Ellmers Response to President’s Remarks on Debt Negotiations

July 26th, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Hot Topics, US NC Congress Watch No Responses

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Renee Ellmers released the following statement from her office in Washington this afternoon:

“As I’ve said from the beginning, Washington is not the solution, Washington is the problem. America’s strength is our free market economy. My job here in Washington is to restore trust and remove the uncertainty that is keeping our small business owners from creating jobs. The plan presented by Speaker Boehner has the essential elements to do just that. One of the real strengths of this plan is that the caps are real and the cuts are immediate. We are in this situation due to decades of spending problems, not revenue.”

“The President is not serious about controlling spending and the numbers speak for themselves. Under the President’s watch, $3.7 Trillion has been added to the national debt – that’s $3.7 Trillion in two and a half years. Because of President Obama’s failed policies and focus on growing the government, we have more people out of work and struggling to feed their families. But in the House, we have a plan and it holds true to the principles of Cut, Cap and Balance.”

“We are now over two years into Obama’s presidency and the unemployment rate has increased to 9.2 percent. We need to help the private sector create jobs and get our economy moving again so that more people are not left to face the poverty that this recession has caused. Small businesses and entrepreneurs drive our economy and our focus needs to be on helping to create an environment for them to prosper, not protecting government programs. That is why I call on my colleagues in the House, Senate Leadership, and the President to work with us to save our economy and quickly allow this plan to be enacted.”

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Mike McIntyre (NC7) Says, “We Need To Repeal NAFTA!”

February 18th, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Hot Topics, US NC Congress Watch 4 Responses
Mike McIntyre (NC7) Says, “We Need To Repeal NAFTA!”

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre has introduced legislation to repeal the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Congressman McIntyre stated, “NAFTA has done way too much damage, and we need to repeal it!  NAFTA has cost too many jobs, eroded our industrial base, and decimated towns and communities.  Enough is enough – we need to focus on creating jobs right here in the United States – not in foreign countries!”

NAFTA and similar trade agreements have resulted in a 29% decline in U.S. manufacturing employment since 1993.  Congressman McIntyre is supporting a “Make it in America” plan that will help bring back our manufacturing base and create jobs right here at home.

David Price’s (NC4) Remarks Concerning H.R. 1

February 17th, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Hot Topics, US NC Congress Watch 2 Responses
David Price’s (NC4) Remarks Concerning H.R. 1

Rep. David Price (D-NC) gave the following remarks for the Congressional Record during debate on H.R. 1, the Republican bill to fund the government through the end of the 2011 fiscal year.  The bill cuts billions of dollars in funding for innovative medical research, green energy, education programs like the Pell Grant and Head Start and rescinds federal investments in critical infrastructure high-speed rail.  In his remarks, Rep. Price says the cuts undermine our future competitiveness by crippling advantages that have made us strong, secure and prosperous as a nation.
Security, Strength, and the U.S. Budget
Remarks on H.R. 1, the Republican Spending Bill for Fiscal Year 2011
Rep. David E. Price
Entered into the Congressional Record, Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mr. Speaker, as Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I rise to discuss the impact this bill will have on our nation’s security.

I am talking, in part, about its impact on the efforts directly managed by the Department of Homeland Security.  But I am also talking about our security in a broader sense:  about what makes us strong, secure, and prosperous as a nation.

As for the bill’s Homeland Security title, I want to commend Chairman Aderholt for doing what he could to shield several critical programs from the ill-advised cuts throughout this bill.  Our border security, disaster relief, immigration enforcement, and transportation security efforts – for the most part – are protected.

Unfortunately, these investments offer little consolation when we look at other areas of the DHS budget.  This bill would severely cut federal support for state and local first responders, which is particularly troubling when we consider the fiscal restraints that state and local governments are facing right now.

The elimination of firefighter grants is especially galling.  That cut is guaranteed to result in thousands of firefighter layoffs across the United States.

But while I am concerned about the problems with the homeland security section of this bill, I know that these cuts pale in comparison to other critical domestic services and investments.

And that is exactly my point:  the strength and security of our country are about so much more than how much we spend on weapons systems or how thoroughly we police the border.  They are about the investments we make in our people, in our nation’s ability to recover from the current economic downturn and compete in the global economy.

By this measure, this Republican proposal would dangerously weaken our security by undermining the things that make us strong – from education to scientific research to infrastructure – in an effort to achieve an arbitrary level of cuts dictated by the most extreme elements of the Republican Conference.

As an illustration, look no further than my own congressional district, the Research Triangle of North Carolina.  In just a few decades, the Triangle has become one of the leading centers of research, education, and innovation in the world — an engine of economic growth whose impact extends well beyond state lines.

But now my Republican colleagues are threatening to undermine the very basis of our economic success.

This bill would gut higher education by slashing the maximum Pell Grant award by 17 percent.  In my district, over 27,000 students receive Pell Grants — over 249,000 students in North Carolina overall.

We cannot possibly “out-educate” our competitors by denying a college education to thousands of American students and allowing the most disadvantaged children to fall even further behind.

Nor can we “out-build” our competitors by slashing funding for high-speed rail, clean energy technologies, and other investments in the infrastructure that will be necessary to sustain the industries of the 21st Century – as this Republican proposal would do.  Cuts to transportation and infrastructure in this bill would directly result in the loss of over 20,000 jobs in North Carolina alone.

Indeed, the enactment of this measure could sound the final death knell for any hope that the United States will become the global market leader in “green” technologies.  Instead, we will only fall further behind as China and other countries develop the energy sources that will fuel our economy as the price of oil soars.

Finally, this Republican plan would eviscerate our investments in scientific research – the source of so much of our economic success, especially in the Research Triangle.

It would cut cancer research and other NIH funding by nearly $1.6 billion.  It would cut National Science Foundation research and education by over $800 million.  And it would cut $400 million from agricultural research that keeps our farmers competitive in the global market.

These are just a few of the dozens of initiatives which have built the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity – and, by extension, our nation’s security. To take a wrecking ball to this foundation at a time when we are struggling to recover from a financial crisis and compete again in the modern global economy would be both reckless and reprehensible.

We shouldn’t even be calling this bill a Continuing Resolution.  The “C-R” could more accurately stand for “Continuing the Recession”, or “Choking the Recovery” – because that’s exactly what this bill will do.

I urge my colleagues to oppose this dangerous measure, and I yield back the balance of my time.

Press Release, Washington DC, 2/17/11

Walter Jones (NC3) Thanks Speaker Boehner For His Dedication To Our Troops

February 17th, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: US NC Congress Watch No Responses
Walter Jones (NC3) Thanks Speaker Boehner For His Dedication To Our Troops

Today U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) applauded Speaker of the House John Boehner for his decision to continue holding a moment of silence on the first legislative day of each month for the troops and their families.  The moment of silence has been observed in the House since Jones first proposed the idea in 2008, and it was observed today for the first time in the 112th Congress.

“I want to thank Speaker Boehner for his dedication to our troops and their families by continuing to observe the monthly moment of silence,” said Jones.  “As this war continues, it is important to continue to honor those who gave their lives for this country, their families and those men and women still fighting today.”

“This moment of silence will serve as a solemn thank you from a grateful nation.”

Washington, Feb 17

Breaking: Congresswoman Ellmers Calls on Obama Administration to Stand Strong with Israel

February 17th, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Hot Topics, US NC Congress Watch No Responses
Breaking: Congresswoman Ellmers Calls on Obama Administration to Stand Strong with Israel

Today Congresswoman Renee Ellmers issued the following statement regarding support for Israel:

It has been reported that the Obama Administration will support a U.N. Security Council statement rebuking Israel.  The statement, which would condemn Israeli settlement activity, is reportedly being offered as a compromise – because the Obama Administration doesn’t want to veto a stronger statement issued by the Council. This is not the time to abandon our closest and strongest democratic ally in the Middle East in an effort of appeasement.

I call on the President to stand strong with Israel at this time. The strength and security of the State of Israel is vital to America’s national security, particularly with the current upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia and other parts of the region.

Earlier this week I signed onto a letter to Speaker Boehner affirming my commitment to ensuring the strength of the U.S.–Israel relationship. I also support continuing America’s commitment to support Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system.  This support will help Israel protect her civilian population, as well as maintain military strength.  This is vital not only to Israel’s security at this time, but to America’s as well.

I hope the White House will join me in sending a strong message of support for Israel.”