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Hern priorities pass committee markup

Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) participated in several days of markup in the Ways and Means Committee this week, including legislation sponsored and co-sponsored by Rep. Hern.

Multiple Hern priorities received votes during the markup, including Hern-sponsored legislation covering global tax policy and access to health care services, and Hern-supported programs to reauthorize a maternal health program and efforts to restructure the benefits public servants like police officers, teachers, and firefighters receive.

Rep. Hern’s H.Res. 1269, introduced in July, instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to provide models and reports about the effect of global tax agreements on the economy; specifically, its effects on U.S. tax revenue. Democrats blocked the resolution from advancing to the House floor on a party line vote.

Watch Rep. Hern’s remarks on H.Res. 1269 here.

Rep. Hern is a co-lead on Democrat Representative Dan Kildee’s HR 8885, a bill simplifying access to mental health care services for Americans by requiring health care providers to maintain an active list of in-network providers, including whether the provider is accepting new patients. HR 8885 passed Committee this week and is headed to the House floor. 

Rep. Hern voted in favor of HR 8876, The Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act. Named after the late Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), this bill reauthorizes the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, including new oversight and accountability measures encouraged by Rep. Hern. It passed with strong bipartisan support.

Watch Rep. Hern’s remarks on HR 8876 here.

Rep. Hern is a cosponsor of Ranking Member Kevin Brady’s HR 5834, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act, a bill to repeal the Windfall Elimination Program and replace it with a fair formula to ensure present and future beneficiaries receive the benefits they deserve and paid into. That bill was rejected by Democrats.

Watch Rep. Hern’s remarks on WEP here.