Tim Murphy: New Year, New Congress
Posted January 3, 2017, 11:13 am
As we look towards a new year with a new Congress and new President, I’m excited to get back to business for my constituents and the American people. My top priorities will be fixing the broken healthcare law to bring down the outrageous cost of insurance coverage and deliver better care, drafting better trade deals to keep it Made in America, improving and expanding care for veterans, bringing back our lagging coal industry and bolstering our national security. Thank you for partnering with me to bring solutions to Southwestern Pennsylvanian families and my very best wishes to you for a peaceful and prosperous 2017.
Happy new year!
The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act: Among the many other desperately-needed reforms, this new law invests in services for the most difficult-to-treat cases, ensures family members are a part of the care delivery team, provides training for law enforcement officers on how to best respond to a potentially violent situation when responding to cases involving seriously mentally ill, expands the mental health workforce, and for the first time ever, Congress is stepping in to address eating disorders so patients can get access to real medical care. H.R. 2646 SIGNED INTO LAW!
New resources to fight the opioid epidemic: Nearly $1 billion in new resources are now available for states to tackle the growing opioid and heroin epidemic through prevention and treatment, improving prescription drug monitoring programs, training for health care providers and expanding access to recovery programs. S. 34 SIGNED INTO LAW!
Strengthening trade enforcement: The Congressional Steel Caucus delivered the tools for our government to fight back against illegal trading practices used by foreign cheaters squarely aimed to destroy American steel and manufacturing. H.R. 1295 & H.R. 644 SIGNED INTO LAW!
Improving Veterans Mental Healthcare: The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act requires an annual review and continual improvements to VA & DoD programs to help soldiers recover from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. It also directs the VA to hire additional psychiatrists to fill the shortage gap and establishes programs to help soldiers transition back into civilian life and access mental health services. H.R. 203 SIGNED INTO LAW!
KASSAM — USexit: The Case for Booting the UN Out of America Grows Stronger
Posted December 30, 2016, 9:27 am
In his lame-duck attempt to undermine the State of Israel with a diplomatic knifing in the front, President Obama has created fertile ground for a campaign to lead the United States out of the United Nations. Or as I call it: USexit.
A Usexit (pronounced: you-sex-it) movement has rarely ever taken hold, with the last attempt to encourage such a move dying in committee in 2015. Then, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL) alongside a number of other Congressmen and women floated the American Sovereignty Restoration Act (ASA).
Obama’s Historic Land Grab: 553 Million Acres For ‘Conservation’
Posted December 30, 2016, 9:26 am
President Barack Obama decreed two more national monuments from his vacation home in Hawaii on Wednesday, taking 1.65 million more acres of Western land for management by the federal government.
The new Bear Ears Buttes monument includes 1.35 million acres of Utah and the Gold Butte monument includes about 300,000 acres in Nevada.
That makes a total of 553 million acres of national lands and waters that Obama has repurposed for conservation and protection using the 1906 Antiquities act, more than any other president, according to the New York Times. More than 80 percent of Nevada and about 65 percent or Utah is owned by the federal government, according to National Public Radio.
Utah Republican leaders in Congress were furious after Obama decided to designate the controversial Bear Ears monument.
“This arrogant act by a lame duck president will not stand,” Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee responded in a statement. “I will work tirelessly with Congress and the incoming Trump administration to honor the will of the people of Utah and undo this designation.”
A November poll of Utah residents showed that 60 percent were opposed to the idea and only 33 percent supported it.
Krauthammer Declares U.N. ‘A Disaster’ Obsessed With Israel
Posted December 30, 2016, 9:25am
A Frequently Asked Question
Posted December 30, 2016, 9:22 am
As we wrap up the 2016 year and start planning for 2017, I’d like to answer a question that I’m asked often by people across Pennsylvania – Why did you run for the Pennsylvania State Senate?
I have been a private sector business owner for almost 40 years. Several of my businesses I have started from scratch. I was not handed these businesses, nor did I come from a wealthy family.
Today, at my various companies we employ hundreds of hard-working, middle-class people.
I decided to run for the PA State Senate for four simple reasons:
1. I was tired of being used as an ATM machine by career politicians who were all talk and no action.
My money was always good enough when they needed it, but the second I’d track those same politicians down to ask why specific legislation wasn’t passing, you’d think I had the Bubonic Plague – they’d run the second I walked in a room. The same problems continued to persist and no reforms were being passed.
2. My companies were being choked by massive regulations.
I understand that certain regulations are necessary, but the overlap between federal, state and local regulations is ridiculous, repetitive and a waste of our time and money. When I started my first waste company in 1985, I could put all the regulations we had to comply with in a manila file folder. Today, we have a three-ring binder that is 3 1/2″ thick with almost 100 hundred pages of regulations. Its complete non-sense.
3. As a business owner, I was tired of being treated like a criminal by the government.
I am proud to say that my companies and our team members do everything legally and ethically and go above and beyond the expectations of federal and state government. Instead of thanking and complimenting us on our high standards we set for ourselves, we’re consistently treated by the government as if they’re trying to find us doing something wrong so they can fine us. If we treated our customers like the government treats us, we’d be out of business.
My companies employ hard-working, middle class people. We have truck drivers, laborers, recycle center sorters, mechanics, and customer service representatives to name a few. These people are taking a lunch box to work, not a brief case. I’m tired of our employees being overlooked and under-appreciated. The middle class deserves to have a Champion in Harrisburg, and I feel strongly that I can be that Champion.As we move into 2017, I will continue to be your voice in Harrisburg and fight to protect your tax dollars and an out of control state government.Thanks for being on our team and have a Happy & Safe New Year!
Transcript claims to show US worked with Palestinians on UN resolution
Posted December 28, 2016, 8:57 am
An Egyptian paper published what it claims are the transcripts of meetings between top US and Palestinian officials that, if true, would corroborate Israeli accusations that the Obama administration was behind last week’s UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements.
At the same time, a report in an Israeli daily Tuesday night pointed to Britain helping draft the resolution and high drama in the hours leading up to the vote, as Jerusalem tried to convince New Zealand to bury the Security Council measure.
In a meeting in early December with top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, US Secretary of State John Kerry told the Palestinians that the US was prepared to cooperate with the Palestinians at the Security council, Israel’s Channel 1 TV said, quoting the Egyptian Al-Youm Al-Sabea newspaper.
Also present at the meeting according to the report were US National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and Majed Faraj, director of the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Service.
White House national security council spokesman Ned Price on Wednesday told the Times of Israel that no such meeting took place. “The ‘transcript’ is a total fabrication,” he said.
While the State Department confirmed meetings that Erekat and a Palestinian delegation had with Kerry and separately with Rice, no tripartite between all of them took place, according to Price.
Governor Abbott: Arms Trade Treaty Could Allow UN to Regulate Guns in U.S.
Posted December 28, 2016, 8:54 am
Governor Greg Abbott (R) is warning that the recently reintroduced Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) could allow the UN to regulate guns in the United States.
Abbott originally issued this warning via Twitter on December 13, but the Austin American-Statesman seized on that warning on December 25, explaining Abbott’s exact concerns in the process.
On December 25, the Statesman noted that Abbott’s staunch opposition to the ATT centers around concern that the treaty is a way for the UN to usurp the Second Amendment and U.S. oversight over guns (and gun rights) in this country. Abbott’s concerns are shared by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R), who has already taken steps to make the treaty unenforceable in TN, should the Senate ratify it.
On December 13, the day of Abbott’s original tweet, Breitbart News reported that Obama had renewed his push for the Senate ratification of the ATT. Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty on September 25, 2013, even as the NRA warned, “This treaty threatens individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme [and is full of regulations and requirements that are] blatant attacks on the constitutional rights of every law-abiding American.” Republican senators shared the NRA’s sentiment and aligned to end any chance of the ATT’s ratification, but Obama is making an additional push for ratification before leaving office.
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Senator Camera Bartolotta: E-Newsletter
Posted December 23, 2016, 7:125 am
Wishing a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All
The holiday season offers everyone a chance to spend time with loved ones, reflect on the events of the past year, and chart a better course forward for the year ahead. The season reminds us what really matters. What makes the greatest difference is not what we receive, but rather what we give. Regardless of what happens in the year ahead, we can all resolve to do our part to make the world a brighter and happier place.
Looking back on this past year, I am extremely grateful for all of the people I have met who are working through various community organizations and charities in order to help build and maintain stronger communities. The dedicated individuals who give their time and efforts to these worthy causes are a true inspiration, and I appreciate all of the incredible efforts to help individuals and families in need.
As we prepare to put 2016 behind us, I hope that everyone has a safe and joyous holiday season, and I look forward to working with all of you in the New Year.
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Rep. Tim Murphy to Deliver Weekly Republican Address
Posted December 22, 2016, 9:55 am
Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) will deliver the Weekly Republican Address on Thursday, December 22. In the address, Rep. Murphy will discuss a new law that will bring the most significant reforms to our mental health system in more than a generation. The National Alliance on Mental Illness calls this new law “a milestone in mental health history.”
“I can’t think of a better way to end the year than with signing the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act into law. By bringing research, treatments, and cures into the 21st century, we are finally breaking down the wall between physical health and mental health and focusing on delivering treatment before tragedy,” said Rep. Murphy. “This Christmas, as we gather with our family and loved ones, we can rejoice knowing that hope is on the way to so many families who for too long have lived in the shadows.”
“Tim has led the charge on bringing attention and resources to mental health issues, and I can’t think of a better time than Christmas to talk about the importance of giving families the help they need,” said Speaker Ryan. ”As part of the Cures law, this bill will be one of the first steps we take toward a stronger health care system.”
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