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The Fight for $15 Wages War on Working Families

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A look at the latest jobs report shows that pro-growth policies like the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and regulatory reform are working well for the American people. Wages are on the rise, jobs are being created and unemployment has reached a 50-year low. Many businesses and workers are seizing these opportunities, but there is still more work to be done. Right now, there are 7.4…

Policemen and Women, Thank you

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In observance of this National Police Week, I especially want to thank all of the law enforcement officers of the Fifth District for their countless sacrifices in the line of duty and tireless commitment to keeping our communities safe.  This week, the nation recognizes the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to law enforcement and commemorates our fallen police…

When Disaster Relief Hurts

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People here in North Carolina are asking, what is the hold up with disaster relief funding? Hurricane Florence happened eight months ago, and within two weeks of the storm, Congress passed $8.8 billion in regular appropriations to FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund as well as supplemental appropriations including $1.7 billion for the Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR).…

U.S. Foreign Policy Promotes Real Global Health

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The United States is once again taking the lead on true “family planning,” and that doesn’t include aborting unwanted children — especially with taxpayer money. From the start, the Trump administration has worked to build a wall between taxpayers and abortion-on-demand. From restoring and expanding Ronald Reagan’s “Mexico City Policy” (officially known as the Protecting Life in…

Democrats Want State Majorities, Here's How They're Going to Get Them

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The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide on landmark partisan gerrymandering cases involving North Carolina and Maryland legislative maps. But the high court’s decision won’t matter if the Democrats succeed in using state courts to undemocratically secure majorities. It’s the fad du jour to complain about partisan gerrymandering, but there’s a more sinister power grab unfolding right…

Jewish Americans Deserve Better

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As you have probably seen in recent headlines, our friend Israel has been unfairly attacked by new and loud voices in the House of Representatives.  Far-left members of the Democratic Caucus have claimed that America’s support for Israel is bought by Jewish Americans, that Israel has no right to exist and that thinking otherwise is a betrayal of one’s patriotism.  I condemn this…

Legislating for Life, 46 Years After Roe

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Tags: Values

This week marks the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that has forever changed the way our nation values life.  Since that fateful decision, an estimated 60 million infants have been killed in the womb in the United States alone.  This is an unspeakable tragedy and as long as we allow abortion to continue, it degrades the moral character of our…

TCJA Delivers New Opportunities & Opportunity Zones

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Since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) last year, I have been meeting with workers and business leaders across North Carolina’s Fifth District to hear firsthand how this legislation is impacting my constituents.  The vast majority of Americans is seeing more money in paychecks, and small businesses have been reaping the benefits of a fairer tax code.  Furthermore,…

A $662 Billion Challenge: Transforming U.S. Grant Reporting

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In 2017, the federal government awarded $662.7 billion in grants funding to state agencies, local and tribal governments, agencies, non-profits, universities, and other organizations. Roughly translated, this equates to the Gross Domestic Product of Switzerland – or more than the GDP of every country outside the G20. Within our federal government, there are 26 agencies awarding federal…

A Way Forward for National Park Maintenance

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Americans have always loved open spaces, beautiful scenery and tranquil places to visit and we have created national parks, forests, conservation lands, and recreation areas for the enjoyment of all which indicates how important these values are to our national heritage.  Residents of the High Country are especially proud to have the Blue Ridge Parkway and other wonderful places…

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