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.

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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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Date:  June 5, 2017

 

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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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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. 

 

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.

 

 
 

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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.