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Chairman of Ag Committee Comes to NC

It was an honor to have the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee visit North Carolina the other week. The Chairman and I participated in a roundtable with agriculture leaders to discuss issues affecting their industry. We also visited the Nahunta Community Farm in Kenly to learn more about the Avian Influenza, its impact on the poultry industry, and bio security measures farmers are taking. I appreciate the Chairman's commitment to Southeastern NC and look forward to having him back soon! 



A great week in the district!

Last week, I was in North Carolina meeting with constituents all over the district. I visited the UNCW Center for Marine Science's Shellfish Hatchery to learn about oyster cultivation and the issues aquaculture farmers face. I also toured the Shoreline Stabilization Project in Southport that helps decrease erosion through the use of oyster beds. I stopped by Brunswick High School and saw the school’s fish hatchery lab, and I had the honor of attending the Vietnam Traveling Wall Ceremony in Oak Island. The Traveling Wall, which is a 3/5 scale model of the Vietnam Memorial in D.C., gives veterans and family members the opportunity  to remember the soldiers who gave their lives during the war. Below are a few pictures from my week.  



Legislative Update

  • Last week, I introduced an amendment to the Interior and Environment Appropriations Act that would prohibit any funds from being used to implement new standards from the EPA on wood heaters. Manufacturers are concerned these standards would make it too cost prohibitive to produce wood heaters, and consumers are concerned their energy costs would rise. The EPA has once again come up with an onerous regulation that could negatively affect taxpayers. You can watch my full speech on this amendment here. 
  • The House passed, with my support, H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. While this bill is not perfect, it’s a step in the right direction and empowers states, school districts, and, most importantly, families to decide what is best for their children. Additionally, this bill protects state and local autonomy by preventing the Secretary of Education from coercing states into adopting Common Core, or any other common standards or assessments. Earlier this year I introduced the States’ Education Reclamation Act of 2015 (H.R. 2281) which proposes the responsible elimination of the Department of Education and replaces it with a grant program funded at the 2012 levels. I am a firm believer that our local and state education leaders should have maximum flexibility so they can meet the needs of our school systems, parents, teachers, and students. They know more about the needs of our students than any bureaucrat in Washington.
  • On Friday, the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6). I voted for this bill because innovation and discovery should be accelerated, treatments should be quickly available, and we should be curing diseases here in the United States. This legislation helps achieve these goals. Just one cure found will save lives and billions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid expenses. 
  • Additionally, the House passed H.R. 91, the Veterans ID Card Act. This common sense bill will allow veterans to have a permanent ID card that proves their military service. This means veterans no longer have to carry around old identification that contains sensitive personal information like Social Security Numbers.
   
         


 

 

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