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The Washington Rundown

The Republican tax bill passed the House last week, despite the majority of American voters disapproving of the bill.  Congressman Butterfield was joined by all House Democrats in voting NO on the Republican tax bill.  The bill is expected to have trouble passing the Senate, as Republican Senators have begun voicing opposition to the plan.  Last Wednesday, Congressman Butterfield and 22 fellow Democratic members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee called on the FCC to reconsider harmful changes to the Lifeline Program.  Last Tuesday, Congressman Butterfield hosted a telephone town hall to discuss the future of the ACA and Open Enrollment.

This Week In Photos

Congressman Butterfield spoke to over 8,000 residents of the First Congressional District about the Affordable Care Act and the Open Enrollment period during his telephone town hall last Tuesday.


 

Congressman Butterfield welcomed Reverend Jesse Jackson and students from Richard Wright School to his office in Washington, D.C. to discuss voting rights, equality in education and income, and growing up in the segregated South.


 

Last weekend, Congressman Butterfield presented a Congressional Statement to Pastor John E. Hooch during Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church’s 140th anniversary service.

By The Numbers

Gallup: 38 percent approve of the job President Trump is doing. 58 percent disapprove. 

Gallup: 68 percent of Americans approve of stricter gun control laws. 33 percent believe it there should be no changes to current law. 5 percent think gun laws should be less strict.

Huffington Post: 49 percent of Americans are now in favor of Obama's health care law.

The results of last week's survey are in: 87 percent of you said you do support Congress considering gun violence prevention legislation, while 13 percent do not.

In The News

 

Indy Week: Did Former Helms Lawyer Thomas Farr Lie to the Senate Judiciary Committee?  It Sure Looks That Way.

Raleigh lawyer Thomas Farr, a nominee for a federal judgeship, knew well in advance about a controversial 1990 postcard campaign designed by Republicans to intimidate blacks who wanted to vote, according to a former Department of Justice investigator. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus wrote to Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, and Feinstein in opposition to the nomination in September. "The Congressional Black Caucus believes that Mr. Farr's elevation to a lifetime seat on the federal bench would be a grave disservice to millions of North Carolinians who rely on the courts to uphold critical legal rights and protections," wrote CBC members including North Carolina U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield and Representative John Conyers of Michigan

WRAL: Civil Rights Attorney Running for NC Supreme Court

RALEIGH, N.C. — A longtime civil rights attorney who successfully sued in striking down North Carolina's legislative district boundaries for excessive racial bias announced Wednesday she's running for the state Supreme Court next year. Anita Earls of Durham, who is seeking the position currently held by Associate Justice Barbara Jackson, also helped challenge North Carolina's 2013 voter identification law and has sued counties over other voting rights matters. The successful redistricting lawsuit forced Republican lawmakers to redraw dozens of General Assembly boundaries last summer. Former Gov. Jim Hunt and 1st District Congressman G.K. Butterfield, both Democrats, immediately endorsed Earls' candidacy. "She has been at the forefront of the fight for fair maps and voting rights in our state, and she has dedicated her life to achieving fairness, equality and justice," Hunt said. "She understands the importance of an independent judiciary and will be a justice that will only make decisions based on the facts and the law," said Butterfield, a former Supreme Court justice.

Daily Reflector: Bipartisan Effort Helps Responders Save Lives

Bipartisanship may be on life support in Washington these days, but two North Carolina congressmen were able to revive it in the ambulance. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat, and Rep. Richard Hudson, a Concord Republican, are heralding the passage of House Bill 304, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act. H.R. 304 will enhance emergency medical technicians’ ability to dispense lifesaving drugs, cutting through a tangle of federal red tape that brings unnecessary complication into the life-and-death decisions paramedics and EMTs must make in a matter of moments.

News & Observer: Who’s Running for Congress in North Carolina

More challengers are launching campaigns in North Carolina's congressional elections next year.

Survey of The Week

Last week, we learned Senate Republicans intend to repeal the the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act in their upcoming tax bill. This would leave 13 million Americans uninsured.

Do you agree with Senate Republicans' newest attempt to repeal this critical portion of the Affordable Care Act?
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