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by Rob Christensen
November 4, 2013
GOP Rep. Walter Jones Monday called for congressional hearings on the new health care law, focusing on cancellation of health plans and increases in premium costs.
Jones has sent a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
“Individuals in Eastern North Carolina and across the country are being forced to pay exorbitant rate increases for new insurance plans that they do not want while being prohibited from visiting the doctors that they need,” Jones said in a statement. “This runs directly contrary to the president’s promise that ‘if you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan’ and is further proof that this law is unaffordable burden to the average American.”
Jones is a long-time critic of the health care plan and has voted against it numerous times.
By Matthew Burns
RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican 3rd District Congressman Walter Jones on Monday called for congressional hearings on the cancellation of health insurance plans and premium increases under the Affordable Care Act.
Jones said he has received hundreds of calls and emails in the last month from constituents who have been notified by their health insurance providers that their plan has been canceled or that they will be forced to pay a substantially higher monthly premium under the health care law.
Carteret County News-Times
We applaud Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and other lawmakers who last week lent their support to bipartisan measures in both the House and Senate that would delay implementation of large flood insurance rate hikes – increases that were expected to have a significant impact on property owners here.
The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act would delay changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, stalling implementation of rate increases previously required by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 until two years after the Federal Emergency Management Agency completes an affordability study. That study was originally mandated under the law but never undertaken.
The study would then be subject to congressional review, putting the total time of delay around four years.
Carteret County News-Times
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:00 pm
NEWPORT — Republicans plan on keeping their state political monopoly and pushing those efforts to the federal level next year, according to key North Carolina Republican players.
A number of Republican politicians made it out to Saturday’s Rally for America, hosted by the Crystal Coast Republican Men’s Club, including Congressman Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., representative of the state’s 3rd District, which includes Carteret.
“I will continue to represent the values of this area,” Mr. Jones told event attendees. “Because those are the values of this country and those are the values we need back in the Senate.”
The event, held at Fort Benjamin Park, aimed to make local representatives available to their supporters here in Carteret County, said Men’s Club President Ken Lang.
Mr. Jones was joined by a slew of Republican representatives including N.C. GOP Chairman Claude Pope, state representatives Pat McElraft and Michael Speciale, and N.C. Supreme Court candidate Bob Hunter.
House Republicans face three critical issues at the federal level, Mr. Jones said, reforming the budget to cut the deficit and not raise the debt ceiling, fight the immigration reform bill coming out of the Senate and address the “waste of life and money in Afghanistan.”
“There were six Americans killed in the last two weeks, but here it’s like it doesn’t exist,” Mr. Jones said. “I don’t know where the outrage is in the American people.”
October 29, 2013
Congressman Walter B. Jones Press Office
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) attended a press conference in support of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, legislation he is cosponsoring to delay implementation of large flood insurance rate increases in Eastern North Carolina. The bipartisan bill would prevent enactment of certain parts of last year’s Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, which altered the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), until the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) completes a previously mandated study on the affordability of the new rates and proposes solutions to the severe increases. The study would then be subject to congressional review, putting the total time of delay around four years.