GOP puts Congressman Abraham in spotlight
WASHINGTON – The Republican Party has made Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, its featured member of the week.
The member spotlight can be viewed at GOP.gov. The distinction is another example of how the freshman congressman is already making waves in Washington. In just his first month on the job, Dr. Abraham has already:
- Introduced legislation to help America’s veterans.
- Landed a subcommittee chairmanship and held a hearing on veterans disability appeals.
- Presided over the House of Representatives.
- Cast votes on key issues such as repealing ObamaCare, building the Keystone XL pipeline, creating opportunities for job growth and protecting the unborn.
Dr. Abraham said he has been impressed by the “can do” attitude many of his colleagues have as they work together to solve to the problems facing our nation.
“I’m proud the party chose to make me its featured member. I take it as a sign that they see I’m here to represent the people of the 5th District as someone interested in finding viable solutions, not reciting talking points. Congress has gotten off to a fast start, and we plan to keep that momentum going,” Dr. Abraham said.
What they’re saying:
Abraham already turned a few heads by grilling federal officials last week about why it takes an average of 960 days for a veteran to get a ruling from the Board of Veterans Appeals. His first bill has also been filed, on veterans affairs. It’s a clear sign that Abraham, in a very short period of time, has already found a policy niche.
The Republican-controlled House has already passed notable legislation such as a bill paving the way for the Keystone XL pipeline, the Hire More Heroes Act to promote the hiring of more veterans without incurring ObamaCare penalties on employers as well as the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.
“We've done a lot of things already, and there's a lot more things moving,” Abraham said. “In my opinion, they're all moving in the right direction.”
“Whether providing much-needed oversight to the Department of Veterans Affairs or championing legislation designed to improve the care and benefits America’s returning heroes have earned, our subcommittees and their chairmen fulfill vital roles,” said Chairman (Jeff) Miller. “This Congress, we are fortunate to have a talented roster of both new and returning chairmen. I am confident they will help our committee continue to set the standard for congressional oversight while working to improve the lives of veterans and increase accountability and efficiency at VA.”
Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, said Abraham brings impressive credentials to the Committee on Agriculture.
“He understands agriculture production in Louisiana and will make sure the committee is creating an environment in which producers in the 5th District can thrive,” Conaway said.
Congressman Ralph Abraham can be reached on Twitter @RepAbraham and on Facebook.