News from Representative Rouzer

July 19, 2019

Dear Friend, 

Now that we are six months into Democrat control of the House of Representatives, it's clear that Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats are not pursuing an agenda that aligns with the values of North Carolina families. A spat between Pelosi and freshman radicals including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has erupted into an open civil war in the Democratic Caucus, pushing their agenda even further to the left.  

Instead of working on issues that will make North Carolina communities safer and stronger, here's just a sample of what the Democrat majority has passed over the opposition of House Republicans:

  • H.R. 1, a virtual takeover by Washington of our federal and state elections. It mandates taxpayer funding for political campaigns putting North Carolinians on the hook for campaign ads, mailers, and robocalls from left-wing Socialist candidates across the nation.  It also allows felons to vote.

  • H.R. 6, an extreme, pro-amnesty bill that would give criminals and drug dealers a safe haven while doing nothing to address the crisis at our border.  Even the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated this would cost as much as $35 billion over the first ten years.

  • H.R. 8, the most extreme anti-2nd Amendment legislation passed by the House in decades does nothing to prevent criminals from obtaining firearms and instead criminalizes many activities like trades, private sales or temporary loans of firearms common among law-abiding gun owners.  That gun you want to give your grandson when he turns of age and is trained to use: Uncle Sam will know all about it and may even prohibit it.  This is a very slippery slope to ultimate confiscation of firearms for those who legally own them.  

  • H.R. 5, misleadingly billed as legislation to prevent discrimination, actually goes much further than that: it gives DC bureaucrats control of private family decisions, it supersedes the judgment of medical doctors requiring them to perform sex changes for teenagers even if the parents object, and it rolls back decades-old protections for female college athletes.  Hard to believe?  It was for me too. 

  • H.R. 582, the inaptly-named Raise the Wage Act, which according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) would lower real family income by more than $9 billion. The CBO predicts the Democrats' bill would destroy 3.7 million jobs nationwide, and almost 40 percent of these losses would be borne by individuals without a college degree -- making it even harder for entry-level workers to enter the workforce and get the work experience they need. 
As barbs fly between the traditional liberals and the Socialist wing of the Democratic Caucus, here are a few of the most important things affecting the country that House Democrats have neglected to do:
  • Address Our Border Security Crisis: Despite record levels of apprehensions of illegal immigrants at our southern border, Democrats still refuse to provide our Border Patrol personnel with the resources they need. Even an attempt to provide emergency humanitarian shelter and aid to detained migrants was almost derailed by the far-left Socialist wing of the Democrat Party.

  • Combat Infanticide: On more than 70 separate occasions, Democrats have refused our request for the House to consider the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would provide medical care to infants born alive after surviving a failed abortion.
  • Advance the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: This re-write of NAFTA will create more than 175,000 jobs and boost GDP by more than $68 billion. It's good news for North Carolina, particularly for manufacturing and our farmers, but Democrats so far refuse to bring it to the House floor for a vote.

  • Put Partisanship Above Our Troops: Annual legislation authorizing funding for our armed forces has always enjoyed bipartisan support — until this year. The Senate passed a bipartisan version of its bill 86-8. But the far-left Socialist wing of the House Democratic Caucus opted to hold the process hostage, insisting on changes to the legislation to make it even more partisan by cutting funding for our troops.  The bill the House passed this week underfunds our troops, deprives them of needed equipment, harms readiness and ties our hands in dealing with threats like Iran. 
How partisan has it gotten? Just in the last few weeks, Democrats on the House Rules Committee -- a panel handpicked by Speaker Pelosi -- killed two amendments that I authored to legislation under consideration by the House.  The first would give terminally ill veterans more flexibility to make changes to their Survivor Benefits Plan. The other addresses a problem many veterans have experienced: their credit scores have taken a hit because the VA failed to reimburse a non-VA provider for emergency care in a timely manner.  I don't know about you, but I don't think work on these issues should be derailed because a Republican named David Rouzer happened to offer amendments to address them.  

Nearly 200 days in, there's plenty for hard-working Americans to be frustrated about when it comes to the direction of the U.S. House of Representatives.  But I will continue to be a voice for the values of our communities and will keep working to make our region more secure and more prosperous.


Congressman David Rouzer

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