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· Tue, May 23 · connolly

Two stories you shouldn't miss
Friends - I wanted to share with you a few recent news stories covering events I participated in this past weekend. I attended a commemoration of the anniversaries of World War I and World War II in Caroline County on Saturday and then spent Sunday morning in Fredericksburg at the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon. You can read more below. To keep up with all of my work around the First District and in Washington, connect with me on Facebook. Sincerely, Rob The Free Lance-Star Caroline County commemorates anniversaries of WWI and WWII May 20, 2017 Caroline County, in partnership with Fort A.P. Hill and the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, held the inaugural event in a year-long series of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI and 75th anniversary of WWII. The special ceremony in April was developed to honor the sacrifices of Caroline County residents during the wars. Honored guests and speakers included Congressman Rob Wittman, R–1st District, Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan, Commander of Fort A.P. Hill, and Cheryl L. Jackson, Executive Director of the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission. Jeffrey S. Black, Chairman of the Caroline County Board of Supervisors, served as master of ceremonies for the event. Descendants of WWI veterans, and WWII veterans and their family descendants were honored with the commemorative coin from the Commonwealth of Virginia and a certificate of appreciation presented by Caroline County. Recipients of these honors ranged in age from a 7-year-old honoring her great-great-great-uncle who was killed during WWI to a 102-year-old WWII veteran. Read the rest of the story here. WTOP Marine Corps Historic Half challenges runners for 10th anniversary May 21, 2017 FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Just 10 years ago, no one knew if the Marine Corps Historic Half would really take hold, but each year the race has grown bigger and better. Since 2008, the Historic Half in Fredericksburg has seen 50,000 runners, and this year runners from 46 states and seven countries are pounding the pavement. For the Historic Half’s 10th anniversary, race organizers added a new challenge for runners: the “Devil Dog Double.” *** Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Va., 1st District) has been a part of the Historic Half over the last 10 years as a celebrity starter firing the starting pistol. He says people come from all over to Fredericksburg for the race, even making it a weekend destination. “It’s really amazing how it turned out and what it’s become today,” he said, adding that for the running community they look to this race as one that they have to check off their list. Read the rest of the story here. Unsubscribe: wittman.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/
· Tue, May 23 · wittman

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 5.22.17
Gangs The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently reported that an intense crackdown on criminal gang activity was executed in an operation known as Project New Dawn. The crackdown by ICE, along with other law enforcement support, resulted in 1,378 arrests. Officials are calling it the largest anti-gang crackdown in the agency’s history. Here in the Ninth District, we are home to USP Lee, described by the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a high security U.S. penitentiary. The gang members from the recent busts that get convicted will wind up in the federal prison system. USP Lee currently holds numerous gang members and there is a good chance they will receive more from these busts. Gangs are a threat to civil society. Their members and leaders are often responsible for distributing and selling illegal drugs, carrying out violent crimes, and committing murder. It is especially concerning that gangs target young adults, and usher them into a life of crime. The men and women of Southwest Virginia who work at USP Lee, along with all law enforcement officials, keep dangerous criminals off our streets and make our communities safer. Cap and Trade Recently, I was able to attend the Virginia Coal & Energy Alliance (VCEA) and Southern States Energy Board 38th Annual Conference and Exposition. The event was much more upbeat than last year. Although energy prices are volatile, there has been an uptick in the coal industry with both an improved market and with the regulatory relief and support from the Trump Administration. The Trump Administration has made clear its intention of abandoning ineffective and job killing regulations. This has given companies more confidence in investing and using coal. However, this newfound confidence seems to have motivated Virginia’s Governor McAuliffe to attempt to implement a cap and trade scheme here in Virginia. Last week, the Governor announced an Executive Order to begin the process of creating carbon emission limits from power plants in Virginia. I touched on this at the VCEA event. A cap and trade scheme involving Virginia alone, or Virginia and a few other states, is not going to work. The idea is to clean up the air, but unless you have a worldwide agreement in which every nation follows the same rules, there will be job losses here for minimal gains around the world. The developing world, particularly those countries with large populations demanding jobs which will provide them with increasing wealth and modern amenities, has no intention of cutting back on their emissions. This was discussed last week, where I explained the Paris Treaty is not the answer. American communities cannot afford to lose jobs, and families, businesses, schools, and hospitals cannot afford to pay higher electricity rates. Instead of symbolic caps on emissions, we need to invest in cleaner coal technology and making all energy more affordable. Israeli Palestinian Peace President Trump is currently on his first overseas trip as President, starting in the Middle East. He is the first sitting U.S. President to visit the Western Wall, a sacred Jewish site to pray. He is also meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, top Israeli officials, and the Palestinian leader, President Abbas. President Trump has made it clear that he wants to bring peace and stability to this region. He is on the right track. He has expressed his willingness to listen to both sides and keep all options on the table. He is not making demands, but instead, making it clear that the U.S. role is to provide support and facilitation for the opposing sides to find common ground. It is difficult for us to understand their complex situation; because we are so fortunate that here most disagreement is generally more tolerant and civil. In his remarks in Israel, President Trump stated that, “Young Israeli and Palestinian children deserve to grow up in safety, and to follow their dreams free from the violence that has destroyed so many lives." One visit by the President is not going to solve the issues that have plagued the Middle East for thousands of years. But, I am encouraged President Trump is there and has made it clear that they need to work through their conflict and we stand ready to help them bring about peace. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov. Also on my website is the latest material from my office, including information on votes recently taken on the floor of the House of Representatives. ### Unsubscribe: morgangriffith.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/
· Mon, May 22 · griffith

The first step
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx link=VA06BG%2501177345%2501115.1%2bMay%2b19%2bENews%250114419.5177480.29 59242.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501goodlatte%2 540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx plain_text=Y&link=VA06BG%2501177345%2501115.1%2bMay%2b19%2bENews%2501144 19.5177480.2959242.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%25 01goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14419.5177480.2959242.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2f&redir_log=698444897491189> Enforcement is the First Step in Immigration Reform In the weeks since President Trump signed Executive Orders making sense of our nation's immigration enforcement priorities, the combination of revised priorities and actual enforcement has yielded significant results. While some said that trying to control our borders was simply tilting at windmills, the realization that the Department of Homeland Security will actually enforce our immigration laws has made individuals think twice about violating our borders and immigration laws. But these promising signs must be accompanied by Congress providing immigration officers with the additional tools they need to do their jobs. The Davis-Oliver Act, named after two law enforcement officers who were murdered by an unlawful immigrant in October 2014, was recently introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Raul Labrador. The Davis-Oliver Act delivers the tools needed to enforce our laws in the way Congress always intended, crack down on dangerous sanctuary city policies, and protect American communities from unlawful immigrants who commit crimes in the United States. In an effort to help bolster enforcement efforts, the bill also calls for the hiring of an additional 12,500 immigration officers. Click here <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14419.5177480.2959242.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2fnews%2fdocumentsingle.aspx%3fDocumentID%3d885&redir_l og=935850750299455> to read more about the bill in my weekly column. The House Judiciary Committee, which I chair, has already begun consideration of the Davis-Oliver Act, and I look forward to sending this important bill to the House for a vote. Any immigration reform must start with enforcement. Unfortunately, many families have lost loved ones due to lax immigration enforcement. We are all too familiar with the consequences of turning a blind eye to America's immigration laws � we've seen it in cities like San Francisco as well as communities in our own backyard. Congress has a duty to all Americans to provide the tools necessary to strengthen public safety and the rule of law. The Davis-Oliver Act is not the end of the Judiciary Committee's efforts to improve our nation's immigration system, but it is a critical first step. In Case You Missed It -- Reps. Goodlatte, Labrador: Immigration reform starts with US enforcing its own laws <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14419.5177480.2959242.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww foxnews.com%2fopinion%2f2017%2f05%2f18%2freps-goodlatte-labrador-immigr ation-reform-starts-with-us-enforcing-its-own-laws.html&redir_log=025647 881639887> PASSED: A bill passed by the House extends federal recognition to the Monacan Indian Nation in Amherst County. 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I am confident that he will serve with integrity and professionalism, and will conduct a thorough and fair investigation. I applaud the Trump Administration for taking this important step that the previous Administration repeatedly declined to do in other matters, ensuring an independent and thorough investigation is conducted to unearth all the facts. This decision will help instill much needed public confidence in the investigation. This Week in Photos... Yvonne Harris, Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship at JMU, and other representatives came by on Wednesday to update me on some of the university's initiatives. 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· Fri, May 19 · goodlatte

VA Tribal Recognition
Hi Friend- This week the House passed a very important bill, H.R. 984, to finally grant federal recognition to six Virginia tribes - the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, and the Nansemond. For these six tribes, federal recognition will enable them to pursue repatriation of historical and cultural artifacts, comment on federal agency actions that could affect their future, and gain access to a number of federal programs that serve the other 566 federally recognized tribes. As the sponsor of this legislation, I am pleased the House took the first steps towards granting these tribes recognition and I hope that the Senate will quickly follow suit. Check out my Facebook Live Video of the press conference we had with Chief Stephen Adkins of the Chickahominy Tribe, Rep. Scott, Rep. Connolly, and Rep. Beyer; and the press release below. I will keep you updated as this bill moves through the Senate, and please don't hesitate to contact me any time an issue that concerns you is before Congress. It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House. Sincerely, Rob
· Fri, May 19 · wittman

A Special Counsel
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· Thu, May 18 · connolly

Honoring the Men & Women in Blue
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx link=VA06BG%2501177245%2501115.1%2bMay17%2bENews%250114397.5153984.29582 03.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501goodlatte%2540 unityfeed.com%2501%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx plain_text=Y&link=VA06BG%2501177245%2501115.1%2bMay17%2bENews%250114397. 5153984.2958203.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501g oodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14397.5153984.2958203.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2f&redir_log=698444897491189> Bills Supporting Law Enforcement Up in the House <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/PoliceCar. png> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/police_wee k_graphic.jpg> Every day, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers around the country protect their fellow citizens from harm, keep the peace, and carry out justice. As they serve and protect us, we have a duty to ensure they have the tools needed to do their jobs and that our laws honor their sacrifices. This week, communities across the nation are observing National Police Week in honor of those lost in the line of duty. At the same time, the House of Representatives is in the midst of considering several bills from the Judiciary Committee to help aid law enforcement in their work and recognize the sacrifices of these brave men and women. One of these bills is the Rapid DNA Act, which will help identify the guilty and free the innocent by allowing Rapid DNA analysis machines to be used at local police stations. Rapid DNA technology expedites DNA analysis and allows local law enforcement to accurately identify a suspect within hours, as opposed to weeks when evidence is shipped off to a lab. This bipartisan bill will help keep offenders off the streets, preventing them from possibly committing additional crimes. I'm pleased to report that it was passed in the House <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14397.5153984.2958203.7665219&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fju diciary.house.gov%2fpress-release%2fgoodlatte-floor-statement-rapid-dna- act%2f&redir_log=674559310085573> on Tuesday! The Hometown Heroes Act amends the flag code to permit the American flag to be flown at half-staff in the event that a public safety officer dies in the line of duty. These public safety officers include local police officers, firefighters, and EMS professionals � a group of individuals who make great sacrifices so we all can live in a free country. In the event of a natural disaster, an accident, or even a terrorist attack, they are the first to answer the call and this bill allows the public to show their appreciation for fallen officers. Passed by the House on Tuesday <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/CheckMarkB lue.png> - WHSV: House passes bill to help local police fight cyber-crime <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14397.5153984.2958203.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww whsv.com%2fcontent%2fnews%2fHouse-passes-bill-to-help-local-police-figh t-cyber-crime-422680244.html&redir_log=650415079113695> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/LPD.jpg> Another bill that I hope the House will pass is the Thin Blue Line Act. This bill adds the murder of a state or local police officer as an aggravating factor for a jury to consider in deciding whether to impose the death penalty in a capital case in federal court. Moreover, it sends a simple message that the stalking and killing of law enforcement officers will not be tolerated. 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More than 40 police officers have died in the line of duty already this year, and we cannot forget their sacrifice. I am grateful for the law enforcement community who protect us, and I hope you will take the time to show your gratitude for the men and women in blue. 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· Wed, May 17 · goodlatte

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 5.15.17
America First Energy Policy An international deal the Obama Administration and environmental activists joined into has requirements that will cause the United States to voluntarily lose hundreds of thousands of jobs and significantly increase energy costs. It’s called the Paris Agreement. Not approved by Congress, no legal ramifications. Why did the United States enter the agreement? Good question. It surely doesn’t help put American energy first, make energy more affordable for Americans, or stabilize our power grid. The agreement is aimed at lowering emissions and limiting climate change to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, basically an arbitrary number. Notably, developed countries like the U.S. are expected to dramatically reduce actual emissions, while developing nations, such as India and China, are asked to lower emissions corresponding with their economic output. In other words, America is asked to kill jobs and risk our power grid stability, even if China and India are contributing more emissions than we are! A recent report states, “Remaining in the pact commits the U.S. to reducing our carbon emissions by nearly 30% below 2005 levels — even though most of the world's major polluters will continue to emit massive amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. That is why some supporters of the Paris Agreement concede that the gains would be ‘symbolic.’”[1] It continues citing “estimates that, over the next decade, the agreement will cost Americans an extra $30,000 per family of four in higher energy prices and some 400,000 lost jobs.” The study compares the Paris Agreement to “a $2.5 trillion global tax on American production. So the costs to America would be anything but "symbolic."” It would be crushing. President Trump promised to focus on American energy independence to bring stability to the grid and boost our economy. At the start of his Administration, he appointed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy (DOE), both of whom are determined to lead their respective organizations in a new direction. Both appointees are committed to taking bold actions that reflect the will of the American people, and will result in long-term, positive impacts for our country. Administrator Pruitt is focused on these goals and to achieve them, he has recommended President Trump pull out of the Paris Agreement. Those who argue to stay are mostly environmental activists who want to defend Obama Administration policies. They defend the $1 billion Obama contributed and the $3 billion Obama pledged to the Paris Agreement. Our commitments to foreign nations should be negotiated for America’s best interest, not by activists with their own agenda. Furthermore, staying in the Paris Agreement leaves environmentalists with a defense for the Clean Power Plan or similar detrimental policies. It opens the door to lawsuits from environmental activists to force the EPA to institute policies to meet our commitment. Exiting the agreement makes it clear there is no room for liberal interpretation leading to new regulations. An exit allows the EPA to continue the mission of undoing harmful, costly, and job-killing regulations and continue to work for an America first energy policy. In efforts to strengthen our power grid at home, in April, Secretary Perry commissioned a 60 day study to address the “concern about how certain policies are affecting, and potentially putting at risk, energy security and reliability.” In his memo commissioning the study, he notes the importance of sustaining baseload power. The textbook definition of baseload power is the “minimum level of demand on an electrical grid over a span of time. Baseload power sources are power stations which can economically generate the electric power needed to satisfy this minimum demand.” We are lucky, in the U.S., to have many sources that can contribute to meeting power needs; like coal, natural gas, wind, hydro, and nuclear. The study will determine how federal policies, regulations, and subsidies have skewed the balance of baseload power. It will examine how this has jeopardized the reliability of the electric grid, affected jobs and economic growth, and possibly threatened our national security. Specifically, DOE will determine if “regulatory burdens, as well as mandates and tax and subsidy policies, are responsible for forcing the premature retirement of baseload power plants.” Perry concludes the memo by reiterating that “the Trump Administration will be guided by the principles of reliability, resiliency, affordability, and fuel assurance-principles that underpin a thriving economy.” I will continue to support these policies of Administrator Pruitt and Secretary Perry “to ensure that we provide American families and businesses an electric power system that is technologically advanced, resilient, reliable, and second to none.” If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office, 276-525-1405, or Christiansburg office, 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov. 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· Mon, May 15 · griffith

*Special Edition* Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 5.8.17
Because health care is so important, there are two parts to the newsletter today, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 - Preexisting Conditions. Both are below. Health Insurance: Chapter 1 Last week, the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to repeal Obamacare and start a health care reform process to return power to the states, drive down costs, and offer options to American families. Let’s review the current state of health insurance. Across the country, costs have sky rocketed and choices have decreased. In Iowa, 94 out of 99 counties will be left with literally zero insurance options on the Obamacare exchanges, when insurers pull out as they have announced. It’s the same situation for 16 counties in Tennessee. In Arizona, the Obama Administration reported premiums increased 145% in Phoenix and 116% across the state in 2017. Don’t think it can happen here? Recently, Aetna announced they are pulling out of Virginia individual markets. Aetna said they “could still lose more than $200 million in its individual market products this year. That's on top of the nearly $700 million it's lost in the three years after the exchanges opened in 2014.” CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield requested a 35% increase in Virginia customer rates. More than 40% of Healthcare.gov (Obamacare) counties have only one insurer option. In the words of Majority Leader McCarthy, you know what doesn’t cover preexisting conditions? A health care system that doesn’t have coverage. No options means no coverage. Democrats blame Republicans. But there is no way Donald Trump and the Republicans are responsible for these results. In Bristol in 2008, Obama claimed typical families would save $2,500 a year in health care. Now, Nancy Pelosi and others who claimed or defended that promise, along with “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” are whipping up hysteria over hypothetical, alarming stories about the Republican health care plan. The Democrats’ claims weren’t true then and they aren’t true now. I’ve heard stories from Ninth District residents who struggle to pay increased premiums and are still faced with deductibles they can’t afford, forcing them to sell off assets. Democrats’ claim the disabled won’t receive care and preexisting conditions won’t be covered. That is just not true. The idea that a rape victim, asthmatic, or child born with a severe health issue will be uninsured is blatantly false. Democrats’ claims are so outrageous, even the Washington Post fact check gave 4/4 Pinocchios to one of the Democrats accusations. That’s a whopper. Democrats also claim Republicans didn’t allow time to read the bill. We didn’t put a 2,000 page bill on the floor like Obamacare. I pointed out on the House floor, our base bill was 130 pages, available to read since March. The MacArthur Amendment was around 8 pages, the McSally Bill was less than 1 ¼ page, and the Upton amendment, offered the day before the vote, was only 2 pages. As I said, they could have read the text during the time it was being debated. But it appeared to me, the Democrats were more interested in scaring the American public than understanding the bill. According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an average of 10.4 million consumers paid premiums and had an active policy through the Obamacare marketplaces for the first half of 2016. However, 19 million Americans either paid the IRS penalty or claimed an exemption. That means more people rejected insurance under Obamacare than people who gained insurance. Heritage Foundation reported, the average deductible for a family on a bronze plan is $12,393 and the average nationwide premium increase for individuals is 99 percent and 140 percent for families from 2013-2017. While I haven’t heard of deductibles that high here, I have spoken with a number of families with a $10,000 deductible. In 2016, there were almost 30 million Americans still uninsured. Is anyone really going to try and argue the costs and chaos of Obamacare were worth it for the increased premiums and deductibles, lack of choice, and significantly less expansion of coverage than forecasted? Massive, one size fits all programs from Washington most often prove to be ineffective, wasteful, and expensive. Health insurance included. The health insurance system won’t be fixed overnight. Even if the Senate passed some form of the AHCA tomorrow, the benefits will not be seen next year. Insurers are already setting their rates for 2018 under Obamacare, and most likely will set 2019 rates before reforms can be enacted. But the AHCA is the first step in getting Washington out of your health care, providing more choices, and lowering costs. Health Insurance: Chapter 2 Preexisting Conditions There are many falsehoods being spread about the American Health Care Act (AHCA). You’ve probably heard Democrats and talking heads on the news warning that those with any preexisting conditions will no longer be able to get health insurance. As Speaker Ryan put it, "Let's remember what is happening right now. Obamacare is collapsing. Obamacare isn't working. What good is Obamacare for anybody, let alone for a person with preexisting conditions if you don't have a health insurance plan that you can even get. So this is a rescue mission to make sure that we can achieve the goals we all want, which is getting the cost of coverage down and making sure that everyone has access to affordable health care, especially and including people with preexisting conditions.” Furthermore, the AHCA prohibits denying coverage on the basis of a preexisting condition. Democrats on the floor last week kept saying tens of thousands would lose their coverage because of preexisting conditions. That’s just not true. It’s false. Their theory is derived from the idea that if a state, in the future, requests a waiver (see below) from the Department of Health and Human Services, nobody in that state with a preexisting condition will get insurance. Let me walk you through how it works and why the Democrats are just plain wrong. It’s not a quick sound bite. The waiver provisions, as included in the MacArthur amendment, would affect 7% of Americans who currently get health insurance from the individual market.1 Also, it would hopefully encourage some of the 8% who have currently chosen to be uninsured, to come back into the insurance market. It’s important to address health insurance needs of all Americans, but these percentages illustrate the scope of this scenario. Out of those 7% +, the waiver changes would only affect an individual who lives in a state that receives a waiver AND has allowed their health insurance to lapse more than 63 days. The bill stipulates that if you have had no coverage for 64 days and then purchase health insurance, in a waiver state, with a preexisting condition, you can be charged more. Being on Medicaid counts as being insured. Further, if you read the bill, one or more of the following criteria must be met for the Department of Health and Human Services to accept the states’ application for a waiver. (i) Reducing average premiums for health insurance coverage in the State. (ii) Increasing enrollment in health insurance coverage in the State. (iii) Stabilizing the market for health insurance coverage in the State. (iv) Stabilizing premiums for individuals with preexisting conditions. (v) Increasing the choice of health plans in the State. (Note, particularly iv) Keep in mind, even with the waivers, a person can buy insurance. The question is, would their rates go up exorbitantly? So for the Democrats’ dramatic claims to be true, we have to assume 1. You are uninsured for more than 63 days 2. You wish to enter the individual health insurance market 3. Your state asks for a waiver 4. Your state gets the waiver 5. Your state crafts a plan that meets the criteria above and still leaves people out 6. We did nothing to stop the rates from rising exorbitantly But wait… we did something to help those with preexisting conditions who are also currently uninsured. Because there was a concern that some people could fall into that category, the Upton-Long amendment was adopted. That amendment provides $8 billion in funding to help pay down the cost of insurance for a person with a preexisting condition, in a state with an accepted waiver, and placed into a health care risk sharing plan. So the cost charged to a person with a preexisting condition cannot be exorbitant. But wait… there is even more. The increased premiums, whether paid by the government, individual, or a combination of the two, only applies for one year under the AHCA. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov ### Unsubscribe: morgangriffith.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/
· Mon, May 8 · griffith

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 5.8.17 - Chapter 2
Health Insurance: Chapter 2 Preexisting Conditions There are many falsehoods being spread about the American Health Care Act (AHCA). You’ve probably heard Democrats and talking heads on the news warning that those with any preexisting conditions will no longer be able to get health insurance. As Speaker Ryan put it, "Let's remember what is happening right now. Obamacare is collapsing. Obamacare isn't working. What good is Obamacare for anybody, let alone for a person with preexisting conditions if you don't have a health insurance plan that you can even get. So this is a rescue mission to make sure that we can achieve the goals we all want, which is getting the cost of coverage down and making sure that everyone has access to affordable health care, especially and including people with preexisting conditions.” Furthermore, the AHCA prohibits denying coverage on the basis of a preexisting condition. Democrats on the floor last week kept saying tens of thousands would lose their coverage because of preexisting conditions. That’s just not true. It’s false. Their theory is derived from the idea that if a state, in the future, requests a waiver (see below) from the Department of Health and Human Services, nobody in that state with a preexisting condition will get insurance. Let me walk you through how it works and why the Democrats are just plain wrong. It’s not a quick sound bite. The waiver provisions, as included in the MacArthur amendment, would affect 7% of Americans who currently get health insurance from the individual market.[1] Also, it would hopefully encourage some of the 8% who have currently chosen to be uninsured, to come back into the insurance market. It’s important to address health insurance needs of all Americans, but these percentages illustrate the scope of this scenario. Out of those 7% +, the waiver changes would only affect an individual who lives in a state that receives a waiver AND has allowed their health insurance to lapse more than 63 days. The bill stipulates that if you have had no coverage for 64 days and then purchase health insurance, in a waiver state, with a preexisting condition, you can be charged more. Being on Medicaid counts as being insured. Further, if you read the bill, one or more of the following criteria must be met for the Department of Health and Human Services to accept the states’ application for a waiver. (i) Reducing average premiums for health insurance coverage in the State. (ii) Increasing enrollment in health insurance coverage in the State. (iii) Stabilizing the market for health insurance coverage in the State. (iv) Stabilizing premiums for individuals with preexisting conditions. (v) Increasing the choice of health plans in the State. (Note, particularly iv) Keep in mind, even with the waivers, a person can buy insurance. The question is, would their rates go up exorbitantly? So for the Democrats’ dramatic claims to be true, we have to assume 1. You are uninsured for more than 63 days 2. You wish to enter the individual health insurance market 3. Your state asks for a waiver 4. Your state gets the waiver 5. Your state crafts a plan that meets the criteria above and still leaves people out 6. We did nothing to stop the rates from rising exorbitantly But wait… we did something to help those with preexisting conditions who are also currently uninsured. Because there was a concern that some people could fall into that category, the Upton-Long amendment was adopted. That amendment provides $8 billion in funding to help pay down the cost of insurance for a person with a preexisting condition, in a state with an accepted waiver, and placed into a health care risk sharing plan. So the cost charged to a person with a preexisting condition cannot be exorbitant. But wait… there is even more. The increased premiums, whether paid by the government, individual, or a combination of the two, only applies for one year under the AHCA. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov ### Unsubscribe: morgangriffith.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/
· Mon, May 8 · griffith

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 5.8.17
Health Insurance: Chapter 1 Last week, the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to repeal Obamacare and start a health care reform process to return power to the states, drive down costs, and offer options to American families. Let’s review the current state of health insurance. Across the country, costs have sky rocketed and choices have decreased. In Iowa, 94 out of 99 counties will be left with literally zero insurance options on the Obamacare exchanges, when insurers pull out as they have announced. It’s the same situation for 16 counties in Tennessee. In Arizona, the Obama Administration reported premiums increased 145% in Phoenix and 116% across the state in 2017. Don’t think it can happen here? Recently, Aetna announced they are pulling out of Virginia individual markets. Aetna said they “could still lose more than $200 million in its individual market products this year. That's on top of the nearly $700 million it's lost in the three years after the exchanges opened in 2014.” CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield requested a 35% increase in Virginia customer rates. More than 40% of Healthcare.gov (Obamacare) counties have only one insurer option. In the words of Majority Leader McCarthy, you know what doesn’t cover preexisting conditions? A health care system that doesn’t have coverage. No options means no coverage. Democrats blame Republicans. But there is no way Donald Trump and the Republicans are responsible for these results. In Bristol in 2008, Obama claimed typical families would save $2,500 a year in health care. Now, Nancy Pelosi and others who claimed or defended that promise, along with “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” are whipping up hysteria over hypothetical, alarming stories about the Republican health care plan. The Democrats’ claims weren’t true then and they aren’t true now. I’ve heard stories from Ninth District residents who struggle to pay increased premiums and are still faced with deductibles they can’t afford, forcing them to sell off assets. Democrats’ claim the disabled won’t receive care and preexisting conditions won’t be covered. That is just not true. The idea that a rape victim, asthmatic, or child born with a severe health issue will be uninsured is blatantly false. Democrats’ claims are so outrageous, even the Washington Post fact check gave 4/4 Pinocchios to one of the Democrats accusations. That’s a whopper. Democrats also claim Republicans didn’t allow time to read the bill. We didn’t put a 2,000 page bill on the floor like Obamacare. I pointed out on the House floor, our base bill was 130 pages, available to read since March. The MacArthur Amendment was around 8 pages, the McSally Bill was less than 1 ¼ page, and the Upton amendment, offered the day before the vote, was only 2 pages. As I said, they could have read the text during the time it was being debated. But it appeared to me, the Democrats were more interested in scaring the American public than understanding the bill. According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an average of 10.4 million consumers paid premiums and had an active policy through the Obamacare marketplaces for the first half of 2016. However, 19 million Americans either paid the IRS penalty or claimed an exemption. That means more people rejected insurance under Obamacare than people who gained insurance. Heritage Foundation reported, the average deductible for a family on a bronze plan is $12,393 and the average nationwide premium increase for individuals is 99 percent and 140 percent for families from 2013-2017. While I haven’t heard of deductibles that high here, I have spoken with a number of families with a $10,000 deductible. In 2016, there were almost 30 million Americans still uninsured. Is anyone really going to try and argue the costs and chaos of Obamacare were worth it for the increased premiums and deductibles, lack of choice, and significantly less expansion of coverage than forecasted? Massive, one size fits all programs from Washington most often prove to be ineffective, wasteful, and expensive. Health insurance included. The health insurance system won’t be fixed overnight. Even if the Senate passed some form of the AHCA tomorrow, the benefits will not be seen next year. Insurers are already setting their rates for 2018 under Obamacare, and most likely will set 2019 rates before reforms can be enacted. But the AHCA is the first step in getting Washington out of your health care, providing more choices, and lowering costs. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov. ### Unsubscribe: morgangriffith.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/
· Mon, May 8 · griffith

Obamacare Repeal Advances in the House
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx link=VA06BG%2501176905%2501115.1%2bMay5%2bENews%250114485.5128204.295469 5.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501goodlatte%2540u nityfeed.com%2501%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx plain_text=Y&link=VA06BG%2501176905%2501115.1%2bMay5%2bENews%250114485.5 128204.2954695.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501go odlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14485.5128204.2954695.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2f&redir_log=698444897491189> Obamacare Repeal Advances in the House Since Obamacare was signed into law, I have told folks in the Sixth District that I would stand with them to repeal it. That is exactly why I supported the American Health Care Act (AHCA). With this bill, Congress has a real opportunity to fix the health insurance system and put patients back in charge of their health care. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/AHCA_Passe d.jpg> Why repeal Obamacare? If the double-digit increases in premiums and high deductibles as well as the loss of access to health care providers experienced by many Americans aren't enough reasons, here's another: Obamacare is collapsing. Just days ago, Aetna announced that it will exit Virginia's Obamacare insurance marketplace, leaving an estimated 27 counties with only one insurer to pick from in 2018. Iowans are on the verge of having no insurers participating in the marketplace next year at all. Unfortunately, this is the trend across the country. The insurance exchanges created by this law are failing, leaving Americans with dwindling insurance choices. It's easy to see why this mess of big government mandates and red tape has not provided the health care solutions so many families need. What kind of reforms are in the AHCA? There are many positive reforms included in the AHCA, from expanding health savings accounts by nearly doubling the amount you can contribute to providing more options of how to save and spend your hard-earned money. This bill dismantles Obamacare taxes, penalties, and mandates, like the individual mandate that forces Americans to purchase health insurance whether they want it or not. It also helps young people access health insurance and modernizes and strengthens Medicaid. The AHCA aids Americans in accessing affordable health care by providing a tax credit for low and middle income families who don't receive insurance through employers or other programs. This allows them to purchase private coverage of their choice. What about pre-existing conditions? Under the AHCA, insurers are prohibited from denying coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition. In fact, the plan takes careful steps to ensure that these important protections are maintained. Furthermore, the Upton-Long Amendment strengthens the AHCA's pre-existing conditions protections by providing an additional $8 billion to help reduce premiums or out-of-pocket costs for those who may have a pre-existing condition. Read this piece <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14485.5128204.2954695.7665219&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.gop.gov%2fmcmorris-rodgers-washington-post-son-pre-existing-condition- hes-one-reasons-voted-ahca%2f&redir_log=641392410369750> by my good friend, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, about her personal experience with pre-existing conditions. Are Members of Congress exempt? Contrary to what you may hear, the House also passed a bill <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14485.5128204.2954695.7665219&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.congress.gov%2fbill%2f115th-congress%2fhouse-bill%2f2192%3fq%3d%257B%2 522search%2522%253A%255B%2522h.r.%2b2192%2522%255D%257D%26r%3d1&redir_lo g=115175358787675> on Thursday to ensure that Members of Congress and congressional staff will be treated the same way as any other citizen under the AHCA. The bottom line. The status quo cannot continue when we know that we as a nation can do better. I firmly believe that the American Health Care Act is a better way forward. As the Senate begins consideration of this bill, I urge them to keep the process moving. Passing the AHCA is a major step in repealing Obamacare and ensuring Americans have access to affordable health care. Weekend Reads... 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· Fri, May 5 · goodlatte

The Case for the American Health Care Act
Friend, This week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, with my support. It is clear the Affordable Care Act is failing and must be fixed. Having reviewed the text of the bill and the Upton and MacArthur Amendments, I believe this legislation does what is necessary to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, meets the principles for health care reform I laid out several months ago, and puts in place policies that will expand health care choices, increase access to care, and reduce costs. ​This is the first step in a multi-step legislative and administrative process that will give individuals and families more control and choice over their health care decisions while increasing flexibility for states to deliver quality, affordable health care options to their residents. ​I wanted to further explain my support of the bill by highlighting key parts of the American Health Care Act. Throughout the year, I conducted a Healthcare Listening Tour, where I heard from hospital administrators, doctors, nurses, patient advocates, people affected by the failing Affordable Care Act, and other stakeholders. These conversations reiterated how the failing Affordable Care Act is negatively affecting the constituents of the First District and furthered my resolve to work to make healthcare better for everyone. I remain committed to the constituents of the First District and will continue working to on behalf of their best interests. ​The Case for the American Health Care Act ​1. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is failing ​The Affordable Care Act promised to lower costs, increase access to care, and expand health care choices. It has failed on all three. ​Costs: According to the Washington Post, “Insurers are raising the 2017 premiums for a popular and significant group of health plans sold through HealthCare.gov by an average of 25 percent, more than triple the increase for this year, according to new government figures. The spike in average rates for the 38 states that rely on the federal marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act was announced by federal health officials on Monday.” ​Access: According to Bloomberg, “Failing insurers. Rising premiums. Financial losses. The deteriorating Obamacare market that the health insurance industry feared is here. As concerns about the survival of the Affordable Care Act’s markets intensify, the role of nonprofit “co-op” health insurers -- meant to broaden choices under the law -- has gained prominence. Most of the original 23 co-ops have failed, dumping more than 800,000 members back onto the ACA markets over the last two years.” ​Choice: According to Time, “According to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, almost a third of counties will have just one insurer participating in the exchanges by 2017, significantly more than the 7% of counties who had one option this year. That equates to 19% of all enrollees facing just one insurance option.” ​And just recently we heard that Aetna was leaving the insurance exchanges in Virginia, meaning that Virginians in 50 of our 95 counties where Aetna operates will have one fewer insurance option. In 24 counties where it operates, there is just one other insurer selling Obamacare plans. This means Virginians have fewer choices and will face increased costs. ​2. Republicans plan to repeal the ACA will replace it with a bill that expands choice, increases access, and reduces costs ​That plan is H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act. The bill is the first step in a multi-step legislative and administrative process that will give individuals and families more control and choice over their health care decisions while increasing flexibility for states to deliver quality, affordable health care options to their residents. ​The American Health Care Act repeals the ACA's individual and employer mandates and tax increases while phasing out the ACA’s health insurance subsidies and Medicaid expansion, replacing them with refundable tax credits and a more effective Medicaid funding model. ​3. American Health Care Act Questions Answered ​Will the AHCA kick 24 million people off of their health insurance? ​No. AHCA will ensure everyone has access to affordable, quality health care, but not by forcing them to buy insurance or penalizing them if they don’t purchase insurance. Instead, the AHCA provides refundable tax credits to low and middle income individuals so they have an incentive to purchase insurance. ​Moreover, the original Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate failed to take into account other planned legislative and administrative actions, which will help bring down costs and expand coverage. The CBO has a spotty track record when it comes to projecting health insurance coverage. When CBO originally scored Obamacare, they projected that 21 million Americans would have coverage in 2016. The reality was half that number, about 10.4 million gained coverage. ​Our plan provides every American with access to affordable coverage. Low-income individuals not on Medicaid will receive a refundable tax credit to purchase insurance (meaning they get assistance even if they do not pay income tax). States can also further help low-income Americans through a new Patient and State Stability Fund. ​I have a pre-existing condition. How does this bill affect me? ​Under the AHCA, insurance companies cannot deny you coverage based on pre-existing conditions. And your health status cannot affect your premiums, unless your state asks for and receives a waiver—a condition of which is the state having other protections in place for those with pre-existing conditions. Even if your state does obtain a waiver, so long as you’ve been continuously covered, you still cannot be charged more. The bill provides added resources to help people in waiver states who have not been continuously covered to gain coverage. Bottom line, there are many levels of protection for those with pre-existing conditions in the legislation. ​I heard about the MacArthur amendment allowing states to waive protections for pre-existing conditions. If this happens, will I lose all my benefits? ​No. This amendment preserves protections for people with pre-existing conditions while giving states greater flexibility to lower premiums and stabilize the insurance market. To obtain a waiver, states will have to establish programs to serve people with pre-existing conditions. And no matter what, insurance companies cannot deny you coverage based on pre-existing conditions.​ ​The MacArthur amendment only applies to the individual insurance market, where roughly 7 percent of the country purchase coverage. This means that the MacArthur amendment does NOT apply to 93 percent of Americans with employer-provided coverage or government coverage (Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, VA benefits, and others). ​Does the MacArthur amendment allow states to waive certain coverages, therefore raising costs? ​Although it gives states an option to tailor coverage limitations, the process is very strict. A state must explain how a waiver will reach the goals of lowering premiums, increasing enrollment, stabilizing the market/premiums, and/or increasing choice. States must lay out the benefits they would provide. And most importantly, states may only apply for a waiver if they have their own risk pool in place. Again, the coverage of people with pre-existing conditions will be protected. ​Even if a state asks for and is granted a waiver, no one’s premium may be priced based on health status if they have maintained continuous coverage. In addition to these protections, the AHCA provides significant resources at the federal and state level for risk-sharing programs that lower premiums for all people. ​And what about the Upton amendment? ​This $8 billion is on top of the $130 billion available to states through the AHCA’s Patient and State Stability Fund, which helps states repair their health markets damaged by Obamacare. ​States can use the funds to: *cut out-of-pocket costs, like premiums and deductibles *promote access to preventive services, like getting an annual checkup, as well as dental and vision care *promote participation in private health insurance or to increase the number of options available through the market ​How will the AHCA affect seniors? ​We know that seniors require and deserve more robust health insurance coverage. But under the ACA, the cost of the most generous plan for older Americans is limited to three times the cost of the least generous plan for younger Americans. Many health economists say the true cost of care is 4.8-to-one. So Section 135 of the American Health Care Act changes what is known as the "permissible age variation" to a five-to-one ratio in insurance premium rates so that seniors have coverage that works for them. Simply put, seniors will be able to purchase a plan that covers their true cost of care. ​Are Members of Congress and their staff bound to the same rules as everyone else? ​Yes. The House passed, with Rep. Wittman's support, H.R. 1292, a bill that ensures Members of Congress and their staff are treated the same way as everyone else under the American Health Care Act. What many people don’t know is that the Affordable Care Act included the exemption for Members of Congress and staff. Rep. Wittman opposed that language in the ACA, worked to get the exemption removed, and does not accept the stipend provided to Members of Congress under the Affordable Care Act to pay for his insurance premiums. 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· Fri, May 5 · wittman

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 5.1.17
Coal They said it wasn’t a war on coal, and They said it wasn’t the anti-coal policies. They said it’s just the market. Natural gas prices are just too cheap. But, with a new President and a new attitude towards the coal industry, coal is starting to see signs of revival. Norfolk Southern reported that coal earnings increased 20% in the first quarter of this year, driven by significant volume increases in the export and utility markets. The U.S. Energy Information Administration tracks the Henry Hub natural gas spot price (dollars per million btu), which varies greatly. But for comparison, in the first three months of 2015, the year Southwest Virginia saw so many layoffs, the average monthly cost was 2.99 in January, 2.87 in February, and 2.83 in March. In 2017, the same three months were 3.30, 2.85, and 2.88. It does not appear there is a significant pricing trend of rising costs in the natural gas industry. Yet Norfolk Southern coal earnings saw a 20% tick up. Could it be, as I’ve said before, the death of coal was greatly exaggerated? This new administration has given the industry new hope and I look forward to seeing some coal and coal mining related jobs return to Southwest Virginia. 2017 Funding At the time of the writing of this column, I have not yet read all 1665 pages of the “omnibus” bill that will fund the federal government through September (the remainder of fiscal year 2017.) The bill will complete the funding process for 2017, which began with the presentation of President Obama’s budget proposal last spring. It allocates spending as high as the 2017 cap agreed to under the last President, and I hope the 2018 budget, under President Trump, will reflect a decrease in spending. For this funding bill, I will weigh the positives versus the negatives, review constituent input, and decide how to vote. I have already identified some positive and some negative aspects. Of particular importance for economic growth in our region, language and money I fought hard for are included as part of the POWER Plus pilot program. The language and money are based on an amendment I offered last year. The POWER Plus program sets aside money for the reclamation of abandoned mine lands in conjunction with community and economic development. I pushed for $10 million in grant funding to come to Virginia, and it is in this bill. The only locations that qualify to receive this funding are abandoned coal mines. In Virginia, those only exist in Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District. The funding bill also funds the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Community Development Block Grant. The ARC funding includes provisions to fund high-speed broadband to distressed counties and fund industrial sites and workforce development. I have also fought to bring parity between funding of clean coal and other fossil fuel research and funding of development of renewable energy. While the amounts are still not equal, fossil energy research takes a baby step forward in this spending bill. To my disappointment, the bill does not prohibit funding directed to the Green Climate Fund. Nor does the bill penalize funding to cities that disregard the law and even actively obstruct federal agents in the performance of their duties. The bill increases funding for border security, but it does not begin funding a “wall” along our southern border. It also does not include language prohibiting funding for the EPA’s overreaching attempt to regulate truck trailers as part of greenhouse gas emissions regulations. As you may recall, we have nearly 2,000 jobs in Southwest Virginia related to this industry, and the law is clear that EPA does not have authority to regulate track trailers. I have spoken to EPA Administrator Pruitt on this point and I am hopeful that he will take action to address this concern. Additionally, while the bill does fund health benefits for orphaned UMWA retirees, it does not take care of orphaned non-union coal miners. I will continue to review the funding bill, but as always I would appreciate your input. This bill may be voted on soon, so email me your thoughts today. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov. ### Unsubscribe: morgangriffith.house.gov//Forms/EmailSignup/
· Mon, May 1 · griffith

Saturday is Drug Take Back Day
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx link=VA06BG%2501176605%2501115.1%2bApril28%2bENews%250114612.5103297.294 8896.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501goodlatte%25 40unityfeed.com%2501%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx plain_text=Y&link=VA06BG%2501176605%2501115.1%2bApril28%2bENews%25011461 2.5103297.2948896.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%250 1goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14612.5103297.2948896.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2f&redir_log=698444897491189> Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14612.5103297.2948896.7665219&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fap ps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov%2fNTBI%2fntbi-pub.pub%3f_flowExecutionKey%3d_c D8A0436F-A219-B591-A601-554F01AB78D6_kF4E45773-8329-B52D-F7F6-1F37912B20 17&redir_log=740625860493856> The drug epidemic plaguing our communities is serious -- thousands of Americans die from a drug overdose each year. But did you know that more than half of chronic prescription drug abusers received pills from prescriptions written for them or for friends and family? Just think of how many old prescriptions you might have sitting in the medicine cabinet. Luckily, there is something you can do to help. Tomorrow, April 29, law enforcement officers will be available in communities throughout the country to collect your old prescription drugs for safe disposal. From 10AM-2PM, you can gather up your unused or expired prescription drugs and bring them to a designated location near you as part of the National Take Back Initiative. Click here <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14612.5103297.2948896.7665219&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fap ps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov%2fNTBI%2fntbi-pub.pub%3f_flowExecutionKey%3d_c D8A0436F-A219-B591-A601-554F01AB78D6_kF4E45773-8329-B52D-F7F6-1F37912B20 17&redir_log=740625860493856> to find one close to you. While you're spring cleaning, don't skip the medicine cabinet! <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/drugs1.jpg > Earlier this week, I stopped by the Roanoke County Sheriff's Office to help Sheriff Orange and his team empty their drug take back box in preparation for this weekend's events. They've collected more than 100lbs of prescription drugs in just a few months. Small Businesses = Big Impact Two-thirds of all new jobs are created by small businesses. That's a big economic impact. As we observe National Small Business Week through May 6, it's a reminder that America's 29 million small businesses do big things. Not only do they create jobs for many of you and your family members, but small businesses are the ideas of our friends and neighbors brought to life. America's entrepreneurs are leading the innovation and creativity that we need in today's global economy. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/Parkers_Bo ws.jpg> One of the highlights of representing Virginia's Sixth District is the opportunity to visit many of the small businesses that have shaped our communities and to meet the employees who keep them running. In the past few weeks, I've visited several small businesses in our region, like The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at White's Travel Center in Rockbridge County, Blue Ridge Apothecary, a compounding pharmacy in Roanoke, and Front Royal Family Practice, a small medical practice in Warren County. Other stops have included agribusinesses, such as Crosskeys Vineyard in Rockingham County, and manufacturers, like Draftco and Parker Bows in Augusta County. From health care and tech startups to manufacturing and construction, these businesses and their employees play a significant role in nearly every sector of our economy. However, as any small business owner or entrepreneur can attest, the challenges they face on a daily basis are also significant. One such challenge is the uncertainty of having to comply with poorly crafted and costly government mandates and red tape. Because the House of Representatives has heard from the folks we represent about the unique challenges faced by these job creators, several bills are moving through Congress to give small businesses a louder voice in Washington. One is my bill, the Regulatory Accountability Act, which would help make sure bureaucrats are required to communicate better with the small business community and actively search for ways to reduce unnecessary burdens. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/29_Million jpg> Congress must work to see that the United States is a nation in which innovation can thrive by advancing legislation that protects free enterprise and encourages job creation, while also simplifying our tax code to spur competition. Additionally, I will continue actively working on efforts to create a health care marketplace that is more affordable and accessible for small businesses and their employees. If federal policies empower small businesses to innovate and expand they are also empowering America's economy, setting off a domino effect of economic growth, prosperity, and job creation. This Week: Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office Opens On Wednesday, I joined Homeland Security Secretary Kelly at the opening of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE) at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Through the creation of the VOICE Office, the Trump Administration is committed to providing accurate and timely information to victims of crimes committed by unlawful immigrants as their perpetrators face justice and are removed from the United States. Click here <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14612.5103297.2948896.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2fnews%2fdocumentsingle.aspx%3fDocumentID%3d867&redir_l og=938044036028455> to read more about this opening. Deadline Next Week! 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· Fri, Apr 28 · goodlatte

Let the Law Work
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx link=VA06BG%2501176265%2501115.1%2bApril24%2bENews%250114452.5081086.294 5681.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501goodlatte%25 40unityfeed.com%2501%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx plain_text=Y&link=VA06BG%2501176265%2501115.1%2bApril24%2bENews%25011445 2.5081086.2945681.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%250 1goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14452.5081086.2945681.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2f&redir_log=698444897491189> Enforcing the Law Works What if the laws governing American citizens didn't matter? What if instead they were merely suggestions? It's difficult to imagine what our society would be like if our country's laws were altogether ignored, but I doubt many would be happy with the result. Since its founding the United States has been a country of laws. Maintaining the rule of law is a critical part of our society. However, in recent years we have seen parts of America's immigration laws disregarded. Why enforce the law? You don't have to look any further than crimes that have been committed against American citizens by individuals who are in the U.S. illegally. Recently, a young man from Lynchburg was allegedly murdered by three men involved in gang activity who were illegally present in the country. This is one of many unfortunate examples of crimes that could have been prevented, and my sympathy is with the families who have experienced these tragedies. Enforcing the law works. President Trump has sent the strong message that our immigration laws will be enforced and unlawful immigration will not be tolerated. Through his policies, he has empowered Border Patrol and immigration enforcement agents to do their jobs. We are already seeing results. In the first months of 2017, illegal border crossings at the Southwest border dropped significantly. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14452.5081086.2945681.7665219&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.cbp.gov%2fnewsroom%2fstats%2fsw-border-migration&redir_log=87497975271 8385> , in March 16,600 individuals were apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the Southwest border, compared to more than 46,000 in March 2016. That 64 percent decrease is not happenstance. It's a direct result of strong enforcement of the law. America has a bright future ahead. Immigrants will continue to play an important role in making our country the diversity rich nation it is today. Enforcing America's immigration laws doesn't change that, but it will help stem human trafficking, promote public safety, and strengthen national security and respect for the rule of law. Click here <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14452.5081086.2945681.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2fnews%2fdocumentsingle.aspx%3fDocumentID%3d864&redir_l og=720857542639455> to read my full weekly column. AG UPDATE: Congratulations to the new Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue! I am pleased to have a strong leader with a firm understanding of the agriculture industry at the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He will be an outspoken advocate for rural America. Manufacturing is a Job-Creating Engine <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/NAMAward.j pg> Manufacturing is at the heart of the Sixth District's economy, and I'm proud to be a strong supporter of this job-creating engine. It was an honor to receive the National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at Altec Inc. in Botetourt County last week. I enjoyed touring the facility and speaking with a number of employees during my visit. Congress must work to help ensure that the U.S. is a nation in which manufacturing and innovation can thrive by advancing legislation that protects free markets and encourages job creation, while also reforming our tax code so that businesses are able to compete in the global economy. If we want a strong American economy, it will not come without a strong manufacturing economy as well. Protecting Our Children There are few crimes more jarring than those committed against innocent children. Much progress has been made over the past few decades in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting child exploitation crimes. Unfortunately, child abuse and exploitation still happens every day, and we still have a great deal of work to do, especially as predators exploit technological advances in order to hurt kids. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and there is no time like the present to bring greater awareness to this issue. When it comes to protecting children, we must ensure our laws are airtight to help stop this crime before it happens and prevent predators from facing no consequences for their actions as well. Over the past month, the House Judiciary Committee, which I chair, has tackled head on the exploitation and abuse of children. In addition to holding a hearing to examine current laws pertaining to child exploitation, the Committee has now approved five bipartisan bills to help further protect children. We must keep up with this ever-evolving criminal behavior and provide additional resources to protect children from abuse and bring perpetrators to justice. 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Right: 1) Last week, I met with representatives from Total Action for Progress (TAP) about some of their programs. 2 & 3) I always enjoy welcoming families from the Sixth District to Washington. If you are planning a visit and would like to learn more about available tours, visit Goodlatte.House.Gov <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14452.5081086.2945681.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fGoo dlatte.House.Gov&redir_log=979394427571181> . 4) On Saturday, Maryellen and I helped kick off the Blue Ridge Marathon. VIETNAM VETERANS COMMEMORATION PHOTOS: Click here to view the photo album <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14452.5081086.2945681.7665219&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.facebook.com%2fpg%2fBobGoodlatte%2fphotos%2f%3ftab%3dalbum%26album_id% 3d10155547372359415&redir_log=553962191801567> from last month's Vietnam Veterans Commemoration in Staunton. 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· Tue, Apr 25 · goodlatte

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 4.24.17
Tax Debate “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes," said Benjamin Franklin. Although taxes may be certain, American families and businesses shouldn’t be crushed by the tax code. Our current tax code is so complex that a majority of families have to spend money hiring someone to help with their taxes, costing time and money. Many of us in Congress are working to pass tax reform in order to simplify the tax code, encouraging jobs to be created and wages to rise. To bring relief to families, we will lower the tax rate for most Americans. A few of the widely used and most beneficial deductions will remain in place, like the mortgage interest deduction, charitable giving deduction, and the child credit. But most other tax write offs and special interest loopholes will be eliminated to lower tax rates and simplify the code. Fixing the tax code does not mean increasing taxes to bail out Washington’s spending problem. Our tax reform will be revenue neutral. The tax cuts will be offset by transforming our tax system to include a border adjustment tax (see below) that taxes imports while exempting exports. Additionally, the tax cuts will spur economic growth, which increases revenue. Historically, when American families have more money at their disposal, the government generally sees an increase in revenue. America’s current tax code encourages companies to send jobs overseas. Currently, we punish corporations that make money overseas by charging a 35% tax when the money is brought back to the U.S. This has led to an estimated 2 trillion dollars to be kept overseas, instead of being invested back into our economy. When companies bring money back to the U.S., it will provide a jumpstart to stimulating the American economy. Under the reformed tax code, companies are not slapped with a crippling tax when spending their earnings in the U.S. They can build or upgrade factories and facilities, hire new employees, or find other opportunities in the U.S. The tax plan will also address the corporate tax rate, which is currently the highest in the developed world at 35%. A lot of companies can’t afford to stay in America with this tax rate. Many companies have moved their headquarters out of the U.S. Our plan lowers the rate so we can compete with other countries around the world. The plan also proposes to include a border adjustment tax. This means goods leaving the country will not be taxed, but when goods are made elsewhere and brought into America they will be taxed. At the same time, it will eliminate the tax on the income attributable to exports. Some favor a value added tax (VAT) with a border adjustment feature. A VAT means that whenever a value is added to a product, the increased value is taxed. I think a VAT is too complicated and prone to future special interest loopholes. I prefer a straight border adjustment tax. Industrial countries around the world all have either a border adjusted tax or value added tax, except for the U.S. The next three largest economies that don't have either a VAT or border adjusted tax are Iraq, Angola, and Cuba. I think we are better than Iraq, Angola, and Cuba. Don’t you? Implementing the border adjusted tax will stop penalizing products Made in America. Companies that manufacture products in places that don’t have hardly any work safety or environmental regulations or minimum wage laws can sell their products cheaper than products manufactured in America. This tax will help increase jobs here in the U.S. and even the playing field for American products. Some argue that a border adjustment tax will increase the cost of goods, because the cost of cheap goods made in Asia and other places around the world will increase to account for the new tax. But many believe the buying power of the dollar will get stronger, thus offsetting any increase. And, even if a stronger dollar doesn’t completely offset the increase, most folks I know would rather have a good paying job than a cheap pair of underwear. The tax reform plan will have many other components, including the elimination of the death tax. This is a tax on assets you receive as an inheritance. This tax historically hurts family owned businesses, including the family farm. Our current tax code is broken. For far too long, the tax code has punished hardworking Americans, burdened small businesses, encouraged companies to leave America, and stifled the economy. The time for reform is now. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov. ### Unsubscribe: morgangriffith.house.gov//Forms/EmailSignup/
· Mon, Apr 24 · griffith

Weekly Update: Congress faces budget decision
Dear Friends - It's spring time in Washington and that means you can count on two things: the cherry blossoms returning to bloom and Congress renewing the budget and appropriations process. The season always kicks off with the release of the president's budget, which serves as a recommendation to Congress. The House and Senate Budget Committees then produce budget resolutions of their own that, if passed, guide the Appropriations Committee in drafting the 12 actual spending bills that fund federal agencies and programs. Those bills come to the House floor for an up or down vote. This process, known as regular order, is how budgets and spending bills should be considered and enacted. But recently that has not been the case. In fact, for the past eight years (check), the federal government has been primarily funded by what are known as continuing resolutions or "CRs." These bills simply fund the government at the previous year's overall top line spending figure, denying federal agencies, particularly the Department of Defense, the certainty needed to operate effectively. The current CR runs out on April 28th. This means Congress has a choice to make: either do the work we were all sent here to do and pass a proper spending bill or kick the can down the road and pass another CR. My view is as simple as the choice we face: a CR would be a non-starter for me because of the damage another CR would do to our military readiness and national security. In the House Armed Services Committee we have heard from our nation's top military leaders and their message is clear - we cannot afford another CR. Here are some of the specifics they've shared with the Committee: Expected pay will be cut and deployments will be announced last minute, which will cause serious disruption to military families. A year-long CR will force the military to cancel the induction of thousands of service members. Even war fighters deploying around the world will be denied the training they need to accomplish their mission safely. It is impossible to make up for deferred training. Squadrons will stop flying and ships will stop sailing: Years of defense cuts have reduced aircraft and ship availability, leaving the military ill-equipped to absorb more cuts without operational impact. We will do lasting damage to military readiness: The services, already struggling to maintain a ready force with insufficient resources, will be unable to avert lasting damage to the military. And that is the condensed list. Clearly, the damage that will be done by another CR would put our servicemen and women in danger and do real harm to our national security. That is not a consequence I can accept and so I will vote against a CR of any length. I am pushing to ensure Congress does the difficult work of governing and makes the tough choices necessary to successfully complete the budget and appropriations process. In fact, I again introduced a bill that says if Congress doesn't pass a budget, Members of Congress should not collect a paycheck. If you have thoughts or concerns about the budget and appropriations process that you'd like to share, I encourage you to email me. Your thoughts and feedback help me better represent you in Congress. It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House. Sincerely, Rob P.S. The Daily Press covered an event where I shared more thoughts on the upcoming budget debate and you can read that article by clicking here. Unsubscribe: wittman.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/
· Sat, Apr 22 · wittman

Make Earth Day Great Again
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· Sat, Apr 22 · connolly

Join my telephone town hall tomorrow night
Friends - Hearing your questions, comments, and concerns are invaluable to me as I represent you in Washington. I want to hear from as many folks as possible and so tomorrow, April 20th, at 6:30pm, I will be hosting a district-wide telephone town hall meeting. I'd love for you to join us on the call tomorrow, so please click here to sign up. Those who sign up will receive a call at 6:30pm and you'll be placed in a conference call with folks from around Virginia's First District. On the call I will update listeners on important issues being debated in Congress and answer questions from callers. I hope you will join us tomorrow night. If you'd like to sign up, please click here. I look forward to hearing from you, and it's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House. Sincerely, Rob Unsubscribe: wittman.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/
· Wed, Apr 19 · wittman

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 4.17.17
Congress Takes Back Our Founding Fathers deliberately set up three equal branches of government, in order to establish a separation of powers to protect American citizens. Over the years, the legislative branch has slowly handed some of its powers to the executive branch, increasing the ever-growing powers of the presidency and its bureaucracy. Since taking office in January, the 115th Congress has reined in some of the executive branch powers utilizing the Congressional Review Act (CRA). As you may remember from the November 14, 2016 column, the CRA is an oversight tool Congress can use to overturn certain agency actions with special procedures under which to consider legislation to overturn rules, in the form of a resolution of disapproval. If a CRA resolution of disapproval is passed by both houses and signed by the President, the rule at issue cannot go into or continue in effect. Since its inception during the Clinton Administration, only one CRA had been signed into law, but thirteen have been signed so far this year. I am encouraged by the passage of each CRA. Regulations rolled back under CRAs have been rules passed near the end of the Obama Administration including rules that hurt small businesses, hindered job creation, and in many cases, were poorly written. By signing the bills that repealed or blocked these onerous rules, President Trump is making good on his promise to cut through burdensome regulations and reduce bureaucratic roadblocks. At the same time, Congress is returning power to the legislative branch. Congress takes back its power when a CRA is passed because the regulation is set aside, and in the future, an agency cannot propose a substantially similar regulation without specific Congressional authority. Thus, the authority in these thirteen specific areas has been restored to Congress and where necessary Congress must act. Too many times in the past, Congress has actually been willing to cede its authority to unnamed bureaucrats or the President, so it wouldn’t have to take tough votes. While I am glad Congress is exerting more authority in the regulatory process, I would also like to see Congress exert authority in regard to the authorization of the use of military force. The Constitution makes the President Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, but gives exclusive power to declare war to Congress. This is spelled out in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. Congress must defend this prerogative. I acknowledge complex and dangerous predicaments we face in the world. Under Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump, use of force to address challenges in the Middle East and against terrorists is justified based on two Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that are fifteen and sixteen years old. Only approximately 20% of members who voted on these remain in the House of Representatives, meaning 80% of the current members never voted to authorize force in the Middle East. Let’s not forget one Congress cannot lawfully bind another Congress. Having an AUMF that 80% of House members haven’t voted on, is more than a decade old, and passed two presidencies ago is both intellectually dishonest and inappropriate. The current Congress should vote on a new AUMF. This AUMF should include a provision so it does not extend indefinitely into the future. Major conflicts our country has been involved in, including the War Between the States, World Wars I and World War II, for us lasted less than 5 years. Yet the conflict in the Middle East has dragged on for more than a decade. Even though in the 1400s the French and English fought in a conflict known as the 100 Year War, I don’t think our Founders envisioned the United States engaging in a war lasting 100 years. Particularly not one authorized by votes from only one Congress. Although the definition of war has evolved, the American people should be able to count on their representatives to decide when, where, and under what circumstances our country should enter into an ongoing military conflict. Again, Congress should not shirk from its responsibilities merely because it’s easier to look the other way and let the President handle it. I believe you elected me to take tough votes. Although sometimes we may not agree, I am always willing to study an issue and make a decision. This is what Congress is supposed to do. I didn’t get elected to be part of an impotent debating society; I was elected to get things done. And I will do my darnedest to get things done for you. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov. Unsubscribe: morgangriffith.house.gov//Forms/EmailSignup/
· Mon, Apr 17 · griffith

Easter Sunday
April 16, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jessica Paska 202-225-3861 Easter Sunday Congressman Morgan Griffith said: "This Easter Sunday, my family and I will reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and celebrate his resurrection. As a Christian, I believe Christ sacrificed himself for us so our sins could be forgiven and we could be redeemed. On religious holidays such as Easter, I am particularly thankful for our religious freedom. No matter what you believe, we are lucky to live in America where we have religious freedom. I am deeply troubled by attacks with religious motivation, such as the recent bombings at Palm Sunday services in Egypt. "I am reminded this Easter of a story I included in a 2014 newsletter, the story of a journey reportedly taken by a Russian Communist leader, Nikolai Bukharin, who had taken part in the Bolshevik Revolution. As the story goes, Bukharin traveled from Moscow to Kiev (which is now the capital of Ukraine, an independent nation) in order to address a large crowd of Communists on the subject of atheism. "You see, communism was officially atheistic. As stated by Karl Marx, one of the founders of communist thought, 'Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.' "Following his remarks against faith, Bukharin looked at the audience and asked if there were any questions. "A man then approached, and he mounted the platform. Looking out at the crowd assembled before him – despite Bukharin’s anti-faith remarks that had preceded him – this second man is said to have shouted, 'Christ is risen!' Those before him stood and shouted back, 'He is risen indeed!' "This story involving Nikolai Bukharin is told often. We have not found a primary source historical reference to it. However, I cannot imagine that this is a story that the Communists would have ensured was officially recorded. "But what a powerful story it is! 'He is risen indeed!' "On this Easter Sunday, I extend my prayers to all of you: Christians, those of other faiths, and yes, also atheists, because I believe all mankind needs redemption, myself particularly." ### Unsubscribe: morgangriffith.house.gov//Forms/EmailSignup/
· Sun, Apr 16 · griffith

Supreme News
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx link=VA06BG%2501176095%2501115.1%2bApril7%2bENews%250114481.5052611.2944 579.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501goodlatte%254 0unityfeed.com%2501%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx plain_text=Y&link=VA06BG%2501176095%2501115.1%2bApril7%2bENews%250114481 5052611.2944579.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501 goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14481.5052611.2944579.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2f&redir_log=698444897491189> Congratulations, Judge Gorsuch! <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/C80i5LSWsA ASmpe.jpg> Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next associate justice to the Supreme Court! Judge Gorsuch has proven himself to be one of the most qualified jurists to be nominated to the Supreme Court, and it is a pleasure to see him confirmed. Throughout the long and daunting confirmation process, Judge Gorsuch has demonstrated his faithfulness to the rule of law and the original meaning of the Constitution, as well as his ability to keep politics out of the work of the court. President Trump made an excellent nomination to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and I have no doubt that Judge Gorsuch will serve the Court admirably. Community Health Centers: An Important Part of Health Care As the health care debate continues, let's take a look at one aspect of the health care system that has the support of many in both parties. Community Health Centers (CHCs) have long been recognized as a proven and nonpartisan solution to primary care access. In fact, Community Health Centers provide primary care for over 25 million people in 9,800 rural and urban communities across the United States. So, just what is a Community Health Center? For over 50 years, Community Health Centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, have provided primary and preventative care, dental care, behavioral care, pharmacy services, and a variety of support services. Under federal law, in order to qualify for federal grant funding, CHCs must serve an underserved area or population, offer a sliding fee scale, provide comprehensive services, have an ongoing quality assurance program, and be governed by a board of directors. CHCs deliver health care to those who need it the most, which is particularly important in rural areas, like much of the Sixth District. I have seen firsthand just how well CHCs serve those who need care and how they are able to do so in a fiscally responsible manner that ultimately provides savings across the health care system. It is estimated that Community Health Centers generate $24 billion in annual savings for the health care system. Additionally, these centers provide a significant economic impact, including thousands of jobs across the state and billions of dollars in revenue. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/CHC.JPG> I have long been an advocate for Community Health Centers. Several great facilities offer services to folks in the Sixth District, including Johnson Health Center in Lynchburg, New Horizons Healthcare in Roanoke, Rockbridge Area Health Center, Harrisonburg Community Health Center, Highland Medical Center, and Blue Ridge Medical Center in Amherst County. Last month, I visited New Horizons and met with medical professionals and staff to discuss some of the challenges they face. Just last week, representatives from Johnson Health Center, Harrisonburg Community Health Center, and Blue Ridge Medical Center came to my office in Washington to advocate on behalf of CHCs. While Community Health Centers existed long before Obamacare, when this law was passed in 2010 it recognized the value of these facilities and made a substantial investment in them. The good work done by CHCs continues to be recognized now. As we work on a new health care solution to replace Obamacare, it is important that CHCs receive support for their work to expand services and access. Quality, affordable health care is necessary for the sustainability and viability of our health care system, and we must work to develop bipartisan solutions to address the future of health care. I will remain a strong supporter of the important role Community Health Centers play in America's health care system and the affordable health care options they provide for many in the Sixth District. Photo: Last week, I received the National Association of Community Health Centers 2017 Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award. Representatives from local CHCs were on hand to present this honor. U.S. Response to Chemical Attacks in Syria This week's deadly chemical attacks are a stark reminder of the atrocities that the Syrian people face under the Assad regime. This evil cannot be ignored or tolerated. The strike launched last night was a measured response to these actions by the Assad regime. The United States needs a well-defined, comprehensive strategy in relation to Syria. I urge the President to engage with Congress on this strategy and fully brief Congress about any possible actions in Syria. 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· Fri, Apr 7 · goodlatte

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 4.7.17
The Nuclear Option, Slavery, and the Tyranny of the Majority Today, the United States Senate is expected to vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. To get past the Democrats’ obstructionism and allow a vote on Gorsuch, the Senate invoked the so-called “nuclear option.” This eliminated the modern filibuster/cloture rule for Supreme Court nominations and allowed a simple majority to confirm him. While it was not a surprise, the nuclear option was met with handwringing about the decline of the Republic. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) lamented the “perpetual opportunity for the tyranny of the majority.” Juan Williams wrote, “A broken Senate will facilitate the ‘tyranny of the majority,’ that John Adams warned against in the early days of the republic.” The real nuclear option was the paralysis of our democratic republic by the modern filibuster/cloture rule. The real tyranny is that, when voting on a bill, the minority can obstruct the combined will of a majority in the House, a majority in the Senate, and the President. Nowhere in the Constitution do you find the filibuster. The modern filibuster/cloture rule is not a part of the constitutional framework the framers put forward, but a perversion of it. John Adams may have expressed concern about the “tyranny of the majority” in 1788, but the Constitution ratified that year, the Bill of Rights ratified in 1791, and the amendments ratified in the subsequent centuries were directed to protect the rights of minorities from unjust infringements. John Adams aside, the phrase “tyranny of the majority” in American history has been historically linked with pro-slavery forces. In the generations that followed the Founders, pro-slavery politicians like John C. Calhoun demanded supermajorities to enact national policies. They preached against the tyranny of the majority knowing that such a standard would protect their evil institution of slavery. Their views contradicted the ideals of our democratic republic stated by Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address, that ours is a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” To protect the minority in a way consistent with our democratic republic, you could go back to the earlier filibuster rule which required two-thirds of the Senate to vote to stop someone on the floor from speaking. That rule made sure that the minority delaying Senate business had the opportunity to make its case to the American people. Instead, now anyone can put an anonymous hold on a piece of legislation. Without required explanation, a senator can let the Leader’s office know he or she objects to a matter before the Senate and then go to Charlie Palmer’s steakhouse to enjoy an adult libation of his or her choice. The phrase “nuclear option” implies the total destruction of a community, but what does implementing the “nuclear option” on Supreme Court nominations destroy? It merely allows the will of the majority of the Senate, which was elected by the people, to be expressed. My quarrel with the so-called “nuclear option” used in the Gorsuch nomination is that it did not go far enough. It should be extended to legislative matters, so that bills can be approved by a simple majority. This is in line with government of, by, and for the people. If majorities of the House and the Senate, with the President’s approval, sign off on policies that do not work or are unjust, the people are able to pass judgment at the next election. Eliminating the modern filibuster/cloture rule empowers the people and is in line with the principles of our democratic republic. Today the rules of the Senate allow a small band of obstructionists to block the policy of a majority of the House, a majority of the Senate, and the President of the United States. And whether they be Democratic or Republican, they inhibit the operation of our government of, by, and for the people. This is truly the tyranny American should be concerned about. As a Virginian, I stand by our motto, “Thus always to tyrants.” The Senate should end the tyranny of the minority by eliminating the modern filibuster/cloture rule. The system of majority rule, representative self-government envisioned by our Founders requires it. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov. ### Unsubscribe: morgangriffith.house.gov//Forms/EmailSignup/
· Fri, Apr 7 · griffith