Gregg Harper

Hospital Drug Discount Program Under Lawmakers’ Microscope
House panel to examine legislation Wednesday

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was to address a conference of hospitals participating in a drug discount program facing Congressional scrutiny. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A House panel that has been scrutinizing hospitals’ use of a drug discount program will examine on Wednesday pieces of legislation that stem from members’ concerns over the discounts.

The Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight panel has had two hearings in the past year on the program, known as 340B. The committee has requested information from hospitals that participate and in January published a report outlining ways the drug discount program could be better run.

Sean Patrick Maloney Says Tampon Buy Denied by House Panel
But House Administration Committee says it “did not provide any guidance”

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., says the House Administration Committee told his office it may not purchase tampons out of MRA funds, but the panel denies it offered any guidance. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 9:57 p.m. | New York Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said he tried to buy tampons for his office but was denied permission by the House Administration Committee. 

But a House Administration spokeswoman said it “did not send an email or provide any guidance to Rep. Maloney’s Office.”

GOP Runoff Victors Are Likely New Members of Congress
Mississippi’s Michael Guest and South Carolina’s William Timmons win comfortably

District Attorney Michael Guest won the GOP nomination in the runoff for Mississippi's 3rd District on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Friends of Michael Guest)

With victories in primary runoffs in Mississippi and South Carolina on Tuesday night, a pair of Republicans are likely heading to Congress next year. 

Michael Guest has won the Republican primary runoff in Mississippi’s open 3rd District, which GOP incumbent Gregg Harper is retiring after five terms.

What to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries
Five states hold primaries, and two host primary runoffs

New York Rep. Dan Donovan is facing a GOP primary challenge from his predecessor, Rep. Michael G. Grimm, in the 11th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Incumbents will be on defense and challengers in key House races will face their first tests in Tuesday’s primaries, as voters in seven states head to the polls. 

Five states are holding their regularly scheduled primaries, while Republicans in Mississippi and South Carolina will weigh in on House primary runoffs. Tuesday will also determine whether 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, a convicted felon, can jump-start their political comebacks. 

Two Republican Men Advance to Primary Runoff in Mississippi
Magnolia State has still never elected a woman to Congress

Whit Hughes finished second in the Republican primary for the open seat in Mississippi’s 3rd District, but will advance to the runoff later this month. (Courtesy Whit Hughes For Congress)

The Republican primary for Mississippi’s 3rd District is heading to a runoff after no candidate cleared more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday night. Incumbent GOP Rep. Gregg Harper is retiring after five terms in Congress.

Leading the six-candidate field were District Attorney Michael Guest and Whit Hughes, the chief development officer of Baptist Health Systems.  With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Guest led Hughes 45 percent to 22 percent, according to The Associated Press. The two will meet in a June 26 runoff. 

Gregg Harper Hopes Disability Internship Program Expands After His Departure
Retiring House Administration chairman cites his son as an inspiration

Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., right, poses with his son Livingston and Vice President Mike Pence last year. Harper said Livingston was the impetus for his internship program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. (Courtesy Rep. Gregg Harper’s office)

As Rep. Gregg Harper prepares to leave Congress, he has high hopes the internship program he created for individuals with intellectual disabilities will grow and lead to more alumni getting hired.

Helping the disabled has been a priority for the Mississippi Republican since his election to the House in 2008. He has sponsored multiple pieces of legislation to help people with disabilities transition into adulthood, including his Transition toward Excellence, Achievement, and Mobility, or TEAM, Act in 2013, which stalled in committee.

Roll Call’s 2018 March Madness — The Final Four
Four Republicans and four Democrats left standing

We are down to the final four teams in both the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments. 

Lawmakers Push for Sexual Harassment Bill in Spending Package
Bipartisan coalition, Speaker want legislation included in omnibus

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., left, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., arrive to hold a press conference following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans and Democrats are making a last-minute bid to add legislation that would address the sexual harassment of staffers by members of Congress on the omnibus appropriations bill.

With dozens of policy issues still in flux as part of the full-year fiscal 2018 spending package, some lawmakers are upset by indications a bill that would implement robust sexual harassment policies in Congress is currently not part of the omnibus. The House passed the anti-sexual harassment measure, as well as sweeping rules changes aimed at protecting staffers, by voice vote on Feb. 6.

House Approves Funding for Lantos Human Rights Panel
Move is a first for commission that holds hearings, briefings

The House will direct funds to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, named after the late House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, D-Calif. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House for the first time will direct funds to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a panel of members that has operated on a volunteer basis since it was created nearly a decade ago.

The House Administration Committee on Wednesday by voice vote backed a $200,000 allocation from a reserve fund for commission operations and personnel. Chairman Gregg Harper, R-Miss., said the committee resolution was in response to a request from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Bulletproof Vests, Security Guards Approved for House Members
Hiring a security detail is “an ordinary and necessary reimbursable expense,” the new guidelines say

House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper, shown here in November, had a busy Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House lawmakers can use taxpayer funds to buy bulletproof vests and other security equipment, under a resolution approved by the House Administration Committee on Tuesday.

The resolution also allows members to hire security personnel for events such as town halls, to guard their district offices during business hours, and to accompany them on official business.