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Congressman Pittenger calls for hearings on opioid enforcement

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) called on both the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold hearings on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s ability to crack down on suspicious shipments of opioids. Congressman Pittenger’s request follows recent media reports, as well as opioid concerns expressed by constituents at town hall meetings. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has responded by scheduling a hearing on Wednesday, October 25th.  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has responded by requesting detailed information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Opioid abuse is a crisis.  We must ensure the DEA has the appropriate …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones Appointed to the North Carolina State Lottery Committee

Raleigh, NC – Representative Brenden Jones (R-Columbus, Robeson, Bladen) is pleased to announce that he has been appointed by the Speaker of the NC House of Representatives, Tim Moore, to serve as an Advisory Member on the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on the North Carolina State Lottery. This and other committees will meet during the interim when the General Assembly is not in session, with the goal of providing oversight into various area of state government. The committee will hear presentations from various experts on topics relevant to the focus of that committee. At the conclusion of each committee’s work, a report will be made to the General Assembly detailing …..

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Tillis & Burr Applaud Senate Advancement of Thomas Farr Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee for advancing the nomination of Thomas Farr as District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Senator Tillis spoke at the Senate Judiciary Hearing in support of Mr. Farr, who now moves before the full Senate for consideration. Mr. Farr was nominated by President Trump at the recommendation of Senators Tillis and Burr.   “Thomas Farr is well regarded across the political spectrum and has received a well-qualified rating from the ABA, the gold standard for many members in the Senate Judiciary Committee,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “I applaud the Judiciary Committee for confirming Tom and urge the Senate …..

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America’s Immigration System is broken

By Congressman Robert Pittenger America’s immigration system has never been so broken. Today, over 11 million illegal immigrants live in the United States.  Our porous border allows illegal gangs and drugs to enter our country, and also creates a serious national security problem.  America is a nation of laws, but our laws are too often ignored in the name of political correctness.  Our outdated immigration system hurts American workers. The United States is in desperate need of a full-scale immigration overhaul.  We can’t afford to kick the can down the road.  Unfortunately, it often seems Washington politicians would rather play the blame game than focus on fixing the problem. Yet …..

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Early voting begins today 

RALEIGH, N.C. – The 17-day early voting period for the November municipal elections begins today (Thursday, Oct. 19) and runs throughSaturday, Nov. 4. ­­ Election Day is Nov. 7.   “Municipal elections typically have lower turnout than state and federal contests, and we encourage all voters to participate in choosing their local leaders,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. “For those who missed the regular registration deadline, the 17-day early voting period offers a chance to register and vote.”   Statewide, 92 counties are holding elections in November. Ballots in hundreds of municipalities across the state will include a total of nearly 1,100 contests, including 33 …..

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Board of Elections hears about Dublin snafu, town out of One-Stop voting

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday afternoon and learned the town of Dublin will opt out of One Stop Voting. Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw told the board that the Board of Elections office received a letter on July 21 from the Town of Dublin signed by the town clerk. “This letter was saying they would be participating in the One Stop and mail absentee voting. The last time they did not do that, they opted out,” said Shaw. She told the board that last week she had a member of the Dublin Town board come to the Board of Elections office and …..

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State Prisons Take Immediate Steps to Assess and Improve Prison Safety Following Attack on Employees at Pasquotank Correctional Institution

Raleigh- The Department of Public Safety is taking immediate steps to make prisons safer following a violent attack at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City that claimed the lives of two prison employees this week. On Friday, Secretary Erik A. Hooks and state prison leaders met with Governor Roy Cooper, who directed them to improve prison safety in the wake of the attack. “We owe it to the public and to our employees to keep state prisons secure, and we owe it to these fallen employees and their families to learn all we can about what happened and take steps to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again,” Sec. Hooks …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S IRAN STRATEGY

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after reviewing President Trump’s strategy on Iran: “President Trump provided a clear assessment of the threats America faces from Iran.  The Iran Nuclear Deal is severely flawed and provides access for Iran to exploit this process.  For example, the IAEA is not allowed to access military installations in Iran to review possible violations. “This misguided agreement gives Iran a working path to continue developing nuclear weapons in just a few short years, while currently allowing Iran to continue development of long-range ballistic missiles that could reach anywhere in the world.  This is madness! “Congress should work with President Trump on targeted …..

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BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP:  CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER WORKS WITH DEMOCRATS MAXINE WATERS, CAROLYN MALONEY, DAVID SCOTT TO ADVANCE COMPLEX FINANCIAL REFORM

WASHINGTON – In an era of extreme partisanship, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) this week built a strong bipartisan coalition to secure near-unanimous approval of complex financial reform legislation. On Thursday, the House Financial Services Committee voted 59-1 to approve Congressman Pittenger’s Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans (H.R. 2148).  This bipartisan legislation clarifies and improves Obama-era regulations which have created confusion in commercial real estate lending, leading to fewer jobs and slower economic growth. H.R. 2148 has always been bipartisan, with Congressman David Scott (D-GA) serving as the original co-sponsor.  This week, Congressman Pittenger secured additional bipartisan support from Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Financial Institutions and Consumer …..

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Congressman Pittenger announces $1.4 million FEMA grant

LUMBERTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide North Carolina with an additional $1,391,675.95 to assist with Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. This grant will be provided to the N.C. Department of Transportation to reimburse for debris removal and infrastructure repair projects associated with Hurricane Matthew. NCDOT will be responsible for distributing the money to local governments. “We will knock on every door, and try every avenue, to ensure North Carolina receives full and appropriate funding for Hurricane Matthew recovery,” said Congressman Pittenger. “This week, I spoke with HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson about visiting North Carolina later this year to view the ongoing recovery needs. …..

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You Decide: Should We Worry About Monopolies?

By Dr. Mike Walden One of my favorite games as a child was Monopoly. On a Saturday morning my mother would announce, “tonight is Monopoly night.” That evening the family would gather around the dining room table and play Monopoly for hours. An added bonus was the availability of snacks – something my mother usually prohibited after dinner. Monopoly is a board game with the objective of controlling properties on the game’s four streets.  Players landing on your property have to pay a fee. The best situation is owning all the properties on a street, thereby almost guaranteeing all players will have to pay the owner fees as they round …..

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Rep. Rouzer to host Youth Leadership Conference next Wed

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer will be hosting a youth leadership conference for high school juniors in the 7th Congressional District on Wednesday, October 18th, at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center, located at 414 Warsaw Rd., Clinton, N.C. The 2017 7th Congressional District Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference provides two juniors from each high school an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurial leaders, discuss ways to achieve entrepreneurial success and develop the necessary personal and professional skills to achieve goals. This conference is being conducted in coordination with North Carolina State University’s General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center as well as participation of the UNC Wilmington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  In addition to a …..

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Congressman Pittenger votes “no” on irresponsible disaster bill

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted against the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act. “America must help those in need, including the tragedy in Puerto Rico, but we must do so responsibly,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “When hardworking American families face unexpected expenses, they find offsets elsewhere in the family budget.  That’s real life, but not in Washington.  No effort has been made to trim expenses elsewhere to help pay for the necessary disaster relief.  This legislation also takes no account of hardworking taxpayers by bailing out the failing National Flood Insurance Program without instituting a single reform to address the illogical practice of repeatedly rebuilding the same properties over and …..

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Town of White Lake Seeking Lake Restoration Solutions

By Joy Warren The Town of White Lake continued its quest Tuesday to find solutions to the Lake water issues. According to reports from the State, the Lake water quality is great and there have been no problems noted with the quality. Mayor Womble received a response from Jason Green, Intensive Survey Branch Chief of the Division of Water Resources regarding their assistance with determining solutions for Lake PH levels and appearance. No updated information was provided regarding the Lake, but the Mayor is meeting with Ken White to discuss the monitoring site reports. After this meeting, the Town staff will determine the next step. The Board agrees that although …..

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Elect Larry Simmons Bladenboro Mayor ad

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US one a few countries in the world that allows late term abortion

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Did you know the United States, China, and North Korea are among just seven nations which permit elective, late-term abortions? Our nation suffers an egregious offense to be listed with North Korea and China, two oppressive regimes that show no respect for human rights or human life. Recent advancements in science and medical research have provided us with an unprecedented window into the early stages of human life. When a mother is five months pregnant, her baby can yawn, stretch, and move its ten little fingers and ten little toes in the womb. Most important, we also now know that at five months, a baby is …..

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Tillis Statement on Three Fort Bragg Soldiers Killed in Niger

Friday, October 6, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after three soldiers from Fort Bragg were killed in Niger earlier this week: “The deaths of Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright are a tragic reminder of the dangers facing our brave servicemembers as they combat terrorism across the globe to keep our country safe. Their sacrifices will not be forgotten, and Susan and I send our deepest condolences to their family, friends, and the Fort Bragg community.” Share:

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Statement from Congressman Pittenger

“Congress should examine any loopholes or vulnerabilities in current law that enable modifications to create an automatic weapon. but addressing gun violence will not be resolved with further gun restrictions.  Assault rifles are only used 27% of the time in public mass shootings. We need good data to identify threats and better laws to deny guns to the mentally ill.  Notwithstanding, we have a culture of violence in television, movies and games that has normalized these abhorrent acts.  The American people and Congress need to give  thoughtful focus on mitigating this cultural evil.” Share:

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Tillis, Cotton Introduce Legislation to Increase Veteran’s Access to Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Tom Cotton (R-AK) introduced the Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act, legislation that would increase access to apprenticeship-training programs for military veterans. Specifically, it would streamline the certification process for non-federal apprenticeship programs based in more than one state. “Hiring veterans in the private sector should be as easy as possible, and Congress needs to do its part to increase opportunities for veterans in our workforce,” said Senator Tillis. “It is unnecessary to force businesses to register in every state of operation, and the VALOR Act is commonsense legislation that will reduce this burdensome requirement so apprenticeship programs will be more …..

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Rep. Rouzer statement on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which restricts abortions after the 20-week mark: “Advancements in medical technology prove that at 20 weeks old, the unborn can feel pain.  It is our moral obligation to fight for and protect the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves – the lives of those who are no different than our own.  I’m proud to stand with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass this vital bill to protect the most vulnerable among us.” Share:

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Congressman Pittenger celebrates Charlotte pastor’s 40 years of ministry

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in celebration of Pastor Loran Livingston’s 40 years of ministry at Charlotte’s Central Church of God. “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Pastor Loran Livingston and his wife, Sandra, in recognition of their 40 years of ministry at Central Church of God in Charlotte, North Carolina. “God has used the Livingstons to grow and lead a church that truly impacts the Charlotte community and the world.  Each week, over 6,000 people gather together for a wonderful praise and worship experience, along with a dynamic, biblical message from Pastor Livingston.  Under their leadership, the congregation actively …..

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Tillis at Equifax Hearing: Industry Needs to Read “Hacking for Dummies”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, attended a committee hearing examining the Equifax cybersecurity breach and questioned former Equifax CEO Richard Smith about the recent breach affecting 145 million Americans, including an estimated 4,520,059 North Carolinians. If constituents feel their information has been compromised, they may contact Senator Tillis at www.tillis.senate.gov. During his questioning, Senator Tillis urged Mr. Smith to release the stock disposition history of the executives who sold their stock before the breach became public and ensure Equifax is doing everything they can to make the process moving forward is as easy as possible on the consumers …..

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Tillis: We Need to Stop Talking About DACA and Solve the Problem

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, attended a committee hearing on the Administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and urged his colleagues to pass a solution for the DACA population. Last month, Senators Tillis, Lankford, and Hatch introduced the SUCCEED Act, a commonsense and merit-based solution for undocumented children to earn legal status if they work hard, follow the law, and pay their taxes. Tillis on pairing DACA solution with border security: “What we really need is White House leadership on exactly what the six month timeline that the President has placed on Congress to do our jobs looks like. …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER: AMERICA JOINS OPPRESSIVE REGIMES IN ALLOWING ELECTIVE LATE-TERM ABORTIONS

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) urged Congress to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which would ban late-term elective abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization. “America has always been a beacon for human rights,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Yet according to a 2014 report by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the U.S. is among just seven countries that permit elective abortion past twenty weeks. “These countries include China and North Korea.  Our nation suffers an egregious offense to be listed with North Korea and China, two oppressive regimes that show no respect for human life or human rights, in allowing the killing of these precious babies as they endure these cruel abortions.  …..

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Elizabethtown Council denies airport terminal bid appeal

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council voted on Monday night to deny an appeal to the awarding of the airport terminal bid. Oscar Burney of Burney and Burney Construction Company filed a formal protest on Friday, Sept. 30, and appeared before the board during their regular monthly meeting to request the board to reconsider its decision. The bids for the construction of a new airport terminal were opened June 8, said Mayor Sylvia Campbell. Bridgett Williams, an engineer with W.K. Dickson and Company, vetted the top three contractors, based on the bids. “She recommended to us that we go with Graka Construction Company,” Campbell said. Burney and Burney was …..

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October 2, 2017 CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER: FEMA FREEZE LIFTED, $110 MILLION IN NORTH CAROLINA PROJECTS TO CONTINUE

WASHINGTON – In the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, $110 million in FEMA projects for North Carolina were frozen to ensure adequate emergency funding. Following passage of two separate funding bills supported by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), FEMA today lifted the freeze, allowing the North Carolina projects to continue. “FEMA protocol freezes long-term projects immediately after major disasters to ensure enough cash on hand to meet life-threatening needs,” explained Congressman Pittenger.  “This is why President Trump and I fought to pass Hurricane Harvey funding on September 6th and full-year funding for FEMA on September 14th.  There were some who attempted to score political points on those votes, but the responsible decision …..

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POSTAL SERVICE ACCEPTS UNION COUNTY VETERAN’S PROPOSAL, WILL LAUNCH PTSD STAMP IN 2019 Congressman Pittenger led bipartisan effort to cut through bureaucracy

WASHINGTON – Today, a Union County veteran’s dream came true. As Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) continues to monitor and mourn the tragedy in Las Vegas, he wanted to share good news that today the United States Postal Service approved Union County veteran Garland Denny’s dream of a special stamp to raise funds and awareness for PTSD.  The “semi-postal” stamp will go on sale in 2019. “My father was proud to be an American who could serve his country,” said Chuck Denny, who carried on the mission following his father’s passing in 2015.  “He worked very hard the last years of his life to see that veterans with PTSD get more …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON LAS VEGAS

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today released this statement on the tragedy in Las Vegas: “The tragedy in Las Vegas in absolutely heartbreaking.  Such cruel, senseless violence reflects the wickedness present in our world, and the need to regain our moral footing.  We will await a full review to learn the facts regarding this attack.  Tonight, I will join my fellow Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus at a special service to pray for the victims and their families.” Share:

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Police Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Reception for Employees, Retirees, Former Officers and Personnel Gov. Roy Cooper Proclaims Sept. 29 – Oct. 6, as “State Capitol Police Officers’ Week” in North Carolina

September 29, 2017 RALEIGH — The State Capitol Police today commemorated its 50th anniversary by bringing together retirees, former officers and administrative personnel for a special reception. Last month, the State Capitol Police reached the milestone of half a century of service to the people of North Carolina and state officials, employees and visitors. A floating reception to commemorate the event was held today from noon to 2 p.m. at State Capitol Police Headquarters in Raleigh. After a few brief remarks, N.C. Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks presented State Capitol Police Chief Glen Allen with a signed proclamation from Gov. Roy Cooper that designates Sept. 29 – …..

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Gov. Cooper sending 200 North Carolina National Guard Engineers to Puerto Rico to aid recovery

Sept. 29, 2017 RALEIGH, N.C.- Gov. Cooper has authorized sending 200 engineers from the N.C. Army National Guard to support recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. N.C. Guard soldiers assigned to the 105th Engineer Battalion “Task Force Rhino”, headquartered in Raeford, will have their advance team depart sometime this weekend with the remainder of the unit deploying next week. They are expected to be in Puerto Rico for 30 days, but are prepared to be there longer if required. Puerto Rico requested assistance from NC Guard through an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request with NC Emergency Management to aid in recovery. “When our state …..

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Tillis Continues Fight To Improve Mental Health Care for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to re-introduce the Prioritizing Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Care Act, legislation that provides veterans greater and timelier access to mental health care treatment and incentivizes the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire more mental health care professionals to fully meet the demand. “The fact that we lose 20 veterans every day to suicide is a national tragedy and we need to do everything in our power to assist the men and women who served our country,” said Senator Tillis. “This legislation will give veterans the access they need and deserve when seeking treatment …..

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Update from Congress for Bladen County

In the year Washington last updated the tax code, “Crocodile Dundee” was in theaters, “Walk Like An Egyptian” was a number one hit, and “Da Bears” won the Super Bowl with Clemson’s “Refrigerator Perry.” Yes, America’s tax code is outdated.  1986 is calling, and wants its rotary phone back. We can’t continue with an outdated tax code that currently benefits the well-connected but doesn’t support hardworking Americans, kills jobs, and makes companies want to move overseas. Over the past several months, I’ve worked with House Republicans and President Trump to address this issue.  This week, we released a tax reform plan that will simplify the code, grow wages, increase jobs, …..

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Tillis & Burr Applaud Senate Confirmation of Bobby Higdon as U.S. Attorney

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded the Senate’s confirmation of Bobby Higdon to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina by voice vote. Mr. Higdon was nominated by President Trump at the recommendation of Senators Tillis and Burr.   Mr. Higdon has a long and decorated career as a federal prosecutor and is highly respected throughout the state. He also has significant management experience as the former Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Mr. Higdon earned his law degree from the Wake Forest School of Law. He is currently a partner at …..

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Analysis: The SUCCEED Act Will Grow The American Economy, Create Jobs, And Lower Deficits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Niskanen Center released an economic analysis of the SUCCEED Act, introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). The SUCCEED Act a merit-based, long-term solution for undocumented children to earn legal status if they work hard, follow the law, and pay their taxes. The analysis from the Niskanen Center clearly demonstrates the SUCCEED Act is also great for the health of the American economy. Highlights of the analysis: *The SUCCEED Act would create 117,000 new jobs. That is more jobs than the number of Americans employed by companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and Facebook. *The SUCCEED Act would increase GDP …..

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Civitas President Files Petition Challenging Legality of DEQ and Chemours Settlement

Contributed On Monday, September 27, Civitas Institute President Francis X. De Luca filed a petition with the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) questioning the legality of the recently signed consent decree between the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Chemours chemical company. State and federal law requires the public be notified of any settlement decrees of Clean Water Act enforcement actions. The settlement was signed on September 8th by Bladen County Judge Douglas Sasser after discussion/ negotiations between the DEQ and Chemours. Civitas President Francis De Luca said, “The decree required Chemours to do things which were already required of them under existing law and appears to …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ON RETURN TO U.S. HOUSE OF MAJORITY WHIP STEVE SCALISE

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who serves on the House Whip Team, had these remarks following the return of Majority Whip Steve Scalise to the House floor: “What a thrilling moment this morning in the House Chamber when my friend Steve Scalise entered the room!  Amid resounding cheers and applause from both sides of the aisle, Steve conveyed his gratitude to God for the miracles and answers to prayer that saved his life.  He also publicly thanked the U.S. Capitol Police officers who, despite being wounded, persevered until taking down the assailant, saving many lives.  Thank God for a real patriot in Steve Scalise.” Share:

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REP. ROUZER STATEMENT ON TAX REFORM FRAMEWORK

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Rouzer released the following statement on the Republicans’ framework to fix our nation’s broken tax code: “This week, the House, the Senate, and the Trump Administration released a tax reform framework to bring back jobs and money from overseas and create real prosperity for all Americans.  This is a tax reform plan focused on simplicity and growth that will lead to significant investments and generate better paying jobs, while also enabling every individual and family to keep more of what they earn.  For southeastern North Carolina, this is a first step to enacting into law a tax code that would benefit every individual and family —  including …..

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Congressman Pittenger: More jobs, lower taxes, simple and fair

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) attended a briefing with Speaker Paul Ryan and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady on the unified Republican framework for reforming our tax code for the first time since 1986. “This is really an extraordinary jobs bill.  This is going to spark major economic growth.  Our plan allows hardworking Americans to keep more of their own money, brings our corporate tax rate in line with the rest of the industrialized world, and finally provides fairness for the small business owners who create the majority of new jobs,” said Congressman Pittenger. “America’s tax code hasn’t been updated since ‘Crocodile Dundee’ was in theaters.  We can’t continue …..

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Tillis Statement on Tax Reform Framework

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee’s release of their tax reform framework: “The initial tax reform framework is a great first step to overhauling our broken and antiquated tax code and allowing the American economy to unleash its full potential. I’m encouraged that the framework follows similar principles that we implemented in North Carolina: simplifying the tax code, lowering rates, and broadening the base. North Carolina’s tax reform has been incredibly successful, leading to more jobs, more revenue, and more growth. This success can be replicated at the national level, and it’s now …..

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Tillis: We Need To Pass Tax Reform That Helps Working Families And Creates Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) spoke on the Senate Floor about the need to pass tax reform for the American people.   “Along the way we are going to have our challenges because everybody in Washington is for tax reform and tax relief. They’ll come into your office and tell you, ‘let’s get it going except for that one righteous exemption that I may need.’ We need to have the courage to pass tax reform that helps working families, creates jobs, and silences the people that want to take this exemption or that exemption away so we do what’s right for the people that need a job. It’s …..

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The double standard is alive and well-paid

By Jefferson Weaver I really couldn’t care less about professional football. I admire anyone whose physical prowess is such that they can, at least for a few years, make a living off of it. I find it ridiculous that guys playing a game have a starting salary higher than the budgets of some small towns, but I’m also a fan of the free market. If people are willing to pay someone that much money to play a game, then by all means, they should have the right to do so. I won’t be attending a game, or even watching more than a few minutes of one on television. Nor will …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TESTIMONY: LUMBEE RECOGNITION ‘SIMPLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO’

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs in support of his Lumbee Recognition Act (H.R. 3650).    Click here for full video of Congressman Pittenger’s testimony in support of full federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe.   “First and foremost, this is an issue of fairness.  In heritage, culture, and many times in their relationship with state and federal government, the Lumbee are every bit as Indian as any other tribe in this country.   “This is not about gaming.  My bill specifically prohibits the Lumbee Tribe from conducting gaming activities.  Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, passing this …..

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Tillis, Lankford & Hatch Hold Press Conference To Introduce The SUCCEED Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) held a press conference to introduce the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Employment, Education, and Defending our nation (SUCCEED) Act, a solution to address the legal uncertainty facing undocumented children and young undocumented adults who were brought to the United States as children.     The SUCCEED Act provides a fair but rigorous track for undocumented children to qualify for conditional permanent resident (CPR) status, requiring them to follow one or a combination of three specific pathways to earn and maintain their status once they become adults: being gainfully employed, pursing postsecondary or vocational education, or serving …..

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Congressman Pittenger honors Union Co. effort to help hurricane victims

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in honor of the Moser Group of Indian Trail and Wingate University, which are partnering to collect and transport relief supplies for hurricane victims. “Madam Speaker, I rise today in honor of The Moser Group and Wingate University for their extraordinary organizational and grassroots efforts to help victims of Hurricanes Irma in Florida and Harvey in Texas. “This week, these two organizations will load two 18-wheeler trucks to deliver supplies directly to the affected areas.  Commitment to charity and compassion for victims of natural disasters is truly what makes America great. “In North Carolina, we know all too …..

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Tillis, Lankford & Hatch Introduce The SUCCEED Act: Merit-Based Legislation To Address The Legal Uncertainty of Undocumented Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers Employment Education and Defending our nation (SUCCEED) Act, a solution to address the legal uncertainty facing undocumented children and young undocumented adults who were brought to the United States as children. The SUCCEED Act provides a fair but rigorous track for undocumented children to qualify for conditional permanent resident (CPR) status, requiring them to follow one or a combination of three specific pathways to earn and maintain their status once they become adults: being gainfully employed, pursing postsecondary or vocational education, or serving in the U.S. military. …..

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Who receives Affordable Care Act funds?

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Did you know four liberal states currently receive 37 percent of all Obamacare funds? That inequity is one reason certain special interest groups and politicians are so anxious to maintain the status quo. Wouldn’t it be better if your federal tax dollars were shared more equitably, so that communities could develop healthcare solutions that meet their needs? And at the same time, do away with Washington’s top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare? Those are the conservative, common sense principles behind the “Graham-Cassidy” healthcare legislation, which the Senate is on the verge of passing to repeal and replace Obamacare. This is a conservative, market-based solution to repairing America’s …..

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Congressman Pittenger: N.C. gains $7B under Graham-Cassidy

WASHINGTON – North Carolina stands to gain $7 billion in additional federal healthcare funding under the Graham-Cassidy healthcare reform legislation, with up to $1.4 billion of that additional funding dedicated to Medicaid. The estimates are based on the Graham-Cassidy funding model, which awards block grants based on the percentage of population within a certain range of the federal poverty line.  An earlier press release inadvertently referenced the wrong number. “Obamacare attempts to force individuals into a one-size-fits-all model.  As a result, rates in North Carolina have skyrocketed 176 percent since 2013,” said Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09).  “Graham-Cassidy equitably distributes over $1 trillion to the states and gives them flexibility to address local healthcare …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones Appointed as Vice-Chair of the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief

Raleigh, NC – Representative Brenden Jones (R-Columbus, Robeson, Bladen) was recently appointed as Vice-Chair of the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief. “I am pleased to have been appointed by the Speaker of the NC House of Representatives, Tim Moore, to serve as Vice-Chair  on the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief,” stated Rep. Jones.  It is an honor to be chosen for this position as a Freshman Member and I look forward to working with my colleagues on a topic of such vital importance.” The Committee may study the following: Hurricane Recovery and Flood Preparedness 1.  May receive updates and provide oversight regarding implementation of the Disaster Recovery Acts …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Free American Pastor Held in China

WASHINGTON – For the past three years, Greensboro, N.C. pastor Reverend John Cao has worked to build 16 schools for impoverished ethnic minorities near the China-Myanmar border. This year, Rev. Cao began to face pressure from the Chinese government, including travel restrictions and the forced closure of some schools.  He was arrested for “illegal border crossing” on March 5th, despite previously having traveled between Myanmar and China without trouble as part of his humanitarian work. This week, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), who serve together on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, wrote Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to ask that the State Department prioritize Rev. Cao’s case.  …..

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Consumer Advocates Urge Congress To Cap Payday Loan Rates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), Americans for Financial Reform (AFR), and nearly 40 national and state organizations sent a letter urging Members of Congress to pass the Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit Rates Act, a bicameral bill introduced by U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.) and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). The bill would protect consumers from predatory lenders by capping payday and car-title loans at no more than 36% annual percentage rate (APR). “Currently, payday and car title lenders charge triple digit annual interest rates, often 300 percent or higher. A large body of research has demonstrated that these …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER MOVES INTO PERMANENT FAYETTEVILLE OFFICE

Facility Closed for Months Due to Hurricane Matthew   FAYETTEVILLE – This morning, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) unpacked boxes and hung pictures in his permanent Fayetteville office.   Located in the Post Office Building in downtown Fayetteville, the facility had been closed since last October due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew.   “We are excited to finally unpack.  At the same time, we recognize there are still families in Cumberland, Robeson, and Bladen waiting for necessary FEMA or HUD assistance to rebuild or repair their homes,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “On Thursday, I’m meeting with the Office of Management and Budget to discuss North Carolina’s remaining disaster recovery needs.  We’ve been engaged since I-95 …..

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Tillis Secures Provisions in NDAA To Fund Upgrades To NC Military Installations And Improve Quality of Life For Servicemembers and Military Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the Senate passage of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included several key provisions introduced by Senator Tillis that will make critical improvements to Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, provide an across the board pay raise for servicemembers, and implement important reforms that will make life easier for military families. Senator Tillis chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel , which has oversight over half of the Pentagon’s budget. On a bipartisan basis, Senator Tillis and his subcommittee colleagues pushed through an across the board 2.1% pay raise for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. The subcommittee also …..

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Congressman Pittenger’s Lumbee Recognition Act To Be Subject of Key Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs today announced a legislative hearing on Congressman Robert Pittenger’s Lumbee Recognition Act (H.R. 3650), scheduled for Tuesday, September 26th. “This is the next step in bringing Lumbee recognition up for a vote,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “The Lumbee Tribe has sought full federal recognition since 1888.  We are working closely with the Lumbee Tribe and other leaders to ensure a strong showing next Tuesday.” Congress recognized the Lumbee Tribe in 1956, but unfairly prevented the tribe from receiving federal benefits.  As a result, the Lumbee Tribe is not eligible for vital economic development programs through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and …..

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Tillis Joins Bipartisan Effort to Extend Critical Funding for Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) to call for immediate action to extend critical funding for community health centers before funding runs out at the end of this month. In a letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman and Ranking Member, Tillis, Stabenow, Blunt, and 58 other Senators expressed their strong support for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and preventive care for families across the country. “Without extension of the CHCF, community health centers will lose seventy percent of their funding,” wrote the Senators. “This will result …..

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Update from Congress: Devastating Floods

Devastating floods in Texas.  Storm surge and mammoth power outages in Florida. Over the past three weeks, America has witnessed catastrophic destruction caused by two major hurricanes.  Like you, I am saddened by the tragic impact and continue to pray for those whose lives have been torn apart. For many in North Carolina, the scenes of devastation are frighteningly familiar.  We are approaching the one year anniversary of Hurricane Matthew, which destroyed nearly 100,000 homes and 20,000 businesses, while inflicting $4.8 billion in damage.  Despite FEMA’s immediate disaster relief effort, recovery is far from over.  Thousands of hardworking North Carolinians are still waiting for long-term disaster assistance.  That is precisely …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsored Bill to Ease Requirements on Military Members Seeking Commercial Driver’s Licenses Passes the Senate Unanimously

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) that streamlines and eases the burden on the process whereby active-duty military, reservists and veterans apply for their commercial driver’s license passed out of the Senate unanimously. “The brave men and women that serve in the U.S. military learn a wide-range of skills applicable to jobs once they enter the civilian workforce, but too often face unnecessary barriers that makes it harder for them to find jobs,” said Senator Tillis. “I applaud my colleagues for passing this legislation that allows our active-duty military, reservists, and veterans to apply the …..

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Board of Elections meeting gets contentious over poll workers

Video by Gordon Kinlaw Article by Erin Smith Discussions of how to proceed with the selection of Chief Judges, Judges and Poll Workers for the upcoming November election cycle became contentious on Thursday afternoon. The meeting was conducted at the Bladen County Board of Elections office in Elizabethtown. Under Actions and Plans, the board was presented a proposed list of names for consideration to be appointed as Chief Judges, Judges and Poll Workers from Bladen County Democratic Party Chairman Ben Snyder . Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw also gave the board the list of judges and poll workers from the Nov. 8, 2016, General Election to review. She presented …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON LONDON TERROR ATTACK

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after learning of the terrorist attack on the London Underground: “This vicious terrorist attack on innocent commuters in London with an improvised explosive device once again reflects the harsh reality of these barbaric adversaries.  We must be vigilant and united in our efforts to expunge these diabolical enemies.” Congressman Pittenger serves as Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, and Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism. Share:

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KEEPING OUR FAMILIES SAFE:  CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER VOTES TO DEPORT GANG MEMBERS, BLOCK BENEFITS

WASHINGTON – Currently, membership in a violent gang is not sufficient grounds for deportation.  Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined a bipartisan majority to change that. The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (H.R. 3697): ·        Allows illegal immigrants to be deported if they are identified as gang members, whether or not they have been convicted of other crimes. ·        Specifically bars non-citizen gang members from being admitted to the United States. ·        Ensures illegal immigrants who are gang members are not eligible for asylum, temporary status, and other immigration benefits. “My primary duty is to protect and defend the United States,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Violent gangs terrorize innocent Americans, …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER:  TWELVE KEY WINS YOU WON’T HEAR ABOUT ON THE NIGHTLY NEWS

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to pass the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354), which funds government agencies for FY 2018.   “This is governing,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “For the first time in almost a decade, the House passed all twelve appropriations bills on time, responsibly funding government operations while also advancing key conservative reforms.”   Here are twelve key wins for the American people:   Respects hardworking American taxpayers by eliminating dozens of duplicative, wasteful, or ineffective government programs. Increases funding for biomedical research at NIH by $1.1 billion, including Alzheimer’s and pediatric cancer research. No funding for Planned Parenthood, saving taxpayers $330 million. Supports rural communities by providing $2.6 billion for …..

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Tillis & Warren Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Requiring DOD Report on Cyber Security Risks to National Electric Grid

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Securing the Electric Grid to Protect Military Readiness Act of 2017, legislation that would require the Department of Defense (DOD) to issue a one-time report on significant security risks to the national electric grid and the effects of those risks on military readiness. “As the global threats evolve and our adversaries continue to develop new ways to attempt to disrupt our military operations, it is important to recognize our key vulnerabilities,” said Senator Tillis. “This bipartisan legislation will ensure defense leaders can identify and understand any vulnerabilities to our electrical infrastructure so we can protect DoD assets and installations from …..

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Tillis Applauds Final Decision To Base Air Force’s Newest Tanker Squadron in NC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the United States Air Force’s decision to select Seymour Johnson Air Force Base as the Main Operating Base for a KC-46A Pegasus Air Refueling Squadron. The announcement was made by the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. “The addition of 12 KC-46A tanker aircraft at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is a testament that North Carolina continues to be the tip of the spear for the U.S. military,”said Senator Tillis. “This decision is the result of the work being done by the men and women at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the people of Goldsboro and Wayne County.” In 2015, the …..

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President Trump Blocks Questionable Chinese Acquisition of U.S. Tech Firm

Congressman Pittenger led successful bipartisan effort to highlight national security concerns of proposed transaction WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald Trump used his authority to block the proposed Chinese takeover of Lattice Semiconductor, the third-largest American producer of critical technology for U.S. military applications. In December, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) launched a bipartisan effort urging the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to block the transaction.  A coalition of 21 Members of Congress supported Congressman Pittenger’s effort. Today’s decision is based on a recommendation by CFIUS. “We are not opposed to all Chinese investments, but we must be aware of the Chinese government’s strategic, systematic effort to infiltrate key …..

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Tillis Co-Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Research Into Medical Value Of Marijuana

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) to introduce the Marijuana Effective Drug Studies (MEDS) Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that would make it easier for researchers to study the medical effectiveness and safety of marijuana. “When it comes to our nation’s efforts to cure diseases and improve the quality of life for people suffering from ailments, burdensome government regulations shouldn’t be an impediment to legitimate and responsible medical research,” said Senator Tillis. “The MEDS Act is a commonsense, bipartisan effort to remove unnecessary barriers that will give scientists the ability to study the biochemical processes, impact, …..

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White Lake Multi-Use Path Project Set to Begin

By Joy Warren The Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday evening. The Town is ready to begin the first phase of the Multi-Use Path by approving a contract with The Wooten Company for $68,400 to provide professional services for the construction of the multi-use path. The services will include the design, permitting, bidding and construction phase services of a 10-foot-wide, asphalt surfaced multi-use path approximately 10,000 feet in length. The Board also heard and accepted a proposal from Eddie Madden, grant coordinator with the project, for management and grant reporting services that he will provide. His monthly fee will be $1,000. The project is …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ENCOURAGES HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TO APPLY FOR U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY NOMINATIONS

CHARLOTTE – Each year, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) nominates 40 outstanding local students for prestigious appointments to West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Applications are currently being accepted, with a firm deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, October 6th. “Each year, dozens of local students compete for the opportunity to commit the next 9 years in service to our country.  Helping these students realize that dream is one of the best parts of my job,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Because of their commitment, we put extra effort into the Service Academy process, and generally receive more than our fair share …..

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Bladenboro Board vetoes personnel policy change

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday night and voted to leave the career ladder plan and requirements unchanged. The board had considered amending the policy to add language that would allow the town to hire someone who has not completed their GED or high school education. Bladenboro Town Commissioner Gene Norton suggested the town leave the policy as it is. “We don’t want to encourage young people to quit school to go to work,” said Norton. Commissioner Jeff Atkinson noted the current policy specifies one must have a GED or high school diploma to be considered for full-time employment. Town Administrator John O’Daniel told the board …..

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Congressman Pittenger’s Statement on the 16th anniversary of the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released this statement as he reflects on the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks: “As we remember 9/11, America faces more perilous challenges than ever before.  Radical Islamic jihadists, North Korea, China, Russia, and Iran have all been emboldened by years of feckless and feeble foreign policy.  On 9/11, brave American citizens and first-responders stood up to radical Islamic terrorists and proclaimed through their actions that America stands for freedom and liberty.  Let us never forget the lives lost, or the bravery of the first-responders.  Let us also remember their spirit as we face increasing challenges in 2017.” Congressman Pittenger serves as Vice …..

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Things have changed

By Jefferson Weaver A month after Sept. 11, 2001, a young man named Dillon sat in my lap, “helping” me with a catalog of antique gun parts whilst his mom Candy and Miss Rhonda worked on a sewing project. We had a very serious discussion about this musket or that rifle, the type of discussion that one can only have with a two-year-old. He decided he wanted to have one particular model of flintlock “when I join the Army.” Pretty soon, Dillon will be issued a much newer version of a military rifle than any flintlock; he didn’t join the Army, either, but is, instead, undergoing training to become a …..

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Tillis & Burr Welcome Nomination Of Matthew Martin As U.S. Attorney

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, at the recommendation of North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Matthew Martin to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. Mr. Martin has a long legal career and extensive involvement in the community. Mr. Martin earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law and is currently the Associate General Counsel for Duke Energy. “Matthew Martin is a highly qualified nominee and I am confident he will make an effective U.S. Attorney,” said Senator Tillis. “Mr. Martin has extensive legal experience that will be beneficial as he serves the …..

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Our laws should be applied fairly and equally to everyone

By Congressman Robert Pittenger America is a nation of laws, and we function best when those laws are applied fairly and equally. This week, President Trump announced an orderly wind-down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA.  This Obama-era program grants temporary legal status to illegal immigrants brought into the United States as children, including work permits, other federal benefits, and Social Security. This was difficult, but President Trump made the correct decision. In 2012, President Obama established DACA via what amounted to royal decree, using an Executive Order without input or consent from Congress.  Yet the Constitution is clear:  Congress, the direct elected Representatives …..

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Congressman Pittenger urges sanctions on Qatar-based terrorism financiers

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, today urged Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to explore new sanctions against Qatar-based terrorism financiers. Congressman Pittenger’s letter to Secretary Mnuchin was co-signed by Congressmen Robert Aderholt (AL-04), David Trott (MI-11), and French Hill (AR-02). “As you know, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain placed strong sanctions on close to 90 entities in Qatar for their roles in providing material support to fund terror.  Of the sanctioned parties, the UAE determined that over 40 individuals and organizations financed, aided, or provided other material support to Al-Qaeda and its associated …..

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Hurricane Irma Update

From US Congressman David Rouzer As our state prepares for Hurricane Irma, I wanted to provide you with an update as well as various resources and hurricane preparedness tips. On Thursday, Governor Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency for all 100 North Carolina counties.  While there is still a lot we do not know about the storm, we do know that our state can expect almost certain impacts from the hurricane early next week.  Meteorologists are predicting that portions of our state could experience severe wind and rain as early as Monday.  Below is a graphic of what we do and do now know as of Thursday, September 7. The …..

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Tillis Helps Secure Partial Swain County Reimbursement From Department of the Interior

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Department of the Interior for releasing $4 million that was appropriated to Swain County in 2012 but never transferred. Senator Tillis has worked alongside Secretary Zinke and his staff to lead the effort in securing the $4 million that was appropriated to them as part of a $52 million settlement owed to Swain County by the federal government and has submitted appropriations requests for FY 17 and FY 18 to secure the remaining $35.2 million. “I want to thank Secretary Zinke and his team for their leadership to ensure Swain County receives their long-overdue payment that is …..

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Congressman Pittenger and Chairman Carter discuss Hurricane Matthew funding on House floor

WASHINGTON – During Wednesday’s U.S. House debate on appropriations, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) requested a colloquy to publicly discuss North Carolina’s ongoing Hurricane Matthew recovery needs with Chairman John Carter (TX-31) of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. Congressman Pittenger:  “Our state suffered $4.8 billion in damage, including 98,000 homes and 19,000 businesses.  82,000 people have made application to FEMA.  Mr. Chairman, although the package passed by the House this morning was for Hurricane Harvey relief, can you please explain how it will also be helpful for Hurricane Matthew victims?  I would like to be able to assure my constituents that Congress will continue to support their long-term disaster relief needs.” Chairman Carter:  “Last week, FEMA …..

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REP. ROUZER WILL BE KEY VOTE THIS WEEK ON TRUMP EFFORT TO EXPAND OFFSHORE DRILLING

Contributed WILMINGTON–This week Congress returns from recess to tackle the 2018 budget in an attempt to prevent a government shutdown on September 30th. One controversial item in the budget battle is funding for the effort to expand offshore drilling along America’s coasts. Rep. Rouzer will be a key vote, as early as Wednesday evening, on bipartisan amendments to block funding related to the offshore drilling and seismic testing expansion that could affect the coast of North Carolina. Recently, over 30 amendments related to offshore drilling were introduced in the budget appropriations process and many will receive key votes later this week. Four of the key budget votes include: *Rep. LoBiondo’s (R-NJ) amendment …..

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Hurricane Harvey Bill Provides Support For Hurricane Matthew Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined a bipartisan majority to pass Hurricane Harvey disaster relief legislation. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, $110 million in FEMA public assistance already designated for North Carolina was temporarily frozen to fund immediate, life-threatening needs in Texas.  With today’s appropriation of specific funds for Hurricane Harvey, FEMA can resume ongoing relief projects in North Carolina. “The people of Lumberton, Fayetteville, and Elizabethtown know first-hand the devastation experienced by our friends in Texas,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Sadly, they also know how long it can take to recover.  Today’s vote to help both North Carolina and Texas is just the next step in my long-term commitment to …..

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Congressman Pittenger hosts Chairman Godwin for Lumbee recognition meeting

WASHINGTON – Robeson County Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) on Wednesday hosted Lumbee Tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin as part of ongoing efforts to secure full federal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe. Congressman Pittenger and Chairman Godwin met with House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) to urge the scheduling of a committee hearing on Congressman Pittenger’s Lumbee Recognition Act (H.R. 3650) this fall, which would be the next step in moving the legislation toward a vote. “The Lumbee Tribe has sought full federal recognition since 1888.  They deserve the same recognition and benefits as other federally-recognized tribes,” said Congressman Pittenger. “This is about fairness and providing equal opportunities to encourage economic growth.” Share:

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Meetings to be conducted regarding proposed Black River State Park

A series of public meetings has been scheduled to discuss the creation of a new State Park along the Black River including sections which pass through Bladen County. The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation (Division) is undertaking a feasibility study to determine if a State Park should be established along the Black River at the request of the State Legislature. House Bill 353 directed the Division to study the feasibility and desirability of acquiring land and establishing a state park on the Black River. The study will also include an estimated cost for creating this park and an assessment of actions that can be …..

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Elizabethtown Adopts Golf Cart Ordinance

By Joy Warren Elizabethtown Town Council has adopted an ordinance regulating the operation of Golf Carts on public streets. The North Carolina General Statutes authorizes towns to regulate the operation of golf carts on any public street, road or highway where the speed limit is 25 MPH or less. The purpose of the ordinance shall be to establish a Golf Cart Ordinance with the Town of Elizabethtown to promote the health, safety and welfare of persons operating golf carts within the town limits and to protect the safety of their passengers and other users of the road. For the purposes of this ordinance a Golf Cart is a vehicle designed …..

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Congressman Pittenger’s statement on President Trump’s decision to end DACA

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who in June urged his colleagues to support legislation cracking down on “sanctuary cities,” had this response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “Congress makes the law, and so President Trump is correct to ask Congress to fully review and act on the DACA issue. “We must not facilitate ongoing subterfuge of strong immigration policy in any consideration of DACA.  We must secure our border, eliminate sanctuary cities, and end efforts to shield illegal immigrants from the rule of law.” Share:

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Tillis to Introduce Legislation Addressing Legal Status of Undocumented Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the administration’s expected announcement to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and on his intention to introduce legislation addressing the legal status of undocumented children: “Immigration policy must be set through legislation, not executive orders. That was the fundamental flaw underpinning DACA and the reason it’s highly unlikely to survive a legal challenge. President Trump is wisely giving Congress a period of time to fulfill its responsibility to legislate and take long-term action to address the uncertainty facing undocumented children, who were brought to America through no fault of their own. “In the next …..

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Congressman Robert Pittenger’s statement on North Korea Nuclear test

U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger issued the following statement with regards to this morning’s North Korean Nuclear Test. “North Korea is far beyond a pestering menace. Through its ongoing provocation, it has emerged as an existential threat to the United States. America should use its full diplomatic, trade and economic measures to pressure China to fully engage North Korea, which is entirely dependent on them for economic survival. American offensive and defensive military assets will be fully deployed with any direct threatening missile launch by North Korea, which would have an incomprehensible devastating effect.” U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger, N.C. 9th Congressional District Share:

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You Decide: Are the Humanities Still Useful In a Tech World?

By Mike Walden My wife is part of a shrinking group of people. She is low-tech! Yes, she has a smart phone and a tablet – complements of me – but she reluctantly uses them. Many days she forgets to turn them on, and even if they’re on, she’ll forget to check for messages. Rather than texting or emailing, she still likes writing letters, making phone calls or – better yet – talking to people in person. In college, she preferred courses in foreign languages, literature and her personal favorite – art. She still loves these topics and learning about the human experience and culture. Many of her friends only …..

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Congressman Pittenger conducts Town Hall meeting

By Erin Smith U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger conducted a Town Hall meeting at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown on Thursday afternoon. The event featured an update on the activities of the United States Congress followed by a question and answer session. Congressman Pittenger said members of Congress are working on tax reform. He said the current federal tax rate for businesses is 35 percent and that is not competitive. “We want America to be attractive for corporate investment,” said Congressman Pittenger. Over the past several years, the United States’ economic growth has been the lowest since World War II. Congressman Pittenger said such weak economic growth hurts low …..

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Tillis Statement on President Trump’s Speech on Tax Reform

Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement following President Trump’s speech on tax reform: “I applaud President Trump for laying out principles for tax reform that include simplifying the tax code, cutting rates, and producing economic growth. In 2013, North Carolina passed historic tax reform based on these principles, which has helped create more than 300,000 jobs and turned North Carolina’s economy into one of the fastest growing in the entire nation. I look forward to working closely with the President and Congressional leaders to fulfill our promises to deliver tax relief to hardworking families and business owners that will provide them with an even …..

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Letter to the Editor: Cry Out America event planned

August 30, 2017 My Christian Family On Sept. 11, 2017, The Cry Out America Team of Bladen County will hold its annual Cry Out America event. During this event, we will unveil the “IN GOD WE TRUST” across our County courthouse. This historical event will begin at 5:45 p.m. in front of the Bladen County Courthouse. During this time, we will recognize you and your church with a special thanks for your love and loyalty for Christ and to Bladen County. We are so excited about this historical event. We are looking forward to seeing you and your church members that evening. The Cry Out America Team believe that our …..

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State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement is moving offices

The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement is in the process of moving its offices to the third floor of the Dobbs Building located at 430 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh. The move is expected to be completed soon. The telephone numbers for the State Board of Elections have changed. The State Board’s new main telephone number for the public is (919) 814-0700. For all media inquiries, please call Public Information Officer Patrick Gannon at (919) 814-0765 (new number) or email patrick.gannon@ncsbe.gov. For more details about the move, go here. This information will be updated regularly during the next week or so. Share:

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Homes, hounds and happiness

By Jefferson Weaver About the only good thing one can say about moving is that you find things you thought were long since lost. I guess technically this is the second time in a year that we have moved, maybe even arguably the third. Hurricane Matthew pushed us out of our home last October, and we ended up throwing away more than we kept, like many of you.  Then we had to move out of the camper trailer back into our house, only to watch the water rising precipitously again. A number of factors have led to us heading for a new home, one which doesn’t flood and doesn’t have …..

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Congressman Pittenger Town Hall meeting set for Thursday

Thursday’s town hall meeting with U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger in Elizabethtown will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. As reported on Friday, Congressman Pittenger had secured an unexpected opportunity to bring Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson to Fayetteville to discuss Hurricane Matthew recovery with local leaders.  This would have required postponing the Elizabethtown Town Hall scheduled for Thursday, August 31st. However, President Trump now needs Secretary Carson on scene in Houston, Texas so the Elizabethtown Town Hall meeting will now proceed as scheduled. The meeting will be conducted at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market:  Thursday, August 31st, 1:30 p.m. (106 Martin Luther King …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER HOSTS – 8 TOWN HALL MEETINGS NEXT WEEK

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is busy preparing for eight town hall meetings August 28th-August 31st. “So far this year, I’ve worked to pass over 270 bills, including conservative health care reform, major financial reform, V.A. accountability, a crackdown on sanctuary cities, and the largest pay raise for troops in 8 years,” said Congressman Pittenger. “These town halls are an important part of my ongoing efforts to solicit feedback from constituents as we make plans for the second half of 2017.” Congressman Pittenger will host open forum, civil dialogue town hall meetings in these locations: ·        Matthews/Mint Hill/Indian Trail/Stallings:  Monday, August 28th, 6 p.m., at Team Church (2301 Stevens Mill …..

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Bladen County GOP Club Monthly Meeting

Contributed  Bladen County Republicans agreed at this month’s GOP Club meeting that Progressives and liberals within the Democrat Party have engaged in a relentless attack on America, pushing countless policies that incorporate Leftist ideology and violate individual rights.  On issue after issue, it is clear that the Federal government, under the previous White House administration, completely disregarded the Constitution’s limits on Federal power, and imposed countless, illegal executive actions on the entire nation.  It is notable that, since assuming the White House in January, President Donald Trump has rolled back, or eliminated entirely, scores of illegal administrative actions. However, GOP club members note that the attacks and the aggressive rhetoric …..

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Democratic candidate for Congressional District 9 to visit Bladen County

Dan McReady, Democratic candidate for Congressional District 9, will visit Bladen County on Saturday, August 26th.  He will be at the Powell Melvin Agricultural Center at  approximately 1:30 p.m. for a Meet the Candidate appearance.  The public is cordially invited to attend. Dan McCready is a Marine Corps veteran, business leader, husband, and father of four. A graduate of Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools and an Eagle Scout, Dan had planned to put his economics degree to work and follow his friends into business after graduation.  After 9/11, he joined the Marines instead and led 65 Marines in the 2007 Iraq surge.  He went on to be honorably discharged as a Captain. After graduating from Harvard Business School and working …..

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Former Durham County Elections Worker Indicted

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Durham County grand jury on Monday indicted a former Durham County elections worker on charges related to the mishandling of provisional ballot results during the March 2016 primary election.   The grand jury returned indictments against Richard Robert Rawling, 59, of Cary, on counts of obstruction of justice, a felony, and failure to discharge a duty of his office, a misdemeanor.   Investigators from the then-N.C. State Board of Elections (now called the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement) found that irregularities resulting from Rawling’s actions were not sufficient in number to affect any contest outcomes. It also found no evidence that Rawling altered ballot counts …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S AFGHANISTAN STRATEGY

FAYETTEVILLE – Congressman Robert Pittenger, Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, had this statement following President Trump’s address on Afghanistan: “President Trump seeks an enduring outcome as he recognizes the vacuum that will occur with failure.  With twenty Islamic terrorist groups active in Afghanistan and nuclear arms in Pakistan, a precipitous exit will be dangerous to America. In contrast to the previous Administration, our Generals will be authorized to execute support for the Afghan government and military to win this war.” Congressman Pittenger recently returned from a national security trip to the Middle East with House Leadership, working to increase international collaboration in the …..

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Tillis Statement on Afghanistan Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement following President Trump’s speech on America’s strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia: “For nearly two decades, America’s finest–our brave men and women in uniform–have risked and sacrificed their lives in the global effort to rid the world of radical jihadist terrorism. While we have made significant progress, we cannot afford Afghanistan to now be turned into a safe haven for ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban,” said Senator Tillis. “I applaud the President for clearly defining America’s objectives in Afghanistan and South Asia, which will help promote peace and stability in the …..

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Congressman Pittenger’s Statement on Barcelona Terror Attack

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after learning of today’s terror attack in Barcelona: “The Barcelona attack is another tragic, grisly reminder that radical Islamic jihadists don’t want world peace, sensitivity training, or understanding.  They want us dead, along with eradicating our freedoms and way of life.  This is why I’m currently on a national security trip working to increase efforts to identify and cut off the funding terrorists use to carry out their evil.  My prayers are with the people of Barcelona.” Congressman Pittenger is Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, and Chairman of the Task Force on Terrorism and …..

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Congressman Pittenger’s statement on Durham Vandalism

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after learning protestors pulled down a Confederate statue in Durham on Monday evening: “The anarchy displayed in Durham should be condemned by all who cherish the rule of law and the spirit of Martin Luther King.  The despicable, reprehensible hatred displayed by white supremacists in Charlottesville has no place in America, but we cannot drive out that hate with more violence.” Following the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, Congressman Pittenger released this statement on Saturday: “The hate and violence displayed in the Charlottesville riots which caused loss of life is reprehensible.  Those who perpetuated these actions should be held fully responsible and accountable.  We must be …..

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