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News from Representative Mark Meadows

January 11, 2016

Standing Up for 2nd Amendment Rights

Last week, President Obama announced executive actions regarding firearms that would limit millions of Americans' Second Amendment rights. I'm a committed defender of the Second Amendment and because of that oppose President Obama's efforts to restrict those Constitutional rights. By issuing an executive action, the President is once again bypassing the legislative branch and subverting its will. Our founders enshrined into the Constitution the right to keep and bear arms and that cannot be changed through executive fiat. I will oppose any efforts to do so. 

Last week, I joined WLOS live from the U.S. Capitol to discuss this topic. You can watch the interview here. For more background, you can read my full statement here.



Obamacare Repeal Sent to President Obama's Desk

Last week, for the first time ever, Congress sent a bill to the President's desk that would repeal Obamacare. The bill would have also defunded Planned Parenthood for one year and re-direct the funds to community-based women's health centers. Many of you have reached out to me personally with stories of how your healthcare changed, and not for the better. As we start the new year, millions of Americans face skyrocketing health costs and, in some cases, are choosing to pay a penalty and forgo health coverage rather than shoulder the burden of unaffordable premiums. Unfortunately, we have learned that the promise of affordable healthcare services under the President's signature law is simply a myth.

President Obama quietly vetoed the Obamacare repeal legislation over the weekend. Those of us in Congress who supported the bill knew that there was no chance the bill would withstand a Presidential veto, however, its passage is still incredibly significant. What this means is that with another President in the White House, Obamacare could be repealed and replaced with a solution that puts consumers first. What our country needs is a market-based alternative to the Affordable Care Act that prioritizes affordability and consumer choice. Healthcare shouldn't be one-size-fits all, nor should it be mandatory. I fundamentally believe American families know what is best for their families far better than the federal government does.


Fighting Terrorism Through Aggressive Sanctions

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced its first sanctions against a key Hezbollah financier this week, which was a result of the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act being signed into law. While Hezbollah isn't as well known in the West as some other terrorist organizations, it does in fact play a dangerous role in global affairs and is a key proxy for the Iranian regime. 

Just this past week, Hezbollah attacked Israeli troops on the Lebanese border. Additionally, Hezbollah is responsible for the largest number of American deaths abroad by a terrorist organization second only to Al-Qaeda. The implementation of this law will help cripple not just Hezbollah's terrorist activities, but those carried out on behalf of the Iranian regime -- and this is just the beginning.

Imposing strict sanctions against Hezbollah's international financiers has been one of my top foreign policy focuses since being elected to Congress. In 2014, I introduced the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act, which passed the House unanimously before being stalled in the Senate. In 2015, I co-lead the same bipartisan legislation with Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY).You can read more about the legislation and how it will halt Hezbollah's terrorist activities here.


Opposing NSA Overreach

According to recent reports, the Obama Administration condoned spying on of senior officials within the Israeli government, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and that among the intercepted conversations were communications between U.S. lawmakers and Israeli officials. To make matters worse, the Administration may have used the information during the negotiations with Congress regarding the Iran nuclear agreement. 

These shocking reports underscore the belief that the Executive Branch continually exceeds its constitutional authority and has deliberately encroached on the powers granted specifically to the legislative body. If reports are verified, then this most recent gathering of constitutionally protected information cannot be chalked up to an inadvertent mistake but a deliberate attempt to commit an unconstitutional act to influence public opinion and members of Congress.

Spying on the Prime Minister of Israel and Congress has nothing to do with national security — only politics. This is yet another example of the Obama Administration abusing its authority and using federal agencies for political purposes. You can read my latest op-ed in the Washington Examiner here.


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