Mark's Weekly Update - 12-21-16
My family and I would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas season and safe travels as many of you join family out of town. We have so much to be thankful for this Christmas, particularly as we pause to remember the birth of the greatest gift of all -- the Lord Jesus Christ. This holiday season, let us remember to love one another as God so richly loves us. It’s an honor to be your Congressman, and I hope you and your family have a safe and wonderful Christmas weekend.
Isaiah 9:2: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” May the true light of Christ illumine your lives. Merry Christmas!
Debbie and I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas
Welcome, Autumn Meadows!
Debbie and I were thrilled to welcome our first grandchild this week -- Autumn Beatrice Meadows. Her parents, Phoebe and Blake, are both doing well.
What a wonderful Christmas gift! We are thanking God for his goodness in all things.
With our first grandchild, Autumn Meadows
TVA Amendment Signed Into Law
GREAT NEWS: our proposal to stop the TVA's overreaching plan to ban floating cabins was just signed into law this week!
You may remember that earlier this year, the Tennessee Valley Authority announced a plan to ban floating cabins, forcing hundreds of families to move from homes they have lived in for years while disastrously affecting the economies of nearby counties -- particularly Swain and Graham County in our district. In response, we introduced an amendment to stop it.
I am thrilled to see the proposal become law, and while there is work to be done, I hope that this measure can play a small role in sending a message that this kind of government overreach will not be tolerated. Thanks to NC Senators Burr and Tillis for their efforts on this issue as well.
Fontana Lake Houseboats (photo from Macon County News)
Praying for Berlin, Germany
As we gather with family and friends over Christmas, let’s remember to take a moment to pray for the people of Berlin, Germany after the attack this week that appeared to be an act of terrorism. Many people have been hurt and several families are mourning the loss of loved ones. Pray for them, and pray for the authorities in Germany as they investigate what happened.
To read more about the story, click here.
Congratulations to Rep. Mick Mulvaney
I want to give warm congratulations to my good friend and fellow House Freedom Caucus colleague, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), on being selected to serve in President-elect Trump’s cabinet as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Mick has been a great personal friend, and over the years I have come to know him as one of the most principled and sharp-minded conservatives in Congress.
We'll miss him in the Freedom Caucus, but he will be a phenomenal OMB director and is absolutely the right choice to make key budget decisions for our country during this time. To read more about Rep. Mulvaney and his nomination, click here.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney, nominated for OMB Director (photo from Bill Clark-CQ Roll Call)
Murphy High School – State Champions
Congratulations to the Murphy High Bulldogs of Cherokee County, who won the 1-A State High School Football championship this weekend! The Bulldogs beat the Plymouth Vikings 15-14 this past Saturday in Kenan Shore Stadium.
Congratulations to Head Coach David Gentry and these young men on a job well done – we are very proud of you all on the big title game win, but more importantly for the character you display and the way you represent Murphy.
To read more about the Bulldogs championship win, clickhere.
Murphy HS running back, Kadrian McRae (Photo by Ryan Revock)
The team, celebrating the championship (photo by Ryan Revock)