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Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Earlier this month, I introduced the Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Act (H.R. 3047) which would improve welfare programs by requiring recipients to pass a drug test in order to be eligible for federal assistance.

Most employers require workers to pass drug tests as a prerequisite for employment. The government should expect the same of people who receive food stamps and other federal benefits. Additionally, taxpayers deserve to know that their money isn’t subsidizing a drug addiction, which only leads to a tragic life of dependency. You can watch my full floor speech here:


President Obama's Deal with Iran is Bad for America

Iran's publicly stated goals are to wipe Israel from the face of the Earth and to destroy America, and they have a substantial history of actions which prove their commitment to both. A deal with Iran that rolls back sanctions simply means Iran will have more money to fund acts of terrorism, and will accelerate their advancement towards nuclear weapons. The Obama Administration is foolish to think this is good for anyone except Iran and their agents of terrorism.  Rest assured, I will vote against this deal and will work hard to help secure the votes to override the President's likely veto. 

Wilmington Veterans Hospital

Last week, I sent a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald regarding the internal plumbing issues at the Veterans Hospital in Wilmington, as well as the facility’s lease agreement.  

Months have passed without resolution to the plumbing issues at the Wilmington VA hospital, which is unacceptable. Our veterans have been forced to find care at a non-VA facility in the community or drive a long distance to the Fayetteville VA Hospital. Veterans have made many sacrifices and they deserve the best care possible at a facility that is within a reasonable distance.

Additionally, I am also concerned about the reported expense associated with the lease of this facility. I have asked the Veterans Administration to provide my office with a copy of the lease agreement to get a better understanding of the monthly expenses. We should not be paying more for this facility than fair market price.

I am pleased the House Veterans Subcommittee on Oversight has agreed to look into these matters and hope the VA will act quickly to find an acceptable solution for our veterans. Watch WECT-6 News coverage below.




  Legislative Update

  • This week the House passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, by a vote of 275-150. The bill establishes a voluntary nation-wide marketing program that gives consumers access to consistent, reliable information while protecting advancements in food production technology and innovation. Without uniformity in food labeling among states, our food producers would be forced to follow different standards in each state. This creates an unnecessary and costly patchwork of regulations that ultimately gets handed down to consumers causing their grocery bill to increase. In fact, a study done by a Cornell University professor found that state labeling mandates could raise grocery costs for a family of four by up to $500 per year.

  • On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, by a vote of 241-179. This bill bars state and local governments from receiving federal funds under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program if such entities have in effect laws, policies, or procedures that inhibit the enforcement of immigration laws, or that prohibit state or local law enforcement officials from gathering information regarding the citizenship or immigration status of any individual. 


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