WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) has been honored with the Freedom Fighter Award from leading grassroots conservative organization FreedomWorks. This year’s Freedom Fighter Award was presented to members of Congress who consistently voted to defend economic freedom in 2013.
Congressman Jones was one of the top 10 highest-ranked members of the entire House of Representatives and the highest-ranked member of the North Carolina congressional delegation on FreedomWorks’ annual scorecard with a near-perfect rating on 21 key votes. Scored votes included those to stop raising the debt limit, to cut wasteful government spending, to repeal and defund Obamacare, and to prevent the federal government from spying on U.S. citizens without a warrant, among other things.
“It is an honor to receive this year’s Freedom Fighter Award,” said Congressman Jones. “As a member of Congress, it is my greatest privilege and responsibility to advance the principles of freedom on which America was founded.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) testified before a House Natural Resources subcommittee in support of H.R. 187, legislation he has introduced to correct a decades-old federal mapping error that has prohibited a significant portion of North Topsail Beach from accessing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In 1982, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrongly designated the north end of North Topsail Beach as a CBRA zone despite the fact that it was already under development. This error has wrongly prohibited the town of North Topsail Beach and many homeowners from accessing federal programs, including the NFIP and other disaster assistance. Congressman Jones’ bill would replace the existing CBRA map with an accurate one.
“North Topsail Beach has provided extensive documentation to prove that in 1982, the area was under development and in fact had a great deal of infrastructure already in place,” said Congressman Jones. “There is no reason that North Topsail Beach should be prevented from accessing the NFIP, and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to testify in support of my effort to correct this error.”
Also testifying at the hearing was North Topsail Beach Mayor Dan Tuman. Video and text of Congressman Jones’ and Mayor Tuman’s testimony are available here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) received an award from the American Conservative Union (ACU) to recognize him as a member of a select group of “ACU Conservatives.” Congressman Jones was honored for his record of voting to defend constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, free markets, a strong national defense, and traditional values.
“I am honored to receive the ACU Conservative award,” said Congressman Jones. “I will continue working to advance Eastern North Carolina’s conservative values in the House of Representatives in the days to come.”
The ACU is the country’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization. The full 2013 ACU scorecard can be found here.
For additional information, please contact Sarah Howard in Congressman Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415 or email@example.com.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) is leading the effort to oppose the Department of Commerce’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request to close the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) marine lab in Beaufort, North Carolina. The lab is the sole government research center between New Jersey and Miami studying Atlantic fish populations and is uniquely situated at the intersection of the ranges of northern and southern fish species. This location has allowed the lab to contribute valuable research on an abundance of issues, including sustainable fisheries; conservation of sea turtles, dolphins, seagrass estuaries, and offshore reefs; algal blooms; invasive species; and changes in climate and sea levels. Furthermore, marine science provides a $58 million boost to the local economy, with the Beaufort lab specifically employing over 100 people.
NOAA has indicated that the closure was proposed because the lab “requires infrastructure repairs and improvements exceeding agency budget resources now and for the foreseeable future.” However, the agency has not provided any evidence to support this claim and has in fact acted to the contrary by investing $14 million in facilities upgrades in recent years.
Congressman Jones was joined by Congressman Mike McIntyre (NC-7) in penning a letter detailing each of these facts to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science Chairman Frank Wolf and Ranking Member Chaka Fattah, requesting that language forbidding the closure of the lab be included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act.
“The Beaufort lab is an important provider of scientific research affecting not just the state of North Carolina but the entire East Coast,” said Congressman Jones. “I will continue to strongly oppose the closure of this invaluable resource – especially at a time when NOAA has provided no evidence in support of their claim that they lack the funding to maintain the lab and the United States continues to spend billions of dollars to improve the infrastructure of nations overseas while neglecting projects here at home.”
“The closure of this essential lab would remove over 100 jobs from Eastern North Carolina, and deprive our state of a critical tool for coastal management, research, and data collection,” said Congressman McIntyre. “This research lab has been a valuable state and federal resource since 1902, and it is imperative that we do all we can to maintain and improve this facility.”