JONES DENOUNCES COMMON CORE STANDARDS

WalterJonesWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) cosponsored a resolution (H. Res. 476) in support of individual state authority over academic standards and assessments.  The resolution denounces the U.S. Department of Education’s practice of coercion and overreach into state education systems by tying federal funding to the adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

“Under the Tenth Amendment, authority over our education systems is reserved for the individual states, not the federal government, making the Department of Education’s overreach in this area clearly unconstitutional,” said Congressman Jones.  “Furthermore, serious concerns have been raised with the quality of education provided under the Common Core Standards.”

Ellmers Votes to Restore Veterans’ Retirement Increase

ReneeEllmers2WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) released the following statement this afternoon following her votes to restore COLA payments to retired veterans and against an increase to the nation’s debt limit:

“Our veterans have made countless sacrifices on behalf of our freedom, and today I was proud to vote in favor of restoring their full retirement benefits through the scheduled Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA). Simply put, this bill restores COLA benefits without adding more pain to our military. Our government has a serious spending problem, but this should not be placed on the backs of our nation’s heroes: the men and women of our armed forces.”

JONES VOTES AGAINST DEBT CEILING INCREASE

WalterJonesWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) issued the following statement regarding his vote against a proposal that would raise the debt ceiling through March 2015 while doing nothing to cut spending:

“Out of control spending is the most pressing issue facing the United States today,” said Congressman Jones.  “The national debt has reached an astonishing $17 trillion, yet we continue to spend money that we do not have and borrow billions of dollars from foreign governments – only to funnel much of that borrowed money back overseas to the war in Afghanistan and other foreign aid projects.  This bill is merely a license for the government to continue the same reckless, unsustainable cycle.  As the only member of Congress to vote against every debt ceiling increase in the last 10 years, I will not stand for a proposal that does nothing to curb wasteful spending.”

JONES VOWS TO CONTINUE FIGHT AGAINST UNNECESSARY GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE

WalterJonesWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) again asserted his support of the American right to privacy in the face of the government’s unnecessary surveillance of law-abiding citizens – particularly through the activities of the National Security Agency (NSA).  Congressman Jones is a cosponsor of the USA FREEDOM Act, which would end the mass collection of American telephone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act and increase the transparency of the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC or FISA Court).

Meadows Applauds House Vote to Restore COLA Payments for Military Retirees

Congressman Mark Meadows

Congressman Mark Meadows

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement after the House passed S. 25, a bill to restore cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for military retirees.

“The Ryan-Murray budget deal passed by the House in December called for members of our armed services to contribute more towards their pension funds rather than making across-the-board cuts for all federal employees,” Meadows said.  “It is irresponsible to single out those who have sacrificed so much for our country.  As the representative for the district with the largest percentage of retired military personnel in North Carolina, I could not support a measure that forced these heroes to bear the burden of our nation’s irresponsible spending.

IMAP Patrols Patrolling I-95 This Week Shift Back to Their Home Areas

RALEIGH – I95With the winter weather impact forecasts changing for different areas in North Carolina, the five Incident Management Assistance Patrol (IMAP) units from across the state that had been sent to patrol the I-95 corridor this week have returned to their home bases.

Two IMAP units from the Triangle area, one from the Triad, and two from the Charlotte patrolled along I-95, which normally doesn’t have IMAP service, on Tuesday. They were there to assist motorists during this week’s winter weather, and to help law enforcement deal with accidents and clear vehicles from the roadway. Broken down or abandoned vehicles can pose a safety risk to DOT crews trying to clear the roads, and to other drivers and first responders.

NCDOT Crews in Triad Ready for Winter Weather Cleanup in Latest Storm

ncdotRALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportationcrews in and around the Triad spent the morning making final preparations for the winter storm now making its way across the state. Forecasts are calling for at least 6-8 inches of snow in the Triad, with higher accumulations possible towards the north and west, and up to 1/4 inch of ice.

Crews throughout the region finished salt brining interstates and primary routes yesterday. They are now shifting from anti-icing operations to snow and ice removal, and equipment and supplies are ready for crews to begin clearing roads.

NCDOT Crews Prepared for Winter Weather in Counties East of the Triangle

ncdotRALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews in the six counties making up NCDOT’s Division Four are ready and on standby to address winter weather anticipated to hit the area later today.

Crews in Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties spread salt brine earlier this week on interstates, N.C. and U.S. routes, as well as major secondary roads throughout the region. Salt brine is a mix of salt and water used to prevent ice from forming and adhering to road surfaces. Crews were spreading additional salt brine on areas throughout the division today, including along I-95, to make sure that all roads are sufficiently treated.

All NC Passenger Trains Cancelled Remainder of Today, Tomorrow

RALEIGH – Passenger train schedules in North Carolina are being impacted by the winter weather affecting the state. The following is an update on train schedules:

Wednesday, Feb. 12

All passenger train service in North Carolina and all connecting bus service to those passenger trains is cancelled for the remainder of today.  No alternate transportation will be provided.  All North Carolina passenger train stations are closed and will remain closed tonight.

Thursday, Feb. 12

DMV Reminds All Customers to Call Before They Visit

NCDMVRALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles announced today that this week’s inclement weather may close many driver license offices across the state, resulting in the cancellation of scheduled hearings in many locations.

NCDMV asks all customers with business at local driver license offices to call their local offices before traveling to the office. Office locations and phone numbers are listed at http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/contact/. Staff members have attempted to contact customers who have scheduled hearings. Hearings scheduled to be held today through Friday will be rescheduled when the offices reopen.