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 ParentalRights.org 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 ParentalRights.org.

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 fremont@tarheelteaparty.org or Mark Hager, email: Mark.Hager@lr.edu.

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.”

Gun Rights Supporters: The good news is that you won a great victory today: House Bill 937…

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which dramatically expands the rights of North Carolina gun owners, cleared the Senate and now heads back to the House for a final concurrence vote.

The bad news is that a powerful lobby is marshaling forces against your bill.

First, the good news: The bill is substantially improved from what the House originally passed. Here is what it currently does:

Expands the guns-in-locked-vehicles provision for concealed handgun permit-holders (CHP-holders) to include all campuses rather than simply institutions of higher learning.

Enables CHP-holders to carry at assemblies of people for which admission is charged and any establishment serving alcohol unless the person in control of the premises posts against firearms.

Narrows and clarifies the definition of “recreational facilities” within parks where municipalities may still ban concealed carry in parks.

Removes handgun permits from public record, rendering them unavailable to the media.

Repeals the prohibition on firearms for CHP-holders at funerals and parades.

Repeals NC’s handgun purchase permit system in its entirety.

Expands hunting to include use of sound suppressors.

GRNC wishes to thank Senate leadership

The legislators who made this possible are Senate Judiciary Chair Buck Newton, Rules Chair Tom Apodaca, and especially Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. GRNC wishes to thank them for working closely with us to ensure lawful North Carolinians can better protect their families. GRNC encourages you to send them a note of thanks.

But danger lies ahead

Now the bill heads back to the House for a concurrence vote, but that could be derailed because the powerful North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA) is opposing repeal of the purchase permit system.

Why? It couldn’t be reducing crime. As The Charlotte Observer points out, under the present permit system a slip of paper issued by the sheriff let’s people convicted of felonies use old permits to bypass background checks because permits can’t be revoked.

So why does the NCSA want this archaic, Jim Crow law to remain on the books? All the usual reasons …

Money and power. The current system brings millions of dollars to sheriffs every year and what’s more, NCSA is trying to double the handgun purchase permit fee!

But more important than money is power. Using the “good moral character” outrage that once let sheriffs deny permits to African-Americans, sheriffs arbitrarily deny permits to people they decide have “enough” guns, those who can’t produce 3 notarized character affidavits, and others. It’s conceivable that if you oppose a sheriff’s re-election bid, he could decide you are not of “good moral character.”

Will you let Sheriffs’ lobbyists derail HB 937?

Some sheriffs oppose the purchase permit repeal, some don’t. As usual, lobbyists who represent them might be misrepresenting the wishes of their members, so here is your action item:

CONTACT YOUR SHERIFF: Ask them (1) Whether they oppose repeal of a Jim Crow law which allows felons to circumvent background checks, making law-abiding citizens vulnerable to gun control; and (2) Whether they know that is the position of the association which claims to represent them. Contact them by clicking here.

CONTACT SPEAKER THOM TILLIS: Let him know that you appreciate his earlier efforts, but that the Senate has upped the ante and now he needs to resist the power-hungry NC Sheriffs’ Assoc. and pass HB 937 AS IS by making sure the House VOTES TO CONCUR. To contact Speaker Tillis, by clicking here.

Meadows to Host Field Hearing in Mitchell County.

Washington, D.C. – Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) will host a field hearing in Mitchell County, N.C., on Friday, June 21, entitled Building a Better Partnership: Exploring the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Regulation of Southern Appalachian Mining.”  This field hearing is being conducted through the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Government Operations.

Who: Rep. Mark Meadows, Subcommittee Chairman John Mica (FL-07), Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA-09), Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01), industry and trade association representatives, Mine Safety and Health Administration official

When: Friday, June 21 at 9:30 AM

Where: Historic Mitchell County Courthouse, 11 North Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville, NC 28705