News from Congressman Rouzer

Congressman Rouzer Weekly Update

My First Bill of the 114th Congress!

            Last week I introduced my first bill of the 114th Congress. The No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act (H.R. 1206) prohibits the hiring of additional IRS employees until the Secretary of the Treasury certifies that no employee of the IRS has a seriously delinquent tax debt.

If the IRS expects us to file our tax returns correctly and in a timely manner, then we should expect the bureaucrats running this bloated agency to do the same. Furthermore, my bill would prevent the IRS from being able to hire the additional employees it needs to implement Obamacare. This is a common sense bill that will force the IRS to clean up its act. 


Visiting Our Small Businesses

This past week I met with small businesses throughout the district. We discussed the need for an educated workforce, fewer rules and regulations, and policies that grow the economy for everyone. As I traveled the district and met with our job creators, I was reminded how fortunate we are to have so many great companies in Southeastern North Carolina! You can see more pictures on my Facebook page.



Prime Minister Netanyahu's Visit

            I was fortunate enough to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint session of Congress last week. The nation of Israel is our friend in the War on Terror and the Prime Minister’s perspective on the situation in the Middle East is important to our nation’s national security and the safety of our allies around the world.  From the growing threat of ISIS to the Iranian nuclear agenda, our partnership and cooperation with Israel is central to defeating radical Islamists.


 

Legislative Update

  • The Veterans Administration (VA) has paid more than $380K in cash bonuses to top executives at 38 hospitals that are under investigation for falsifying wait times for medical care. I voted for, and the House approved, a bill to give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs the authority to recoup bonuses paid to undeserving VA employees.
  • The House passed the Senate version of H.R. 240 to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). I voted against this bill because it did not include the amendments we included in the original House version of the bill prohibiting President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional executive actions on immigration. The U.S. Senate fell short of the votes required to pass the House version containing the immigration amendments, so they sent us a DHS funding bill that did not include them. Separate from Congressional action, a federal judge has issued an injunction of the President's executive orders, thereby halting their implementation until further court action.
  • The House passed the Passenger Rail Reform & Investment Act (PRRIA). I voted for the McClintock amendment to eliminate the subsidization of Amtrak. This amendment failed.

    Even though the McClintock amendment failed, I voted for the bill for the following reasons: 1) Rail is a critical part of our country's infrastructure and crucial to helping reduce increased congestion on our Nation's highways long-term given economic and population growth trends, 2) the bill makes significant improvements to Amtrak as a whole, and 3) the bill provides great opportunities for our state to improve our rail system overall, which will help generate economic growth and improve the viability of our state's ports. On the whole, the bill is a great improvement over current law.


 

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