February has been off to a blistering pace here in Congress. Already, we’ve seen House committees continue their work on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare; Dr. Tom Price was confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services; the House worked to protect America’s students from poorly-crafted, harmful Obama-era regulations; and the House continues to make progress on tax reform and regulatory reform, two keys to unleashing job creation and wage growth in America.
And earlier this week, Paul met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. While these meetings in Washington get a lot of attention—and it’s well deserved—Paul met with some folks back home whose stories may not be as well-known, but are worth sharing. Here are some of the highlights:
Lauren, Molly, Scott, and Cole Sharp & Brian Sladek with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Lauren is a brave young lady; she was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 6 and has been in remission for 3 years. Lauren donates all of her allowance—and has fundraisers—to various organizations dedicated to treating and curing cancer. Last year she was the honorary chair for Relay for Life in Kenosha. Lauren truly defines charity. She uses her hardship to help others, and she is inspiring to so many people every day. Paul presented Lauren with a certificate, which read, in part: In recognition of not only being a survivor of Leukemia, but also of your hard work [which] . . . has been instrumental in [the] efforts [to find] cures, celebrating survivorship, and raising critical funds for research programs. . . . Your service is greatly appreciated by the residents of the Kenosha community, the State of Wisconsin, and the United States of America.
Greta Johnson, Nikki Payne, and David Reilly with the American Cancer Society
Paul met with Greta, Nikki, and David to discuss the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and they all agree: It’s important to put the patient first throughout this entire process. And Paul has consistently said just that: “However long [the] transition’s going to take, we`re going to make sure that the rug doesn`t get pulled out from under people—and that`s something we want to make very clear.” Another topic raised was the importance of ensuring Americans with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage because of their health status, which is part of Republicans’ Better Way health care plan.
Pastor Melvin Hargrove, Bishop James E. Dukes, Dr. Leon Finney, Bishop Roosvelt Watkins, and Ernest Nia
Paul also met with Pastors, Bishops, and community leaders to discuss economic development, education, and workforce training, all of which are issues of serious importance to Wisconsinites across the state. It is vital that Congress support policies that allow small business and their employees to thrive; ensure America’s children, regardless of their zip code, have access to a quality education that provides them the skills they will need to be successful later in life; and support job training opportunities for young adults, like the bipartisan SKILLS Act signed into law in 2014.