Dear Friend, This past week, House Republicans elected Rep. Mike Johnson from Louisiana as the 56th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Following his election, the House went straight to work moving important legislation to support our ally Israel and to strengthen our nation's energy security and water resources. Keep reading below for more information. 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 30, 2023
This past week, House Republicans elected Rep. Mike Johnson from Louisiana as the 56th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Following his election, the House went straight to work moving important legislation to support our ally Israel and to strengthen our nation's energy security and water resources. Keep reading below for more information.
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.
Last Week in DC
Electing the New Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson
I'm proud to support Mike Johnson as our new Speaker of the House. Speaker Johnson strongly reflects the values, integrity, and conservative principles of the Republican Party. As former Chairman of the Republican Study Committee and Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference, Speaker Johnson has the experience and knowledge to lead our institution and move our nation forward in a positive way. America faces a critical time in our nation's history, and I'm proud to work alongside him as the Republican Conference moves forward united and focused on the priorities of the American people.
Standing Strong with Israel
After electing Speaker Mike Johnson, House Republicans' first order of business was to follow through on our commitment to support Israel as it defends itself against the atrocious, savagely cruel, and despicable attacks by Hamas. With my support, the House passed House Resolution 771, a bipartisan resolution condemning their attacks on October 7 and reaffirming our strong support for the great people of Israel. I was proud to cosponsor this resolution which also condemns Iran for supporting Hamas and urges the full enforcement of sanctions against the Iranian government.
From the threat posed by Iran to our fight against radical Islam in all of its forms, our partnership and cooperation with Israel is central to defeating radical Islam and keeping enemy states in check. Hamas, Palestinian terrorists, and Hezbollah are each extended arms of Iran, the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world, conducting a proxy war against Israel with their funding and training of these terrorist groups.
Securing Priorities for Southeastern North Carolina
House Republicans ended the week by working toward our goal to bring all twelve spending bills to the House floor separately for individual votes. This approach, known as regular order, facilitates a more inclusive process to help limit wasteful spending and responsibly fund our federal government.
With my support, the House passed H.R. 4394, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2024. The top-line dollar figure of this bill is roughly $2 billion less than the President requested with much needed additional funding appropriated to modernize and build up our nuclear weapons stockpile and infrastructure.
As Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, I worked to secure important provisions for Southeastern North Carolina and communities across the country in this bill.
These measures will help improve protection from flooding, strengthen and make more durable our ports and inland waterways, and bolster our country's energy security. The bill also stands up for our farm families, small businesses, and entire communities by terminating the Biden Administration's flawed WOTUS rule.
Click here or on the image below to read more about the priorities included for Southeastern North Carolina!
Badges of Honor
Oftentimes, our veterans go without the recognition they deserve for so nobly serving our country. To help veterans obtain the military awards and medals they may have earned but never received during their military service, I'm hosting a Badges of Honor event on November 9, 2023, at the VFW Post 10630 in Hope Mills, North Carolina.
This Badges of Honor event will help NC-07 veterans, and their loved ones, complete the paperwork necessary to request or replace their hard-earned service medals. More can and should be done to improve the care and lives of our veterans, and this includes helping them receive the proper recognition they deserve for so nobly serving our country.
Obtaining military awards and medals for service is not always simple and automatic. In many cases, veterans must apply to receive their medals, or to replace lost or damaged medals. New awards are established, and existing ones are amended, which oftentimes makes the process daunting for veterans and their families.
Please note, my office can only assist veterans and military families residing in North Carolina's Seventh Congressional District. Click here to determine your United States Representative and contact their office if you would like the same assistance. To RSVP for this event, visit ROUZER.HOUSE.GOV/RSVPBOH.
Mobile Office Hours: If you are having trouble working with a federal agency, my office may be able to help resolve the problem or get the information you need. Through my Mobile Office Hours Program, my staff is available throughout North Carolina’s 7th District to bring congressional services to a convenient location so that you can obtain in-person assistance. I have mobile office hour opportunities coming up in November. Please stop by if there is anything my team and I can do to help!Click here for November dates and locations.
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.
This Week's Good News Story
For this week's good news story, I'm highlighting Clarissa Cope who recently received the "Trees to Sea Award" from the Oak Island Town Council. According to the State Port Pilot, "Clarissa Cope launched a community outreach initiative called Oak Island Angels eight years ago with the goal of simply helping people who had fallen on hard times. Cope and a couple of her “Angel” volunteers started going to nursing homes at Christmas, finding out how many men and women there were so they could make up individual gift bags for the residents. They began showing up at house fires, often at the same time as first responders, to offer their support and help impacted families with immediate needs, like clothing and shoes." The Trees to Sea Award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond for the betterment of Oak Island and its residents. Congratulations, Clarissa!
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