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Congressman Gene Taylor: Notice for Constituents regarding case files 
November 12, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gulfport, Miss. – In a few weeks, our offices will close. The office is disposing of case files as follows.

The files for all closed cases will be shredded to protect the constituents' personal information.

The files for all open cases will be transferred to the new Congressman's staff so that constituents can continue to receive assistance.

If constituents do not want their case files to be transferred to the new staff, they can pick up their files from our office by November 30 or they can give us consent to shred their files.
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National Defense Accomplishments 
October 25, 2010
Congressman Gene Taylor
Defense and Seapower Subcommittee Accomplishments in the 111th Congress
[Click here for a list of defense and seapower projects in the 111th Congress.]

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SEAPOWER SUBCOMMITTEE ACCOMPLISHMENTS


As chairman of the Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee since 2007, I drafted and managed our subcommittee's portion of the National Defense Authorization Act each year. My subcommittee has worked in a nonpartisan manner with the Navy and Marine Corps to authorize more than $60 billion each year for ships, aircraft, research, and development.

Since becoming chairman, I have made a priority of improving Navy shipbuilding programs so that the Navy has the fleet it needs to protect the United States and taxpayers get their moneys' worth on the contracts. I also have made a priority of pushing for faster production of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs) that protect our soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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111th Congress Voting Summary for Congressman Gene Taylor 
October 24, 2010
Total Votes Cast by Congressman Gene Taylor
in 2009 & 2010
1,466
Majority of Democrats Agreed with Taylor 78%
Majority of Republicans Agreed with Taylor 73%
Democrats & Republicans Agreed With Each Other 53%
Rep. Travis Childers (MS-1) Agreed with Taylor 88%
Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS-2) Agreed with Taylor 77%
Rep. Gregg Harper (MS-3) Agreed with Taylor 74%
All Four Mississippi Members Agreed 52%
Source:  Compiled by Office of Rep. Gene Taylor
from Congressional Quarterly Weekly
Magazine, 2009 & 2010.
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New study looks at what's wrong with Gulf Coast insurance market 
October 22, 2010
By Trang Pham-Bui - WLOX TV 13, October 20, 2010

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) – "Residential insurance markets have been in a great deal of turmoil since Katrina. Premiums have increased dramatically," said Lloyd Dixon, a senior economist for the RAND Corporation.

A study released by RAND pointed to rising rates, as much as 400-percent in some areas of the coast, and homeowners are forced to bear more of the risks. The findings were released during a forum on insurance reform, held at USM Gulf Park in Long Beach.

Members on the panel noted that the current insurance system is not working.


Mississippi Congressman Gene Taylor and others on the panel said the solution is for Congress to pass the Multi-Peril Insurance Proposal, which would cover both wind and flood."I hope it doesn't come to this. But I suspect it's going to take a major storm on the east coast, where a lot of folks in some urban areas, New York, North Carolina, suffer what we went through, and that's what's going to take to pass this," said Taylor.

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Rep. Gene Taylor's Presentation to Solve Homeowner Insurance Crisis 
October 21, 2010

Click the image to the left to view the video of the power point presentation that Congressman Taylor gave to the insurance forum on October 20, 2010, held at the Gulf Park campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. The RAND corporation presented its conclusions of its study of coastal insurance crisis. The RAND report emphasized that the private sector can't solve this problem and said that some federal reform is needed. Multiple Peril Insurance Act, which Taylor has sponsored and championed, was one of the options that RAND recommended be studied to remedy the problem.

This is Congressman Taylor's presentation at the forum.

For a larger view of the video, click below.

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Congressman Taylor: $62 million Contract to Northrop Grumman Good News 
October 21, 2010
Gulfport, Miss. - "This contract for long lead materials for LPD 27 is good news and I hope it is a signal that the Navy and Northrop Grumman are close to agreements on the other ships that Congress funded almost a year ago." Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) said.

"In my first three years as Chairman of the Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee," Taylor continued, "we authorized and appropriated funding for eight ships that will be built at Ingalls.

"Last year we authorized and appropriated $1.9 billion for DDG-113, $872 million for LPD-26, $579 million for advance procurement for DDG-114, $185 million for advance procurement for LPD-27, and $170 million for advance procurement for LHA-7."

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Congressman Gene Taylor announced $150,000 Grant to City of Hattiesburg  
October 20, 2010
Gulfport, Miss. - Today, Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss) announced that the City of Hattiesburg will be awarded $150,000 HUD Community Challenge grant. The purpose of the grant is to create the Mid-Town Hattiesburg Master Plan which will lay the foundation for a commercial/residential mixed-use, mixed-income housing district that will allow workers to live closer to their jobs and amenities, enabling them to walk or bike to schools, hospitals, parks, arts and entertainment destinations, and shopping and dining venues. In addition to a new design for the Mid-Town area, the process will produce market analyses and guidelines for financing new development. Residents will have the opportunity to determine the future of their community through public meetings and collaborative design.
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Camp Shelby is treasure for Mississippi, nation 
October 16, 2010

By Congressman Gene Taylor - Wayne County News, September 30, 2010


Camp Shelby is a military treasure for South Mississippi and our nation. When I first got elected to Congress, however, the fate of the base was far from certain.

At that time, our nation had two types of military bases: Those that grew and those that closed.
One of the first controversial issues I dealt with concerned expanding Camp Shelby into the adjacent DeSoto National Forrest. I was determined to ensure Camp Shelby would grow and worked diligently to add the 32,000 acres of land the base needed. Since that time, Congress has invested quite a bit of money into the facility.

Over the last 10 years alone, I have worked to secure more than $45 million in federal funding, which has turned Camp Shelby from an underutilized military training facility to one of the nation's premier training bases for National Guard troops deploying to the Middle East.

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Mississippi Native Represents U.S. Naval Academy at Taylor's Academy Day 2010 
October 14, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Ana Maria Rosato
(202) 253-1308 (c)
October 14, 2010   Suzy Soberoski
601-582-3246 (o


Gulfport, Miss.. – Captain Angela Cyrus, a Mississippi native, will represent the U.S. Naval Academy at Congressman Gene Taylor's 19th Annual Academy Day Seminar which will be held at the University of Southern Mississippi Student Union on October 16th from 8 a.m. to noon.

Captain Cyrus is the Director of Admissions for the U.S. Naval Academy. Her father is from Hattiesburg, and her mother is from columbus, Miss. Captain Cyrus graduated from Mississippi State University where she earned her undergraduate degree in computer science, earned her masters in Information Management Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School, and her Ph.D. In Public Administration from Old Dominion University.

Congressman Taylor is happy to welcome home Captain Cyrus for his annual event which provides young people in South Mississippi, who are interested in attending one of the five U. S. Service Academies a chance to learn about valuable scholarships and career opportunities available to them.

"I am honored to host this annual event where our district's young people can learn how they can continue Mississippi's proud history of service to their nation." Taylor said. "This year, we have expanded our invitation to South Mississippi community colleges. It is a great opportunity for community college students willing to enroll in one of the Academies or to participate in one of the ROTC programs in exchange for the privilege of serving the nation as a military officer when they complete their education."

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Taylor tours local Sunbeam plant 
October 13, 2010
By David Owens - Laurel Leader-Call October 12, 2010

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U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), center, tours the Jarden Consumer Solutions plant in Waynesboro Tuesday along with district representative Bill Felder. Mark Sullivan, plant manager for the Waynesboro facility, guided the tour of the nearly 900,000-square-foot plant. Taylor supported Jarden last year during its Chinese "dumping" settlement with the International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce.
Photo/David Owens
WAYNESBORO — U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) toured the Sunbeam plant in Waynesboro Tuesday as he counts down to a Nov. 2 showdown with Republican challenger Steven Palazzo.

It was Taylor's first visit to the plant since he helped the company, which is owned by Jarden Consumer Solutions, petition the International Trade Commission (ITC) and U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to investigate illegal "dumping" by China.

The Waynesboro facility, which has served the Pine Belt for 51 years, manufactures and ships woven electric blankets and box fans.

Last year, Taylor along with U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) showed their support for the company, which claimed China was selling the imported woven electric blankets (WEBs) at less than fair value.

This past June, Taylor's office also testified at the preliminary hearing supporting the U.S. WEB industry. The subsequent 6-0 ruling by the ITC found Jarden was being harmed by China's dumped imports.

The DOC then levied a minimum of 93 percent anti-dumping duty on imported WEBs from China, leveling the playing field for the WEBs manufactured in Waynesboro.

After touring the nearly 900,000-square-foot facility, Taylor spoke before a large group of employees in a town hall setting.

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