Washington, D.C. -- On Thursday, the House Freedom Caucus introduced a privileged motion to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, giving the House two legislative days to vote on Koskinen’s removal. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement:
While I respect the Commissioner and the difficult work he does, Commissioner Koskinen has repeatedly engaged in activity that is unacceptable for a public servant. Commissioner Koskinen has misled the American people, given false testimony before Congress, obstructed justice, failed to comply with Congressional subpoenas, and taken numerous steps to stonewall the House's investigation into allegations against the IRS. Furthermore, despite the fact that portions of Mr. Koskinen’s testimony in front of the Oversight Committee have been proven to be false, he still has yet to notify Congress. This cannot be tolerated.
In this great country, public servants are held to a higher standard. We are called to be open, transparent, and good stewards of the authority given to us by the American people and the Constitution. Commissioner Koskinen has blatantly ignored these principles and has repeatedly gone out of his way to actively undermine each and every one. Any other government official would be held accountable for this. If taxpayers handled their filings the way that the Commissioner handled evidence, it would not be dismissed without real consequences.
I look forward to encouraging my colleagues to support this motion and show the American people that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated in our government.
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) released a report confirming that the U.S. State Department sent over $300,000 in grant funding to an Israeli political organization, known as the “OneVoice Movement,” that later ran a campaign dedicated to ousting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement.
“Last year, my House colleagues and I were deeply concerned to hear allegations of our own State Department spending American tax dollars that were then used to influence Israeli elections. Based on the information that was being reported at the time, I called for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) to investigate the matter. Today, the Senate PSI released their full report confirming that the State Department used tax-payer funds toward an organization that supported ousting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The findings of this investigation must be taken seriously, and the Obama Administration must fully condemn any action taken by the State Department that funded this group, OnceVoice. We now know that our own State Department, through these funding grants, potentially undermined the election of the only elected official in the Middle East who opposed their Iran Nuclear Agreement.
I call on the Department of Justice to appoint an independent, third party investigator to determine whether the funding given by the State Department to this organization was illegal. Israeli elections should be left to the citizens of Israel and not the influence of U.S. taxpayer-funded grants.”Read More
Washington, D.C. -- On Wednesday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced H.R. 5647--a bill that will add transportation options for federal workers.
With the D.C. metro (WMATA) system under SafeTrack construction for the foreseeable future, many federal workers have seen their commute times increase due to lengthy delays and unpredictable arrivals. However, commuters have limited alternative options, as federal transportation benefits only apply to specific public transportation sources, including WMATA. Meadows’ bill would allow federal employees who receive metro benefits to be able to apply those same benefits to ride sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and others.
“During a time when WMATA is getting its house in order, federal commuters have been frustrated at their lack of options for getting in to work,” Rep. Meadows said. “Many of the frequent, random delays on the metro have caused some federal workers to arrive late, miss meetings, or lose out on valuable work time. This bill will allow federal workers to expand their commuting options and not require them to depend on a sole, unreliable form of transportation—especially during WMATA’s time period of construction.”
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) is an original cosponsor of the bill.
“SafeTrack is a critical component to restoring Metro to a world-class transit system, however, the year-long maintenance schedule presents significant transportation challenges to all commuters in the National Capital region,” Rep. Connolly said. “The federal government must offer commuters as many options as possible to mitigate these challenges.”
“The ridesharing economy offers a unique and flexible alternative until full Metro service is restored and should be an option for our federal workforce as they maintain a continuity of operations for the federal government.”
On Monday morning, the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Texas Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, striking down a Texas law improving health and safety regulations for Texas abortion facilities by a vote of 5-3. In light of the ruling, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement:
"I am deeply saddened by today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Texas abortion facility law. The decision by the Court today overturns common sense regulations that would have enforced basic medical standards in abortion clinics and protected the health and safety of women during their most medically vulnerable time periods.
Furthermore, the ruling demonstrates the height of hypocrisy, as the Court has consistently affirmed the government’s right to enforce safety standards in the medical field through Obamacare, yet now strikes down similar measures imposed on abortion clinics. It is appalling that an abortion provider who fails to meet common-sense safety practices (like having enough trained staff available) should be entrusted with women’s healthcare.
This issue should not be divided along the lines of the pro-life/pro-choice camps. Giving vulnerable women the most basic and necessary safety standards should be an issue that all Americans agree on and demand of their health providers."Read More
Washington, D.C – S.2133—the Senate version of Rep. Mark Meadows’ bill H.R. 4180, the Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act of 2015—passed the House by voice vote on Tuesday afternoon. The bill would require the Office of Management and Budget to establish guidelines in order to detect and prevent fraud, most notably through improper payments. Rep. Meadows released the following statement:
“No one has ever accused Congress of being an efficient operation that uses its money wisely. Unfortunately, fraudulent payments are in no short supply. In fiscal year 2014, the GAO reported that a significant portion of the $124 billion improper payments was related to fraud. It is crucial that Congress do its part to establish parameters that reduce wasteful and improper payments as much as possible. I am pleased to hear that the Senate version of my bill passed the House, and I am confident that my colleagues and I will continue looking for ways that we can increase accountability to prevent fraud and abuse of our finances.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mark Meadows’ bill H.R.210—a bill to protect student workers from financial burden--has passed out of the Ways and Means Committee.
The Student Worker Exemption Act of 2015 would amend the Internal Revenue Code to exempt students who are both employed by their school of higher-education and carrying a full time academic load from being considered “full-time employees” under regulations in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In other words, colleges would no longer be deterred from hiring students due to the requirement of providing full health insurance benefits required in Obamacare.
“H.R. 210 represents an extremely positive step in creating common sense solutions to problems that affect students who are working hard to get started on their own,” Rep. Meadows (R-NC) said. “I look forward to seeing where the bill goes from here and to working with my colleagues to advance the goal of helping American students succeed.”
Many of the ideas behind the bill were given to Congressman Meadows by Dr. David Belcher, Chancellor of Western Carolina University, who provided firsthand knowledge of how current regulations can impact students looking for work. Meadows wants to make sure the credit goes to Dr. Belcher for his suggestion of the policy.
“This goes to show the impact that people can have when they readily share ideas about how we can make our government work better for the people,” Meadows said. “I want to recognize Dr. Belcher not only for being the engine behind this idea, but also for the tremendous service he does for Western Carolina University. Largely thanks to him, we now have a bill in motion that could play a key role in removing an unnecessary burden from students.”
The bill is expected to come to the House floor for a vote in the near future.
Washington, D.C. -- On Wednesday evening, Congressman Mark Meadows’ bill, H.R. 5233, the Clarifying Congressional Intent in Providing for D.C. Home Rule Act of 2016, passed the House of Representatives.
The bill would repeal the District of Columbia’s "Local Budget Autonomy Amendment Act," passed in 2012 by the D.C. city council, and reaffirm Congress’ authority in D.C. budgetary matters as established under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.
“I am pleased to hear that H.R. 5233 passed the House today,” Congressman Meadows (R-NC) said. “Our most important duty as members of Congress is to uphold and defend the Constitution, and the Constitution clearly provides Congress the authority over the budget process in the District of Columbia.”
When our founders wrote the Constitution, they specifically provided Congress the authority to “exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over . . . the Seat of the Government of the United States.” The purpose of this arrangement was to prevent D.C. from gaining any improper leverage against other states due to its proximity to the federal government.
In 1973, Congress gave the District of Columbia a limited form of Home Rule, specifically the ability to pass legislation on strictly local matters, by passing the “Home Rule Act.” Yet the Home Rule Act expressly prohibited the District from altering the budget process and maintained the role of the Federal Government, specifically Congress’ role, in appropriating D.C. funds. However, in 2012, D.C.’s city council chose to pass their own budget autonomy act anyway, bypassing Congress and violating Article I. H.R. 5233 will strengthen prohibitions in the Home Rule Act to prevent the District from unilaterally amending or repealing any aspect of the budget process in the Home Rule Act, protecting Congress’s Constitutional role.
“Our founding fathers gave Congress control over D.C. in the Constitution for a very specific reason,” Meadows said. “The actions of the D.C. city council directly undermined the law and could potentially set a dangerous precedent if left uncorrected. My hope is that this bill will be a step in the right direction of enforcing the rule of law and reaffirming that the Constitution is the law of the land.”
The bill was originally cosponsored by Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD).
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced the Credits for Kids Act—a bill that could help families in need while saving taxpayers billions by tightening Additional Child Tax Credit loopholes.
The Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) gives parents access to tax refunds to offset costs associated with raising a family, even if the family does not owe income taxes to begin with. Unfortunately, loopholes within the ACTC make it easier to commit fraud, as confirmed by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in an Oversight Committee hearing, who noted that the current process allows applicants to receive a child tax credit refund without the parent’s social security number or any serious verification. The result of this policy has been an alarming increase in improper payments, costing taxpayers billions of dollars. Rep. Meadows’ bill will establish that the child tax credit can be awarded if state agencies can verify that the children have been living in the parent’s home within the last 6 months.
“The Additional Child Tax Credit includes a serious loophole that hurts working families and passes on a tremendous cost to the American taxpayer,” Rep. Meadows said. “Without requiring social security numbers, the IRS is allowing payments to individuals whose children cannot be verified to even reside in the United States. This bill will play a crucial role in making sure families in need have access to help while eliminating wasteful loopholes and reducing fraud in the current system.”
The bill is similar to legislation introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) in the 114th Congress. In 2016, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated Rep. Johnson’s bill would save taxpayers nearly $20 billion over 10 years. Rep. Meadows’ bill is expected to receive a similar estimate.
Washington, D.C. —On Monday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory announced his decision to file a lawsuit against the Department of Justice over a challenge to House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement:
“I fully support Governor McCrory’s decision to sue the Department of Justice (DOJ) over their efforts to pull federal funding from North Carolina. This action by the DOJ is yet another example of the federal government attempting to bully states by engaging in serious executive overreach and rewriting state laws to fit their own agenda. Furthermore, the Department of Justice’s interpretation of the Civil Rights Act is a radical departure from the original intent of the law and shows a troubling willingness of the Obama Administration to selectively enforce laws at their own discretion.
In a time where acts of courage from our government are few and far between, it is refreshing to watch leaders from my home state of NC act on the will of their constituents. In addition to Governor McCrory, I want to thank Speaker Tim Moore, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, and the NC State Legislature for their commitment to serving the great people of North Carolina.
Washington, D.C.— President Obama announced on Wednesday the appointment of Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, as his nominee to the Supreme Court. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement:
“For the President to appoint a lame duck Supreme Court nominee months before an election amounts to silencing the will of the American people and runs counter to our Constitutional values. No lifetime appointment should be made by a President who is on his way out of office. The American people have a right to make their voices heard on Election Day by selecting the candidate they believe is best suited to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice.
I support Senate Republicans’ in their decision to decline to hold confirmation hearings on a nominee and believe it is well within the framework of the Constitution. Thank you to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley for their unwavering stance against confirming a lame duck Supreme Court nominee.”Read More
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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.
It was a pleasure to meet the wonderful staff at Park Ridge Healthcare in Hendersonville, NC this week. https://t.co/GAdEeIAQey
It was honor to attend the Veteran's Medal Ceremony for my friend William Ballard last week. https://t.co/Hak4Tcg9w6
Great visit to Lenoir Bemis Manufacturing this weekend with Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons and State Sen. Deanna Ballard! https://t.co/cqWKkCggr5
It was a pleasure to meet the wonderful staff at Park Ridge Healthcare in Hendersonville, NC last week--some of the hardest working folks you'll
Last week I was honored to attend the Veterans Medal Ceremony of William Ballard, who received the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense
I had a great opportunity to visit our district's Bemis Manufacturing plant in Lenoir this weekend. It was wonderful to see Lenoir Mayor Joe
Thanks to the Appalachian Wood Energy Conference for having me to speak yesterday!
Thank you to everyone who came out this morning to Morganton, NC--our third and final stop in this year's Veterans' Solutions Seminar. We had