Meadows Amendment to Cut Red Tape for Timber Cleanup Passes House

Washington, D.C. – Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement after the House adopted his amendment to H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.

Under current policy, an Environmental Impact Assessment must be conducted under the parameters of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before downed trees can be removed following a natural disaster. Meadows’ amendment creates a categorical exclusion from NEPA requirements for projects to clean up or restore National Forest System land within two years after a natural disaster. The exemption triggers when the president makes an official disaster declaration for the area in question.

“Anyone who has lived through a natural disaster knows cleanup is an immediate priority,” Meadows said. “Quick, efficient efforts to mitigate damage are vital, whether in cities, rural areas, or even forests. Unfortunately, NEPA assessments often take five years or more for a normal timber project. Even after an emergency, they can take more than three years.

“While assessments are ongoing, downed trees rotting in the forest lose value as timber, create safety concerns on public lands, and provide a potential fuel source for later wildfires. This amendment is a simple fix to cut through the red tape and allow for efficient timber cleanup efforts when they are needed most.”

Meadows Proposes Parental Rights Amendment

markWashington, D.C. – Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) introduced a resolution today to amend the U.S. Constitution to protect children and parents from government overreach.

“In a time when longstanding truths and traditions are being tested, we must safeguard the right of parents to direct their children’s upbringing and education,” Meadows said. “This amendment to our Constitution would ensure that these decisions are made not by faceless bureaucrats but by parents who love their children and know them best.”

Constitutional lawyer and president Michael Farris agrees. “Traditionally, the Supreme Court has held that fit parents make decisions that are in their child’s best interests,” Farris said. “But that presumption is being eroded today in our courts and in U.N. conventions. More and more, judges are making decisions based on what they think is best for the child, rather than respecting the natural right of loving parents to make that call.”

The proposed amendment would establish, in part, that “[t]he liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is a fundamental right.” Other sections establish a high legal standard to protect these rights and a safeguard against international law overriding the parental role. This is the fourth consecutive Congress in which the measure has been introduced.

More information on the proposed amendment, including the full text and a current list of co-sponsors, is available at

Sold Out!!!! The Tea Party Patriots bus out of Asheville to carry patriots to the Audit the IRS Rally in DC on June 19th.

1002228_10151472578695779_1598796489_nThe Asheville bus will depart at 10:30 PM!!!!!!!!   On the 18th!!!

The rumors had been swirling but now we have confirmation: SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We are happy to announce that Glenn Beck will be speaking at the Audit The IRS Rally, Wednesday June 19 in Washington D.C. The rally will now start at 10:00 AM.

Reason being, there will be an Immigration update/plea with the 70 anti-amnesty Congressmen with Rand Paul at 10 AM SHARP! We have to be dropped off at Union Station by 9:30 AM to make it. Then, that event appears to be melting into the larger event set to start at 12 and end at 2 pm. In conclusion, the event appears to be from 10 to 2 pm! People are catching this and are reporting that Glenn Beck will be appearing thus we’ve had to readjust departure times. – Mark Hager

Plans at this time are breakfast near Fredericksburg, VA and then dinner on the return.  Cost of meals are NOT included.

To be put on a list of people interested in case someone drops out Contact: Fremont Brown, email or Mark Hager, email:

Bus A pickup sites are: Asheville, Hickory, Statesville, and Mocksville.

Meadows Introduces Legislation to Delay Obamacare until IRS is Audited

mark meadows 2Washington, D.C. – Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement after introducing the IRS Verification Act of 2013.

This legislation calls for a full audit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from Jan. 1, 2010, to present by the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). Until the audit is completed and a public report is released, the bill prohibits full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

“After learning that the IRS targeted groups based on their political beliefs, why should we now blindly trust this agency to oversee the largest health care takeover in our nation’s history?” Meadows said. “Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel has said he recognizes the need to restore the public’s trust in the IRS. By requiring this audit, Congress has the opportunity to make his words a reality.

“We have already found numerous examples of wasteful spending by the IRS for conferences and employee bonuses. Sarah Hall Ingram, who oversaw the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations office during the targeting and was paid bonuses of 15-20% of her salary during that time, has now been selected to manage Obamacare’s implementation. The lack of accountability repeatedly demonstrated by the IRS requires us to get to the bottom of what has happened within the agency rather than simply handing over the keys to this invasive health care program.”