In this newsletter you will find information about my work in Congress this week including video from the hearing I chaired in the Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology, awards I received from the International Food Distributors Association and the Healthcare Leadership Council, and news items regarding last week’s Small Business Tax Cut.
Thank you for all the support I have gotten this week in the Twitter round of the House GOP New Media Challenge. This round ends today at 5 p.m. You can find my Twitter feed by clicking on the Twitter icon at Ellmers.house.gov or by following this link. If you are not already following me on Twitter, please follow me today.
Fighting Regulatory Burdens
This week I chaired joint hearing with the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight. The hearing was conducted to hear testimony on the Report on Carcinogens and its impact on small business job creation.
The Report on Carcinogens (RoC) is a congressionally mandated, science-based, public health report that identifies substances that may cause cancer and pose a risk to people in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Toxicology Program (NTP), an interagency program administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, produces the Report on Carcinogens. The NTP published the 12th RoC last year and is embarking on preparations for the 13th RoC. Witnesses will discuss the history of the RoC, the process and science that NTP uses to meet its statutory obligations, and the RoC’s impact on small businesses.
Thomas Jefferson Award
I’m honored to have been recognized by the International Food Distributors Association (IFDA) for my work in Congress and the determination to protect the free enterprise system that makes our economy prosper. The IFDA Thomas Jefferson Awards have been presented Members of Congress who have demonstrated their commitment to free enterprise by their voting records on issues such as taxes, free trade, labor policy, and other economic matters.
I will continue to fight for common sense policies that will put America back to work, increase energy production, remove costly regulations that are crippling our small businesses, and balance our budget. I am very grateful for this award and thank IFDA for the work they are doing to protect job creators throughout the country.
For more information, see my press release here.
“Champion of Healthcare Innovation”
I was also honored to received the Healthcare Leadership Council’s “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” award this week. The Healthcare Leadership Council cited my work in Congress and how I have used my medical background to advocate for common sense policies. I will continue to fight for real reforms to our healthcare system that protect patients and their doctors while cutting waste and government interference.
More information on this award and the Healthcare Leadership Council can be found here.
In the News
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of Dunn, who is seeking re-election in the 2nd District, lent her support this week to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Small Business Tax Cut Act. The bill would give all businesses with 499 or fewer employees a 20 percent tax cut. Republicans insist that’s the best way to kick-start the economy.
With the role of women now a key topic in the presidential campaign, female lawmakers like Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) were deployed not simply to echo the leadership’s talking points but to highlight the benefits of the tax cut for women and the many businesses they own.
Republican congresswomen are vigorously assisting the House GOP’s effort to push through a small-business tax cut. Their prominent role serves as a rebuttal to Democratic complaints that Republicans don’t respect women in the workplace. Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash.; Diane Black, R-Tenn.; and Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., are three of the most active congresswomen in the tax-cut campaign, The Hill reports.
North Carolina Technology Association
Our joint Tech Roundtable featured Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and centered on the issues facing small businesses in the tech industry. I introduced Rep. Ellmers and spoke to attendees about CompTIA and our role advocating on behalf of the IT industry.
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) agreed. “Certainly, women’s issues are paramount. We’re the ones that make the decisions,” Ellmers said. “We’ve got to do everything we can, and we need to make sure that women understand that we are fighting for their issues.”