CO-CHAIRING CONGRESSIONAL HEART AND STROKE COALITION:
Congressman Chip Pickering has agreed to co-chair the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition for the 110th Congress. Pickering joins Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), and Senators Michael Crapo (R-ID), and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) as leaders of the Coalition. The Coalition's goals are to raise awareness of the seriousness of cardiovascular diseases and act as a resource center for heart and stroke issues, including biomedical research, quality and availability of care and health promotion and disease prevention. The Coalition and its 200 members also work to advance public policy aimed at fighting cardiovascular diseases.
"Representative Pickering has demonstrated his commitment to saving lives and helping to make the fight against heart disease and stroke a national priority," said Dan Jones, M.D., AHA President-Elect and vice chancellor of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. "We hope his leadership will inspire other members of Congress to join the Coalition and support measures that will protect the health of our citizens."
The Association honored Congressman Pickering with its National Public Service Award in 2004 for his ongoing contributions in Congress on heart disease and stroke issues. Pickering's record as a heart and stroke champion in Congress includes being the leading Republican sponsor of the Stroke Treatment and Ongoing Prevention Act (STOP Stroke Act). He is also the sponsor of legislation to improve Medicare's coverage of cardiac rehabilitation and has co-sponsored other health bills supported by the American Heart Association. The Association intends on honoring Pickering again in 2007 with another National Public Service Award.
MILITARY ACADEMY DAY:
Congressman Chip Pickering will hold his annual Military Academy Day on Saturday, March 24 at Madison Central High School in Madison County from 9:00am until 11:00am. This event provides interested students and parents an opportunity to learn more about our nation's military academies, requirements for admission and the appointment process. The event is free and open to the public. Congressman Pickering and members of his staff will be joined by representatives from each of the five service academies: U.S. Military Academy (West Point), Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy and Coast Guard Academy. High school students preparing for college within the next couple of years and considering the service academies should attend. Junior high students interested in the service academies are also encouraged to attend and begin the process early. For more details contact Steve Guyton in Congressman Pickering's Pearl Office at 601-932-2410. Madison Central High School is located at 1417 Highland Colony Parkway in Madison, Mississippi.
COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID:
The U.S. Department of Education is encouraging new and returning college students to apply for financial aid. "Billions of dollars in federal assistance are available to help pay for postsecondary education, and, contrary to popular belief, most families are eligible for some financial aid to pay for academic or technical studies," Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling said.
Financially needy students may qualify for grants, work-study opportunities or federally guaranteed loans. Virtually all students are eligible for unsubsidized loans, which offer favorable rates to borrowers, and the neediest students are eligible for subsidized loans, which pay the interest while students are in school. In addition to the foundational Pell Grant award, worth up to $4,050 for 2007-08, Pell-eligible students may also receive up to $1,500 in Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG) if they take a challenging high school curriculum and up to $4,000 in National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (National SMART) Grants if they major in mathematics, science, or critical languages field.
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA, is the first step in the financial aid process. For more information see the Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website http://federalstudentaid.ed.gov where users can learn how to select a school, apply for aid, or locate and repay federal student loans.
CHIP PICKERING ONLINE NEWS:
Pickering backs Bush on Iraq (Laurel Leader Call: 2/22)
County decides on $12 million in road work (Madison County Journal: 2/21)
Senate gets park improvement bill (Grenada Daily Sentinel Star: 2/19)
Monticello armory funding awaits House action (Brookhaven Daily Leader: 2/19)
Taylor, Pickering Wicker support President Bush on Iraq war vote (Jackson Clarion Ledger: 2/17)
Visit www.house.gov/pickering/policy to get office contact information.