As we wind down the second month of the 114th Congress, I thought it might be helpful to provide a quick summary highlighting what we accomplished in recent weeks.
In order to better serve you, we opened three main offices across the 7th Congressional District. These offices are located in Bolivia, Wilmington and Smithfield. I think you will find that our staff is exceptional and can assist you with a variety of issues, everything from veterans’ affairs casework to helping with passports.
In addition to opening these offices, we will hold monthly office hours in each county so that everyone has as much access to our team as possible. Please call our office at 910-253-6111 or visit our website at Rouzer.house.gov to get more information on locations and office hours.
On the legislative front, we kicked off the session with an aggressive agenda aimed at shrinking the size of government so that we can create an opportunity economy for everyone. One of my first legislative actions was to cosponsor a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Another was to approve the Keystone Pipeline, which will help lower our energy costs and create thousands of jobs. We just need the president's signature, and it will be law.
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Our small-business owners and farm families are dying a death by a thousand cuts from burdensome rules and regulations. I am repeatedly told that “business is no fun anymore.” Those who have done well the past 20 years have stopped hiring. Instead, they are devising their exit strategy. In order to help eliminate at least some of these headaches, we passed a bill that makes it easier for small businesses to access capital and reduces regulatory burdens. We need a federal government that works for us – not against us – so that more good-paying jobs can be created.
Additionally, I was honored to cast my vote for the Hire More Heroes Act. This bill creates an incentive for businesses to hire more veterans by exempting them from Obamacare’s employer mandate. Our veterans risk their lives to protect our country, and we must make sure they have the opportunities they deserve.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office to voice your opinions and concerns about any matter, or if you just simply need our help. It’s an honor and privilege to serve you in the U.S. House of Representatives.
David Rouzer represents Johnston County in the U.S. House of Representatives.