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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: NC Republicans’ Vote Against Harvey Relief Package Damaging to Matthew Recovery Efforts


For Immediate Release

Date:  September 8, 2017

Contact: Meaghan Lynch

Office:    (202) 225.3101

Butterfield: NC Republicans’ Vote Against Harvey Relief Package

Damaging to Matthew Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives’ vote on the Senate-passed package to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and other natural disasters that occurred in Fiscal Year 2017:

“Today, I voted to send $15.25 billion in critical aid to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and disasters that occurred in fiscal year 2017 like Hurricane Matthew that devastated many areas of my district.  The bill passed the House and will now be forwarded to President Trump for his signature, but the legislation passed without the support of several Republican members of Congress from North Carolina. 

“I continue to work hard to address the ongoing needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, and I am deeply disappointed in my colleagues in the North Carolina delegation; George Holding (NC-02), Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Mark Walker (NC-06), David Rouzer (NC-07), Richard Hudson (NC-08), Mark Meadows (NC-11), and Ted Budd (NC-13); who were among the 90 Republican representatives who voted against today’s legislation.  Their actions potentially imperil my efforts to secure recovery money for eastern North Carolina in the 2018 budget. 

“The devastation caused by these storms is a tragedy, and Congress must act to protect these communities.  North Carolinians, especially, know the road to recovery after a storm can be long and painful.  Our state is still struggling to recover from devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, and my North Carolina colleagues who opposed today’s legislation have a responsibility to not jeopardize future funding for our state when natural disasters occur.”


Butterfield Statement on President Trump’s Decision to End DACA


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.”


Butterfield Reintroduces Highway Bill for Eastern North Carolina with Support of NC Delegation Members


For Release:  Immediate

Date:  May 1, 2015

Contact: K. Kim Atterbury            

Office:    (202) 225.3101               

Butterfield Reintroduces Highway Bill for Eastern North Carolina with Support of NC Delegation Members

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) reintroduced a bipartisan bill to designate two highways as a “future interstate” that will originate in Raleigh, North Carolina, and travel through Rocky Mount, Williamston, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia.  H.R. 2211, or the ROAD Act, is the second of Butterfield’s transportation improvement bills and is cosponsored by Representatives Walter Jones (NC-03), Mark Meadows (NC-11), George Holding (NC-13), David Price (NC-04), Dr. Alma Adams (NC-12), Renee Ellmers (NC-02), David Rouzer (NC-07), Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Mark Walker (NC-06), Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Scott Rigell (VA-02), Randy Forbes (VA-04), Bobby Scott (VA-03), and Robert Wittman (VA-01).

Specifically, H.R. 2211 guarantees that the corridor connecting Raleigh and Norfolk is built to interstate standards, that the route travels through eastern North Carolina, and that U.S. Highways 17 and 64 are prioritized when allocating funding for federal highways–saving taxpayers money by improving on existing infrastructure.  The entire length of the U.S. highway 64 freeway between Raleigh and Interstate 95 was designated as a future interstate (I-495) in 2013 and, according to the Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA), half of the entire future I-44 corridor is already built to freeway standards.

Butterfield said, “The ROAD Act will better connect eastern North Carolina to our state’s Capitol and to one of the country’s premier ports in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  This bill is a key part of my vision to significantly advance transportation in the region and will, among other things, reduce traffic congestion, improve access, and pave the way for job creation and further economic development in North Carolina and Virginia.  There is no question that this will boost the local and regional economies.  I thank my colleagues for their support.”

The Federal Highway Administration estimates that $1 billion in transportation funding can support approximately 30,000 jobs which would be critical to economic development in eastern North Carolina.  Passing legislation to designate the highways as a future interstate can lead to modernization and investment in the region’s highway infrastructure.  This important bill is a key step in Butterfield’s plan to build a strong transportation network, put North Carolinians to work, and accelerate the upgrade of U.S. highways 64 and 17.

H.R. 2211 is supported by Senator Thom Tillis, Senator Richard Burr, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne.  Many local governmental entities, chambers of commerce, and regional transportation associations in North Carolina and Virginia are also supportive of this designation.

“I look forward to introducing yet another bipartisan bill that focuses on improving our state’s infrastructure, reducing traffic congestion, and supporting the creation of good-paying North Carolina jobs,” said Senator Tillis.  “The ROAD Act will prove essential in enhancing interstate commerce between North Carolina and Virginia, and promoting economic development for local communities along the Raleigh-Norfolk corridor.” 

“We appreciate the continued collaboration and support of Congressman Butterfield, Senator Tillis and the NC congressional delegation to strengthen vital transportation corridors in our state,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “This important designation will help better connect many areas of eastern North Carolina to jobs and  other opportunities in the economic center of Hampton Roads and enhance freight movement as outlined in Governor McCrory’s 25 Year Vision.”

Earlier this month, Butterfield introduced H.R. 1844, the Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act, which similarly seeks to designate U.S. Highways 70 and 117 as “high priority corridors” and “future interstates.”