Butterfield Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Gerrymandered State Legislative Districts




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.”




100 Days of Trump

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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.

This Graphic was taken from the Washington Post

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. 


Rundown of the Week

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.



In the News

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.


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.

Butterfield Highlights Impact of Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts during District Work Period




For Immediate Release



Date:  April 17, 2017


Contact: Meaghan Lynch

Office: (202) 225.3101

Butterfield Highlights Impact of Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts during District Work Period


WASHINGTON, DCCongressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) is spending the district work period focusing on his “Jobs and Justice” agenda in the First Congressional District.  Butterfield’s agenda aims to promote job growth, economic development, access to healthcare, and education for residents in the First District.  During his stops, Butterfield will highlight President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts and the negative impact they could have on eastern North Carolina.


Butterfield kicked off his work period last Tuesday with his “Forward Together” community discussion in Greenville.  Over 200 residents gathered at East Carolina Heart Institute to hear an update on a variety of issues from healthcare, to President Trump’s airstrike on Syria, to the importance of adequate federal funding for development in rural communities.  Attendees also shared concerns and asked questions directly to Butterfield.


Photos from the Greenville community discussion can be viewed here.


On Wednesday, Butterfield continued the dialogue on the importance of ensuring federal funding remain in place for services provided to North Carolinians during visits with the Choanoke Area Development Association (CADA) and Halifax Community College.  During his visit with CADA in Northampton County, Butterfield discussed the wide array of local programs and non-profits that stand to lose federal funding under the President’s budget cuts such as the Community Services Block Grant and the HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program.  On Thursday, Butterfield addressed over 200 students at Halifax Community College about the future of federal funding for Pell grants and other financial aid programs available to college students.


On Monday, during stops in Vance County, Butterfield expanded on the need for adequate investments in education and community-based services.  Butterfield met with staff at the Kittrell Job Corps, which provides young people with the education and technical training needed to be placed in meaningful jobs at no cost to the individual.  Butterfield also visited Vance-Granville Community College, where he met with President Stelfanie Williams, members of the Board of Trustees, and students.


This week, Congressman Butterfield will continue highlighting the state of jobs and justice and the stark effect Trump’s proposed budget would have on the First District with the following stops:


Tuesday, April 18:

  • 11:00 AM –     Martin Community College

1161 Kehukee Park Rd, Williamston, NC

Student convening. Open to the public.


  • 2:00 PM –        CHE Community Food Hub

Bethel, NC

Closed meeting with leadership.


  • 3:30 PM –        Princeville Listening Session

Princeville Town Hall, Princeville, NC

Resident convening with Rep. Butterfield and local leadership. Open to the public.



Wednesday, April 19:

  • 11:00 AM –     Meals on Wheels of Durham

Durham, NC

Closed meeting with leadership.


  • 2:00 PM –        Durham Housing Authority

Raleigh, NC

Closed meeting with leadership.


Thursday, April 20:

  • 10:00 AM –     Washington County Senior Center

191 NC-45, Plymouth, NC

Seniors to voice concerns about President Trump’s proposed budget cuts.


  • 6:30 PM –        Barton College

Hardy Alumni Hall Multipurpose Room, 800 Vance St, NE, Wilson, NC

Student convening. Open to the public.





Butterfield to Host Second Community Discussion in Greenville

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Greenville, North Carolina, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will host “Forward Together,” a community discussion for residents of the First Congressional District.

During the discussion, the Congressman will provide a Washington update and hear directly from constituents about the issues most important to them. 

This is the second community discussion in a series of events Congressman Butterfield will host to engage residents in a constructive dialogue about his “Jobs & Justice” agenda for the future of the First Congressional District.  The Congressman’s first community discussion, held on February 25 in Durham, drew over 600 attendees.

Space is limited and those interested in attending should RSVP by visiting www.butterfield.house.gov.

Media planning to cover this event should RSVP to Meaghan.Lynch@mail.house.gov .

WHAT:          “Forward Together” Community Discussion

WHO:             Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01)

WHEN: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

                        6:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:       East Carolina Heart Institute

                       115 Heart Drive

                       Greenville, NC  27834


Edgecombe County Democratic Party Convention Saturday April 8, 2017 Featuring The Honorable Congressman G.K. Butterfield

Congressman G.K. Butterfield will be the speaker for the Democratic Party County Convention. Our newly appointed Sheriff Clee Atkinson will be attending as well. The convention is open to all Democrats so come out and learn what is going on in Washington DC and locally. Also if you have not met our new Sheriff this will be the time.

During the convention the election of county officers will take place. The chair, 1st, 2nd, 3rd vice chair, secretary and treasurer offices will all be open for anyone who would like to be nominated and voted on to serve. Chair Rev. Roosevelt Higgs stated on the night of the appointment of Sheriff Atkinson that he, 1st Vice Chair Ms. Gladys Shelton and 2nd Vice Chair Mr. Robert Byrd were not going to seek re-election. I have not heard anything about the other officers.

Each office comes with a duty. If one is not capable and/or willing to carry out the duties then you do not need to seek office. You can find out more about the County Convention by going to the Plan Of Organization 5.00 COUNTY CONVENTIONS and go to Plan Of Organization 2.05 DUTIES OF COUNTY OFFICERS.

I suggest that anyone who would like to seek any of the offices you need to campaign just like the process of the Sheriff appointment by calling all of the County Executive Committee members to seek their votes. However during the convention there will be delegates from each precinct who can vote as well.

I look forward to a more progressive county party after this election. We need some Democrats who will serve the county by being active politically, computer literate and ready to take our state and nation back so we can be a voice for all of the people even those R’s who are in denial at the moment. But they gone see.


Butterfield: S.B. 4, H.B. 17 Tarnish State Reputation




For Immediate Release



Date:  December 16, 2016


Contact: Meaghan Lynch

Office:    (202) 225.3101

Butterfield: S.B. 4, H.B. 17 Tarnish State Reputation


WASHINGTON, DCCongressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signing Senate Bill 4 into law:


“By signing S.B. 4, Governor McCrory has again demonstrated the extent to which Republicans will stoop to abuse their power by passing laws that will give them an extreme partisan advantage.  It is troubling that this enactment and H.B. 17 will strip Governor-Elect Roy Cooper of the traditional authority of the Governor.

“These measures will require legislative approval for cabinet appointments.  They restructure the Board of Elections.  They remove gubernatorial appointments to UNC Boards of Trustees.  They unnecessarily change the jurisdiction of the appellate courts by eliminating the right of direct appeal to the Supreme Court in cases of significant constitutional importance.  The legislation would re-institute partisan election for appellate judges. 

“It is suspect that the General Assembly would pass these changes without significant debate and public input. 

“The people of our great state clearly see the political motivation of Governor McCrory and the Republican General Assembly.  It is intended to undermine Governor-Elect Roy Cooper simply because he is a Democrat.  North Carolina has been further tarnished in its stellar reputation as a progressive state.”