Economy and Jobs
One of my top priorities is to ensure that the government creates an economic-friendly environment that will spur growth and help rebuild the economy of Western North Carolina and the nation. In order to do so, Congress must prioritize legislation that encourages job creation by keeping taxes low, paying down our national debt, controlling spending and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse within our government. Economic growth originates from the hard-working entrepreneurial spirit of the American people, not from Washington. The best thing we can do to reignite job growth in this country is to get the federal government out of the way of the American worker and ensure that the United States remains a top global economic competitor.
In the 113th Congress, I will work hard to pass legislation focusing on empowering small business owners, reforming the tax code, paying down our national debt, fostering domestic energy production and removing burdensome regulations and mandates associated with intrusive government programs.
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Washington, D.C.— On Monday, President Obama unveiled a sweeping new environmental regulatory rule limiting greenhouse emissions by American companies. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement:
On the tail end of a long holiday weekend after members of Congress had left Washington to return home to their districts, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers announced the sweeping final “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, which defines which streams, rivers, ponds, wetlands, ditches, and waterways are subject to the regulations of the Clean Water Act. The rule massively broadens the scope of the agency's power.
Rep. Meadows' Statement on Duke Energy's Investment in Asheville Plant
Washington, D.C.— Duke Energy announced its plans on Tuesday to invest $1.1 billion to retire the Asheville coal plant and build a new state-of-the-art natural gas plant and solar installation in its place. The 376-megawatt Asheville coal plant will be retired over the next four to five years and replaced with a 650-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant, and solar installation. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) praised Duke Energy’s investment in Asheville:
The U.S. federal workforce is the greatest public workforce in the world. Oftentimes, federal workers are unfairly viewed as just another cog in the wheel, when in reality our workforce is comprised of thousands of individuals committed to making a difference in the lives of their fellow Americans.
The newly formed House Freedom Caucus will push back against soft Republican efforts to simply pass bills and instead will pursue a true conservative agenda, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) tells Breitbart News.
“The way we get success [for conservatism] is not accepting milquetoast, middle of the road legislation that really doesn’t do anything, but that we fight for our principles and even if we lose on the vote, we continue to build support among our countryman that, ‘Hey this is the way we go,’” Fleming explained in an interview Monday.
Conservative lawmakers in the House have set-up a new group called the "Freedom Caucus," splitting from the Republican Study Committee after saying it had become too wedded to the leadership, The Hill reported.
There are nine founding members, many of whom voted against House Speaker John Boehner's re-election earlier this month.
A new caucus aimed at pushing “an agenda of limited, constitutional government” is up-and-running, launched by nine conservative members of the House of Representatives.
Monday the conservative Republicans — including many who’ve been critics of House leadership — announced the formation of what they call the House Freedom Caucus.
“The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them,” the group’s mission statement reads.
Nine conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives have formed a new group in hopes of pushing a more conservative agenda in the chamber.
The new House Freedom Caucus will give ‘a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them,’ the group announced in a statement Monday.
The group is an alternative to the Republican Study Committee, which some lawmakers contend has become too close with the House Republican leadership.
Conservatives Form House Freedom Caucus
Washington, D.C. – Conservative House Members announced on Monday the formation of the House Freedom Caucus (HFC), which will focus on advancing an agenda of limited, constitutional government. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) is a founding Member of the new caucus. The HFC has adopted the following mission statement:
Despite new-found control in both chambers of the U.S. Congress, Republican lawmakers representing North Carolina spent more time in their seats than their Democratic colleagues Tuesday evening, at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.
The speech, Obama’s sixth as president, found him declaring a page turned after years of war and recession and championing policies geared at the middle class — including reforms to the nation’s tax code and a proposal for free community college.