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October 5, 2006

  Congresswoman Deborah Pryce

Producing Results for Ohio’s 15 th District

Columbus, Ohio -- Ohio’s 15 th congressional district sent Congresswoman Deborah Pryce to Washington to get things done, and has sent her back to Washington every two years because she is producing results. Pryce has authored or provided critical leadership to numerous initiatives to better the central Ohio community and our nation.  Highlights

include:

Legislative Highlights

Financial Services/Housing

  • Co-author of H.R. 3997, the Financial Data Protection Act, legislation to protect consumer information from theft and create federal standards by which companies would secure their customers’ data and notify consumers in the case of a breach.  Pending
  • Lead cosponsor of H.R. 5337, the National Security Foreign Investment Reform and Strengthened Transparency Act of 2006 (National Security FIRST Act) to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and update CFIUS for a post 9/11 world in which all facets of America’s interactions with other nations – particularly trade and financial relationships – need to be scrutinized for their impacts on national and homeland security.  House passed
  • Sponsor of H.R. 6115, the Mark-to-Market Extension Act to extend a proven Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program that helps sustain affordable housing stock. House passed
  • Author of H.R. 5068, legislation to reauthorize and reform the Export-Import Bank to make it more competitive, transparent, and better equipped to meet the needs of American exporters.  The measure will enable businesses to secure financing to trade in current and developing markets, and expand our job base here at home.  House passed
  • Author of law to preserve the Section 8 housing eligibility of severely disabled students at Creative Living near The Ohio State University, and at similar housing facilities nationally.  The measure seeks to remedy a law negatively impacting disabled students living in government subsidized housing.  Signed into law
  • Author of H.R. 1471, the Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act, to provide a flexible array of services in permanent supportive housing to help homeless families and individuals across the country move toward recovery and self-sufficiency. Pending
  • Co-leader on legislation to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the minting of a commemorative $1 coin.  Pending

Health

  • Lead sponsor of H.R. 1812, the Patient Navigator, Outreach, and Chronic Disease Prevention Act to help individuals in underserved areas navigate the health system.  Signed into law
  • Lead author of legislation to remove the time limitation on COBRA health benefits to increase portability and availability of health insurance.  Pending
  • Author of legislation to protect the “Pediatric Rule” requiring drug companies to conduct safety tests of adult medicines most likely to be given to children.  Protecting the rule and providing incentives for testing medicines for kids give doctors the information they need to provide our children with the best quality health care possible.
  • Author of law that provides millions of dollars to Columbus Children’s Hospital, and hospitals across the nation, to train future pediatricians and specialists through the Children’s Hospital Graduate Education program. Signed into law
  • Lead author of Access to Cancer Clinical Trials Act to increase the number of individuals who participate in cancer clinical trials.  Only 3 percent of eligible adults do today.  Pending
  • Lead author of Access to Cancer Therapies Act to provide Medicare coverage for oral anti-cancer drugs.  Secured inclusion of expedited coverage of oral anti-cancer drugs in Medicare Modernization Act that created a prescription drug benefit.  Signed into law
  • Lead author of Compassionate Care for Children Act to improve the pediatric palliative care system for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.  Pending
  • Co-author of legislation signed into law in 2000 called the Seniors Healing at Home Act that provides the option for seniors to return to their home facility after hospitalization.  It is important because some managed care plans often did not allow seniors to seek rehabilitative treatment where they live if those facilities were not part of the managed care plan's network.  This measure is providing Ohio seniors more health care choices and a better quality of life after a hospital stay.  Signed into law
  • Co-leader on the Women’s Health Office Act to provide statutory authority to five federal women’s health offices to prioritize the government’s commitment to women’s health.  Pending

Taxes

  • Co-leader of legislation to help cover the expenses of those who adopt children – known as the Hope for Children Act – through a $10,000 tax credit.  Signed into law
  • Lead sponsor of legislation called the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act to end the double taxation of attorney fees and court costs in discrimination cases.  Signed into law.

Women and Children

  • Lead cosponsor of H.R. 3402, legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, an essential tool in the fight against domestic violence.  Signed into law
  • Lead sponsor of H.R. 2012, the End Demand for Sex Trafficking Act, which was included in a larger anti-trafficking measure, H.R. 972.  Signed into law
  • Author of law called the Child Abuse Prevention and Enforcement (CAPE) Act that is providing funding for child abuse prevention programs and giving states tools to train court appointed special advocates and child protective services workers.  Signed into law
  • Lead author of the Welfare Reform Reauthorization Act to strengthen the 1996 law with increased work requirements while continuing to provide important supportive services like child care.  Signed into law
  • Lead author of legislation to bring a National Women’s History Museum to Washington, D.C. Pending
  • Lead author of legislation supporting education and health opportunities for Afghan women and children.  Signed into law
  • Lead author of Strengthening Abuse and Neglect Courts Act.  Signed into law
  • Leader on efforts to launch the Adoption Awareness Stamp through the U.S. Postal Service.  Signed into law

Education

  • Co-author of H.R. 2989, a measure to create a $250 tax deduction for teachers’ out of pocket classroom expenses.  Signed into law; Author of bill to increase the deduction to $400 and make the deduction permanent. Pending
  • Author of legislation to provide federal funding to the Project GRAD program to give additional low-income students the tools they need to graduate high school and go on to college.  All students in the program who graduate from high school are provided with a four-year college scholarship.  Project GRAD currently operates at two feeder patterns in the Columbus Public School district, affecting approximately 10,000 students.  Pending
  • Author of legislation called the Veterans Educate Today's Students Day Act urging teachers and civic leaders to organize events and forums where students can interact with veterans.  Pending

 

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