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E-Memo #76

PICKERING INTRODUCES SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY REFORM MEASURE: Thursday, Congressman Chip Pickering (R-Miss) and Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) introduced the Joseph H. Seall Act of 2007 (HR 2713). This bill would provide a waiver of the five-month waiting period for Social Security disability benefits for terminally ill individuals. The legislation is named for Joseph H. Seall of Summit, Mississippi, a veteran who qualified for Social Security disability benefits, but who, due to the five-month waiting period, did not receive his first check until the day after he died. The Pickering-Pomeroy legislation allows the Commissioner of Social Security to waive the statutory five-month waiting period for disability benefits when an individual is terminally ill. The measure also requires the Commissioner of Social Security to conduct a study of the Social Security disability claims process and make recommendations to Congress for improvements and reforms. (For more details: http://www.house.gov/pickering/releases/jun07/seall.htm)

PASSPORT PROBLEMS?: Security screenings have backed up the passport application process. The Departments of State and Homeland Security have announced temporary travel accommodations for American citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or countries in the Caribbean region. For more details go online to www.travel.state.gov or call 877-487-2778. Congressman Pickering's Meridian Office may be able to provide guidance as well at 601-693-6681.

CHIP PICKERING ONLINE NEWS:

Social Security Disability Reform Bill Waives Waiting Period for Terminally Ill (SeniorJournal.com: 6/15)

Pickering, Pomeroy Introduce Social Security Disability Reform Measure (Release: 6/14)

What's in your chicken? (Baltimore Sun: 6/12)

Charles Pickering Gets the Last Word (City Journal: 6/10)

Medicare Beneficiaries Access to Home Infusion Therapy (Huliq: 6/7)

NHIA Endorses Legislation to Give Medicare Beneficiaries Access to Home Infusion Therapy (PRnewswire: 06/07)

Shrimp, gumbo aplenty (Sun Herald: 6/3)

The Great Biloxi Schooner Race Sets Sail Saturday Morning (WLOX: 6/2)

Pickering Issues Statement on Immigration Bill (WTOK: 6/1)

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Friday, House Republican Leaders sent a letter to all House Republicans saying in part, "The Republican Party is the party of fiscal responsibility and reform -- and this week, we began to give Americans a reason to believe it again. Standing united as a Conference, House Republicans this week locked arms and defied plans by the majority to create slush funds for secret earmarks in appropriations bills that will spend hundreds of billions of dollars of the taxpayers' money. We took a principled stand that put the interests of taxpayers above the interests of Washington politicians. And we won....We not only forced the Democrats to abandon their plans for secret earmarks, but also compelled them to restore the earmark reforms for appropriations bills that Republicans put in place last year. Beginning next week, earmarks in all 10 remaining appropriations bills will be publicly disclosed and subject to challenge and votes on the House floor....it will bring greater transparency to the way in which Washington spends taxpayers' money - transparency that has been missing in the earmark process for decades, under Congresses Republican and Democrat alike."

PICKERING FAMILY NOTE:

Chip and Leisha and the boys mourn the passing of Leisha's father, Dr. James R. Prather. He died on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. You can read the obituary online (http://www.legacy.com/ClarionLedger/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonID=88873741) and leave notes at the online guestbook.

PICKERING STAFF: Visit www.house.gov/pickering/policy to get office contact information.

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