By Jason Dunovant
Congressman Robert Hurt made several stops in the area last week to speak with residents in Virginia's 5th District. Hurt addressed several ongoing issues as he made his way around Bedford County and Franklin County on July 3, including a brief stop at Smith Mountain Lake.
During a stop at Crazy Horse Marina to speak with members of the Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire/Rescue Company, Hurt took time to answer questions on a number of ongoing issues.
One local issue Hurt is still putting a lot of focus on is the Supporting Home Owner Rights Enforcement Act, better known as the SHORE Act. The legislation, approved by the House Committee on Appropriations in April, requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take into account private property ownership rights when issuing and enforcing hydropower project licenses.
"We've gotten a lot of support for it," Hurt said of the legislation. He helped to introduce the act late last year and has been pushing to get it on the House floor for a vote.
Hurt said his goal is to get the SHORE Act on the floor of the House for a vote before the end of the year. If the act is not voted on by the end of the session this year, it will have to be reintroduced next year.
Congressman Hurt also commented on the recent Supreme Court decision to uphold a majority of the Health Care Reform Law.
"I was disappointed," Hurt said of the decision by Supreme Court.
Hurt said that he still believes that the individual mandate that requires citizens to purchase health care is unconstitutional. He said the issue is far from settled and plans to work with other members in Congress to repeal the law and introduce a new law consisting of fresh proposals and market based solutions.
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