WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) cosponsored a resolution (H. Res. 476) in support of individual state authority over academic standards and assessments. The resolution denounces the U.S. Department of Education’s practice of coercion and overreach into state education systems by tying federal funding to the adoption of the Common Core State Standards.
“Under the Tenth Amendment, authority over our education systems is reserved for the individual states, not the federal government, making the Department of Education’s overreach in this area clearly unconstitutional,” said Congressman Jones. “Furthermore, serious concerns have been raised with the quality of education provided under the Common Core Standards.”
Congressman Jones is a longtime proponent of eliminating the federal Department of Education. The resolution has garnered support from groups such as the American Association of Christian Schools, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, Family Research Council, Home School Legal Defense Association, Pioneer Institute, American Principles in Action, and Eagle Forum.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) again asserted his support of the American right to privacy in the face of the government’s unnecessary surveillance of law-abiding citizens – particularly through the activities of the National Security Agency (NSA). Congressman Jones is a cosponsor of the USA FREEDOM Act, which would end the mass collection of American telephone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act and increase the transparency of the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC or FISA Court).
“The American people’s right to privacy has been continually eroded by this administration,” said Congressman Jones. “Passage of legislation such as the USA FREEDOM Act would be an important step in demanding accountability from a government that has broken the trust of the American people and shown a blatant disregard for their liberty. I will continue to be a staunch advocate for privacy and work to end the government’s unfortunate history of infringing on the constitutional rights of the citizens it is meant to serve.”
Congressman Jones has voted against every reauthorization and extension of the Patriot Act since it became law in 2001 and has been a consistent champion of limiting government surveillance of the American people – including voting against CISPA, SOPA, and the FISA Amendments Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) issued the following statement regarding his vote against a proposal that would raise the debt ceiling through March 2015 while doing nothing to cut spending:
“Out of control spending is the most pressing issue facing the United States today,” said Congressman Jones. “The national debt has reached an astonishing $17 trillion, yet we continue to spend money that we do not have and borrow billions of dollars from foreign governments – only to funnel much of that borrowed money back overseas to the war in Afghanistan and other foreign aid projects. This bill is merely a license for the government to continue the same reckless, unsustainable cycle. As the only member of Congress to vote against every debt ceiling increase in the last 10 years, I will not stand for a proposal that does nothing to curb wasteful spending.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) issued the following response to the Obama administration’s statement of opposition to S. 1926, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. The legislation would delay enactment of certain parts of the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, which altered the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and is causing large flood insurance rate increases across the country. Under S. 1926, rate increases would not be implemented until the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) completes a previously mandated study on the affordability of the new rates and proposes solutions to the severe increases. Congressman Jones is a cosponsor of the House version of the bill and has supported multiple other efforts to delay severe rate increases in Eastern North Carolina.
“The president’s opposition to legislation that will help homeowners stuck with skyrocketing flood insurance rates is completely unacceptable,” said Congressman Jones. “NFIP reforms should not cause individuals in Eastern North Carolina and across the country to suffer sudden, exorbitant rate increases. Instead, I believe a delay in implementation of the new rates will provide time for adjustments to be made that will allow flood insurance to remain affordable as well as ensure the financial health of the National Flood Insurance Program. If the president is truly concerned about the latter, I suggest he stop wasting billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars vainly trying to prop up the corrupt government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and start addressing problems here at home.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) continued his efforts to preserve the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse original foundation stones, which are engraved with the names of each past keeper of the lighthouse and dates of their service. In December, Congressman Jones expressed concern to the National Park Service (NPS) that the stones, left in place after the lighthouse itself was moved further inland to prevent it from being damaged, were not being properly maintained. In light of the response he received from NPS, Congressman Jones has asked Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent Barclay Trimble to meet with the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society and the Hatteras Island Genealogical and Preservation Society to discuss the best manner in which the three organizations can work together to preserve the stones moving forward.
“It is critical that we preserve the foundation stones of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, as they represent an important piece of Eastern North Carolina’s heritage,” said Congressman Jones. “I am committed to working with the National Park Service and all other relevant organizations to ensure that this piece of our history is preserved for future generations.”
Links to the full text of the three letters are below