The Supreme Court Reviews Obamacare
This week, the Supreme Court reviewed President Obama's healthcare overhaul to determine if any portion of the law violates the Constitution. The Court is considering the individual mandate - a fundamental piece of the law that requires all Americans to either purchase health insurance or suffer fines and penalties by the government. If this law is allowed to stand, it will create a dangerous precedent and rob future generations of their life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness by placing it into the hands of an unaccountable federal government.
I participated in a press conference with the Republican Policy Committee to discuss the constitutionality of Obamacare.
I also joined fellow GOP Congresswomen to talk about the Obamacare's negative impact on women.
I ran for office to defund, dismantle, repeal, and replace Obamacare. But this is only one battle in the fight to reclaim our freedoms. I will not rest until the entire law is repealed, and today we are one step closer to fulfilling this promise.
Ellmers Stands with Republican Women Against Obamacare
"As a wife and mother, I know the challenges that come with managing a household budget while making sure my family is cared for. As a parent, you should have the right to determine your child's healthcare options, and nothing should come between you and your doctor."
Passage of the Ryan Budget
This week, we passed the Ryan budget which offers a clear step forward for our nation and our economy. In it, we have provided responsible cuts to government spending that will protect hardworking taxpayers while tackling the drivers of our debt. Furthermore, this budget reverses President Obama's costly energy policies that have driven gas prices to record highs. We do this by promoting an all-of-the-above strategy for unlocking American energy production to help lower costs, create jobs, and reduce dependence on foreign oil.
But at its core, this budget rescues Medicare and gives power to 50 million seniors as opposed to 15 unelected bureaucrats under President Obama's proposal. The time has come for Washington to have its own reality check and make the necessary sacrifices that will make our country stronger for future generations.
Interstate 95 Toll Update
In a news report this week, Second District business owners commented about the effect tolls on Interstate 95 would have on their businesses.
The state could put the brakes on job recruitment in eastern North Carolina if it puts tolls on Interstate 95, business leaders from counties bordering the highway say.
"It would put us at a competitive disadvantage," said Allen Purser, president of the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce in Halifax County. New and existing companies would have to factor in tolls for delivery trucks and workers when comparing the cost of operating in eastern North Carolina verses other areas of the state or country, he said.
"I've got companies sitting here now saying, "If this comes, we're just going to move,'" Purser said.
Preserving Family Farms
This week, I signed onto H.R. 4157, the Preserving America's Family Farms Act that was introduced by Rep.Tom Latham (R-IA). In the latest regulatory attack on family farms and rural America, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a regulation that would make it difficult for young people to access comprehensive on-farm education and employment opportunities. H.R. 4157 would block DOL from implementing any regulation that would prohibit youth from working on family-owned farms.
Spirit of Enterprise Award
This week, I was honored to receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.