Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows

NORTH CAROLINA's 11th DISTRICT

Congressman Meadows Named Oversight Subcommittee Chairman

2014/12/16

Congressman Meadows Named Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Washington, D.C.— On Tuesday, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) was appointed Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations.   The Government Operations Subcommittee will have oversight jurisdiction over critical issues during the final two years of the Obama Presidency, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor and public sector unions, and the Executive Office of the President. The subcommittee will also have primary jurisdiction over the majority of legislation moving through the Committee. Rep. Meadows will serve under newly named House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). “I’m honored to serve in this new capacity and am committed to fighting for the answers that all Americans deserve,” Rep. Meadows said. “The current Administration is among the least transparent in history and has stonewalled Congress at every turn. I look forward to working with Chairman Chaffetz and my colleagues on the Committee to end this Administration’s legacy of secretiveness,” Meadows added. “Congressman Meadows has been a valued Member of the Oversight Committee. He understands the value of vigorous oversight and the importance of making sure the government runs effectively and efficiently. I look forward to working with him in his new role,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz said. ### Read More

Mark's Weekly Update

2014/12/10

Supporting the ABLE Act I was proud to support the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, H.R. 647, which will assist families with children who have disabilities by creating tax-free accounts to save for disability-related expenses. Over the years, I've been blessed to know a handful of disabled and special needs children who have personally touched my life. This bill will go a long way in helping these families prepare for their futures. Below you can watch me speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives in favor of this important bill:       Congressman Meadows speaking in support of the ABLE Act     Discussing Immigration and Government Funding on Fox News  On Thursday, I went On the Record with Greta Van Susteren to discuss the President's executive action granting amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants and the current government funding showdown on Capitol Hill. My office has received countless calls this week from constituents voicing their opposition to the President's executive overreach. I strongly oppose this unilateral action and believe any decisions made on immigration should be bipartisan and come from Congress. This week, Congress must pass a bill reauthorizing government funding, which is currently set to expire on December 11th. I'm cautiously optimistic that my colleagues in the House will be able to come together on a short term funding solution. I believe a longer-term funding agreement should be decided on in the new Congress.     My interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren       Standing with Our Ally Israel Last week reports circulated that the Administration may be considering imposing sanctions on Israel for its decision to construct settlements in East Jerusalem. As a staunch supporter of the nation of Israel, I strongly oppose this. Israel is historically one of the America's greatest allies and this move would truly be unprecedented. The Administration is willing to negotiate with Iran on sanctions--a nation that commits egregious human rights violations and is a known state-sponsor of terrorism--yet it refuses to deny allegations that it is considering imposing sanctions against its closest ally in the Middle East. On Friday, I authored a letter to President Obama demanding he clarify these reports and take no such action. You can read my letter, signed by nearly 50 of my colleagues, here.   Visiting With NC Students Touring DC It was a pleasure to meet with Burke County students who were in town exploring Washington, D.C. Nearly 150 students came to town to visit the sights and learn about our nation's history and government. I spoke to the students on the steps of the United States Capitol about the importance of civic engagement. Thank you to teacher Mr. McQuaid for making this trip possible for these students and to all the parents who volunteered as chaperones. I have no doubts it will truly be unforgettable for the kids!        Read More

National Review: Gruber Showcases Democrats’ Own ‘47 Percent’ Philosophy

2014/12/10

From the midweek Morning Jolt: Gruber Offers a Look at Democrats’ Own ‘47 Percent’ Philosophy Take a good look, America. If you can’t stand that smug twerp Jonathan Gruber, refusing to tell you directly about how much money he’s made from his contracts with the White House and state governments even when questioned under oath . . . you have to realize this is perfectly fine with the philosophies of Barack Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. This is not some bolt out of the blue, some unbelievable turn of events causing things to go wrong in progressive liberal governance. The only thing that really went “wrong” in their mind is that Gruber was particularly explicit and publicly stated their shared contempt for voters, voters’ facile understanding of Obamacare and their naïve belief in the promises used to sell it. Americans, you got really upset about Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comment. It’s understandable; you figured that the candidate was saying something nice about the voters as a whole when in public, and writing off a lot of voters as hopeless and hapless when behind closed doors. That is exactly what Jonathan Gruber did. Over and over again. “It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter,” Gruber said at the Honors Colloquium 2012 at the University of Rhode Island. At the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 (which you can see here), Gruber said, “If you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in — if you made it explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed, OK? Just like how people — transparent — lack of transparency is a huge advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever. But basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.” At Washington University at St. Louis in 2013, Gruber said, “they proposed it and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference.” This is not a gaffe. This is not a “speak-o,” as he called one of his earlier statements that later proved deeply inconvenient to the Obama administration’s legal arguments. This is who the guy is. And the only thing unique about Gruber is that he says out loud, and in public, what most elected Democrats think. Stop buying what they claim about how they care about the little guy. Somehow, Jonathan Gruber had the cojones to claim you’re not entitled to know how much he had been paid by taxpayers. “Gruber testified and did not disclose he was being paid by the Obama administration. That is deception at its highest form,” yelled Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). “Give me a dollar amount. You’re not going to answer the question? You’re under oath and you’re not going to answer the question.” Gruber, consulting with someone in the audience at least twice, said his written financial disclosure was a matter committee staff should broach with his legal team. “I’ve been informed by counsel that my disclosure is in compliance with the House committee rules,” Gruber said. Another member of the committee, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), called for a subpoena to get documents related to Gruber’s contract work. “We only received $100,000 in disclosures, which were three grants,” Issa said. “In other words, the gentleman’s disclosure is incomplete.” Gruber replied that he was only required to provide details from this fiscal year and the previous two. When a guy won’t tell you how much he’s being paid by state agencies, it’s because the number is really embarrassing to somebody. Read More

Daily Caller: Gruber Hides Behind Lawyers

2014/12/10

WASHINGTON — House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said Jonathan Gruber will probably be served a subpoena and will end up back before the committee because Gruber refused to answer key questions during Tuesday morning’s hearing. Gruber repeatedly said he would have to check with “counsel” in response to questions about how much taxpayer money he earned and how many people he initially predicted would lose their existing health insurance plans. Gruber also stonewalled on handing over documents related to the actual work that he did in designing Obamacare. at one point saying defiantly, “I have all sorts of documents. I have paper in front of me.” Gruber made more than 20 statements in the hearing that he was not “political” and could therefore not answer certain questions. Gruber admitted that he rehearsed his answers to prepare for the hearing, saying, “I have practiced, but I disagree that they’re not heartfelt.” It’s “obvious” that “we’re going to have to serve you a subpoena” Issa said, echoing Rep. Blake Farenthold’s statement that the committee would issue a subpoena if Gruber did not turn over documents within 30 days. “We’re going to have to do more discovery,” said Issa, who is leaving the chairmanship in January, to be replaced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz. “Likely, you’re going to be back here under the new chairmanship.” “You haven’t answered one question about grants or contracts,” Issa said. “It’s amazing that you haven’t given us one number. … Every answer is, well, ‘Discuss with my lawyer.’” Gruber refused to answer Rep. Mark Meadows’ question about how many people would lose insurance under Obamacare, according to Gruber’s own model. “I can’t recall the exact number,” Gruber said, noting that he could not determine whether or not he could give the committee that information. “I don’t know if I can or not, I’ll take that up with my counsel.” Issa called Gruber’s stonewalling “disturbing” and cautioned that the goal of the hearing was to get “sworn statements” out of him about the Obamacare writing process. Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis and other lawmakers agreed that Gruber’s testimony did not resolve the issues that he was called to the committee to discuss. Read More

Boston Metro: Gruber draws line between ACA, his 'inexcusable arrogance'

2014/12/10

A congressional committee digging into alleged obfuscation surrounding the Affordable Care Act asked health care consultant and Massachusetts Health Connector board member Jonathan Gruber some blunt questions Tuesday about recently publicized comments he made about the federal law. In a video-taped talk, Gruber previously credited the law's success in part to the "stupidity of the American voter," and on another occasion he said taxes on so-called Cadillac health care plans would actually be paid by the insured rather than the insurance companies. "I behaved badly and I'll have to live with that, but my own inexcusable arrogance is not a flaw in the Affordable Care Act," Gruber said, maintaining that he was "conjecturing outside the area of my expertise." Gruber said he was aiming "to try to make myself seem smarter by demeaning others." House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, said that Gruber had committed a "gaffe" by telling the truth, as Republicans attempted to make Gruber own his remarks. "Are you stupid?" Issa asked Gruber in his first question. "I don't think so, no," Gruber replied at the hearing, which was carried by CSPAN. Congressman Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the committee, chastised Gruber for his "insulting" remarks and said they were a gift to critics of the controversial 2010 law, which is still in roughly its first year of implementation. "You wrapped it up with a bow," said the Maryland Democrat, who also credited Gruber for not avoiding responsibility at the hearing. Congressman Stephen Lynch, a South Boston Democrat, told Gruber the law has led to problems in Massachusetts and among unions that were previously able to secure more generous health coverage because health benefits weren't taxed. "Until the Affordable Care Act, health care was not taxed," Lynch said. He said, "I've got these unions saying repeal this thing. Fortunately for me, I voted against it." During public debate over the law in 2009, Gruber argued the so-called "Cadillac tax" on expensive health plans would encourage health costs to go down and wages to increase. On Tuesday Gruber told Lynch, a former union president, that "there is no reason that these employers can't provide affordable and comprehensive insurance." In his last hearing as chairman of the oversight committee, Issa also quizzed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner about misleading data about ACA enrollment, which erroneously included about 400,000 dental plans along with the more than 6 million health care plans. Tavenner said the faulty data was an "inadvertent" and "inexcusable mistake," and told Cummings, "I do not believe anyone tried to deceive the American people." Issa said once his committee staff was finally able to open spreadsheets from the administration it "took a staffer 20 minutes to find the error." "If the administration was going to fudge it, I certainly hope they would not be so amateurish," said Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat from Washington D.C. Other Democrats used their time drawing out favorable facts and figures from the witnesses, including New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney who concluded, "I think this is all good news for the health care consumer." Republicans inquired about the basis for Gruber's statements about the benefits of hiding aspects of the law from the public and encountered several memory lapses from their witness. "I honestly do not recall," Gruber said to a question about whether the Obama administration discussed with him the need to avoid labeling aspects of the bill as taxes. On several occasions, Gruber deferred to his lawyer when members of the committee asked for documents related to his work as a consultant helping to craft the law. Gruber said he went to one meeting with President Barack Obama and said he went to one meeting with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who signed the 2006 health reform law that served as a basis for the federal version. Gruber's bio at MIT, where he is a professor, describes him as a "key architect" of Romneycare and a "technical consultant" on Obamacare. After Republican members suggested the potential use of a subpoena to obtain documents from Gruber, Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerald Connolly suggested the committee might also subpoena documents dating back to Gruber's work with the Romney administration. "As far as I can tell we are here today to beat up on Jonathan Gruber" for "stupid" comments and "grill" Tavenner, Cummings said soon after the hearing's 9:30 a.m. start. As the hearing continued into the afternoon, Congressman Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, characterized Gruber's testimony as "contrived," "orchestrated" and "not transparent." Massachusetts Senate Republicans last week called for Gruber's resignation or "immediate removal" from the Massachusetts Health Connector board. In November, Gruber declined comment at a board meeting when reporters asked him about his comments. Patrick administration officials say the governor is focused on implementing the ACA and say that case law only allows the governor to remove board members for "cause" and the courts have ruled that improper statements do not constitute cause. Read More

Breitbart: Gruber Lawyers Up

2014/12/10

Controversial MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, known to all except, apparently, himself as the “architect” of The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), apologized repeatedly for what he called his "series of inexcusable comments" in his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday. He also asserted that "my flaws as a private citizen should not reflect the process by which the Affordable Care Act was passed."  But Gruber did little to dispell the notion that his work on behalf of Obamacare was deceptive and lacked transparency.  When asked to provide details requested by the committee about $2.5 million in Obamacare related contracts he secured with an estimated eight states, He lawyered up. "Take it up with my counsel," he said several times.  In addition, he refused to provide any examples of work product related to his Obamacare economic modeling carried out under a $400,000 sole source contract he obtained with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2009. Gruber's failure to provide the documentation required on all federal and state contracts related to Obamacare in advance of the hearing, as well as his repeated failure to recall how much he had been paid by states, and even how many states had paid him for his Obamacare expertise subsequent to the passage of the law in 2010, drew the ire of current Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). Gruber also was apparently unable to recall exactly how many times he had been to the White House to discuss Obamacare. Several Republican representatives suggested he had been there 21 times. Gruber said it was not that many, but was unable to offer an exact number. Gruber was also unaware, according to his testimony, that his $400,000 contract with the Department of Health and Human services, signed in February 2009, was sole source. "I don't recall exactly," he told Representative John Mica (R-FL) when asked if he knew that contract was sole source. At the conclusion of the hearings, Issa promised that the incoming Chairman was likely to call Gruber back to provide that information, and that if the information was not forthcoming in 30 days, the Committee would subpoena Gruber for it. Gruber also lawyered up when Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) asked him to show the work product from his Obamacare model in which he estimated how many people would lose their coverage under the Affordable Care Act. "You can talk to my counsel," Gruber responded to each question from Chairman Issa and several other Republican members of the committee who wanted to know details about the number and size of his Obamacare related contracts with state governments. "My counsel says we complied with the committee," Gruber told Issa when asked about his failure to provide the detailed list of federal and state contracts prior to his testimony. "No, you didn't," Issa responded.  Issa then elaborated that Gruber had provided information on only a single grant from the federal government for $100,000, rather than the estimated $2.5 million to $4 million press reports say he's received in contracts with at least eight states that paid for his economic consulting advice related to Obamacare. "You are a smart man who said some stupid things," Issa told Gruber early in the hearing. Gruber has a pattern of hiding the details of his Obamacare related contracts with state governments, as Breitbart News has reported is currently the status of his $280,000 contract with the state of Vermont, where Gruber has been hired by Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin to sell his single-payer health care system to the State Legislature. Neither Gruber nor the state of Vermont have provided any public detail about his questionable billing practices or his modeling assumptions. "We [in the Vermont State Legislature] won't see all of what Gruber did to provide the information the Shumlin administration will use to advance its political agenda—and we may never see any results that were adverse to it," Democratic State Representative Cynthia Browning, who has a Phd. in economics from the University of Michigan, told Breitbart News on Monday. That concern was repeated by Republican members of the House Oversight Committee who asked Gruber for details about his work product. "No one's ever questioned the integrity of my [economic] model," Gruber told Issa. "I'm questioning it," Issa responded, adding that it now required independent validation. Incoming Chairman Chaffetz repeatedly asked Gruber to produce work product documents, and Gruber repeatedly referred Chaffetz to his attorney. "They can take that up with my counsel," Gruber told Chaffetz when he asked that copies of work product related to the Affordable Care Act be delivered to committee staff members. "Will you provide this information?" Chaffetz asked Gruber. "Once again," Gruber responded, "you can take that up with my counsel." Chaffetz persisted. "We're asking you [for this], you've been paid [by the taxpayers]," Chaffetz told Gruber. Gruber once again referred Chaffetz to his counsel. "What are you hiding," Chaffetz asked. "Why won't you give that to us?" Gruber again told Chaffetz to take it up with his counsel. "I'm not sure," Gruber told Chaffetz when asked who owns those documents. Democrats went on the record to criticize Gruber for his previous public comments, but said those comments should not obscure the benefits of Obamacare. "As far as I can tell we are here today for stupid I mean absolutely stupid comments [Professor Gruber] made over the last few years," Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said in his opening statement. "This may be good political theater," Cummings added, "but it will not help a single person." "I am extremely frustrated with Dr. Gruber's statements. They were irresponsibles, disrespectful. . . Dr. Gruber does not speak for me," Cummings added. Cummings in particular bemoaned the political fallout of Gruber's statements. "[You] gave Republicans a public relations gift," Cummings told Gruber. "Many Republicans now allege some kind of Democratic conspiracy [in the passage of Obamacare]." Cummings noted, however, that 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney praised Gruber in 2006 for his work on "Romneycare" in Massachusetts. Marilyn Tavenner, Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Ari Goldmann, a consultant and waiter, also testified before the committee. Read More

The Hill: How much did Gruber make?

2014/12/10

ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber refused to say Tuesday how much money he received in federal and state contracts related to healthcare reform. In a series of tense exchanges with lawmakers, Gruber declined to estimate how much he was paid and repeatedly referred questions to his lawyer. The issue produced some of the hearing's tensest moments as Republicans repeatedly asked Gruber to estimate his pay and called his written disclosures incomplete. "Gruber testified and did not disclose he was being paid by the Obama administration. That is deception at its highest form," yelled Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). "Give me a dollar amount. You're not going to answer the question? You're under oath and you're not going to answer the question." Gruber, consulting with someone in the audience at least twice, said his written financial disclosure was a matter committee staff should broach with his legal team. "I've been informed by counsel that my disclosure is in compliance with the House committee rules," Gruber said. The exchanges took place at the House Oversight Committee, which hosted Gruber to discuss his prior comments that the "stupidity of the American voter" and a "lack of transparency" aided ObamaCare's passage. Gruber apologized several times for the remarks. Congressional witnesses are often required to disclose government contracts as part of their agreement to testify. Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) threatened to bring Gruber back for another hearing if he does not supply additional financial information. Another member of the committee, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), called for a subpoena to get documents related to Gruber's contract work. "We only received $100,000 in disclosures, which were three grants," Issa said. "In other words, the gentleman's disclosure is incomplete." Gruber replied that he was only required to provide details from this fiscal year and the previous two. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who will take the Oversight gavel next year, pressed and mocked Gruber. "What are you hiding?" he asked. "Why won't you give those to us? Why are we not entitled to those? … Do you not understand the question?" Read More

Citizen Times: Patrick McHenry, Mark Meadows question Gruber on ACA

2014/12/10

U.S. Reps. Patrick McHenry and Mark Meadows both got their five minutes to question MIT economist Jonathan Gruber and an Obama administration official Tuesday about the drafting and implementation of the Affordable Care Act but didn't sound very satisfied with the answers. The two Republicans, who together represent all of Western North Carolina, are members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Gruber's videotaped statements about the law, which surfaced a few weeks ago, have been seized on by many of its conservative critics as evidence that the administration of President Barack Obama was not being honest with the public about how the law would work before it was passed. McHenry engaged in an exchange with Gruber about how many people Gruber had predicted would lose existing health insurance policies as a result of the law. Gruber said he does not remember the exact figures but the overall increase in the number of people with insurance "has been quite substantial." He said the forecast model he provided as a consultant to the administration indicated "some individuals would lose existing plans and move to new forms of coverage." "So when you have the president going out saying clearly if you like your plan you can keep it, it was in fact a lie, based off your numbers and the data you provided this administration, is that correct?" McHenry asked later in the exchange. "I interpret the president's statement as referring to the fact that the vast majority of Americans would be able to maintain (insurance) arrangements under the Affordable Care Act," Gruber responded. He said the number of people covered by health insurance so far has been about what his model predicted. Gruber apologized several times during Tuesday's hearing for statements he made in 2012 and 2013 in primarily academic settings that voter stupidity and a "lack of transparency" helped passed the law. The earlier comments were "glib, thoughtless and sometimes downright insulting," he said, and made because he was trying to appear to be a political expert when he wasn't. Meadows questioned how honest Gruber was being Tuesday. Voters watching the hearing "would see your testimony is political. It is contrived. It is orchestrated and, honestly, not transparent," Meadows said. He criticized Gruber after, in response to a Meadows question, Gruber said he had worked on his testimony with his attorney beforehand. "How many hours of preparation does it take to be honest and transparent with the American people?" Meadows said. Gruber said he had practiced his testimony but that it was "heartfelt." McHenry and Meadows both spoke after several other members of the committee had questioned Gruber and Tavenner. As with other committee members, they spoke about as much or more than did the witnesses they were questioning and the exchanges sometimes took an accusatory tone. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said toward the end of the hearing that many members think Gruber's previous comments accurately represented his views. "At least a number of members don't buy that you were saying one thing there (in the 2012 and 2013 videotapes) that you didn't believe," Issa told Gruber. Meadows also had a back-and-forth with Tavenner about the administration putting in computer hardware a couple of days before the beginning of the act's enrollment period in 2013 and tax consequences of the law for individuals. Read More

Congressman Meadows' Statement on Gruber Hearing

2014/12/09

Congressman Meadows’ Statement on the Jonathan Gruber Hearing   Washington, D.C.— On Tuesday, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the continued lack of transparency with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement: “Today, Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect best known for his insulting remarks about the American people, provided a rehearsed, contrived testimony before the Committee that did little to shed light on important questions regarding the construction and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Gruber did his best to play dumb when questioned about his knowledge of a variety of topics from whether he predicted thousands of Americans would lose their health insurance under the ACA to how much he has been paid by the federal government for helping to create Obamacare. After providing the Committee with 16 pages detailing his accomplishments and expertise related to Obamacare, Gruber spent 4 hours denying even the most basic knowledge of the construction and implementation of the ACA,” Meadows said. “In a similar fashion, Ms. Tavenner continued to deny knowing about the problems plaguing the Healthcare.gov site days before the roll out, despite evidence of emails showing her knowledge of the issues. I appreciate the witnesses’ willingness to apologize to the American people, but found their refusal to answer some fairly simple questions to be counter-productive,” Congressman Mark Meadows added. Watch Congressman Meadows questioning in today’s hearing below:   [[{"fid":"515","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"height: 271px; width: 400px;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Congressman Mark Meadows questioning Gruber and Tavenner   Congressman Mark Meadows serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.   ### Read More

Times of Israel: Republicans push Obama on Israel ‘sanctions’ claim

2014/12/09

Reepublicans in Congress are asking the Obama administration to explain a murkily sourced claim that it is considering “sanctions” against Israel. “Recent reports suggest that your administration has held classified meetings over the past several weeks to discuss the possibility of imposing sanctions against Israel for its decision to construct homes in East Jerusalem,” said the letter sent Friday and signed by 48 members of the US House of Representatives led by Republican Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina. “Israel is one of our strongest allies, and the mere notion that the administration would unilaterally impose sanctions against Israel is not only unwise, but is extremely worrisome.” Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) issued similar statements. The appeals are apparently based on a December 4 story in Haaretz reporting that the Obama administration “is examining taking action against the construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, rather than making do with issuing denunciatory statements.” The article, which is based on a claim from an anonymous Israeli official who said he was briefed by an American official, does not cite any “sanctions.” The Free Beacon, a conservative news site, picked up the Haaretz report and used “sanctions” repeatedly but did not explain why. In Haaretz, the anonymous Israeli official describes discussions between State Department and White House officials that encompass the contemplation of actions ranging from withholding the traditional US veto on UN Security Council resolutions critical of Israel to issuing “clearer instructions” about a ban in place on US funding for settlements. The ban referred to is not clear. Obama’s predecessors up to President George W. Bush withheld from Israel a percentage of loan guarantees based on the rate of Israeli investment in settlement activities, but Obama has suspended the practice. The United States does not directly fund settlements, although it allows tax-exempt dollars to reach their charities. White House and State Department officials have refused to comment on the story, noting its anonymous sourcing and a policy of generally not commenting on internal deliberations. “I’m obviously not going to respond to unidentified anonymous sources’ reports about alleged internal deliberations,” Marie Harf, the State Department spokeswoman, said Friday.   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.


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