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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving North Carolina Newsletter for Sunday December 08, 2019 ( 32 items )  

Education and Labor Committee Republicans Slam Democrats for Neglecting Legislative Solutions for Partisan Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Republican Members on the Education and Labor Committee sent a letter (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__house.us19.list-2Dmanage.com_track_click-3Fu-3D242c4a1c0560b7d513ce7962f-26id-3Dad1adb9972-26e-3D97c4ef402c&d=DwMFaQ&c=L93KkjKsAC98uTvC4KvQDdTDRzAeWDDRmG6S3YXllH0&r=zbSXJpl3yGgDHcjfvf6huxZ5xAfqwpYpFMYJCa  more

Foxx, Comer, Walberg Praise DOL Rule to Increase Veteran Health Care Access
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Republican Leaders on the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. James Comer (R-KY), and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), submitted a comment letter (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__house.us19.list-2Dmanage.com_track_click-3Fu-3D242c4a1c0560b7d513ce7962f-26id-3D0e639c8566-26e-3D97c4ef402c&  more

House Judiciary Committee Sets Hearing on Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The House Judiciary Committee issued the following hearing information: The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment at 1100 Longworth House Office Building 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 4: Witnesses: * Noah Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and Director, Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law, Harvard Law School * Michael Gerhardt, Burton Craige Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, The Univer  more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Issues Testimony From University of North Carolina School of Law
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The House Judiciary Committee issued the following testimony by Michael Gerhardt, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, at a hearing entitled "The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment": "It is an honor and a privilege to join the other distinguished witnesses to discuss a matter of grave concern to our Constitution and our country. Because this House, the people's House, has "the so  more

House Natural Resources Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The House Natural Resources subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. issued the following testimony by Richard Sneed, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, at a hearing on the Lumbee Recognition Act (H.R. 1964): "Chairman Gallego, Leader Cook, members of the Indigenous Peoples of the United States Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today to provide the views of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on H.R. 1964, the "Lumbee Reco  more

House Natural Resources Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The House Natural Resources subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. issued the following testimony by Harvey Godwin Jr., chairman of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, at a hearing on the Lumbee Recognition Act (H.R. 1964): "Chairman Gallego, Ranking Member Cook, and members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today in support of the Lumbee Recognition Act (H.R.1964). I would like to express my people's deep appreciation to our   more

House Natural Resources Subcommittee Issues Testimony From University of Illinois
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The House Natural Resources subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. issued the following testimony by Frederick E. Hoxie, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, at a hearing to provide for the recognition of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina (H.R. 1964): "Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of H.R. 1964, a bill to extend full federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. I do not appear before you today as an expert in Lumbe  more

McHenry to Prudential Regulators: Regulatory Rightsizing Ensures Our Economy, Small Businesses, Consumers Remain Vibrant and Strong
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- 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 with prudential regulators, including Vice Chair for Supervision of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Randal Quarles; Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Jelena McWilliams; and Chair of the National Credit Union Administration, Ro  more

Rep. Budd Secures Federal Transit Administration Grant for Salisbury
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Ted Budd, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Ted Budd (NC-13) announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the City of Salisbury, NC a $480,000 grant to improve the city's outdated public buses. Rep. Budd secured the funding through the FTA Buses and Bus Facilities Program. Rep. Budd said in a statement: "I'm thrilled that the FTA awarded these funds to Salisbury. This grant will go a long way to i  more

Rep. Butterfield Issues Statement on N.C. Congressional Map After Panel Ruling
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina, issued the following statement after a panel of three state judges ruled the congressional maps created by the North Carolina General Assembly will stand for the 2020 election: "Now that the three judge panel has made its decision concerning the Congressional map for the 2020 election, I look forward to the opportunity to continue representing the people of North Carolina's First Congressional District. "The First District will en  more

Rep. Foxx Issues Statement at Full Committee Hearing on Trump Administration's Immigration Policies
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following opening statement at the full committee hearing on the Trump administration's immigration policies and children's development: "I am disappointed by the lack of notice that staff received in order to prepare for this hearing. While the staff of the majority met the requirements under the rules of this Committee, the notice certainly did not meet   more

Rep. Foxx Issues Statement on USDA Rule on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following statement: Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule that promotes work for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), issued the following statement today in support of this rule, which promotes self-sufficiency and encourages Ameri  more

Rep. Malinowski Votes to Restore Voting Rights
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Rep. Tomaz Malinowski, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today the House passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA). This legislation restores the protections and enforcement of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) to its former strength, before it was gutted by the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision. Congressman Malinowski is a co-sponsor of this legislation. Following the Shelby decision, several states passed voter suppression laws t  more

Rep. McHenry Amendment Accepted to Improve Insider Trading Bill, Protect Good-Faith Traders
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following news release: Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2534, the Insider Trading Prohibition Act. As a result of an amendment offered by the top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, Patrick McHenry (NC-10), and accepted by the House, the bill received bipartisan support. While H.R. 2534 as amended does not include all Re  more

Rep. McHenry: Committee Republicans Work to Ensure Stability and Security of U.S. Financial System
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- 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 held a hearing with Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin in his role as Chairman of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to discuss the Council's work to identify and mitigate risks facing the U.S. financial system. At the hearing, Committee Republicans expressed their   more

Rep. Meadows Pursuing Solutions to Rising Prescription Drug Costs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: This week, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about barriers to market access for low-cost generic prescription medications and possible solutions to rising prescription drug costs. Under President Trump, the FDA has expedited the approval process for a record-breaking number of generic and biosimilar pharmaceutical produ  more

Rep. Murphy Issues Statement After Voting in Favor of Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement & Deterrence Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Gregory Murphy, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (S. 151): The bill, which has already advanced through the Senate, passed the House of Representatives today and awaits the President's signature to become law. Murphy said: "As scammers continue to find new ways to pester and rip off consumers, our laws need to adapt to counter their strategies. "That's why   more

Rep. Price Applauds Passage of Two State Solution Resolution
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Rep. David Price, D-North Carolina, issued the following news release: * * * - Price language incorporated into final bill * * * Today, Rep. David Price (D-NC), a longtime proponent of two-state diplomacy to find a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, released a statement applauding House passage of H. Res. 326. Rep. Price worked closely with Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and other colleagues to craft and advance this legislation: "This is an Art  more

Rep. Price Issues Statement on Letter Supporting Gun Violence Prevention Research in FY 2020 Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Rep. David Price, D-North Carolina, issued the following statement regarding a letter he led with 100+ Democrats to congressional leadership requesting $50 million for the federal government to study gun violence in the final version of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill: "There's been too many gun violence deaths, and too little congressional action. "Our letter with over 100 signers to support $50 million in gun violence prevention research shows that we refuse to st  more

Rep. Price: Members Speak Out Against HUD's Illegal Withholding of Puerto Rico Aid
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. David Price, D-North Carolina, issued the following news release: * * * - Price, Lowey, Lujan, Clark, Castro, Plaskett, Soto, Torres, and Sires spoke at press conference, marking 90 days after HUD blew through statutory deadline for aid notice, singling out Puerto Rico * * * Today, Members spoke out at a press conference to mark 90 days since the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) broke the law. The Department ignored a statutory deadline to issue a   more

Rep. Rouzer Issues Statement on Drafting of Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. David Rouzer, R-North Carolina, issued the following statement after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, announced House Democrats would begin the drafting of impeachment articles against President Trump: "There are no facts that even merit a case for consideration of impeachment. "This is simply an attempt to remove a duly elected President that Democrat members of Congress personally despise.  more

Rep. Walker Introduces Legislation to Allow Low and Middle Income Taxpayers to Deduct Charitable Giving
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) tomorrow, on Giving Tuesday, will introduce a bill that incentivizes charitable giving for low and middle income earning individuals and families through tax deductions. The Universal Charitable Giving Act establishes a universal charitable deduction for individuals and married couples who do not itemize, in addition to the standard deduction. This would be an a  more

Rep. Walker Introduces Resolution to Force Senate Democrats Running for President to Recuse From Impeachment Hearings
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today introduced a resolution with U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R-Mo.) to urge the U.S. Senate to change its rules to require any U.S. Senators running for President to recuse themselves from an impeachment trial. "Unless it benefitted their fundraising or propped up their campaign issues page, the Senate Democrats running for President have ignored their da  more

Rep. Walker Joins House Administration in Telling House Democrats to Put Election Security Ahead of Politics
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) sent a letter, along with his Republican colleagues on the House Committee on House Administration, urging House Democrats and committee leadership to prioritize bi-partisan election security reform over the impeachment proceedings. "It is time to get back to work for the American people and finish what they sent us here to do," said Walker. "Rather than focusin  more

Rep. Walker Urges State Department to Designate Mexican Drug Cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today joined U.S. Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas) and U.S. Representative Mark Green (R-Tenn.) in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo urging the Department of State's Bureau of Counterterrorism to expeditiously designate Mexican cartels as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs). "Think about this: a Mexican state that shares a 230-mile b  more

Sen. Burr: Senate Confirms Richard Myers to Serve as District Judge for Eastern North Carolina in Historic Vote
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) voted to confirm Professor Richard E. Myers to serve as a U.S. District Judge for Eastern North Carolina. Professor Myers was confirmed by the Senate on a strong bipartisan vote of 68-21. "Professor Myers is well-qualified, widely respected, and an excellent choice for the Eastern District of North Carolina," said Senator Burr. "I am grateful   more

Sen. Tillis Pushes for Passage of USMCA on Senate Floor
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) spoke on the Senate floor calling on House Democrats to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), replacing the 25-year-old North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). President Donald Trump signed the USMCA agreement one year ago with leaders from Mexico and Canada. Watch Senator Tillis' floor speech HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-eBBh6IfD4&li  more

Sen. Tillis: Senate Confirms Richard Myers to Serve as District Judge for Eastern North Carolina in Historic Vote
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) voted to confirm Professor Richard E. Myers to serve as a U.S. District Judge for Eastern North Carolina. Professor Myers was confirmed by the Senate on a strong bipartisan vote of 68-21. "Professor Myers is well-qualified, widely respected, and an excellent choice for the Eastern District of North Carolina," said Senator Burr. "I am grateful t  more

Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation With Tillis Co-Sponsored Provisions to Fund American HBCUs and MSIs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation provides $255 million annually for HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions * * * Today, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan amendment to the House-passed FUTURE Act co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to make permanent $255 million in annual funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), simplify the Free Application for Fe  more

Sens. Tillis, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Requiring VA to Provide Support for Outgoing Servicemembers
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: This week, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to create networks of support for servicemembers transitioning to civilian life. The Sgt. Daniel Somers Veterans Network of Support Act will allow active duty servicemembers leaving the service to designate up to 10 loved ones to receive information fr  more

Tillis Continues to Push for Improvements to Military Housing
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: * * * - Tillis Calls for the End of NDAs Used to Silence Military Families * * * Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) attended a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing and discussed issues military families are facing with on-base military housing, specifically the continued use of non-disclosure agreements (NDA) by private military housing providers. Watch Tillis' full comments HERE: https://youtu.be  more

Tillis, Coons, Cassidy, Hirono Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Seize Counterfeit Products, Protect American Consumers, Businesses
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize U.S. Customs and Border Protection to seize imported merchandise that infringes a design patent and harms U.S. consumers and businesses. According to a recent study, the estimated value of international and domestic trade in counterfeit and pirate  more