News from Representative Rouzer

   

Dear Friends,

As we prepare for the Christmas season, I wanted to provide you with a brief update about legislation the House took up this month, as well as what Congress plans on accomplishing under the leadership of President-elect Donald Trump.

HURRICANE MATTHEW DISASTER RELIEF INCLUDED IN CONTINUING RESOLUTION

This week, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution to continue government operations, maintain funding at the current budget cap level and provide $334 million in vital disaster relief to assist North Carolina communities, families and farmers.

Since Hurricane Matthew hit our state in the beginning of October, I have been on the ground meeting with local elected leaders, business owners and our farm communities to help craft a legislative package that is responsive to the immediate needs of individuals, families and communities affected. 

The $334 million in disaster relief for North Carolina is a vital first step; however, I will continue to advocate for more disaster relief funding and work with our state and local communities to help our fellow citizens, many of whom are in the 7th Congressional District, recover from the devastating storm.

If you have any questions or need assistance of any kind, our four offices in Bolivia, Wilmington, Smithfield and Washington, D.C. stand ready to assist you.  Please call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can reach our Bolivia office by calling (910) 253-6111; our Wilmington office at (910) 395-0202; our Smithfield office at (919) 938-3040 and our Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2731.

HOUSE PASSES ROUZER BILL TO RETURN MONEY WRONGFULLY WITHELD FROM COMBAT-INJURED VETERANS

This week, the House overwhelmingly passed my bill to provide every veteran who has had their lump sum severance payment wrongfully taxed, to be refunded every penny they are owed.  

Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and who are separated from the military are not supposed to have any taxes withheld from their one-time lump sum disability severance payment. However, due to an accounting error, that was not the case for an estimated 14,000 veterans. 

My bill, H.R. 5015 (the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016) corrects this problem by instructing the Department of Defense to identify those who were wrongfully taxed so that they can be reimbursed.  H.R. 5015 is estimated to impact nearly 14,000 veterans – including 550 veterans from our state of North Carolina.

For more details on my bill, please click here to watch my floor remarks.

WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL TO HELP CAROLINA BEACH, WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH AND SOUTHPORT PASSES HOUSE

As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have served as an advocate to authorize specific U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activities to meet pressing needs at Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach as well as waterway safety concerns at Southport Marina.  This week the House passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act which authorizes funding to address the unique needs of our waterways and beaches.  

The WIIN Act prioritizes the needs of our beaches by expediting studies and projects at Wrightsville Beach, including a three-year extension of coastal storm damage reduction funding for Carolina Beach, and requiring the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard to work with state and local officials to establish a no wake zone for recreational vessels on the Intracoastal Waterway at the Southport Marina. 

Our ports, beaches and waterways are the lifeline of economic activity and job growth for our coastal communities.  I look forward to the President signing this important infrastructure bill into law.

LOOKING FORWARD TO JANUARY

As we wrap up the 114th Congress, I wanted to share with you what Congress is planning to take up in January under the leadership of President-elect Donald Trump.

It’s going to make a world of difference having a like-minded president willing to repeal and replace the onerous rules, regulations and executive orders stifling our economy, and sign our legislation into law.  

Priorities for the upcoming year in Congress include:

  • Repealing and replacing Obamacare with patient-centered solutions;
  • Reforming our tax code so that it encourages economic growth and incentivizes companies to stay in the U.S. and create good-paying jobs;
  • Securing our borders to prevent individuals wishing to cause our nation harm from entering our country; and,
  • Rebuilding our military so that it has the tools and resources it needs to get the job done; and,
  • Working on major infrastructure investments to benefit our ports, waterways, highways, interstates and airports.

 For more on what we plan to accomplish in the new year, please click here or the image below.

It is an honor serving you.  Merry Christmas to all!



Sincerely,

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