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  • Mark's Weekly Update - 7-24-18
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 24, 2018 | Preview rr

    Major EPA News: Counties Exempted from Vehicle Emissions Testing We had major news this week from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA just followed through on a policy from our state legislature to exempt 26 North Carolina Counties (including several from our district) from expensive vehicle emissions testing requirements—abiding by a state law that the NC State Legislature passed last year, Senate Bill 131. This is fantastic news. Our office in Washington, D.C. had worked extensively ... Read more

  • Mark's Weekly Update - 7-6-18
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    Remembering Dr. David Belcher I wanted to begin this week’s newsletter by remembering a dear friend, Dr. David Belcher, Chancellor of Western Carolina University, who passed away recently after a battle with cancer. You can read my full statement on Dr. Belcher below. “Debbie and I would like to extend our prayers and support to the Belcher family. Dr. Belcher was nothing short of a champion in the Western North Carolina community—he was a leader, a visionary, a mentor, and a dear friend to so ... Read more

  • Mark's Weekly Update - 6-13-18
    Posted in eNewsletters on June 13, 2018 | Preview rr

    Pray for Megan Edney I want everyone to please be sure to pray for the family of my good friend, Henderson County Commissioner Mike Edney—specifically his daughter, Megan. Megan is in the process of undergoing heart transplant surgery after experiencing some unforeseen medical challenges. Early reports are she is hanging in there and has been incredibly tough through the entire episode. Megan and Mike, we are with your family and thinking of you every day! Pray for Megan Edney My Amendment to A... Read more

  • Mark's Weekly Update - 5-21-18
    Posted in eNewsletters on May 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    More Information on the Department of Justice The more we learn about the early stages of the investigation into the Trump campaign, and the beginning of the Mueller investigation, the more we learn that James Comey, Rod Rosenstein, and President Obama's Department of Justice were not honest with the American people. To this day, the Department of Justice has still neglected to turn over documents to Congress. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH),Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL),and I recently asked the President in... Read more

  • Mark's Weekly Update - 4-30-18
    Posted in eNewsletters on April 30, 2018 | Preview rr

    Investigating the Investigators I wanted to provide you an update on our latest efforts to conduct oversight of the Justice Department. As you know, we have repeatedly sought documents from the Department of Justice on the opening of the “Russian collusion” investigation into the Trump campaign—opened by the same officials who exonerated Secretary Clinton in the investigation of her mishandling of classified information. Time and time again, the Department of Justice, led by Deputy Attorney Gen... Read more

  • Mark's Weekly Update - 4/9/18
    Posted in eNewsletters on April 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    Working to Fight the Opioid Epidemic I recently had the chance to meet with some of our local team in Hendersonville for the Henderson County Opioid Leadership Forum. Our local officials and law enforcement are doing an incredible job to confront this problem. As a reminder, if you haven’t done so already, I want to encourage you to visit my websitehere and read about the bill my office introduced recently on this issue—H.R. 4482, the Opioid Abuse Deterrence, Research, and Recovery Act. You can... Read more

  • Mark's Weekly Update - 3-5-18
    Posted in eNewsletters on March 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    Mark's Weekly Update E-Newsletter 3-5-18 Honoring Billy Graham Last week, we lost one of America’s greatest teachers, servants, and friends. Reverend Billy Graham passed away at the age of 99. Billy Graham is now seeing our Savior face to face—the same Savior that he introduced so many to over the years. And while he passed away from this earth at the age of 99, I can’t help but think of the biblical parable that meant so much to Reverend Graham in his life—the parable of the 99 sheep, and the ... Read more

  • Mark's Weekly Update - 2-20-18
    Posted in eNewsletters on February 20, 2018 | Preview rr

    Immigration Update I wanted to give you an update on news surrounding the immigration debate and where we stand in Congress. Right now, unfortunately, the House of Representatives is not acting on immigration, instead choosing the let the Senate go first and try to pass their own bill--and I believe this is the wrong approach.The Senate has already failed to pass any of the four measures they considered. If the House is going to wait for 60 Senators to figure out an immigration bill first, we m... Read more

  • Mark's Weekly Update - 1-29-18
    Posted in eNewsletters on January 29, 2018 | Preview rr

    Government Shutdown Recap Many of you were probably following the news last week as the government shut down for 3 days. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and a minority of Democrat Senators made the decision to block a spending bill from passing because they wanted a DACA (immigration) deal attached to the bill. Ultimately, that never happened and the government did re-open, but much occurred in between that I’d like to cover. First off, I wanted to make sure to answer a question I received... Read more

  • Mark's Weekly Update - 12 -18 -17
    Posted in eNewsletters on December 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    Supporting Israel As you may have read by now, President Donald Trump recently announced that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the true, undivided Capital of Israel. The United States will also be relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem. There are times throughout the United States' history when our Presidents have sent the rest of the world a clear, powerful message of leadership and conviction. I believe this historic moment will be remembered as one of those times. After 8 years of da... Read more

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