John is a good person, and I wish him well. That said, I voted against him for Speaker TWICE, and I helped to lead the movement calling for a new Speaker because he was not the kind of leader who stands for principle. Dedication to principle gives you the strength to fight for the people, not the special interests in Washington.
The American people know the country’s headed in the wrong direction. That’s why they elected a Republican Congress. But over the last five years, Republican leaders in Washington have caved to President Obama at almost every opportunity. We need a Speaker whose top priority is following the Constitution, not raising money from special interests and Washington insiders. We need a Speaker who will stand for principle. We need a Speaker who will FIGHT.
I know many of you share my outrage over the Center for Medical Progress' videos showing Planned Parenthood's horrific practice of trafficking aborted baby parts.
There is no issue more sacred to me than life. If we as a nation cannot protect unborn babies, I fear for the future of our country.
As a member of the Pro-Life Caucus and a stanch supporter of legislation to protect the rights of the unborn, please know that I am doing everything in my power to fight to ensure that Planned Parenthood no longer receives a penny of taxpayer money.
Here are some of the steps I've taken to achieve that goal:
H. Res. 399: Expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the House should consider legislation to protect traditional marriage and prevent taxpayer funding of abortion.
H.R. 3429: The Pro-LIFE Act, which would prohibit the sale of baby parts for money or any other item of value.
H.R. 3134: The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, which would defund Planned Parenthood unless the organization certifies that it will not perform or provide funding to clinics that perform abortion or traffic human body parts. This bill will be voted on this week and you can count on me to vote for it.
H.R. 217: The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which would prohibit Title X grants from going to abortion providers.
H.R. 3504: The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would make a failure to provide standard medical care to an abortion survivor a federal crime. If an effort is made to kill an abortion survivor, stronger penalties would apply. This bill will also be voted on this week and you can count on me to vote for it.
July 24, 2015: Letter to Speaker Boehner asking for a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood before the August recess started.
July 29, 2015: Letter to House leadership asking for an immediate investigation into Planned Parenthood's trafficking of baby parts as well as a special conference among all House Republicans to discuss how best to address Planned Parenthood's atrocities. The letter also states a resolve not to vote for any funding resolution--an appropriations bill, an omnibus package, or continuing resolution--that contains any funding for Planned Parenthood, including mandatory funding streams.
July 30, 2015: Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to appoint an independent counsel to investigate the criminal activities highlighted in the videos detailing Planned Parenthood's altering of abortion procedures and selling of baby parts.
July 30, 2015: Letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell, asking the Senate to consider the pro-life legislation the House has already passed.
On July 28, 2015, I spoke at the #WomenBetrayed rally at the Capitol calling on House leadership to move legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. It was great to see so many people in front of the Capitol defending the rights of the unborn.
In closing, I want to let you know that when I traveled throughout the third district of North Carolina during the August recess, I heard from so many people who - like you and I - are sickened by the thought of our tax dollars going to an organization that sells the body parts of babies. Please know that I will continue to do everything I can to stop this national disgrace.
Congressman Jones voted against approval of President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. A majority of Congressman Jones’ colleagues in the House of Representatives joined him in opposing the agreement, and the bill (H.R. 3641) failed 162 to 269. The House also voted on legislation (H.R. 3640) which would prevent President Obama from removing or reducing existing U.S. sanctions on Iran for the rest of his term in office. Congressman Jones voted for H.R. 3640, and it passed 247 to186.
“As Ronald Reagan said, ‘trust, but verify,’” said Congressman Jones. “In my judgment, President Obama’s deal falls short because it does not provide for adequate inspections and verification. As a result, the American people will never be able to trust that Iran isn’t cheating their way to a nuclear bomb.”
The House considered a third piece of legislation related to the Iran deal, H. Res. 411. That resolution states that President Obama has failed to follow the law he signed in May related to congressional review of the Iran deal. Under Section 2 of that law – the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) – the president is required to transmit to Congress the text of the Iran deal, including all additional materials, annexes, appendices, codicils, and side agreements made between Iran, the United States and any other parties. H.Res. 411 states that the President failed to meet that requirement by not submitting to Congress two side agreements between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran. Congressman Jones voted for H.Res. 411 and it passed the House by a vote of 245 to 186.
“The president’s failure to provide Congress with Iran’s secret side deals raises even more questions about his agreement,” said Congressman Jones.
By Karissa Blackburn
Sometimes even heroes need help.
That was the sentiment behind a ceremony held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 25 at the Beirut Memorial in Jacksonville, where United States Congressman Walter Jones, R-N.C., joined representatives of the North Carolina Heroes Fund and Purple Heart Homes, as well as N.C. Director of Veterans Affairs Ilario Pantano, to present Ginger Lay with a check totaling the value of some recently completed repairs needed at her family’s home.
Lay is the widow of Cpl. Stephen Lay who served in the United States Marine Corps; his service included two terms in Iraq. Along with his wife, Cpl. Lay left behind his three young daughters, all under the age of 4.
“Today we helped a family, the wife of a Marine who, because of the stress of PTSD, took his own life,” Jones, an N.C. Heroes board member, said. “What the N.C. Heroes fund was able to do, knowing that she had residential needs and repairs, they were able to give her a grant to help her and her family fix the problem with her house.”
The nonprofit organizations teamed up with local contractor Curtis Priest from the New Bern area to help Lay with the needed renovations. Priest worked with the family and the organizations to provide services at a discounted price.
“She submitted an application to our N.C. Heroes Fund, and we were able to look at the application and see that it was a much broader requirement than we normally would provide,” David Hayden, chairman of the N.C. Heroes Fund said. “So we solicited the help of other organizations like Purple Heart Homes, Semper Fi Fund, and a private contactor from New Bern ... who graciously gave of his time and energy and gave us a very low budgeted estimate that allowed us to do a lot of work to her house. We replaced her floors, replaced doors and dealt with some mold issues.”
Lay said she is grateful for the help.
“They have helped me tremendously with my kids, and with my house,” Lay said. “There was a lot of water damage and mold. It was a lot of money that I could not afford, especially after what just happened. And it helped me to know that my daughters’ health was better.”
Military families often face financial and emotional hardship after serving the country. Organizations like the N.C. Heroes Fund are in place to help North Carolina veterans who have recently been discharged from the military and are readjusting to civilian life.
“These programs are absolutely critical,” Jones said. “It’s too easy for the American people to forget those who have given too much during wartime. When they come home, many of them, as her husband did, have issues with PTSD and TBI…This is a prime example of why the NC Heroes fund has done such critical work to remember and not to forget.”
Within its three years, the organization has worked with many veteran families to help alleviate the stresses they face. Hayden says that the organization helps between 30 and 40 veterans a year on average.“The federal government can’t help as much as they need to, so it’s up to private citizens to step up and help,” Hayden said. “I’m a veteran, a veteran of Afghanistan, and this is what little I can do. I always tell people it’s the difference between doing something successful and doing something significant. This is significant to that woman and her children, and to anyone else who can go to our website, ncheroes.org, and complete an application.”
Lay said she hopes that her story will send a message of hope to other families who are struggling with similar stories by knowing that the help is out there.
“The courage to stand up for other wives that are out there,” Lay said. “It means a lot. If anyone ever wanted to talk to me, I’m here. I’ve been through it.”
Jones said that groups like NC Heroes are important because they are doing “God’s work.”“I know these funds have to be supported because they’re doing so much good,” Jones said. “With the growing debt of our nation, I think the federal government is going to be able to do less and less, so that’s why programs like these are important.”
According to Hayden, nearly 90 cents of every dollar raised by the nonprofit North Carolina Heroes Fund goes directly toward fulfilling its mission of helping the state’s veterans and their families overcome temporary financial hardships.
For more information about nonprofit organizations that help veterans, visit nc4vets.com/guide.
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|NC||13||REP. GEORGE HOLDING||R||87%|
|NC||11||REP. MARK MEADOWS||R||83%|
|NC||6||REP. MARK WALKER||R||83%|
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|NC||9||REP. ROBERT PITTENGER||R||72%|
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|NC||SEN. THOM TILLIS||R||59%|
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