JONES RECEIVES CONSTITUTION AWARD FOR PERFECT SCORE ON FREEDOM INDEX

November 20, 2013
News Release
Congressman Walter B. Jones Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) has been chosen as a recipient of the Constitution Award by The New American in honor of his perfect score on the magazine’s Freedom Index. The Freedom Index is a congressional scorecard based on 10 votes chosen by the editorial board that reflect a representative or senator’s “adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.” Congressman Jones was one of only 12 members of the House and Senate to earn a score of 100 percent.

“I am honored to receive the Constitution Award from The New American,” said Congressman Jones. “Our Constitution is under constant attack, and defending America’s principles of freedom is my greatest privilege and responsibility as a member of the House of Representatives.”

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 COSPONSORS BILL TO EASE FISHING VESSEL DISCHARGE REGULATIONS

November 19, 2013
News Release
Congressman Walter B. Jones Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) cosponsored legislation to exempt owners of fishing vessels from burdensome regulations requiring them to obtain an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit for discharges incidental to normal vessel operation. The Commercial Vessel Discharges Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 3464) would put a permanent moratorium on the EPA requirements, which are scheduled to take effect next month and will necessitate a permit for discharging things as simple as ballast water, deck wash, bilge pump discharge, fish hold water, and laundry and shower water. Failure to obtain the permit could result in lawsuits and fines of over 32,000 dollars.

“With an economy that is already struggling to recover, the last thing that Eastern North Carolina fishermen need is another costly federal regulation,” said Congressman Jones. “We need federal policies that encourage – not stifle – economic growth and job creation.”

 

 

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