News from Representative Rouzer

   

Dear Friends,

I recently introduced a bill to protect combat-injured veterans from being deprived of their full severance.  It is estimated that due to an accounting error by the Department of Defense, more than 14,000 veterans were wrongfully taxed on their severance packages amounting to an estimated $78 million in lost benefits.

My bill, H.R. 5015, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act, corrects this problem by instructing the Department of Defense to identify those who were unlawfully taxed so that they can be reimbursed. 

Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines risk their lives every day to protect our freedoms.  The Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act is a common-sense solution to ensure that every veteran who has had their severance payments improperly taxed receive every penny that they are rightfully owed.   These veterans deserve no less for their service and sacrifice to our nation.

To read my bill, please click here.

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HOUSE PASSES NDAA TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR MILITARY

This week, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 which increased the authorized funding levels for the military to better equip our men and women in uniform so we can improve our military readiness and capabilities.

This year’s NDAA helps close the readiness gap so that our servicemembers have the tools necessary to complete their missions safely and efficiently, reforms and streamlines our military acquisition system so that the Department of Defense conducts business in a cost-effective and transparent manner, gives our troops a well-deserved pay increase and ensures that no terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay will be transferred to American soil.

The FY2017 NDAA is vital to maintaining and strengthening our operations abroad, as well as at Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and more.  We owe it to the service members and military families of Southeastern North Carolina to pass this vital authorization of funding so that we can defeat ISIS and keep our homeland safe.

HOUSE PASSES FULLY PAID MEASURE TO COMBAT ZIKA VIRUS

The Zika outbreak is a public health emergency that is threatening the well-being and lives of women, infants, children and the elderly.  Unfortunately, there is no known cure or treatment for this disease.  This week, with my support, the House passed a bill that allocates $622.1 million in existing funds to the Department of Health and Human Services agencies, the State Department, and USAID to prevent the spread of the virus, put in place safeguards to protect the vulnerable, and ensure funding is spent in a responsible and effective manner by requiring strong oversight measures.

This funding bill redirects existing funds to help prevent the spread of zika on both a domestic and international level. I anticipate that my colleagues in the Senate will pass this critical bill as well.  It will then be sent to the President for his signature to become law.

COMBATTING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Opioid abuse has become a growing problem for Southeastern North Carolina and a significant challenge for our law enforcement officers, local health departments and communities.  Unfortunately, no community is immune to this epidemic. 

Last week, with my support, the House passed a total of 18 bills aimed at preventing and addressing this growing threat to ensure our nation’s drug laws are strengthened, and to provide law enforcement officers with additional resources to address this problem.

The bills were combined into a single legislative package and voted on as an amendment to the Senate-passed opioid bill, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.  The House and Senate will now go to a formal conference committee to work out details and finalize the package in order to send it to the President for his signature.




Sincerely,

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