Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows

NORTH CAROLINA's 11th DISTRICT

Rep. Meadows' TVA Proposal Passes House

2016/09/29

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, Rep. Mark Meadows’ (R-NC) proposal to stop the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plan to ban floating cabins passed the House as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act 0f 2016 (WRDA).

Earlier this year, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced their intentions to eventually outlaw floating cabins by proposing a 30-year “sunset” provision. The policy would negatively impact nearly 400 floating cabin owners on Lake Fontana in North Carolina, forcing hundreds of families to move from homes they have lived in for years while disastrously affecting their private assets and property values. The economies of nearby counties, particularly Swain and Graham County, would also feel significant negative effects.

The Subcommittee on Government Operations, which Rep. Meadows chairs, held a hearing on this issue last week that included two witnesses from Western North Carolina: Laura Sneed, founder of Fontana Families for Floating Houses, and David Monteith, Vice Chairman of the Swain County Board of Commissioners

“The TVA’s decision to ban floating cabins has already had devastating effects for hundreds of hard-working owners and the surrounding economy in my district--even well before the 30-year timeline expires,” Rep. Meadows said. “This is yet another example of the federal government choosing to get involved without seriously evaluating the consequences placed upon tax-paying families. I was pleased to see my proposal included in WRDA, and moving forward, I hope that my colleagues and I can continue working toward a solution to make it clear that this kind of government overreach will not be tolerated.”

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) also introduced their own bill in the Senate, which passed last week. WRDA will now undergo final negotiations in conference.

 

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Rep. Meadows' Statement on NC-11 Blue Ribbon Schools

2016/09/29

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, U. S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. recognized 329 public and private schools across the country as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016, awarding schools for academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Two of the schools recognized--Bald Creek Elementary School and Pisgah Elementary School—are located in NC-11. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement.

“Congratulations to Bald Creek Elementary School and Pisgah Elementary School for this outstanding achievement! This award goes to show once again that Western North Carolina has some of the finest teachers in the country. I want to recognize Sherry Robinson, principal of Bald Creek Elementary, and Jeanann Yates, principal of Pisgah Elementary--along with Jay Dale, who was principal of Pisgah Elementary at the time of their nomination. Congratulations to all of the teachers and students at both schools for this well-earned honor, and I wish you all the best in the future.”

 

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Citizen-Times: 2 WNC Schools are National Blue Ribbon Schools

2016/09/29

ASHEVILLE - Two Western North Carolina schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools Wednesday including a Yancey County school slated for closure and consolidation.

Bald Creek Elementary in Yancey County and Pisgah Elementary in Buncombe County were among eight North Carolina schools to receive the national recognition.

A total of 279 schools in the nation were recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.

The schools “either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap,” according to a news release from the state Department of Public Instruction.

“I give the credit to the positive, like-minded faculty who consistently deliver high quality instruction on a daily basis. They are dedicated to giving excellence and the result is excellence,” Bald Creek Principal Sherry Robinson said via email.

Bald Creek has fewer than 200 students. It is one of three aging community schools slated to close in two years and be consolidated into a single new elementary school.

“Even though Bald Creek School has enjoyed the family like atmosphere of our small 1936 building and has experienced many awards over the past three years, we look forward to locking arms with other schools to continue improving and giving excellence to the students of Yancey County,” Robinson said.

Pisgah Elementary is the third Buncombe County school to earn National Blue Ribbon School status since the program started in 1982, according to Buncombe County school officials.

The others were Emma Elementary School in 2001 and Reynolds High School in 2002.

Pisgah was invited to submit a portfolio to be considered for a Blue Ribbon Award based on the school’s performance on state tests, according to a news release from the county school district.

“Our formula was simple. We got to know our students at Pisgah and tailored our teaching to meet their needs. This student-centered approach led to tremendous success in our classrooms,” former Pisgah Principal Jay Dale, who is now at Haw Creek Elementary, said in the release.

Schools receiving the honor fall into two categories. "Exemplary high performing schools" are among the top performing schools in the state based statewide assessments. "Exemplary achievement gap closing schools" are among the top performers in the state in closing the achievement gap.

Pisgah and Bald Creek are both exemplary high performing schools.

“I am extremely proud of Pisgah for achieving such a prestigious award. Pisgah is a wonderful school and community filled with very dedicated staff, hard-working students, and supportive parents,” said Pisgah Elementary Principal Jeanann Yates. “This is a huge accomplishment for our school, students, and community.”

 

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The Hill: Lawmaker seeks to investigate Obama's foreign tax compliance law

2016/09/28


(photo from Greg Nash)

A congressional panel is planning to examine President Obama’s signature foreign asset reporting law that aims to target offshore tax evasion, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told The Hill Extra.

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requires that foreign financial institutions and other related entities report to the IRS certain foreign accounts held by U.S. taxpayers. The penalty for foreign institutions that fail to comply is a withholding rate of 30 percent on payments received from U.S. sources, including dividends and interests. The U.S. government has entered into bilateral intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) with dozens of countries to implement the tax reporting law abroad.

FATCA, enacted in 2010 as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, has faced a wide range of criticism involving U.S. treaty obligations, intrusion of other countries’ sovereignty and privacy rules. 

“It was having a chilling effect not only on us being able to do business abroad but certainly from expats [who] are running into regulations. I don't believe they were the intent of the law originally,” said Meadows, who recently introduced a bill aiming to repeal FATCA.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is currently planning to hold a FATCA-related hearing, but it is not yet on the schedule, according to Meadows’ spokesperson. The lawmaker is chairman of the committee's Government Operations Subcommittee. He said the hearing is likely to take place after Congress returns from the November elections.

Meadows didn't provide more details about the hearing, but his announcement follows the Sept. 7 release of his own bill that would repeal FATCA and other individual reporting requirements (H.R. 5935), that violate “Fourth Amendment privacy rights,” according to a press release. 

The issue with privacy rights stem from the reporting requirements for foreign financial institutions. Currently, there are 63 active IGAs, but other countries with similar or pending bilateral agreements with the Treasury Department will have to now comply to a new set of IRS rules by the end of this year, according to a Congressional Research Service report dated the same day Meadows released his bill.

H.R. 5935 is “designed to hopefully give us still some accountability and transparency, but yet at the same time not make doing business with American citizens not the most difficult in the banking world,” Meadows said.

The bill is a result of the "far reaching implications of some of the regulations in the banking industry from a foreign perspective," he added. 

The measure is similar to one offered last year by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), who filed a suit against the Treasury Department in 2015 over IGAs. The U.S. District Court of Ohio, however, dismissed the case in April.  

S. Michael Chittenden of Miller & Chevalier, however, said that these proposals "do not have the likelihood of passing" since similar efforts failed in the past. The Treasury Department has already poured a significant amount of resources to implement FATCA stateside and negotiate the IGAs with other countries, he added.

FATCA inspired a global trend of financial transparency, such as the common reporting standard launched by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

"FATCA is here to stay," Chittenden said. 

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The Hill: Take the threat of a government shutdown off the table once and for all

2016/09/28

Congress has a bad habit of needlessly governing from crisis to crisis. Too often, Congress waits until the 11th hour to even begin discussions on critical legislation essential to keeping government agencies –or the entirety of the federal government— open and fully functioning.

Take, for example, the fact that we have known since last December that government funding would expire at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 – yet negotiations on a government funding bill did not even begin in earnest until just a few weeks ago.

That degree of uncertainty would never work in the private sector—and it doesn’t work for the American people. By governing this way, Republicans in Congress have unwittingly fallen into a damaging line of attack from Democrats, who use the uncertainty to raise the specter of a looming government shutdown – for which they, of course, blame Republicans.

In fact, just last week Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid – like clockwork – began accusing Republicans of wanting to shut down the government for simply wanting to find a responsible approach to government spending. In reality, no one wants to shut down the government, other than perhaps Harry Reid who wants to use it as an election issue to blame Republicans for his party's obstructionism and to help vulnerable Senate Democrats.

Make no mistake: Congress will fully fund the government and there will be no shutdown. But the American people deserve a greater degree of certainty going forward. Governing from continuing resolution (CR) to continuing resolution – and negotiating the terms of those spending bills last-minute is a woefully irresponsible way to govern. Congress must get back to a full appropriations process rather than continually wait until the last minute only to resort to stopgap measures.

But until Congress gets back to a regular order appropriations process, it is critical that it put in place a measure to ensure that breakdowns in government spending negotiations do not lead to a government shutdown. The good news, is there is a simple, commonsense legislative fix to take the threat of a shutdown off the table: pass an “anti-shutdown amendment,” attached to a short-term CR, that would trigger an additional 40 days of current spending levels if a funding agreement cannot be reached.

This would ensure that if Congress is unable to reach an agreement on government funding in December, we eliminate the potential of a government shutdown right before Christmas. It provides the American people a much-needed sense of security that the vital operations of our government will be fully-funded; soldiers will receive pay, senior citizens will receive social security payments, veterans will receive their VA benefits, national parks will remain open, and so on.

It is time we took the fear of a government shutdown off the table altogether by passing a preventative anti-shutdown amendment. It is also time for Congress to stop creating artificial crises by waiting until the last minute to do the critical work of funding the government. The American people deserve better. 

Jim Jordan represents Ohio’s 4th District. He is the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. Mark Meadows represents North Carolina’s 11th District. He is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus.

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Rep. Meadows' Statement on Violence in Charlotte, NC

2016/09/22

 

Washington, D.C.  On Thursday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the recent events in Charlotte, NC.

“Debbie and I are heartbroken to see the outbreak of violence over the last two days in Charlotte, NC—a city that we have both come to know and love. I want to recognize Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney and the North Carolina police officers on the scene—some of the best in the country—for their tireless efforts in preventing further injuries and responding to a very difficult situation. I also want to commend and thank our Governor, Pat McCrory, for his steady leadership in providing the resources needed to resolve the issue.

We are praying for the Scott family, for NC law enforcement, NC National Guard, and those that have been injured over the last two days. Governor McCrory, Chief Putney, and the NC police have my full support and commitment to do everything I can to help restore peace to our great state and the wonderful city of Charlotte.”

 

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Why Our Government Must Rise to the Challenge of Confronting Terrorism

2016/09/21

by Rep. Mark Meadows

In the wake of this weekend's events--both the bombing in New York and the series of knife attacks in Minnesota--Americans are rightfully concerned about the security of our nation. My colleagues and I are continuing to pray for the victims, their families, and law enforcement as they continue their investigations of the incidents.

As more and more evidence suggests that both attackers were inspired by radical Islam, this weekend serves as a sobering reminder that terrorism continues to be the top threat facing the United States, and we must remain vigilant. These dangers exist not only abroad, but in our own homeland. The attacks in San Bernardino, Orlando, New York, and others all included perpetrators who were inspired by the Islamic State while residing in the United States.

However, as time goes on, we continue to see a disturbing trend of our federal government consistently failing to take this threat seriously.  There are a few specific areas in which we must do a better job of combatting terrorism in our homeland and abroad.

First, it is critical that we avoid creating a culture that prevents law enforcement from doing its job. We cannot promote or encourage an atmosphere where Americans are afraid to report suspicious behavior for fear of accusations of “racism,” or “profiling,” as neighbors of the San Bernardino shooter feared.  Many law enforcement officials rely on everyday Americans to be their eyes and ears, and we put our officers at disadvantage by systematically discouraging people from speaking up.

We should also heavily guard against this kind of culture taking root within our law enforcement agencies, where officials may feel handcuffed by the shackles of political correctness. Hampering officers from adequately doing their jobs would be a serious disservice to their work and those they seek to protect.

Second, the gaping loopholes in our federal immigration security system must be immediately closed. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must get its house in order regarding its practices of vetting and admitting immigrants, especially those from countries with a strong presence of radical Islam. An inspector general audit report released this week revealed that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services mistakenly granted citizenship to over 1,800 people from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud. The report stated that these people should have been deported as security risks. Additionally, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, is on record that our country does not have the infrastructure needed to adequately vet refugees coming into our country.

This is why my colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus and I are calling on House leadership to pass a law that will temporarily block federal funding to refugees from Syria, the Middle East, and North Africa until national security officials are better prepared to prevent terrorists from infiltrating our refugee process. Our government leaves Americans vulnerable to additional attacks if they fail to secure our immigration system.

Finally, this administration must develop a serious, detailed plan to defeat ISIS—the main perpetrator of radical Islamic ideology. The President’s failure to decisively confront the Islamic State has only enabled them to spread their message. Just this weekend, in probably the greatest example of this administration’s weak approach to ISIS, we saw the President’s own spokesperson claim that the U.S. is in a “narrative fight.”

As of now, this is exactly the problem--the United States is bringing a narrative to a gun fight. The complete disregard for human life that was displayed in New York and Minnesota this weekend has no place in America, and our nation must be vigilant while doing a better job of confronting the threat. I call on this administration to empower our law enforcement, adequately secure our homeland, and make a serious effort to defeat the Islamic State. Failing to do so could continue placing more Americans in harm’s way.

Rep. Mark Meadows represents North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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The Hill: Why our government must rise to the challenge of confronting terrorism

2016/09/21


(photo from Getty images)

In the wake of this weekend's events--both the bombing in New York and the series of knife attacks in Minnesota--Americans are rightfully concerned about the security of our nation. My colleagues and I are continuing to pray for the victims, their families, and law enforcement as they continue their investigations of the incidents.

As more and more evidence suggests that both attackers were inspired by radical Islam, this weekend serves as a sobering reminder that terrorism continues to be the top threat facing the United States, and we must remain vigilant. These dangers exist not only abroad, but in our own homeland. The attacks in San Bernardino, Orlando, New York, and others all included perpetrators who were inspired by the Islamic State while residing in the United States.

However, as time goes on, we continue to see a disturbing trend of our federal government consistently failing to take this threat seriously.  There are a few specific areas in which we must do a better job of combatting terrorism in our homeland and abroad.

First, it is critical that we avoid creating a culture that prevents law enforcement from doing its job. We cannot promote or encourage an atmosphere where Americans are afraid to report suspicious behavior for fear of accusations of “racism,” or “profiling,” as neighbors of the San Bernardino shooter feared.  Many law enforcement officials rely on everyday Americans to be their eyes and ears, and we put our officers at disadvantage by systematically discouraging people from speaking up.

We should also heavily guard against this kind of culture taking root within our law enforcement agencies, where officials may feel handcuffed by the shackles of political correctness. Hampering officers from adequately doing their jobs would be a serious disservice to their work and those they seek to protect.

Second, the gaping loopholes in our federal immigration security system must be immediately closed. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must get its house in order regarding its practices of vetting and admitting immigrants, especially those from countries with a strong presence of radical Islam. An inspector general audit report released this week revealed that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services mistakenly granted citizenship to over 1,800 people from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud. The report stated that these people should have been deported as security risks. Additionally, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, is on record as saying that our country does not have the infrastructure needed to adequately vet refugees coming into our country.

This is why my colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus and I are calling on House leadership to pass a law that will temporarily block federal funding to refugees from Syria, the Middle East, and North Africa until national security officials are better prepared to prevent terrorists from infiltrating our refugee process. Our government leaves Americans vulnerable to additional attacks if they fail to secure our immigration system.

Finally, this administration must develop a serious, detailed plan to defeat ISIS—the main perpetrator of radical Islamic ideology. The President’s failure to decisively confront the Islamic State has only enabled them to spread their message. Just this weekend, in probably the greatest example of this administration’s weak approach to ISIS, we saw the President’s own spokesperson claim that the U.S. is in a “narrative fight.”

As of now, this is exactly the problem--the United States is bringing a narrative to a gun fight. The complete disregard for human life that was displayed in New York and Minnesota this weekend has no place in America, and our nation must be vigilant while doing a better job of confronting the threat. I call on this administration to empower our law enforcement, adequately secure our homeland, and make a serious effort to defeat the Islamic State. Failing to do so could continue placing more Americans in harm’s way.

Rep. Mark Meadows represents North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Mark's Weekly Update

2016/09/20

 

Hillary Clinton Aides Plead the Fifth

It is clear that during Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State, the State Department did not comply with federal laws on preserving records. This week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee examined the issue to question witnesses and get to the bottom of what happened.

Paul Combetta and Bill Thornton--two Secretary Clinton aides who used BleachBit to erase her emails (after a subpoena was issued)--pled the Fifth before the Oversight Committee and would not answer questions. Bryan Pagliano--a Clinton aide who maintained her private server--would not comply with a Congressional subpoena and refused to appear before the Committee.

The American people can judge for themselves what this means. However, I believe Mr. Combetta, Mr. Thornton, and Mr. Pagliano owe it to the public to be transparent and honest about what happened with Secretary Clinton’s email server. Furthermore, a "red line in the sand" has to be drawn on Mr. Pagliano's refusal to comply with a subpoena and appear before the House Oversight Committee. The Committee is examining all of its options to hold him accountable for refusing to show up. Watch the video here to see Mr. Combetta refuse to answer Chairman Chaffetz's question about who instructed him to use BleachBit on the emails, and click here to read more information on Mr. Pagliano.


Bryan Pagliano, who set up Secretary Clinton’s private server (photo from Washington Times)

 

FBI Redactions of State Department Documents

Back in July of this year, FBI Director James Comey committed to turning over all documents in Secretary Clinton's investigative file to the House Oversight Committee. When the Committee received the documents, we learned that some of them were missing or heavily redacted, even though much of the information in them was unclassified. The documents we received did not represent the complete investigation file we requested.

At the time, the Committee received no explanation as to why documents were ommitted, even though the FBI had turned over a complete, un-redacted file of the same documents to an outside group. This week, when I asked Jason Herring of the FBI, he claimed the FBI did not turn the documents over to Congress because they "contained classified information." When I followed up and asked if he would turn over all of the unclassified material to Congress, he refused to say "yes."

This lack of transparency is wrong, and the Committee has responded by issuing a subpoena for the full set of documents. Watch my questioning here, and click here to see Chairman Chaffetz serve Mr. Herring with a subpoena.

 


Questioning Mr. Jason Herring with the FBI

Heritage Action Conservative Leadership Award

This week I was honored to receive the Heritage Conservative Leadership Award--and just as honored to be introduced by the gentleman from Virginia, my good friend Congressman Dave Brat!

Heritage Action for America offered the award to recognize select officials for their leadership in the conservative movement. Thank you to the hard-working people at Heritage for the work you do to promote conservative principles and hold our government accountable. Additionally, I want to congratulate two giants in the conservative movement, Senator Mike Lee and Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi, on their awards as well and for everything they do with the goal of returning power back to the American people.


Accepting the Heritage Action Conservative Leadership Award

 

Spending Time with Two Great Americans

Speaking of the Heritage Action Awards, it was great to run into two of my good friends while there—Congressman Dave Brat and Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch! Both of these men are relentless fighters for conservative values and principles and the rule of law.

 


With Rep. Dave Brat and Tom Fitton

House Oversight Committee Hearing on Obamacare

The House Oversight Committee held a hearing to question healthcare professionals on why Obamacare premiums continue to rise, even when this administration has repeatedly promised that they would not.

During the hearing, I had an opportunity to fill in for Chairman Chaffetz during the questioning. One of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle pointed out that the system must be fine, because none of the healthcare professional witnesses we were questioning were "outraged" about Obamacare.

As it turns out, none of the witnesses actually use Obamacare. Watch here to see more.


Filling in for Chairman Chaffetz and questioning witnesses on Obamacare

 

Remembering 9/11

Last week I was honored to attend multiple services in Western North Carolina honoring one of the most sobering days in our nation’s history—the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001. The services included Henderson County Patriot Day, a 9/11 Remembrance Day hosted by Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville, a memorial service at the Clyde Fire Department, and a ceremony held by Pole Creek Baptist Church in Candler, NC (which also fell on the same day as the church’s 100th anniversary). While these three services came with reminders of a dark day in our country’s past, they also brought to mind the heroic acts of first responders on that day and the bravery of our military men and women who fight every day to protect us. May we never forget their sacrifice and never forget the precious lives lost on 9/11.


Speaking at Henderson County Patriot Day


Meeting everyone at the 9/11 ceremony at Trinity Baptist Church


Speaking at the Clyde Fire Department 9/11 Memorial Service


Honoring Pole Creek Baptist for 100 years of faithful service, and pausing to remember the victims of 9/11

 

Introducing a Bill on GAO Protest Authority

This week, I introduced a bill that will extend the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) authority to hear protests over civilian agency contracts.

Whenever the government issues civilian agency contracts, individual contractors are permitted to protest the government’s decision before the GAO to ensure transparency and a fair process. A contractor can protest any civilian agency award over $10 million before the GAO. However, under current law, the GAO’s authority to hear civilian award protests will expire on September 30, 2016. My bill would make the GAO’s authority permanent, similar to their permanent authority to hear Department of Defense task order protests. This will ensure that contractors to civilian agencies have the same rights as contractors to defense agencies.

I look forward to advocating for this common sense reform. While no one would accuse our federal government of being fair and transparent, those are standards I am committed to working for in Congress. To read more about the bill, click here.

 

The North Carolina Mountain State Fair

It was a pleasure to see old and new friends last weekend at one of Western North Carolina’s finest traditions—the NC Mountain State Fair! Thanks to everyone who stopped and took a minute to say hello!


Meeting visitors at the fair!


With Jack Ruff of the NC Apple Growers Association


With Ken & Marilyn Cole (from Buncombe County), enjoying some incredible homemade ice cream!


Enjoying the rides with my wife, Debbie!

 

Forest Service Open Houses

I want to remind everyone that the Forest Service will be hosting six open house sessions where members of the public can come and make their voices heard on the new wilderness revision plan. Copied below is a schedule, and if you would like to read more about these sessions, click here.

Open House Schedule:

The open houses will have a flexible format allowing the public to come at any time during the specified hours and talk directly with Forest staff one-on-one. District rangers and members of the forest plan revision team will be present from 3 to 6 pm on each of the following days and locations:

  • September 15, Nantahala Ranger District Office, 90 Sloan Rd, Franklin
  • September 22, Cheoah Ranger District Office, 1070 Massey Branch Rd, Robbinsville
  • September 27, Tusquitee Ranger District Office, 123 Woodland Dr, Murphy
  • October 6, Grandfather Ranger District, 109 Lawing Dr, Nebo
  • October 12, Pisgah Ranger District Office, 1600 Pisgah Hwy, Brevard
  • October 13, Appalachian Ranger District Office, 632 Manor Rd, Mars Hill

 

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Rep. Meadows Introduces Bill on GAO Protest Authority

2016/09/14

Washington, D.C—On Tuesday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R –NC) introduced a bill that will extend the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) authority to hear protests over civilian agency contracts.

Whenever the government issues civilian agency contracts, individual contractors are permitted to protest the government’s decision before the GAO to ensure transparency and a fair process. A contractor can protest any civilian agency award over $10 million before the GAO. However, under current law, the GAO’s authority to hear civilian award protests will expire on September 30, 2016. Rep. Meadows’ bill would make the GAO’s authority permanent, similar to their permanent authority to hear Department of Defense task order protests. This will ensure that contractors to civilian agencies have the same rights as contractors to defense agencies.

“In the federal government’s issuing of contracts, transparency and fairness are always standards we should strive toward,” Rep. Meadows said. “I am pleased that we are able to update our laws to ensure that civilian award protests can continue, and I want to thank my friend, Congressman Gerry Connolly, for his work in moving this bill forward.”

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) is an original cosponsor of the bill.

“I am glad to join my colleague, Congressman Mark Meadows, in advancing this commonsense reform. This legislation ensures that contractors to civilian agencies continue to have the same right as contractors to defense agencies to protest task orders and to have that protest heard by the GAO. This bill will provide a level playing field and help make sure that the taxpayers are getting the best possible value for every dollar spent.”

 

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Rep. Meadows on Classifications and Redactions in FBI's Investigative File

2016-09-12 22:51:02


Rep. Meadows on State Department FOIA Compliance

2016-09-08 19:22:00


Congressman Meadows visits Avery's Creek Elementary

2016-04-08 15:07:37


Congressman Meadows discussing 2nd Amendment and Obamacare repeal

2016-01-11 19:54:28


Marks Meadows on Terrorism and the Visa Waiver Program

2015-12-10 17:56:16


Happy Thanksgiving!

2015-11-25 18:23:06


Congressman Meadows speaking in support of School Choice

2015-10-21 19:24:56


Rep. Mark Meadows thanking first responders on 9/11 anniversary

2015-09-11 13:59:14


Rep. Mark Meadows' 9/11 message to Trinity Baptist Church

2015-09-11 13:57:25


Congressman Meadows discussing Iran Deal with Lou Dobbs

2015-08-04 18:08:48


Mark Meadows discussing the IRS with Lou Dobbs

2015-06-26 15:29:57


Rep. Mark Meadows on issues with TPA

2015-06-12 13:01:44


Congressman Meadows speaking on FOIA backlog under Obama Administration

2015-06-03 17:17:39


Rep. Grothman (R-WI) speaks in support of the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act

2015-05-19 15:03:05


Congressman Meadows speaks in favor of the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act

2015-05-19 14:59:52


Rep. Meadows speaking in support of imposing sanctions on Hezbollah

2015-05-14 18:46:31


Congressman Meadows on EPA mismanagement, gyrocopter incidents, and Iran deal

2015-05-01 16:03:10


Congressman Meadows Questions EPA Head over Employees Watching Porn

2015-04-30 15:50:43


Congressman Meadows questioning agency heads over Gyrocopter incident at US Capitol

2015-04-29 18:24:33


Congressman Meadows discusses the Iran Nuclear agreement with Lou Dobbs

2015-04-15 14:29:28


Contact Information

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After working as a small business owner for 27 years, Representative Mark Meadows brings a business-style approach to Washington, D.C.

From owning and selling a successful restaurant to building a development company, Mark understands what the 63.7 million people in the United States who are self-employed or work for small businesses need to grow their businesses.  He believes real job creation comes from the private sector, not the federal government.  Mark recognizes that regulations are stifling job growth in this country and without a budget to set spending priorities, our federal government will continue to spend beyond its means.

While serving on the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Foreign Affairs, and Transportation and Infrastructure, Mark will hold the government accountable, protect American citizens and interests abroad, and ensure we have a modern transportation network which meets the needs of Western North Carolina and our country as a whole.

He is dedicated to providing top-notch constituent services to North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District and committed to upholding his Christian values and conservative principles while serving in Congress.

Mark lives in Jackson County with his wife Debbie. They have two college-age children, Blake and Haley.


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David Rouzer

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