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Congressional Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Sunday July 28, 2019 ( 37 items )  

Bill From Reps. Meadows, Rouda to Improve ONDCP Passes Oversight Committee
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: On Thursday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform voted to advance H.R. 3889, the ONDCP Technical Corrections Act of 2019. The bill, led by Reps. Harley Rouda (D-CA) and Mark Meadows (R-NC), makes needed changes to existing legislative language to improve the federal government's response to the addiction crisis. It is expected to come to the House floor for a vote this fall. In 2018, Congress  more

GAO Issues Report on Rail Transit
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on factors affecting the costs to build transit projects. The report (GAO-19-562) is titled "Rail Transit: Federal Transit Administration Could Improve Information on Estimating Project Costs". The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, Rep  more

Greensboro Police Department Deputy Chief James Hinson Testifies in Congressional Hearing Led By Rep. Mark Walker
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today, as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, led a hearing entitled "Homeland Security Implications of the Opioid Crisis." Walker invited Greensboro Police Deputy Chief James Hinson to be a witness for the hearing. Walker asked Hinton about how the Greensboro Police Department handles   more

Murphy Calls Out Schools That Cheat College Athletes Out of Education
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Connecticut, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Thursday hosted a panel with Ramogi Huma, President of the National College Players Association; Gerry Gurney, Professor and expert on academic integrity in college sports; Mary Willingham, whistleblower of University of North Carolina academic fraud scandal and author; and Ellen St  more

Rep. Budd Issues Statement on Unlocking Capital for Small Businesses Act
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Ted Budd, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement on the introduction of the Unlocking Capital for Small Businesses Act (H.R. 3768): "Financial professionals and main street business people who facilitate securities transactions deserve an updated and 21st century regulatory regime. "That's why I introduced legislation this week that creates two new safe harbors within the Securities and Exchange Act to better facilitate capital formation and strengthen our  more

Rep. Butterfield Introduces Bill to Support Investment in Minority Broadcast Station Ownership
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield introduced H.R. 3957, the Expanding Broadcast Opportunities Act of 2019. The bill would promote diversity of ownership in the broadcast industry by reestablishing the Minority Tax Certificate Program at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and encourages investment in minority and women owned broadcast stations by expanding the Commissions' incubator pro  more

Rep. Butterfield Issues Statement on Bills to Reauthorize Public Health, Medicare Programs
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina, issued the following statement after the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to advance bills to reauthorize public health and Medicare programs that provide Medicaid funding for the U.S. territories and address surprise medical billing: The Committee also passed bipartisan legislation on stopping illegal robocalls, and more. "Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee continued its commitment to working for the American peopl  more

Rep. Foxx Issues Remarks on Bailout for Failed Union Pensions
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following remarks: During today's debate of H.R. 397, a risky, fiscally irresponsible taxpayer bailout for failed union-led pensions, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, delivered the following remarks: "My colleague on the other side of the aisle said that we have a house on fire, and we must do something a  more

Rep. Foxx Issues Statement on Bill Forcing Taxpayers to Bailout Failed Pensions
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following statement: Today, House Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favor of H.R. 397, radical and ill-advised legislation that puts American taxpayers on the hook, for the first time ever, to pay for failed union-managed pension plans. "Through no fault of their own, retirees and workers in multiemployer union pension plans will not see the benefits the  more

Rep. Foxx Reintroduces Highway Trust Fund Reform Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Rep. Foxx reintroduced H.R. 3904, the Highway Trust Fund Reform Act of 2019 to stabilize the Highway Trust Fund. The bill would exempt federal government contractors from the Davis-Bacon Act's outdated, wasteful labor requirements for federal-aid highway and public transportation projects. CBO estimates that repealing Davis-Bacon would save the Federal Highway Administration more than $70  more

Rep. Foxx Votes for the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, the House passed H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which will combat unwanted robocalls by implementing a nationwide caller authentication system. At no cost to consumers, carriers will identify robocallers and provide the option to block robocalls. Americans will be able to trust that the number they see on their caller-ID is actually the person calling them. The bill also requires t  more

Rep. Hudson Issues Statement on Death of Powell
CONCORD, North Carolina, July 22 -- Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement on the death of Leanne Powell: "Renee and I are deeply saddened by the death of Leanne Powell, a dear friend of more than 15 years. "Leanne's compassion, generosity and passion for life were infectious and unmatched. Everyone who knew her knows how fun she was to be around. "Beyond that, she cared deeply for our community and went out of her way to help me transition into my current job.   more

Rep. Hudson Strongly Condemns the Global Boycott Movement Against Israel
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement encouraging his colleagues to support H.Res. 246, a resolution opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement targeting Israel: "The toxic attack on Israel's right to exist has no place in our society, and I encourage my colleagues to support this   more

Rep. McHenry Issues Statement on Consumer Bureau's Decision to End Qualified Mortgage Patch
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement in support of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's decision to end the qualified mortgage patch for government-sponsored enterprises: "As I've said many times, we need to explore all paths that lead to responsibly ending the government sponsorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. "The CFPB's decision to end the QM patch for GSEs   more

Rep. McHenry Issues Statement on Death of Lyons
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement on the death of Sanford 'Sandy' Lyons: "Giulia and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Sandy Lyons, a man of great character who dedicated his life to service and someone I was blessed to call a friend. "Sandy was a patriot in the true sense of the word. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he went on to a distinguished career as an officer in the Army and then as an innovati  more

Rep. McHenry: Dodd-Frank Made the Largest Banks Larger While Suffocating Smaller Institutions
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following news release: Today, the House Financial Services Committee is holding a hearing on the proposed merger of BB&T and SunTrust Bank. Despite Committee Democrats' rhetoric, the partisan Dodd-Frank Act--which imposed overly burdensome regulations and increased the cost of compliance--has ensured the size of a financial institution equals survival.   more

Rep. Meadows Announces Sixth Annual Veterans' Solutions Seminars
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has announced the locations and times for the Sixth Annual NC-11 Veterans' Solutions Seminars. This August, Congressman Meadows, in partnership with the Charles George VA Medical Center staff, the NC Division of Veteran's Affairs, and the Veterans' Affairs Winston-Salem Regional Benefit Office, will host a series of Veterans' Solutions Seminars across the 11th district to pro  more

Rep. Meadows Introduces Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: This week, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced H.R. 3947, the Competition Prescription Act--a bill aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. H.R. 3947 removes delays in introducing generic drugs to the market and expands patients access to those low-cost alternative drugs. By introducing more generic drugs to the market faster and increasing access to them, the free market will encourage competitio  more

Rep. Meadows Introduces Brian Tally VA Medical Care and Liability Improvement Act
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: This week, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced the Brian Tally VA Medical Care and Liability Improvement Act -- a bill to reform how the Department of Veterans Affairs handles medical malpractice claims against contract care providers. The bill is inspired by the story of Brian Tally, a Marine Corps veteran who received a nearly fatal misdiagnosis for what was ultimately a staph infection in his spin  more

Rep. Price Says 'Take Back Our Politics' With Introduction of Democracy Reform Bills
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. David Price, D-North Carolina, issued the following news release: * * * - Rep. Price is a longtime advocate of campaign reform and authored the original "Stand By Your Ad" law. * * * Congressman David Price (NC-04), longtime champion for democratic reforms and Vice Chair of the House Democracy Reform Task Force, introduced a package of three campaign finance bills to reduce the influence of big money, bolster transparency, and empower everyday Americans in our pol  more

Rep. Price: Trump's Policies Exacerbated the Border Crisis - I Know Because I Saw It
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. David Price, D-North Carolina, issued the following information: After recent reports of utterly deplorable conditions at migrant detention facilities on our southern border, I decided to see the conditions for myself. On Saturday, July 13, eighteen colleagues and I spent the day at the border in Brownsville and McAllen, Texas conducting oversight. We visited processing centers and detention facilities, respite centers, a port of entry, and traveled into Mexico to me  more

Rep. Walker Honors Fire Chief and Young Firefighters as Community Heroes of the Month
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, July 22 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) honored Rockingham County's Josh Evans, Hampton Mariotti, John Webb, Aaron Scott, Skyler Hayes, and Evan Webb as the Sixth District Community Heroes of the Month for July, 2019. Each month, Rep. Walker awards a constituent, business, or organization in his district for displaying extraordinary acts of service and for making a difference in the   more

Rep. Walker Issues Statement on Homeland Security Implications of Opioid Crisis
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, as Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, issued the following opening statement at a joint subcommittee hearing entitled "Homeland Security Implications of the Opioid Crisis": Walker invited Greensboro Police Deputy Chief James Hinson to be a witness for the hearing. Watch Walker's full statement and read it below:https://youtu.be/QQ5lEEDGn5c "I want to thank Chairman Rose, Ch  more

Reps. Budd and Byrne Introduce Bill to Hold Sanctuary Cities Accountable
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Ted Budd, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3964, the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act with Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL). The bill would allow the victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants to sue sanctuary cities if that's where the crime occurred. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Senate Companion, S. 2059, earlier this month. "I'v  more

Reps. Holding, Sherman Issue Statement on Dispute on Kashmir Between India, Pakistan
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Reps. George Holding, R-North Carolina, and Brad Sherman, D-California, co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans issued the following joint statement on the dispute over Kashmir between India and Pakistan: "Consistent with decades of U.S. policy, we believe the dispute over Kashmir must be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan. "The Republic of India is one of America's closest and most important allies, and we look forward to working with  more

Reps. Meadows, Davidson, Hice Submit Op-Ed on Debt-ceiling Budget Deal is Bad for President Trump, Bad for Country
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Reps. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, Jody Hice, R-Georgia, issued the following op-ed on debt-ceiling budget deal is bad for the President Trump, bad for country, which was provided to USA Today: * * * - Mark Meadows, Jody Hice, Warren Davidson, and House Freedom Caucus Board - Opinion contributors * * * It is not compassionate to bankrupt America. Unfortunately with the potential passage of the new budget deal, that is the path our country is  more

Reps. Meadows, Raskin Call for Release of Religious Prisoners of Conscience Around the World, End to Global Religious Persecution
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) have introduced a bipartisan Resolution calling for global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws. The Resolution also calls for the immediate release of religious prisoners of conscience (RPC) across the globe. According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), more than one-third of existing countries stil  more

Reps. Sherman, Holding Issue Statement on Dispute on Kashmir Between India, Pakistan
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Reps. Brad Sherman, D-California, and George Holding, D-North Carolina, co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans issued the following joint statement on the dispute over Kashmir between India and Pakistan: "Consistent with decades of U.S. policy, we believe the dispute over Kashmir must be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan. "The Republic of India is one of America's closest and most important allies, and we look forward to working wit  more

Sen. Burr Issues Statement on Esper Confirmation as Defense Secretary
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Mark Esper to serve as Defense Secretary: "It has never been more important that we have a strong, proven leader at the helm of the Department of Defense. "We must continue to modernize our military and leverage new technological advancements to remain agile against our nation's adversaries. Dr. Esper is extremely well-qualified to fi  more

Sen. Tillis and Judiciary Committee Republicans Introduce Resolution Honoring Men and Women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced a Senate resolution commending the men and women of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for their honorable service. The resolution: Commends the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including Border Patrol personnel, Office of Field Operations personnel, Air and Marine Ope  more

Sen. Tillis Issues Statement on Senate Confirmation of Esper as Defense Secretary
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after voting to confirm DMark Esper to be the next Secretary of Defense: "I have no doubt in my mind that Dr. Esper is going to make an outstanding Secretary of Defense. As Secretary of the Army, Dr. Esper showed he has the leadership and military knowledge needed to lead the Department of Defense during a time of mounting threats and challenges. "I worked   more

Sen. Tillis' Bipartisan LEGION Act Headed to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Yesterday, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, that would extend eligibility for American Legion membership to honorably discharged veterans who served since World War II passed the House of Representatives. The legislation is now headed to President Trump's desk for signature. Currently, only ve  more

Senate Energy Committee Issues Testimony From North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee issued the following testimony by Lee Ragsdale, senior vice president for grid infrastructure and compliance at North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives, at a hearing to examine the importance of energy innovation to economic growth and competitiveness: "Driven by service and inspired by innovation, North Carolina's electric cooperatives are building a brighter energy future for 2.5 million North Carolinians. Beyond providin  more

Senate Intel Releases Election Security Findings in First Volume of Bipartisan Russia Report
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released "Russian Efforts Against Election Infrastructure," the first volume in the Committee's bipartisan investigation into Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Today's installment builds upon the unclassified summary findings on election security released by the   more

Tillis Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Addiction-Driven Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to crack down on addiction-driven human trafficking. The Protecting Rights of Those Exploited by Coercive Trafficking (PROTECT) Act would specifically address the use of drugs to facilitate huma  more

Tillis' Bipartisan Legislation Helping Veterans Achieve Homeownership Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Yesterday, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, that safeguard veterans from predatory loan practices and helps them more easily access their earned homeowner benefits was signed into law. Last year, Senators Tillis and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Protecting Veterans from Predatory Len  more

Tillis, Hirono, Velazquez, Stivers Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Help Close the Patent Gap Faced by Women, Minorities
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY), and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation to help close the gap faced by women, minorities, and others when it comes to procuring patent rights in the United States. The Inventor D  more