JONES VOTES AGAINST RYAN-MURRAY BUDGET DEAL

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Bill would increase federal spending through FY 2015, cut military retiree benefits, and raise taxes on airline passengers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) announced his opposition to the “Ryan-Murray” Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (H. J. Res. 59) that purports to trim the deficit by a small margin over the next 10 years but enacts immediate increases in federal spending. He issued the following statement regarding his vote against the bill:

“Americans are fed up with the tired Washington game of spending more today while promising cuts in the distant future, most of which never materialize,” said Congressman Jones. “Sadly, this budget deal is just more of the same, and it will increase federal spending by $63 billion over the next two years. At a time when the national debt is an astonishing $17 trillion, our focus should be on eliminating wasteful federal spending now – particularly overseas spending in countries such as Afghanistan, which will continue unabated under the terms of this bill. The bill also breaks faith with our retired service members by cutting the retiree benefits they have rightfully earned through their years of selfless service to our country. Furthermore, the bill imposes an increased ‘fee’ – otherwise known as a tax – on every airline passenger in the country. Given these facts, I cannot in good conscience support this legislation.”

The “Ryan-Murray” Bipartisan Budget Act has garnered opposition from a wide variety of conservative organizations, including Heritage Action for America, Americans for Prosperity, the Family Research Council, RedState, Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, the American Conservative Union, the National Taxpayers Union, Americans for Limited Government, The Madison Project, and The Club for Growth. Also opposed to the deal is The Military Coalition, an alliance of uniformed services and veterans associations.

 

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JONES CALLS ON SENATE TO OPPOSE YELLEN CONFIRMATION

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) issued a statement urging the Senate to oppose Janet Yellen’s confirmation as the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

“As the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen has routinely advocated for the irresponsible, easy-money policies that have characterized current Chairman Ben Bernanke’s tenure,” said Congressman Jones. “Open-ended money printing is the wrong choice for the long-term health of our economy. Furthermore, Ms. Yellen’s confirmation would be particularly worrisome given that the Federal Reserve is not held accountable to any government entity. The naming of a new chairman represents a rare opportunity for Congress to exercise its authority, and I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to voice their disapproval with the current Federal Reserve policies by opposing Janet Yellen’s confirmation.”

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JONES DEFENDS ENC BASE COMMISSARIES

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) defended the commissaries at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Stations Cherry Point and New River after receiving word that the Department of Defense (DoD) may be considering closing all stateside commissaries.  In a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Congressman Jones expressed his opposition to the prospect of closing the commissaries at a time when equal or greater cost savings could be achieved through reforms to the military acquisition system and cuts to the financial aid being sent to Afghanistan.

“Before denying our military communities a valuable resource, the Department of Defense should exhaust all other options to reduce spending,” said Congressman Jones.  “Not only will this save more taxpayer money over the long term, but it demonstrates our appreciation for the sacrifices that our service members and their families make on a daily basis.”  

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JONES OPPOSES UNNECESSARY FISHING RESTRICTIONS

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) took action to halt the enactment of a measure that would create no-fishing zones for speckled hinds and warsaw groupers off the coast of North Carolina.  In a letter to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Congressman Jones explained that significant protections are already in place to prevent overfishing of both species.  Furthermore, the last stock assessments on speckled hinds and warsaw groupers were completed 13 and 22 years ago, respectively, with new assessments not expected to be finished until 2016.  Without updated data, there is no way to determine how effective current regulations have been and whether additional measures are necessary to protect the fish. 

“Given the lack of data on the current status of speckled hinds and warsaw groupers, implementing new fishing restrictions at this time would be unjustifiable,” said Congressman Jones.  “I believe we need to give the regulations that are already in place the opportunity to work before enacting additional measures that will hurt Eastern North Carolina’s fishermen.”

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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Sorry is not good enough

Millions of Americans have lost their health insurance coverage due to the Obamacare train wreck. And how does the president respond? “Sorry,” he says. Well, Mr. President, sorry is not good enough when thousands of North Carolinians and 52 million Americans could lose their health insurance coverage.

Americans deserve answers. In fact, we demand answers. Sign the petition today showing you stand with me against Obamacare.

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Americans are losing coverage, being forced into costlier, more expensive plans and are receiving no help from this administration. Even the Obamacare website is a disaster. Obamacare is failing and it’s time to stop it now before it is too late. Sign my petition to demand answers. Together we can repeal Obamacare.

Sincerely,

Walter Jones
Congressman NC-3

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