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Congressional Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Sunday September 15, 2019 ( 31 items )  

Congressional Challenge Grows, New Cohort Pledges Support for Workforce Diversity
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Alma S. Adams, D-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus announced the addition of seven new entities into its landmark HBCU Partnership Challenge (Challenge). The Challenge is now comprised of 36 national partners committed to working with Congress to help level the playing field for HBCUs and their students. The Challenge, launched in 2017 by the Congressiona  more

Cotton, Meadows Introduce Bill to Stop Judicial Injunction Abuse
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Congressman Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) today introduced the Nationwide Injunction Abuse Prevention Act, a bill to put an end to nationwide injunctions and prevent lawful policy changes from being blocked based on the activist agendas of individual, unaccountable district court judges. The bill follows a decision earlier this week by the U.S. District Court for the No  more

GAO Issues Report on Job Corps
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how the Employment and Training Administration monitored contractor performance at selected Job Corps center. The report (GAO-19-326) is titled "Job Corps: Actions Needed to Improve Planning for Center Operation Contracts". The report was sent to Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, Republican leader of the House Education and Labor Committee, on Aug. 8. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report  more

Office of Rep. McHenry Accepting Applications for Service Academy Nominations
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) is now accepting applications from students in North Carolina's Tenth Congressional District for nominations to our nation's military service academies through the October 1st deadline. "Every year it is my honor to nominate some of the best and brightest here in the Tenth District for appointments to our nation's service academies," said McHenry. "I am alwa  more

Rep. Budd Earns 'Taxpayers' Friend Award'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Ted Budd, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) was honored by National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for having one of the strongest voting records in Washington, D.C. on supporting lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom. Rep. Budd was one of only 17 House members to earn the "Taxpayers' Friend Award" for their outstanding voting record during the 2018 Congressional session. Rep. Budd said: "It is a true honor to re  more

Rep. Budd Issues Statement After Introducing Bill to Increase Virtual Apprenticeships
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Ted Budd, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement after introducing the Virtual Apprenticeship Tax Credit Act: "Almost half of employers across the U.S. have difficulties finding workers due to a lack of technical competencies. "Unfortunately, the popular culture has ingrained in young people that a traditional associate or bachelor's degree is the only viable post-high school option. However, this narrative is severely flawed, and this widespread notion  more

Rep. Budd Issues Statement on 9/11 Anniversary
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Ted Budd, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement honoring the 18th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001: "After 18 years, it is important to revisit what we really mean when we say Never Forget. "Of course we will never forget the fear that gripped our hearts, the horror that shook us to our core, the sorrow that filled our souls. But we must also hold in our memories the heroes who stormed into burning buildings to save people they had never   more

Rep. Davis: Why North Carolina's 9th District Needed a New Election
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following news release: At the start of this Congress, we saw allegations of illegal ballot harvesting in North Carolina's 9th District that caused the State Board of Elections to order a new election, resulting in the victory of soon-to-be Member of Congress, Dan Bishop in last night's special election. Ballot harvesting is the practice when an election volunteer o  more

Rep. Foxx: Rouda Bill Closes Transparency Loophole for Congressional Fellowships
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Yesterday Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) and Rep. Harley Rouda (D-C.A.) introduced H. Con. Res 62, a resolution requiring the supervisors of employees of Congressional offices to submit reports on the outside compensation earned by such employees. While the House Ethics Manual prohibits Congressional Fellows from working on legislation that could directly or indirectly benefit their sponsors, no repo  more

Rep. Hudson Issues Statement on 18th Anniversary of September 11, 2001
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement on the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks: "Eighteen years ago today, I was in Washington, D.C. with a group from the Cabarrus and the Rowan County Chambers. "I will never forget how I felt watching live television as the second plane flew into the World Trade Center. "I will never forget the plume of smoke coming from the Pentagon that was visible from Capitol Hill. I will  more

Rep. McHenry Announces $1,301,175 in Homeland Security Grants to Fire Departments in Buncombe County
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) announced $1,301,175 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to two local fire departments in the Tenth Congressional District. The grants will go to the City of Asheville Fire Department and the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department and come in the third round of this year's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant a  more

Rep. McHenry Announces $172,381 Homeland Security Grant to Broad River Volunteer Fire & Rescue in Buncombe County
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $172,381 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to a local fire department in the Tenth Congressional District. The grant will go to the Broad River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department in Buncombe County and comes in the third round of the 2018 fiscal year Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to help fi  more

Rep. McHenry Announces $61,578 Homeland Security Grant to Lucia-Riverbend Volunteer Fire Department in Gaston County
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $61,578 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to a local fire department in the Tenth Congressional District. The grant will go to Lucia-Riverbend Volunteer Fire Department in Gaston County and comes in the third round of the 2018 fiscal year Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to help firefighters an  more

Rep. McHenry Announces $623,288 in Homeland Security Grants to Fire Departments in Catawba County
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $623,288 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to three local fire departments in the Tenth Congressional District. The grants will go to the Town of Maiden Fire Department, Oxford Fire Protection Association in Claremont and the St. Stephens Volunteer Fire Department in Conover and come in the third round of this year's St  more

Rep. McHenry Announces $93,475 Homeland Security Grant to Rutherford County EMS
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $93,475 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to a local EMS department in the Tenth Congressional District. The grant will go to Rutherford County EMS and comes in the third round of the 2018 fiscal year Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to help firefighters and first responders throughout the coun  more

Rep. McHenry Issues Remarks at Hearing on Student Loan Crisis
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following remarks at a full committee hearing on the student loan crisis and the impact of Democrat's nationalization of the student loan industry: "Let's rewind; it's 2009, it's 2010, there are super majorities by the Democrats in the US House, the US Senate, and a Democrat in the White House. At that moment, in the midst of the Affordable Care Act, th  more

Rep. McHenry Issues Statement on Trump Administration Housing Finance Reform Plan
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's proposed housing finance reform plan: "Americans deserve better than the status quo. The Trump Administration's proposal is a positive first step on the multi-year path to building a housing finance system that makes the goal of homeownership more achievable for borrowers. "We need a long-te  more

Rep. McHenry: Republicans Propose Innovative Solutions to Promote Clean Energy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following news release: Today, the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy held a hearing to examine the economic impacts of a changing climate. While proposed Democrat solutions, like the Green New Deal, would have devastating consequences for the American people and our economy, Republicans are advocating for   more

Rep. Meadows, Senator Cotton Introduce 'Nationwide Injunction Abuse Prevention Act'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Congressman Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today introduced the Nationwide Injunction Abuse Prevention Act, a bill to put an end to nationwide injunctions and prevent lawful policy changes from being blocked based on the activist agendas of individual, unaccountable district court judges. The bill follows a decision earlier this week by the U.S. District Court fo  more

Rep. Meadows: House Freedom Caucus Names Melika Willoughby McKinnis as Communications Director
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: On Monday, the House Freedom Caucus announced Melika Willoughby McKinnis will serve as the group's new communications director. McKinnis comes to the Freedom Caucus from the State Department. She previously worked as communications director for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and U.S. Representative Jim Jordan. "Melika brings both a wealth of communications experience and strong conservative credential  more

Rep. Price Issues Statement on House Passage of Offshore Drilling Safety Amendment
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. David Price, D-North Carolina, issued the following statement: * * * - Legislation co-authored by Reps. Price, Crist, and Barragan passed the House as a bipartisan amendment to H.R. 205, the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act of 2019 * * * Today, Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Congressman David Price (D-NC), issued the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 205: The Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act. Congressman Price co-au  more

Rep. Rouzer Applauds Trump Administration Repeal of Obama-Era Waters of the U.S. Rule
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. David Rouzer, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) today applauded the Trump Administration's repeal of the 2015 EPA rule that vastly expanded the definition of "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. The Obama-era regulation subjected bodies of water of any size - down to ponds, ditches or puddles, and even some dry land - to a maze of federal bureaucracy and regulation. "The repeal of this Obama-er  more

Sen. Burr Introduces Eastern District Court Nominee Richard E. Myers at Senate Confirmation Hearing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced Professor Richard E. Myers at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to serve as a U.S. District Judge for Eastern North Carolina. Professor Myers was nominated for the seat by President Trump on August 14th at Senator Burr's recommendation. Senator Burr introduces Professor Myers to the Senate Judiciary Committee. To watch his fu  more

Sen. Burr Issues Statement on National Security Advisor Bolton
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement on Ambassador John Bolton's service as national security advisor: "I appreciate Ambassador Bolton's willingness to return to government service, and appreciate his views on the critical national security challenges we face today. "I firmly believe that his advice and counsel will be missed, and I thank him for his service to our nation."  more

Sen. Leahy: What is the Cost Of President Trump's Wall?
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: Q: What Is The Cost Of Less Than 23 Miles Of President Trump's Ineffective Border Wall? A: Stealing From Children of Military Families. To build less than 23 miles of his ineffective border wall, President Trump cancelled 11 projects to replace schools and build a child development center on American military bases around the world. This included the   more

Sen. Tillis Issues Statement on Repeal of Waters of U.S. Rule
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement applauding President Trump's repeal of the Obama-era waters of the U.S. rule: "I applaud President Trump and Administrator Wheeler for finalizing Step 1 of the WOTUS repeal. Since I got to the Senate, I've been fighting against the Obama administration's WOTUS rule, which would have imposed crippling red-tape on North Carolina's farmers and small businesses. "Step 1 will preserve our nation's water qual  more

Sen. Tillis Issues Statement on Report Showing Nearly 500 Illegal Immigrants Released From N.C. Jails Despite Detainer Requests
EMERALD ISLE, North Carolina, Sept. 9 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Thom Tillis responded to a WBTV report detailing that nearly 500 illegal immigrants have been released from North Carolina jails in the last 10 months after local sheriffs refused to comply with detainer requests made by ICE. Tillis reiterated the need for Congress to pass legislation he introduced in July, the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act, which holds s  more

Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Nominations Hearing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following hearing information: Nominations at 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11: Witnesses Panel I * Steven J. Menashi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit Panel II * Karen S. Marston, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania * Richard E. Myers II, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina * Anuraag Singhal, t  more

Tillis Announces More Than $23 Million for NC to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a total of $23,033,316.00 to North Carolina to combat the opioid epidemic by expanding access to treatment and supporting near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis. Senator Tillis has been a leader in promoting an all-the-above solution to combat North Carolina's opioid addic  more

Tillis Introduces Professor Richard Myers at Senate Confirmation Hearing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced Professor Richard E. Myers at his confirmation hearing to serve as a U.S. District Judge for Eastern North Carolina. Watch the video HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsZCsAUvQ40&feature=youtu.be "It's a privilege to introduce Professor Myers along with Senator Burr today. President Trump has nominated an e  more

Tillis Leading Charge as Senate Confirms President Trump's 150th Judge, Continuing to Fight for More Conservative Judges
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: This week, the Senate confirmed President Trump's 150th judicial nomination, with two additional confirmations today bringing the total to 152 Trump judges. Senator Tillis, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been on the frontlines in the successful effort to guide President Trump's judicial nominees through the confirmation process, including beating back Democrats' attempts to block Ne  more