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  • Balancing the Budget Isn’t Just a Priority, It’s a Requirement
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on April 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Reform, Social Security & Medicare

    Most of us understand what it means to balance a budget. We work hard to get a paycheck. We use that money to feed and clothe our family and keep a roof over our heads. If we’re able, we put a little aside in case of emergency or for a rainy day. We all know the feeling of sitting at the kitchen table, long after the kids have gone to bed, shuffling through bills and pay stubs. But we only spend what we earn. In my family, balancing our budget isn’t just a priority, it’s a requirement. We need t... Read more

  • Shining a Light on the Regulatory Process
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on February 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Government Oversight

    Each year Washington imposes thousands of pages of rules and regulations on America’s local governments and small businesses. Hidden in those rules are costly mandates that stretch state and city budgets and make it harder for employers to hire. In 1995, members from both parties got behind, and President Bill Clinton signed, the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA), which sought to expose Washington’s abuse of unfunded federal mandates. However, over the years, weaknesses in the original legisla... Read more

  • Reduce the Federal Footprint in America’s Classrooms
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on February 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    The current K-12 education system is failing our students, and state and local attempts to make it better have been hampered by an enormous federal footprint. Parents and education leaders have lost much of their decision-making authority to Washington bureaucrats, and the Secretary of Education has bullied states into adopting the Obama administration’s pet projects. Unsurprisingly, student achievement levels remain worrisome – just 36 percent of eighth grade students read at grade level and on... Read more

  • Getting back to work
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on January 31, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Veterans, Energy and Gas Prices, Immigration, Jobs and the Economy

    On Jan. 6, I was sworn in to my sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Serving the people of North Carolina is a profound honor, and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the 5th District in Congress. It is always a tremendous privilege to take the oath of office and pledge to “support and defend” the Constitution of the United States. The first month of the 114th Congress has been a busy one as the House has gotten right to work tackling the difficult issues facing the nation... Read more

  • America's New Congress
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on December 19, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Jobs and the Economy, Government Oversight

    Since I was first elected to Congress in 2004, I have heard from thousands of constituents across North Carolina’s Fifth District. In recent years, there has been an understandable note of frustration in their voices over the direction that our country is headed. These folks know all too well the struggle to find a job and pay the bills. They’re angry that it takes an average 111 days just to make enough to pay the government before starting to keep what they earn for the year. They’ve watched a... Read more

  • Let’s Work Together for America’s Workers
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on April 22, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Jobs and the Economy

    Last week, President Obama announced the creation of a $600 million grant program to help prepare people for jobs that are currently going unfilled. It’s good that the President is giving the issue of workforce development some greatly needed attention, but I fear his unilateral approach will be counterproductive. The jumbled, confusing federal workforce development system currently spends $18 billion on 47 different programs spread across nine agencies. Putting a $600 million layer of gloss on ... Read more

  • Budget, Spending and Jobs
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on February 18, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Tax Reform, Jobs and the Economy

    This week brought news that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office predicts Obamacare will cause the loss of 2.3 million jobs over the next decade. While the President’s ill-conceived healthcare law continues to have disastrous consequences for our economy, it’s important to highlight what The Congress has been doing to help stabilize our economy and put people back to work. Budget As a proud fiscal conservative, I was skeptical of the compromise Bipartisan Budget Agreement (BBA) when it w... Read more

  • Time for the U.S. House and Senate to Have a Talk
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on October 8, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Budget and Tax Reform

    North Carolinians keep telling me “this has to stop.” I agree. To have any hope of solving the challenges before us, leaders have to be willing to work together. So let’s restore services we agree should be running and fix inequities in the law. Let’s defend our credit rating by getting control over our bills and strengthening our fiscal foundation. Whether the challenge is ending the shutdown or confronting our debt, divided government demands bipartisan solutions, and finding bipartisan agreement starts by sitting down to talk. Read more

  • Sherrie Norris - North Carolina Activist, Storyteller
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on October 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: 5th District News and Services

    The story of women – of our leadership, sacrifice, determination, and accomplishment – has been built over time, and needs no embellishment. But our collective story requires regular updates as it grows in richness, and continual re-telling. Because of Sherrie Norris, the contributions of high country North Carolina women are regularly added to this library. Read more

  • Reforms Add Integrity to SNAP Food Stamp Program
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on September 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Values, Jobs and the Economy, Government Oversight

    An unchecked SNAP program that wastes its limited resources on publicity campaigns or subsidizing those who do not qualify is unable to provide the best service to the people it is designed to help. It is the job of this Congress to ensure the program is held accountable as a steward of taxpayer dollars and as a safety net of last resort for the needy. Read more

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"Thank you for keeping us informed about the Washington situation...I sincerely hope that you will try your very best to de-fund Obamacare." - Bill, Mocksville

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"The federal government needs to rein in spending and re-work the tax code...There needs to be real changes." - David, Kernersville

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"The only way to ensure a meaningful education is to provide students with teachers that are dedicated to them and their individual needs." - Mary, Hickory

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"The number one issue that Congress should be working on is the economy, the smothering regulations and the mounting debt." - Jeff, Lewisville

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"Please support our 2nd amendment rights at all cost." - Robert, Lewisville

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"We MUST continue to send a message...that [government] cannot pick and choose which parts of the Constitution they will adhere to." - Patricia, Taylorsville

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"Our children deserve a world-class education that will equip them to compete in the global economy." - Lorrie, Kernersville

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"The right thing is not easy, pleasant or popular. It's hard work - just like what Americans do every day." - Jeff, Advance

VOICES FROM THE 5TH

"Paying for college is already hard enough for many students, increasing the borrowing rate is only going to make a bad problem worse." - Amy, Kernersville

VOICES FROM THE 5TH

"Stand firm to cut and eliminate waste!" - Joseph, Clemmons

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