Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: Helping Businesses Work with the Federal Government

As always, it was a pleasure to be back in the Second District last week.

I was thrilled to see more than 100 business leaders from the Second District attend the “Doing Business with the Federal Government Seminar” I hosted in Fayetteville on Tuesday.

Representatives from several government agencies explained the process of contracting with the federal government and provided tips to navigating the bureaucracy. The speakers at the event explained that even with the sequestration, the federal government is still open for business.

Over the weekend we marked the third anniversary of Obamacare. As many of us predicted, the new law has not made health care more accessible or affordable. In fact, it has done just the opposite. Below you find information about the most recent evidence that Obamacare has not lived up to the president’s promises.

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Best wishes to you and your family for a safe and happy Easter holiday,

Helping Local Businesses Work with the Federal Government

The “Doing Business with the Federal Government Seminar” my office held in Fayetteville this week was a great success for our local businesses and the defense industry. Sequestration has been painful, but the federal government is still doing a substantial amount of business. Many small businesses don’t know how the process works, who to contact, or how to navigate the bureaucracy. That’s why this event was so important – it cuts through these barriers and simplifies the process.

Panelists included contractors, agency representatives and small business experts who explained the process of securing a government contract and best practices for helping businesses grow. Government agency representation included officials from the Army, GSA, Small Business Administration and others. Over 100 business leaders from the defense, healthcare, hospitality, IT, manufacturing and professional services industries were in attendance.

Fort Bragg and its surrounding businesses are vitally important to our district and the state – ranking second only to agriculture in North Carolina. We need to do everything we can to get our economy moving and this is just the latest of many events we will host in the district.

HHS Secretary Sebelius Admits Obamacare Will Raise Premiums

This week, the president’s top health care adviser, Secretary Kathleen Sebilius, confirmed what the data has been showing — that health insurance premiums, particularly for men and younger people, will most likely rise due to provisions of Obamacare.

This was also the finding of the joint House-Senate report, “The Price of Obamacare’s Broken Promises: Young Adults and Middle Class Families Set to Endure Higher Premiums and Unaffordable Coverage.”

Read more about the costs of Obamacare and the president’s broken promises on the Energy & Commerce Committee website.

Across the District

I am always impressed by the people I meet across the Second District who are making a difference in their communities. Recently I attended the dedication of two “Habitat for Humanity of the Sandhills” homes in Aberdeen. It was my pleasure to congratulate the Green and Thomas families on their new home ownership.