Mark's Weekly Update - 4/9/18

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Washington, April 9, 2018 | Ben Williamson (202-225-6401) | comments

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 the full bill, a section by section summary, and letters of support from experts like those at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. We want to do everything we can at the federal level to help provide appropriate resources and assistance for our local officials to combat the problem of opioids.


Meeting with local leaders to discuss the opioid problem

Holding the Department of Justice Accountable

Many of you have probably seen the news recently about former Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe. Attorney General Sessions fired McCabe late last month for lying to the FBI about his conduct during the Clinton email investigation.

As more and more information continues to come to light, one thing becomes clearer: we need a second special counsel to investigate the inappropriate conduct that seems to have occurred at the Department of Justice. Remember, Andrew McCabe was a central figure to the investigations leading up to the 2016 presidential election, including the investigations of the Hillary Clinton email server and the Trump campaign. His firing is an important indicator of why we need more information about the Department of Justice’s activities.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and I interviewed with Laura Ingraham on Fox News about the issue. You can watch the full interview and read morehere.

In the coming days, weeks, and months, I will keep working with my colleagues to ensure that officials in our federal justice system are honest, transparent, and forthcoming about misconduct that has occurred. You deserve nothing less than the full truth about what occurred. We will keep working to get it to you.


Interviewing with Laura Ingraham

Visit to Coats

Our district continues to be well represented in the nation's business leadership community. Great to meet the team at the Marion, NC location of Coats! They're one of the global leaders and suppliers of industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business.


Touring the Coats facilities


Speaking with the staff

Tutco-Farnam Products

I enjoyed visiting and hearing from the team at Tutco-Farnam Products in Arden, NC--a manufacturer of custom heaters and heating elements. They’re a great group!


Getting a look at the Tutco operations


Thanking the team for their work

McCreary Modern Woodworking

Thanks to the team at McCreary Modern Woodworking for giving us a look at their operations. Furniture manufacturing is alive and well in Western NC!


Getting a view of the facilities and furniture


Meeting the McCreary Team

Valmead Elementary

Thanks to the students of Valmead Elementary for having me visit a few of their classes! We talked about some of the things they’re learning, and went over how a bill becomes a law in Congress. They are a bright group!


Doing a demonstration on “how a bill becomes a law” with Valmead Elementary students

Blue Ridge School and Early College

I had a great visit with the students of Blue Ridge School and Early College in Cashiers, NC! We took some time to discuss issues like the importance of Fourth Amendment privacy rights in the 21st Century, international issues such as relations with Israel and North Korea, agricultural issues in our district, and more.

Thanks to the students and staff for welcoming me.


Speaking with the students of Blue Ridge School and Early College


With the wonderful cafeteria staff of Blue Ridge School and Early College

Thank You to Our First Responders

It was great to see some of our Jackson County Sherriff’s Deputies this week, and some of the servicemen and women at the Etowah Fire Department, working hard at their training exercises on a Saturday. Thank you to our law enforcement officers and first responders across Western North Carolina and the nation for everything you do for us. We are blessed to have you.



Speaking with Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies, Deputy Dustin Nicholson & Lt. Clyde Rice


Speaking with the Etowah Fire Department team, during a break from their training


The whole team, at the scene of their training

Delta Kappa Gamma Teaching Sorority

Thank you to the Delta Kappa Gamma Teaching Sorority for hosting me this past week. More importantly, thanks to them for the incredible work they do investing in our students! I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with them and give them an update on what’s happening in Washington, D.C.


The Delta Kappa Gamma Teaching Sorority

Macon County Sheriff’s Office – Training

The Macon County Sheriff's Office does an incredible job training and preparing their officers for active shooter situations.

It was an honor to join them this week to hear about their training protocols and thank them for their work protecting our community. You can read morehere.


Macon County Sheriff’s Response Training


Macon County Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Carver


With Macon County Sheriff Robby Holland

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