News from Representative Rouzer


Dear Friends,

Last week, my bill to hold the IRS accountable by ensuring its employees are not delinquent on taxes passed the House of Representatives.  The bill, H.R. 1206 – the No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act, now awaits consideration by the Senate.  If the Senate passes the bill, it will head to the President for his signature.

I filed H.R. 1206 after reading news reports that more than 1,500 IRS employees willfully failed to follow their own tax guidelines during the past decade and, in some cases, were found to be seriously delinquent on their taxes.  The bill prohibits the IRS from hiring any new employees until their current personnel who are delinquent are on track to pay their taxes.

For starters, it is the height of hypocrisy for the very agency that is charged with collecting taxes to have employees who refuse to adhere to the standards and guidelines for which the rest of Americans must follow and abide.

Of course, this is in addition to the egregious behavior and abuse of power some in the agency displayed when they targeted organizations for their political affiliation and beliefs.

The American people deserve a government that works for them – not against them.  Certainly, the IRS is one of the most cumbersome, customer-unfriendly agencies in the federal government.

For more on H.R. 1206, please click here to watch my floor speech from last week. 



It is an honor to announce Moriah Pate, a student from Hobbton High School, on being named the NC-07 Congressional Art Competition Winner for her submission, “Priceless.”  Moriah’s winning entry is a depiction using graphite and colored pencils of a young female painting a mural of individuals and objects reflecting this year’s Art Competition theme, "What I Love Most About North Carolina.”

I had the opportunity to travel to Hobbton last week to recognize Moriah joined by her fellow classmates, teachers and administrators.  Moriah’s artistic talent is inspiring and she is well-deserving of this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Every time I go to the House floor to vote, I will see “Priceless,” which serves as a constant reminder of the impressive talent and creativity fostered throughout North Carolina.

Visiting Hobbton High School last week to recognize Moriah Pate,
the winner of the NC-07 Art Competition.

With the help of your participation, Destiny Tant, a student from Johnston County Early College was named the NC-07 Art Competition “Fan Favorite.”  My office invited constituents of the 7th District to visit my Facebook page to vote for their favorite submission.  Destiny’s submission entitled, “The Beach is My Dream” garnered more than 240 Facebook ‘likes.’  Her submission will now hang in my Smithfield office location for visitors to see.  Please join me in congratulating Destiny on this achievement! 

Destinty Tant's submission, "The Beach is My Dream."

For more on my visit to Hobbton to recognize Moriah Pate, please click here.

To view all the 2016 NC-07 Art Competition submissions, please click here.



Many families and individuals rely on financial advisors to help plan and save for retirement.  Unfortunately, just this month, the Department of Labor released a final “fiduciary” rule which would ultimately restrict access to affordable financial advice for lower- and middle-income Americans and make it harder for small businesses to offer retirement plans for their employees.

In an effort to stop the implementation of this rule, I cosponsored and voted for H.J. Res 88 which disapproves and blocks this onerous rule.  H.J. Res 88 protects access to affordable retirement advice for all Americans and ensures small business owners can continue to find the advice they need to help their employees plan for retirement.  The federal government should be making it easier for working families to successfully plan for their retirement, not harder.  This measure will now go to the Senate for their consideration.



Last week, pork producers from North Carolina and all over the country travelled to Washington, D.C. as part of the National Pork Producers Council Legislative Action Conference.  I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from North Carolina to discuss the future of the pork industry, its impact on our state and my work as the Chairman of the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee.

The pork industry is a vital part of our state’s economy and our rural communities.  I will continue to work with producers in the state and nation to promote this dynamic industry.

Meeting with representatives from the NC Pork Council to discuss the future of the industry and
egislation impacting the pork community.


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