Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: Meet My Daughter


Photo of the Week

You can tell from this ?selfie? how much fun it was getting to know my “daughter for the day,” Raegia, on ?Take Your Daughter To Work Day?! Big thanks to Girls Inc. and Women’s Policy, Inc. for matching us up!

 

Weekly  Update
This week, I had the opportunity to host a “daughter” for national “Take Our Daughters to Work” Day. As the mom of a son, I look forward to this opportunity made possible by Women’s Policy, Inc. and Girls Inc. every year. It is such an awesome way to show a young girl what a “day in the life” of a Congresswoman really looks like.

My “daughter” on Thursday was a bright 8th grade girl named Raegia, who has a bubbly and outgoing personality and who aspires to be a lawyer. She joined me during a committee markup, toured the Capitol, and we chatted over a lunch of cookies about life. Check out some of our photos below!

I was also honored to have legislation pass out of the Energy & Commerce Committee this week. My legislation is straightforward — it requires the Federal Communications Commission to publish new rules online within 24 hours of being adopted. This rule creates accountability of a bureaucratic agency and ushers in transparency into an agency that is often shrouded in mystery. Click here to read more about this legislation.

See more of my work from this past week by scrolling down. As always, please let me know how I can assist you by calling my Asheboro, Dunn or D.C. Offices. 

 

Daughter for a Day
 

 I gave my Take Your Daughter To Work Day daughter Raegia a quick tour of the Energy and Commerce Committee room before markup started. I’m excited that the full committee advanced HR 2589, my bill to increase transparency at the FCC by voice vote this week.

 

Enjoyed talking with Raegia about my FCC bill. I showed her some of the things I keep in my office to remind me of home — photos of family and of ?NC02? and my jar of ??Harnett County? dirt. We also talked about less serious issues including Famous Amos cookies, nails and handbags!

 

Raegia is shown at the Compass Rose in the Crypt. This is the center of the original District of Columbia. This compass is the official compass for the city, so the streets in the city are named based on the directions within it. Legend is that stepping on the Compass Rose brings good luck.

 

Click here or on the photo above to check out our slomo fistbump!

 

Meetings this Week
 

 It was great to get to talk with Bald Head Island Mayor, Andy Sayre, about NC coastal issues while he was in Washington.

 

I enjoyed talking with Michael Kelly (aka ??Doug Stamper? from ?House of Cards?) Thursday about The Older Americans Act- legislation passed previously that was recently reauthorized in 2016. This legislation supports a broad array of services for our nation’s most valued citizens, the elderly. Examples of some programs supported include Meals on Wheels and other nutrition services, as well as family caregiver support and other healthcare services ?senior citizens? need!

 

 This week I met with Volvo executives and discussed transportation, energy, the environment and trade – issues we’ve done so much work on in the Energy and Commerce Committee. Volvo employs nearly 100 of my constituents in NC02.

 

Assisting Veterans and Senior Citizens
 

 On Monday, I introduced legislation that would preserve access to prosthetic limbs for veterans and senior citizens. As brief background, in July of 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidelines that would severely restrict access to prosthetic care for Medicare beneficiaries. As the representative of Fort Bragg, and the 2nd District, I represent thousands of veterans and senior citizens who would be adversely affected by this decision.

HR 5045, Preserving Access to Modern Prosthetic Limbs Act of 2016, would place a moratorium on HHS’ proposed guidelines. This moratorium would provide additional time for HHS Secretary Burwell to better understand the far-reaching implications of this proposal.

Click here or on the photo above to read more information about this legislation.