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.”



Butterfield Applauds Unanimous Fourth Circuit Decision on Discriminatory Voter ID Law



For Release:  Immediate


Date:  July 29, 2016


Contact: Meaghan Lynch

Office:    (202) 225.3101


Butterfield Applauds Unanimous Fourth Circuit Decision on Discriminatory Voter ID Law


Washington, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously determined the NC General Assembly acted with a discriminatory purpose in enactment of Voter ID law:


“I applaud the UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT on its unanimous and well-reasoned opinion that determined the North Carolina General Assembly acted with a discriminatory purpose in enacting a voter ID law and other discriminatory voting procedures including a limitation on early voting. 


“The law addressed by the Court today was passed by the General Assembly one month following the suspension of a portion of the Voting Rights Act that required federal preclearance of voting changes.  The legislature’s intent in enacting this law has now been found unconstitutional and unenforceable.  The appellate court found that the trial court “ignored the inextricable link between race and politics in North Carolina.”  The court went on to say that the election law changes have had a disproportionate impact on African American voters and no basis ever existed to support the law’s passage and enactment.  The appellate court is requiring the state to completely cure this unconstitutional voting law.


“Today, the federal court has validated my long held view that this law discriminates against African American voters because of their race.  It is my hope that the State of North Carolina will embrace this decision instead of pursuing costly appeals.  North Carolina’s image has been tarnished by this and other discriminatory legislative enactments.  By embracing this decision, the State of North Carolina will begin the process of restoring the state’s reputation for protecting the right to vote.”







Photos/Video: Rocky Mount NC – Prayer Vigil For Slain Charleston South Carolina Victims Hosted By Congressman G.K. Butterfield NC 01 Tuesday June 30, 2015

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Prayer Vigil in Honor of Charleston 9 & Victims of Racial Injustice Featuring Congressman G.K. Butterfield



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Dear Friends:


I invite you to join me along with faith leaders for Together in Prayer:One Community United in Faith, a vigil to unite people from across the First Congressional District around a common purpose of healing and understanding.  The prayer vigil will be held on Tuesday, June 30th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the , 301 NE Main Street, Rocky Mount, N.C.


My heart is saddened for the families who have lost loved ones in the tragic murders at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and for their community.  I will be traveling to the funeral for Senior Pastor Reverend Clementa Pinckney to represent the First District and the Congressional Black Caucus.


Our nation is suffering through a difficult time, and we can only begin to truly heal our communities by coming together to address the larger issues of bigotry and racial injustice that sadly continue in our country.


I ask that you join faith leaders, your church family, friends and neighbors in prayer for the victims’ families and for all of us in eastern North Carolina to unite around a common purpose of repairing the damage to our communities.


Together in Prayer: One Community United in Faith

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

6:00 – 7:30 PM

Church of God of Deliverance

301 NE Main Street

Rocky Mount, N.C. 27801


This event is free and open to the public.  For additional information please contact my office at 919-908-0164.



Very truly yours,


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G. K. Butterfield

Member of Congress



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CBC Chair Butterfield to Visit Two AME Churches Tomorrow to Express Condolences to "Charleston Nine"

The Political Agitator’s response: If I didn’t have church at my church tomorrow I would be in Durham NC in the AM.



For Release:  Immediate



Date:  June 20, 2015


Contact: Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury            

             Cell:    (202) 465.5125               

CBC Chair Butterfield to Visit Two AME Churches Tomorrow to Express Condolences to “Charleston Nine”


WASHINGTON, DC —  Tomorrow, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), will visit St. Joseph’s African Methodist Episcopal Church and Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, both in Durham, North Carolina, to express condolences to the “Charleston Nine” and the larger AME community.


Congressman Butterfield will bring remarks to St. Joseph’s AME Church at 8:00 AM and Emmanuel AME Church at 10:00 AM. 


Butterfield said, “It is difficult to comprehend that a house of worship, known for joy and tolerance, could become a scene of hate and tragedy.  My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences are with the families of the nine parishioners who lost their lives to cowardly and despicable violence.”


Full details follow.


WHAT: CBC Chair Butterfield to Visit Two African Methodist Episcopal Churches Tomorrow to Express Condolences to “Charleston Nine”



8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

St. Joseph’s AME Church

2521 Fayetteville Road

Durham, NC 27707


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Emmanuel AME Church

2018 Riddle Road

Durham, NC 27713





PRESS RELEASE: CBC Chair Releases Letter to Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Expressing Concern over Comments Made by Gene Ryan


May 5, 2015

Mr. Gene S. Ryan, President
Fraternal Order of Police
Baltimore City Lodge No. 3
3920 Buena Vista Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Dear Mr. Ryan:

I write to express my disappointment after reading your May 1, 2015 letter addressed to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. My professional career prior to being elected to Congress involved thirteen years as Resident Superior Court judge and two years as Associate Justice on the State Supreme Court, a total of fifteen years in the judiciary. My thirty year legal career and decade as a Member of Congress has provided me with insight into how our court system should work and the interplay between the individuals who have the responsibility to administer justice.

Your request for a Special Independent Prosecutor is illogical and unfounded in the law. Your statement that “none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray” is reckless and irresponsible. You do not have the ability to make those determinations. It will be a jury verdict of Baltimoreans that will decide these cases after the parties present substantial evidence of guilt or innocence, not the Fraternal Order of Police.

Your letter states that you have full faith in Ms. Mosby’s professional integrity yet you conclude that a conflict of interest exists by her office investigating the case. You specifically cite a personal and professional relationship between Ms. Mosby and defense counsel. You went on to state that the lead prosecutor has connections with the local media. And, finally, you recklessly state that the political career of Ms. Mosby’s husband will be impacted by her participation in these cases. These frivolous and inflammatory statements are repugnant to any citizen with knowledge of our criminal justice system.

Prosecutors in every jurisdiction across the country have relationships with the local bar but exercise their duty to prosecute cases without allowing those relationships to influence their zealousness in prosecuting the case. Rules of Professional Responsibility do not prevent a lawyer from participating in a case because of a friendship with the lawyer for the opposing litigant.

Mr. Ryan, you have an important responsibility to advocate for law enforcement officers who serve our communities. That responsibility requires you to be assertive and present relevant facts for fair consideration of the issues in controversy. Your sacred responsibility is violated when you make accusations that do not lead to actionable violations of the Rules of Professional Responsibility.

You have damaged the good reputation of your organization in writing the letter, releasing it to the media, and making accusations that amount to nothing more than propaganda intended to interfere with the proper administration of justice. Undoubtedly, prospective jurors have read your letter which suggests that you could be trying to improperly influence public opinion in these cases.

I respectfully ask that you reconsider your statements and make the necessary corrections. These are serious cases which should proceed to trial using the customary procedures involved in other felony cases in the City of Baltimore and jurisdictions across the country.

Thank you very much.

Very truly yours,
G. K. Butterfield
Member of Congress

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.”