News from Representative Mark Meadows

January 16, 2018

DACA Negotiations

As many of you know, the House and Senate are in the middle of negotiating immigration reforms and principles before the coming deadline in March. I wanted to make sure you’re updated on a few of my key concerns:

First, you may have heard some discussion about possibly including DACA reforms in an upcoming spending bill and combining the two issues. I am completely opposed to this and believe DACA should NOT be included in a spending bill. It should be addressed as an independent, standalone item. I gave an interview on this topic here and also spoke to Chuck Todd with Meet the Press on the issue here, where I explain my thinking in more detail.

Second, I fully believe any solution on immigration must do four specific things before we do anything else:

  1. Secure the border
  2. End 'chain migration' 
  3. Institute e-verify
  4. End the 'Diversity Visa Lottery' program

Doing those four things, among others, would go a long way in fixing our broken immigration system. 

The bottom line: There is no reason why House Republicans can't pass a stand-alone, responsible immigration bill that secures our border and promotes conservative priorities in line with President Trump’s agenda. None. It’s time to put aside the excuses and get to a solution. If we resolve to put American interests first and keep our promises we made to the voters in 2016, we can get this done.

I also spoke with Neil Cavuto on Fox News about the ongoing negotiations—you can watch the full interview here.

Talking with Neil Cavuto

Interviewing with Chuck Todd

FBI Investigation Continues

Jim Jordan (R-OH) and I, along with several of our colleagues, are continuing our push to ‘investigate the investigators’ as information continues to come in suggesting that in 2016, high level officials at the FBI engaged in activity that raises questions about whether they sought to undermine then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump. 

As I’ve said before, this really comes down to a critical set of questions: Did the FBI use a Clinton campaign paid-for political dossier to justify spying on the Trump campaign in 2016? Did President Obama's DOJ compromise our security in order to target political opponents? 

Well, it seems we’re getting closer to an answer. Sara Carter of Fox News is reporting that the FBI did use the dossier to get a FISA warrant to spy on American citizens. We did an extensive interview on this with Sean Hannity that you can watch here.

If the FBI indeed used a DNC project paid for by the Clintons to spy on political opponents—(and it sure looks like they did)—then that is as wrong as it gets. That’s why Rep. Jordan and I are calling on the Department of Justice and on House leadership to release ALL documents on this Russian investigation to ALL members of Congress, Democrat and Republican. The American people need the truth about what's happened here--the truth on the FBI's actions, on the Russia investigation, all of it. Let's get to the truth. This has dragged on long enough.

We also need Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to do their jobs, too. If the Attorney General is willing to be transparent with Congress and give us the documents we request, we'll applaud him. However, if he's not willing to do that, we're committed to holding his feet to the fire, and would urge him to step aside as we did in our op-ed here. No one is above the law, and it's time we get to the bottom of this.

Rep. Jordan and I interviewed with Judge Jeanine Pirro on the issue, which you can see here.

Interview with Judge Jeanine

Interviewing on Hannity

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

We celebrated “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” on Capitol Hill this week, and I wanted to share some photos highlighting our incredible police officers.

To the best and bravest among us--thank you for everything you do.



An Update on Regulatory Reform

One of the most effective ways to 'drain the swamp' is to get rid of costly, outdated, and burdensome regulations that work for special interests rather than moms, dads, and business owners back home. This has been a key initiative of ours this year as we seek to get our massive, over-spending government under control.

In just one year, here's some of the progress we've seen:

  • Zero new regulatory costs added
  • Achieved regulatory SAVINGS this year for the first time in decades
  • Canceled over 1,500 planned regulations deemed costly, unnecessary, and over-reaching
  • Eliminated 22 outdated regulations for every new regulation enacted--a 22/1 ratio

Hopefully we're just getting started.

President Trump speaks on regulations at the Farm Bureau Convention

Tax Reform Benefits Continue

The positive numbers keep coming in. Nine in ten Americans are getting some of their money (Yes--THEIR money, not government's money) back in new tax cuts this year—and the benefits are hitting right at home. I received a message over the holidays from an AT&T employee who received a $1,000 bonus due to tax cuts, for example—you can see it below.

We’ve also seen first-hand accounts of how tax cuts will help families around the country and in our own state of NC. A single mom making $40,000 in Cary, NC, will receive $1,300 back in 2018. That matters! Watch her story here.

Right in our district, Green Man Brewery will see almost $45,000 in annual savings because of the tax cuts, allowing them to invest in more machinery! Read their story here.

I interviewed on CBS’ Face the Nation to talk about the positive impact of tax cuts—you can watch the clip here.

Message I received from an AT&T employee

Interviewing on Face the Nation


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