiting shipyards and military installations around the country, which allows me to see and hear first-hand the conditions at these facilities and helps guide my work leading the subcommittee. Since the Department of Defense is the number one employer in Virginia, these visits also give me a better understanding of the federal contracting and shipbuilding processes.
Recently I visited Marinette Marine in Wisconsin (top) and Pascagoula Shipyard in Mississippi to see the production of our newest Navy surface and amphibious ships. These ships are critical in allowing our sailors and Marines to complete their missions overseas.
I spoke at the U.S. Navy Amphibious Warship Congressional Forum about the critical role amphibious ships play in our Navy's fleet and the need to grow our Navy to 355 ships so that we can deter our adversaries, support our allies, and respond to threats around the globe.
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