News from Representative Mark Meadows

October 30, 2017

Republican Party Divided? My Response:

You may have seen a lot in the news this week about division in Congress and Republican Senators 'standing up to President Trump.'

Here’s my response: the power is not in the Republican party or the Democrat party—the power is in the American people. People could care less about political party—what they want is results. Hopefully, what the Republican party is finally starting to do is coalesce around the people’s agenda. It’s time to deliver the results they’ve been asking for.

Kasie Hunt from MSNBC caught me walking up to the Capitol and asked about this issue. Watch the brief clip here.


Interviewing on MSNBC

Facebook Live Q&A with Rep. Andy Biggs

This week I joined my House Freedom Caucus colleague, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), for a live Q&A session on ‘Facebook Live.’ We took questions and discussed issues such as tax reform, healthcare reform, Oversight Committee investigations, and border security.

Thanks to everyone who took time to tune in—if you missed it, you can watch the full re-run here. This is the first time we’ve done this and we hope to do many more of them in the future. Stay tuned for more updates! (Note: the picture orientation is corrected after the first few minutes).


Answering questions with Rep. Andy Biggs

Visit to Robbinsville High School—and a Presidential Tweet

Thanks to Robbinsville High School Principal David Matheson, Superintendent Angie Knight, Middle School Principal Cullin Buchanan, and all of the Robbinsville students for their hospitality in welcoming me to their school last week. The faculty and students of Robbinsville are first class and represent some of the best that Western North Carolina education has to offer!

And of course--one of the day's highlights was the students tweeting at President Trump, and President Trump responding! What a great moment for our school community. The students were even featured on ABC News 13 here

To read more about the visit, click here.


Visiting Robbinsville classes


Sending a picture to the President


President Trump’s ‘tweet’ response

Tax Reform Interviews—Morning Joe and Wolf Blitzer

Give the federal government your money, and they'll spend all of it--and they often won't spend it wisely. Tax-payer money belongs in far better hands: the pockets of hard-working men, women, and families who rightfully earned it in the first place.  

That’s why tax reform is so important—ultimately, you spend your money far better than the government can. Economic growth is not created by bureaucrats in Washington, it’s created by you. 

In America, we need aggressive tax cuts for middle class families and a simplified, pro-growth tax code that will allow businesses to expand and job creators to succeed—not a tax code that discourages success and makes raising a family more difficult.

Thanks to the teams at Morning Joe on MSNBC and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for having me on for interviews. To watch the full Morning Joe clip, click here. For my interview with Wolf Blitzer, click here.


Interviewing on Morning Joe


Interviewing with Wolf Blitzer

Op-ed with Rep. Ralph Norman – Don’t Blame President Trump for Obamacare’s Failures

"It's ironic that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are accusing the president of 'sabotaging' Obamacare, given the fact that they were the ones who sabotaged our nation’s health care by passing Obamacare in the first place--before even knowing what was in it."

Here is a quote from my op-ed this week with my Freedom Caucus colleague, Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC), in Fox News online. Don't blame President Trump for Obamacare's failures—blame Obamacare for being a fundamentally broken system. That's why it's so critical we repeal it.

Read the full op-ed here.

Cherokee County Veterans’ Roundtable

I was grateful to help host a veterans' roundtable in Cherokee County, NC, taking questions and learning about how we can better serve our incredible Western NC veterans. We had an amazing turnout and great participation—hopefully we were able to provide some helpful information.

At the end of the event we held a ceremony for Army veteran James "Johnny" Ensley--what a privilege to present him with his medals, a small bit of recognition for his sacrifice. Thank you to everyone who came out, and thank you to Johnny and his family for their faithful service!

If you weren’t able to attend, WKRK Radio hosted a Facebook Live stream of the event—you can watch the full re-run at this link here.


Answering questions from Cherokee County Veterans


Meeting some of the veterans in attendance


Meeting some of the veterans in attendance


Presenting Army Veteran James "Johnny" Ensley with his medals

Oversight Committee Hearing – Regulatory Reform

One of the first orders of business to “drain the swamp” is cutting needless, out of date federal regulations.

You may remember in January of this year, when the President signed an Executive Order directing agencies to repeal two existing regulations for each new significant regulation added.

The results of that decision have been overwhelmingly positive. In the course of just five months, the federal government was able to achieve a reduction in net regulatory costs. While still issuing new regulations, this Administration has actually saved $22 million dollars. That's $22 million TAX-PAYER dollars, with more to come.

It’s not every day that we get to hold a hearing in the Oversight Committee to highlight good news about federal regulations. This week we had one of those days, when we held a committee hearing to follow up on regulatory task forces and examine their progress in eliminating needless, outdated regulations from the federal registry.

To watch my opening statement, click here. To read more about the hearing and some very encouraging information we learned, click here.


Chairing a hearing on regulatory reform

Bipartisan Meetings on Tax Reform Continue

Bipartisan meetings and negotiations on tax reform have continued. This week I met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to discuss some principles of helping the middle class on tax relief, and how we can find some common ground.

We may not agree on much policy-wise, but as we've said before: making our tax code simpler, fairer, and more beneficial for small businesses and middle-class America is not a partisan issue.

To read more, click here.

Medal Presentation - Carroll and Barbara Stockton

It was an honor to present long-overdue medals to these two heroes, Carroll and Barbara Stockton, in recognition of their faithful service. Carroll Stockton was a USN Vietnam Veteran, and his wife, Barbara Howard Stockton, received the medals on behalf of her late father, USA WWII veteran Hubert Howard.

They are an exemplary family that has dedicated their lives to the country they love. Thank you to them for their amazing service! May their sacrifice, and the sacrifices of so many like them, never be forgotten.

To read more about their story, click here.


Presenting two heroes with their medals—Barbara and Carroll Stockton

Oversight, Judiciary Committee Announce Investigation of Obama DOJ

Some major news: this week, the House Oversight Committee Chairman, Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), opened a joint investigation of the Obama Justice Department’s handling of the investigation into former Democrat presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. 

I wanted to include my statement below for you to read. You can also read the statement on my website here.

“It’s no secret that Washington, D.C. has plenty of flaws to complain about—but one of the things American voters most resent is the double standard in our justice system. The rich and privileged class in Washington are held to one set of rules while the hard-working men and women of main street see entirely different consequences for similar offenses. This is wrong, and it undermines one of the most fundamental principles of America: that ‘Lady Justice’ wears a blindfold; that all Americans, regardless of class, wealth, or influence, shall be treated equally under the law.

In our great country, public servants should be held to a higher standard. They are called to be open, transparent, and accountable to the people they serve. When those standards are violated, it is incumbent upon Congress to pursue the truth and present it to the public. With this in mind—questions surrounding the Obama Department of Justice’s handling of the investigation into Secretary Clinton should be fully examined. That investigation gave us more questions than it did answers. The fact that Secretary Clinton lost an election and Loretta Lynch no longer serves as Attorney General should not allow their questionable conduct to go without appropriate scrutiny.

I applaud Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte’s decision to open this investigation. I look forward to working with them to find the long-awaited truth behind this issue.”


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