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
Washington, D.C.— President Obama announced from the White House Tuesday his plans to close the Guantanamo Bay military base. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement:
“President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay is woefully misguided and poses a grave security threat to both the homeland as well as our armed forces serving abroad. We’ve already seen cases in which Gitmo detainees return to terrorism upon release. Most notably, Ibrahim Qosi, also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani, is now an al Qaeda leader in Yemen.
Releasing Guantanamo terrorists abroad amounts to granting amnesty to terrorists. Further, transferring Gitmo prisoners to U.S. facilities violates the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, which specifically barred relocating Gitmo prisoners to U.S. soil. The majority of Americans continue to oppose closing Guantanamo Bay because they understand the security threat posed by housing convicted terrorists on American soil.
I strongly urge the President to rethink this flawed and dangerous plan. Our national security is more important than the President’s attempts to make good on 2008 campaign promises.”
Washington, D.C.— Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour, who oversaw the agency’s cybersecurity preparedness during the OPM data breach, announced her retirement Monday. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, released the following statement:
“I welcome Ms. Seymour’s retirement and hope that it will represent an important turning point at an agency plagued with mismanagement and negligence at the highest level. Last year, OPM fell victim to the worst cyber-attack in United States’ history largely due to internal failure within the agency to implement proper cybersecurity measures. Throughout the course of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s investigation into the hack, it came to light that OPM officials ignored an Inspector General’s cybersecurity recommendations, leaving the personal information of millions of federal employees, members of the U.S. military, and intelligence officials vulnerable to a hack.
The OPM attack was a failure at every level and will have security implications for decades to come. I look forward to a new day ahead at OPM and am eager to work to ensure that the necessary measures are taken to prevent a data breach of this magnitude from ever happening again.”
*Ms. Seymour was previously scheduled to testify this week before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That hearing has since been postponed.
Rep. Mark Meadows Introduces D.C. School Choice Bill
Sen. Ted Cruz introduced the companion bill in the Senate
Washington, D.C.— Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced the Educational Freedom Accounts Act (H.R. 4426) on Tuesday, which creates a school choice program in Washington, D.C. This legislation was originally introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the Senate.
The Educational Freedom Accounts Act would create an innovative school choice program built around establishing Education Savings Accounts for students in the District of Columbia.
“Parents – not the government – know what's best for their children,” Rep. Meadows said. “I’m proud to join Sen. Ted Cruz, a long time defender of school choice, in support of this important legislation that empowers parents to choose the best education to meet the individual needs of their children. Education shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. Education Savings Accounts make it possible for parents to create customizable education plans that are tailored to the needs of their child. This is the sort of commonsense policy that deserves widespread bipartisan support.”
“School choice is the civil rights issue of our era. Each and every child has the right to access a quality education,” Sen. Cruz said. “Not only does school choice give low-income children the same choices and opportunities that children from wealthy families have always had, it also improves public schools, making them stronger and more effective. This legislation ensures that all children in Washington, D.C., regardless of race, ethnicity, or zip code, have the same opportunity to choose the schools that best fit their needs and will help them achieve their very best. I am honored to work with Rep. Meadows on this issue.”
Read the full text of the bill here.
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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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