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 …..
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 …..
By Bethany Hall Stephens The Board of Education met Monday for their monthly session where they began by hearing a financial summary for both June and July from Sharon Penny, Finance Director. Penny explained that the budget was 98% finalized, and though there is an increase in the fund balance this year (which on the surface would appear to be a good thing), the increase was due to having several substitute teachers in lieu of certified teachers (who don’t make as much money but are also un-certified teachers). Valerie Newton, Public Information Officer, briefly gave the board an overview outlining instances during the last month where Bladen County Schools were …..
Dear Editor: I don’t hate anybody! I love all people and all races! I do have righteous anger when radical Islamic terrorists kill innocent people. The American Civil War was fought for many reasons. The freeing of black slaves was just one of them. Ninety percent of the Southerners who fought and died in that war didn’t own slaves. Back then people looked at their states as their countries. Many southerners fought because they felt their countries were being invaded by the North. Many good men & women on both sides died because the hot heads North and South ruled the day! I’m not a violent person and never have been but I’ll fight …..
By Congressman Robert Pittenger Russia, Iran and North Korea – three very different countries, each posing a different and unique threat to the United States national security. Did you know that North Korea has fired 18 missiles over 12 tests since February of this year? What’s their ultimate goal, you might ask? To create a ballistic, possibly nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States. Regarding Russia, under President Obama, we allowed them to undermine Ukrainian sovereignty and violate their human rights by annexing the southern region of Crimea. We balked at our own bilateral protection treaties with Ukraine and allowed the Russian government to invade. The Russian government …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) led a bipartisan group of senators urging the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to not impose tariffs that would negatively affect the American solar industry. In a letter to Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, the lawmakers—who both represent states that have a growing solar industry—expressed their deep concern with the pending Section 201 global safeguard case regarding solar cell and module manufacturing in the United States. The ITC will hold a public hearing on the matter on Tuesday next week. “The petition requests that the President impose high tariffs on imported solar cells and high minimum prices for imported …..
One more look at BladenOnline stats from the week of July 30-August 5. It was a great week! Most read stories: 7,787: Crash shuts down NC 211 7,672: Lumberton trio charged with two home break-ins 4,634: Preparing to enjoy retirement, saying farewell to staff and friends 3,697: One arrested in Bladen Hardware break-in, three suspects still at large 2,967: Familiar faces, New roles 2,606: Man charged with stealing items from employer, homeowner 2,473: Bladen Young Professions: Returning home was an easy choice 2,286: Sheriff’s Office seeking help identifying suspect Recap: Page Views: 153,318 Visits: 30,480 Users: 17614 Thank you to the staff of BladenOnline, and if you would like your business included …..
By Joy Warren During the Tuesday evening Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners meeting, Mayor Goldston Womble recognized Joshua “Blake” Bryan for completing the Intermediate Law Enforcement training. Officer Bryan was praised by the Mayor for his dedication to the department and to the Town. Mayor Womble also introduced Police Officer James Wesley “Wes” Parker to the Board. Officer Parker joined the Police Department in June. Pastor Cameron McGill, Pastor of the Lake Church made a brief presentation. McGill updated the Board on the future plans for the White Lake Christian Camp & Retreat Center which is located on the Lasley property. McGill stated they are currently renovating the …..
Reports Show Expanding Program Would Reduce Prison Costs, Improve Public Safety WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined a bipartisan group of senators to call on Acting Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Thomas Kane and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to review and explain their plans to follow recommendations from the Department of Justice Inspector General to expand the use of compassionate release, a program that provides low-risk, elderly or terminally ill inmates the opportunity to appeal for early release if they meet specific criteria. Multiple reports have shown that the careful and appropriate use of the program would save millions in medical care spending, …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the Special Counsel Integrity Act, bipartisan legislation that supports the integrity of independent investigations by allowing judicial review if a special counsel is removed. In the event that a special counsel is removed, the Tillis-Coons legislation allows the special counsel to challenge the removal in court, which would be heard and determined by a panel of 3 federal judges within 14 days of the filing of the action. The panel of judges would determine whether or not there was good cause for the removal of the special counsel. In the event that the panel of judges finds there was no …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Vice Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration, joined Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to co-introduce the Building America’s Trust Act, legislation that increases resources at our borders, boosts trade through ports of entry, and strengthens enforcement of existing laws. “Our government’s prolonged failure to secure the border has had severe consequences, including creating a humanitarian crisis and contributing to the rise of dangerous narcoterrorist organizations that have exacerbated our nation’s heroin and opioid epidemic,” said Senator Tillis. “The Building America’s Trust Act makes the investment we need in personnel, technology and infrastructure to secure our …..
High school football practice is underway, and thanks to a slight dip in temps, more bearable than recent past. Participants in other fall sports also preparing for the upcoming season. West Bladen is looking for new ladies basketball coach. Rick Rhoda has resigned to take a teaching job in Fayetteville, where he now lives. The Knights also have a new head football coach. Kris Williams replaced Todd Pait, who resigned after one season on the job. Keep up with sports activity on our Sports Page. John Clark, with a little help from others, covers the landscape. Congratulations to Cade Hancock, the E-town golfer who has been participating in the Optimist Tournament …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Christopher Wray to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: “Throughout the nomination process, Christopher Wray has demonstrated that he will lead the FBI with independence and ensure a healthy separation between the agency and officials on Capitol Hill and in the White House,” said Senator Tillis. “The FBI is often regarded as the world’s best law enforcement agency, and I am confident Director Wray will maintain that proud reputation and pursue justice no matter the circumstances.” Share:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, applauded the Senate passage of broad, bipartisan legislation that seeks to improve veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 includes the following provisions originally introduced by Senator Tillis as standalone legislation: *The Veterans Education Experience Improvement Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation Tillis introduced with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) that would improve veterans’ experience when using GI Bill education benefits and provide resources and training for the officials at educational institutions who serve student veterans, helping them achieve positive education outcomes. *The Veterans Education Relief and Reinstatement Act of …..
Harris came within 134 votes of defeating Incumbent Pittenger in 2016 Charlotte, NC – Dr. Mark Harris sent the following video to thousands of supporters across North Carolina today officially announcing his intention to seek the Republican nomination: Harris previously ran for the Republican nomination for the 9th Congressional District in the special primary election in June of 2016. Despite being outspent by a greater than 3 to 1 margin, Harris came within 134 votes of beating the incumbent Congressman, Robert Pittenger, in a three-way race. For more information on Harris and his campaign please visit www.markharrisforcongress.com. Share:
By Jefferson Weaver For nearly 20 years, I have written an annual column describing my loathing for the eighth month of the year, August. As the first date of this dreaded month approached, I was contemplating doing things differently this year. I thought perhaps I should instead praise August, and point out that watermelons are plentiful, dove season is only a month away, and it’s a dandy time to go swimming, either in a cool dark canal or the beach. After all, it would be a nice change to extol the virtues of the last true month of summer. Who am I kidding? I hate August. August is the root …..
CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce nine town hall meetings for August. “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 has scheduled town halls in all 8 counties of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District: *Matthews/Mint Hill/Indian Trail/Stallings: Monday, August 28th, 6 p.m., at Team Church (2301 Stevens Mill Rd., Matthews) *Wingate University’s McGee …..
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement will hold a public hearing Monday on proposed changes to the Administrative Code regarding various aspects of elections administration. The hearing will be held at noon Monday (July 31) at the office of the State Board, 441 N. Harrington St., Raleigh, NC 27603. Those interested in commenting about the rules may sign up beginning at 11:45 a.m. The proposed rules are available here. This public hearing is for comments on the proposed rules only. General comments on other elections-related matters may be submitted to email@example.com. Written comments on the rules will be accepted through Monday (July 31). To submit written comments through an online portal, go here. You can …..
Sen. Richard Burr North Carolinians cannot conceive of a scenario where they could be fired for misconduct or lying on their application forms and then get their jobs back. However, the Internal Revenue Service has made a practice of just this and, for the second time, has been caught by the IRS watchdog. A recent report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that 200 of the 2,000 employees that were rehired to work at the IRS from January 2015 to March 2016 were originally fired for substantiated performance or conduct issues, including willfully failing to file taxes. While working for the government agency responsible for collecting …..
Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman David Rouzer voted to approve an appropriations package to authorize funding for our military, veterans, southern border, and other priorities that will contribute to the safety and security of American citizens at home and abroad. The appropriations package, commonly referred to as the “minibus,” includes appropriations bills for defense, military construction and veterans, energy and water, and the legislative branch. “It’s no secret we live in a world that has grown much more dangerous during the past several years. As a Congress, it is our primary obligation to take the necessary steps to help keep our country and citizens safe from harm. The appropriations …..
President Ronald Reagan once said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Too often, the government’s “help” is more unnecessary regulations, more taxes, and an even bigger bureaucracy. In 2009, when President Obama took office, America’s national debt was $10.6 trillion. Last year, President Obama’s final budget plan called for the federal debt to double by 2026, leaving our country in enormous peril for future generations. We cannot allow our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to be left with burdensome taxes to pay for our generation’s debt, or with a crippled economy. We must restore fiscal sanity in Washington. …..
UPDATE: Congressman Pittenger has confirmed that 80% of the $32 million in funding announced today must be distributed to the “most impacted counties,” which include Cumberland and Robeson. WASHINGTON – Following a May 25th conference call with Secretary Ben Carson, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has helped secure $32 million for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts in North Carolina. The $31,862,000 in Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding is the result of working with HUD to ensure the most up-to-date data was used in calculating North Carolina’s current needs. Previously, Governor Cooper reported North Carolina received only $6.1 million in funding. That number was …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of the crucial role played by whistleblowers in shining a light on fraud, waste and abuse in the federal government, the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus introduced a bipartisan resolution designating July 30, 2017, as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The resolution, sponsored by caucus members and colleagues, aims to encourage federal agencies to acknowledge employees who call attention to fraud, waste and abuse and to remind employees of their legal rights as whistleblowers. “Whistleblowers play an important role in government transparency and reducing fraud, waste, and abuse,” Sen. Tillis said. “Far too often, the brave individuals who fight for accountability are punished for the actions, and I am proud to support National …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, bipartisan legislation that imposes new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea: “These sanctions send a clear and unified message to the Russian, Iranian, and North Korean regimes that America will hold them accountable for their transgressions,” said Senator Tillis. “I encourage the President to quickly sign this much-needed bipartisan legislation into law.” Share:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to fund President Trump’s $1.6 billion request for a border wall, provide the largest military pay raise in 8 years, and increase Defense spending by 13% to rebuild America’s military. “As Americans, we spend hours debating issues large and small, but too often we forget our freedom to have these debates is paid for by our men and women in uniform,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Today I voted on common sense legislation to restore military readiness, honor the sacrifices of our troops, and support President Trump’s effort to secure our borders.” The Make America Secure Appropriations Act (H.R. 3219) includes: *$1.6 billion to construct physical barriers along our southern …..
By Dr. Erik Root A Wake County Superior Court three judge panel justly pronounced that the State Board of Education (SBE), a body of part-time volunteer appointees, is subservient on policy matters to the people’s elected General Assembly. SBE brought suit after the Assembly passed several changes to the general statutes streamlining responsibility and granting more authority to the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI), elected executive officer who is also the chief administrative officer of that body. Despite their counsel’s bewilderment over the meaning of the Superior Court Order when he said, “We’re trying to parse out what all that [decision] means,” the SBE has nevertheless voted to appeal this …..
WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation, co-sponsored by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), to nullify a controversial new rule which benefits trial lawyers at the expense of hardworking Americans. H.J. Res. 111, which Congressman Pittenger introduced last week in partnership with Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12), uses the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new “anti-arbitration” rule. “Talk about draining the swamp. Washington bureaucrats wanted to make it harder for consumers to recover substantial compensation when resolving disputes with banks. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives joined me in saying ‘no’ to the ‘Trial Lawyers Protection Bureau,’” said Congressman Pittenger. According to the Consumer Financial …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the motion to proceed, beginning a debate on legislation to repeal Obamacare and reform America’s health care system: “Over the last several years, Obamacare has hit hardworking North Carolina families with skyrocketing premiums and fewer choices, while small businesses have struggled to comply with the law’s costly and burdensome regulations. The status quo of Obamacare is unsustainable, and today’s procedural vote sets the stage for an open amendment process where all Senators – Republicans and Democrats alike – will be able to put forward their ideas to reform our nation’s health care system.” …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined a bipartisan group of 37 senators in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to push the Chinese government to end its ban on the sale of American poultry products. The ban was instituted by China in 2015 due to the detection of a wild duck with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influence (HPAI) and continues to be enforced today, in contradiction of World Health Organization for Animal Health (OIE) standards. “Poultry is produced in almost every state. For communities and states that rely on a thriving and growing poultry industry, these agreements are essential to a strong and vibrant future,” said the Senators …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “I’ve worked with Jeff Sessions for years, and while we certainly may not agree on the specifics of every issue, I believed he would be a great Attorney General because of his unwavering commitment to the rule of law. In the nearly six months he has led the Department of Justice, he has maintained that commitment every day and demonstrated why he was widely respected during his years as a U.S. Senator. “While some may argue that he should not have recused himself from the Russia …..
LUMBERTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today announced over $1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to assist with repairs to public buildings in Robeson County damaged by Hurricane Matthew. “Bureaucracy can move very slowly, as applications are checked and rechecked, but my office is in regular contact with FEMA to ensure Robeson County receives assistance as quickly as possible,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Today is just one more step in a process we started last October, and will continue until the job is done.” So far, FEMA has provided North Carolina with: * $100.8 million in Small Business Administration loans * $97.5 million in Individual Assistance * $195.4 million from the National …..
By U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger North Carolina lost 400,000 manufacturing jobs between 2001 and 2015, or nearly 50 percent. As I travel the 9th Congressional District, I regularly pass abandoned factories and the struggling communities left behind. Manufacturing is vital to North Carolina’s economy. Yet overseas competition, unfair trade practices, and unnecessary regulations have caused a great loss in manufacturing and our overall economy. This cannot continue. Surprisingly, some in the mainstream media chose to mock President Trump’s “Made in America Week.” Apparently, the liberal elite doesn’t realize the heart and soul of America’s economy lies in America’s workers, American products, and the incredible American work ethic. We should honor …..
By Dr. Mike Walden My wife is a great cook, and she makes fabulous varieties of soups. My favorite is her lentil soup. It’s both tasty and healthy! Sometimes my wife and I disagree over the temperature of the soup. Remember the Goldilocks saying about the soup not being too hot or too cold, but instead being just right? Well, my wife and I don’t see eye-to-eye over what is the “just right” temperature for soup since she likes it hotter than me. There’s a parallel between the Goldilocks story, my wife’s soup and the economy. It’s that we’d like to get the economy “just right” for everyone but usually …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, joined Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and his Republican colleagues to file a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Joint Resolution of Disapproval in the Senate against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule. “Setting aside the looming questions surrounding the constitutionality, this CFPB rule is a boon to trial attorneys at the expense of American consumers,” said Senator Tillis. “The American people decided this past election that they were fed-up with decisions being made by unelected Washington bureaucrats, and I hope that my colleagues will stand up to this abuse of power by supporting …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Tom Cotton (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Todd Young (R-IN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and David Perdue (R-GA) to urge Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta clear the path for implementation of 401(k) auto portability that would make it easier for Americans to save for their future. Over the past four decades, Americans have cumulatively lost about $2 trillion in retirement savings due to not transferring their 401(k) retirement accounts when transitioning from one job to another. On average, approximately 14 million Americans change jobs each year, …..
WASHINGTON – This morning, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and all 33 Republican colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee introduced a resolution of disapproval to nullify a controversial new rule benefitting trial lawyers at the expense of consumers. H.R. Res. 111, which Congressman Pittenger introduced in partnership with Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12), uses the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new “anti-arbitration” rule. “According to CFPB’s own study, consumers recover 167 times more through arbitration than class action. On average, consumers receive $32 in class action, while the attorney receives nearly $1 million,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Perhaps we should rename CFPB the ‘Trial Lawyers Protection Bureau,’ because this rule …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, co-introduced broad, bipartisan legislation that seeks to improve veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 includes the following provisions originally introduced by Senator Tillis as standalone legislation: *The Veterans Education Experience Improvement Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation Tillis introduced with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) that would improve veterans’ experience when using GI Bill education benefits and provide resources and training for the officials at educational institutions who serve student veterans, helping them achieve positive education outcomes. *The Veterans Education Relief and Reinstatement Act of 2017 , bipartisan legislation Tillis …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-introduced the Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA), legislation that would restore accountability to the regulatory process and ensure proper judicial review, empowering the courts—not agencies—to interpret all questions of law, including both statutes and regulations. The Senate bill was also introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mike Lee (R-UT), James Lankford (R-OK), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Kennedy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ben Sasse (R-NE). “One of the biggest challenges facing our nation is a large and cumbersome regulatory environment that negatively affects hardworking American families and business, and impedes our nation’s economic growth and potential,” Senator Tillis …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, the White House announced that Robert Wilkie, senior advisor to Senator Thom Tillis, has been nominated to serve as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Wilkie has served as Senator Tillis’ senior advisor since he took office in 2015, advising him on national security and military issues. Tillis currently serves as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, which handles all quality of life issues for servicemembers and military families. Wilkie previously served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs under Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld. He also served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for National Security Affairs and …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on his friend and colleague, Senator John McCain: “John McCain is an American hero and a fighter through and through. Courage and fearlessness have always defined his distinguished career of public service. Susan and I join all North Carolinians in praying for Senator McCain’s recovery and return to the United States Senate.” Share:
Incumbent Jerome Myers was one of two men who filed for seats on the Clarkton Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, joining incumbent Tim Tart in the race for the two seats available. Stephen Wayne Hester also filed for the Clarkton commissioners race Tuesday, according to Gina Ward, who is the deputy director for Bladen County Board of Elections. The filings bring the total to 17 candidates for municipal elections set Nov. 7. However, several races still lack candidates, don’t have enough candidates to fill available seats or have only the minimum amount of candidates to fill available seats. Deadline to file is noon Friday at the Bladen County Board of …..
WASHINGTON – Fayetteville Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today announced a $1,925,763 grant for the Fayetteville Regional Airport terminal expansion project. The grant will be used toward the demolition of the existing Concourse A and construction of the new Concourse A. “Fayetteville’s airport is vital to economic expansion throughout the region, as well as providing local families and the families of our soldiers at Fort Bragg with convenient travel options,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09). “As Fayetteville’s Congressman, I am committed to advocating for local priorities in Washington, and listening closely to the concerns of residents and local leaders.” The U.S. Department of Transportation previously provided a $10 million grant to launch the airport upgrade …..
The recent findings of GenX and other contaminates in the Cape Fear River between Fayetteville and Wilmington, have led to a request from state officials to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten limits. Federal officials must set limits for GenX and other emerging contaminants so that North Carolina can permanently control its discharge and ensure the safety of its drinking water, Governor Roy Cooper today told the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. In a letter to EPA Administrator E. Scott Pruitt, Gov. Cooper asked the EPA to move more quickly to finalize its health assessment and set a maximum contaminant level for the unregulated chemical GenX. “When we turn on …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced its intention to provide up to 15,000 additional H-2B visas under an interim final rule that it will submit to the Federal Register. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has been leading bipartisan efforts in Congress to ensure American small businesses have access to temporary, seasonal workers they need to sustain their businesses and support American jobs. Tillis has been directly advocating the Department of Homeland Security to provide additional visas for FY2017. In May, Senators Tillis and Angus King (I-ME) led a bipartisan and bicameral letter to the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Labor urging them to take “swift and decisive …..
RALEIGH – The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has named Stephanie Freeman as the director of its Office of Staff Development and Training (OSDT). Freeman is returning to OSDT after serving as its curriculum manager from 2007 to 2014. Most recently, she worked for the North Carolina Judicial Branch as its organizational development manager. She has prior experience as a training specialist at the NC Department of Justice with both the Sheriffs’ Education & Training Standards Commission and the Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission. Freeman has also instructed at NC Wesleyan College and Sandhills Community College. Currently, she serves as president of the North Carolina Law …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, at the recommendation of North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Bobby Higdon to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Mr. Higdon has a long and decorated career as a federal prosecutor, handling many high profile cases. He also has significant management experience as former criminal chief in 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 Williams Mullen and resides in Cary, North Carolina. “Bobby Higdon is an incredibly qualified choice for U.S. Attorney, holding decades of …..
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the following statement following the passage of Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, an authorization bill considered by Congress every year to set funding levels for the military to continue its operations and remain a global leader: “It is the duty of Congress to ensure our military and troops have the necessary funding and resources to defeat terrorism, combat the growing security threats we face in the world and keep our homeland safe. During the past several years, our military has just been getting by – enduring major annual cuts to their budgets as our world becomes a much more dangerous place. Our …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Co-Chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, released the following joint statement in response to the death of Chinese dissident and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Liu Xiaobo: “As chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, we mourn the passing of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, who dedicated his life to advancing democracy in China through non-violence. We also call on the Chinese government to end the house arrest of Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, and to ensure her freedom of movement. We are reminded that in his final statement before being sentenced to 11 years …..
By U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger Did you know only 50 percent of U.S. Air Force planes are combat ready? That’s not all. Only 50 percent of Marine Corps and Navy training equipment is functional, and only 3 of 58 Army brigades are ready for combat. Today, our military’s readiness is at the lowest level since before World War Two. This is a security crisis. Defending America is my number one Constitutional duty. Military budget cuts by former President Obama put our country at risk against increasing foreign threats including ISIS, North Korea, Iran, and cyberattacks. We must appropriately increase defense spending to restore our military. That’s why this week, I …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) appeared on Fox News Channel to discuss the hearing for Christopher Wray to be the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the importance of the FBI maintaining its independence, and the need to counter election meddling. Download video of Senator Tillis’ interview HERE. Tillis on the Judiciary Hearing for Christopher Wray on Wednesday: “I think he did an extraordinary job in the committee and will be confirmed. We have already heard Democrats have come out and said that they are going to support him and I think we will move fairly quickly. He’s held over until next week and then he will be moved …..
WASHINGTON – This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved Congressman Robert Pittenger’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2810) to crack down on international businesses that support North Korean cyberattacks. “My amendment is simple – it prohibits telecommunications companies that provide material support for North Korean cyberattacks from contracting with our Defense Department,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09) during floor debate. “While my amendment is simple in nature, it strikes at the heart of what I believe to be the cornerstone of North Korea policy. “For far too long, China has enabled the North Korean government to pursue nuclear development, global provocation, and egregious human rights violations. The Chinese government is simply …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) appeared on Fox Business Network to discuss the need to fix the temporary visa program to assist American businesses and workers. Download video of Senator Tillis’ interview HERE. Tillis on the consequences of not fixing the H-2B program: “The fact of the matter is, there are positions that aren’t going to be filled, businesses that are going to be harmed, and American workers that will be harmed if we don’t start getting these work visas right. Incidentally, when we go back to the administration, we should keep in mind now President Trump, then candidate Trump, pointed to this as being a problem. Temporary workers, …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would improve veterans’ experience when using GI Bill education benefits. The Veterans Education Experience Improvement Act of 2017 would provide resources and training for the officials at educational institutions who serve student veterans, helping them achieve positive education outcomes. “For too long, Congress has tasked officials with ensuring that student veterans have successful outcomes when using their VA Education Benefit, but have not committed the necessary resources required to ensure success,” said Senator Tillis. “The bipartisan legislation I have introduced with Senator Kaine ensures that those who serve our veterans are properly trained, resourced, and have a manageable workload …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, at the recommendation of North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Thomas Farr to fill the United States District Court vacancy for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Mr. Farr has extensive experience and is extremely qualified. He has tried cases in federal and state courts in North Carolina and has handled appeals at all levels of the North Carolina appellate courts, the Fourth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court. In 2006, Mr. Farr was nominated by President George W. Bush to fill the very same vacancy on the U.S. District Court, and the American …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after text of the updated version of the Senate’s Better Care Act was released: “I look forward to carefully reviewing the changes made to the Better Care Act. From what I’ve already seen, major improvements have been made, including a significantly bigger investment to combat and treat opioid addiction, and more funding to help control the rising costs of premiums for individuals and families. “I’m pleased that Senate leaders have committed to an open amendment process, which will allow all senators – Republicans and Democrats alike – to propose additional improvements to the legislation. I hope my colleagues …..
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in honor of Laurinburg-Maxton Army Air Base, which played a vital but little-known role in World War Two. C “From 1942 to 1945, Scotland County helped prepare glider pilots for the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. Generals Dwight Eisenhower and George Marshall visited the base during the war to observe glider training. “On June 6, 1944, when more than 160,000 Allied troops landed during the invasion of Normandy, glider pilots trained in Scotland County were among the vanguard as American soldiers silently soared down the French coastline through thick fog, powered only by the …..
RALEIGH: Joined by members of Britny Puryear’s family, Governor Roy Cooper signed several domestic violence prevention bills into law today. Governor Cooper signed Senate Bill 600: Britny’s Law: IPV Homicide, House Bill 343: Enforcement of Domestic Violence Protection Order on Appeal, and House Bill 399: Stop Images Taken Without Consent From Dissemination into law. In 2014, Britny Puryear was shot and killed by her boyfriend who was her child’s father. Puryear’s family worked with members of the General Assembly and domestic violence prevention community to get Britny’s Law passed. “Domestic violence is a crime that destroys families and lives,” said Gov. Cooper. “These new laws give survivors of domestic violence more ways to protect …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, attended the nomination hearing for Christopher Wray to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During the hearing, Senator Tillis stated his intention to support Wray’s confirmation. Senator Tillis questions Wray on the FBI’s role in countering Russian meddling: “I don’t think there’s anyone in Congress who would doubt that Russia meddles in elections, they have been meddling in elections for a long time. The emergence of the cyber domain has amplified their ability to do it more quickly and on a broader basis. Beyond what is already under investigation, do you have any sense of …..
Last Friday, July 7th, 2017, Bladen County Board of Elections opened its doors to local citizens wanting to file for candidacy during the up coming municipal election. This election one local Bladen County town will have at least three candidates to choose from for Mayor. According to the Bladen Board of Elections Candidate Detail List Bladenboro has three citizens filed to run for Bladenboro Mayor. The first to file for the seat of Bladenboro Mayor was Kenneth Charles Kelly. Next to file for the seat was the incumbent Mayor, Rufus Ralph Duckworth III. The coveted seat gained another candidate by the name of Larry Waitus Simmons as of Tuesday, July …..
WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Robert Pittenger sent the following update to local leaders regarding the latest on Hurricane Matthew funding, along with assurances from Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen that more help is on the way: Thus far from FEMA, North Carolina has received: $100.8 million in Small Business Administration loans $97.5 million in Individual Assistance $195.4 million from the National Flood Insurance Program $104.7 million in Public Assistance projects With additional projects in the pipeline, we anticipate approximately: $200 million in Public Assistance $75 million in Hazard Mitigation Grants The above amount will total more than $750 million from FEMA. In addition, Congress specifically appropriated $334 million for North Carolina last …..
Voters in the town of Dublin will not only voting to elect who will represent them on the town board, they will also be deciding whether to allow the sale of malt beverages and unfortified wine. The town submitted a resolution to the Bladen County Board of Elections requesting the item be added to the November 7, 2017, ballot. Mayor Horace Wyatt said if the measure is approved, the town would receive some tax revenue from the measure, but it would be, “very little.” The resolution reads: Malt Beverage Election To permit the “on-premises” sale only of malt beverages. For or Against To permit the “off-premises” sale only of malt beverages. For …..
By Joy Warren Elizabethtown Town Council conducted general business matters during the rescheduled Town Board meeting on Monday night. Rod Fritz, Parks and Recreation Director presented bids for the playground equipment at Tory Hole Park. The low bid was for $82,421.55 from Cunningham Recreation. Council approved the low bid award. The equipment is part of an ongoing renovation project at Tory Hole and the playground equipment is funded through the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. A parcel of property that stands vacant on West Broad Street located beside Southern Professional Counseling was declared surplus property and will be advertised by sealed bids. Jay Leatherman, Finance Director recommended a Merit …..
The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday and voted 4-1 not to change the town’s utility policy with regards to water leaks. Town Commissioner Sarah Benson introduced the topic to the board when she asked Town Administrator John O’Daniel how many water adjustments the town issues in a year. “We don’t keep track of water. I was able to find some numbers on how many sewer adjustments we do,” said O’Daniel. “How many of those have we done?” asked Benson. O’Daniel said in the past year, the town has issued 38 sewer adjustments. Town Commissioner Benson asked O’Daniel how many of those were water adjustments. O’Daniel replied none of the …..
By: Jane Pait, GOP Secretary The July planning meeting will be held Monday, July 17, 6:00 pm, San Jose Restaurant, Elizabethtown, NC. Please plan to join us. We look forward to seeing you on the 17th. Share:
UPDATE Candidates for the upcoming municipal elections are making their intentions known by filing for candidacy with the Bladen County Board of Elections. As of 4:45 p.m. Monday, three more candidates have added their names to those who have already filed. They are: BLADENBORO MAYOR: LARRY WAITUS SIMMONS, 509 4TH STREET, BLADENBORO, 910-874-0778 BLADENBORO TOWN COMMISSIONER: KENNETH RODNEY HESTER, 116 LEE STREET, BLADENBORO, 910-876-7329 CLARKTON TOWN COMMISSIONER: JAMES TIM TART, 34 S. ELM STREET, CLARKTON, 910-640-8530 Candidates have until 12 noon on Friday, July 21, to file for elected office. Friday, July 7 If the weather on the first day of election filing is any indication of how the election …..
Contributed National newscasts seem obsessed with drama and intrigue. While Americans are being fed a steady diet of overdone outrage, my House Republican colleagues and I have been hard at work, turning in a busy and productive first six months of 2017. Let’s take a look. Did you know the U.S. House of Representatives has passed more than 150 bills this year? No, I didn’t hear that on the news, either. Did you know that President Trump has signed 43 bills into law? Just before July 4th, we took action to crack down on “sanctuary cities” by passing the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which withholds certain federal grants from …..
Submitted by Ben Snyder, Bladen County Democrat Party Chair This Saturday, July 8, Christian Cano, a democrat and a candidate for US Congress House of Representatives, will be at the Farmer’s Market Complex in Elizabethtown beginning around10:00 a.m. Christian will not be there to deliver a political speech. He will be there to meet and listen to any and all potential voters and/or concerned citizens. Christian is running for the District 9 Seat in the US Congress and, if successful in the Democratic Primary in 2018, will run against the incumbent Robert Pittenger or whomever wins the GOP Primary. For those who have concerns about the thousands of North Carolinians …..
Charlotte, NC, 06Jul2017- The North Carolina Congressional District 09 Candidate (D) Christian Cano releases an updated 2017 summer event tour schedule: Fri 07Jul17 TBA Supporting MeckDem Progressive Candidate BOE filing Mecklenburg County Fri 07Jul17 No Media *Private Event “53K impacted by AHCA” Union County Fri 07Jul17 No Media *Private Event “Radical Religious Fundamentalist and National Security Fri 07Jul17 1800-2000 The Main Table, Laurinburg Scotland County Sat 08Jul17 1000-1200 106 M.L.K. Jr. Drive, Elizabethtown Bladen County Sat 08Jul17 No Media Hurricane Matthew neighborhood update Sat 08Jul17 1500-1700 Starbucks Robeson County Sat 08Jul17 No Media …..
RALEIGH, N.C. – Candidate filing for local elections across North Carolina begins at noon Friday (July 7) and runs through noon Friday, July 21. Local elections are held between September and November, depending on the rules governing particular types of election contests. This year, more than 1,000 contests will be held across the state. “We hope that many candidates sign up to run for local office over the next two weeks and that voters across the state make sure they are registered to cast ballots in their hometown elections,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. Candidates for local office must file notices of candidacy with the proper …..
CHARLOTTE – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) introduced legislation to crack down on international businesses that support North Korean cyberattacks. “If you have willingly provided essential services to North Korea in support of their malicious cyberattacks, then you should not be allowed to do business with the Defense Department. This is simple and straightforward, but also necessary because of countries such as China who attempt to play both sides,” said Congressman Pittenger. Congressman Pittenger’s amendment to the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act: · Directs the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to create a list of telecom firms who provide essential services or who have been otherwise complicit …..
Gov. Cooper joined by bipartisan group of state officials, legislators for signing ceremony at State Capitol Governor Roy Cooper today signed House Bill 243, the STOP Act, into law in a ceremony at the North Carolina State Capitol. “Opioid addiction and overdose have ravaged the physical and mental health of thousands of North Carolinians, hurting our people and our economy, and we’re taking action to fight it,” Cooper said. “With this legislation and the new State Opioid Action Plan, we’re taking important first steps to stem the opioid epidemic.” The STOP Act, which stands for the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention Act, seeks to help curb epidemic levels of opioid drug …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Todd Young (R-IN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide relief to veterans whose Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits are affected by the permanent closure of certain educational institutions. In 2016, ITT Technical Institutes filed for bankruptcy and closed all 136 campuses in 38 states – after receiving $917 million in Post-9/11 GI Bill funds – leaving student veterans stranded and unable to reallocate education benefits elsewhere. The Veterans Education Relief and Reinstatement Act (VERRA) would expand the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) …..
CHARLOTTE – Earlier today, Congressman Robert Pittenger spoke to over 100,000 people at the pro-democracy “Grand Gathering of Iranians for #FreeIran” rally in Villepinte, France. Click here for full video of Congressman Pittenger’s speech to over 100,000 people at an Iranian pro-democracy rally in France. “When our forefathers met 241 years ago, they pledged their lives, their fortune, their sacred honor, for a Declaration of Independence, for a new America. Yes, from that, we found Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and that’s what we want for Iran today,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09), who serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) today joined Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Luther Strange (R-AL), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) in asking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel the Senate’s scheduled August state work period if meaningful progress has not been made on fixing health care, funding the government, dealing with the debt ceiling, passing a budget resolution, and improving our tax code. The senators outlined their request in a letter sent to Leader McConnell, which included a countdown of the remaining scheduled work days until the end of the fiscal …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 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 Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. “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 advancing this legislation that allows our active-duty military, reservists, and …..
WASHINGTON – Wednesday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in recognition of the 250th anniversary of Charlotte’s Providence Presbyterian Church. “Founded by Ulster Scots in 1767, the church was named ‘Providence’ to express the founders’ firm trust in the faithfulness of God to work all things for His purpose. “Members of Providence Presbyterian were part of the combative North Carolina militia, the ‘Hornet’s Nest,’ which courageously opposed Lord Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War. For over 140 years, the church sponsored all schools in the community, and in the 1850s, established Providence Female Academy, which was one of the few schools for women in the South. The church …..
Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina House of Representatives voted to send Senate Bill 338 – Disaster Recovery Act of 2017 – to Governor Roy Cooper’s desk with a vote of 116 – 0. This legislation appropriates $100 million for disaster relief efforts across the state, primarily to address remaining Hurricane Matthew damages but also includes damages caused by western wildfires. “Since the moment Hurricane Matthew devastated much of eastern North Carolina late last year, it has been my top priority as a representative of District 10 and eastern North Carolina to work with other state and local officials to provide relief to those communities that were hit the hardest, …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that he has secured several key provisions in the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 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 Personnel Subcommittee, 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 championed major changes in TRICARE that would benefit …..
CBO score based on last year’s projections WASHINGTON – Much of the current debate on the American Health Care Act and Better Care Reconciliation Act focuses on a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score showing 22 million more Americans without health coverage by 2026. However, a new analysis by Forbes contributor Josh Archambault reveals a surprising omission. “The House and Senate were given a CBO score based on old numbers,” said Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09). “The CBO score is based on an inaccurate 2016 estimate of how many Americans will purchase Obamacare. If you use their January 2017 update, Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare would result in only …..
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and other leaders of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus met with House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) to discuss key pro-life provisions in proposed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. “Both the American Health Care Act and the Senate’s proposed health care reform include major victories for the pro-life community, defunding Planned Parenthood and keeping your tax dollars from being used to support abortion,” said Congressman Pittenger. “We are grateful for Speaker Ryan’s pro-life leadership, and met today to discuss the importance of retaining these provisions in the final bill. As a committed pro-life leader, I will keep this issue at the forefront.” Share:
CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate key parts of President Trump’s travel ban in the name of national security: “The Supreme Court today performed a solemn duty too often ignored by lower courts. They issued a ruling based on the law, not on political activism. Ordinary Americans already knew what the Supreme Court today reminded the lower courts: The federal government and the President have responsibility for national security, and a thorough vetting of refugees is part of that responsibility.” Congressman Pittenger serves as Chairman on the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee …..
Friday, June 23, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, applauded the President for signing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law. The bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tillis will reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by allowing the secretary to dismiss bad employees and ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers. “This bipartisan legislation will give the VA the long-overdue authority to remove bad actors and put the people in place we need to give veterans the care they need and deserve,” said Senator Tillis. “While the majority of employees at …..
Did you know there are currently more than 6 million job openings nationwide? That’s the highest level since Washington started tracking this data in 2000. Unfortunately, many of these jobs remain unfilled because of the current “skills gap” in our labor force. With a rapidly-changing economy, too many otherwise capable students and workers haven’t received the right training for in-demand, 21st century jobs. Part of the problem is that in Washington’s swamp, federal job training programs haven’t been updated in over a decade. This week, we took steps to help drain the swamp by passing multiple, bipartisan pieces of legislation to address the skills gap and equip local workers to …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after the text of the Senate’s health care discussion draft was released: “Health care is a critically important issue that affects every single American, and I’ve heard countless stories from North Carolinians who have had their lives upended by Obamacare, from hardworking parents unable to afford skyrocketing premiums to insure their families to small business owners who have been forced to cut hours or even let go of employees because of the law’s costly mandates. As I’ve said repeatedly, any replacement plan must be a net improvement over Obamacare, and I look forward to carefully reviewing the …..
A bill recently signed by Governor Roy Cooper could help counties like Bladen County to pay for certain types of infrastructure projects. NC House Bill 158 gives counties the authority to issue special assessments to benefitted properties to help pay for infrastructure needs. The bill will benefit counties like Bladen County as it authorizes counties use private funds and issue the special assessment to repay those funds. Governor Cooper signed the following bills this week: House Bill 59: An Act to Make Technical Changes to the Revenue Laws House Bill 158: An Act Authorizing Cities and Counties to Provide for the Payment of All or a Portion of the Cost …..
WASHINGTON – As part of continuing efforts to increase economic opportunity in rural North Carolina communities, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today voted to increase federal funding for Career and Technical Education in rural areas. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353): · Increases from 10% to 15% the amount of federal funds states can set aside to assist eligible students in rural communities. · Provides states more flexibility to focus training programs on in-demand jobs. · Focuses federal Career and Technical Education funding on local needs by incorporating input from local educators, parents, students, workforce development boards, community leaders, and local businesses in the …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, attended a hearing regarding the MS-13 gang and its role in illegal immigration along the southern border. Senator Tillis on need to effectively secure the border: “I think if we, up here, listen to what the Border Patrol are saying, there’s a way to secure the border. And there’s a way to do it that will make the officers operate in a safer environment. And I think that we need to dispense with the ‘we don’t need borders, we need bridges’ discussion at one end of the spectrum, and the other end of the spectrum …..
Monday evening’s Bladen County GOP Club meeting offered area Republicans an opportunity to review and contrast the differences between the secular-socialist agenda of Barack Obama, with that of the accomplishment-driven presidency of Donald Trump. Nationwide, it is clear that conservatives are energized by the Trump approach to national security, education, health care, economic growth, and realistic government reform. Equally clear, it is apparent that there are divisive forces within the Washington establishment, the mainstream media, and an entrenched, liberal/progressive bureaucracy that will stop at nothing to oppose the president at every turn. Club members agree—it is time for Republicans nationwide to better understand what constitutional conservativism really means, and …..
By: Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners have examined a pay study and found employees need raises. A special meeting was called on June 19th to discuss the proposed budget for the new fiscal year, 2017-18. Most of the discussion at the special meeting about the new fiscal year budget was about county employees’ salaries being increased. Commissioner Michael Cogdell voiced concerns about some people getting 10% to 11% salary increases and then others only receiving a one percent cost of living raise. “I would like to see what a two percent cost of living raise across the board would look like, and I’ve asked for that,” Cogdell …..
RIGA, Latvia – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) hosted more than 100 Members of Parliament and other officials from 28 nations for the 8th Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum in Riga, Latvia. “Our 8th forum brought together a diverse group of nations – including Egypt, Israel, and the Vatican – to discuss joint efforts to fight radical Islamic terrorism,” said Congressman Pittenger. “In total, 28 countries heard from top financial crimes, cyber, Intelligence, and other experts regarding collaborative efforts to help defeat Islamic jihad. We are grateful for our partners in government, financial institutions, and data security who participated in this important forum.” Speakers at the 8th Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum included Ināra Mūrniece …..
CHARLOTTE – After attending the first meeting of President Trump’s opioid crisis commission, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper attempted to score political points by claiming Republican efforts to reform America’s broken healthcare system would exacerbate the opioid crisis. “Over the past year, I have worked in bipartisan fashion to help pass 18 bills addressing the opioid epidemic, including new tools for law enforcement, a pilot program to help babies born with complications, and $1 billion in state grants. 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, and yet Governor Cooper wants to use their tragedy to try and score political points. “The Governor’s tactic is parallel to his incorrect …..
In Isaiah 1:18, the LORD says, “Come now, and let us reason together.” Unfortunately, we’ve seen far too little of this wisdom applied recently in the public square. Wednesday’s attack on the GOP Congressional baseball team was an attack on our way of governing, but also a symptom of the breakdown in our civil discourse. This year we’ve seen dozens of town halls erupt into uncontrollable mobs, resulting in Members of Congress needing police escorts out of the venue. We’ve seen Hollywood push the boundary of what’s acceptable, to the point of a comedian posing in a disturbingly graphic photo depicting a beheaded President Trump, a Central Park play with …..
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC), members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, attended a hearing about supporting military caregivers and introduced former North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole and Wilmington, NC residents Tom Ward, a veteran diagnosed with ALS, and Mary Ward, his wife and military caregiver, as panelists. Watch the introductions HERE. Share:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, issued the following statement after voting in favor of bipartisan legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran and Russia. “Putin has meddled in the elections of the United States and other democracies and has repeatedly violated the sovereignty of Russia’s neighbors. The Iranian regime remains the chief state sponsor of global terrorism and continues to develop their ballistic missile capabilities, which threatens the security of America and our allies,” said Senator Tillis. “These sanctions send a clear and unified message to the Russian and Iranian regimes that America will hold them accountable for their …..
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who works closely with Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) as a Member of the Republican Whip Team, had these comments following today’s shooting: “Steve Scalise is a wonderful person, a close friend, and a great leader. Most mornings, I am in the gym with Steve. This is incredibly sad, but I am also so grateful for the extraordinarily brave Capitol Police officers who put themselves in harm’s way to prevent a massacre. Without their valor, today could have been much worse. “Please join me in praying for quick healing for Steve, the police officers, and the Congressional aide who were injured. Today’s news was …..
I want to applaud, commend, and give my heart felt admiration to four of the Bladen County Commissioners in standing up and doing their job in defending the Bladen County Taxpayers. They are Mr. Charles Ray Peterson, Mr. Daniel Dowless, Ms. Ashley Trivette, and Mr. David Gooden. They showed integrity, leadership, fiscal responsibility, and respect for the tax paying citizens by voting against a nearly $1500 photo shoot of themselves (and their ego). As far as the other commissioners, who should remain nameless (but if their vanity is so large… Cogdell, Bullock, Britt, Priest, and Munn-Goins) they should be ashamed of themselves for wasting tax payer’s money on such meaningless …..
The Board of Education met this Monday for their monthly session where they began by recognizing East Bladen High School’s History Club as they have been selected by the National History Club Organization as a National Chapter of the Year. East Bladen’s club is only one of 8 clubs in the nation to be given this honor. The club consisted of the following students and are advised by their teacher, Sunday Allen: Ross Johnson, Dylan Melvin, James Nance, Olivia Hollingsworth, Mariah Smith, Nekia Nixon, Hannah Allison, and Kate Bockover. Emily Scott, an East Bladen High School senior, was recognized for being nominated as a top finalist for the Pro Football …..
Obamacare for your community bank and credit union. That’s the easiest way to explain President Obama’s financial regulation legislation known as Dodd-Frank. Both include complex webs of laws and regulations while operating from the assumption that Washington knows best. Unfortunately, this top-down, bureaucratic approach has directly resulted in fewer choices and limited opportunity for hardworking American families. Similar to how Obamacare took away your doctor, Dodd-Frank took away your community bank. But this week, House Republicans joined me in passing the Financial CHOICE Act, which I co-sponsored and helped introduce, to properly regulate the financial industry while ending taxpayer bailouts, increasing accountability, and supporting economic growth. Ironically, Dodd-Frank exacerbated the …..
RALEIGH— Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks has named Wayne Woodard to be interim director of Private Protective Services. Woodard, a former director of both the Criminal Justice Standards Commission and Private Protective Services, assumed his new duties June 5. Private Protective Services is the agency within the Department of Public Safety that supports the Private Protective Services and Alarms Systems Licensing Boards. The Boards are charged with administering the licensing, education and training requirements of the persons, firms, associations and corporations engaged in private protective services and alarms systems professions within North Carolina. “Mr. Woodard has a wealth of experience with licensing boards and specifically with Private …..