The latest from Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson as he works to represent Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District in Washington.
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Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson
Leadership for a Unified House & Conservative Solutions
Week ending July 30, 2015

H.R. 427, Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2015
Passed 243 – 165
Supported by Congressman GT

  • Increases accountability for and transparency in the federal regulatory process.
  • Requires Congress to approve all new major regulations.
  • Adds an important step to increase congressional accountability and reducing the regulatory burden on hardworking Americans.

What are they saying?
“Regulatory costs are just as real and often just as substantial as taxes. As made clear by the SBA Office of Advocacy, small firms are disproportionately burdened by regulations. Unfortunately, the current regulatory process allows for substantial and costly regulations to be imposed on small businesses, consumers and the economy without direct input from those impacted or from elected lawmakers. 

H.R. 427 requires that Congress take an up-or-down vote on every new major rule – defined as having an economic impact of $100 million or more – before such a rule could be enforced. This substantive regulatory reform measure would serve as an important check on the regulatory system, and have a positive effect in terms of how regulation affects small businesses, and therefore, consumers and the economy. “

 Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council

H.R. 3236, Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act
Passed 385 -43
Supported BY Congressman GT

  • Provides a three-month highway funding extension while plans are being finalized for a long-term funding bill.
  • Contains two tax changes meant to benefit military households.
  • Exempt persons (veterans) with health coverage through military health plans from the 50-employee trigger that mandates coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Provides veterans eligibility for health savings accounts is not affected by receiving medical care for a service-connected disability.
  • Will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use $3.3 billion from the Veterans Choice Fund to pay for care provided to veterans by non-VA providers between May 1 and October 1, 2015 under the VA’s community care programs.
  • Requires the VA to develop a plan to consolidate all non-VA programs into a single “Veterans Choice Program”.
  • Expands the number of non-VA providers that may offer medical services.
  • Waives the program’s wait-time eligibility threshold if clinically necessary for the veteran; and allowing veterans residing within 40 driving miles of a VA medical facility to use non-VA services if the VA facility does not have a full-time physician on staff.
  • Was sent and passed by the Senate.
  • Signed into law by President Obama on Friday July 31, 2015.

H.R. 1994, VA Accountability Act 
Passed 256 - 170
Supported by Congressman GT

  •  Puts veterans first by increasing the accountability of VA employees that have the privilege of working in the VA.
  • Cuts workplace protections for Department of Veterans Affairs employees so that they will be held accountable when veterans are harmed.
  • Extend the probationary period for VA employees when hired to assure performance competency and makes it easier to fire new staffers.
  • Empower the VA department secretary “by allowing him or her to remove or demote any employee for poor performance or misconduct”.
  • Provides protection for whistle blowers.

What are they saying? 
“Just one year ago, Americans learned of secret VA wait lists, whistleblower retaliation and veteran patients dying while waiting to see a doctor. Despite these revelations, few VA employees have been held accountable for their negligence. Our veteran members will not feel confident in the VA until true reform has been installed at the Department, which we believe the VA Accountability Act will help achieve.”

“IAVA is proud to join our veteran service organization (VSO) partners, The American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Student Veterans of America (SVA), Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) and American Veterans (AMVETS) in supporting increased VA staff accountability.”
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

H.R. 675 Veterans Compensation Cost-Of-Living Adjustment Act
Passed 409 to 0
Supported by Congressman GT

  • Provides a cost-of living adjustment (COLA) beginning 12/1/2015.
  • Assures the court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has an adequate number of appellate judges to handle current and future demand.

What are they saying? 

“The VFW supports this legislation which will increase VA compensation for veterans and survivors, and adjust other benefits, by providing a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) beginning December 1, 2015.”

Veterans of Foreign wars of the United States (VFW)

Aleks Morosky, Deputy Director


S. 1482 Need-Based Educational Aid Act
Passed 378 - 0
Supported by Congressman GT

  • Allows colleges and universities to collaborate on a common formula for determining a student’s financial need.
  • Continues a Need-Based Educational Aid antitrust exemption that is set to expire on September 30, 2015. 
  • Limits the scope of the antitrust exemption to those activities that colleges and universities truly need and use. 
  • Provides a safe extension of a reasonable and worthwhile antitrust exemption.

H.R. 1656 Secret Service Improvements Act
Passed by 307 - 115
Supported by Congressman GT

  • Implements needed reforms to the Secret Service, which has been plagued by a series of scandals, low morale and security lapses over the last few years.
  • Codifies many of the recommendations that an independent panel tasked with reforming the agency.
    Require the Secret Service director to be confirmed by the Senate.
  • Authorizes hiring of at least 200 Uniformed Division officers and another 80 special agents.
  • Increase training for both Uniformed Division offices and special agents.
  • Directs the agency to evaluate White House technology and ways it can help improve safety there.
  • Requires evaluation of additional weapons, including non-lethal kinds.

H.R. 2770 Keeping Our Travelers Safe and Secure Act
Passed 380 - 0
Supported by Congressman GT

  • Focused on maximizing the safety of air travelers.
  • Written based on the findings of the Inspector General’s report found the TSA’s lack of clear maintenance procedures created serious risks for passengers.
  • Requires the development and implementation of a comprehensive preventive maintenance process for airport screening equipment.


The August Team GT Tele-Town is scheduled for:
Tuesday August 11th, 2015
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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Congressman GT “TOP SHOT” DAY

Saturday October 3rd, 2015
Liberty Township Sportsman Club

Men’s Division, Women’s Division, Youth (under 16) Division

Black Powder / Trap / Wobble Trap / Sporting Clays / Pistol

Registration 10 AM
Competition 11 AM
Dinner 4 PM

Registration Fee $50
(includes course fees and dinner)
Dinner only fee $10

To register or for more information:  814-360-4523

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