News from Representative Rouzer


Dear Friends,

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6118, which I authored, directing the Department of Interior to designate one city per year as a nationally recognized “American World War II City.”  Additionally, the U.S. House passed the conference report to accompany H.R. 2 – Agriculture Improvement Act sending the five-year Farm Bill to the President’s desk for his signature.


H.R. 6118 directs the Secretary of the Interior to designate at least one city in the United States each year with this illustrious title.  These cities will be designated based on their significant contributions to the war effort and their work preserving the history of WWII.

Due to the hard work and dedication of Wilmington native Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., USNR (Ret.), who is a distinguished author and veteran active in the community, the idea of honoring Wilmington as the Nation’s first World War II City is one step closer to being achieved.  Our state and country is fortunate to have Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. advocating to recognize Wilmington and other cities for their significant contributions during World War II.  As many from the Greatest Generation know, the City of Wilmington was a major contributor to a nationwide effort during World War II to assist with the many components of war production such as defense manufacturing, the production of food and consumer items, and much more.  Passage of this bill brings Wilmington one step closer to receiving the recognition it so rightfully deserves.

Congressman Rouzer and Captain Wilbur D. Jones after a House Committee on Natural Resources hearing examining H.R. 6118.


The agriculture industry contributes $87 billion to North Carolina’s economy making it the state's number one industry employing 17 percent of the state's workforce.  Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill is critically important to America’s farm families, especially those in eastern North Carolina where Hurricane Florence dealt a devastating blow.  The 2018 Farm Bill conference report is the result of an agreement reached between both chambers of Congress that will strengthen the farm safety net, incentivize work and make critical investments to support rural communities, farm families, and American consumers.

I am very pleased that we were able to reach a compromise agreement with the Senate that delivers a stronger safety net for North Carolina's farm families.  In addition to enhancing crop insurance and other farm programs, the conference agreement increases the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s capacity to combat the opioid crisis, expands quality broadband access, and makes significant investments in animal disease preparedness critically important to North Carolina and the nation.  The agreement also makes more than 30 improvements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) while enabling additional immediate improvements to be made by the Administration.

As our state continues to recover from Hurricane Florence, our four offices in Bolivia, Wilmington, Four Oaks 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 Four Oaks office at (919) 938-3040 and Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2731.


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