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.