Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: Praying for Boston

I began the week alongside many strong women participating in the Women Run the World New York Half Marathon in Central Park.

The following day, I watched in horror as the Boston Marathon was attacked by terrorists. In Boston, we witnessed acts of selflessness and heroism in our fellow Americans’ response to the attack. I hope you will join me in continuing to pray for the victims of this senseless act.

Over the past few days, support for the bill I sponsored, “The Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2013,” has gained momentum.  There are currently 40 cosponsors and the list is growing.  If you live outside the Second District, check the list below and contact your representatives to join as a cosponsor of this important bill.

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Cosponsor Cancer Patients Protection Act

Thank you to the following members who have signed on as cosponsors of H.R. 1416 – the Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2013. This bill will protect millions of patients on Medicare who are suffering from cancer, arthritis, and osteoporosis from the harmful effects of sequestration. The following Members have already signed on to this bill:

Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Diane Black (R-TN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Paul Broun (R-GA), Corrine Brown (D-FL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Judge Carter (R-TX), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Donna Christensen (D-VI), Howard Coble (R-NC), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Ralph Hall (R-TX), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Joe Heck (R-NV), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Walter Jones (R-NC), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Candice Miller (R-MI), Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), Robert Pittenger (R-NC), Bill Posey (R-FL), Trey Radel (R-FL), Martha Roby (R-AL), Thomas Rooney (R-FL), David Roe (R-TN), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), David Scott (D-GA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Kevin Yoder (R-KS), and Bill Young (R-FL).

Click here for more information about H.R. 1416 and click here to find contact information for your representative.    

We Are Golf’s “Lawmaker of the Year”

I’m honored that We Are Golf has recognized my work in Congress to help protect the industry and allow its economic impact to grow throughout the nation and North Carolina.

I will continue to fight for common sense policies that will put the American people back to work, remove costly regulations that are crippling our small businesses, and balance our budget so that we can help families and job creators across the country. I am very grateful for this award and would like to thank We Are Golf for the work they are doing to educate people on the game of golf and the many benefits it creates for our society and our economy.

Above with fellow recipient of award, Congressman Jim Clyburn, on National Golf Day

About We Are Golf:

Led by the Club Managers Association of America, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the National Golf Course Owners Association, and The PGA of America, WE ARE GOLF is a new coalition formed to tell the true story of golf. Not just the game, but the stories of the hardworking men and women who make it the greatest sport in the world and whose livelihoods depend on it. It is these accounts that affirm the continued health and growth of the golf industry is vital to thousands of communities across the country and instrumental in enhancing the lives of millions of Americans.

North Carolina Golf Statistics:

Number of Golf Facilities: 558

Direct Economic Output: $2.6 Billion

Total Economic Impact: $5.3 Billion

Total Jobs: 68,667

Total Wage Income (Full-Time Employees): $1.7 Billion

Snapshots from the Week

Photo above taken after the Women Run the World event at Cafe Luxembourg, NYC. (Bottom left to right) Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Rep. Ellmers, Lesley Jane Seymour More Magazine Editor-In-Chief, (Top left to right) Ann Griffiths Healing Consciousness Foundation (HCF) Executive Director and sister to Beth DuPree, MD Breast Surgeon and Founder of HCF.

Above with a group of CRNAs from North Carolina at a meeting of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists where I spoke on April 16.