News from Representative Rouzer


Dear Friends,

This week, my bill to hold the IRS accountable passed the House Committee on Ways and Means and is now heading to the House floor for a vote.

According to the IRS Inspector General, the agency has hundreds of employees who have failed to follow IRS guidelines when filing their own tax returns.  In fact, there are at least five IRS employees who intentionally failed to file their taxes. 

Given these facts, I introduced H.R. 1206, the No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act.  My bill prevents the IRS from hiring additional employees until the Secretary of the Treasury verifies that current IRS employees do not have significant delinquent tax debt.

After years of little to no institutional control, the No Hires for the Delinquent Act will help force the IRS to clean up its act.  American taxpayers deserve an accountable and efficient government that works for them – not against them.  The No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act will help ensure IRS employees pay their taxes just like everyone else.



Last Tuesday, my office hosted its first annual Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference for high school juniors in the 7th Congressional District.  Our Conference provided two juniors from each high school the opportunity to learn more about values-based leadership, hear from North Carolina entrepreneurs and develop the necessary personal and professional skills to achieve goals.

Nearly 70 students attended the day long event at the Sampson Agri Exposition Center.  Students heard from representatives from the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at NC State University.  They also had the opportunity to break out into groups to engage in ice breakers and leadership exercises. 

Professors and students from the UNC Wilmington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship were in attendance to help share the mission and purpose of the newly formed Center.  Students interacted and heard from Tatianna Birgission, a 26-year old Duke graduate who founded MATI Energy Drinks which is currently outselling its competitors in the state of North Carolina.  Participants also learned about overcoming adversity from Colonel Quincy Collins, USAF (Retired) and former Prisoner of War during Vietnam, who gave a stirring account of his life and lessons learned.

Our nation’s youth are critical to our future and we must invest in them so they can contribute and help lead our nation back to greatness.   

To read more about our first annual Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference, please click here.

Congressman Rouzer with participants of the NC-07 Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Conference.


This year, high school students from across the 7th Congressional District were invited to enter their best artwork reflecting the theme, “What I Love About North Carolina.”  We received a number of entries that creatively express what we love most about our Tarheel State.

All pieces of art are currently being judged by individuals who live in our area who work or are involved in the art industry. The winning artist from the 7th District will have their artwork on display for eleven months in the Capitol tunnel to be seen by thousands of visitors from across the country. 

The winner will be presented with two round trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend an exclusive reception at the U.S. Capitol honoring the country’s winners.

Since the judges can only determine one winner to be sent to Washington, D.C., I want to invite you to visit my Facebook page to view all of the submissions and vote for your favorite.  The “Fan Favorite,” which will be determined by the one with the most Facebook likes, will hang in one of our three District offices and will serve as my Facebook cover photo for over 6,000 Facebook fans to see.

The voting began this week and ends Wednesday, April 20th at Noon.  To view all submissions and vote for the Facebook ‘Fan Favorite,’ please click here.   

"History Under Carolina Blue Sky" submitted by Elizabeth Edenfield, a student from Clayton High School.




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