|I was pleased to start off my week by moderating a roundtable discussion at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Congress on the benefits of manufacturing, exporting, and trade on the economy of North Carolina. Without a doubt, we know that our state – and our country – benefits from trade. Trade translates to new jobs and higher wages, which ultimately allows for us to create a healthy and prosperous economy for our hard-working families. If we aim to create more opportunity for higher paying jobs and economic growth in our state, we need to sell more North Carolina products and services overseas.
On Tuesday, I was thrilled to see the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act head to the president’s desk to be signed into law. The day marked a significant step forward in the fight against human trafficking – one of the clearest forms of modern-day slavery in our country . North Carolina is the 8th largest hub for human trafficking in the U.S. due to the number of major interstate highways, the two international airports, and a large agricultural economy. I am proud that my legislation, which trains healthcare workers to recognize the hallmark signs of human trafficking, was included in the bill. As a nurse, I recognize that members of the medical community are often the only outside aids to come into contact with victims of trafficking, and my legislation ensures that this resource is fully utilized to combat human trafficking.
Another exciting moment for me this week was when my fellow members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce unanimously passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 51-0. This monumental, bipartisan achievement paves the way for a faster route to cures to the diseases that plague our nation’s citizens. I was pleased that three of my provisions were included in the final bill, which was sent to the Senate for its approval: legislation to reform the vaccine delivery process, legislation to broaden access to healthcare technologies, and legislation to support young and emerging scientists.
This past week was especially eventful– and I am so proud to be able to represent the Second District in crafting such bipartisan, strong pieces of legislation.