WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) issued the following statement in response to a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document revealing that 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions were released instead of deported in 2013, with most of the releases coming as a result of the Obama administration’s “prosecutorial discretion” policies. Furthermore, the report stated that 870,000 illegal immigrants who have been ordered removed remain unlawfully in the United States.
“By refusing to enforce our country’s immigration laws, the Obama administration is compromising the safety of law-abiding American citizens,” said Congressman Jones. “Furthermore, allowing illegal immigrants to remain and work in the United States costs American jobs and decreases American wages. Complacency in enforcement only rewards the individuals who have cheated the system and encourages others to do the same. The president of our country should be committed to defending the public safety and economic security of the American people – and that means enforcing our immigration laws.”
More information regarding the DHS document can be found here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted in favor of a bill that would repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which requires disastrous cuts to Medicare provider compensation. Since 2003, Congress has prevented the cuts from going into effect by approving short-term patches. The most recent patch will expire on March 31 of this year, causing a 24 percent decrease in reimbursement for Medicare providers and thus making it unaffordable for many of them to continue seeing Medicare patients. H.R. 4015, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014, would repeal the SGR and replace it with a permanent physician payment plan. The bill offsets the cost of the SGR repeal by implementing a five-year delay for Obamacare’s individual mandate.
“Repealing the SGR provides much-needed security for physicians and patients alike,” said Congressman Jones. “With the changes included in this bill, our seniors can rest assured that they will be able to continue receiving the care they need from their doctors and providers. Furthermore, all Americans will enjoy a five-year reprieve from Obamacare’s unconstitutional and unaffordable individual mandate.”
H.R. 4015 passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 238 to 181.