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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Sunday August 04, 2019 ( 21 items )  

GAO Denies Protest by Up-Side Management of Hubert, North Carolina
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by Up-Side Management of Hubert, North Carolina. According to the GAO, Up-Side Management "protests the award of contracts to five contractors under request for proposals (RFP) No. N40085-19-R-8000, issued by the Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command for maintenance and repair construction projects in New River, North Carolina and surrounding areas. Up-side challe  more

GAO Issues Report on Federal Student Loans
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on indicators of potential fraud or error in income and family size information provided by borrowers on Income-Driven Repayment plans. The report (GAO-19-347) is titled "Federal Student Loans: Education Needs to Verify Borrowers' Information for Income-Driven Repayment Plans". The report was sent to Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Rep. Brett Guthr  more

Hassan-Backed Bill to Support First Responders Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Today the United States Senate passed the Hawley-Hartzler National Urban Search and Rescue Parity Act to support first responders. The bill is a response to a misguided policy that currently bars federal employees from assisting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) efforts. Among the 28 US&R task forces nationwide is Missouri Task Force 1, which has off  more

Local Educators Participate in Rep. Foxx's Teacher in Congress Internship
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: July 12-19, Rep. Virginia Foxx hosted Jody Carpenter of Ennice and Justin Colbert of Wilkesboro for her annual Teacher in Congress Internship in Washington, DC. Carpenter and Colbert accompanied Foxx during much of her daily schedule and toured numerous historic and government landmarks. They attended constituent meetings, hearings in the House Committee on Education and Labor, watched votes, and met  more

President Trump Signs Tillis' LEGION Act Into Law
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Yesterday, President Trump signed Senator Thom Tillis' LEGION Act into law, bipartisan legislation that will extend eligibility for American Legion membership to honorably discharged veterans who served since World War II. Senator Tillis introduced the legislation with Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). "I was proud to work with Senator Sinema to build the support needed to unanimously pass this bipartisa  more

Rep. Budd Issues Statement on Letter to Germany Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs on Hezbollah
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Ted Budd, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement after sending a letter to Germany Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas asking him to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization: "It is disappointing that the German Parliament failed to pass a law in June declaring Hezbollah's political wing a terrorist organization. Hezbollah is a radical Islamic militant group and poses an existential threat around the world. "It has a long history of carrying  more

Rep. Gonzalez Encourages South and Central Texans to Apply for USDA Assistance to Restore Flood-Prone Lands
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has begun accepting applications for funding for conservation easements on lands damaged by and prone to flooding and other natural disasters. The NRCS has made available $217.5 million for 11 States. The funds are made available by the Emergency Watershed Pr  more

Rep. Hudson Issues Statement on Death of 2 Fort Bragg Paratroopers
FORT BRAGG, North Carolina, July 31 -- Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement on the death of Spc. Michael Nance and Pfc. Brandon Kreischer, paratroopers of Company B., 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division: "My wife Renee and I join our country in mourning the tragic deaths of Specialist Nance and Private First Class Kreischer. "These brave men stepped up when they were called to serve our great country  more

Rep. Hudson Issues Statement on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, a member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, issued the following statement on the the Trump administration's announcement that the U.S. will formally withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty after Russia failed to honor its treaty obligations: "Russia made a mockery of the INF Treaty and denied every opportunity to comply. "I applaud President Trump and his administration for leading from a position of strength. "Ame  more

Rep. Hudson Issues Statement on University of North Carolina-Charlotte Chancellor Dubois Retirement
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, July 30 -- Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement on the announcement by Chancellor Philip L. Dubois that he will retire effective June 30, 2020, from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte: "Chancellor Dubois has spent nearly 20 years serving our great university. "He has done so with steadfast leadership, incredible passion, unbeatable commitment, and - most notable of all - love for Niner Nation. "I know this because I've seen t  more

Rep. McHenry Issues Statement on Capital One Financial Data Security Breach
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Capital One financial data security breach: "The Capital One data breach is a stark reminder of the need for stringent data security standards for financial institutions, third-party service providers, and any other entity with access to personally identifiable information. "In this instance, tokenization and encry  more

Rep. Walker Discusses Reports of UAP Encounters, Sends Letter to Navy Secretary Asking Questions
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) joined Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News Channel to discuss his national security concerns over unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) encountering our U.S. Navy aviators. "Is this something that's a defense mechanism from another country? We do know that China is looking at hypersonic missiles, that's 25,000 KM or to break it down into our language that's getti  more

Rep. Walker Issues Statement on Ratcliffe Nomination to Be National Intelligence Director
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, issued the following statement after President Trump announced he intended to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, to be the next Director of National Intelligence: "I can think of no one better for the Director of National Intelligence position than John Ratcliffe. "The only thing stronger than his credentials is his character. "What a   more

Reps. Foxx, Walberg Support Efforts to Better Monitor Union Boss Spending
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following news release: Following a long history of union bosses cheating workers out of millions of dollars in hard-earned union dues, the Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) is proposing requiring additional financial reporting. Today, Republican Workforce Leaders on the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Fo  more

Sen. Burr Issues Statement on National Intelligence Director Nomination
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement: "I respect John Ratcliffe's decision to withdraw his name from consideration for Director of National Intelligence, and I appreciate him considering serving his nation in a new role. "I am grateful that he will continue serving the people of Texas in the House. As the White House determines its next nominee, I'm heartened by the fact that ODNI has an experie  more

Sen. Hirono Speaks About Legislation on Demographic Information for Patent Applications
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 25, on legislation (S. 2281) to amend chapter 11 of title 35, U.S., to require the voluntary collection of demographic information for patent applications: I rise today to introduce the Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement Act of 2019. I thank my colleague from North Carolina, Senator Tillis, for working with me on this important piece of legislat  more

Sen. Hoeven: Committee Approves Nomination of National Indian Gaming Commission Chairman
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced that the Committee approved the nomination of E. Sequoyah Simermeyer to serve as Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). "The Committee unanimously voted to confirm Mr. Simermeyer, a member of the Coharie Indian Tribe of North Carolina, to ser  more

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Issues Statement on Resignation of National Intelligence Director Coats
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement on the resignation of of National Intelligence Director Dan Coats: "America is better prepared for the threats we face thanks to Dan Coats' leadership of our Intelligence Community. "Over the last two years, he has served this Administration with integrity and sound judgment, making significant progress in addressing the shortcomings that left us vulnerable  more

Tillis Announces $168 Million for North Carolina Disaster Recovery
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is releasing $168 million Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for mitigation to help North Carolina recover following years of natural disasters and flooding. On Wednesday, Senator Tillis discussed North Carolina's ongoing disaster recovery efforts with HUD Secretary Ben  more

Tillis' Bipartisan Bill to Help North Carolina Farmers Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the Senate unanimously passed the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to help family farms reorganize after falling on hard times. The legislation previously passed the House and now heads to President Trump's desk to be signed into law. "Farmers in North Carolina and across the country are reeling from low commodity prices and   more

Walker to Introduce Resolution to Condemn Antifa's Violence, Calling on President to Address Extremist Group's Threats
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) along with U.S. Representative Mark Green (R-Tenn.) this week will introduce a resolution condemning Antifa's violence and engagement in domestic terrorism and calling on President Trump to use his power to address the extremist group's threats. "Antifa's violence, intolerance and hatred seems to know no bounds as they use barbarity and intimidation against pol  more