(Washington, D.C.)----In his final appearance before a gathering of high-ranking federal judges from across the country, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble thanked the jurists for an outstanding professional relationship over the last 30 years. When Congressman Coble finished his remarks before the 2014 Judicial Conference of the United States meeting at the Supreme Court, he was greeted with sustained applause.
Seated next to Chief Justice John Roberts in an ornate conference room in the Supreme Court building, Rep. Coble commented on his role as chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the federal court system. Chief Justice Roberts congratulated Congressman Coble for his years of service and his upcoming retirement. Chief Justice Roberts also noted Rep. Coble’s many years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard. Chief Justice Roberts told the conference that as an avid sailor, he was appreciative to all of the men and women – including Howard Coble – who have kept the nation’s waterways safe for all boating enthusiasts.
Congressman Coble said he wanted to use his final appearance before the Judicial Conference as a forum to simply say thanks. “I told the Judicial Conference,” Rep. Coble said, “that as chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, I was pleased to play a small part in allowing them to perform their functions as the third and co-equal branch of our government. I told them a story about a case when I was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and mostly I thanked them for being so kind to me during my years of working with them. I was very touched to be greeted with applause when I finished my remarks.”
Rep. Coble also noted that it was in the same room when he was seated next to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist on September 11, 2001, and the nation’s top jurist slipped him a note saying that the Pentagon had just been bombed. After finishing his remarks that day, Rep. Coble stepped outside the Supreme Court Building and was swept up by Capitol Hill Police because the Capitol Building was being evacuated as the nation was suffering its worst day of terrorism.
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(Washington, D.C.)----U.S. Rep. Howard Coble announced today that a Rockingham County couple, who adopted a young boy with Down’s syndrome, will be honored with a national award. Congressman Coble will present Rachel and Jim Van Eerden with the coveted Congressional Angels in Adoption Award in September when they travel to the Congressional Coalition’s Institute on Adoption’s annual event and gala in Washington, D.C.
On November 11, 2009, Rachel and Jim, who live in Stokesdale, welcomed Edison, whom they called “Eddie,” into their family. The Van Eerdens, a large family of 10 biological children, met Eddie when they were on a family mission trip in Ecuador several years earlier. While they were serving in an orphanage in Ecuador, a local police officer, for whom Eddie was later named, brought the newborn into the orphanage. According to the police report, Eddie was discovered “by a carpenter on the outskirts of the main city dump, crying and moving inside a plastic trash bag.” Rachel and Jim partnered with their church, Christ Covenant Presbyterian of Greensboro, to adopt Eddie.
Sponsored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, the Angels in Adoption program provides members of Congress with the opportunity to recognize an individual, couple or organization from their districts who have made an exceptional contribution on behalf of children in need of a home.
“The Angels in Adoption Program gives members of Congress a special look at adoption-related work taking place throughout their congressional districts,” Rep. Coble noted. “It also draws special media attention to the tremendous impact adoption makes in the life of a child. I am thrilled to honor the Van Eerden family with the Angels in Adoption award and congratulate them on welcoming Edison into their family.”
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(Washington, D.C.)----Not because he has been spurring the sale of loud, colorful jackets lately, but U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) today was named a “Hero of Main Street” by the nation’s largest retail organization for his support American retail.
Rep. Coble was recognized by the National Retail Federation for his legislative record of support for the retail industry. Two retailers from North Carolina presented Congressman Coble with his “Hero of Main Street” award. Meeting with Rep. Coble were Carly Gardner, owner of Leap of Faith Clothing in Charlotte and Gregory Woloszczuk of Dickey’s BBQ in Chapel Hill.
“I am honored to receive the ‘Hero of Main Street’ award from the National Retail Federation,” Rep. Coble said on receiving the award. “Retailers operate more than 3.6 million establishments in the U.S. that support one in four jobs in our country or some 42 million working Americans. I am proud to have played a small part in supporting those jobs with my voting record.”
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(Washington, D.C.)----For the 29th consecutive year, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) announced today that he is returning unspent funds from his congressional office budget. Congressman Coble said that unspent funds for 2013 pushed his total savings close to $1.8 million during his congressional career.
Rep. Coble said in 2013 his office returned $21,295.31 in unspent funds from a budget of $1,230,682. "We have always operated our congressional offices with the knowledge that we are spending taxpayers’ hard-earned money," Rep. Coble said. "Our budget for 2013 was $130,000 less than in 2012. Even with that large cut in our funding, we were able to keep our spending under the cap and return funds to the taxpayers."
In 2010, Rep. Coble’s allocated budget was $1,529,438. In 2013, his budget was $1,230,682. In this four year-period of declining budgets, Congressman Coble was still able to return $500,088.74 in unspent funds.
Congressman Coble maintains a fulltime staff of 16, with eight employees in Washington and eight in North Carolina. Rep. Coble has a four-staffer office in Greensboro and one person offices in Graham, High Point and Madison. The eighth staffer serves five counties on a rotating basis.
Below is a listing of the amount of unspent funds for each year that Rep. Coble has been in office:
Total $1, 777,229.88
Each member of the House receives approximately the same amount of funds and the only difference is a larger travel allowance for those representatives from states distant to Washington. "For 30 years, our staff has provided outstanding constituent services to the citizens of the Sixth District," Rep. Coble added, "and we did it in a fiscally-prudent manner. I am proud to say that we have returned almost $1.8 million of taxpayers’ money."
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(Washington, D.C.)----The House Judiciary committee today approved the last major bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) that reauthorizes the law governing retransmission of distant broadcast television signals. The committee approved Congressman Coble’s Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 5036).
Rep. Coble, who will retire at the end of this year, was the main author of the bill to extend the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (STELA). After voice vote passage of the bill, a joint statement by the chairmen and ranking members of the full committee and relevant subcommittee was released. The joint statement was issued by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) along with Howard Coble (R-NC) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY):
“Today’s passage of the Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act by the House Judiciary committee ensures that our constituents have full access to network programming no matter where they live for another five years. Our constituents depend upon this license for entertainment, news and sports. We look forward to working with our colleagues on the Energy and Commerce committee and in the Senate to ensure that legislation to protect satellite consumers is in place before the December 31, 2014, expiration of STELA.”
There are three statutory licenses that enable copyrighted video content to be made available without permission, two of which are permanent as a matter of law and one that will expire on December 31, 2014, unless renewed by Congress. First enacted in 1988 and renewed most recently in 2010 with the passage of STELA, the expiring statutory license permits a satellite carrier to retransmit distant over-the-air television broadcast stations to its subscribers for private home viewing. Without this license, satellite companies would need to negotiate with the limited number of distant network stations for carriage rights in order to deliver that distant content to its rural subscribers who live in areas not served by local content. H.R. 5036 extends the expiring statutory license permit, contained in STELA, for five years.
Now that H.R. 5036 has received approval by the House Judiciary committee, the bill will be sent to the House floor. No word yet on when a vote may be scheduled.
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(Washington, D.C.)----With his departure from Capitol Hill in sight, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) today introduced his last major piece of legislation as chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the nation’s television industry. Congressman Coble is the main author of the Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 5036) that will be marked up in the full Judiciary committee on Thursday, July 10.
Rep. Coble, Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet – along with Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary committee – jointly introduced the bill to extend the expiring provisions of current law that governs satellite companies’ ability to retransmit broadcast television signals. The provisions were originally in the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) of 2010 and are due to expire at the end of the year.
There are three statutory licenses that enable copyrighted video content to be made available without permission, two of which are permanent as a matter of law and one that will expire on December 31, 2014, unless renewed by Congress. First enacted in 1988 and renewed most recently in 2010 with the passage of STELA, the expiring statutory license permits a satellite carrier to retransmit distant over-the-air television broadcast stations to its subscribers for private home viewing. Without this license, satellite companies would need to negotiate with the limited number of distant network stations for carriage rights in order to deliver that distant content to its rural subscribers who live in areas not served by local content. H.R. 5036 simply extends the expiring statutory license permit, contained in STELA, for five years.
Chairman Goodlatte said extension of the law is critical. “The vast majority of Americans,” Rep. Goodlatte stated, “have relied upon satellite and cable services for access to a wide variety of video content, ranging from nighttime entertainment for their families; educational shows for their children; local and national news with information that informs them; and public access channels that empower Americans to see their local, state, and federal representatives in action. Without congressional action to renew the expiring video license, access to these services could be in jeopardy, especially for rural Americans. I look forward to working with members of the Energy and Commerce committee and House leadership to ensure swift passage of a reauthorization of STELA.”
Rep. Coble, the original sponsor of the new bill, hopes it will move through Congress quickly. “This legislation,” Coble noted, “extends existing compulsory licenses for satellite television services. This extension will implement no change to the existing licenses. I, along with my satellite viewing constituents, look forward to seeing its quick enactment, and I hope passage of the bill will be a fitting cap to my tenure as chairman of this important subcommittee.”
The full Judiciary committee will begin markup of H.R. 5036 at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
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(Greensboro)----The man who doesn’t even carry a mobile phone, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC), will honor a resident of his district on Tuesday as the winner of the inaugural congressional app competition. Congressman Coble will recognize a Sixth District high school student as the first winner of the House Student App Challenge.
Hunter Enoch, a 2014 graduate of Northern Guilford High School, will be honored for his app named “In-Game Rugby Manager.”
What: Award presentation to app winner
Where: Congressional Office, 2102 North Elm Street
When: Tuesday, July 1 at 3 p.m.
A brand new contest, House Student App Challenge, was open to all high school students who are would-be software designers who create a so-called “app” for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice. “The purpose of this contest,” Rep. Coble added, “was to foster interest in the science and tech educational fields. We need more students to consider studying in these important disciplines, and this contest was one way to generate that excitement. I may not be tech savvy myself, but I know the importance of these applications for our economy moving forward.”
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(Washington, D.C.)----The only current member of Congress who also served in the United States Coast Guard, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC), was honored today with a prestigious award from the maritime service. Congressman Coble, who is retiring from the U.S. House after 30 years of representing the 6th District of North Carolina, served more than two decades in the Coast Guard and Reserve.
At a Capitol Hill breakfast this morning, the brand-new Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Paul Zukunft, presented Rep. Coble with its prestigious Distinguished Public Service Award. “Throughout his tenure,” Commandant Zukunft stated, “Congressman Coble has been a resolute supporter of the Coast Guard during times of great challenge and change including expanding ports and waterway security roles after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the transition of the Coast Guard from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security.” The entire citation reads:
“The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard takes great pleasure in presenting the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award to the Honorable Howard Coble, U.S. House of Representatives, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Coast Guard. Congressman Coble has served and supported the Service for over 23 years as a member of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve, and has been an ardent supporter during his almost 30 years in the United States House of Representatives.
“Enlisting in 1952, then Petty Officer Coble served for over 5 years on active duty in the Coast Guard, including duty off the coast of Korea during the Korean conflict. He then served for over 18 years in the Coast Guard Reserve, rising to the rank of Captain and retiring as the Commanding Officer of the Reserve Unit in Wilmington, North Carolina. His colleagues in Congress often refer to him as “Master Chief” in recognition of his many years of Coast Guard service.
“Mr. Coble was elected to Congress in 1984 and served as a member of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee from 1985 to 1994. During this period, he was also the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Navigation. In 1995, Congressman Coble became the first Chairman of the new Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, and he has remained a perennial member of the Subcommittee for over 19 years.
“Throughout his tenure, Congressman Coble has been a resolute supporter of the Coast Guard during times of great challenge and change including expanding ports and waterway security roles after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the transition of the Coast Guard from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security. Most recently, he has fought tirelessly to secure critical funding for the recapitalization of the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of boats, cutters, and aircraft. Congressman Coble was instrumental in creating the Congressional Coast Guard Caucus and has served as Co-Chair since its inception in 1997. He has also been a member of the Coast Guard Academy Board of Visitors since 2001, and is a Life Member of the Reserve Officers Association.
“Congressman Coble’s exceptional public service and extraordinary contributions to the service are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.”
Note: In the attached photo, Rep. Coble is seen with Commandant Paul Zukunft.
Also: Coast Guard published its own story today on Rep. Coble. It can be found here: http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2014/06/he-is-family/
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(Washington, D.C.)----Who says that bipartisanship is dead on Capitol Hill? Where is the evidence that leaders in Congress can’t come together for a worthy cause? U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) were seen holding hands recently as they gathered to honored North Carolina’s own Elizabeth Dole.
Congressman Coble was on hand – or hand-in-hand – with former House Speaker Pelosi as she hosted a tribute for former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC). Senator Dole was being honored for all of her work on behalf of the nation’s military, their families and caregivers.
According to Leader Pelosi’s website: “Through ‘Caring for Military Families: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation,’ Senator Dole has taken the lead in raising awareness of the men and women who care for our wounded warriors; offering aid to millions of caregivers nationwide; and recognizing the sacrifices of military spouses and families alongside our service members.”
The reception was conducted in the Rayburn Room of the U.S. Capitol Building on May 21.
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(Washington, D.C.)----The boys’ track team at North Stokes High School recent state championship has just received recognition on Capitol Hill, thanks to U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC). Congressman Coble has a tradition of recognizing high schools in his district that win state titles, and he continued that tradition by placing a congratulatory statement in the Congressional Record, the official journal of House and Senate proceedings.
Rep. Coble wanted to bring attention to the first state championship that North Stokes boys’ track team had ever received. Coble told his House colleagues:
“Mr. Speaker, in sports, success depends heavily on tradition, and the boys’ track team at North Stokes High in Stokes County, North Carolina, provided a perfect example of just how important that dependence can be. I am pleased to announce that the North Stokes boys’ track team that calls the Sixth District home, recently won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1A track and field championships for the first time in the school’s history.
“The Vikings path to victory, however, was not a straight line. The team faced fierce competition – and holding no previous state titles – it seemed the odds were against them. Despite these obstacles the Vikings were able to solidify the top spot after completing the 4x400 meter dash. The team set a personal record of 3:34.26, which they achieved by knocking eight seconds off their previous time. Coach Mike Williams credits the team’s success to the program’s strong sense of tradition and support from the staff.
“While winning is important, it is not everything to the North Stokes Vikings. “We want to see results,” Coach Williams told the Stokes News, “but it’s also important to us that the kids are having fun.” Williams said that it took the entire team to bring home the state championship. Members of the team included Colin Anderson, Austin Boyles, Brandon Boyles, Daniel Brown, Cameron Corns, Noah Dike, Dawson Durham, Junior Fulks, James Hammonds, Erin Heath, Justin Kenard, Andy Kopp, Andrew Lankford, Ross Lucia, Kaleb Marshall, Kenny Myers, Laith Nickell, Ottaway Shepard, Kevin Robertson, Jarrett Slate, Mark Tucker, Seth Tucker, Blake Williams, and Dakota Young. Coach Williams guided the Vikings to the top with outstanding help by assistant coaches Rodney King, Jimmy Dillard, Ben Kelble, and Breanna Largen.
“In addition to the team victory, two Vikings brought home individual titles. Moriah Boyette and Justin Kenard both finished first at the track meet. Boyette won the girls’ pole vault competition, while Kenard captured the individual title for North Stokes in the boys’ 800-meter run.
“On behalf of the citizens of the Sixth District of North Carolina, we congratulate Principal Nathan Rasey, Athletic Director Trey Wiggins, the faculty, staff, and students of North Stokes High School for winning the 1A track and field state championships. The Vikings have started a new tradition of winning at North Stokes High.”
Congressman Coble’s office hoped to make an in-person presentation to the team prior to the end of the school year.
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2188 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
-Born in Greensboro, NC, March 18, 1931
-Public schools of Guilford County, NC
-1949 Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
-1958 BA, History, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
-1962 JD, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC
– Doctor of Laws, Elon University
-US Coast Guard: served 5 ½ years active duty
-US Coast Guard Reserve: served 22 years
-Last Reserve assignment: Commanding Officer, US Coast Guard Reserve Unit, Wilmington, NC
-1961-67 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Claims Department
-1967-69 Assistant County Attorney, Guilford County, NC
-1969-73 Assistant US Attorney, Middle District of North Carolina
-1973-77 Secretary, NC Department of Revenue
-1979-83 Practiced law with Turner, Enochs & Sparrow, Greensboro, NC
-1969, 1979-84 Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
-Nov. 6, 1984 Elected to US House of Representatives
-Member of the Committee on Judiciary
-Chairman on the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
-Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
– Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation
– Member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
-Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
-Greensboro Bar Association
-NC Bar Association -NC State Bar
-Guilford College Board of Visitors
-US Coast Guard Academy Board of Visitors
-Alamance Presbyterian Church
-Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
-Greensboro Scottish Rite 33° (Guilford Lodge No. 656)
-Sons of the American Revolution
-The Sons of Confederate Veterans
-Member- Jefferson Islands Club of Washington, DC
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Today I was honored with a plaque by Kevin Leonard, Deputy Director of the NC Association of County Commissioners. http://t.co/rjpSUIG8ts
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U.S. Rep. Howard Coble Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB http://t.co/N6TKPqJL72
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I enjoyed visiting with Kevin Leonard, Deputy Director of the NC Association of County Commissioners, and was honored by the plaque he presented
U.S. Rep. Howard Coble Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB
It is an honor to serve as a co-chair of the Congressional Trademark Caucus with Congresswomen Suzan DelBene, who is pictured here.
I had the opportunity to speak about my work with Intellectual Property Rights.
Today, I was honored at the International Trademark Association luncheon.