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.
“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
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
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:
-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
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.
“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
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!
Congratulations! 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!
-Photo: Wilson Times
Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020