Mark's Weekly Update - 4-7-17
Meeting with Vice President Pence
This week, my colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus and I had a productive meeting with my friend Vice President Mike Pence, discussing a path forward on healthcare reform. He was very gracious and ready to share ideas. We are determined to get this done, repeal Obamacare, and pass reforms that will lower premium costs for all Americans.
I’m encouraged at the progress we are making, and I remain fully committed to working around the clock so that we can get healthcare reform done the right way.
Playbook Live Interview
This week I joined my friends and House Freedom Caucus colleagues, Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Justin Amash (R-MI), for an interview with Politico Playbook Live. We discussed the conservative approach to issues such as healthcare reform, budget items, and more! Watch the full interview here.
Interview with CBN News
This week I joined David Brody with CBN News to do an interview and give an update on negotiations surrounding healthcare. It was a great conversation!
You can watch the full interview here.
Billions Saved by Repeal of Regulations
The White House has announced $10 Billion saved by repeal of various federal regulations over President Trump’s first 100 days.
This is so critical--unnecessary regulation by bureaucrats in Washington has held our economy back and made life difficult for small businesses for years. Credit to President Trump for keeping his campaign promise!
Read the full article here.
Visit with NC-11 Fire Chiefs
It was great to see some familiar faces in DC this week--some of NC11's finest!
From left to right -- Chief Winfield Abee (Lovelady FD, Burke Co), Deputy Chief Ryan Cole (Skyland FD, Buncombe Co) Chief Ted Williams (Weaverville FD, Buncombe Co), Chief Joey Webb (Waynesville FD, Haywood Co), and Deputy Chief Eric Wiseman (Parkway FD, Mitchell Co).
Thanks to these men for their service and the incredible job they do for our communities.
Justice Neil Gorsuch Confirmed
I stood with President Trump many times on the campaign trail last year as he promised to nominate a Supreme Court Justice who would uphold our Constitution and the rule of law above all else.
President Trump absolutely followed through on that promise. I commend the President and the Senate on the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch--a man of deep principle and commitment to the law of the land. He is the right man for the job.
Congressional Art Competition
Announcing the 2017 Congressional Art Competition!
Your students are invited to participate in my annual Congressional Art Competition--now open to all high school students who reside in the 11th District. Entries can include paintings, drawings, prints, and more. We have had a blast with this competition in the past and are really looking forward to the entries this year!
Winners will be chosen by a panel of art professionals, and there will be a reception for all the students who enter--as well as their teachers and families--on April 29, 2017. The overall winner of our district's competition will receive two round-trip tickets to the National Reception in Washington, DC, a $3,000 scholarship to a prestigious Southeastern art college, and his or her art will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol!
You can find more information on my website below. Note that the DEADLINE to enter this year is Friday April 21, 2017. You can read more details on my website here.
Meeting with MOAA
I had a wonderful meeting this week with the Military Officers Association of America—a non-partisan group that advocates for a strong national defense and pours countless hours into supporting military service members and their families. Thanks to them for coming by!
Lt. Governor Dan Forest
It’s always a treat to see my good friend Lt. Governor Dan Forest in DC. North Carolina is lucky to have a man of his caliber in public office.
Talking with Lt. Governor Dan Forest