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Congress Watch

What are your elected officials up to in Washington? We're watching. Watch with us!
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When we’re dancing with the angels, the question we’ll be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing? …

Congressman Elijah Cummings

 

Where They Stand: Your MoCs on Trumps Fake Emergency

When the president lost his battle for a wall with Congress and the American people, he jeopardized the constitutional balance of powers by declaring a fake state of emergency in order to bypass Congress. In a real state of emergency, the president would be able to take funds from already funded areas and not wait…
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US House of Representatives

All 435 U.S. House seats will be up for election in 2020. Here in Western North Carolina, we're broken into District 10 and 11. What the District boundaries will be in 2020 is an unknown at this point.

On August 27, 2018, a federal district court ruled that North Carolina's congressional map had been subject to unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering favoring Republicans. On September 4, 2018, the district court announced that no changes would be made to the map in advance of November’s election, finding that “imposing a new schedule for North Carolina's congressional elections would, at this late juncture, unduly interfere with the State's electoral machinery and likely confuse voters and depress turnout.” The district court's decision was appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which agreed to take up the case and scheduled oral argument for March 26, 2019. Read the latest on Redistricting

Patrick McHenry (R) District 10

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Patrick McHenry(R) has been a member of the US House of Representatives for the last 14 years. He represents District 10 and was reelected in the Nov 2018 midterm elections, running against David Wilson Brown(D). In the 116th Congress, McHenry serves as the Ranking Republican of the House Financial Services Committee. Congressman McHenry has served on the House Financial Services Committee since he was elected to congress.

The House Financial Services Committee will be one of the committees assigned to HR1, For the People Act of 2019.

 

Candidates running against Patrick McHenry:

No one yet. We'll keep you posted!

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The House Calls on Americans to Fight Anti-Semitism & All Forms of Bigotry.

By Cindy McGrayne | March 8, 2019

The resolution, HR 183, passed overwhelmingly with McHenry voting in favor. The resolution condemns the death threats received by Jewish and Muslim members of Congress in recent weeks, and calls on public officials to confront anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry. We eagerly anticipate McHenry condemning Trump after his next racist tweet.…

McHenry Votes Nay on HR1

By Cindy McGrayne | March 7, 2019

House Democrats  passed the anti-corruption and pro-democracy reform bill known as HR 1 on Friday with a final vote of 234 to 193. The bill is aimed at getting money out of politics and increasing transparency around donors, cracking down on lobbying, and expanding voting rights for Americans by implementing provisions like automatic voter registration.…

McHenry on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. 

By Cindy McGrayne | February 27, 2019

Today the House voted on HR8, the background checks act. There is a serious need for Congress to address gun violence, and we strongly support H.R. 8 in it’s original form. Prior to the vote, House Republicans, with enough support from Democrats, managed to force language that requires NICS background check database to notify ICE…

Contact Patrick McHenry:

Email
2004 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
P: (202) 225-2576

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Mark Meadows (R) District 11

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Candidates running against Mark Meadows:

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The House Calls on Americans to Fight Anti-Semitism & All Forms of Bigotry.

By Cindy McGrayne | March 8, 2019

The resolution, HR 183, passed overwhelmingly with McHenry voting in favor. The resolution condemns the death threats received by Jewish and Muslim members of Congress in recent weeks, and calls on public officials to confront anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry. We eagerly anticipate McHenry condemning Trump after his next racist tweet.…

McHenry Votes Nay on HR1

By Cindy McGrayne | March 7, 2019

House Democrats  passed the anti-corruption and pro-democracy reform bill known as HR 1 on Friday with a final vote of 234 to 193. The bill is aimed at getting money out of politics and increasing transparency around donors, cracking down on lobbying, and expanding voting rights for Americans by implementing provisions like automatic voter registration.…

McHenry on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. 

By Cindy McGrayne | February 27, 2019

Today the House voted on HR8, the background checks act. There is a serious need for Congress to address gun violence, and we strongly support H.R. 8 in it’s original form. Prior to the vote, House Republicans, with enough support from Democrats, managed to force language that requires NICS background check database to notify ICE…

Contact Mark Meadows:

Email
2160 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6401

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United States Senate

There are 12 Democratic seats and 22 Republican seats up for election in 2020. Two of those Republican seats are here in North Carolina! Thom Tillis is running for reelection. Richard Burr has announced he won't run for another term.

Thom Tillis (R)

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Thom Tillis was elected in 2014, beating out incumbent Kay Hagen (D) with donations of $4.5 million from the NRA. He serves on the Armed Services Committee, Verteran's Affairs Committe, Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and the Committee on the Judiciary. He's a staunch supporter of President Trump.

Like his fellow Senator, Richard Burr, he doesn't participate in Town Halls and doesn't have staff to meet with the public in any of his North Carolina offices. We hope to have the opportunity to engage with Senator Tillis during his 2020 campaign.

Candidates running against Thom Tillis:

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Thom Tillis on William Barr’s Summary of the Mueller Report

By Cindy McGrayne | March 25, 2019

One day after President Trump’s handpicked Attorney General, William Barr, submitted his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Thom Tillis doesn’t appear to be at all curious to see the full report before making a judgement: Senator Thom Tillis on Facebook My statement on the summary…

Tillis Flip Flops on the Trump Border Wall Emergency Declaration.

By Cindy McGrayne | March 14, 2019

In February when Trump declared the phony ‘National Emergency’ to get funding for his border wall, it appeared that Thom Tillis would stick to principle rather than blindly support the president as most of his GOP colleagues did. “As a U.S. senator, I cannot justify providing the executive with more ways to bypass Congress. As…

Contact Thom Tillis:

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185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6342

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Richard Burr (R)

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Richard Burr has been in the US Senate since 2005. Previous to that he served in the US House, NC District 5, from 1995 to 2005. Most recently, he was reelected to the Senate in 2016. He beat out Democratic challenger Deborah Ross with the help of the NRA. Burr received close to $6 million in NRA contributions in 2016, more than twice as much as it spent on any other House or Senate candidate.

Most recently, Burr has been in the news as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He and Vice Chairman Mark Warner D) head up the Senate's Russia investigation. In February, he told reporters there was no evidence of collusion, but Warner disagreed. Warner stated that the Committee had not made any conclusions, and he disagreed factually with Burr's statement.

Burr is a strong supporter of and works closely with President Trump. According to the recently released, redacted Mueller report, back in 2017 Burr shared sensitive information about the status of the FBI investigation with White House Counsel. Burr responded by saying he didn't recall any such conversation taking place.

Candidates: Richard Burr's term will end in 2022.

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Burr appears to have given White House information about FBI’s probe, Mueller report says

By Cindy McGrayne | April 18, 2019

From the Washington Post: The report, a redacted version of which was released to the public Thursday, states that the White House Counsel’s Office “appears to have received information about the status of the FBI investigation” from Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in March 2017, just about a week after then-FBI Director James…

Richard Burr on Summary of Special Counsel Report

By Cindy McGrayne | March 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller: “I appreciate the Attorney General’s quick turnaround in sharing his summary of the Special Counsel’s report. The Attorney General should release as much…

Contact Richard Burr:

Email
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3154

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