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

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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

A Celebration of Greatness
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx link=VA06BG%2501175845%2501115.1%2bApril3%2bENews%250114362.5029923.2943 451.7665219%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%2501175845%2501115.1%2bApril3%2bENews%250114362 5029923.2943451.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501 goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14362.5029923.2943451.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2f&redir_log=698444897491189> Last Week in Staunton: A Celebration of Greatness On March 29, 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. They served, they fought, and they sacrificed. But when they returned home to the United States, like many who returned earlier in the war, they were not met with cheers of support and thanks. Instead of parades and celebrations, those who served in Vietnam were greeted with a cold, and at times, hostile reception. It was truly a dark moment in our nation's history when those who served our country were reviled instead of revered. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/VVCPhoto1. jpg> Millions of Americans served in uniform during the Vietnam War. Some returned home to their families, while others made the ultimate sacrifice. For many, their sacrifice continued long after they returned home and can still be felt today. While over the last few decades the United States has worked to correct the treatment they experienced, there is more we all can do to honor Vietnam veterans. On Thursday, I had the distinct honor of recognizing our community's Vietnam veterans and their families at a special Vietnam Veterans Commemoration in Staunton. Nearly 150 Vietnam veterans participated in this long-overdue "welcome home." The Commemoration was held in honor of every man and woman who served in the United States military during the Vietnam Era, regardless of location of service, from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. Each veteran received a pin with a special message engraved, "A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You." It was a moving event, and I was humbled to participate and play a role in celebrating Vietnam veterans. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/VVCPhoto3. jpg> Additionally, the Commemoration was held the day after Vietnam Veterans Day, which marks that date in 1973 when the last combat troops left Vietnam. The day before this anniversary was observed, the President signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act into law, which encourages all Americans to fly the American flag on March 29 every year to show our appreciation for the service and sacrifices made by this generation of veterans. Congress will continue working together to ensure that all veterans receive the quality care, benefits, and respect that they earned and deserve. Caring for America's veterans is an issue that transcends politics. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/VVCPhoto2. jpg> It is impossible to fully convey our gratitude and express our unyielding pride to those who have worn the uniform of this great nation, but we must always try. That starts with a commitment to never abandoning a generation of American veterans. To all who served during the Vietnam era, a grateful nation thanks and honors you. Photos courtesy of U.S. Army National Guard, Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti. 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· Mon, Apr 3 · goodlatte

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 4.3.17
War on Coal Ends President Trump promised to end the war on coal. The Executive Order he signed recently is indication he intends to keep that promise. In his order, the President directed an immediate review of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). From when the Obama Administration first announced their plan, I believed the CPP was a job-killing federal overreach. The CPP, which would have imposed unreasonable carbon emissions regulations on fossil fuel powered plants, has not been implemented, because the Supreme Court, in an unusual move, ordered a stay while they examined its legality. The Trump Administration agreed, and made the review of this order a priority. I believe their review will result in an end to the illegal CPP. The order also dissolves the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases that was created to incorporate the “social cost of carbon” when issuing new regulations. In testimony written for an Energy Subcommittee hearing I participated in recently, Dr. Ben Zycher explained his view on why the working group’s obsession with carbon was misguided. Dr. Zycher stated: “It is important to note as an aside that carbon dioxide---the most important anthropogenic GHG---is not ‘carbon.’ ‘Carbon’ is soot, or in the language of environmental policy, particulates; carbon dioxide is a colorless, odorless GHG (greenhouse gas), a certain minimum atmospheric concentration of which is necessary for life itself … By far the most important GHG in terms of the radiative properties of the troposphere is water vapor…” Interestingly, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, “water vapor is the most abundant greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.” In other words, carbon dioxide contributes to retention of heat that leads to changes in the atmosphere; however, water vapor likewise contributes to retention and warming. Water vapor was not targeted for new regulation, as common sense would dictate. So was carbon merely targeted for regulation as part of the now defunct war on coal? President Trump is following through on his promise to bring relief from strangling regulations. The reaction to Trump’s actions from the left, particularly those in the Obama Administration, was swift. Their reaction was also revealing. Politico reported that Brian Deese, who served as Obama's energy adviser, hopes that coal will not come back. He told Politico that “stock prices for coal-related companies are down, underperforming the market by several percentage points. Furthermore, according to Politico, he argued that is partly because of the Obama team’s efforts, “not only on the regulatory side, but also with respect to research and commercialization, tax incentives and otherwise.” He's essentially admitting the Obama Administration had a war on coal. Although coal may not reach its peak again, coal is not dead. Cutting through the regulatory measures that were aimed at stifling coal will unleash the coal industry to compete fairly and help bring back the industry. Black Lung Clinic Funds Mining coal is an important profession, and those who have mined coal have provided Americans with electricity, heat, and power. Many coal miners are proud of their contributions, like the coal miner featured in a video I saw at the Stone Mountain Health Services Black Lung Clinic in St. Charles. Jerry Moore from Jonesville was proud to have spent his life digging coal, but he wished in return, that he had the support he needed to have his expenses covered as he fought the lung disorder, which would take his life. I believe miners like Mr. Moore deserve the benefits they were promised and deserve to be taken care of. Many miners turn to clinics like Stone Mountain to provide the services they need. I recently led a letter to President Trump, along with other Members of Congress, requesting an increase of $3.3 million to black lung health clinics, to total $10 million. The increasing demand for the health clinic services in the last few years has not been matched with an increase in funding. In the letter, we explained that some clinics are so underfunded that they are operating with obsolete and inefficient diagnostic equipment, which is needlessly increasing miners’ radiation dose when they receive a chest X-ray. In rural communities, where many of these clinics are located, depressed economies have made it difficult to find funding, and I believe the federal government should help. 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 3 · griffith

Fighting Waste, Fraud and Abuse
Importance of Oversight Work Recently I sat down with journalist Sharyl Attkisson to talk about the importance of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. We talked about ongoing investigations, holding people accountable, avoiding partisanship, and balancing the many whistleblower claims the committee receives each day. Importance of Oversight Work Recently I sat down with journalist Sharyl Attkisson to talk about the importance of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. We talked about ongoing investigations, holding people accountable, avoiding partisanship, and balancing the many whistleblower claims the committee receives each day. Watch it here: Defense Spending is too Important to Waste A strong national defense is a critical federal priority. Wasting those hard-earned taxpayer dollars is unacceptable. After the Pentagon ignored a report showing how it could save $125 billion, we invited defense officials to testify before our committee. Click below to see what questions I had for those officials. Healthcare and the legislative process Obamacare is in a death spiral and desperately needs to be repealed. Unfortunately, last week we couldn’t come to a consensus on what that plan should look like. But we need to get there. The status quo is not sustainable. People still need access to affordable healthcare that Obamacare does not provide. This is how the legislative process was designed to work - it is neither fast nor easy. But we will continue working to move the best possible legislation forward. What do Utahns want in Bears Ears? KSL news visited San Juan County recently to find out what residents think about the designation of Bears Ears National Monument. Not surprisingly, they got an earful. Facial Recognition Technology Would it surprise you to know photographs from half of the adults in this country can be accessed through a federal facial recognition database? Eighteen states have an agreement with the FBI to share photos in their database, including driver's license photos. For 5 years the government has used this program without publishing a privacy impact statement as required by law. Last week the FBI to testified before the House Oversight Committee to answer our questions the program. Internet Privacy As a vocal advocate of privacy, I carefully reviewed the provisions of S.J. Res. 34. I voted to support the resolution because I firmly believe the process matters. We will get better privacy protections from a single entity (the FTC) with sole jurisdiction over this issue. By adding the FCC to the mix, the Obama Administration created confusion and inconsistency with conflicting privacy frameworks. I welcome further debate about how best to protect privacy, but I believe that debate should happen within the context of the FTC’s oversight. Another WH Fence Jumper leads to more Secret Service Questions After a series of recent breaches at the White House, including an intruder who spent more than 17 minutes on the grounds before being detected, I am concerned the agency is still not following proper protocols. This can never, ever happen. We are looking at some major structural changes as we continue to explore solutions. Unsubscribe: chaffetz.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/
· Tue, Mar 28 · chaffetz

An Update on the Health Care Debate
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx link=VA06BG%2501175505%2501115.1%2bMarch26%2bENews%250114520.5002807.293 8568.7665219%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%2501175505%2501115.1%2bMarch26%2bENews%25011452 0.5002807.2938568.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%250 1goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14520.5002807.2938568.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2f&redir_log=698444897491189> Happening Thursday: Vietnam Veterans Commemoration <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/Commemorat ive_Partner.jpg> In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and in remembrance of Vietnam Veterans Day, I am honored to host a Vietnam Veterans Commemoration to recognize, honor, and thank Vietnam veterans for their service and sacrifice. The Vietnam Veterans Commemoration <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14520.5002807.2938568.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fGoo dlatte.House.Gov%2fVietnamVeterans&redir_log=88710242933298> will honor veterans who served during the Vietnam Era from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. Constituent service staff will also be on hand to assist veterans with issues they may have with the Department of Veterans Affairs or other federal agencies. Family members and friends of Vietnam veterans are invited to attend; however, please understand that seating for veterans or those with disabilities will be prioritized. Veterans wishing to participate in the commemoration must be residents of the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia. Details Thursday, March 30 at 4:30PM Thomas D. Howie Memorial Armory 101 116th Regimental Road (in Gypsy Hill Park) Staunton, Virginia 24401 Vietnam veterans are asked to register in advance by visiting Goodlatte.House.Gov/VietnamVeterans <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14520.5002807.2938568.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fGoo dlatte.House.Gov%2fVietnamVeterans&redir_log=88710242933298> . For questions, or to register by phone, please call my office at 540-885-3861. An Update on the Health Care Debate Seven years ago, the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, became law. With it came the unaffordable premiums, higher deductibles, and lack of choice and access that far too many folks in the Sixth District and across the country have experienced firsthand. Now, more than ever, it is clear that Obamacare is collapsing. Many insurers are leaving the exchanges and costs for families continue to rise. That's why I have voted dozens of times to defund, dismantle, or repeal Obamacare and supported alternative health care proposals. There is a better way to enact health care reform than Obamacare � one that repeals onerous mandates, invites competition and choice, and lowers costs. While I am disappointed that legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare failed to make it across the finish line this past week, this process is far from over. Congress must continue working to come to a consensus on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all. Meanwhile, the House debated and passed two bipartisan bills last week that are an important part of creating a more affordable, accessible health care system for Americans. Under Obamacare's mandates, many small businesses have been hit particularly hard. In fact, the National Federation of Independent Business found that the top challenge facing small businesses last year was the rising cost of health care. One health care solution that I have long supported is allowing small businesses to increase their buying power by banding together to purchase insurance for their employees. The Small Business Health Fairness Act does this by allowing small businesses to come together across state lines to purchase insurance through association health plans. Breaking down such barriers makes it easier for small businesses to access more affordable coverage options. This legislation helps these employers gain greater bargaining power with insurance providers, setting them on a more even playing field with larger businesses, and lowers the administrative costs and paperwork they face as well. 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While these bills are important parts of repairing America's health care system, we must still repeal and replace Obamacare. I will continue to work in the House to maintain my commitment to the people of the Sixth District to repeal Obamacare and support patient-centered health care reform. Obamacare must not remain the law of the land. 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· Sun, Mar 26 · goodlatte

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 3.25.17
Health Insurance Reform On the evening of Friday, March 24, the House of Representatives leadership determined they could not get enough votes for the American Health Care Act. The AHCA was withdrawn and that bill is dead. Accordingly for the time being, Obamacare will remain as the law of the land. However, after the dust settles, and we all have a chance to take a deep breath and reflect on our country's needs, I believe we need to return to working for health insurance reform. Republicans are in agreement that Obamacare must be repealed. However, there are disagreements as to which is the best way to replace it. The discussion can get messy, but this is the result of giving everyone opportunity to read and understand what’s in the bill. This is a stark contrast to the way the Democrats did it when they shoved Obamacare through. With little known about the content, Majority Leader Pelosi directed them to “pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Instead, America is witnessing the spirited debate and clash of ideas anticipated by the Founding Fathers when they established the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill's failure is undoubtedly a setback in our efforts to fix America’s health insurance system by repealing and replacing Obamacare, but it is not complete defeat. Obamacare has failed. Copays are higher, deductibles are higher, insurance rates are higher. Just because you have a piece of paper that says you have health insurance doesn't mean you have adequate health care. Because of this, I believe we have to repeal Obamacare and this bill would have been a step in the right direction to replace it. It was not a perfect bill, or even a great bill, but it was a good first step and there can be no real change without a first step. Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff, James Baker, said President Reagan used to tell him, “Jim, I'd rather get 80 percent of what I want than go over the cliff with my flag flying.” I agree. While I had decided to get the 80% included in the AHCA, many Republicans felt the bill either went too far or not far enough. Unfortunately, because of this, some of my colleagues decided to go over the cliff with their flag flying. Interestingly, these colleagues came from both the moderate wing and the very Conservative wing of the Republican party. That being said, the biggest culprit in preventing the compromises needed to resolve the differences within the House Republican Conference is the arcane Senate rules. Both the special rules related to budget reconciliation and the Senate's modern filibuster/cloture/hold rules, make it impossible to have a smooth transition and also fix all the problems at once. The Senate’s reconciliation rules allow a parliamentary challenge which can discard a House bill that is noncompliant with the strict requirements. The 60 vote requirement put in place by the modern filibuster/cloture/hold rule will be nearly impossible to meet with any replacement bill not done under reconciliation because Democrats refuse to consider replacement options. They currently hold 46 seats. Despite the clear message from American voters to repeal Obamacare and the increasing evidence highlighting Obamacare’s failures, not one single Democrat was willing to join Republicans in voting for the AHCA. They are united in defense of President Obama, even when they know his plan doesn’t work. The Democrats fought the AHCA tooth and nail. During the committee markup, Congressman Sarbanes (D-MD) said, “Make no mistake this proposal will effectively destroy the health insurance exchanges.” His comment is confirmation that the AHCA did in fact essentially repeal Obamacare. The Democrats believed if we couldn’t pass the AHCA, Obamacare, even though flawed, will be here to stay. And while I hope that isn’t so, they may be right. I believed this replacement plan was better than sticking with Obamacare, but since we couldn’t get the support, we must move on to other replacement plans. I will continue to work for the people of the Ninth to bring true improvements to the health insurance and health care systems. After a short weekend to catch my breath, I will be back in Washington to continue working for solutions. 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/
· Sat, Mar 25 · griffith

Weekly Update: The Wittman Women
In honor of Women’s History Month, I reflected on the wonderful Wittman women in my life. They had and continue to have a profound impact on me, teaching me important lessons through their kindness, strength, and tenacity. My Mother-Genia Wittman My mother had such a strong influence on my life, shaping my early years through her example of discipline and hard work. She was very much an objective-driven person, focused on getting things done. She constantly pushed me, specifically in the realm of education. Every year I was in school, she would teach my summer courses, setting the curriculum herself. She was a caring person, a person of principle, a strong woman. My Wife-Kathryn Sisson Wittman I met Kathryn almost 40 years ago at Virginia Tech, where we both attended college. And ever since she has been the strength in my life. She is a strong, focused woman who is relentless in her work and in her love for our family. As an elementary school teacher for 37 years, I know there will be a special place in heaven for her. She loves teaching and the connections she's made with her now three generations of students. Supporting my career in public office takes a tremendous amount of sacrifice, and she has done that lovingly and with a smile. She is a fantastic mom and has done saint-like work in parenting and grand parenting. I aspire to be a portion of what she is, and I still fall short. I don’t know where I would be without her-certainly not at any level of success. My Daughter-Devon Wittman Gooch My daughter Devon is just like her mom. She is very driven, always needing something to do. As a parent, she pushes my grandchildren to take advantage of all the opportunities presented to them. She is always on the go, whether it is taking them to ballet, soccer, softball, or baseball. Devon is my sounding board, but more importantly she is always honest about how she thinks I’m doing, and how I can improve. She is goal-oriented, talented, and I love her dearly. My Granddaughter-Morgan Gooch I see my mother, my wife, and my daughter in my granddaughter Morgan. At only 9 years of age, she holds a high standard for herself and others. Her teachers will give her reading assignments and when she spends the night at our house, she will come back after a ballet class, eat her dinner, finish her daily homework and then at 8 o’clock say, “I have to read these books.” And trust me, she is not going to stop until she checks that off the list. She is a gregarious, loving young lady with a bright future. I am so proud of her and enjoy watching her grow up before my eyes. These wonderful Wittman women have shaped who I am, aided me, and challenged me. This Women’s History Month, I am blessed to call them family. Unsubscribe: wittman.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/
· Sat, Mar 25 · wittman

Congressman Griffith Discusses American Health Care Act
3/24/2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jessica Paska: 202-225-3861 Griffith Discusses American Health Care Act March 24, 2017 – Click here to watch Congressman Griffith with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, discussing the American Health Care Act (ACHA). ### Unsubscribe: morgangriffith.house.gov//Forms/EmailSignup/
· Fri, Mar 24 · griffith

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 3.20.17
March Madness Each spring, Americans across the country fill out brackets, select winners, and root for their favorite teams in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. In Washington this time of year brings a different type of March Madness, the federal budget and appropriation process. Although there aren’t catchy names for the steps in the process, like the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, and Final Four, the budget must go through several rounds before it is finalized. The process generally starts with the President submitting a budget proposal to Congress. During the past administration, the budget proposal deadline was not met several times so Congress had to start without the President’s suggested budget. The President’s proposal provides an outline of his priorities and provides Congress with an idea of what he wants. The President proposes but Congress disposes. This year, President Trump has made it clear that he wants to cut down on wasteful spending, allow the economy to grow, and strengthen our military. Although Congress will review the proposal, the “power of the purse” does not belong to the President; under Article I that power belongs to Congress. Congress completes the federal budget and determines spending for twelve categories, called appropriations. The House of Representatives and the Senate hold hearings for appropriations where Members of Congress lay out their arguments for which items should be cut and which items should get funded. There are many areas which can be slimmed down, cut, or reformed. There are also successful programs that are important to keep, particularly programs that assist in bringing economic growth to areas in need. This year, I provided testimony to slim down and restructure the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Interior and Environment Appropriation bill. I am concerned excessive and misguided EPA regulations threaten the livelihoods of hardworking American families and jeopardize thousands of jobs. I believe the EPA should focus on missions like assisting states and local governments on clean water and wastewater infrastructure. Because we have more than enough existing regulations preventing our factories from creating new pollution sources in our air and water, I believe the EPA should shift its focus and its workforce out of Washington, D.C. and into the field. This will allow them to assist communities like Flint, Michigan, to assure the delivery system of our drinking water is safe and to assist communities that need help with wastewater treatment. Furthermore, I provided testimony to defend the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). ARC was the first commission of its kind, created to address the economic need of Appalachia. Since that time, ARC funding has been used for a variety of projects that assists economic development in the Appalachian region through grants and contracts. This money has gone towards important initiatives in Appalachian communities, including expansion of broadband services and community planning. It is important to fund projects such as these to help the economy of Southwest Virginia. I believe ARC funding will be included in one of the appropriation bills and I will continue to speak up for the interests of Southwest Virginia in the appropriation process. There are other items funded that don’t serve American taxpayers well. I had the opportunity to testify at the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations hearing and recommended they block funding to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund. As you may know, the Green Climate Fund was announced in 2009 in a non-legally binding, political document, the Copenhagen Accord. It stated that the Fund would have “a goal of mobilizing jointly USD 100 billion a year by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries.” Congress has never appropriated funding for the Green Climate Fund, yet President Obama pledged an initial $3 billion and ultimately gave $1 billion in funding, appropriated for other programs, to the Green Climate Fund. We cannot continue to fund yet another foreign climate finance program. Congress must instead address the most pressing priorities for the American people amidst fiscal constraints. For this reason, I pushed for specific language preventing any funding from being re-directed to the Green Climate Fund. There is not space in this column to detail all the different projects I am providing input on in relation to the budget appropriation process, but hopefully this gives you an idea of the how the process works. 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, Mar 20 · griffith

Veterans bills clear House
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They have defended us from our enemies and advanced the ideals of freedom and democracy around the world. However, their service has not come without sacrifice. Many have suffered the physical wounds of war, while others suffer from wounds we cannot outwardly see. It's often said that we can never repay our veterans for their service, but we do have a responsibility to ensure that America's veterans receive the best service and care we can provide. No matter which party controls the White House or Congress, oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is critical. Last week, I supported three bills passed by the House of Representatives to help reform the way the VA works. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/VB.jpg> While many local veterans do have good experiences with the VA and the majority of VA employees are dedicated to their work, we have all heard of the mismanagement and poor service far too many have witnessed. The VA Accountability First Act gives the VA Secretary more flexibility to discipline or remove employees and executives who have failed to serve our veterans and strengthens whistleblower protections. The VA's ability to serve veterans is only as good as the physicians and staff it employs. Unfortunately, in recent years the VA has demonstrated an inability to retain the top-notch employees and medical professionals needed to provide quality health care and services. H.R. 1367, also passed by the House, establishes recruitment and retention programs to help improve the VA's ability to attract the best health care providers and creates opportunities for career training and advancement for current employees. This bipartisan bill also takes steps to speed up the VA's sometimes overly bureaucratic hiring process. Another bill I supported helps protect the constitutional rights of those who have fought to defend ours. Currently, the VA labels a veteran as "mentally defective" if they receive assistance from a fiduciary, which results in the veteran being prohibited from purchasing or owning a firearm. It is extremely concerning to think that a veteran's Second Amendment right can be taken away by a bureaucrat, without a hearing by a judge or due process under the law, just because they cannot manage their own finances. That's why I supported the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act to restore the due process rights of veterans by prohibiting the VA from applying this label, unless a court finds that the veteran is a danger to themselves or others. The Sixth District is home to nearly 50,000 veterans, and I have great respect for the men and women who have fought in defense of our freedoms. 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· Mon, Mar 20 · goodlatte

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 3.13.17
Health Care Reform This week, the House of Representatives achieved the first steps in the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. As a bill moves through Congress, as you may remember from Civics classes, the bill starts in the committee with jurisdiction over the content of the bill. The committee reviews the content and votes on the bill. The American Health Care Act is comprised of two parts. The financial side that repeals and replaces most of Obamacare finances went through the House Ways and Means Committee. The Energy and Commerce Committee, on which I sit, worked on the other part, health care policy. In a marathon 27 ½ hour long debate, lasting through the night and only pausing to vote, my committee, Energy and Commerce passed our part of the American Health Care Act. Unlike Obamacare, which was rammed through without giving Members of Congress, or the public, time to read the bill, we are following a step-by-step, deliberate and transparent process. Republicans are keeping Americans informed each step of the way. Both parts of the bill were posted online (www.ReadtheBill.gop) on the Monday prior to the committee votes. Last Wednesday morning, Energy and Commerce committee began the review and amendment process of the bill. This process in D.C. is called a markup. From the beginning, the Democrats aggressively fought to defeat the bill. During opening statements, they complained and protested. They claimed the American Health Care Act would completely dismantle and destroy the Obamacare exchanges, and thus destroy Obamacare. Republicans promised during the last several campaigns to repeal and replace Obamacare. As we have begun that process, the Democrats are fighting at every turn to keep Obamacare, even though it has failed. As we worked through the bill, Democrats fought to block our progress even on the most minor of items. They took hours to debate the title of the bill, mostly as a delay tactic. But these tactics were fruitless. Throughout the night we continued working through the bill, dealing with amendment after amendment. Finally, on Thursday afternoon, we voted to pass this portion of the bill. Although there is no official record, it is believed this was the longest continuous markup of a bill in Congressional history. The American Health Care Act repeals Obamacare and begins the process of replacement. The replacement plan is designed to lower costs and give patients and families more choice and flexibility in their health care. Furthermore, it allows the states to have more power and gives less power to the bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. As we promised when campaigning, the American Health Care Act does provide protection for those with pre-existing conditions and the ability to stay on your parent’s insurance until you are 26. Further, some parts of Obamacare aren’t being repealed either because we can’t do so under the Senate rules related to the budget reconciliation process or because we promised to keep the policy. As an aside, many of you know that I have fought to keep the three pages out of roughly 2100 pages of Obamacare that deal with black lung protections. These protections are not repealed by the American Health Care Act. Also, the new plan includes a Patient and State Stability Fund to assist those who are higher risk and therefore can’t afford traditional health insurance. This fund can also be used by states to lower other costs. Additionally, the American Health Care Act reforms Medicaid as well. It is important to provide a safety net for the needy, but Medicaid is flawed and can be improved. Medicaid funding is not unlimited and the law directs the funding to those most in need. Republicans are delivering on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, with transparency at each step of the way. The bill that passed the Energy and Commerce Committee is now headed to the Budget Committee to be combined with the Ways and Means portion of the bill. As the bill works its way to the floor of the House for final passage, I expect additional amendments will be adopted. I even have an amendment of my own which would allow states to require those receiving Medicaid who are able-bodied and do not have responsibilities for a young or disabled child to work or be retrained. I look forward to continued improvements in the bill. I believe that working with the Administration, we can better control the costs of health insurance. The bill will bring reform that allows American families to buy an insurance policy that fits their needs. 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, Mar 13 · griffith

Introducing the American Health Care Act
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx link=VA06BG%2501174725%2501115.1%2bMarch10%2bENews%250114583.4946596.292 8838.7665219%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%2501174725%2501115.1%2bMarch10%2bENews%25011458 3.4946596.2928838.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%250 1goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14583.4946596.2928838.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2f&redir_log=698444897491189> Introducing the American Health Care Act Today's health care system is in need of bold reforms. For many Americans, Obamacare has failed. Premiums have reached unaffordable levels, insurance exchanges have collapsed, and consumers have been forced to buy coverage that they just don't want. That's why over the past several years, I have joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives in working to repeal and replace this broken law. Just a few days ago, committees in the House released a new health care plan, the American Health Care Act. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/IMG_0368.J PG> Throughout this process, I have met with numerous physicians, patient groups, disease advocacy supporters, hospitals, other health care providers, and insurers large and small. In just the past few days alone, I have visited a family practice in Front Royal (left), an infusion pharmacy in Waynesboro, and a Community Health Center <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14583.4946596.2928838.7665219&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.instagram.com%2fp%2fBRMTjrFgo0t%2f&redir_log=856443314373269> in Roanoke as well as meeting with constituents concerned about specific issues like congenital heart defects and breastfeeding. As I've met with all of these folks and read hundreds of your letters and emails, one thing stands out to me: health care is extremely personal. That's exactly why you should be in charge of your health care, not the federal government. I don't believe that the government should force Americans to buy a plan that they don't want. There are folks in the Sixth District who like their coverage under Obamacare. There are many others who have suffered under the law through high deductibles, budget-busting premiums, and lack of access. For the approximately 5 percent of Virginians who enrolled in an Obamacare Marketplace plan, there will be a lengthy transition to help them find a new plan <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14583.4946596.2928838.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2frea dthebill.gop&redir_log=294310116252157> The American Health Care Act takes bold steps to repeal the unworkable employer and individual mandates forced on Americans and rolls back Medicaid expansion while providing access to affordable health care. It expands the use of Health Savings Accounts by increasing the maximum contribution levels by nearly 100 percent and repeals a number of taxes that were imposed by Obamacare, including on medical devices. The bill also preserves vital patient protections like coverage for those with preexisting conditions and allowing young adults to stay on their parents' plan until age 26. This legislation has passed two House committees and will next be considered by the Budget Committee. But this bill is just the first step. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a former Member of Congress and physician, can take administrative steps to improve our health care delivery. Separate pieces of legislation addressing other aspects of health care reform will also work their way through regular order in various Committees. While I continue to review the American Health Care Act to make sure it's a better way forward for Virginians than our current course, I also want you to have the opportunity to read the bill for yourself, which is available at ReadTheBill.gop <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14583.4946596.2928838.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fRea dTheBill.gop&redir_log=692875549611153> . Never before has Congress had a better opportunity to act and clear a path for a health care plan that puts patients first, not big government mandates. Congress has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare � and that's what we intend to do. Snapshots from the Sixth <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/Camera.png > <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/ExchangeSt udents.jpg> A group of exchange students from countries across the world are spending some time in the Sixth District this year. It was great to meet these students and help them get a tour of the U.S. Capitol. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/Valley_Vit al_Care.jpg> Earlier this week, I visited Valley Vital Care, an infusion pharmacy in Waynesboro. They provide special infusion therapies for patients to use in their homes, instead of having to stay in the hospital. They play a very important role in delivering health care to many Americans. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/PPI.jpg> I also got to meet employees at PPI-Time Zero in Waynesboro and get a firsthand look at some of the projects they are manufacturing for clients. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/IMG_0158.J PG> Representatives from Feeding America Southwest Virginia came by my office this week. 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· Fri, Mar 10 · goodlatte

New government surveillance questions arise
Do we need so many federal employees in Washington, DC? Government needs to be closer to the people it regulates. Today the House Oversight Committee debated H. Res. 38, a resolution that expresses support for relocating federal agencies away from Washington, DC, and bringing it closer to the people it serves. Surveillance questions arise With new allegations surfacing over the weekend, the scope of the ongoing probe of Russia will now grow to review questions about the administration's possible surveillance of the Trump campaign. A FISA order for a wiretap is not the only way to surveil someone. Stingray devices, which are widely used in the federal government, can look at the content of your communications and track your location. Even the IRS owns these machines. There are other tools at the disposal of the federal government that have been used to surveil people. Click here to learn more about Stingrays. I have introduced legislation to address the abuse of geolocation and stingray devices. With regard to wiretapping allegations, the House Oversight Committee will work in conjunction with the House Intelligence Committee, which is leading the investigation of Russian interference. Working on local issues for rural Utah In a county nearly the size of New Jersey, the federal government owns 92% of the land. This makes San Juan County uniquely dependent on federal funding. Last week I testified before the House Appropriations Committee regarding three critical funding issues relevant to the 15,000 residents of that county, including: Improving impassable Navajo school bus routes; Withholding funding for the Bears Ears National Monument (which most residents oppose); Appealing for the annual PILT payments (payments in lieu of property tax) upon which San Juan and other county budgets are forced to rely. Protecting Whistleblowers Last week's explosive TSA hearing featured a recalcitrant TSA refusing to disclose documents requested by Congress. Those documents would shed light on whistleblower retaliation allegations. I demanded to know who at TSA is standing in the way of producing this information. #TBT: New immigration order addresses longstanding terrorism concerns With the introduction of a new immigration order by the Trump Administration, it's worth looking back to a December 2015 hearing in which I questioned DHS about the 9,500 visas they approved for people with terrorist ties. Unsubscribe: chaffetz.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/
· Wed, Mar 8 · chaffetz

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 3.6.17
Legend and Stolen Fame Congress is currently working on many important issues, including the replacement of Obamacare, tax reform, border security, and job creation. But, there are also opportunities to look at other worthy concerns, such as the challenges of the international anti-doping system. This week, as the Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, I heard from two Olympic athletes and other officials involved in anti-doping efforts. The Federal Government provides over $2 million a year to the World Anti-Doping Agency whose mission is to protect the integrity of the Olympic Games. As a lifelong swimmer, I was thrilled that one of the guests was the legendary Michael Phelps. Although I was very familiar with the success of Phelps and his incredible 28 Olympic medals, I was moved by his story and description of how much hard work he put into achieving his goals. He is passionate about fighting against doping because he knows success comes from hard work, without any shortcuts or freebies. Doping can disillusion athletes and ruin sports for kids. I was shocked to hear Phelps state that he believes he has never swum in an international swimming event that was clean. Although Phelps was tested 13 times leading up to the Olympics, there were 1900 Olympians in high risk sports that were not even tested once. Phelps, Adam Nelson (see below), and the other witnesses agreed when cheating is involved, it ruins the best part of sports- setting goals, putting in the work at practice, and celebrating your achievements. Kids learn lifelong lessons and values through sport. Phelps described himself as a young kid, setting goals and then he would “work like crazy” until he accomplished them and said, “Dreams would just pop into my head whenever I got into the water.” Phelps explained he didn’t have many friends as a child. He described training every single day for a five year period. His intense focus on swimming made him different and at times classmates made fun of him. But he noted, “As my hard work and sacrifice began to pay off, my confidence grew and I began to feel that if I could dream it, and gave everything I had, anything was possible. The strength of that belief drove me to set goals that others might have thought unrealistic.” Accomplishments begin with a dream, and to achieve your goals there are no substitutes for hard work. Phelps’s determination is an inspiration. Stolen Fame Imagine winning a Gold medal. That moment when the Stars and Stripes would rise up behind you, with our National Anthem playing, and in that moment of glory all your years of dedication, sacrifice, and hard work pays off. For Adam Nelson, that moment was stolen. In the 2004 Olympics, Nelson competed in the shot put. He led the field until the last putt of the day. The Ukrainian tied Nelson’s best, but the Ukrainian’s second longest was better, so Nelson was awarded the Silver. Eight years later, the Ukrainian was found to have been using performance enhancing drugs during those Olympics. Nelson rightfully won the Gold. Nelson’s dream of a Gold medal moment was stolen by a doper. Instead of on an Olympic podium, he received his medal at the Atlanta airport food court. Nelson said he had been dreaming of the Olympics since he was a child but, “the childhood dreams of a 9-year old winning an Olympic Gold on behalf of his country never included a side of fries and a free toy.” I'm impressed he can retell his story with humor, but it's truly a shame. You see, the shot put doesn’t receive the acclaim of other sports. Nelson lost his sponsor when he wrongfully lost the Gold. He didn’t get invited to events that just Gold medalist were invited to. He didn’t get advertising offers. And in the sports world, eight years later, even if you ultimately got your gold, you are yesterday’s news and the shine of the Gold is not quite as bright. He continued to compete by working various jobs and went on to win the World Championship in 2005. While this is an impressive feat, it is no substitute for a Gold medal at the Olympic Games. I hope the IOC works diligently to create and maintain a fair playing field for Olympians. The American dream is all about the idea that everyone gets a fair shot at success. Like in sports, although we are all born with different strengths and weaknesses, in America with hard work and determination anyone can succeed. 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, Mar 6 · griffith

This is just the start
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx link=VA06BG%2501174166%2501115.1%2bMarch3%2bENews%250114442.4808818.2920 963.7665219%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%2501174166%2501115.1%2bMarch3%2bENews%250114442 4808818.2920963.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501 goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14442.4808818.2920963.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2f&redir_log=698444897491189> Snapshots from the Sixth <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/Camera.png > <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/IMG_2817.J PG> Earlier today, I had a great discussion about health care reform and the important role of Community Health Centers at New Horizons Healthcare in Roanoke. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/IMG_2810.J PG> On Thursday, I had the opportunity to meet with a group about their experiences with congenital heart defects. I want to thank them for sharing their very personal stories, and for giving me more information about this serious health issue many children face. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/IMG_2789.J PG> Route 11 Potato Chips in Shenandoah County is one of the many businesses that call the Sixth District home. I stopped by this week to discuss some issues before Congress impacting their business and employees. <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/PulpPaperW orkers.jpg> Recently, a group of workers in the pulp and paper industry came by my office. Did you know the forest products industry generates over $23.4 billion annually to the Virginia economy? Agriculture is a Vital Part of America's Economy Driving through the Sixth District, it's hard to miss the rows of crops, livestock dotted pastures, and barns and silos that represent the local agriculture community. The impact of agriculture is much larger than just the farms you see � it's also agritourism stops like farmer's markets, wineries and breweries, and food stands that are drawing more and more people to our part of Virginia. With roughly 46,000 farms and 311,000 related jobs in Virginia, the agriculture industry plays a particularly important role as the largest contributor to the state economy. Later this month, on March 21, we will mark National Agriculture Day � a celebration of the abundance provided by agriculture. It is important that Congress put forth federal policies to help ensure that American agriculture can continue to meet the needs of our nation and prevent federal red tape that would make it impossible for farmers to continue producing abundant and affordable products. Agriculture is not just a part of our heritage as a nation; it also plays an essential role in the future of America. Farm Bill Underway Given the importance of agriculture to the Sixth District, I am honored to serve on the House Committee on Agriculture. In the 115th Congress, the Agriculture Committee will have the responsibility of crafting a new Farm Bill, which sets our nation's policy on issues ranging from commodities, crop insurance, rural development, forest management, conservation, nutrition, and food safety. It is important that we have a fiscally responsible, reform-minded Farm Bill that will help ensure that agriculture remains a vital part of the American economy. The Committee has already held several hearings to seek input on the next Farm Bill, and many more are planned for the coming weeks as this process continues. While I look forward to learning more about the needs of the agriculture community from these hearings, I also want to hear from those in the Sixth District about what you would like to see in the Farm Bill. To submit a comment, please visit my website at Goodlatte.House.Gov <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14442.4808818.2920963.7665219&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fgo odlatte.house.gov%2fcontact%2f&redir_log=646407421941253> . Goodbye WOTUS? Like many industries, the threat of wide-reaching and difficult to implement federal regulations has a significant impact on agriculture. Just a few days ago, in a victory for many in rural America, President Trump signed an Executive Order that would set the course to rescind the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The concerns of many farmers and small businesses in the Sixth District that this unworkable rule would drastically expand the Environmental Protection Agency's authority over regulating waterways were echoed across the country. Protecting America's waterways is critical, but this should be a collaborative approach. We need common sense policies that will protect water quality without limiting economic growth and unfairly over-regulating agricultural producers, small businesses, municipalities, and local economies. Weekend Read... Fox News: GOP wants to eliminate shadowy DOJ slush fund <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14442.4808818.2920963.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww foxnews.com%2fpolitics%2f2017%2f03%2f01%2fgop-wants-to-eliminate-shadow y-doj-slush-fund-bankrolling-leftist-groups.html&redir_log=7571162141178 38> President Trump's First Joint Address to Congress Earlier this week, President Trump brought his message to the American people during a joint session of Congress. He articulated in very frank terms the challenges that our nation is currently facing, both at home and abroad. But he also put forth a list of bold initiatives designed to tackle these challenges and make America more competitive, make our streets safe and enhance our national security, restart America's job creation engine, and strengthen American families. President Trump outlined the progress that has already been made in the first weeks of his presidency. From acting to secure our borders to taking steps to start cutting through red tape by reining in the regulatory state, he has kept his word to the American people that he will advance policies to strengthen America. This is just the start � Congress now has the unique opportunity to come together to reform the tax system, enact patient-centered health care solutions, support our veterans and military, restore the rule of law, and make the immigration system work better for our country. 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· Fri, Mar 3 · goodlatte

Weekly Update: February in photos
Friend - As the month of February comes to a close, I wanted to share with you a look back at some photo highlights of my work on your behalf. I held the first two in a series of health care listening sessions in Fredericksburg and Woodbridge to hear from health care providers and community leaders about ways we can improve our health care system. We talked about the path forward for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act with patient-provider centered reforms that expand choices for consumers, increase access to care, and reduce health care costs. I met with Virginia representatives from the National Federation of the Blind in my D.C. office to talk about ways to improve the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I participated in the first meeting of the year with my fellow co-chairs of the Public Health Caucus. We discussed how public health will fit into the future of health care reform. Fellow co-chairs in the 115th Congress are: Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Lucille Roybal Allard (D-CA), Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), and Gene Green (D-TX). We are ready to get to work! Part of my work as chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee includes visiting shipyards and military installations around the country, which allows me to see and hear first-hand the conditions at these facilities and helps guide my work leading the subcommittee. Since the Department of Defense is the number one employer in Virginia, these visits also give me a better understanding of the federal contracting and shipbuilding processes. Recently I visited Marinette Marine in Wisconsin (top) and Pascagoula Shipyard in Mississippi to see the production of our newest Navy surface and amphibious ships. These ships are critical in allowing our sailors and Marines to complete their missions overseas. I spoke at the U.S. Navy Amphibious Warship Congressional Forum about the critical role amphibious ships play in our Navy's fleet and the need to grow our Navy to 355 ships so that we can deter our adversaries, support our allies, and respond to threats around the globe. Remember, you can share your thoughts and ideas with me and see the latest news on my work representing the 1st District by visiting my Facebook page, Twitter account, or Instagram feed. As always, I want to hear from you when issues that concern you come before Congress. You can send me an email by visiting my website. You can also sign up to participate in my telephone town hall meetings by clicking 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/
· Tue, Feb 28 · wittman

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 2.27.2017
Black Lung Benefits Southwest Virginia is home to many folks who have proudly spent their working lives in coal mines to support their families. Many of them have been impacted by coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, or Black Lung. Miners who are diagnosed with the disease are entitled to certain federal monetary and medical benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Program. Last week, I visited the Stone Mountain Health Services Black Lung Clinic in St. Charles to hear the concerns of those providing the much needed medical care and educational support for day-to-day wellness for these miners. I saw the hard work these caregivers put forth for each patient and spoke with some suffering from this disease who depend on these benefits, along with their spouses. While there, I saw a video of Jerry Moore from Jonesville. He has passed away, but he was proud to have spent his life digging coal. Although proud to be a coal miner, he wished there was a less complicated system to provide benefits to take care of him when he got the disease. I agree with him. Being able to receive these benefits is important. As a step in that direction, I reintroduced the Black Lung Benefits Act, providing a measure of continued equity for Black Lung survivors. This bill preserves amendments made to the Black Lung Benefits Act by Obamacare which remove hurdles for recipients. Originally, the benefits were designed for miners meeting the criteria with a lung disability. It was presumed that the disability was due to Black Lung, unless the coal operators could prove otherwise. Furthermore, if a miner was awarded benefits at the time of his death, the spouse would be automatically entitled to benefits. However, in 1981 the burden of proof shifted to the coal miner and the spouse, which in some cases prevented the coal miner and/or spouse from collecting the benefits they deserved. Last minute amendments to Obamacare restored the original presumptions, removing an obstacle to claiming the benefits. This was the right policy decision. I’ve introduced this bill protecting miners in the past in hopes of an Obamacare repeal, but now that repeal is imminent, it is important to preserve the Black Lung Benefits. It is inappropriate to prevent coal miners and their spouse from receiving Black Lung benefits that they need. Tele-Technology Last week, the Lee County Public Schools held their first Digital Learning Day/Reading Month to demonstrate their use of digital learning. To enhance their learning and communications, they are using new technology, including live streaming, transmitting an event live over the Internet. From the Lee County Public Library, there was a live stream over the Internet to the schools. Standing in the library, I was able to answer questions from students across Lee County – including Lee High, Dryden, and Pennington Gap. The live stream went through their school YouTube, an Internet Channel, and classes across the county were able to join in, watch, and even ask questions. Among others, in attendance was Board of Supervisor Member DD Leonard, School Board Member Rob Hines, School Superintendent Brian Austin, Sheriff Gary Parsons, Brandon Napier from the Southwest Virginia Museum, Amy Bond the Regional Library Director, Debbie Jessee from the School Board, student Ethan Fields on the banjo, Mike Gilley and Amy Bagnall with folk tales and music, and even a Master Falconer, Mitch Whitaker. Students across Lee County were able to hear, see, and learn from the lineup of speakers on a variety of topics, without any travel required. Technology has greatly enhanced the options for communicating with others, particularly in rural areas where schools and homes are further spread out and geography presents challenges. The new technology was exciting and I enjoyed hearing from many different students. In our region, using tele-technology can be much more effective than traditional means of communication, whether for education, healthcare, or communicating with constituents. Accordingly, I have asked the President to include rural broadband in any infrastructure package he proposes. As technology advances, I look forward to further utilizing technology in my office. Currently, we are in the process of installing new equipment to communicate with constituents using this technology. 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: griffith.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/
· Mon, Feb 27 · griffith