News from Representative Rouzer

   

Dear Friends,

Last week, the House filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court arguing that President Obama’s executive order to allow undocumented children under the age of 16 to stay in our country is unconstitutional.

This motion, also known as a friend of the court brief, is an extraordinary step which has never been done before; however, the House Republican Conference felt it necessary to file this motion to reaffirm that only Congress is authorized under the Constitution to write laws – not the President.

The Constitution authorizes the President to sign or veto a bill only — not write the legislation, which he did when he unilaterally made the decision to allow undocumented children to stay in our country.  This is an extremely crucial Supreme Court case that will erode even more of the authority of Congress if they rule in favor of the President.

Designating Wilmington as an “American World War II City”

As you know, Wilmington was regarded as the defense capital of North Carolina during World War II.  Major industries like shipbuilding, fertilizer plants, agriculture, manufacturing and clothing factories helped to support the war effort.  In fact, Wilmington has numerous military museums, memorials and memorabilia detailing the history of the war and its impact around Southeastern North Carolina, including veterans who called Wilmington ‘home’ following the end of the war.

For all of these reasons, I authored bill language to ensure that all cities with significant World War II history, and which have worked hard to preserve this history, be given the distinction their residents and communities deserve.  My bill language, which passed the House of Representatives last month, would recognize the city of Wilmington as the first nationally recognized “American World War II City.”  We are currently working with the Senate to get the bill passed in that Chamber and sent to the President for his signature.

Due to the hard work and dedication of Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., USNR (Ret.), a Wilmington native, distinguished author and active veteran in the community, this bill came to fruition after 8 years of Jones’ continued hard work.  This is a major step in awarding Wilmington the recognition it deserves and encouraging the preservation of our national heritage so that structures, artifacts, museums and veterans are properly and safely persevered so that we never forget those who sacrificed for our great nation. 

For more on my bill, Wilmington’s contributions to WWII, and the work of Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. please click here.

House passes resolution classifying ISIS attacks on Christians as “Genocide”

Last week, with my support, the House unanimously passed a resolution to condemn the mass atrocities committed by ISIS against Christians, Yezidis and other minority groups.  These brutalities have resulted in more than half a million being displaced from their homes and the ruthless murdering of thousands of men, women and children.

The fact of the matter is ISIS targets Christians, Yezidis and other ethnic and religious minorities brutally murdering them all simply because they will not align themselves with it’s cause.  Without question these heinous acts are an act of genocide, and we should call it what it is.  The world needs to know that the U.S. Congress and the American people condemn these atrocious acts of brutality and murder by ISIS.

The resolution passed the House with a unanimous vote of 383-0.

NC-07 high school students appointed to attend Military Academies

One of the honors I have as a member of Congress is to nominate qualified young men and women to our military service academies, including the U.S. Naval Academy, West Point, Air Force Academy and Coast Guard Academy.

Students undergo a rigorous nominating process to achieve a nomination.  Once students are nominated, military service academies determine each student’s appointment.

Congressman Rouzer with students at the NC-07 Academy Nomination Reception hosted in Wilmington on February 20, 2016.

I am honored to announce that the following students in the 7th Congressional District have received offers of appointment to U.S. military service academies:

  • Madeleine Sue Maguire, a Wilmington resident and senior at John T. Hoggard High School, to the U.S. Naval Academy. 
  • Trent Tetterton, a Clayton resident and senior at Corinth Holders High School in Wendell, to the U.S. Naval Academy. 
  • Katherine Drew Marapese, a Wilmington resident and senior at Cape Fear Academy, to the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Deshawn Weeden, a Wilmington resident and senior at E.A. Laney High School, to the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Dominique Quintero, a Clayton resident and senior at Clayton High School, to the U.S. Naval Academy. 
  • Bobby Seals, a Raeford resident and home-school student at The Seals Academy, to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. 
  • Taylor Gaines, a Wilmington resident and senior at New Hanover High School, to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
  • Stephanie Athanas, a Wilmington resident and senior at Topsail High School, to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The accomplishments of these students are a testament to their hard work, perseverance and patriotic pride.  I know they will serve our country well.

Sincerely,

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