News from Congressman Rouzer

Congressman Rouzer Weekly Update

Disaster Preparedness Forum

This past Thursday we hosted a Disaster Preparedness Forum to help coastal residents learn how to prepare for an emergency. We were joined by speakers from the Red Cross, New Hanover County Sheriff's office and Emergency Management, and WWAY-TV meteorologist Scott Dean. Attendees were able to ask speakers questions and learn best practices.

We Have a Winner!

On Thursday our office named Lydia Johnson winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition. Lydia’s water color and ink portrait, Mal de Mer, will hang in the United States Capitol where Congressional members, staff, and visitors will be able to enjoy her work. Additionally, she has been invited to a reception in the U.S. Capitol on June 24, 2015 to honor her achievement. 

The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize our talented young students. Our office received more than 20 submissions from artists across the district. I was very impressed by Lydia’s work and look forward to recognizing her in Washington in June! 

The Obama Administration is at it again...

            Earlier this week, the Obama Administration announced their plans to move forward with a rule from the EPA that would redefine the "Waters of the U.S." and increase their authority over minor bodies of water like wetlands, streams, and ponds. I am very disappointed in the Administration’s decision to ignore the will of the American people and move forward with this sweeping regulation. This new definition would extend the EPA’s regulatory reach to seemingly any body of water– including the water puddled in your ditch after a rain storm. Earlier this month, the House passed a bill that called for the EPA to scrap this rule and start anew by engaging stakeholders at the local level. This is another example of government overreach that must be stopped, and I will continue to fight against it every step of the way.

Legislative Update

  • The House passed, with my support, the America COMPETES Act (H.R. 1806). This bill authorizes funding for specified research and education programs like the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. We also passed the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 which makes permanent the Research & Development tax credit, giving our business owners much needed certainty.
  • The House passed, and I voted for, the SPACE Act of 2015 (H.R. 2262) which encourages private sector investment in the commercial space industry creating stable and predictable regulatory conditions and improving safety.

  • Americans for Tax Reform announced support for my No New Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act (H.R. 1206). This bill will help hold Washington bureaucrats accountable.  ATR President, Grover Norquist, had this to say: “One would think that ‘willfully violating tax law’ would be a disqualifier for government work, especially at the IRS. Guess not."

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