Dr. Boozman's Check-up
Mar 14 2014
We had a busy week in Washington that included fairness and relief for all Americans suffering under Obamacare, fighting for military families, recognition for supporting free market efforts to improve our economy and much more in this edition of the “Week in Review.”
- Obamacare Delay: I remain committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare but until then Americans deserve to be treated fairly under this law. That means delaying the individual mandate penalty as long as the employer mandate is waived.
- The ENFORCE Act: The House of Representatives took a step toward reining in Presidential abuses of power by passing the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014, which makes it easier for Congress, as part of its oversight powers, to sue the executive branch for failing to enforce the law. We have a companion bill in the Senate and I am working to help get it passed.
- Uphold the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) and I authored a piece for National Review on the opportunity the Supreme Court has later this month to reconsider the Obamacare mandate that forces employers to offer contraceptive and sterilization services that violate their religious beliefs. Read it here.
- Fighting for Military Families: The defense budget proposes to slash even more benefits our military families need. On Thursday I delivered a speech on the Senate floor saying "cuts on our military families are unacceptable and I will fight to preserve the benefits our military families were promised."
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Recognition: I was honored to receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious “Spirit of Enterprise” award for supporting free market efforts to improve our economy during the first session of the 113th Congress.
- ICD-10: The healthcare community is forced to comply with a government mandate to update a new generation of diagnosis codes. This includes codes for such strange injuries like spending too much time in a deep-freeze refrigerator or a large toe that has gone unexpectedly missing. This sounds crazy, but it’s true. Read more about our efforts to stop the adoption of these codes.
- Supporting Small Aircraft Pilots: We are leading efforts to exempt pilots flying a broader range of aircraft eligible for third class medical exemption which expands sport pilot medical standards with the introduction of the General Aviation Pilot Protection, Act.
- Arkansas U.S. Senate Youth Program Delegates: We were pleased to welcome Abhilasha Gokulan of Little Rock and Adam Williams of Jonesboro to Washington. The students are Arkansas’s delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program and participating in the program’s 52nd annual Washington Week.