Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: Ensuring the Safety and Security of Americans

Video of the Week

I spoke on the House floor Monday evening during a Special Order to express solidarity with France and to reiterate my commitment to destroying ISIS. The President’s passive approach has proven to be no deterrent to these Islamic extremists – and it’s time he implement a clear and comprehensive strategy to completely destroy ISIS abroad on their soil so that we aren’t fighting them on ours. Click here or on the photo above to watch this short video.


Weekly Update
In light of the terrorist attacks in France last week, the House of Representatives took up a security measure this week to ensure the safety and security of us here at home. I was proud to co-sponsor and vote for H.R. 4038 on Thursday, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, as it will implement a superior vetting process for refugees. This legislation requires the Director of the FBI to work in conjunction with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence to unanimously certify and affirm that each refugee seeking entrance into the United States will not pose a security threat. Click here to read my full press release on this topic.

For the sake of American national security, this is legislation that both Chambers and the White House should overwhelmingly support. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue—this shouldn’t be a political issue. This is about keeping our country and its citizens safe.

I cannot stress enough the importance in each of you contacting your senator and the White House—tell them to fulfil their number one duty as public servants and protect Americans from enemies, both foreign and domestic. As elected representatives, our foremost responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of our own citizens—and I would like to reassure you that the People’s Chamber is working to keep American safe.



Safety and Security First and Foremost

Given that ISIS has vowed to use the refugee system to enter Western countries, we must take every precaution possible.


Snapshots from the Week

Constituent Patrick M. Smith, Staff Sergeant (Retired), competed in the Military Adaptive Sports Program Wheelchair Rugby and Seated Volleyball Tournament this week at the Pentagon. This is a competition between the services — U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Patrick plays for 1st Special Forces Command on the SOCOM team and has also been selected to be a part of Team USA for the wheelchair rugby team in the upcoming 2nd Invictus Games to be held in Orlando, Florida in 2016! Above are a couple photos of Patrick in action!

I enjoyed meeting Amy Matthews of Greensboro who was in Washington with the Tigerlily Foundation this week.The Tigerlily Foundation is committed to educating young women about breast cancer; and empowering them to be their own best advocates. They are dedicated to improving the quality of care and lifestyle for young women affected by the disease.

This week I met with senior executives of UCB, a global pharmaceutical company with a large presence in the RTP. UCB focuses on the discovery and development of innovative medicines for people with severe diseases of the immune system and central nervous system. Raleigh is home to UCB’s center for clinical development activities and patient safety, where they employ nearly 300 people. We discussed the research being done in their RTP facility and they thanked me for my support of HR 639, the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act. This bill would rectify a problem that currently exists within the DEA, forcing them to act in a timely manner and to allow new products to reach patients consistently.