House Republicans are wasting no time in addressing our priorities. This past week, we voted on multiple bills focused on protecting our energy and intelligence from the Chinese Communist Party, fighting for abortion survivors and pro-life facilities, and holding the federal government accountable. Thankfully, all these bills passed.
H. Res. 11 – This resolution establishes the Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party.
H. Res. 12 – This resolution establishes a Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government as a select investigative subcommittee of the Committee on the Judiciary.
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 26) - This bill establishes requirements for the degree of care a healthcare practitioner must provide for a child born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion.
H. Con. Res. 3 – This resolution expresses the sense of Congress condemning the recent attacks on pro-life facilities, groups, and churches.
Overall, this week was outstanding, and I feel even more energized about what’s to come in the 118th Congress.
A Recap of My Week Meeting with the Salvation Army
Salvation Army National Commander Kenneth Hodder, Commissioner Jolene K. Hodder, and representatives from the organization met with me this past week to discuss how we can work together on poverty-related issues. The Salvation Army offers emergency financial assistance, food pantries, disaster services, youth character building, and worship services in our district. In addition, their domestic violence program in Panama City Beach offers various free, voluntary, and confidential services to survivors of domestic violence abuse in the Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties.
Thank you all for stopping by! I appreciate the work you do.
Energy & Commerce Energy Roundtable
Earlier in the week, I participated in a roundtable held by Energy & Commerce Committee Republicans to discuss how people across the country are struggling with unaffordable energy costs caused by President Biden’s war on American energy. This Congress has an opportunity to address the highest energy prices we’ve seen in decades. Watch my remarks here.
Here’s What I’m Supporting
H.Con. Res. 3 would condemn the violence perpetuated against pro-life facilities after the Dobbs decision. I support peaceful protests but denounce all violence.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 26) would provide that if a child is born alive after surviving an abortion, any health-care practitioner present must exercise the same degree of care to preserve the life and health of the child that they would exercise for any other child of the same gestational age. The survivor must then be immediately transported to a hospital.
I also joined a letter to the Director of National Intelligence to request a briefing on national security and intelligence threats created by the ongoing border crisis. During the fiscal year 2022, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 98 non-U.S. citizens on the Terrorist Screening Database illegally entering the United States. This is unacceptable.
Updates From Agencies IRS: Tax Filing Season Begins Jan. 23
The IRS recently announced Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, as the beginning of the nation's 2023 tax season, when the agency will begin accepting and processing 2022 tax year returns.
More than 168 million individual tax returns are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the April 18 tax deadline. People have three extra days to file this year due to the calendar.
This year’s due date is April 18, instead of April 15, because of the weekend and the District of Columbia’s Emancipation Day holiday, which falls on Monday, April 17. Read more here.
Resources for Veterans
Starting Jan. 17, Veterans in acute suicidal crisis can go to any VA or non-VA healthcare facility for emergency health care at no cost – including inpatient or crisis residential care for up to 30 days and outpatient care for up to 90 days. Veterans do not need to be enrolled in the VA system to use this benefit.
This expansion of care will help prevent Veteran suicide by guaranteeing no-cost, world-class care to Veterans in times of crisis. It will also increase access to acute suicide care for up to 9 million Veterans who are not currently enrolled in VA. Read more here.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in Congress!
Dr. Neal Dunn Member of Congress
A veteran's widow contacted my office when their claim for V.A. Survivor's Pension had been pending for nearly a year, and they could not get any movement with the Department of Veterans Affairs. We worked with the Pension Management Center to have the claim reviewed, and they discovered the claim was approved, but they had the wrong direct deposit information. Once everything was corrected, the widow promptly received the retroactive benefits and was put into active pay status.
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