Frank's Footnotes: Removing The Government From Where It Doesn't Belong

Removing Government From Where It Doesn’t Belong: Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act passes the House

It’s a simple truth: the federal government has been inserting itself into places where it doesn’t belong for too long. On Tuesday, the House acted to stop one such intrusion.

I was proud to help pass H.R. 2117, the Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act in a bipartisan vote on Tuesday - I was an early cosponsor of the bill, too. We’ve all watched with alarm as the cost of a college education has skyrocketed in recent years. Many Granite State students and their parents wonder if college will become too expensive for them one day. The Obama Administration stepped in with a series of mandates and regulations. But that approach didn’t work. The result: more government meddling where it isn’t needed.

The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act is another step in returning the federal government to its proper role. Click here to read more about this important bill.

Making Time for Seniors: Thousands participate in Monday’s Tele-Town Hall

Gas prices… the future of Medicare and Social Security… the need for more good, middle-class jobs… they all came up during my Tele-Town Hall conference call with seniors Monday afternoon. Nearly 6,000 people participated from all around the First Congressional District. I spent an hour telling people about the work I’m involved with on Capitol Hill these days, and then fielded their questions and comments. A Tele-Town Hall is a great way to stay in touch with the people I serve while I’m working in Washington. I reminded them that I’m committed to safeguarding Medicare and Social Security for the people who now rely on it, and protecting it for future generations, too.

NH’s voice heard on Capitol Hill: Making sure non-profit groups get help

Believe it or not, most of a Congressman’s daily work is done out of the public eye. My office is always open to Granite Staters whenever you’re in Washington. This week alone, I had more than one dozen meetings with representatives from New Hampshire organizations ranging from the American Legion to advocates from Merrimack speaking on behalf of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Several of the folks I met this week represented non-profit groups. Click here to visit the non-profit section of my website. There is no doubting the vital contribution these groups make. They help people every day and are often more effective in delivering services than city, state, and federal governments. As your Representative, I am working hard to help our nonprofits. One way is by preserving the charitable tax deduction. Some people would like to see it capped reduced or even eliminated. For example, the jobs bill President Obama submitted to Congress in 2011 and budget proposal for 2012 contained harmful consequences to nonprofit groups by limiting the charitable deduction for people making more than $200,000 a year (or $250,000 per couple).

We must ensure that we don’t penalize the very groups that are doing so much to help our communities here in New Hampshire. Click here to read the Frankly Speaking column I wrote about this important subject last fall.

Coming to Washington for a Visit? My DC office is here to help you

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to meet with the Chapin family from Gilford, NH, before their tour of the U.S. Capitol Building. School tours and summer vacations are right around the corner. As the weather gets warm and the cherry blossoms get ready to bloom, the increase in visitors is a great chance to say hello to the many Granite Staters who visit Washington. I would love to welcome you and your family or group to our nation’s capital, too! If you or someone you know will be visiting and are interested in a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Bureau of Engraving and Printing or the Library of Congress, please contact my office at (202) 225-5456 and we will assist you with your plans.