Washington, D.C – On Monday, the FBI released additional documents on the investigation of the State Department and Secretary Clinton’s private email server. In response to the new information, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement:
“The documents released today by the FBI demonstrate what the American people already knew—that Secretary Hillary Clinton acted both recklessly and dangerously with classified information and inexplicably received no consequences for doing so. Furthermore, State Department official Patrick Kennedy’s request for the FBI to alter the classification markings on Secretary Clinton’s emails in exchange for “quid pro quo” suggests that the State Department deliberately sought ways to cover up Secretary Clinton’s actions. This is unacceptable—had any American on Main Street acted in the same manner as Secretary Clinton, there would be serious consequences.”
Washington, D.C. – On Sunday, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) sent a letter to DHS FEMA Administrator Gracia B. Szczech in support of Governor Pat McCrory’s (R-NC) request for a declaration of expedited major disaster in response to Hurricane Matthew.
The expedited request would allow North Carolina to receive immediate disaster relief from FEMA as a result of the damages from Hurricane Matthew. Congressman Meadows and Governor McCrory both cite the “unusual severity and magnitude” of damages in North Carolina, including severe flooding, wide spread power outages, torrential rainfall, and damaged transportation infrastructure--arguing that the extent of damage warrants expediting the request. The damages include the closure or partial blockade of many major highways, roads, and interstates, with electricity providers in the area reporting up to 775,000 power outages locally.
Rep. Meadows, who serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, is in contact with both Governor McCrory and Administrator Szczech to ensure NC receives assistance as soon as possible.
Washington, D.C. -- On Thursday, a Circa investigation report revealed the General Services Administration (GSA) is auctioning vehicles to the public with potentially dangerous open recalls while failing to disclose the specific vehicle recall information. In response to the report, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, released the following statement:
“The report of this mismanagement by the GSA is deeply troubling and certainly warrants further investigation by the Oversight Committee. While selling used vehicles with open recalls is legal, the federal government must be held to a higher standard, especially when the health and safety of the public is at risk. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, I intend to request more information from the GSA on their recall disclosure procedures and take immediate action to hold responsible parties accountable. The safety of both federal employees and the public is our primary objective in conducting oversight.”
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, President Obama announced that the Paris Agreement, a climate treaty negotiated by more than 200 countries, will go into effect on November 4 of this year. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement:
“With the Paris Climate Agreement, this administration is throwing away significant gains made in our country’s energy sector and handcuffing the American economy and job creators to burdensome regulations that will hurt, not help, American workers. The unfair and unbalanced burdens this agreement places on U.S. workers will once again shift jobs overseas and will immediately encourage manufacturing to relocate abroad. The American people are tired of watching our government hamstring the economy and burden U.S. businesses in a fruitless pursuit of climate change goals that are both ineffective and unenforceable globally.”
TVA Proposal Passes House
As you probably know by now, my office has been heavily involved in an effort to stop the TVA from banning floating houses and forcing hundreds of families out of their homes. We introduced a bill recently to do just that, and my subcommittee held a hearing on this issue as well. This week, I was very pleased to see my proposal to stop the TVA from banning floating houses pass the House.
This is a big victory for hundreds of families in Western North Carolina and our district's economy, and it is a clear statement that this kind of government overreach will not be tolerated. To learn more, read my press release here.
Witnesses testifying before the Subcommittee on Government Operations (photo from Smokey Mountain News)
NC-11 Blue Ribbon Schools
I want to give special congratulations to Bald Creek Elementary School and Pisgah Elementary School on their Blue Ribbon awards! This week, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. recognized 329 public and private schools across the country as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016, recognizing schools for academic excellence. Two of them--Bald Creek Elementary School and Pisgah Elementary School--are right in our district!
This goes to show once again that Western North Carolina has some of the finest teachers in the country. I want to recognize Sherry Robinson, principal of Bald Creek Elementary, and Jeanann Yates, principal of Pisgah Elementary (along with Jay Dale--principal at the time of the nomination).
Congratulations to all of the teachers, students, and parents at both schools for their outstanding achievement. You deserve it! I wish you all the best in the future. To read my full statement, click here.
Bald Creek Elementary School
Pisgah Elementary School
House Overrides President Obama’s Veto
This week, the House voted to override President Obama's veto of a bill that would allow families of terrorism victims to sue Saudi Arabia by a vote of 348-77. The Senate also voted to override the same veto by a vote of 97-1.
The bill gives families of 9/11 victims the opportunity to file suit in U.S. Court over any role that the Saudi government may have played in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
This is a positive step toward justice for the families of September 11 victims. They deserve nothing less. To read more about the bill and the House vote, click here.
Op-ed with Rep. Jim Jordan
Congress has a bad habit of needlessly governing from crisis to crisis, particularly with funding bills, and then using threats of a government shutdown as leverage to gain support for irresponsible spending measures.
This week was no different—Congress passed a stopgap spending measure that failed to make any serious progress toward reducing our debt. Many of my colleagues and I voted against the bill because we believe this mindset of governing by crisis up against deadlines will never result in real solutions to our problems. The American people deserve better.
It's time we take the threat of a government shutdown off the table in the future and work toward a serious solution to tackle our debt. Click here to read an op-ed by Rep. Jim Jordan and myself from this week about how we can do this.
(photo from Getty Images)
I recently introduced H.R. 5935—a bill that would repeal provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), included as part of the 2010 HIRE Act. FATCA was originally designed to prevent tax evasion by increasing U.S. government access to foreign bank accounts held by U.S. citizens, but it has functioned more as a global tax law which violates Fourth Amendment privacy rights.
As part of FATCA, foreign financial institutions are required to report all account holdings and assets of U.S. taxpayers to the Internal Revenue Service. Failure of these institutions to do so could result in a penalty of up to 30 percent of their U.S. sourced income. Requiring institutions to disclose information like this violates a U.S. citizen’s rights to privacy and harms taxpayers with burdensome regulations to abide by. Furthermore, regulations like these have a chilling effect not only on citizens being able to do business abroad but also on expats who are running into regulations.
The House Oversight Committee is examining the bill and looking at holding a hearing to gather more information. I am looking forward to advocating for this bill and fighting for Fourth Amendment rights of U.S. citizens. To read more, click here.
(photo from Greg Nash)
Charles George VA Statue Dedication Ceremony
It was an honor to attend the dedication of Charles George’s Statue at the Asheville VA Hospital, commemorating the heroism and sacrifice of Private First Class and Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Charles George. The ceremony was also done in conjunction with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Thank you to everyone at the VA Medical Center for having me to this great event!
With Wayne Carringer, a WWII veteran who was a POW of the Japanese for 3.5 years
Standing next to Private Charles George’s statue with retired SGT. Warren Dupree
500th Honor Flight Program
Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend an event with Governor Pat McCrory welcoming home over 100 North Carolina veterans from the 500th Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The National Honor Flight program has provided over 150,000 opportunities for veterans to fly to D.C. and visit war memorials in our nation's capital.
It was a privilege to welcome these heroes back to NC and I cannot thank them enough for their sacrifice! Thanks especially to my friend Jeff Miller for all of his work with the Honor Flight Program in making this great event possible. Keep in mind that we are looking for WWII veterans, Korean War veterans, and guardians for the next honor flight on May 13th of next year! Visit blueridgehonorflight.com if you need additional details.
Welcoming Veterans home from the 500th Honor Flight to D.C.
Welcoming Veterans home from the 500th Honor Flight to D.C.
Welcoming Veterans home from the 500th Honor Flight to D.C.
At the 500th Honor Flight welcoming with my friend Governor Pat McCrory
Thanks to Jeff Miller for his faithful work with the 500th Honor Flight Program
Speaking to HSLDA
Last weekend I spoke to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) at the National Homeschool Leadership Conference in Asheville. Having homeschooled our two children, Debbie and I know firsthand how important this tremendous organization is to defending the rights of families to freely educate their kids at home. I want to thank everyone there for their tireless efforts--and for the privilege to be with you!
Speaking at the National Homeschool Leadership Conference
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, Rep. Mark Meadows’ (R-NC) proposal to stop the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plan to ban floating cabins passed the House as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act 0f 2016 (WRDA).
Earlier this year, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced their intentions to eventually outlaw floating cabins by proposing a 30-year “sunset” provision. The policy would negatively impact nearly 400 floating cabin owners on Lake Fontana in North Carolina, forcing hundreds of families to move from homes they have lived in for years while disastrously affecting their private assets and property values. The economies of nearby counties, particularly Swain and Graham County, would also feel significant negative effects.
The Subcommittee on Government Operations, which Rep. Meadows chairs, held a hearing on this issue last week that included two witnesses from Western North Carolina: Laura Sneed, founder of Fontana Families for Floating Houses, and David Monteith, Vice Chairman of the Swain County Board of Commissioners
“The TVA’s decision to ban floating cabins has already had devastating effects for hundreds of hard-working owners and the surrounding economy in my district--even well before the 30-year timeline expires,” Rep. Meadows said. “This is yet another example of the federal government choosing to get involved without seriously evaluating the consequences placed upon tax-paying families. I was pleased to see my proposal included in WRDA, and moving forward, I hope that my colleagues and I can continue working toward a solution to make it clear that this kind of government overreach will not be tolerated.”
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) also introduced their own bill in the Senate, which passed last week. WRDA will now undergo final negotiations in conference.
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, U. S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. recognized 329 public and private schools across the country as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016, awarding schools for academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Two of the schools recognized--Bald Creek Elementary School and Pisgah Elementary School—are located in NC-11. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement.
“Congratulations to Bald Creek Elementary School and Pisgah Elementary School for this outstanding achievement! This award goes to show once again that Western North Carolina has some of the finest teachers in the country. I want to recognize Sherry Robinson, principal of Bald Creek Elementary, and Jeanann Yates, principal of Pisgah Elementary--along with Jay Dale, who was principal of Pisgah Elementary at the time of their nomination. Congratulations to all of the teachers and students at both schools for this well-earned honor, and I wish you all the best in the future.”
ASHEVILLE - Two Western North Carolina schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools Wednesday including a Yancey County school slated for closure and consolidation.
Bald Creek Elementary in Yancey County and Pisgah Elementary in Buncombe County were among eight North Carolina schools to receive the national recognition.
A total of 279 schools in the nation were recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.
The schools “either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap,” according to a news release from the state Department of Public Instruction.
“I give the credit to the positive, like-minded faculty who consistently deliver high quality instruction on a daily basis. They are dedicated to giving excellence and the result is excellence,” Bald Creek Principal Sherry Robinson said via email.
Bald Creek has fewer than 200 students. It is one of three aging community schools slated to close in two years and be consolidated into a single new elementary school.
“Even though Bald Creek School has enjoyed the family like atmosphere of our small 1936 building and has experienced many awards over the past three years, we look forward to locking arms with other schools to continue improving and giving excellence to the students of Yancey County,” Robinson said.
Pisgah Elementary is the third Buncombe County school to earn National Blue Ribbon School status since the program started in 1982, according to Buncombe County school officials.
The others were Emma Elementary School in 2001 and Reynolds High School in 2002.
Pisgah was invited to submit a portfolio to be considered for a Blue Ribbon Award based on the school’s performance on state tests, according to a news release from the county school district.
“Our formula was simple. We got to know our students at Pisgah and tailored our teaching to meet their needs. This student-centered approach led to tremendous success in our classrooms,” former Pisgah Principal Jay Dale, who is now at Haw Creek Elementary, said in the release.
Schools receiving the honor fall into two categories. "Exemplary high performing schools" are among the top performing schools in the state based statewide assessments. "Exemplary achievement gap closing schools" are among the top performers in the state in closing the achievement gap.
Pisgah and Bald Creek are both exemplary high performing schools.
“I am extremely proud of Pisgah for achieving such a prestigious award. Pisgah is a wonderful school and community filled with very dedicated staff, hard-working students, and supportive parents,” said Pisgah Elementary Principal Jeanann Yates. “This is a huge accomplishment for our school, students, and community.”
(photo from Greg Nash)
A congressional panel is planning to examine President Obama’s signature foreign asset reporting law that aims to target offshore tax evasion, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told The Hill Extra.
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requires that foreign financial institutions and other related entities report to the IRS certain foreign accounts held by U.S. taxpayers. The penalty for foreign institutions that fail to comply is a withholding rate of 30 percent on payments received from U.S. sources, including dividends and interests. The U.S. government has entered into bilateral intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) with dozens of countries to implement the tax reporting law abroad.
FATCA, enacted in 2010 as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, has faced a wide range of criticism involving U.S. treaty obligations, intrusion of other countries’ sovereignty and privacy rules.
“It was having a chilling effect not only on us being able to do business abroad but certainly from expats [who] are running into regulations. I don't believe they were the intent of the law originally,” said Meadows, who recently introduced a bill aiming to repeal FATCA.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is currently planning to hold a FATCA-related hearing, but it is not yet on the schedule, according to Meadows’ spokesperson. The lawmaker is chairman of the committee's Government Operations Subcommittee. He said the hearing is likely to take place after Congress returns from the November elections.
Meadows didn't provide more details about the hearing, but his announcement follows the Sept. 7 release of his own bill that would repeal FATCA and other individual reporting requirements (H.R. 5935), that violate “Fourth Amendment privacy rights,” according to a press release.
The issue with privacy rights stem from the reporting requirements for foreign financial institutions. Currently, there are 63 active IGAs, but other countries with similar or pending bilateral agreements with the Treasury Department will have to now comply to a new set of IRS rules by the end of this year, according to a Congressional Research Service report dated the same day Meadows released his bill.
H.R. 5935 is “designed to hopefully give us still some accountability and transparency, but yet at the same time not make doing business with American citizens not the most difficult in the banking world,” Meadows said.
The bill is a result of the "far reaching implications of some of the regulations in the banking industry from a foreign perspective," he added.
The measure is similar to one offered last year by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), who filed a suit against the Treasury Department in 2015 over IGAs. The U.S. District Court of Ohio, however, dismissed the case in April.
S. Michael Chittenden of Miller & Chevalier, however, said that these proposals "do not have the likelihood of passing" since similar efforts failed in the past. The Treasury Department has already poured a significant amount of resources to implement FATCA stateside and negotiate the IGAs with other countries, he added.
FATCA inspired a global trend of financial transparency, such as the common reporting standard launched by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
"FATCA is here to stay," Chittenden said.
See more exclusive content policy and regulatory news on our subscription-only service, The Hill Extra.Read More
Congress has a bad habit of needlessly governing from crisis to crisis. Too often, Congress waits until the 11th hour to even begin discussions on critical legislation essential to keeping government agencies –or the entirety of the federal government— open and fully functioning.
Take, for example, the fact that we have known since last December that government funding would expire at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 – yet negotiations on a government funding bill did not even begin in earnest until just a few weeks ago.
That degree of uncertainty would never work in the private sector—and it doesn’t work for the American people. By governing this way, Republicans in Congress have unwittingly fallen into a damaging line of attack from Democrats, who use the uncertainty to raise the specter of a looming government shutdown – for which they, of course, blame Republicans.
In fact, just last week Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid – like clockwork – began accusing Republicans of wanting to shut down the government for simply wanting to find a responsible approach to government spending. In reality, no one wants to shut down the government, other than perhaps Harry Reid who wants to use it as an election issue to blame Republicans for his party's obstructionism and to help vulnerable Senate Democrats.
Make no mistake: Congress will fully fund the government and there will be no shutdown. But the American people deserve a greater degree of certainty going forward. Governing from continuing resolution (CR) to continuing resolution – and negotiating the terms of those spending bills last-minute is a woefully irresponsible way to govern. Congress must get back to a full appropriations process rather than continually wait until the last minute only to resort to stopgap measures.
But until Congress gets back to a regular order appropriations process, it is critical that it put in place a measure to ensure that breakdowns in government spending negotiations do not lead to a government shutdown. The good news, is there is a simple, commonsense legislative fix to take the threat of a shutdown off the table: pass an “anti-shutdown amendment,” attached to a short-term CR, that would trigger an additional 40 days of current spending levels if a funding agreement cannot be reached.
This would ensure that if Congress is unable to reach an agreement on government funding in December, we eliminate the potential of a government shutdown right before Christmas. It provides the American people a much-needed sense of security that the vital operations of our government will be fully-funded; soldiers will receive pay, senior citizens will receive social security payments, veterans will receive their VA benefits, national parks will remain open, and so on.
It is time we took the fear of a government shutdown off the table altogether by passing a preventative anti-shutdown amendment. It is also time for Congress to stop creating artificial crises by waiting until the last minute to do the critical work of funding the government. The American people deserve better.
Jim Jordan represents Ohio’s 4th District. He is the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. Mark Meadows represents North Carolina’s 11th District. He is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus.Read More
1516 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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.
Some thoughts on the #FBI documents released this week that show State Department officials offering "quid pro quo" to the FBI: Secretary #Clinton
Please pray for those in Henderson County NC right now -- one of the offices just had to be evacuated after receiving a threat a short while
Thrilled to see this brand-new Henderson County #HabitatforHumanity community center open yesterday in East Flat Rock’s Dodd Meadows. Thanks
Last night I was honored to receive the "Friend of Farm Bureau Award" from the Haywood County Farm Bureau, expressing appreciation for my support
My statement on the newly released #FBI documents dealing with the investigation of the State Department and Secretary #HillaryClinton. http://bit.ly/2e1LdpE