News from Representative Mark Meadows

May 22, 2017

Interview on Pre-Existing Conditions 

As you’ve probably heard me say many times by now, protecting people with pre-existing conditions was one of my chief concerns throughout the entire healthcare debate. In fact, the issue of pre-existing conditions was among the reasons I opposed the original version of the AHCA back in March.

While the bill is not my ideal solution, I believe that after weeks of negotiations and substantive changes from the original version, the AHCA now strikes a positive balance between eliminating burdensome regulations, giving states options, bringing premiums down, and providing a more reliable safety net of protection for those at risk. We are also working hard in the Senate to make the bill even better on this issue and on others.

I encourage you to read more at the link here. I sat down with Derek Lacey at the Hendersonville Times News to talk about the issue.

In Studio with WWNC Radio

I spent much of last week back home in Western North Carolina, and as usual, I had to stop and see my friends Mark Starling and Pete Kaliner on WWNC radio! I’m always grateful for their willingness to fit me in their schedules and their ability to speak candidly about happenings in DC. 

Interviewing with Mark Starling

Interviewing with Pete Kaliner

Visit to Madison High School

One of the highlights of being back home was visiting Madison High School! Special thanks to student body President, Jake Matthews, and the entire student government for the warm welcome. The students were fantastic, as always. To read more about the visit, click here.

A great welcome sign!

Speaking to some of the government students at Madison High

Visit to West McDowell Middle School and Foothills Community School

Another fantastic visit from this week: the trip to West McDowell Middle School and Foothills Community School. These students are amazing! They walked me through the experiment test to see if I have the "Super Taster" gene (turns out I don't) and showed me around their facilities. Their teachers and parents have so much to be proud of. Thanks to everyone for having me.

Taking the “Super Taster” test

Taking a look at some of the students’ projects

Stopping by JD’s for Lunch

Whenever I’m in the Rutherford College area, stopping by JD’s for lunch is an absolute must. It was a treat to see some familiar faces, say hello, and hear some ideas for how to get things done in DC. The best solutions always come from home.

Stopping for some conversation

Caught Burke Co. Sheriff Steve Whisnant during lunch!

There’s always time for a few selfies

Tour of Downtown Morganton

We made a stop in Morganton and toured some of the local businesses in the area! Our small business owners in the community are some of the hardest working people I know.

Special thanks to Mayor Ronnie Thompson and the whole city management team for inviting me and leading the tour! You can read more about what we discussed here.

Police Week 2017

This week the House is observing Police Week--and when I think about what represents the best of our Western North Carolina community, the men and women of our police force are among the first to come to mind every single time.

I may be biased, but I've always believed that NC-11 has the best officers in the country--from their day-to-day professionalism, to their willingness to confront unique challenges such as the opioid crisis. Through it all, they never lose sight of their ultimate goal of protecting their neighbors.

This week, I want to recognize our outstanding policemen and women, along with officers all around the country, and thank them for their tireless efforts to keep our communities safe. They are the best in the business! You can read my official statement on Police Week here.

For the Freedom Caucus, There’s No Place Like Home

As you may have seen by now, the House Freedom Caucus is a group that doesn't make our reputation in Washington the ultimate priority--we'd much prefer having a reputation at home for doing what's right.

If you get a chance, you can read more about the Freedom Caucus and our different visits back to our homes in this article here, written by Lindsey McPherson from Roll Call. She traveled with me in Western NC for a day to get a taste of what our district is like. You’ll even see a section in the article about some protestors who showed up when we were in Morganton! We had a good conversation and they were very gracious—thanks to them for being willing to engage. 

Talking with protestors! The fact that we can do this is what makes America special.

The Blue Ridge Honor Flight

What a privilege to welcome home NC Veterans from the Blue Ridge Honor Flight to DC this last weekend.

Throughout the year, the Honor Flight Network provides free flights to DC for Veterans across the country to visit the war memorials that honor their sacrifices. It was truly a privilege to welcome these heroes home to North Carolina after their trip.

First Responders Bill

This week I joined Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in introducing a resolution to establish October 28th as a national holiday, “Honoring the Nation’s First Responders Day.”

The idea for this resolution came directly from a Western North Carolina constituent who, like me, believes that our first responders represent the best of our nation. Having met with hundreds of our first responders in Western North Carolina, I can tell you that their dedication to their community is unmatched.

These are men and women who are consistently willing to put their lives on the line for their friends, neighbors, and country, and they deserve to be recognized for that sacrifice.

To read more about the bill, click here.



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