Congressman G.K. Butterfield: Heard It First: March 14-18


Sadly, we are three months into the 114th Congress’ Second Session and it is business as usual for Congressional Republicans. Over the past few months, I have been fighting Senate Republicans’ attempts to block President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination and their aggressive plans to reduce government and scale back support for Americans who need it the most.  While Republicans have been engaged in petty intra-party politics, the priorities of hard-working American families continue to go ignored. 

       I believe that hard work and responsibility should be rewarded. That’s why I’m fighting to ensure that the people of the First District have equal access to the tools and opportunities to achieve the American Dream. This month, I launched a district-wide “Jobs and Justice Tour, promoting economic opportunity and giving a fair shot to the middle class. My first stop was a meeting with veterans in Durham on March 8. Please take a moment to read below for more information about the “Jobs and Justice Tour” and my work in congress. 

    As always, it is my sincere pleasure to represent North Carolina’s First Congressional District.  I look forward to continuing the fight ahead.

jobsandjusticeJOBS AND JUSTICE TOUR 
Join me for an open dialogue about strengthening our economy to create jobs, ensuring that folks in the First Congressional District earn a living wage, and bringing fairness to our justice system.  For more information on the tour or to RSVP for a stop near you, visit my website. 
WaterSafetyENSURING WATER SAFETY FOR ALL
I met with residents of Flint, MI in Washington, DC to hear first-hand the devastation caused by the contaminated public water system in Flint and I introduced an amendment to H. R. 4725, urging that certifications be made to ensure the safety of our public water infrastructures. We must ensure that the public water crisis in Flint, MI does not happen again. 
Earlier this month, I sent a letter to North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart requesting he provide detailed information regarding the quality and safety of the drinking water in the First Congressional District of North Carolina and across the state. 
Read my letter here.
SupremeCourtFIGHTING FOR JUSTICE
This week, 

President Obama

nominated federal appeals court chief judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court. I am advocating for the senate to hold confirmation hearings for his nomination and I am calling on North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis to urge fair and timely senate confirmation hearings for Chief Judge Garland. I released a statement emphasizing that a fully functioning Supreme Court is too important to be weighed down in raw politics. 

See my full statement here.
MyWeekInPhotosMY WEEK IN PHOTOS: 3/14 – 3/18 
My view from the Rose Garden of President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination announcement. (Photo taken by Congressman G. K. Butterfield) 
I met with members of North Carolina’s National Guard to discuss current issues facing the National Guard. 
Phil Harewood from Lincoln Community Health Center stopped by to discuss FY17 community health center funding. 
HONORING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 
During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the many successes and trailblazing contributions of America’s women. In 1992,
Eva Clayton became the first African American woman from North Carolina to be elected to congress. I am proud to continue Congresswoman Clayton’s legacy and I am honored to call her my friend.
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