Mark's Weekly Update - 7-18-17
Reminder: Veterans’ Solutions Seminar
REMINDER: the Veterans' Solutions Seminars are coming up! We would love to see you and answer any questions or help solve issues you may have with federal agencies. You can find the dates, times, and locations below.
Thursday, August 3: Haywood County Senior Resource Center
Thursday, August 3: Fletcher Town Hall
Friday, August 4: Foothills Higher Education Center
Freedom Caucus Increasing Pressure to Cancel August Recess
If you missed it, there are several updates on the House Freedom Caucus’ push to cancel the August Recess. We’re arguing for this so that Congress can stay in DC to work on keeping our promises to the voters.
First, the Senate announced that they are canceling the first two weeks of their recess--giving more time to work on healthcare reform, nominations, and other important legislative issues. I applaud this decision by leader McConnell and remain calling on House leadership to do the same—you can read more about the Senate’s schedule change here.
The House Freedom Caucus also held a press conference last week calling on the House to follow suit and cancel our August recess. The list of Congress' unfinished business is far too long to go on a break, and it's critical that any additional weeks in session are coupled with decisive action to deliver on our promises to the American people. You can watch our full press conference here.
I also joined the team at Fox News to discuss the ongoing effort to delay recess until Congress follows through on its commitments. You can watch the full interview here, and you can also read more about the Freedom Caucus’ push in an article here.
And, as an added bonus, President Trump even tweeted this! I completely agree with his assessment. Let’s pass a healthcare bill before we go home.
Interview with Breitbart News – Budget
I interviewed with Breitbart News this week on the subject of the next Congressional Budget. Make no mistake—Congress’ next budget must provide funding for border security (among other campaign commitments from President Trump), or I--and many of my conservative colleagues--will not support it.
Border security is critical for our country right now--President Donald Trump and Congress have both promised to deliver on it. Be assured that if Congress fails in that area, the budget will not pass.
You can read the full story here.
Assistance to Firefighter’s Grants
Last week I was thrilled to join the Fletcher Fire Department and the Upper Hominy Fire Department to present “Assistance to Firefighters” Grants from the Department of Homeland Security.
The grants were awarded as part of a program through FEMA that seeks to “enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards.” The program provides direct assistance to eligible fire departments for needed equipment upgrades, additional training, and emergency services.
As I’ve often said, Western North Carolina is blessed with the best first responders in the country—beginning with our firefighters. Their day to day professionalism and commitment to keeping our communities safe is truly second to none! These grants are well-deserved and will improve their emergency services capabilities in the months and years to come.
Visiting Johnson Family Farm
Of course, whenever I’m in Mills River, it’s a must to stop by the Johnson Family Farm! Thanks Kirby Johnson for stopping to chat.
Stop in Brevard County
It’s always good to see the Brevard Mayor, my friend Jimmy Harris! He’s one of the best. Thanks to Jimmy and his daughter Cassie for having me in for a visit.
Visiting Brevard Mayor, Jimmy Harris, and his daughter, Cassie