Mark's Weekly Update - 1-27-17
As many of you know, America recently celebrated one of the cornerstone elements of our magnificent country--the peaceful transfer of power between two Presidential administrations. It was an honor to participate in the inauguration of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
With the inauguration of President Trump, I’m very confident that business as usual in Washington ended.
This week we saw the culmination of millions of Americans standing up and speaking out that they are tired of watching their government encroach further into their lives with higher taxes, increased regulations, and out-of-control spending.
I want to offer my congratulations to our newly inaugurated President, Donald J. Trump, and our Vice President, Mike Pence. I look forward to working with the President and his team as we hit the ground running on the most productive first 100 days in modern history--giving relief to so many Americans who have felt the crushing burden of these last eight years. Let’s get to work.
Opening the House of Representatives
This last Monday, I was privileged to gavel in the House of Representatives -- on the first official work day of the new Trump Administration.
This is an exciting new dawn for our government! It's time to deliver. You can watch the full video here.
Reinstating the Mexico City Policy
As you may know, President Trump signed an executive order that reinstates a policy called the "Mexico City Policy"-- a policy that restricts foreign, non-governmental organizations that receive U.S. aid from performing abortion services or promoting abortion overseas. This is a reversal of an executive action by President Obama.
As Washington, D.C. prepared to host hundreds of thousands of marchers in the ‘March for Life’—the largest annual peaceful protest in D.C.—it is very fitting that President Trump began the week with this executive order.
I’m thrilled to see the Trump administration begin a new dawn of government with a firm commitment to the sanctity of life. To read my full statement, click here.
Interview with Sean Hannity
If you didn't get a chance to tune in, you can watch this week’s interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News below -- featuring my friends Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Scott Perry (R-PA), and Jim Jordan (R-OH).
The bottom line: it's time to do what we told the voters we would do. What we need to be about right now is a 100% commitment to keeping our promises to the American people, even if it sends us home.
The first week is off to a good start! To watch the full interview, click here.
Continuing to Serve as Subcommittee Chairman
This week I was humbled to learn that I will continue serving Western North Carolina as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations – a Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
I’m thrilled to continue working alongside Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and so many other outstanding colleagues on the Oversight Committee, and I’m confident that this role will put me in a unique position to serve our country—most importantly, serving the people of Western North Carolina. We will never let up in our mission--to ensure that federal agencies are open and transparent in their execution of federal law.
To read my full press release on the announcement, click here.
Securing our Border
President Trump signed an executive order on “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” on Wednesday. The goal of this decision is to begin construction on a border wall and enforce our laws already on the books.
This a promising first step toward securing our border, solving our immigration crisis, and keeping Americans safe. Republicans have campaigned on border security for years. It’s high time we kept our promise. I applaud President Trump for acting on his commitments and keeping the security of the American people a top priority.
The March for Life
Today I am honored to participate in the March for Life--the largest annual peaceful protest in D.C.--where hundreds of thousands come from all over the country to stand for life and speak out for the millions of babies who have been aborted since Roe v. Wade. What a privilege it is to peacefully demonstrate for the sanctity of life.
To read my full statement on the march, click here. Stay tuned next week for more photos from the event!
Incredible turnout at the March for Life