Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows

NORTH CAROLINA's 11th DISTRICT

Obama's immigration amnesty: A slap in the face to American voters

2014/11/21

For six years President Obama has failed to lead on any meaningful immigration reform. Now, following a sweeping Republican victory on Election Day and just over a month before a new Republican Senate majority will take over, President Obama has announced a blatantly unconstitutional move to grant amnesty to at least 5 million illegal immigrants by executive order. For years, President Obama has chastised Republicans, used immigrants as props for political purposes, and time and again deflected responsibility from his own party’s failure to act on immigration reform. Keep in mind that for the first two years of Obama’s presidency, Democrats controlled the House, Senate and White House -- yet he failed to pass immigration reform. So why the rush to grant amnesty now? President Obama knows that in January the new Republican House and Senate plan to take action on a long term solution to our nation’s immigration problem. The plan would likely include, but not be limited to, immediately securing our southern border, developing an effective legal immigration system that meets the needs of our nation’s employers, and repealing Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which led to the humanitarian crisis at the border earlier this year. After six years of Democrats’ inaction, President Obama doesn’t want Republicans to get even an ounce of credit for finally addressing our nation’s broken immigration system. But further, by granting mass amnesty during the lame duck right before members go home for Thanksgiving, President Obama is setting a divisive tone for the immigration battle, effectively poisoning the well for Republican-led bipartisan reform next year. This is an effort by the White House to sabotage the best shot at a long-term immigration solution since this president took office -- and all to make sure Republicans don’t receive credit. Simply put, President Obama’s immigration strategy is all about politics and getting credit rather than about families and people.  This is not what the American people deserve. President Obama’s DACA gave us a glimpse into the problems that will arise from granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. DACA led to a mass influx of illegal immigrant children crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. who came believing they would likely be able to stay. Between October 2013 and July 2014 more than 63,000 unaccompanied children were caught at the border. Many others tragically never made it. These children risked exploitation, kidnapping, abuse at the hands of coyotes, and even their lives to make the dangerous trek hundreds of miles through the desert terrain.  The president’s latest amnesty move signals to millions in Central and South America that U.S. laws don’t hold any real weight anymore, and if they illegally enter the U.S., they’ll likely be able to stay. This creates a dangerous environment of lawlessness and puts immigrant and American families at great risk. Notably, the majority of Americans did not support executive action on immigration. Among Americans of Latino descent, only 43 percent supported executive amnesty, according to an NBC/WSJ poll.  Further, President Obama’s executive amnesty is an unprecedented abuse of executive power. I’d invite President Obama to refer to Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, which clearly grants the authority to make laws on naturalization to Congress, not the Executive Branch. Granting amnesty to those who willfully broke the law makes a mockery of our legal system and encourages even more lawlessness – potentially more severe crimes than entering the U.S. illegally. It also does a disservice to those who followed the legal routes to gain entry into the country and sends the message that lawlessness will be tolerated—in fact, it will be rewarded.   The American people spoke on Election Day. The Republican victory wasn’t simply a referendum on failed Democratic policies pushed by the White House and Harry Reid -- it was also a referendum on the  inability of Congress and the White House to work together to get things done.  President Obama’s decision to bypass Congress and to act unilaterally on amnesty is a slap in the face to American voters, sends the wrong signal to immigrants, and jeopardizes the first real shot at bipartisan, long-term immigration reform.  Once again, it is politics over people for this administration. Read More

Breitbart: GOP Lawmakers Call On Obama to Work With Them on Immigration

2014/11/20

Republican House members are calling on President Obama to work with Congress to pass immigration reform instead of moving forward with his expected executive amnesty. In a letter to Obama dated Tuesday, nearly three dozen Republicans lawmakers — led by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) — argue that executive action would hurt efforts to legislate the issue. “While Congress certainly understands the need for reforms to the current system, it is imperative that we work together to pass legislation that improves our immigration system, increases border security, and disincentives undocumented immigration from illegally entering the United States,” they write. “Any unilateral action taken by the Administration will impede our efforts.” The lawmakers referenced a Nov. 5 statement Obama made when asked about his executive actions following a Democratic shellacking in the midterm elections. “I’ll be reaching out to both Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and other Republican as well as Democratic leaders to find out how it is that they want to proceed. And if they want to get a bill done -- whether it’s during the lame duck or next year -- I'm eager to see what they have to offer,” he said, after asserting his plans to continue moving forward with executive actions before the end of the year. According to the members, Obama needs to work with Congress now and not hurt the prospect of immigration reform via the legislative process. “We asked that you deliver on your word and allow Congress to debate and vote on a bill for you to sign. We strongly encourage the Administration under your leadership, to work with the 114th Congress to pass sensible, long-term reforms to address our nation’s immigration issues. Our nation’s immigrants deserve concrete policies that become law after thorough discussions,” the lawmakers concluded. Obama is expected to announce his executive actions Thursday. One of the letter’s signatories, Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), argued Wednesday that circumventing congress in this manner is part of a refusal by Obama to do his own job. “Many of the problems with our immigration system can be fixed by enforcing the law. I am using every legislative tool at my disposal to stop the Obama Administration’s lawlessness immediately,” he said. “Immigration policy is an issue affecting millions of people, and it should be addressed through open congressional debate.” The missive was signed by Reps. Barton, Michele Bachmann (MN-06), Andy Barr (KY-06), Susan Brooks (IN-05), Rob Bishop (UT-01), Michael Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), John Carter (TX-31), Culberson, Blake Farenthold (TX-27), Bill Flores (TX-17), Trent Franks (AZ-08), Kay Granger (TX-12), Ralph Hall (TX-04), Joe Heck (NV-03), Lynn Jenkins (KS-02), Bill Johnson (OH-06), Sam Johnson (TX-03), Raul Labrador (ID-01), Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Bob Latta (OH-05), Mark Meadows (NC-11), Tim Murphy (PA-18), Randy Neugebauer (TX-19), Pete Olson (TX-22), Steven Palazzo (MS-04), Scott Perry (PA-04), Ted Poe (TX-02), Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Pete Sessions (TX-32), John Shimkus (IL-15), Lamar Smith (TX-21), Chris Stewart (UH-02), Ann Wagner (MO-02), Roger Williams (TX-25), and Frank Wolf (VA-01).       Read More

Times-News: Businesses rally around Salvation Army

2014/11/20

A second anchor store at Blue Ridge Mall has reinstated Salvation Army bell ringers and an angel tree, despite the “no solicitation” policy issued last week by the mall’s management company. JCPenney has joined Belk in welcoming Salvation Army bell ringers to their storefronts after Thanksgiving, even though mall officials earlier said they want to provide a hassle-free shopping experience for customers, and that they couldn’t accommodate the growing number of fundraising requests. In a statement sent to the Times-News last week, the mall’s management company, Hull Storey Gibson, said the mall doesn’t allow solicitation in and around the property, including the seasonal bell ringers. “We were not happy about the decision, and we had several customers who were not happy,” said Britany Kent, a manager at JCPenney. “We did fight to get the Salvation Army bell ringers and angel tree back at our store. We emailed our corporate office this morning, and we got a call from the mall manager that we’d be able to have the ringers.” When news of the mall’s ban on ringers first surfaced, Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator Cheryl Gudger-Thompson expressed a need to find three new bell-ringing locations to replace those lost at the mall. In response, Flat Rock Cinema and Howard Tax Service on Four Seasons Boulevard offered to host red kettles and bell ringers. “With the implementation of Belk again, as well as JCPenney’s, Flat Rock Cinema and Howard Tax Services, we have covered our kettle locations,” Gudger-Thompson said. She added that Carolina ACE Hardware, which annually hosts Salvation Army bell ringers, will put an angel tree in its store for the first time. Angel trees will also be located at Howard Tax Service and JCPenney. Gudger-Thompson is appreciative of the community’s efforts to support the Salvation Army’s red kettle drive, and said she’s received several calls from individuals asking how to help. “We’ve had calls as far away as South Carolina inquiring about the situation,” she said. “We also got a call from (U.S. Rep.) Mark Meadows’ office.” Gudger-Thompson said Meadows has offered to participate in the Red Kettle kickoff Nov. 24 at Fresh Market. Hull Storey Gibson was unreachable for comment Wednesday. Read More

Meadows Calls on Abbas to Take Action in Response to Recent Attacks

2014/11/19

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement in response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks on the Israeli synagogue attack that occurred on Tuesday: On Tuesday we saw the face of pure evil when two Palestinian men attacked and killed five Israeli men, three of whom were dual US-Israeli citizens. There are no words strong enough to condemn the barbaric, horrific attacks that took place in West Jerusalem. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost. While many have applauded Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ condemnation of these attacks, it must be pointed out that Hamas—which is part of the Palestinian Unity Government—praised this attack. As long as the Palestinian government embraces Hamas, statements condemning its terrorist acts are simply empty words. I call on President Abbas to denounce the brutal Hamas terrorists and remove them from the Palestinian government. Congressman Mark Meadows serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. ### Read More

Washington Post: Progress on NextGen aviation system is said to be ‘stalled’

2014/11/19

The multi-billion-dollar program intended to revolutionize air travel in the United States is “stalled,” “broken” and not going to materialize “any time soon,” three frustrated members of Congress said at a hearing Tuesday. At a cost of an estimated $40 billion to be shared by the government and the airline industry, the creation of a system known as NextGen has been entrusted to the Federal Aviation Administration, an agency renowned for its cautious and methodical implementation of change. “It’s just apparent that the process is broken,” said Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), House Transportation Committee chairman. The FAA is “moving at a snail’s pace. We’ve got to get these things up and running.” NextGen, or Next Generation Air Transportation System, is a vast interlocking array of technology that promises to reduce delays, fuel use and carbon footprints, while allowing for projected growth in the airline industry. The FAA, which said it would launch NextGen a decade ago, was not invited to testify before the committee Tuesday.   A committee spokesman said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta would be asked to appear before the panel as it continues to explore a new funding authorization for the agency. Judging from the frustration expressed by committee members Tuesday, Huerta can expect what will be a rocky day. Rep. Mark Meadows (R.-N.C.) recalled an earlier visit by Huerta and his deputies. “When we ask fordeadlines, when we ask for time frames, I see sweat pop out on their foreheads. There’s not an answer,” Meadows said. Setting deadlines, meeting goals and persuading the airlines that both will be achieved is critical to the success of NextGen. While airlines began to invest in some of the equipment the system requires, fear that the FAA will falter has made them cautious of heavy spending. “Business leaders are concerned about the slow and uncertain pace of FAA efforts,” said John Engler, the former Michigan governor who now heads the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. While Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, said that NextGen was “on the verge of becoming a success story,” few members of the committee were prepared to embrace that belief. “I think NextGen is either in a stall or a reverse. That’s not acceptable,” said Rep. John L. Mica (R.-Fla.), the former chairman of the House Transportation Committee. Mica said he stepped down with “a sigh of relief” that no major domestic airline accident had occurred during his tenure as chairman. Alluding to the safety enhancements promised by NextGen, he said, “The clock is ticking. It can be an air traffic controller, it can be a pilot error.”   The challenge of replacing a 20th-century radar-based system with a technologically efficient GPS-based system was described as out of reach by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), a non-voting member of Congress. “We’re not going to do that anytime soon,” said Norton, who reacted to repeated reminders from those testifying that the United States has the safest aviation system in the world. “I believe we have a safe system because you slow things down to make it safe,” she said. “That 2020 date [for partial implementation of NextGen] that was set some time ago is a fiction. It’s better to have that sort of candor than to have people being angry at the airport. Be candid so that the public does not expect anything but slow-downs for the foreseeable future.” NextGen has been described as the antidote to gridlock in the air travel system, which is projected to be serving 1 billion passengers a year by 2021. With the help of GPS, planes would be able to safely travel packed skies closer to other planes. They would be able to fly direct routes, unlike in the current system, which relies heavily on flying to waypoints before turning to a final destination. Direct routing would allow airlines to save billions in fuel costs and minimize pollution. It also would permit far more precise choreography of planes at airports, reducing the amount of fuel wasted waiting for takeoff or burned because planes ready to land are diverted into holding patterns. For passengers, NextGen would cut flight delays, eliminate time spent on the runway waiting to take off and shorten the flight time once airborne. In addition, fuel savings might result in lower ticket prices. Read More

Avery Journal: Rep. Mark Meadows plans to introduce ‘as many bills as possible’

2014/11/17

Representative Mark Meadows recently routed Democratic challenger Tom Hill for reelection to the US House. The win was a landslide, with nearly 63 percent of votes in Meadows’ favor. Meadows ran a “positive” campaign, leaning away from negative ads, and received heavy support in Avery County. “I got out and celebrated the successes of the good things that are happening in our district each and every day, so it was not as much a negative campaign aspect where I was trying to beat up an opponent. In fact, we made a pledge not to do that. I think most of the people of western North Carolina appreciate the fact that we ran a clean campaign,” Meadows said. “I felt like if I was going to truly represent my values and the values of most of the people that voted for me, it’s really what do you stand for, not necessarily how bad you can knock the other person that you’re running against.” In his upcoming term in the republican-controlled House of Representatives, Meadows says he plans to introduce a flood of bills and focus on government accountability and the economy. “The strategy is for us to address as much as we possibly can in terms of working around the clock to pass as many bills as we can in the House, expecting them to be taken up in the Senate and not extrapolating out if the president will or will not sign it. I think the American people are tired of excuses,” Meadows said. According to Meadows, with this ‘flooding’ strategy, he hopes to see fewer headlines that read ‘congress is not doing anything.’ Residents of District 11 may be expecting a phone call from Meadow’s office soon. There are plans in place to call about 120,000 people in western North Carolina to ask what action they would like to see on the part of congress. “Part of the agenda is really going to be determined by those two tele-town halls in the district,” Meadows said. Read More

WND: Congressman Excorciate Obama's Amnesty Plan

2014/11/17

WASHINGTON – Republicans immediately blasted leaked details of President Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to some five million illegal immigrants by executive order, but GOP leaders seem unwilling to use the tools available to confront him.   According to an administration source, millions of illegal immigrants would reportedly become eligible for Social Security numbers, government-issued IDs and authorization to work in the United States. Reaction from conservative lawmakers was swift and scathing. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., told WND, “Not only is it unconstitutional, it’s incredibly dangerous – for our national security, public health and our economy.” “President Obama’s policies were flatly rejected last week at the polls. Voters didn’t demand that President Obama unilaterally issue work permits to millions of illegal immigrants to take jobs Americans want and need. Republicans need to stand for the American worker and against lawless executive amnesty,” Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., told WND. “Just days after claiming he wants to work with Congress … Once again, the president is ignoring the will of the American people by bypassing Congress. It is unacceptable,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. “Obama’s decision to not enforce the law will drive more parents to send their kids here illegally, fueling sex trafficking and putting cash in the pockets of violent drug lords. Obama is threatening the lives of children and fueling border violence,” Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, told WND. A spokesperson for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told WND he has repeatedly said taking executive action on immigration is not only unconstitutional but entirely counterproductive to the goal of fixing the broken immigration system. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said, “The audacity of this president to think he can completely destroy the rule of law with the stroke of a pen is unfathomable to me. It is unconstitutional, it is cynical and it violates the will of the American people. Our republic will not stand if we tolerate a president who is set upon the complete destruction of the rule of law.” “The president must abandon his my-way-or-the-highway approach and instead work constructively with Congress. He must reject unilateralism and demonstrate a willingness to enforce the law, even when he may prefer a different policy outcome,” said Sen, Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Obama’s plan reportedly contains 10 points, including increased border security and pay raises for immigration personnel, but the key feature would expand “deferred action” for both illegal immigrants who arrived as children and, significantly, their parents. Deferred action means the government would not enforce deportation laws against more than 4.5 million parents of illegal immigrants and another 300,000 of their children who arrived in the United States before Jan. 1, 2010. (The previous cut-off date was June 2007.) An executive order Obama unilaterally imposed on June 15, 2012, called Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals, or DACA, allowed 700,000 illegal immigrants to reside in the country legally, said Leon Rodriguez, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in July. The new order would essentially expand DACA by making more children eligible for amnesty, as well as their parents. Conservatives in Congress want to stop an amnesty executive order from taking effect by depriving Obama the funding needed to implement his plan, a strategy outlined in detail to WND Wednesday by a key Senate aide. Republicans would pass a series of short-term continuing resolutions, or CRs, that would fund everything necessary to keep the government running past a Dec. 11 deadline and through the beginning of next year, while not funding the amnesty order. GOP leaders apparently favor passing a longer-term omnibus spending bill. They worry Obama would provoke another government shutdown by refusing to sign CRs lacking the funding for amnesty, and fear the GOP would get the blame. House Appropriations Committee Chariman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., flatly said, “I don’t want a shutdown,” adding, “You should not take a hostage that you can’t shoot.” And spokeswoman for the appropriations committee, Jennifer Hing said, “We are moving forward full steam ahead on a 12-bill omnibus, not a [continuing resolution].” Conservative Republicans see the CR strategy at the most effective means at their disposal to stop amnesty and are incensed their leadership would forfeit Congress’ power of the purse to stop amnesty. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, adamantly endorsed employing the CRs instead of negotiating a longer-term spending plan with a Senate that will still be controlled by the Democrats until January. He told WND, “It makes no sense for Republicans to be cutting deals with representatives and senators who have just been thrown out of office with a vote of no confidence.” “The newly elected Republican majority needs to be making the major decisions like critical appropriations. Allowing people to spend trillions of dollars who have been declared no longer representative would be a huge mistake,” he added. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, stated, “I am calling on all of my colleagues in the House to use the power of the purse to protect our Article I authority. This is about defending our oath to the Constitution, too. We cannot allow Barack Obama’s anticipated, unconstitutional act to be implemented, for if it is it will destroy the pillars of American exceptionalism.” Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., appeared to articulate GOP leadership fears that a government shutdown caused by Obama refusing to sign short-term CRs would be blamed on Republicans when he flatly announced Thursday, “We will not be shutting the government down.” When asked how he would fight amnesty, McConnell replied, “We’ll let you know.” Indeed, the government shutdown in the fall of 2013 over the funding of Obamacare was roundly blamed on the Republicans by the establishment media and portrayed as a public relations fiasco for the GOP. But conservatives feel it would be different this time because they expect the public will support a GOP move to block amnesty by presidential executive order. Conservatives point to such surveys as a post-election exit poll by the Polling Company that showed 74 percent of voters want the president to work with Congress on immigration rather than going it alone, including 92 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of independents and even a majority, 51 percent, of Democrats. A Rasmussen poll in August found 62 percent of likely voters opposed Obama acting unilaterally to order amnesty, while only 26 percent favored it. History also shows conservatives may have reason to believe the public will support a GOP showdown with Obama over amnesty. Bachmann has told WND how voters melted the phone lines on Capitol Hill to compel their representatives to block amnesty the last time it was tried on a massive scale. The congresswoman said it was a huge backlash by the conservative grassroots in 2007 that caused voters to jam the phone lines and stop the amnesty bill introduced by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and the late Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. She said the 2007 bill provoked more outrage than even Obamacare. And she told WND the same thing happened again in August when House Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, had to kill his own border bill for lack of support after conservatives feared the legislation was too weak on illegal immigration. Bachmann then successfully engineered the passage of a $694-million bill intended to fix the border crisis, supported by both moderates and conservatives, by a vote of 223 to 189. “People melting the phone lines really saved members from themselves,” she told WND. The congresswoman credited the efforts of grassroots voters who demanded a stronger bill, one that would do more to secure the border and discourage illegal immigrants by reducing the prospects for amnesty. Conservatives are expecting public support to give them the political capital they need to weather the storm if there is a government shutdown over amnesty. The Wall Street Journal reported conservatives “aren’t concerned about accusations of prompting a government shutdown,” illustrating that with a quote from Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, who said of voters: “They are tired of the president circumventing Congress.” That sentiment was echoed by Gohmert, who told WND, “Americans spoke on Election Day and gave Republicans control of the Senate and elected even more conservative Republicans in the House.” “Republicans need to stand strong and pass a short-term funding bill just into 2015 rather than an omnibus to cover all the money the president wants for everything next year.” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., endorsed the CR strategy in a recent op-ed in Politico, writing, “Congress has the power of the purse. The president cannot spend a dime unless Congress appropriates it,” and pointed out a similar strategy stopped Obama from closing the prison camp for terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. Voicing the same sentiment was Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., who asked rhetorically in an interview, “If the president does something that we really don’t like or approve of, we’re thinking about, how do we defund it? What levers do we have available to us … to pull to prevent the president from doing that in the first place, or defunding it if he does take that step?” Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., organized a letter signed by 50 House Republicans urging lawmakers to insist that spending legislation include language preventing Obama from acting unilaterally on amnesty. The congressman told the Wall Street Journal, “Everybody had said they want to do something to stop his recklessness. If we have an opportunity to actually do something rather than complain … why shouldn’t we?”   Read More

Mark's Weekly Update

2014/11/17

Honoring Our Nation's Veterans I hope you and your family had a blessed Veterans Day and took some time to thank veterans in your community. We owe a great debt of gratitude to our servicemen and women who selflessly protect our nation. It is our duty as Americans to honor and respect those who have served our country. As a Member of Congress, I am committed to ensuring that veterans receive the care and support that they deserve. If you are a veteran in Western North Carolina and you need assistance dealing with the VA or with other related issues, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Assisting you is the least we can do for the sacrifices you have made for our country. You are welcome to contact my office here.     Meeting with veterans and cadets at the Navy Memorial in Washington, DC.           Stopping to chat with two young patriots who dressed up to thank veterans           With WWII Veteran Lt. George Klein, who served in battle at Ponte du Hoc, and Jeff Miller, of Hendersonville, who both traveled to Washington, DC as part of an Honor Air group..     Casting My Vote for American Jobs On Friday, I was proud to cast my vote in support of H.R. 5682, a bill to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. For years, the project has been delayed by the Administration and Senate Democrats. If authorized, the pipeline is expected to create as many as 41,000 direct and indirect jobs. The bill passed the House 252-161 with 30 Democrats joining Republicans to support it. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to follow suit and approve the Keystone XL pipeline.           Standing Strong Against Executive Action on Amnesty This week, the White House announced plans to take executive action on Immigration reform. My staff and I appreciate your feedback in response to the recent poll I sent out on this issue. I strongly oppose the President’s decision to take executive action on amnesty and believe firmly that the first priority in any immigration reform package is to secure our border. I hope that the President will decide to work with Congress, rather than bypassing it. Please feel free to contact my office with your thoughts.  Read More

Poll: Executive Action on Immigration

2014/11/14

ABOUT    SERVICES    ISSUES& LEGISLATION    MEDIA CENTER    DISTRICT    CONTACT    RESOURCES     November 13, 2014       Poll: Executive Action on Immigration    The Administration announced plans to take executive action on immigration reform. Do you support the President's choice to act unilaterally on immigration?   Yes No Not sure   If you are having trouble, click here.         Read More

Mountain Xpress: Give credit where credit is due on $14.6 million grant

2014/11/10

We all celebrated the news a couple of weeks ago regarding the $14.6 million Tiger Grant given to Asheville by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. Let’s take this opportunity to thank all of those whose determination and dedication made this possible. We first want to thank former Mayor Terry Bellamy for creating the River Arts District Transportation Project Committee and appointing Stephanie Pankiewicz as chair. The creation of this committee was the first step in securing the funding to revitalize the River Arts District. We want to thank Stephanie Pankiewicz and all the committee members, paid and unpaid, for their outstanding work and commitment that led to this great achievement. With their creativity, expertise, and grit, the committee drove this project to victory. We also want to thank the Asheville Board of Realtors. The presence of one of its members on the RADTIP committee created important government connections. This grant was made possible through the close relationship between the Asheville Board of Realtors and the congressman from the 11th District, Mark Meadows, who sits on the House Transportation Committee. Finally, we want to thank Meadows for following up and following through with this project over the past two years. His commitment and persistence paid off to the tune of $14.6 million. 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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