George Holding

George Holding


Congressman Holding on Rep. Jim Fulghum's Passing


For Immediate Release: July 20, 2014       Congressman Holding on Rep. Jim Fulghum's Passing   RALEIGH, N.C. - Saturday evening, North Carolina Representative Jim Fulghum passed away after a short battle with cancer. Congressman George Holding released the following statement:   "Lucy and I are deeply saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Jim was truly a great American, friend, and mentor to me and to so many. His passing is a great loss for our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife of 47 years, Mary Susan, and their family at this time."     ### Read More

Congressman Holding Asks Speaker Boehner to Invite Prime Minister Modi to Address Congress


For Immediate Release: June 20, 2014       Congressman Holding Asks Speaker Boehner to Invite Prime Minister Modi to Address Congress   WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Congressman George Holding (R-NC) sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner requesting that the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, be allowed to address a Joint Meeting of Congress later this year. Congressman Holding released the following statement:   “Having led a Congressional Delegation to India last year, I stand committed to working with our partners in India to expand and facilitate greater understanding and enhanced cooperation between our two democracies. The U.S.-India bilateral relationship will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century and one which will be vital to U.S. strategic interests in the Asia-Pacific region. I am honored to join with the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce (R-CA) in asking the Speaker to invite Prime Minister Modi to address a Joint Meeting of Congress.”   Background:  Over 500 million people voted in the recent Indian elections, making it the world’s largest democratic event and a pivotal moment in India’s history. Prime Minister Modi will be travelling to Washington, D.C. later this year after winning the Indian elections this May.   Congressman Holding, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee, led a Congressional Delegation to India last December.       ### Read More

Congressman Holding Introduces the RESPECT Act


For Immediate Release: May 29, 2014     Congressman Holding Introduces the RESPECT Act Requires Digital Radio to Pay For Music Recorded Before 1972   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman George Holding (NC-13) introduced the “Respecting Senior Performers as Essential Cultural Treasures” or “RESPECT” Act to ensure older artists receive compensation from digital radio services that use their work.  House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers and several bipartisan members of the House, including five members of the Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet joined as original cosponsors. Congressman Holding released the following statement:   “The Respect Act confronts an idiosyncrasy in the law that has resulted in some of our country’s greatest talents, who recorded music and other work, being denied just compensation by digital music services for work they recorded before 1972.    Due to a loophole in the law, digital services argue they don’t have to pay under their federal copyright license because recordings made before February 15, 1972 are covered by state law. But they aren’t paying these royalties under state law either - claiming it doesn’t apply to digital services at all. Currently, great recordings from the American Songbook -- including Sinatra, Motown hits, Country Classics, Jazz from North Carolina’s own John Coltrane, and our Beethoven of Banjo – Earl Scruggs -- are unfortunately losing out. America’s legacy artists deserve to be paid for their work and their property as much as their peers who recorded from the mid 70’s ‘til today. This was never the intent of Congress; it goes against the nature of copyright and property rights generally.   This legislation isn’t meant to disrespect digital music services – it’s meant to respect the accomplishments and efforts of legacy artists.  Digital music services play an important role in promoting artists of all generations and should be commended for bringing forth new technologies that are allowing us to enjoy music in new ways, often providing new revenue streams for some artists. This legislation is part of a broader conversation but with such as discrete problem as the one facing our legacy artists, and a clear path forward, Congress has a duty to act.  In the end, we believe this fix will benefit artists, consumers, and companies operating in this ecosystem.   The RESPECT Act corrects this situation and will help to ensure that, as all us enjoy their musical legacy, those who came before us and created some of our country’s greatest musical treasures get the respect they deserve.”   Background: Songs recorded after February 15, 1972 are protected by federal law, while songs recorded before that date are protected by state law.  Some successful digital music services refuse to pay royalties for “pre-72” music, however, arguing that the federal license they use doesn’t require payment for songs protected by state law.  However, they also refuse to pay royalties under state law – claiming that state laws don’t cover digital services at all.   The RESPECT Act addresses this quirk of history and law by requiring digital music services that use the federal compulsory licenses to pay royalties for the pre-72 music that they play.  It does not pre-empt state laws or fully federalize all pre-72 recordings, a more complicated issue that has already been referred by the Copyright Office to the Judiciary Committee for review.   It does not create any new federal copyright claims or prejudice non-commercial users of music in any way.       ### Read More

Congressman Holding on the Threat of Boko Haram


Congressman Holding on the Threat of Boko Haram WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the growing threat of Boko Haram, Congressman Holding released the following statement: “Boko Haram has been terrorizing Nigerian citizens for years, and unfortunately after the abduction of innocent schoolgirls last month, the world now is getting a glimpse of the reality Nigerians face on a daily basis. Nigerians are afraid to go to church, to school, or just outside their homes simply out of fear that they could be attacked or killed by Boko Haram’s thugs. We can no longer stand by and watch this happen – there are hundreds of young schoolgirls who need our help. Boko Haram thrives on fear and terror, and in the United States, we know this to be unacceptable and immoral. We condemn them for their violent actions, and it is critical that the U.S. stand with Nigeria. As highlighted at the hearing, the U.S. should bolster our intelligence sharing and security cooperation with Nigeria right now to aid in the safe recovery of these schoolgirls and support their mission to decimate Boko Haram.” Background: Boko Haram, a group with Al-Qaeda ties, emerged in the early 2000s and carry out deadly attacks in Nigeria, including suicide bombers, car bombs, and IEDs. They target large public areas, such as schools, government buildings, churches, and markets. They have attempted to infiltrate the Nigerian government, and targeted many local political leaders for assassination. More than 4,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram-related violence. Most recently, the group abducted over 200 schoolgirls aged 16-18, who remain unfound. On May 20, 2014, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution condemning the actions of Boko Haram. Today the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on Boko Haram where testimony was given by representatives from the State Department and the Department of Defense.   ### Read More

Congressman Holding Applauds House Passage of Anti-Trafficking Bills


Congressman Holding Applauds House Passage of Anti-Trafficking Bills WASHINGTON, D.C. – After House passage of several bills to fight human trafficking, Congressman George Holding released the following statement: “Sex trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes across the globe, and it is happening right here in the United States. Each year, there are hundreds of thousands of young girls and boys targeted for the commercial sex trade before they even reach high school. Combatting human sex trafficking requires a comprehensive strategy: we need to bring criminals to justice and we need to find ways to help those who have been harmed by this modern form of slavery. It’s essential that  law enforcement is equipped with the tools they need to find these predators exploiting our children. We also should do all we can to help these innocent children who have undergone traumatic experiences and abuse –help them escape the sex trade and get back to a healthy and safe environment.  Ending human trafficking is crucial to protecting our nation’s children, and I urge the Senate to act quickly on the legislation passed by the House.” Background: Yesterday the House passed several bills focused on ending human trafficking: H.R. 3530, the “Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act”, H.R. 3610, the “Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act”, H.R. 4058, the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act”, H.R. 4225, the “Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act”, and H.R. 4573, “International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking”.   ### Read More

Congressman Holding on the Indian Elections


Last week, the world witnessed the conclusion of India’s national election that brought some 500 million people to the polls in a vibrant demonstration of democracy in action. I would like to personally extend my sincere congratulations to the people of India and Indian community in the United States on a successful election.  The citizens of India have spoken – and spoken loudly – giving Mr. Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a single-party majority for the first time in over thirty years with the BJP turning out voters from all parts of the country and all walks of life. Part of this success can be attributed to Modi's success at the helm of the Indian State of Gujarat. His ability to attract new business and commerce allowed entrepreneurs to flourish and the Indian people believe he can expand this business-friendly model across their nation.  A little over two months ago, I was the first Member at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to ask Secretary of State John Kerry about the then-upcoming Indian elections and the status of Mr. Modi’s visa application. I am relieved to see the administration extend an invitation to Mr. Modi to visit the United States – an action I believe that should have been taken long ago. Having led a Congressional Delegation to India last year, I stand committed to working with our partners in India to expand and facilitate greater understanding and enhanced cooperation between our two democracies.  I know personally just how important these elections were to the people of India but also to our passionate Indian community right here in the Triangle that has longed for a new direction in India.  India, like the United States, faces challenges both at home and abroad that all must be carefully considered and addressed with in a deliberate manner. India is home to just over 1.2 billion people and change will not come quickly or easily. Instituting structural reforms to combat corruption, reform their tax code, or bring their intellectual property system in line with international standards will not happen overnight. I believe the United States should stand committed to helping India achieve its vision for the future. I have long feared that our nation’s foreign policy has become too focused on responding to a particular day’s crisis rather than taking a long-term view to develop a clear and coherent strategy for the future. But with the political winds having already shifted in New Delhi, the United States has a unique opportunity to take that long-term outlook. If Mr. Modi and the BJP are able to replicate the successes of Gujarat, it will certainly mean more opportunities for American and Indian businesses alike - in a rapidly growing market with changing demographics.  By continuing to expand our partnership with India, we can achieve long-term success designed to make absolutely certain our bilateral relationship is one centered around unwavering resolve and boundless opportunity for many years to come. Read More

Congressman Holding Visits Magellan Charter School


For Immediate Release: May 15, 2014       Congressman Holding Visits Magellan Charter School   RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, Congressman George Holding (NC-13) visited the Magellan Charter School in Raleigh, where he toured the campus and discussed some of the unique successes and challenges facing charter schools. Congressman Holding released the following statement:   “Every family deserves to have choices when it comes to education. There is not a universal fit for every child because not every child learns in the same way. Charter schools allow for a different approach to education and offer students and their parents the opportunity to select a school that fits their needs.   In addition to the great public schools in my district, there are six charter schools serving the local communities. Magellan has been in Raleigh for 17 years and is a leader in innovative and creative teaching. I was pleased to see how Magellan is contributing to expanding choice in education for students and their parents alike.”   Background: Last week the House passed H.R. 10, the ‘Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act” by a bipartisan vote of 360  yays to 45 nays. This legislation would expand charter school access. It would facilitate the establishment of more charter schools and makes improvements to the Charter School Program to encourage states to expand their use of charter schools.       ### Read More

Congressman Holding Applauds Passage of Bill to Reduce Regulatory Burdens


For Immediate Release: February 27, 2014 Contact: Lindsay Hamilton, 202-225-3032         Congressman Holding Applauds Passage of Bill to Reduce Regulatory Burdens   WASHINGTON, D.C. – After House passage of H.R. 2804, the “ALERRT Act”, Congressman George Holding (NC-13) released the following statement:   “Excessive regulation means higher prices at the pump and grocery store, lower wages for employees at local stores and small businesses, and fewer jobs for Americans. Under this administration, the regulatory burden has grown exponentially –reaching $1.86 trillion a year, or $15,000 for each American household. That’s not a burden that families can bear in this economy – it’s not one they should have to bear in any economy.   The ALERRT Act cuts back unnecessary regulations, and ensures that where regulations are necessary, they are achieved in an efficient, less costly way. It also increases transparency about the effects and costs of new regulations so that American families and small businesses are informed about what new regulations will mean for them. This bill is essential to promoting economic growth and curbing the explosion of overregulation we’ve experienced under this administration.”   BACKGROUND: As of last December, the Obama administration had approved 240 rules with an economic impact of more than $100 million each. This administration alone added at least $488 billion in new regulatory costs between 2009 and 2012.  Congressman Holding introduced H.R. 2804 on July 24, 2013. It passed the House on February 27, 2014 by a vote of 236 yeas to 179 nays.       ### Read More

Congressman George Holding Votes Against Debt Ceiling Increase


For Immediate Release: February 11, 2014     Congressman George Holding Votes Against Debt Ceiling Increase   WASHINGTON, D.C. –  After House passage of a bill to raise the debt ceiling until March 2015, Congressman George Holding (NC-13) released the following statement:   “Tonight, the House missed another opportunity to address our nation’s fiscal crisis. Right now, we are caught in a vicious cycle of borrowing more to spend more, and in order to get our country out of this downward spiral of debt, we need to recognize what got us here in the first place – excessive spending. This is an irresponsible way to govern, and it is morally wrong.”       ### Read More

Congressman Holding Joins Google for “North Carolina Get Your Business Online” Event


For Immediate Release: February 10, 2014 Contact: Lindsay Hamilton, 202-225-3032       Congressman Holding Joins Google for “North Carolina Get Your Business Online” Event   RALEIGH, N.C. – Today Congressman George Holding (NC-13) announced that Google will host a “North Carolina Get Your Business Online Event” for local businesses on February 21, 2014 at the Royal Banquet Center at 3801 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. There will be two sessions: 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm.   According to Google, over 98% of Americans search online for businesses, but only 58% of small businesses have a website. At the “North Carolina Get Your Business Online” event, Google experts will help North Carolina small business owners to create a website. They will be able to create a business listing on Google, and learn how to register a domain name and customize and publish their website. Through Google’s training and resources, North Carolina small business owners will learn how to optimize their web presence, making them more user-friendly and accessible to consumers.   “Small business owners are innovators who help to create and sustain jobs in our economy,” Congressman Holding said. “I am pleased that Google is bringing this event to North Carolina. It is a great opportunity for local small businesses to grow and get help from some of the best in the business at Google.”   To register or learn more about the event, please visit       ### Read More

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George Holding grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended the Groton School, Wake Forest University, and University of St. Andrew’s and has degrees in Classics and Law. Holding clerked for U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle, practiced law with Kilpatrick Townsend and served as the United States Attorney for North Carolina.

As United States Attorney, his priorities included prosecution of violent felons, drug offenses, child pornography, and political corruption.  Holding prosecuted a U.S. Congressman, the Speaker of the North Carolina House, a judge, a state senator, a state representative, and several sheriffs for political corruption and a major terrorism case. When Holding left office the average sentence in drug trafficking cases in eastern North Carolina was well above the national average.

On January 3, 2013, Holding was sworn in as the Representative for North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District.  He serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Judiciary Committee.

George and his wife Lucy have four children – three daughters aged 13, 12, and 11 and one son aged 3.

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