JONES CALLS FOR MEETINGS WITH DOD ON NEWPORT WIND PROJECT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) requested a meeting with Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense John Conger to discuss the Defense Department’s review of the proposed Mill Pond wind turbine project in Newport, North Carolina.  The project has prompted local concern about the possibility that the turbines would hinder the flight paths of aircraft flying out of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point and MCAS New River, among other issues. defense.jpg

Under both federal and state law, the Department of Defense must review such projects, taking into consideration the possible impact on military installations, and make a recommendation regarding approval – a process completed by a Mitigation Response Team (MRT).  Since the Mill Pond project’s MRT is scheduled to meet in North Carolina next week, Congressman Jones also asked Deputy Assistant Secretary Conger to allow representatives of the communities surrounding Cherry Point, New River, and the Mill Pond site to attend the meeting. 

“Any project which poses the potential to negatively impact Eastern North Carolina’s military installations is one that should be thoroughly and carefully researched,” said Congressman Jones.  “It is critical that the local residents who could be affected by the Mill Pond project have a voice in the discussion surrounding approval of the wind turbines.”

The full text of Congressman Jones' letter requesting meetings with Deputy Assistant Secretary Conger is available at the link below.

 

Meeting Request Letter

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JONES RANKED MOST CONSERVATIVE NC MEMBER OF CONGRESS


WASHINGTON, D.C. – For 2013, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) was ranked the most conservative member of the North Carolina congressional delegation by leading grassroots conservative organization FreedomWorks. Congressman Jones earned a near-perfect score on 21 key votes in 2013 that FreedomWorks identified as displaying a commitment to “fighting for lower taxes, less government and more freedom.”

“Defending America’s principles of freedom is my greatest privilege and responsibility as a member of the House of Representatives,” said Congressman Jones. “Moving into 2014, I will continue to oppose unconstitutional government overreach and infringement on our liberties.”

FreedomWorks recognized Congressman Jones for his votes 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.

To view the 2013 FreedomWorks scorecard for North Carolina members of the U.S. House of Representatives, click here.


For additional information, please contact Sarah Howard in Congressman Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415 or sarah.howard@mail.house.gov.


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JONES CALLS FOR REPEAL OF CUTS TO MILITARY RETIREE BENEFITS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) cosponsored three measures that would restore military retiree benefits that were reduced by the recently passed "Ryan-Murray" Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. Two of the bills supported by Congressman Jones would repeal the benefit cuts entirely (H.R. 3790 and H.R. 3788), with one of the bills offsetting the cost by closing a tax loophole for illegal immigrants. The third piece of legislation (H.R. 3789) would exempt medically retired service members and surviving spouses from the Ryan-Murray budget's reduction to military retirees’ annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).

“After all of the sacrifices that our service members and their families have made for us, it is egregious that we would consider cutting the retiree benefits they have rightfully earned through years of selfless service to our country,” said Congressman Jones. “We cannot break faith with our men and women in uniform in this manner.”

Because of the cuts to military retiree benefits, among many other reasons, Congressman Jones voted against the Bipartisan Budget Act when it was considered in the House last week.

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U.S. Rep. Jones responds to Tricare Service Centers' slated closure

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December 18,2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) spoke out in defense of Eastern North Carolina’s Tricare Service Centers (TSCs) after the Obama administration announced in November that all domestic walk-in TSCs will be closed as a cost-saving measure.  In a letter to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson, Congressman Jones explained that the TSCs at both Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point have seen above average usage rates in the last two years and therefore should not be closed along with the low usage rate centers.  The Obama administration intends to close the TSCs in the spring of 2014.   

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JONES DEFENDS ENC TRICARE SERVICE CENTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) spoke out in defense of Eastern North Carolina’s Tricare Service Centers (TSCs) after the Obama administration announced in November that all domestic walk-in TSCs will be closed as a cost-saving measure. In a letter to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson, Congressman Jones explained that the TSCs at both Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point have seen above average usage rates in the last two years and therefore should not be closed along with the low usage rate centers. The Obama administration intends to close the TSCs in the spring of 2014.

“The TSCs at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point provide a variety of critical services for our military personnel, from assistance with medical claims to troubleshooting enrollment issues,” said Congressman Jones. “These valuable resources must remain available to the many service members, veterans, and families who call Eastern North Carolina home.”


For additional information, please contact Sarah Howard in Congressman Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415 or sarah.howard@mail.house.gov.


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