Saturday - January 25, 2020
Congressional Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Monday July 01, 2019 ( 29 items )  

Butterfield Introduces Bill to Address Unlawful Robocalls
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield introduced H.R. 3434, the Tracing Back and Catching Unlawful Robocallers Act of 2019. The bill would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to publish an annual report on the telecommunication industry's efforts to trace suspected illegal robocalls to their origins and provide a list of voice service providers who are not sufficiently participating  more

Chairman Price's $137 Billion 'T-HUD' Funding Bill Passes House
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Rep. David Price, D-North Carolina, issued the following news release: * * * - Housing and Transportation Bill Focuses on Safety, Improves Nation's Infrastructure, and Protects Vulnerable * * * Today, the U.S. House passed H.R. 3055, which included Chairman David Price's (D-NC) Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) FY 2020 Appropriations bill, which provides $137.1 billion in budgetary resources for American communities. House passage of the legislatio  more

House Education Subcommittee Issues Testimony From North Carolina State Fire Fighters Association
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- The Education and Labor subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions issued the following testimony by Tom Brewer, president of the North Carolina State Fire Fighters Association, at a hearing entitled "Standing with Public Servants: Protecting the Right to Organize": "Thank you for inviting me to testify about the importance of collective bargaining for fire fighters and emergency medical responders. My name is Tom Brewer and I am President of the Professional   more

House Labor Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Standing With Public Servants
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions issued the following hearing information: Standing with Public Servants: Protecting the Right to Organize at 2175 Rayburn House Office Building at 10:15 on June 26: Witnesses * Tina Y. Whitaker, Teacher, United Teachers of Dade, Homestead, FL * Joseph Slater, Eugene N. Balk Professor of Law and Values and Distinguished University Professor, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH * Robert F.   more

President Signs Into Law Senator Burr's Legislation to Defend Nation From Pandemics and Bioterrorism
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, President Trump signed into law the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act, legislation introduced by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA). The legislation is a reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), authored by Senator Burr and first enacted in 2006. "Whether it's a disease outbreak, natural disaster, or biological at  more

Rep. Adams Amendments Included in Second House Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Alma S. Adams, D-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) offered five amendments to H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. All five amendments passed with bipartisan support and will be included in the final House bill. Congresswoman Adams offered an amendment to increase funding by $1 million to gather data on prosecutorial decision-making processes and outcomes to help stamp ou  more

Rep. Adams Introduces the Saving Transit Art Resources Act
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Rep. Alma S. Adams, D-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12) introduced the Saving Transit Art Resources Act, which would reinstate a federal flexibility that allows local transit authorities to incorporate art into federally- funded transit projects. For 30 years in cities and towns--small and large--across America, transit agencies have employed artists to enhance their transit projects. These costs typically comprised 1-  more

Rep. Adams Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Gerrymandering Case
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Rep. Alma S. Adams, D-North Carolina, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling that partisan gerrymandering claims are beyond the reach of the Court: "The Supreme Court got it wrong. Gerrymandering is undemocratic and undermines the voice of the people. "We can't continue to let politicians draw legislative districts that allow them to choose their voters. "We need to ensure that in North Carolina, and across the country, the power belongs to the el  more

Rep. Butterfield Issues Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Gerrymandering Cases
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's decisions in Rucho vs. Common Cause and Benisek vs. Lamone, which address political gerrymandering in North Carolina and Maryland: "The Supreme Court's decision today has put the voice of America's voters and our democratic process in grave danger," said Congressman Butterfield. "I am deeply disappointed by the Court's ruling that partisan gerrymandering claims are beyond the re  more

Rep. Butterfield Votes to Pass SAFE Act to Strengthen Election Security
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Butterfield voted to pass H.R. 2722, the Securing America's Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, to guard against foreign interference in our democracy by providing funding to states to update and secure their state's voting systems. The bill mandates paper ballot voting systems, post-election risk-limiting audits, and strict cybersecurity requirements for both election technology vend  more

Rep. Foxx Issues Remarks Defending Religious Freedom, First Amendment
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following remarks defending religious freedom and the First Amendment: "I must be honest, today's proceedings have disheartened me. It's one thing as politicians for us to debate and disagree on issue areas and ideas for how best to move the country forward; in fact, that's the beauty of this nation's political process, thanks to our freedom of speech and  more

Rep. Foxx: Republican Workforce Leaders Applaud Department of Labor for Joint Employer Rule
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, along with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-G  more

Rep. Holding: Dept. of Education to Investigate Duke-UNC Gaza Conference
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. George Holding, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: * * * - Dept. of Education to Investigate Duke-UNC Gaza Conference - Following Request from Rep. George Holding * * * Following a formal request from Rep. George Holding (NC-02), Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has directed the Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education to investigate the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. Secretary DeVos' letter to Rep. Holding announ  more

Rep. Hudson Issues Statement on Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness, Advancing Innovation Act
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement after President Trump signed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (S. 1379), which includes his bipartisan Mission Zero Act to assist assigning Department of Defense trauma surgeons to civilian trauma centers and filling a gap in care observed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine: "My bill will benefit patients at trauma centers across the cou  more

Rep. Hudson's Bipartisan Bill to Boost Trauma Care With Military Partnership Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman, released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed S. 1379, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPA) which includes his bipartisan MISSION ZERO Act to assist assigning Department of Defense (DoD) trauma surgeons to civilian trauma centers, filling a gap in care observe  more

Rep. Lowenthal Issues Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Gerrymandering Cases
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-California, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling in two partisan gerrymandering cases involving Maryland and North Carolina: "I am tremendously disappointed in the Supreme Court's decision today. I believe that extreme partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional, is counter to the intent of the framers, and is dangerous to democracy. "The Supreme Court has now had two opportunities to decide the constitutionality of extreme p  more

Rep. Meadows Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision Regarding Electoral Maps
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision that challenges to electoral maps: "When Americans have more control over their own lives, that's a good thing--and the best way to achieve that goal is to put power in the hands of their local, more accountable governments. "Today's SCOTUS decision isn't a victory for Republicans or Democrats - it is a victory for Americans who believe states, localities, and mai  more

Rep. Price Issues Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Census Citizenship Question
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. David Price, D-North Carolina, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision to send a citizenship question on the 2020 Census back to the Department of Commerce for further review: "I'm encouraged that the Supreme Court has determined that the Trump administration's decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census did not follow proper procedure and requires further consideration. "An accurate Census is fundamental to our representat  more

Rep. Price: Rendition & Torture - An Accounting
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- Rep. David Price, D-North Carolina, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 26: I rise to include in the Record the executive summary of the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture's (NCCIT) seminal report, Torture Flights: North Carolina's Role in the CIA's Rendition and Torture Program. I do so today in recognition of the United Nation's "International Day in Support of Victims of Torture," and to emphasize the contin  more

Rep. Walker Issues Statement on Artificial Intelligence, Counterterrorism Hearing
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement at the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism's hearing entitled, "Artificial Intelligence and Counterterrorism - Possibilities and Limitations": "I want to thank Chairman Rose for holding this hearing today. I look forward to hearing from our distinguished panel on the capabilities and limitations in utilizing artificial intelligence, or AI, to monitor online extremist   more

Rep. Walker Issues Statement on Humanitarian, Security Crisis Bill
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement on the humanitarian and security crisis at the border: "Washington has ignored the humanitarian and security crisis at the border for too long. "I will not leave until we send aid to resolve this travesty to the President's desk. "My other colleagues in Congress should join me."  more

Rep. Walker Issues Statement on Social Media Companies
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, issued the following statement questioning the executives from Google, Facebook, and Twitter on biases and subjectivity in moderating content on their platforms at a hearing entitled, "Examining Social Media Companies' Efforts to Counter Online Terror Content and Misinformation": "I just looked up on the internet, I put in 'Facebook apo  more

Reps. Underwood, Adams Issue Statement on Passage of Black Maternal Health Caucus Priorities
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Reps. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, and Alma Adams, D- North Carolina, issued the following statements after the priorities of the Black Maternal Health Caucus passed the House including key investments for research aimed at reducing and improving maternal health disparities: The legislation passed as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations. The United States currently has the worst maternal death rate  more

Sen. Burr Issues Floor Remarks on Intel Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following floor remarks on what he calls the importance of passing the three-year Intelligence Authorization Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2020: "Mr. President, I want to thank Chairman Inhofe and Ranking Member Reed for accommodating the Intelligence Committee's intel authorization bill for 2020 to be in the NDAA, and I would like to thank Lea  more

Sen. Tillis Works to Fix Military Housing Issues
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) spoke on the Senate floor about the military housing issues at Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg, and military installations across the country. As Chairman of Senate Armed Service Subcommittee on Personnel, Senator Tillis secured multiple provisions in the FY2020 NDAA that take meaningful steps to address the serious issues with the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (M  more

Senate Passes Bipartisan Tillis Proposal to Enhance Financial Protections for Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation co-introduced by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) that would protect spouses of deceased servicemembers from car lease penalties and spouses of catastrophically injured servicemembers from penalties associated with residential and car leases. The Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers Leasing Relief Expansion Act was included as part of th  more

Senate Passes NDAA With Tillis' Major Wins for NC Servicemembers, Military Families, and Military Installations
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: * * * - Tillis secured over $2 billion for NC military installations, reforms to military housing program, pay raise for servicemembers * * * Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The legislation passed on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis and supports $750 billion in fu  more

Sens. Burr, Warner Issue Statements on Senate Passage of Intel Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sens. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina,and Mark Warner, D-Virginia, chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statements on Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2020, which included the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020: "Today's passage of the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) marks a significant investment in the men and wom  more

Sens. Warner, Burr Issues Statement on Senate Passage of Intel Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sens. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, and Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statements on Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2020, which included the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020: "I am thrilled to know that the Senate Intelligence Committee's bipartisan authorization act passed today thr  more