Dear Friend, Following the vote to remove Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House, House Republicans spent the week working to elect a new Speaker. Electing a Speaker quickly is imperative, particularly given the challenges we face around the world not to mention the customary and traditional work that Congress must do. Below are my thoughts on the heinous attacks against Israel, the process of electing a new Speaker, and Republican’s efforts to push the Biden Administration to secure our southern border. If you received this newsletter from a friend, and you would like to continue receiving these updates, you can subscribe here or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
October 16, 2023
Following the vote to remove Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House, House Republicans spent the week working to elect a new Speaker. Electing a Speaker quickly is imperative, particularly given the challenges we face around the world not to mention the customary and traditional work that Congress must do. Below are my thoughts on the heinous attacks against Israel, the process of electing a new Speaker, and Republican’s efforts to push the Biden Administration to secure our southern border.
If you received this newsletter from a friend, and you would like to continue receiving these updates, you can subscribe here or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
This Week in DC
Standing with Israel
America should always stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East. An attack on Israel is an attack on America, and the United States must provide the resources they need to defend themselves and their homeland against the evil and brutal Hamas terrorists funded by Iran, the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism. I joined 390 of my colleagues in Congress to introduce a bipartisan resolution declaring our strong support for the great people of Israel. I expect this resolution to be one of the first items considered on the House Floor once — and when — a new Speaker is elected. (Nothing can happen on the Floor of the U.S. House without the election of a Speaker.)
I also joined my colleagues in condemning the Biden Administration’s agreement to release $6 billion in sanctioned Iranian funds and urged the Administration to stop this transferal of money, which is in restricted accounts in Qatar. Thankfully, the Administration heeded this call — at least for now — by working with Qatar to keep these funds frozen.
Electing a New Speaker of the House
This past week, Majority Leader Steve Scalise was elected by the House Republican Conference to be the Republican nominee for Speaker. However, it quickly became apparent that he would never be able to secure the 217 Republican votes necessary to win on the House Floor, so he withdrew his name.
The Conference then elected Jim Jordan to be the Republican nominee. At his request, another secret ballot election was conducted to judge his viability on the House Floor. On that ballot, 55 members of the House Republican Conference said they would not support him as the Republican nominee.
As of today (Monday), a floor vote is scheduled for tomorrow at Noon. However, if he isn’t able to convert a substantial number of the 55 that voted against him, he may fold his tent as well and not ask for the official floor vote.
If you’re wondering how it is a small minority can depose a Speaker who had 96% support within the Republican Conference and then another faction of the minority can dictate to the majority who will be elected as Speaker, you’re not alone.
Just as it seems everything else in this world has been turned on its head, so has the House. Minority rule is a new concept within the House rooted in selfishness and the desire to be a media darling. More and more new members are focused on clicks, likes and media hits rather than being serious legislators — and this is true on both sides of the aisle.
Border Security Update
Since Joe Biden took office, more than 5.8 million illegal immigrants have been apprehended at our Southern Border, with an unknown but certainly exponential number who have evaded border enforcement altogether. President Biden’s open border agenda has emboldened and enriched dangerous drug cartels, filled our communities with deadly drugs, and created a humanitarian and national security crisis.
After claiming construction of a border wall was “not a serious policy solution,” the Biden Administration — thankfully — did a complete about-face saying there is an “immediate need” to build a border wall in the Starr County, Texas region.
Let me be very clear about this: This Administration has always had the authority and the funding to build the wall. Congress has appropriated nearly $4.5 billionfor this purpose since 2017. I will continue working with Republicans in the House to push this Administration to reinstate all the successful border policies of President Trump.
Israel Guidance: My office stands ready to assist NC-07 residents who may be in Israel and need assistance. You can reach my office at (910) 395-0202 or contact me online. You can also contact the U.S. Embassy in Israel at 1-833-890-9595 or 1-606-641-0131. U.S. citizens in Israel should enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for ongoing updates. The latest security alerts can be viewed here.
Military Academy Nominations: Each year, I look forward to nominating some of the best and brightest students from across NC-07 to attend our nation’s military academies. The October 31 deadline for applications is approaching fast. If you or someone you know is interested in a nomination, please apply here.
2023 Congressional App Challenge: Students in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District can display their coding skills by participating in the 2023 Congressional App Challenge! Students interested in learning to code and creating their own applications are encouraged to apply. All entries are due by November 1. Click here for more information.
USPS Holiday Deadlines: To prepare for the upcoming holiday shopping and shipping season, the U.S. Postal Service is providing 2023 holiday shipping and mailing deadlines. The information covers domestic, international and military shipping destinations to allow for the timely delivery of cards, letters and packages by Dec. 25th. Click here for more information.
This Week's Good News Story
For this week's good news story, I'm highlighting UNC Pembroke student Laura Arnold from Hope Mills, NC. According to UNC Pembroke, "In August 2022, Arnold––a wife, full-time data specialist and mother of five––finally got the chance to resume her college career at UNC Pembroke. This time, she was determined not to let anything derail her dreams. Not even cancer. Within weeks of her diagnosis, she had surgery to remove two tumors and three lymph nodes. She began chemotherapy in February, followed by 20 rounds of radiation therapy – all while maintaining a near 4.0 GPA in the interdisciplinary studies online program. "Laura's focus and determination earned her the Silver Scholar award, which recognizes students with a GPA of 3.5 to 3.795." In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please join me in offering healing prayers for Laura and wishing her the best of luck as she works toward graduation next May.
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel
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