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This has been another productive week
in Washington. I chaired a joint hearing for the House Committee on
Small Business on how the Administration’s executive orders prevent
small businesses from competing for federal contracts.
To address Nevada’s serious doctor shortage, I introduced H.R. 6039, the Graduate Opportunities in Medical Distribution Act (GO MED) to create more opportunities for medical students and increase access to health care.
I also joined my colleagues from Nevada Congressman Heck and Congressman Amodei in introducing the Protection from Insurance Exchange Monopolies Act to stop Nevadans from being forced to pay a tax on a monopoly caused by a government mandate that forced out other competition.
The House took action to stop a tax
increase on middle class families and our seniors caused by the
President’s health care law. I also voted to extend the Perkins Loans
Program for career and technical education and help more Americans with
job training. Lastly, I voted for H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act that authorizes the VA to fire incompetent bureaucrats.
Keep reading below to learn more
about what went on this week. You can also get the latest news on what
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This week, I chaired a joint hearing
of the Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Subcommittee and the
Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, both of the House Small
Business Committee, on how the Obama Administration’s executive orders
prevent small businesses from competing for federal contracts.
After meeting with constituents and
listening to several small businesses testify, I have come to the
conclusion that Washington regulators, and particularly those appointed
in the Obama Administration, do not understand how much their executive
actions affect the day-to-day operations of small firms.
During my time of service in the
House Committee of Small Business, we have held hearings highlighting
the negative outcomes of several of these executive actions, doing our
best to defend the small business community. Regrettably, President
Obama either hasn’t listened to the needs of small business owners, or
worse, simply ignored our appeals.
Actions like Executive Order 13673,
commonly referred to as the ‘Blacklisting Rule,’ hamper economic growth
in our small business community. By this executive overreach, the
Administration has circumvented Congress’ legislative authority and I am
concerned that these executive actions will lead to fewer small
businesses participating in the federal marketplace.
We currently have 100,000 fewer small
businesses registered to do business with the federal government than
we did just 4 years ago. This is not good for Nevada or the United
I will continue to fight to make sure the voices of our small businesses are heard.
Sparing Nevadans from An Unfair Obamacare Tax
I joined Congressman Joe Heck and Congressman Mark Amodei in introducing the Protection from Insurance Exchange Monopolies Act.
Nevadans shouldn’t be forced to pay a tax on a monopoly caused by a
government mandate that forced out other competition. All Nevadans
deserve access to more health care choices and lower health care costs.
The Protection from Insurance Exchange Monopolies Act,
would exempt all individuals who live in a county with one or no health
insurers offering plans on the Obamacare exchanges from the individual
mandate penalty. In Nevada, residents of 10 counties - Esmeralda,
Mineral, Humboldt, Pershing, Churchill, Lincoln, White Pine, Eureka,
Lander, and Elko - will have only one insurance carrier to choose from,
denying them the options and affordability originally promised by the
The better way to solve rural
Nevada’s access to health care is to replace Obamacare with a fairer and
more patient-centered approach. But as long as Obamacare is the law,
Nevadans shouldn’t be forced to pay a tax on a monopoly caused by a
government mandate that forced out other competition. All Nevadans, and
particularly those in our rural communities, deserve access to more
health care choices and lower health care costs.
I’m glad I could join my colleagues from great state to spare Nevadans from this unfair Obamacare tax.
Stopping An Obamacare Tax Increase on the Middle Class and Senior Citizens
Obamacare plans are rising by nine
percent next year in the Las Vegas Valley after they just rose eight
percent this year.
The last thing that middle class and
seniors in Nevada need is to pay more taxes for using health care plans
they never wanted in the first place. That’s why I voted for H.R. 3590, the Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act.
This legislation provides tax relief
on expensive medical bills by repealing an Obamacare tax hike and
reinstating the previous allowable deduction levels.
Specifically, this bill amends the
IRS code to permanently lower the threshold that individuals may
generally claim as an itemized deduction from 10 percent of their
Adjusted Gross Income to the original 7.5 percent before the Affordable
Care Act was signed into law.
For those 65 years of age and older,
this legislation prevents the same tax hike from taking effect next
year. If signed into law, this legislation would be grandfathered to be
in effect for all individuals for the current tax year.
Creating Opportunities for Medical Students to Increase Access to Health Care | VIDEO
We’re facing a serious doctor shortage
in our state and our country. We need to create opportunities for more
students to practice medicine and increase access to health care. This
is why I introduced H.R. 6039, the Graduate Opportunities in Medical Distribution Act,
also known as GO MED, which would implement a program to reallocate
unused Medicare Graduate Medical Education Cap allotments to states
feeling the worst effects of the physician shortage on a five-year
The federal government currently
spends roughly $15 billion annually to train physicians across the
United States. These funds are used for graduate medical education to
train residents. Seventy-eight percent of this funding is provided
through Medicare. However the top five states where these opportunities
exist receive nearly half of the federal funding for graduate medical
education students. The top state, New York, receives more GME funding
than 31 other states combined.
In 1996, Congress passed and
President Clinton signed into law caps on the amount of slots offered in
the GME program after slots ballooned out of control. The caps that
remain in place were based on the amount of opportunities states wanted
in 1996 rather than what they needed.
In 2014, Medicare paid for only 137
residency slots in the State of Nevada. By comparison, the top 25 states
receiving Medicare funding for these GME slots averaged over 3,000
medical education slots.
GO MED would take these slots that
are already funded and not utilized and transfer these GME opportunities
to states like Nevada where there is a need. A similar redistribution
took place in 2011 and it was found then that over 1,000 of these
Medicare funded GME positions were not being used.
The Reno Gazette-Journal wrote
about the lack of opportunities in Nevada in 2014 and quoted a Regent
who said then of medical students, “We teach them to leave.”
Seventy-seven percent of graduate
medical education students who learn in Nevada stay in Nevada to
practice Medicine. There are literally hundreds of opportunities paid
for with hard-working Nevadan’s tax dollars that aren’t being used. I
believe it’s prudent to make these commonsense reforms to this program
so that the Silver State benefits from the hard work and education of
aspiring students who want to practice medicine in Nevada.
The American Medical Association recently found
that there could be a shortage of up to 100,000 doctors nationwide in
less than ten years based upon looming retirements of the current
workforce. In 2013 in Nevada, doctors aged 65 and over made up 26
percent of the practicing workforce and those aged 55-64 made up another
20. It is about time we address this issue and give our students more
opportunities in an effort to keep our future doctors in Nevada.
Extending Perkins Loans Program for Career and Technical Education
A one-size fits all approach rarely
works; particularly when it comes to education. The better way to ensure
today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s
jobs is by trusting job creators in the Las Vegas Valley and local
educators like the College of Southern Nevada to be more engaged in the
needs of their students than some unaccountable bureaucrat at the
Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
Earlier this week, I voted for H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to
reauthorize and reform the Perkins Loans Program for career and
technical education and help more Americans with job training.
The legislation gives states and
local educators a more active role in designing programs to prepare high
school and community college students for the workforce. H.R. 5587
empowers state and community leaders to be more active, it improves
alignment with in-demand jobs, it increases transparency and
accountability and it ensures a limited federal role.
Click here to learn more about the benefits of this legislation.
Allowing VA to Fire Incompetent Bureaucrats
Our veterans risked their lives to
defend our freedom. They’ve earned every single benefit that’s been
promised to them and we ought to keep those promises. Unfortunately, our
vets are languishing on waiting lists and are not getting the care they
deserve. We've been left with no choice but to address incompetence and
malfeasance at the VA head on.
I voted for H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act to
authorize the Secretary to fire or demote any VA employee for
performance or misconduct and reduce employees’ VA Senior Executive
Service (SES) pensions if they are convicted of a felony that influenced
their job performance.
This bill would also give the
Secretary of the VA authority to recoup any bonus or award paid to VA
employees if the Secretary deems it necessary and appropriate. It
enhances protections for whistleblowers and reforms the appeals process
by giving veterans different options to pursue their appeal.
H.R. 5620 passed the House by a vote of 310-116.
Hardy’s Upcoming Events
Fall Business Series
As a follow up to my Summer Business
Series, my office is hosting a Fall Business Series made up of seminars
for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on taxes and
regulations affecting small businesses. These seminars are a service to
you and provide great resources that I believe will help small
businesses in Nevada thrive.
Mondays | September 12, 2016 through October 24, 2016
North Las Vegas City Council Chambers
2250 N. Las Vegas Boulevard
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Morning Sessions: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Evening Sessions: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. September Seminars
· September 19th - The Affordable Care Act and Your Business October Seminars
· October 3rd - Doing Business with Your Government
· October 17th - Unlocking the Global Market through Exporting
· October 24th - Establishing Business Relations with Corporations
To RSVP, call (702) 912-1634 or email Kent.Alexander@mail.house.gov. Veterans Benefits Seminar in North Las Vegas
Do you have questions about the VA or
your veterans’ benefits? Attend my Veterans Benefits Seminar to learn
more about disability benefits, accessing My Healthevet and the CHOICE
Program. VA representatives will be on hand to provide answers to your
questions and show you how to navigate their website where you can
access your e-benefits. Thursday | September 22, 2016
Veterans Transition Resource Center (VTRC)
2250 Nature Park Drive, Room 200
North Las Vegas, Nevada 89084 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, contact John Taing at (702) 912-1634 or John.Taing@mail.house.gov. FAFSA Seminar
Students, parents and educators are
welcome to attend my FAFSA Seminar to learn how to better understand the
federal financial aid process and get information on applying for
scholarships and Service Academy Nominations. Monday | September 26, 2016
Cimarron Memorial High School
2301 North Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, Nevada 89128 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Call (702) 912-1634 or email Sarah.Waggoner@mail.house.gov for more details.