Congressman G. K. Butterfield 1st Congressional District Update

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It is an honor to serve as your representative for North Carolina’s First Congressional District. I am committed to being a strong advocate for my constituents, working to improve lives by proposing impactful legislative initiatives, prioritizing constituent services and expanding opportunities. This newsletter serves to provide you with up-to-date information on Congressional work in our district and on Capitol Hill.  From the courtroom to Congress, I have always fought for equality and opportunity; and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you in Congress to continue that fight.         
Sincerely,    

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“The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.”
― Thurgood Marshall

House Passes Bipartisan Historic Policing Reform and Equal Justice Legislation

ImageOn June 25, 2020, the House of Representatives, led by the Congressional Black Caucus, passed H.R.7120, the bipartisan George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This bold legislation calls for unprecedented reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling and eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement. It will transform the culture of policing to address systemic racism and help save lives as it holds police accountable and increases transparency. Specifically, the bill bans chokeholds, stops no-knock warrants, ends the qualified immunity doctrine that is a barrier to holding police officers accountable for wrongful conduct, combats racial profiling, mandates data collection, including body cameras and dashboard cameras, and establishes new standards for policing.

I was proud to vote in support of the passage of this legislation. 

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Make America “Great” for All Americans
Opinion Editorial by Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01)

Image“The events of recent weeks—beginning with the tragic police murders of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks and culminating in the most diverse coalition of protesters for equal justice that this nation has ever seen—have opened color-blind eyes and tone-deaf ears. Congress must seize this moment to address systemic racism in America.
On June 25th, the House of Representatives in cooperation with the Congressional Black Caucus took the first step against systemic racism by passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. This legislation mandates significant changes to American police culture: it curtails the use of excessive force like the chokehold that killed Eric Garner, bans no-knock warrants of the type that killed Breonna Taylor, and limits police use of military-grade weapons and paraphernalia. It also increases police accountability by requiring officers to wear body cameras and by establishing a national registry for police misconduct. Most importantly, it eliminates the judge-made law of qualified immunity, which courts manufactured to shield police misconduct from virtually all civil legal consequences because of the extraordinary high bar in the required evidence and the standard of proof.  The hope of America now lies with the Senate and the President to join in the making of a “New Really Great America” that will, for the first time in our history give real meaning to our American value system.
This is the way forward. Responsible laws, coupled with vigorous enforcement of existing civil rights statutes, will start to heal America’s festering wounds, arising from 401 years of racism grounded in 246 years of inhumane slavery.
Now is the time to move beyond America’s racist legacy towards a new era of accountability and moral integrity.  Now is the time to courageously remove the symbols of racism that celebrate the confederate states’ choice to wage a war that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans rather than give up their “states’ rights” to own other human beings as chattel. 
Now is the time to face the reality that the Civil War was not a “War Between the States,” it was a “War Against the United States of America.”  Those who led and fought in that war sought the same result as America’s fascist, genocidal enemies in World War II—the conquest and destruction of the United States of America and everything it stands for.  No honor should be bestowed upon them, and their battle flag has no place beside the stars and stripes of our great nation.
Racism did not end once and for all when the cause of freedom prevailed with the 13th Amendment’s abolition of slavery.  African Americans continued to suffer racism and discrimination in various forms—Jim Crow, redlining, disenfranchisement, and lynchings, to name a few. Today, elements of those blatant (and blatantly abhorrent) forms of racism persist alongside widespread passive discrimination and unconscious or implicit bias.
I recognize that no one of sound mind desires to be labeled a bigot or racist in this era.  And perhaps equally so, most of us desire to honor our ancestors and explain away their failings as the “temper of their times.”
But we cannot overcome the harmful vestiges of our racist past by celebrating it with undeserved memorials to traitors against the United States on public property.  Such efforts only cement the evils of history in the present, when we would rather move forward.
This is a crucial moment for America. Never before have so many who are not directly targeted by racism been willing to lend their support to meaningful change. We have an unprecedented opportunity to push towards the old promise of racial equality.
Today we see protestors coming together across America, representing a multi-racial, multi-cultural coalition. They demand that this country’s political leadership put us on a path towards a new way of life where we treat African American citizens with respect and dignity. They say to their elected representatives that we should begin this process by passing laws that will start to repair the damage inflicted upon African American citizens and their ancestors over the past four hundred years.
It is my fervent hope that Democrats and Republicans in the Congress of the United States will listen and engage in constructive dialogue to pass legislation that will begin the healing process—to “Make America Great for All Americans.”

*This Op-Ed was published in the Wilson Times and Greenville Daily Reflector

House Passes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act to Lower Health Care Costs 

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On June 29, 2020, the House passed H.R.1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. This sweeping legislation lowers Americans’ health coverage costs by expanding tax credits and allowing more middle-class individuals and families to qualify for subsidies. 

It delivers immense savings to taxpayers, employers, workers and patients by preventing Americans from having to pay higher prices for their medicines than what pharmaceutical companies charge for the same drugs overseas. It also combats inequity faced by communities of color by protecting vulnerable populations from losing health coverage, cracks down on junk plans, and strengthens protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

I was proud to vote in support of passage of this essential healthcare legislation. 

House Passes Infrastructure Legislation to Rebuild America

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On July 1, 2020, the House passed H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, which would invest more than $1.5 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs, combatting the climate crisis and addressing disparities throughout America.
The Moving Forward Act: 

  • Expands affordable high-speed Internet to underserved communities with a $100 billion investment that promotes competition, connects children to remote learning, closes broadband adoption and digital skills gaps and improves affordability.
  • Upgrades hospitals and health care infrastructure by investing $30 billion to increase capacity and strengthen care, help community health centers respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies, improve clinical laboratory infrastructure, support the Indian Health Service‘s infrastructure and increase capacity for community-based care.
  • Rebuilds our highways, bridges, transit, rail, airports, ports and harbors by investing nearly $500 billion to improve safety, reduce gridlock and put the U.S. on a path toward zero emissions from the transportation sector, all while protecting American jobs with strong Buy America provisions and labor protections.
  • Invests in our children’s futures by helping safely reopen and rebuild schools with a $130 billion investment in school infrastructure targeted at high-poverty schools that do not meet health and safety standards, while also creating 2 million jobs.  
  • Invests boldly in affordable housing by directing over $100 billion to reduce housing inequality, create jobs, stimulate the economy, improve living conditions and increase environmental sustainability and climate resilience.
  • Ensures all communities have clean water by investing tens of billions to remove dangerous contaminants from our drinking water and invests in new, safe wastewater infrastructure.
    Delivers a 21st Century Postal Service by modernizing infrastructure and pursuing a zero-emissions postal fleet.
  • Promotes investments in our communities by spurring private investment through the tax code, through a revitalized Build America Bonds program, expansions of Private Activity Bonds and significant enhancements to the New Markets Tax Credit and the Rehabilitation Tax Credit.

I was proud to vote in support of passage of this transformative legislation. 

House Passes Housing Protection Legislation amid Pandemic 

On June 29, 2020, the House passed H.R. 7301, the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020. This legislation prevents evictions, foreclosures, and unsafe housing conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It provides $100 billion for an emergency rental assistance fund that would help renters cover their rent and utility bills, including any unpaid bills. It also helps renters and landlords by extending the eviction moratorium to March 27, 2021 and expanding it to protect all renters. This legislation extends the foreclosure moratorium for 6 months from enactment and expands it to protect all homeowners and provides $11.5 billion for homeless assistance grants that will help ensure that people experiencing homelessness are able to follow social distancing guidance and have access to necessary services. 

I was proud to vote in support of passage of this commonsense legislation. 

Serving the Constituents of NC-01! 

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Serving our Veterans

After over a year of effort, a veteran reached out to my office requesting help to get his records corrected so that he could apply for benefits. This veteran is suffering from severe health issues and needed to apply for healthcare related financial assistance. After diligent outreach, phone calls and consistent correspondence, several of my constituent caseworkers were able to quickly get his records corrected, making him eligible to apply for benefits. My office will continue to follow the progress of this constituent’s efforts.  It is an honor to serve those who have served our nation in uniform.

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Make America “”

Congressman G. K. Butterfield

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Make America ‘great’ for all Americans

The events of recent weeks — beginning with the tragic police murders of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks and culminating in the most diverse coalition of protesters for equal justice that this …

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News From Representative Butterfield NC

 

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It is an honor to serve as your representative for North Carolina’s First Congressional District. I am committed to being a strong advocate for my constituents, working to improve lives by proposing impactful legislative initiatives, prioritizing constituent services and expanding opportunities. This newsletter serves to provide you with up-to-date information on Congressional work in our district and on Capitol Hill.  From the courtroom to Congress, I have always fought for equality and opportunity; and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you in Congress to continue that fight.        
Sincerely,    

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“The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.”
― Thurgood Marshall

Juneteenth: The Fight for Justice Continues  

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On June 19, 1865, the last forcibly enslaved Americans were freed—but the fight for justice is not over. 155 years later, Black Americans still face systemic racism and oppression. We cannot stop until every American has equal opportunities to succeed. Change is long overdue.The fight for justice and equality continues.

Butterfield Supporting Justice, Accountability and Equality 

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Butterfield Supporting Advancement of Policing Reform and Equal Justice Legislation

America is experiencing a moment of national anguish as we grieve for those killed by police brutality and racial injustice.  The American people are demanding change and last week, led by the Congressional Black Caucus, House and Senate Democrats unveiled the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This bold legislative package contains unprecedented reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling and eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement.  This legislation will transform the culture of policing to address systemic racism and help save lives as it holds police accountable and increases transparency.

Specifically, the bill:
-Bans chokeholds;
-Stops no-knock warrants;
-Ends the qualified immunity doctrine that is a barrier to holding police officers accountable for wrongful conduct;
-Combats racial profiling;
-Mandates data collection, including body cameras and dashboard cameras; and
-Establishes new standards for policing.

*You can read the full text of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act here.

Butterfield and Top Democrats Introduce Law Enforcement Identification Act

On June 11, 2020, Congressman Butterfield, along with several other members of the U.S. Representatives to introduce the Law Enforcement Identification Act. The legislation would require uniformed federal officers policing First Amendment assemblies to wear plainly visible identification with the officer’s name and agency.

“The role of our nation’s law enforcement is ‘to protect and serve.’ Communities across the country have been crying out for more accountability and transparency from law enforcement, not less” said Rep. Butterfield (D-NC). “Like many, I was deeply concerned to see scores of unidentifiable federal law enforcement officers deployed to our Nation’s Capital to police peaceful First Amendment assemblies. That is why I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing this commonsense legislation.”

*Learn more about the Law Enforcement Identification Act here.

Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment Act 

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On June 11, 2020, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) introduced the Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment Act to increase access to and speed the deployment of broadband to households and small businesses currently without this vital service. 

Butterfield Statement:

“Across the country, millions of Americans still lack access to consistent and reliable Internet service because the broadband infrastructure necessary to serve all households and businesses does not exist.  And in urban areas where broadband service is available, there are numerous low-income families that simply cannot afford it. Quick passage of this critical legislation is particularly important to many rural areas like those I represent in eastern North Carolina where broadband is not currently available.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the absolute necessity of high-speed internet access for participation in the modern world. My bill, the Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment Act, will ensure that affordable broadband is quickly and efficiently deployed to unserved households while closing the digital divide for low-income households at this critical moment in our Nation’s history.”

*Learn more about the Expanding Opportunities for Broadband Deployment Act here.

Butterfield Calls for Healthcare Improvements

Butterfield Introduces Bill to Improve Wound Care for Homebound Medicare Beneficiaries

On June 8, 2020, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), introduced legislation to improve access to disposable negative pressure wound therapy for homebound Medicare beneficiaries. This legislation simplifies the structure of the disposable negative pressure wound therapy benefit and streamlines billing practices for home health agencies. 

“We in America have made great strides in developing technology to more efficiently address the needs of some of the nation’s most vulnerable. It is imperative that we ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have access to the latest innovations by removing any unnecessary barriers to quality care,” said Butterfield.  

*Learn more about background and full press statement on this legislation here.

Butterfield Introduces the HEALTH Act
On June 11, 2020, Representatives G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15) introduced the bipartisan Helping Ensure Access to Local TeleHealth, or the HEALTH Act. The bill would codify Medicare reimbursement for community health centers and rural health clinics for telehealth services.
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the value telehealth adds to communities across the nation, particularly in rural America. The HEALTH Act seeks to extend benefits and access of this critical healthcare medium to more seniors, regardless of their geographic location. 

*Learn more about the HEALTH Act here.

Constituent Success Stories & Highlights

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It is tax season, and case workers from my office have been hard at work. I am glad to report that so far, caseworkers have been able to help constituents receive a total of over $100,000 in tax refunds for this tax period! Remember, the deadline to file your taxes this year is July 15, 2020! 

Constituent Support for Employment Concerns

A constituent contacted my office asking for assistance because he was at risk of losing his Optional Practice Training (OPT) opportunity for his full-time job if his I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) was not approved. After consistent communication and outreach efforts, my office was able to help secure his I-765 approval and his employer was able to retain him and he was eligible to continue his OPT! 

ImageCongratulations! Hunt Senior Heads to US Naval Academy

A special congratulations to Garrett R. Johnson, a senior who recently graduated from Hunt High School, on receiving an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy! I was glad to nominate this accomplished young man and look forward to his future success. Congratulations on this achievement, the best is yet to come! 

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NC Congressman G. K. Butterfield Respond To President Donald Trump Ordering The Unleashing Of Tear Gas On Peaceful Protesters

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“Unleashing tear gas on peaceful protestors is tyranny. Americans have a constitutional right to peacefully demonstrate without governmental interference.

It’s another act of tyranny to deploy the military to states to keep the peace. Americans, don’t fear peaceful protestors; they fear the tyrant.” -Rep. G. K. Butterfield (NC-01)

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A weekend of rioting in the nation’s capital left deep scars in the shadow of the White House.

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Protesters cleared out of White House area with tear gas as Trump promised to ‘dominate the streets’

A weekend of rioting in the nation’s capital left deep scars in the shadow of the White House.

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News From Representative G. K. Butterfield NC

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Friends,       
It is an honor to serve as your representative for North Carolina’s First Congressional District. I am committed to being a strong advocate for my constituents, working to improve lives by proposing impactful legislative initiatives, prioritizing constituent services and expanding opportunities. This newsletter serves to provide you with up-to-date information on Congressional work in our district and on Capitol Hill.  From the courtroom to Congress, I have always fought for equality and opportunity; and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you in Congress to continue that fight.       
Sincerely,      
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“The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.”
― Thurgood Marshall

Butterfield Introduces Legislation on Broadband Connectivity & Public Health Privacy

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On May 13, 2020, Congressman Butterfield joined Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Doris Matsui (CA-6), Joaquin Castro (TX-20),  Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-At-Large), and Alma S. Adams (NC-12) in introducing legislation to establish a new program to support college students who are unable to participate in distance learning.
The Supporting Connectivity for Higher Education Students in Need Act provides $1 billion to colleges and universities to pay for at-home internet connections for students in need. Higher education institutions can use the funding to pay for routers, modems, wi-fi hotspots, tablets, or laptops, as well as monthly broadband service for students. Funding would be prioritized for historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Tribal colleges and universities, and minority-serving institutions, as well as rural-serving institutions. Institutions receiving funding must prioritize students eligible for need-based financial aid such as Pell Grants or means-tested social safety net programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid.

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As tech companies and public health agencies deploy contact tracing apps and digital monitoring tools to fight the spread of COVID-19, On May 15, 2020, Congressman Butterfield joined U.S. Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), and Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) along with U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Mark Warner (D-VA), in introducing the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act to set strong and enforceable privacy and data security rights for health information.
According to a recent poll, more than half of Americans would not use a contact tracing app and similar tools because of privacy concerns. The bicameral Public Health Emergency Privacy Act would protect Americans who use this kind of technology during the pandemic and safeguard civil liberties. Strengthened public trust will empower health authorities and medical experts to leverage new health data and apps to fight COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resources /IRS Tax Updates/Census 2020

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For up-to-date information on frequently asked questions, federal resources and North Carolina specific information, you can visit my website here.
Stay informed, stay engaged and be prepared. We are in this together. 

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The IRS is delivering COVID 19 tax tips to help taxpayers understand the relief available under the CARES Act and other recent legislation. You can find these tips at IRS.gov/newsroom/irs-tax-tips. Below are the tips delivered in May.
Economic Impact Payment FAQs updated on IRS.gov

-COVID Tax Tip 2020-62, May 27, 2020
Millions of people will get their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card

-COVID Tax Tip 2020-61, May 26, 2020

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Haven’t filled out the 2020 Census yet? Want to help your community access resources for hospitals, schools, and infrastructure?
You can respond to the 2020 Census now at my2020census.gov, by phone, or by completing the paper form mailed to your address.

Legislative Updates

  • On May 28, 2020, the House passed. H.R. 7010 – Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020.

          This bill amends the Paycheck Protection Program to modify eligibility requirements for loan           forgiveness and defers payroll taxes. Specifically, it increases the current limitation on funds from           the loan being used on nonpayroll expenses (such as rent, utilities, mortgage interest) from 25 to           40% and increases the loan repayment period from 2 to 5 years. The bill passed the House           417-1.

  • On May 15, 2020, the House adopted H.Res. 965 – Authorizing remote voting by proxy in the House of Representatives and providing for official remote committee proceedings during a public health emergency due to a novel coronavirus, and for other purposes.
    This resolution temporarily implements remote voting by proxy on the floor, authorizes official remote committee proceedings during the pandemic emergency, and tasks the House Administration Committee with studying and then certifying when there is operable and secure technology to facilitate remote voting in the House. The resolution was adopted 217-189. 
  • On May 15, 2020, the House passed H.R. 6800 – The Heroes Act
    The Heroes Act meets the challenge facing our essential workers by providing nearly $1 trillion to state, local, territorial, and tribal governments who employ Americans providing vital services.  The bill establishes a Heroes’ Fund to provide hazard pay to frontline workers who have risked their lives doing their jobs during the pandemic. It also protects workers by requiring OSHA to establish strong workplace safety standards. 
    The Heroes Act meets the public health challenge by providing $75 billion for coronavirus testing, contact tracing, and isolation measures. It ensures coronavirus treatment is free, provides $100 billion for health care providers, and preserving health coverage for the unemployed and uninsured. 
    The Heroes Act meets the economic challenge by providing an additional round of Economic Impact Payments of $1,200 per family member and up to $6,000 per household, protects jobs through an enhanced employee retention tax credit, strengthens the Paycheck Protection Program, and extends robust unemployment benefits. The bill passed the House 208-199.
    *Congressman Butterfield voted in favor of the above legislation.

Constituent Success Stories

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Support for our Service Members

A service member suffered an injury during National Guard duty and was dealing with significant hardship due to burdensome medical bills. To avoid the repercussions of having medical bills go into collections, the service member was paying out-of-pocket, but reached out to my office for help with future bills. Through research, outreach and consistent communication, my office was able to connect the service member with support for future medical payments, and now the service member is eligible for reimbursement of what was paid out-of-pocket as well!

Advocating for our Veterans

My staff is working with a homeless veteran who was having issues getting in touch with VA social workers and getting services from them. My staff got the veteran out of his car and into a hotel room. They helped the veteran find and apply for an apartment that accepts VA housing vouchers. They got the veteran’s service records so the veteran could apply for VA benefits, and the veteran recently applied for a job at a local retail store. My staff will continue to work with the veteran until a job and permanent housing is secured.

Congratulations!

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“To the class of 2020, you’re graduating at a tough time, but I believe in my heart that better days are coming. It may take some time, but I hope you can hang in there and keep believing. I am very proud of you all—and you all should be proud of this momentous achievement in your life. Soar high and follow your dreams. The best is yet to come. Congratulations on your graduation!”

34 Students Named to NC Governor’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship Program.

Thirty-four students, representing six public and private institutions from across North Carolina, have been named to internships through the North Carolina Governor’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship Program. The purpose of the program is to connect students matriculating at North Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the state’s Fortune 500 companies. The internships also provide participating institutions with the opportunity to develop long-term partnerships with critical industry allies. The participating institutions are Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, North Carolina Central University, N.C. A&T State University, St. Augustine’s University and Winston-Salem State University.

For a full list of internship recipients, as well as the participating schools and corporations click here

Service Academy Appointments

I am proud to announce Service Academy appointees from NC-01!  These two young men will be part of the phenomenal class of 2024.

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-James Baker                                                                                                          -Garrett Johnson

JAMES R. BAKER – United States Military Academy, West Point 

Elm City, NC – Wilson County
Parents: Melissa & James Baker
School: Homeschool + Nash Community College 

GARRETT R. JOHNSON – United States Naval Academy 

Wilson, NC – Wilson County
Parents: Wayne & Heather Johnson
School: James Baxter Hunt High School 

2020 Art Competition Winner!

A winner has been selected for the 2020 Art Competition! The winner is Sylvie Kay from the Durham School of the Arts. Her artwork is titled, “She Leaves.”

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

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NC First Congressional District You Better Vote In November For Congressman G.K. Butterfield NC

NC First Congressional District you better Vote in November for Congressman GK Butterfield because he continue to be a voice for the people. You can vote for that Republican if you want to and you will helping the Republicans hold your right where you are.

They don’t give a damn about Black Folk and Poor Caucasians. Don’t take my word check their record.

Remember Congressman G.K. Butterfield November 2020!

Rocky Mount NC – Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II & Congressman GK Butterfield Coming To Motivate To Do More!

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Butterfield questions Kavanaugh’s ‘past conduct, judicial temperament’ – Wilson Times

Wilson’s congressman says he’s “extremely disappointed” in the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the United States’ 114th Supreme Court justice.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat representing North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, expressed concern over the allegations of sexual misconduct Kavanaugh faces and predicted the appellate judge and former White House counsel for President George W. Bush will bring partisan politics to the high court bench.

“Now more than ever, our country needs a Supreme Court justice who will rise above ideology, protect the rights of all Americans and preserve our system of checks and balances by stopping presidential abuse of executive power,” Butterfield said. “Unfortunately, nothing in Judge Kavanaugh’s record or past have shown he will be such a justice.” (Read more)

Greenville Transportation Activity Center to be named for Congressman Butterfield – WITN

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) Efforts by one North Carolina Congressman to secure funding for a future transportation hub here in the east will have resulted in the building being named after him.

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The Greenville City Council voted to name the Greenville Transportation Activity Center for First District Democrat Congressman G.K. Butterfield.

The project costs over $7.1 million — with local funds making up $800,000.

The majority of funding is from federal transportation grants.

The hub will be located on South Pitt Street and Bonners Lane and will provide a centrally located transfer facility where local and regional transportation services can connect.

Construction is expected to be completed on the 9,500 square foot facility in the spring of 2018.

Butterfield Statement on President Trump’s Decision to End DACA

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For Immediate Release

Date:  September 5, 2017

Contact: Meaghan Lynch

Office:    (202) 225.3101


Butterfield Statement on President Trump’s Decision to End DACA

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ remarks confirming President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA:

“DACA offered protection for young people who were brought to the United States as young children, the vast majority of whom know no other home than the United States.  Today, President Trump has failed to “show great heart” to the hundreds of thousands of young people whose lives are now in peril with the announcement that his Administration will end the DACA program.  All DACA recipients grew up in America, are registered with our government, and have passed extensive background checks.  More than 95 percent of DACA recipients are in school or in the workforce. 

“I am saddened by President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program because it will devastate lives, tear apart families, and disrupt our local communities.  I am an original sponsor of bipartisan immigration reform legislation that would create a path to permanent legal status for Dreamers, and I call on Speaker Ryan to do the right thing and immediately bring it to the floor for a vote.”

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Congressman Butterfield Announces New Stops on Jobs & Justice Tour

Dear Friends,

At 2am on Friday, three Republican senators joined with all Democratic senators in blocking passage of the latest Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  This version of Trumpcare, had it become law, would have resulted in an estimated 16 million Americans losing health insurance.  Today, it appears that the repeal effort is dead- for now.

However, we must remain vigilant in the fight to protect the progress made under the Affordable Care Act.  In Congress, I will continue to strongly urge Republicans to engage in “regular order” to have bipartisan hearings on solutions that will stabilize the insurance markets and lower premiums.  Working together, we can certainly achieve this outcome. 

In August, I am launching new stops on my Jobs & Justice Tour to talk with you about the future of healthcare, jobs, and education.  Click here to get more information about the stops and register to attend one near you!

 
 

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Daily Reflector: Burr, Tillis vote for Senate health care debate; Butterfield says it’s not about health care

“Each vote cast today to put Trumpcare on the Floor is a vote to jeopardize the health care of millions of families,” said U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield. “It is a total disappointment that, rather than put politics aside and work in a bipartisan fashion to bring down costs and ensure more Americans have access to care, Republicans eagerly continue to push a plan that will weaken our economy, leave working Americans with higher medical costs, and jeopardize care for up to half a million North Carolinians who gained coverage since the Affordable Care Act was implemented,” Butterfield said in a news release. 

Charleston Chronicles: NNPA Pushes For Report On Federal Ad Spending

The agency found that just five percent of the $4.3 billion available for advertising campaigns went to minority-owned businesses. Thirty-one of Norton’s colleagues in Congress signed the letter, including CBC Chair Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and legendary congressmen John Lewis (D-Ga.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), and former CBC Chair G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.).

Durham Herald Sun: What you’re saying: Betsy Crites, John Kramer, Bob Vasile

Your July 15 “Briefly” section skimmed over one of the most consequential Congressional acts in years: the authorization of $696 billion for the military in 2018. This sum not only exceeds President Trump’s requested spending spike, but blows past limits set by the 2011 Budget Control Act. In North Carolina, U.S. Reps. G.K. Butterfield, David Price, and Alma Adams deserve praise for voting against this budget-buster.

 

 
 

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Butterfield Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Gerrymandered State Legislative Districts

 

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For Immediate Release

 

 

Date:  June 5, 2017

 

Contact: Meaghan Lynch

Office:    (202) 225.3101


Butterfield Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Gerrymandered State Legislative Districts

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s decision regarding North Carolina’s legislative districts:

“The Supreme Court’s ruling today completes the judicial appellate process for legislative redistricting.  The Court has once again told North Carolina what I have long known to be true- that its history in making voting decisions is discriminatory.  The General Assembly must fairly redraw legislative boundaries to protect the interests of minority voters.  The Court again made clear that the state cannot use race as the predominant factor in drawing boundaries.

“The General Assembly is required by law to expedite the redrawing of legislative boundaries.  The remaining question is whether the new legislative elections will take place this year.  The people of North Carolina should not be required to wait until 2018 to live in a constitutionally drawn district and be represented by a legislator who is lawfully elected.

“The legislative elections should take place in the fall of 2017.”

 

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100 Days of Trump

Donald J. Trump has been president of the United States for 100 days.  During that time, he has failed to deliver on the promises he made to the American people.  On important items like healthcare, staffing his administration, the budget, and tax reform he’s proven time and time again that he and his administration serve special interests and not the American people.  His regressive policies have not improved the lives of working Americans – in fact, his decisions have made things worse.  

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On healthcare, Mr. Trump promised it would be “far less expensive”.  He promised that his plan would provide “insurance for everybody” and would increase the quality of care.  The exact opposite is true.  TrumpCare would result in 24 million more uninsured Americans.  Out-of-pocket costs including premiums, deductibles, and copays would increase significantly under TrumpCare.

On serving special interests instead of the American people, Mr. Trump promised to “drain the swamp.”  In fact, in his first 100 days, he has again done exactly the opposite.  He has filled his administration with Washington insiders, issued waivers to sidestep his five year lobbying ban, and continues to refuse to release the White House visitors’ logs.  The American people deserve to know with whom the president and his administration are conducting business, but Mr. Trump clearly disagrees.  

On the budget, Mr. Trump promised to make life better for all Americans.  But his budget blueprint proves just the opposite.  Mr. Trump’s budget seeks to slash funding for lifesaving medical research, zero out funding to help low income families secure affordable housing, and even eviscerates the Meals on Wheels program on which tens of thousands of North Carolina seniors depend.


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Building on his record of broken promises and working for special interests, it’s no surprise Mr. Trump’s tax plan would hurt working families and disproportionately benefit the wealthy and large corporations at the expense of middle class Americans.  We cannot afford a tax plan that hands multi-billion dollar tax breaks to the super rich while middle class Americans are forced to shoulder the burden of paying for it.  

North Carolinians and the American people deserve a government that will work to support everyone – not just the special interests and those at the top.  We deserve and demand nothing less. 

 

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Congressman Butterfield receiving an honorary award from North Carolina’s Groove Phi Groove Fraternity.


Congressman Butterfield meeting with members of North Carolina Electric CoOps.


Congressman Butterfield met with Dr. Michelle Ogle of the Warren-Vance Community Health Center to discuss the importance of supporting treatment and primary care for those living with HIV/AIDS.

 

 
 

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The Hill: Treasury secretary says Trump to propose biggest tax cut in history

President Trump’s forthcoming tax plan will be the “biggest” tax cut in history, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday at an event hosted by The Hill. Mnuchin provided several clues as to what will be in the package, which will be unveiled later in the day. He confirmed that the proposal would cut tax rates for businesses to 15 percent. That rate would apply to both corporations and owner-operated businesses known as “pass-throughs.”

Wilson Times: Butterfield advises students to stay informed, earn their degrees

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield urged Barton College students to let activism take a backseat to their education. The Democratic 1st Congressional District representative ended a three-day, seven-city tour during the congressional recess Thursday in Wilson. Marcella Medley, president of the Minority Students Association, introduced Butterfield to about 25 other students and faculty members at Hardy Alumni Hall.

KRWG: Udall, Luján, Lujan Grisham Urge Education Secretary DeVos to Reinstate Student Loan Protections

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham this week joined more than 130 members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reverse a recent decision to rescind Obama-era efforts on student loan servicing reforms. The reforms include new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing.

 
 

 
 

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Princeville NC – Do You Get It Or Do You Need To Keep Hearing?

Congressman G.K. Butterfield listened to the folk today however only a couple of folk spoke up.

Facts:

The Town of Princeville got to have a plan.

So what is the plan?

If you had insurance and your insurance states what they are to cover, if they don’t then you have a legal issue.

Congress along with President T. says they are going to do something with infrastructure and Congressman Butterfield said he was going to request monies for infrastructure in his district.

But do ya’ll not understand that in 1999 the Democrats were in control? Do you not know that in North Carolina and in Washington DC that the Republicans are in control? So to keep talking about what happened in 1999 vs 2016 is null and void because as you see things are totally different.

The best thing folk can do is to be true to themselves. Think about what they are saying because whether one like it or not insurance companies, FEMA and others that you are dealing with have guidelines so it is what it is. More than likely they are not going to change them in the middle of the game in your favor so you will have to accept what they offer because it is what it is.

Now before you get it twisted I was a flood victim in 1999 and in 2016.