Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Morgan Griffith on What U.S. Representatives Do

For those who wonder what their U.S. Representative is good for, especially when they don't agree with their neighbors' choice for that office...Congressman Griffith's E-Newsletter this week mentioned three things U.S. Representatives do for constituents of any political persuasion.

Expiring Passport?
Each year around this time, my office generally sees an increase in the number of Ninth District residents contacting us for assistance with requesting or renewing a passport, requesting expedited processing of those documents, and for help with various visa issues.

Those who may have upcoming international travel may wish to verify their passport’s expiration dates early and consider promptly proceeding with renewal if necessary.  As a reminder, the State Department recommends that international travelers ensure their unexpired passport has at least six months of validity beyond dates of planned travel in order to avoid any unintended disruptions.

You may call or visit any of my offices for assistance, and can also meet with members of my team in person during our staff traveling office hours.  Our schedule for office hours in your locality can be found on my website, www.morgangriffith.house.gov.

Congressional App Challenge

It’s time again for the Congressional App Challenge, an opportunity for high school students to display their talents, engage their creativity, and encourage their participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education fields.  The App Challenge will highlight the value of computer science and STEM education, help to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills, and – hopefully – encourage student engagement in these fields.

As part of this challenge, a participating high school student or a group of up to four students may create and submit their own software application (referred to as an “app”) for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.  Students entering the competition must submit their app's source code online by midnight on January 15, 2016 EST, as well as provide a video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.

Interested teachers, parents, or students may contact one of my offices for additional information and resources.

Reminder – Medicare Open Enrollment

As part of my November 16 column, I noted the Medicare open enrollment period, which runs through Monday, December 7.  During this time, seniors can add, drop, or switch their coverage options.  For more information, visit www.medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office.  You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671.  To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov.  Also on my website is the latest material from my office, including information on votes recently taken on the floor of the House of Representatives.