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Congressman Bob Goodlatte
2017-10-17 14:43:14
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What Are You Writing About?

Each week, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and visits from folks across the Sixth District about current issues before Congress. Here are a few of the inquiries I have received recently: 

Federal funding authorization for Community Health Centers lapsed on September 30. Will you support maintaining funding for Community Health Centers by supporting the CHIME Act

I have long been an advocate for Community Health Centers and the affordable health care options they provide at facilities throughout the Sixth District. The good news is, these facilities in Virginia have funding through January of 2018. Nevertheless, Community Health Centers provide primary care for millions and Congress must act soon.

Earlier this month, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce advanced a bill to extend funding. However, Democrats on the committee asked to delay House consideration of Community Health Center funding, as well as funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, in favor of further negotiations. While we are working together toward a responsible solution, this funding is too important for patients in the Sixth District to not get it reauthorized.  I have also signed on in support of the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act, or CHIME Act, which extends funding for these facilities for five years. Ensuring they have the resources needed to continue serving families is a priority, and I hope to see legislation come before the full House in the coming weeks.

I ask that you co-sponsor the Taylor Force Act. There will never be peace between Israelis and the Palestinians so long as one of these parties funds terrorism against the other.

The Taylor Force Act, which I have cosponsored, would help hold the Palestinian Authority accountable. Taylor Force was a 28-year-old American murdered by a Palestinian terrorist while visiting Israel last year. The loss of this young man is tragic. It’s even more disturbing when you learn that the family of his killer will receive payments from the Palestinian Authority as a reward for this murder. This bill would withhold U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority until it terminates its “pay to slay” scheme that includes payments to individuals and the families of those who commit terrorism or violence against Israelis.

Please vote yes on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

At 20 weeks, unborn babies hear music, respond to human voices, and, importantly, they can feel pain. Once a child is capable of responding to stimuli or feeling pain, there is no question that the child is deserving of dignity and a chance at life. On October 3, I voted in favor of this bipartisan bill restricting abortions after the 20-week mark.

I always enjoy hearing from you. If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail through my website at Goodlatte.House.Gov or contact one of my local offices. It is an honor to serve you, and I hope that you will stay in touch.  

Photos of the Week 

The Botetourt Family YMCA in Daleville continues to make progress! It's been a big community effort to get to this point. I'm glad that I could participate in the groundbreaking, and I look forward to seeing the finished product.

Brannelly and Ainsley, two local Nurse Managers at UVA, came by my office to discuss health care coverage. 

October 15-21 is National Forest Products Week. The forest resource industry contributes $17 billion annually to Virginia's economy and is an important job creator in and around the Sixth District. Recently, several folks representing the forest industry in Virginia stopped in to meet about issues impacting them, like the need for tax reform.    

THIS WEEK: I'm leading a a bipartisan trip to the Rio Grande Valley and San Diego Sectors of the U.S.-Mexico border to seek information about the security situation at the border and the implementation of our nation’s immigration laws. You can find updates on my Facebook page, and I'll provide a full report in the next e-newsletter. 

Update on Recent Health Insurance News 

On Thursday, President Trump signed an Executive Order with the goal of maximizing competition in the health care marketplace and potentially providing Americans more affordable health insurance choices. This action directs Administration officials to take a look at the options available through the regulatory process and consider expanding access to things like Association Health Plans, which allow small employers to band together to offer affordable insurance, selling insurance across state lines, and using health reimbursement arrangements to give employees greater choice over how to finance their health care. These are reforms that I have also supported in Congress.
Additionally, last year the federal courts concluded that the Obama Administration unconstitutionally usurped congressional authority by sending federal funding to private insurance providers without the approval of Congress. Last week, President Trump announced that the federal government will not continue an appeal of this ruling. Therefore, these unauthorized payments cannot continue. This is yet another example of how President Obama’s executive overreach, which ignored the other two branches of government in a naked attempt to try and achieve his policy agenda, backfired and worsened the already imploding Obamacare system. This is exactly why the Senate needs to take action to repeal and replace Obamacare, as the House has already done with my support, and help all Americans access the affordable coverage they desire.

VIDEO: We Must Strengthen Enforcement of Immigration Laws

Last week, I spoke on the House floor with members of the Republican Study Committee on the importance of bolstering enforcement of existing immigration laws and securing the border. Click here to watch.


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