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Friends,       
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.       
Sincerely,      
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“The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.”
― Thurgood Marshall

Butterfield Introduces Legislation on Broadband Connectivity & Public Health Privacy

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On May 13, 2020, Congressman Butterfield joined Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Doris Matsui (CA-6), Joaquin Castro (TX-20),  Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-At-Large), and Alma S. Adams (NC-12) in introducing legislation to establish a new program to support college students who are unable to participate in distance learning.
The Supporting Connectivity for Higher Education Students in Need Act provides $1 billion to colleges and universities to pay for at-home internet connections for students in need. Higher education institutions can use the funding to pay for routers, modems, wi-fi hotspots, tablets, or laptops, as well as monthly broadband service for students. Funding would be prioritized for historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Tribal colleges and universities, and minority-serving institutions, as well as rural-serving institutions. Institutions receiving funding must prioritize students eligible for need-based financial aid such as Pell Grants or means-tested social safety net programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid.

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As tech companies and public health agencies deploy contact tracing apps and digital monitoring tools to fight the spread of COVID-19, On May 15, 2020, Congressman Butterfield joined U.S. Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), and Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) along with U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Mark Warner (D-VA), in introducing the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act to set strong and enforceable privacy and data security rights for health information.
According to a recent poll, more than half of Americans would not use a contact tracing app and similar tools because of privacy concerns. The bicameral Public Health Emergency Privacy Act would protect Americans who use this kind of technology during the pandemic and safeguard civil liberties. Strengthened public trust will empower health authorities and medical experts to leverage new health data and apps to fight COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resources /IRS Tax Updates/Census 2020

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For up-to-date information on frequently asked questions, federal resources and North Carolina specific information, you can visit my website here.
Stay informed, stay engaged and be prepared. We are in this together. 

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The IRS is delivering COVID 19 tax tips to help taxpayers understand the relief available under the CARES Act and other recent legislation. You can find these tips at IRS.gov/newsroom/irs-tax-tips. Below are the tips delivered in May.
Economic Impact Payment FAQs updated on IRS.gov

-COVID Tax Tip 2020-62, May 27, 2020
Millions of people will get their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card

-COVID Tax Tip 2020-61, May 26, 2020

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Haven’t filled out the 2020 Census yet? Want to help your community access resources for hospitals, schools, and infrastructure?
You can respond to the 2020 Census now at my2020census.gov, by phone, or by completing the paper form mailed to your address.

Legislative Updates

  • On May 28, 2020, the House passed. H.R. 7010 – Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020.

          This bill amends the Paycheck Protection Program to modify eligibility requirements for loan           forgiveness and defers payroll taxes. Specifically, it increases the current limitation on funds from           the loan being used on nonpayroll expenses (such as rent, utilities, mortgage interest) from 25 to           40% and increases the loan repayment period from 2 to 5 years. The bill passed the House           417-1.

  • On May 15, 2020, the House adopted H.Res. 965 – Authorizing remote voting by proxy in the House of Representatives and providing for official remote committee proceedings during a public health emergency due to a novel coronavirus, and for other purposes.
    This resolution temporarily implements remote voting by proxy on the floor, authorizes official remote committee proceedings during the pandemic emergency, and tasks the House Administration Committee with studying and then certifying when there is operable and secure technology to facilitate remote voting in the House. The resolution was adopted 217-189. 
  • On May 15, 2020, the House passed H.R. 6800 – The Heroes Act
    The Heroes Act meets the challenge facing our essential workers by providing nearly $1 trillion to state, local, territorial, and tribal governments who employ Americans providing vital services.  The bill establishes a Heroes’ Fund to provide hazard pay to frontline workers who have risked their lives doing their jobs during the pandemic. It also protects workers by requiring OSHA to establish strong workplace safety standards. 
    The Heroes Act meets the public health challenge by providing $75 billion for coronavirus testing, contact tracing, and isolation measures. It ensures coronavirus treatment is free, provides $100 billion for health care providers, and preserving health coverage for the unemployed and uninsured. 
    The Heroes Act meets the economic challenge by providing an additional round of Economic Impact Payments of $1,200 per family member and up to $6,000 per household, protects jobs through an enhanced employee retention tax credit, strengthens the Paycheck Protection Program, and extends robust unemployment benefits. The bill passed the House 208-199.
    *Congressman Butterfield voted in favor of the above legislation.

Constituent Success Stories

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Support for our Service Members

A service member suffered an injury during National Guard duty and was dealing with significant hardship due to burdensome medical bills. To avoid the repercussions of having medical bills go into collections, the service member was paying out-of-pocket, but reached out to my office for help with future bills. Through research, outreach and consistent communication, my office was able to connect the service member with support for future medical payments, and now the service member is eligible for reimbursement of what was paid out-of-pocket as well!

Advocating for our Veterans

My staff is working with a homeless veteran who was having issues getting in touch with VA social workers and getting services from them. My staff got the veteran out of his car and into a hotel room. They helped the veteran find and apply for an apartment that accepts VA housing vouchers. They got the veteran’s service records so the veteran could apply for VA benefits, and the veteran recently applied for a job at a local retail store. My staff will continue to work with the veteran until a job and permanent housing is secured.

Congratulations!

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“To the class of 2020, you’re graduating at a tough time, but I believe in my heart that better days are coming. It may take some time, but I hope you can hang in there and keep believing. I am very proud of you all—and you all should be proud of this momentous achievement in your life. Soar high and follow your dreams. The best is yet to come. Congratulations on your graduation!”

34 Students Named to NC Governor’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship Program.

Thirty-four students, representing six public and private institutions from across North Carolina, have been named to internships through the North Carolina Governor’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship Program. The purpose of the program is to connect students matriculating at North Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the state’s Fortune 500 companies. The internships also provide participating institutions with the opportunity to develop long-term partnerships with critical industry allies. The participating institutions are Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, North Carolina Central University, N.C. A&T State University, St. Augustine’s University and Winston-Salem State University.

For a full list of internship recipients, as well as the participating schools and corporations click here

Service Academy Appointments

I am proud to announce Service Academy appointees from NC-01!  These two young men will be part of the phenomenal class of 2024.

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-James Baker                                                                                                          -Garrett Johnson

JAMES R. BAKER – United States Military Academy, West Point 

Elm City, NC – Wilson County
Parents: Melissa & James Baker
School: Homeschool + Nash Community College 

GARRETT R. JOHNSON – United States Naval Academy 

Wilson, NC – Wilson County
Parents: Wayne & Heather Johnson
School: James Baxter Hunt High School 

2020 Art Competition Winner!

A winner has been selected for the 2020 Art Competition! The winner is Sylvie Kay from the Durham School of the Arts. Her artwork is titled, “She Leaves.”

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

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NC First Congressional District You Better Vote In November For Congressman G.K. Butterfield NC

NC First Congressional District you better Vote in November for Congressman GK Butterfield because he continue to be a voice for the people. You can vote for that Republican if you want to and you will helping the Republicans hold your right where you are.

They don’t give a damn about Black Folk and Poor Caucasians. Don’t take my word check their record.

Remember Congressman G.K. Butterfield November 2020!

Rocky Mount NC – Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II & Congressman GK Butterfield Coming To Motivate To Do More!

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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

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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.”

http://butterfield.house.gov

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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.”

http://butterfield.house.gov

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