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ENG: Thomas Richard "Tom" Carper (born January 23, 1947) is the senior United States Senator from Delaware and a member of the Democratic Party. He was previously the 71st Governor of Delaware and a United States Representative. A native of Danville, Carper graduated from the Ohio State University. Serving as a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1968 until 1973, he saw active duty in the Vietnam War. He remained in the U.S. Naval Reserve for another 18 years and retired with the rank of Captain. Upon receiving his MBA from the University of Delaware in 1975, Carper went to work for the State of Delaware in its economic development office. He was elected state Treasurer, serving from 1977 to 1983 and leading the development of Delaware's first cash management system. Encouraged ...
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Carper cited billions of dollars in Medicare

When police were summoned to Ingleside Retirement Apartments in Wilmington about a year ago, they weren’t looking for a burglar. They were looking for a man selling medical equipment. For nearly three months, the salesman, dressed in business attire, would enter the 15-story high-rise and ask to speak with an elderly resident who lived in one of the apartments. The salesman said he wanted to educate the elderly about different types of medical equipment. In reality, he wanted to fit them for durable medical equipment — electric scooters, wheelchairs or walkers — whether they ...

Sen. Carper on Debt Ceiling: What Are Republicans Smoking?

We asked Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., about a comment by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., that defaulting on the debt could benefit the nation “in the short and long term” because it “forces politicians to make decisions.” “When I hear people say stuff like that, I wonder what they’re smoking,” Carper, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, told us. “And it’s not something that’s legal -- well, it could be.” “What would happen is the folks who lend us money from around the world and from this country are going to ask for more ...

Finding 'Triple Happiness' by Saving Taxpayer Money...

As a recovering Governor I know that states and municipalities are the laboratories of democracy for our nation. The work done in states and local communities to save energy is critical to helping not only ease budget pressures, but also in giving the federal government some great examples of what can work. Similarly, the federal government and our nation can benefit from smarter, greener federal building. This weekend I was back in Delaware - as I am most weekends - and I was driving home from an appointment. I was making great time. I think the only person who could have made better time is ...

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Senator Carper Highlights Annual Report of Duplicative Programs and Wasteful Spending
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, reiterated the need to use taxpayer dollars efficiently and effectively in light of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) latest report that identifies potential overlap, duplication, or fragmentation in government programs, agencies, offices, and initiatives. The report, released annually, highlights opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs and activities in an effort to cut costs and save money for taxpayers. “In everything we do, we must always strive to do it better,” said Senator Carper. “GAO’s annual report on duplication highlights areas where federal agencies can utilize taxpayer dollars more efficiently and effectively. It is now our job in Congress to use the information to focus our oversight efforts and take action where needed to eliminate
Washington Post: Editorial: The high price of suddenly cheaper postal stamps
WE USUALLY do not complain when a commonly used consumer item gets cheaper, but first-class postage presents a bit of a special case. The sudden 2-cent drop in price, from 49 cents to 47 cents, on Sunday, makes a mockery of the “Forever” label on the stamps many people bought at the higher price, thinking their indefinite validity would hedge against future price hikes. Little did they know! More important for the stability of the already distressed U.S. Postal Service, the price cut represents a financial blow, estimated at $2 billion per year. Stamps went up to 49 cents in January 2014, pursuant to a Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) ruling intended to help the Postal Service recover from the Great Recession. However, the increase was considered “exigent” and thus temporary — large-scale postal customers had lobbied heavily against it — and it could be made permanent only by an act of Congress. A bill to do that, as well
HSGAC Hearing Statement: “The Federal Perspective on the State of Our Nation’s Biodefense”
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held the hearing, “The Federal Perspective on the State of Our Nation’s Biodefense.” Below is the opening statement of Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.), as prepared for delivery: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this timely hearing on federal biodefense efforts, particularly in light of the current threat posed by the Zika virus. Last fall, this Committee convened a hearing to examine a report issued by the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense. We heard then from our good friends, Senator Joe Lieberman and Governor Tom Ridge, about our country’s capabilities to confront biological threats and how those capabilities could be strengthened. Needless to say, there is a lot of work to be done. Fortunately, the panel provided a number of recommendations to further enhance our ability to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from, a biological incident. &l
Senator Carper Seeks Information on Delaware Health Insurance Companies’ Efforts to Provide Tobacco Cessation Services to Consumers
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del), the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent letters to the leaders of four major health insurance companies seeking more information on their efforts to provide tobacco cessation services to eligible Delawareans. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), certain health insurance plans are now required to provide tobacco cessation services at no out-of-pocket expense to enrolled individuals and families. Among other things, Senator Carper asked the companies to explain how they are implementing these new requirements and how they are informing consumers that these services are now available to them. The letters were sent to Aetna, Cigna-HealthSpring, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Delaware. “With the passage of the ACA, millions of Americans have received help finding high-quality health insurance.” wrote Senator C

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