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Alan Greenspan: “If you get rid of Dodd-Frank, it’s going to have a very significant positive impact”
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC, “If you get rid of Dodd-Frank, it’s going to have a very significant positive impact on the economy.” READ MORE
Bladen County GOP Club hosts monthly meeting
An exciting range of topics and discussions of interest to conservatives highlighted the monthly Bladen County Republican Club meeting, held Monday evening at the San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown.
Club Chairman Walter McDuffie welcomed several new members to the club, and the meeting quickly began to focus on how to broaden the outreach of the Republican Party within Bladen County. READ MORE
From Fox News Opinion: Rep. Robert Pittenger on China and the crucial choice America needs to make
By Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09)
Fox News Opinion
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Over the past several decades, American foreign policy towards China has been primarily economic in nature. In 1979, we granted Most Favored Nation trading status with China, and in 2001, China became a member of the World Trade Organization. READ MORE
President Trump signs Congressman Pittenger’s radar legislation into law
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday evening, President Donald J. Trump signed Congressman Robert Pittenger’s radar legislation into law, setting into motion a 180-day study by the Commerce Department into Charlotte’s lack of adequate radar coverage. Following completion of the study, the Commerce Department will have 90 days to submit a plan to fix the radar gap. READ MORE
From The Hill: Securing our border must be first step in immigration reform
Senator Thom Tillis
For the last 40 years, elected officials in Washington have repeatedly tried to secure our nation’s southern border and fix our broken immigration system, but every attempt at comprehensive reform legislation has failed.
While some falsely assume that this prolonged failure only affects border communities, the reality is that it has also created disastrous repercussions for the rest of the nation. READ MORE
Rep. Brenden Jones Legislative Update April 17, 2017
By: Rep. Brenden Jones
Last week was a short but busy week in the General Assembly. Below is a summary of key bills I introduced or sponsored, key actions taken by committees on which I serve, and key House votes. READ MORE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER URGES COMMERCE DEPT.
TO IDENTIFY, INVESTIGATE UNDISCLOSED FOREIGN COMPANY WHICH VIOLATED U.S. LAW
WASHINGTON – In March, Chinese telecom firm ZTE agreed to pay over $1 billion in fines for violating U.S. law by selling embargoed technology to Iran. This action followed bipartisan pressure led by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09).
In documents filed with the Commerce Department, ZTE referred to a second company, identified only as “F7,” which also violated U.S. export control laws. READ MORE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER WRITES POPE TAWADROS II ON TERRORIST BOMBING OF COPTIC CHURCHES and receives statement
CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who met with Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II in February, today wrote to express support following the Palm Sunday terrorist attack on two Coptic churches.
As part of a Congressional delegation in February, Congressman Pittenger met with Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki Stephanous, President of the Protestant Churches of Egypt. Both leaders expressed appreciation for President Sisi’s unprecedented support of Egypt’s persecuted Christian minority. READ MORE
Tillis Joins Bipartisan Effort to Preserve the Legislative Filibuster
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined a bipartisan group of 60 Senators in writing to Senate leadership and urging them to leave the legislative filibuster intact and preserve the 60 vote threshold for legislation.
“We are writing to urge you to support our efforts to preserve existing rules, practices, and traditions as they pertain to the right of Members to engage in extended debate on legislation before the United States Senate,” the Senators wrote. READ MORE
Tillis, Peters Lead Colleagues in Calling for Funding to Advance Self-Driving Vehicles
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Gary Peters (D-MI) led a bipartisan group of their Senate colleagues in a letter calling for increased funding to support the advancement of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies. The letter specifically calls for Congress to appropriate funding for the safe development and testing of CAV technologies at U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) federally-designated proving grounds. The letter was sent to Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI). READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger on Supporting Rural Healthcare
By Congressman Robert Pittenger
One of my most important jobs is making sure your tax dollars are spent wisely. We must restore fiscal sanity in Washington, forcing bureaucrats to live within a budget and focus on priorities just like you do with your personal finances. READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger on confirmation of Judge Gorsuch
CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released this statement following U.S. Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States READ MORE
Tillis: Gorsuch Will Be An Outstanding Supreme Court Justice
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement following the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court Associate Justice. READ MORE
Rouzer statement on Syria
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) released the statement below on Syria READ MORE
Tillis Co-Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Secure Education Benefits for Veterans, Service members, and Their Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced The Veterans Priority Enrollment Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans, service members, and surviving spouses and children of servicemembers who have died in the line of duty can take full advantage of their education benefits. READ MORE
Rep. Brenden Jones Legislative Update for April 4, 2017
Last week was a busy week in the General Assembly. Below is a summary of key bills I introduced or sponsored, key actions taken by committees on which I serve, and key House votes. READ MORETillis Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria READ MORE
Rouzer now accepting high school art submissions for Congressional Art Competition
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. All high school students who are residents of the 7th Congressional District are encouraged to participate. The winning entry will be displayed in the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger secures unanimous approval of Charlotte radar legislation
WASHINGTON – As Charlotte prepares for possible severe weather on Wednesday, President Trump is preparing to sign legislation sponsored by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to improve severe weather radar coverage in the Charlotte region. READ MORE
Tillis, King Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Improve H-2B Visa Program And Assist Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) have introduced the Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that makes substantive reforms aimed to help seasonal employers better navigate the H-2B temporary non-agricultural visa program. Original co-sponsors include Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and John Thune (R-SD). READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger on Trump’s ‘Freedom Caucus tweet’
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, President Donald Trump tweeted: “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!”
As Members of Congress and the media react, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is urging his fellow conservatives to remember the lesson taught by President Reagan during this February 9, 1983 White House press session, in which he pushed back against the “all or nothing” attitude displayed by some of today’s vocal conservatives READ MORE
Governing requires more than saying ‘No’
By Congressman Robert Pittenger
Saying no is easy. Actual leadership, or governing, is much more difficult.
On Thursday, President Trump tweeted, “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” READ MORE
Waxhaw student receives appointments to West Point and Air Force
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce Jake Dean of Waxhaw has received a rare double-appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Mr. Dean is Battalion Commander at Camden Military Academy, president of the school’s STEM Club, and leads a program to tutor fellow cadets who are struggling academically. READ MORE
You Decide: Why Did We Move Away From Self-Sufficiency?
By Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
I recall my late, paternal grandmother telling me how much she looked forward to the third Friday of each month. This was the day her husband – my grandfather – took her from their small farm into town. For all the other days of the month my grandmother worked on the farm. She made her own bread, harvested and canned vegetables raised in the garden and even helped butcher, dress (remove unwanted parts and divide the kept parts) and cook the pork and poultry raised on their land. READ MORE
Today, Governor Cooper held a press conference to discuss the repeal of House Bill 2. Full remarks as prepared are below:
Thank you and good afternoon. I just signed House Bill 142, which repeals House Bill 2.
For over a year now, House Bill 2 has been a dark cloud over our great state. It has stained our reputation. It has discriminated against our people. READ MORE
Tillis on HB2 Repeal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after the North Carolina General Assembly voted to repeal House Bill 2 (HB2):
“North Carolina’s brand and continued economic prosperity should not be beholden to the loudest voices on either the far-left or the far-right who don’t have our state’s best interests in mind. READ MORETillis Supports Secretary of the Air Force Nominee
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, attended a confirmation hearing for Secretary of the Air Force Nominee Dr. Heather Wilson and expressed his support for her confirmation. READ MORE
A Different Kind of March Madness
By Jefferson Weaver
I was heading home, having made an uncustomary Sunday afternoon trip to the office, when I saw the young man in his side yard.
I think it was the yellow line that first caught my eye, bending back on itself in a S curve as he whipped the fly rod forward and back, expertly stripping line with a smooth hand I wish I could master. I slowed a little, worried more that he might practice-cast into my car and break his line than I was about hurting the car. READ MORE
Tillis: Remove Barriers to Expedite Path to Alzheimer’s Cure
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, attended a hearing on the state of Alzheimer’s disease and questioned witness Maria Shriver on ways to better support caregivers and the need to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. READ MORE
Weddington senior appointed to West Point
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is happy to announce that Caroline Horne, a senior at Weddington High School, has received a prestigious appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Ms. Horne founded and serves as president of the Weddington Mentors Club, which organizes high school students to serve as mentors at the Monroe Boys and Girls Club. She also launched “Hope for the Holidays” to provide Christmas gifts for children at the Boys and Girls Club. READ MORE
Tillis Joins Bipartisan Group To Address Marine Debris
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Gary Peters (D-MI) to introduce the bipartisan Save our Seas (SOS) Act to help address the marine debris epidemic affecting America’s ocean shorelines and inland waterways, as well as other coasts across the globe. READ MORE
Craft breweries praise introduction of legislation that will support job creation, economic growth
Raleigh, NC – North Carolina craft breweries are praising the introduction of legislation that would modernize North Carolina craft brewing laws by eliminating unnecessary, burdensome regulations. Introduced by Chairman of the House Alcohol Beverage Control Committee Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) today, the ABC Omnibus Legislation (HB 500) would help create jobs, spur local investment in North Carolina’s urban and rural communities, and raise the cap on the amount of beer a craft brewery may distribute itself before contracting with a wholesaler. The legislation is cosponsored by Representatives Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg), Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) and Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford). READ MORE
Myers Park senior receives Naval Academy appointment
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce that Elizabeth White, a senior at Myers Park High School, has received a prestigious appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.
Ms. White was the 2015-2016 co-MVP of the Myers Park track team, traveled to El Salvador in 2015 to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and currently serves as an assistant coach for Let Me Run, an organization which teaches life skills to boys through running. READ MORE
Rep. Rouzer introduces bill to designate Wilmington as ‘American World War II City’
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) re-introduced a bill to designate and recognize the city of Wilmington as the first nationally recognized “American World War II City.” H.R. 1721 establishes a process to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to designate at least one city in the United States each year with this illustrious title. These cities will be designated due to their significant contributions to the war effort and their work preserving the history of WWII. READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger receives prestigious “Spirit of Enterprise” Award
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has been honored with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” Award in recognition of his support for policies which promote a healthy economy and job growth.
Congressman Pittenger received this year’s award for his support of legislation to help small businesses access the capital needed to grow and create jobs, reforms to make federal jobs training programs relevant to 21st century needs, and policies to help American manufacturers compete in the global economy. READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger on Fox News: Take a Lesson from Ronald Reagan
WASHINGTON – On Saturday, Congressman Robert Pittenger joined Fox News to discuss health care reform and urge fellow conservatives to remember the lessons of Ronald Reagan.
“We need to take a lesson from Ronald Reagan, our great conservative president. READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger: Hopefully cooler heads will prevail
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement after House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act from consideration:
“Speaker Ryan has been magnanimous throughout this very difficult process, and he made the right decision in pulling the bill. We do not have adequate votes to pass. If the vote had failed, we could not bring it up again under the special Senate rules requiring only a majority vote, instead of 60 votes. READ MORE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ON NPR: ‘IF WE CAN’T GET THERE, IT’S UNFORTUNATE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’
WASHINGTON – During a Friday afternoon interview with NPR’s Here and Now, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) was asked about the potential impact if House Republicans don’t come together to support the American Health Care Act.
“Does it feel like if Republicans cannot pass this bill that that’s going to be a major blow to the agenda?” asked NPR’s Jeremy Hobson. READ MORE
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Great name, poor results
By Congressman Robert Pittenger
Should one unelected bureaucrat have almost dictatorial powers over our personal financial choices?
Most would say that doesn’t sound American, but unfortunately I’m referring to the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Created in good faith following the financial crisis, CFPB has slowed the economy and hurt job growth through excessive rules. READ MORE
Tillis Chairs Hearing on DoD Civilian Personnel Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Personnel, held a hearing on the management structure of governing civilian employees within the Department of Defense and discussed alternate strategies for effectively hiring, managing, supporting, promoting, and holding DoD civilian personnel accountable. READ MORE
Sen. Thom Tillis: Democrats tried (but spectacularly failed) to bring down Judge Gorsuch
By Sen. Thom Tillis
This week, Judge Neil Gorsuch sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he eloquently and graciously handled a barrage of harsh and overtly political questioning from Democratic Senators. In doing so, he demonstrated why he is a mainstream, independent-minded jurist who will be an outstanding Supreme Court justice. READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger: A vote against AHCA is a vote for Obamacare
WASHINGTON – During a live, Thursday morning interview on WBT’s Morning News with Bo Thompson, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) spoke forcefully in support of the American Health Care Act READ MORE
Medicaid – Is Pittenger or Trump the biggest Liar?
Charlotte, NC– Robert Pittenger has never let facts interfere with his rhetoric. As Robert Pittenger and his staff continue to spew Fake News, it requires our neighbors to put forth the extra effort to fact check his misinformation and outright lies.
Neighbors Christian Cano and our Cano For Congress Team have fact checked Robert Pittenger’s recent Op-Ed about Medicaid and how we treat our American Citizens. READ MORE
Tillis, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Cut Out-of-Pocket Costs for National Guard Members and Reservists Traveling to Training and Drills
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced bipartisan legislation to help service members save on travel expenses. Each month, members of the National Guard travel to complete their required duty training, and they typically pay for travel out of their own pocket. READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger on AHCA: Now is Our Opportunity to Bring Accountability to Medicaid
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the conservative American Health Care Act, which includes substantial reforms to Medicaid. READ MORE
Grace Academy senior receives West Point appointment
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is pleased to announce that Grace Academy senior Sam McGee has received a prestigious appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Mr. McGee is captain of the Grace Academy golf team and serves on student council, while also working part-time for Chick-fil-A. READ MORE
Rouzer Agriculture Subcommittee hosts hearing, “The Next Farm Bill: Livestock Producer Perspectives”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer held a public hearing entitled, “The Next Farm Bill: Livestock Producer Perspectives.” This hearing continues the series of House Agriculture Committee hearings that set the stage for the next farm bill. This hearing provided representatives from four of the major livestock producer groups the opportunity to discuss their experiences with current programs, challenges facing the industry and priorities for the upcoming farm bill. READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger meets with Pence to discuss health care reform
WASHINGTON – On Monday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and other leaders of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus met with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House to discuss pro-life support for the American Health Care Act. READ MORE
Tillis’ Opening Statement At Gorsuch Nomination Hearing
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Senator Tillis spoke in favor of Judge Gorsuch’s impressive qualifications and track record of being a mainstream and independent-minded jurist. READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger launches Wadesboro office
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, March 22nd, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will open a satellite office in historic downtown Wadesboro.
Located in the Scarborough Building at 107 East Wade St., Congressman Pittenger’s Anson County office will be staffed every Wednesday afternoon from 1 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. READ MORE
Pittenger on MSNBC: Reagan’s lessons apply to healthcare debate
WASHINGTON – During a live interview with MSNBC on Saturday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) urged his colleagues to remember the lessons of Ronald Reagan during debate on conservative health care reform. READ MORE
Rep. Rouzer hosts Youth Leadership Conference in Clinton
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer will be hosting a youth leadership conference for high school juniors in the 7th Congressional District on Friday, March 24, 2017. 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. READ MORE
Charlotte Catholic senior appointed to U.S. Naval Academy
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is pleased to announce that Charlotte Catholic senior Erin McCullagh has succeeded in her goal of being appointed to the United States Naval Academy.
Ms. McCullagh is a competitive swimmer with SwimMAC, served on the Charlotte Catholic student council, and helps pack Christmas boxes for soldiers deployed overseas. READ MORE
You Decide: Are We Asking Too Much Of The Fed?
By Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
The Federal Reserve – for short, the “Fed” – is again front and center in the news. With the economy improving and the stock market soaring, the Fed is expected to increase short-term interest rates several times in 2017.
Yet the Fed and its policies have not been held in high regard by many. Some say the Fed has been trying to do too much. Indeed, some even say the Fed’s policies have been harmful. Let me try to explain and then let you decide. READ MORE
FULFILLING MEDICAID’S ORIGINAL PROMISE
By Congressman Robert Pittenger
Should the federal government treat able-bodied adults better than the disabled or elderly?
When President Lyndon B. Johnson first signed Medicaid into law, the program was intended to serve the most vulnerable Americans, including the elderly, disabled, children, and pregnant mothers. But under President Obama, Medicaid’s focus shifted to include able-bodied, childless adults, which took care away from those who need it most. READ MORE
REP. ROUZER INTRODUCES BILL TO INCREASE TEACHER PAY BY ELIMINATING THE DoE, RETURNING FUNDING AND DECISIONS TO STATES
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer introduced H.R. 1510, the States’ Education Reclamation Act of 2017, which would return taxpayer dollars used to fund the federal education bureaucracy back to the respective states in order to increase teacher salaries or to be used for any other purpose that a respective state chooses to enhance education.
H.R. 1510 proposes a responsible dismantle of the Department of Education by reallocating its billions in funding to be proportionally distributed to the respective states to be used for any education purpose as they see fit, such as teacher pay raises, new school construction, investment in technology and more. READ MORE
FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN FROM MATTHEWS, DEDICATED TO “MAKING A DIFFERENCE,” RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS APPOINTMENT TO U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce that Sumi Vijayakumar of Matthews, a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, has received a prestigious appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.
Ms. Vijayakumar originally attended East Mecklenburg High School before transferring to NCSSM, where she serves as a Physics Teaching Assistant and helps engineer nanowires at an N.C. Central University research facility. READ MORE
NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Hires Senior Legislative Director and Chief Budget Advisor
The State Superintendent today announced the hire of Chloe Gossage as senior legislative director and chief budget advisor.
Gossage joins the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction with more than a decade of state government experience, the bulk of which has been in nonpartisan positions – six years in the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division and two years at the Administrative Office of the Courts. READ MORE
SOUTH MECKLENBURG HIGH SCHOOL SWIM CAPTAIN RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS APPOINTMENT TO UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce that Luke Johnson, a senior at South Mecklenburg High School, received a prestigious appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.
Mr. Johnson serves as co-president of the South Mecklenburg Honor Society, captain of the swim and dive team, and is an active volunteer with Special Olympics and St. John’s Episcopal Church. READ MORE
Tillis, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation Authorizing Additional Visas for Afghan Interpreters, Support Staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John McCain (R-AZ), and Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide 2,500 more visas for the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, which allows Afghans, including interpreters, who supported the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and face threats as a result of their service, to apply for refuge in the United States. READ MORE
Legislative Update for March 14, 2017
By Rep. Brenden H. Jones
Last week was a busy week in the General Assembly. Below is a summary of key bills I introduced or sponsored, key actions taken by committees on which I serve, and key House votes. READ MORE
Tillis: Perpetrators Of “Marines United” Scandal Must Be Punished
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During today’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) questioned General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, about misconduct on the “Marines United” website. READ MORE
Tillis & Burr Call On VA Secretary to Act Following Troubling Report on Wait Times at NC Medical Centers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) joined a bipartisan group of Senators, including the leadership of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC), to send a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin in response to a troubling Inspector General report earlier this month on veteran wait times. Though the IG report did not find intentional misreporting, it did find that across the Mid-Atlantic Healthcare Network (VISN 6) actual wait times were drastically different than what has been reported by VA medical facilities. VISN 6 includes locations in Asheville, Durham, Fayetteville, and Salisbury. READ MORE
Commissioner credits Pittenger for ZTE’s record-breaking fine
WASHINGTON – Last week, Chinese telecom firm ZTE Corporation agreed to pay over $1 billion in fines for violating U.S. law by selling embargoed technology to an Iranian government-controlled entity which could be used to oppress human rights.
Michael Wessel, an influential Commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, credited Congressman Robert Pittenger’s (NC-09) bipartisan efforts to push Commerce Department regulators to take action. READ MORE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TESTIFIES BEFORE SUBCOMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN SUPPORT OF LUMBERTON
WASHINGTON – The City of Lumberton has previously benefited from special U.S. Department of Agriculture grant and loan programs to help spark economic development in rural communities. However, a small increase in Lumberton’s population means the city no longer qualifies for these vital programs. READ MORE
Repairing America’s Healthcare System
By Congressman Robert Pittenger
Seven years ago, President Obama and Congressional Democrats mounted a government takeover of our health care. The results have been disastrous. READ MORE
Pittenger welcomes Lumberton Eagle Scout to U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON – This morning, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) welcomed Lumberton, N.C. Eagle Scout Ron King to the U.S. Capitol as he prepares to deliver the “State of Scouting” address to Congress.
During their meeting, Mr. King told Congressman Pittenger he hopes to become President to make a positive difference. Congressman Pittenger recited the Boy Scout laws and motto, and together they recited the Boy Scout oath. READ MORE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR FEMA YOUTH PREPAREDNESS COUNCIL
WASHINGTON – As part of his commitment to help residents of Cumberland, Robeson, and Bladen counties recover from Hurricane Matthew, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is encouraging local youth to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council. READ MORE
Tillis Discusses Path To Immigration Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) participated in an immigration roundtable hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center where he highlighted his immigration reform framework and the potential path forward. READ MORE
Tillis & Burr Call On DHS & DOJ To Address Threats To Jewish Institutions Across The Country
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) joined all their Senate colleagues in urging the Trump Administration to take action in response to the recent anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCC’s), Jewish Day Schools, and Synagogues. In the bipartisan letter sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director James Comey, the Senators stressed the importance of these centers within their communities, and offered suggestions for deterring the threats of violence. READ MORE
Pittenger introduces bill to improve Charlotte weather radar
WASHINGTON – Charlotte is the largest metropolitan area in the United States without local National Weather Service Doppler radar coverage. Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) introduced legislation (H.R. 1427) requiring the Commerce Secretary to analyze this “radar gap” and develop a solution.
Pittenger commends Egyptian president for support of Christian minority
WASHINGTON – In February, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) participated in a Congressional delegation to Egypt, meeting for the fourth time with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to discuss efforts to counter the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic terrorists.
Congressman Pittenger also met with Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki Stephanous, President of the Protestant Churches of Egypt. Both leaders expressed appreciation for President Sisi’s unprecedented support of the Egyptian Christian minority. READ MORE
Rep. Brenden Jones: Legislative Update
By: Rep. Brenden Jones
Last week was a busy week in the General Assembly. Below is a summary of key bills I introduced or sponsored, key actions taken by committees on which I serve, and key House votes. READ MORE
Tillis Statement On House Health Care Reform Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Tillis issued the following statement on Congress’ efforts to repeal Obamacare and reform the nation’s broken health care system: READ MORE
Pittenger commends Trump for holding China accountable
WASHINGTON – Today, Chinese telecom firm ZTE Corporation agreed to pay an $892 million fine and plead guilty to violating U.S. law for selling embargoed equipment to an Iranian government-controlled entity which could be used to oppress human rights.
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has worked since April 2016 to urge the Commerce Department to punish this misconduct, including writing a letter to then-Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker which was co-signed by 22 additional Members of Congress. READ MORE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER STATEMENT ON OBAMACARE REPEAL AND REPLACE LEGISLATION
WASHINGTON – Tonight, House Republicans released legislative text of their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement READ MORE
Tillis & Warner Lead Bipartisan Effort Outlining Concerns With H-2B Visa Cap
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Mark Warner (D-VA) and a bipartisan group of 29 other senators sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, outlining concerns that the H-2B visa statutory cap will be reached soon. The Senators requested the Department of Homeland Security to conduct an audit to determine the number of unused visas during the first half of the fiscal year, and also requested that any unused visas be provided to eligible businesses that have been unable to secure an adequate number of workers due to the cap. READ MORE
Grover Norquist, Founder of Americans For Tax Reform, Sends Letter to North Carolina Legislators Supporting Craft Freedom
Raleigh, NC – North Carolina’s 170 legislators received a letter Thursday from Grover Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, who is calling for an end to the state’s “protectionist, anti-consumer restriction on craft brewery self-distribution.” To read the letter, click here. READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger: Federal Regulations costing American workers
By: Congressman Robert Pittenger
Too many hardworking Americans can’t find good jobs, or they’re forced to accept part-time work when they need full-time. Too often, Washington bureaucrats are to blame. READ MORE
Okra, billboards and hurt feelings
By Jefferson Weaver
I’m occasionally amused and constantly grumbled at the toddler-esque hypersensitivity so rampant today. Some folks need to grow their skin a little thicker.
As wretchedly costive as I get sometimes, I am not one to tolerate random name-calling, over-the-top attacks and malicious insults toward people. I reckon I was paddled too often on the playground in nursery school to behave in such a manner. READ MORE
Tillis: We Must Empower The VA, Not Privatize It
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, chaired a joint House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing to welcome the American Legion members visiting Washington, D.C. to give their legislative presentation. Senator Tillis was filling in for Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who recently had back surgery and is recovering at his home in Georgia. READ MORE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER REACTS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ADDRESS TO JOINT SESSION
WASHINGTON – In a video update for constituents, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today shared his thoughts on President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress. READ MORE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ADDRESSES U.S. HOUSE IN HONOR OF ROBESON’S ANTIOCH BAPTIST
WASHINGTON – This year, Robeson County’s Antioch Baptist Church celebrates their 200th anniversary. Today, Robeson County Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in honor of the church’s legacy of service. READ MORE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER LAUNCHES CONVENIENT ROBESON COUNTY OFFICE HOURS
WASHINGTON – As part of his commitment to serving all of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will launch regular Lumberton office hours on Thursday, March 2nd.
Congressman Pittenger’s staff will be available at Lumberton City Hall on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon. READ MORE
ROUZER ANNOUNCES TOWNHALL
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Rouzer will be hosting a townhall on Monday, March 6th to hear constituent concerns and discuss the priorities of the 115th Congress. All citizens and press of the 7th District are invited to attend. READ MORE
ROUZER STATEMENT ON POTUS SPEECH
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following President Donald J. Trump’s first address to the United States Congress:
“President Trump laid out a bold, optimistic vision to get our economy moving and bring jobs back to America by reforming our tax code, investing in our infrastructure, securing our borders, and rolling back harmful regulations stifling small businesses. READ MORE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER: PRESIDENT TRUMP LAID OUT A STRONG VISION TO SECURE AMERICA
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who personally greeted President Trump as he entered the House Chamber tonight, had this reaction to the President’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress:
“President Trump laid out a strong vision to secure America and prioritize our efforts to rebuild our economy. Tax reform, legal immigration reform, health care reform, and regulatory reform will be the cornerstone of creating massive new jobs and economic growth.” READ MORE
Tillis Statement On President Trump’s Address To Congress
TILLIS: “Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or Independent, far more unites us than divides us. We all want our children to inherit an America that is stronger, safer and more prosperous. We all want to see our fellow Americans have access to affordable health care and a quality education. We all want to see America continue to serve as the beacon of freedom and opportunity for the rest of the world.” READ MORE
Pittenger gives video tour of Capitol, preview of Presidential Address
WASHINGTON – In advance of President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress, Congressman Robert Pittenger has released a video tour of the U.S. Capitol, including a behind-the-scenes view of the Lincoln Room and a preview of what President Trump will see as he walks to the House Chamber. Congressman Pittenger also shares his thoughts on the Joint Address. READ MORE
ROUZER CONGRATULATES RAY STARLING ON WHITE HOUSE SENIOR STAFF APPOINTMENT
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following the appointment of Ray Starling as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance:
“Congratulations to my good friend, Ray Starling, on his appointment to serve as the Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Aid,” said Rep. David Rouzer READ MORE
Tillis Chief of Staff Ray Starling To Serve As Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Assistance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House announced that Ray Starling, Chief of Staff for Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), will be leaving the Senator’s office to serve as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Assistance.
“We will greatly miss Ray’s tremendous leadership, his warm sense of humor, and his genuine passion for working on behalf of all North Carolinians, but the silver lining is that our state’s loss is America’s gain,” said Senator Thom Tillis. READ MORE
Nine North Carolina Legislators Send Letter to State Auditor Requesting A Review of I-77 Toll Road Contract
Raleigh, NC– The office of North Carolina State Senator Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) with eight other members of the General Assembly today sent a letter to the State Auditor Beth Woods officially requesting that her office audit and investigate the RFP and contract (documents and processes) for the I77 toll road project between the state of North Carolina and Cintra/I77 Mobility Partners. READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger’s Weekly Column
By: Congressman Robert Pittenger
Were you able to join my live, interactive telephone town hall on Thursday?
More than 6,000 constituents from across the 9th Congressional District joined me for a lively discussion on health care, immigration, Planned Parenthood, President Trump, and other topics. READ MORE
Congressman Pittenger and Congressman Smith on national security risks
This morning, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed, co-authored by Congressman Robert Pittenger and Congressman Chris Smith, on the national security risks of certain Chinese, state-influenced investments in U.S. financial institutions. READ MORE
Bladen County voters and others voice concerns
Bladen County voters voiced their concerns with others on Thursday during a telephone town hall. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) connected with 6,128 constituents via a live, interactive telephone town hall, listening and responding to constituents on multiple topics including repairing America’s health care system, defunding Planned Parenthood, and President Trump’s tax returns on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017. READ MORE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER CONGRATULATES MICK MULVANEY ON SENATE CONFIRMATION
WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after learning the U.S. Senate has confirmed Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) READ MORE
Tillis, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation Protecting Probation Officers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this week, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017—a bill that will protect probation officers and enhance their ability to do their job by giving them authority to arrest a third party who forcibly interferes with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties.
“Probation officers play a critical role in our criminal justice system by promoting public safety and working with offenders to manage risks and reduce recidivism ,” said Senator Tillis. READ MORE
FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL HONORS CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S PRO-FAMILY LEADERSHIP
WASHINGTON – This morning, Family Research Council Action presented Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) with the organization’s “True Blue Award” in recognition of his 100 percent pro-family voting record as a Member of Congress.
“We thank Representative Pittenger for consistently voting to uphold faith, family, and freedom,” said FRC Action President Tony Perkins. “Representative Pittenger voted to repeal key parts of Obamacare, protect unborn children and their mothers, end the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood, allow students to attend the school of their choice, and protect pro-life organizations and employers from being forced to hire individuals who disagree with pro-life principles.” READ MORE
IN SUPPORT OF OUR VETERANS
By Congressman Robert Pittenger
Our men and women in uniform have sacrificed dearly to pay freedom’s price and ensure our way of life. The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who serve our country are emblematic of bravery, courage, and the American spirit.
Suzanne and I join with millions of hardworking Americans in expressing our sincere thanks to active-duty military, veterans, and their families. North Carolina is home to almost 800,000 veterans, many of whom live here in our community. READ MORE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER VOTES TO ALLOW STATES TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to give states the freedom to redirect Title X funding away from Planned Parenthood and toward the much larger network of community health centers, which offer more comprehensive women’s health care services and outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics 20 to 1.
After the release of horrifying videos showing Planned Parenthood harvesting and selling the body parts of unborn babies last year, many states took steps to ensure Title X funds went to life-sustaining community health centers rather than Planned Parenthood. But in the closing days of his Administration, President Obama pushed through an eleventh hour rule to prevent states from eliminating abortion providers from Title X funds. Today’s resolution, which was co-sponsored by Congressman Pittenger, nullifies that rule and passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a bipartisan vote of 230-188. READ MORE
Tillis Urges Financial Sanctions Against North Korea
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and a group of Senators delivered a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that expresses grave concerns regarding continued aggression from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and urging him to execute the full extent of financial sanctions and targeted financial measures allowed under current law. The letter was also signed by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Cory Gardner (R-GA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and David Perdue (R-GA). READ MORE
NC 9th Congressional Candidate Christian Cano (D) Joins The National Action “One Day Without Immigrants” Thursday, 16Feb17
Charlotte, NC, Feb 13th, 2017- Neighbors For Cano Committee is proud to confirm that Neighbor Christian Cano will support and join The National Action One Day Without Immigrant peaceful civil rights protest in Charlotte, NC with members of our North Carolina 9th Congressional District business and immigrant communities.
Christian is closing our campaign and fundraising efforts for Vote 2018 on Thursday, 16Feb17 and is also cancelling all scheduled events (not related to this national action). All Cano Crew campaign team members and volunteers will be encouraged to participate and/or stay home with their families in solidarity with this national day of action. READ MORE
Tillis Statement On The Confirmation Of Dr. Shulkin As VA Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today voted to confirm Dr. David Shulkin as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Tillis and Shulkin have worked closely together on the MyVA initiative to streamline the VA bureaucracy and improve health care for veterans. READ MORE
Tillis Discusses Bipartisan Immigration Reform On Fox News
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) appeared on Fox News Channel over the weekend to discuss the prospects of bipartisan immigration reform. Senator Tillis recently laid the groundwork for bipartisan immigration reform, and has been meeting with his colleagues – both Republicans and Democrats – to discuss solutions to secure our borders and fix America’s broken immigration system. READ MORE
NCDA&CS accepting applications for 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
RALEIGH –The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Nonprofits and government agencies wishing to apply have until March 15.
The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program aims to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace. It is managed by the department, through funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. READ MORE
Bladen County Elections Board Meeting on Nov. 7th, 2016
Planned Political Meetings:
Bladen County Republic Party Meetings