Here are a few updates on events from this week both in Washington and in North Carolina.
 
Hearing from the EPA on WOTUS and PFAS
 
I opened this week’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment hearing outlining my concerns with the Biden Administration’s announced effort to rewrite the Trump Administration’s rule defining “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).
 
The WOTUS rule we have in place now works.  It is fair to our nation’s farmers, ranchers, construction businesses, city planners, and everyone else.   A return to anything close to the 2015 WOTUS rule would be a failure, and the regulatory burden placed on average Americans and the effect on the economy would be highly detrimental.
 
During Wednesday’s hearing, I also highlighted an issue important to me and many other North Carolinians, which is PFAS.  We need a rational, scientifically informed approach to address this concern, and I’m eager to hear a progress report from the EPA on the status of their PFAS Action Plan.  You can watch my opening statement here.
 
In case you missed it, I recently joined One America News to highlight how overly burdensome regulations, such as a return to the 2015 WOTUS rule, will only hinder economic recovery.  Check it out below.
 
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Passing Critical Legislation to Invest in Rural Broadband
 
I joined my Republican and Democrat colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee in unanimously passing H.R. 4374, the Broadband Internet Connections for Rural America Act.  This bill sets the stage for significant investment in rural broadband to help end the digital divide and spur economic growth in our small and rural communities. 
 
Meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
 
Southeastern North Carolina’s beaches are a national treasure, and they’re also the foundation of our local coastal communities that support job growth for our region.  These beaches rely on consistent Army Corps maintenance to protect life, property, and our critical tourism economy in the event of a natural disaster.  I recently met with the Wilmington District U.S. Army Corps to discuss ways we can work together to complete these critical projects.
 
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Meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
 
For today’s good news story, I would like to congratulate Brunswick Community College on being named the NUMBER ONE community college in the United States!  A special shoutout & congratulations to Sampson Community College, Southeastern Community College, Wayne Community College, and Johnston Community College for being included in the Top 25.  These NC-07 schools do an incredible job of preparing their students to join the workforce and we should all be proud of their achievements.