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Asheville’s progressive movement is a poorly disguised repackaging of the socialist movement. In this safe link the BCGOP makes our case for why you should be a part of the only organized political force capable of countering the deception – The Republican Party.
Thank for your continued interest in the future of our country,
Carl Mumpower, Chair
Washington, D.C. – On Sunday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) appeared alongside Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. The two members discussed the new GOP tax reform proposal, which is going through the committee amendment process beginning today.
“It’s a work in progress,” Meadows said, but “preliminary numbers look very good in terms of economic growth. As I have looked at this particular bill, it appears that we should be able to get a 3.5 to 3.6 percent bump in GDP growth. When we do that, it means higher wages and a stronger economy.”
Meadows once again addressed the concern on increasing the deficit in the short run, reiterating that while he would prefer to cut both spending and taxes, the economic growth and relief for working families is worth the short-term exposure.
“Over a longer period of time, some 10 to 15 years, we believe that the economic growth will outweigh any short-term deficit increase that we see,” said Meadows, “so even though we’re looking at increasing the deficit in the short run, over a 15-year period, we could have these tax cuts paid for because of economic growth.”
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This week marked Ronald Reagan’s Tax Reform Act of 1986 and the start of one of the longest economic booms in American history. Unfortunately, since that time our government officials have let us down and we have reverted to becoming one of the highest taxed nations in the developed world. But, President Trump plans to change that. In promoting his historic tax plan, The President said: “The tax cuts and reforms of the 1980s show that when we empower the American people to pursue their dreams, they will not only achieve greatness and create prosperity beyond imagination, they will build an entirely new world.” Hard working Americans desperately need tax cuts to begin recovering from our decade of economic stagnation. It is time we ignite America’s middle-class miracle once again.
BUILDING POSITIVE ALLIANCES IN ASIA
President Trump hosted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, at the White House this week. The leaders highlighted the strong relationship between our two countries, demonstrated in the purchase of 39 Boeing wide-body aircraft by Singapore Airlines, valued at $13.8 billion dollars! And all that money comes straight to Boeing, right here in the USA. Singapore has been an anchor for the presence of the United States in the Indo-Pacific, underpinning regional peace and prosperity for the region and the United States. We look forward to President Trump’s historic trip to Asia next month, including stops in Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, the Philippines, and China where he will build positive alliances with our other allies in the region.
ADDRESSING THE OPIOID CRISIS
Preliminary data indicates that approximately 64,000 Americans died last year of drug overdoses in the United States, the majority of them from opioid abuse. That’s nearly 100 Americans, on average, who die each day from opioids, robbing so many of our youth of their potential. This is a genuine crisis that President Trump is working tirelessly to address. And this week, the President declared it a public health emergency prompting states across the country to act more rapidly to combat this epidemic. As a Nation, and with the support of President Trump, we can come together to save lives and end this crisis once and for all.
On Monday, President Trump awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to retired Army Captain, Gary Michael Rose. From September 11 through September 14, 1970, Captain Rose repeatedly ran into enemy fire to provide critical medical aid to his partners, using his own body on one occasion to shield a wounded American from harm. “[Y]our will to endure, your love for your fellow soldier, your devotion to your country inspires us all,” the President said. “Nations are formed out of the strength and patriotism that lives in the hearts of our heroes.”
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement on House Oversight Chairman, Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and House Judiciary Chairman, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), opening a joint investigation of the Obama Justice Department’s handling of the investigation into former Democrat presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton:
“It’s no secret that Washington, D.C. has plenty of flaws to complain about—but one of the things American voters most resent is the double standard in our justice system. The rich and privileged class in Washington are beholden to one set of rules while the hard-working men and women of main street see entirely different consequences for similar offenses. This is wrong, and it undermines one of the most fundamental principles of America: that ‘Lady Justice’ wears a blindfold; that all Americans, regardless of class, wealth, or influence shall be treated equally under the law.
In our great country, public servants should be held to a higher standard. They are called to be open, transparent, and accountable to the people they serve. When those standards are violated, it is incumbent upon Congress to pursue the truth and present it to the public. With this in mind—questions surrounding the Obama Department of Justice’s handling of the investigation into Secretary Clinton should be fully examined. That investigation gave us more questions than it did answers. The fact that Secretary Clinton lost an election and Loretta Lynch no longer serves as Attorney General should not allow their questionable conduct to go without appropriate scrutiny.
I applaud Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte’s decision to open this investigation. I look forward to working with them to find the long-awaited truth behind this issue.”
Last Session of the Year….Maybe
This past Tuesday, the North Carolina General Assembly went into what many of us, including myself, hope will be the final session for`2017.
The focus was Senate Bill 656 Electoral Freedom Act of 2017. The bill lowers the percentage of states in which a party was included on the general election ballot to establish party recognition in North Carolina. It also reduces the number of signatures required on petitions for many unaffiliated candidates to be included on the general election ballot.
The Electoral Freedom Act of 2017 further lowers the percentage of votes required to avoid a runoff in primaries from 40% to 30%. This will reduce costs to help candidates, voters and taxpayers make the election system more efficient.
Finally, the Electoral Freedom Act of 2017 gives judicial candidates in 2018 flexibility to analyze potential redistricting changes that passed the House in October. The legislation eliminates primaries for all judicial offices in 2018 to accommodate the potential for new election maps and ensure consistent treatment of all candidates seeking judicial office.
The bill was vetoed earlier a few weeks ago. The veto was overridden in the Senate on Monday, and overridden in the House on Tuesday, making this the 10th veto overridden.
Red Ribbon Week and Special Event
Red Ribbon Week is a great opportunity to support the adolescent substance prevention work you are already doing in your communities. This is a chance to reinforce your efforts in creative and fun ways.
Visit http://www.ncparentresourcecenter.org/red-ribbon to learn more about Red Ribbon Week and download the FREE planning toolbox.
Natural High offers videos and lesson plans that can be used by those working with students during Red Ribbon Week.
Town Hall and Park Dedication
The fourth quarterly town hall meeting, which will take on a different format than what usually takes place. The town hall meeting will begin on October 26 at 4:00 p.m. At 4:30, the meeting will break up and join Swain County officials at the boat ramp on NC Highway 288, for the purpose of renaming that area David Monteith Park, in honor of the late Swain County Commissioner David Monteith. After the dedication at the new Monteith Park, everyone will be invited back to the Swain County Administration Building at 101 Mitchell Street for the monthly meeting of the Swain County Commissioners meeting, which will begin at 6:00 p.m.
The town hall meeting will also take place at the Swain County Administration Building at 101 Mitchell Street.
Please remember that you can reach my office by phone and by email. My phone number is (919) 715-3005, and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can listen to the session, or most committee meetings by visiting ncleg.net,and clicking the audio tab.