We had another busy week in Washington, where many important issues were both debated and acted upon. On Tuesday, I led a Special Order on the House floor with several of my colleagues form the Energy and Commerce Committee. We discussed a recent report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) which lays out the many missed deadlines and delays for implementation of Obamacare, as well as its negative effect on jobs. All of these issues make it apparent that implementation is far from reality, and the highly touted exchanges will not be ready for enrollment in October. You will find more information regarding this, along with updated from other hearings involving the committee in this newsletter.
Also this week, I was honored to join Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a visit to National Children’s Medical Center. This visit was part of an event that called attention to the Kids First Research Act of 2013 – which prioritizes pediatric research to assist children with autism & other diseases. Later in the week I participated in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game, an annual charity event supporting young women with breast cancer.
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Obamacare is Bad for Jobs
This week, I led a Special Order on the House floor with several of my colleagues, discussing a recent report from the non-partisan GAO. This report lays out the many missed deadlines and delays for implementation of Obamacare as well as its negative effect on jobs. All of these issues make it apparent that implementation is far from reality, and the highly touted exchanges will not be ready for enrollment in October.
I also participated in a hearing with the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations where we heard testimony from a number of small business owners, including a constituent from the 2nd District of North Carolina.
Steve Lozinsky, Vice President of Sparkle and Shine Cleaning Services (located in Apex) said this year “was the first year since we started that we haven’t grown, and that was pretty much our decision because we don’t know what the effects of this law [are]. We don’t want to hire more people and have to lay them off.”
This week, I joined Majority Leader Cantor on a tour of Children’s National Medical Center to talk about H.R. 1724, the “Kids First Research Act of 2013”. You can read more about the visit in this article in The Hill newspaper.
2013 Congressional Art Winner
Congratulations to Violette Bruchon! She is our district’s 2013 winner of the Congressional Art Competition and was chosen for her artwork titled “Circles of Rust.” It was a pleasure to meet Violette this week while she attended a reception celebrating the winning artists.