Hagan to Chair Subcommittee Hearing on Benefits of Offering Paid Family Leave

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC), Chair of the Subcommittee on Children and Families, will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:15 am titled “Paid Family Leave: The Benefits for Businesses and Working Families.” Among the witnesses testifying will be Ms. Jeannine Sato, a working mom from Durham, NC; Mr. Kevin Trapani, a small business owner from Morrisville, NC who offers paid leave to his employees; Ms. Maryella Gockel from Ernst & Young LLP, part of a global professional services organization with offices in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, which was the first among the Big 4 to adopt a fully-paid parental leave program; and Victoria S. Shabo, Vice President of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

PPP shows Hagan with seven-point lead in Senate race

PPPRALEIGH, N.C. — Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm headquartered in Raleigh, released a poll today that shows incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan with a seven-point lead over Republican challenger Thom Tillis in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race. However, the poll also shows Libertarian Sean Haugh with 8% of the vote — a higher total than most prognosticators expect him to garner on election day.

The poll shows Hagan at 41%, Tillis at 34% and Haugh at 8%.

Hagan Cosponsors Competency-Based Education Act to Allow Students to Learn at their Own Pace

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan announced she is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation that would allow students in institutions of higher education to learn at their own pace and progress once they have mastered academic subjects, rather than simply advancing students based on the amount of time they spend in a class. The competency-based education model would offer academic institutions flexibility in determining how they award credit and offer students more personalized learning experiences through opportunities such as online and blended learning, dual enrollment and early college high schools, and community-based learning.

Tillis campaign: Hagan Can’t Defend Her “Disastrous” Spending Record

RALEIGH, N.C. — While the Kay Hagan camp says a new television ad “distorts” her record, Republican challenger Thom Tillis’ campaign says the Hagan campaign has been unable to refute any of the ad’s claims with facts.  A press release from Tillis’ campaign goes on to say “That’s because the points made about Hagan’s disastrous fiscal record are absolutely true.”

The Tillis campaign release continues as follows:

For the last six years, Hagan has been a rubber-stamp for President Obama’s out-of-control spending and budget deficits, sinking the nation $7 trillion deeper into debt:

Tillis: Hagan’s Carbon Tax Would Destroy Up To 67,000 N.C. Jobs

RALEIGH, N.C. – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis is accusing incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan of flip-flopping on a carbon tax.

A press release from Tillis’ campaign says Hagan supported the tax, which it claims would cause gas prices and utility bills to skyrocket and destroy up to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina over the next ten years.

According to the Tillis release, Hagan is now backtracking from her “fringe, anti-energy positions” and denies that she ever supported the carbon tax. The release goes on to say that “Hagan’s record is clear: she has been a long-time proponent of taxing carbon emissions.”

Hagan Statement on Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC) released the following statement after today’s cloture vote on the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014, which she introduced with Republican Senator Lisa Murkwoski (AK):

“I worked with Senator Murkowski to craft a package of bills that would garner strong support within the Senate in addition to a wide range of stakeholders, and the fact that this bill is cosponsored by 44 other Senators from both parties speaks to the overwhelming support for the policies in the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014. I believe the Senate should have considered sportsmen-related amendments, including those dealing with gun issues important to sportsmen and women, and I am disappointed that politics prevented us from reaching an agreement this week. However, I will continue working with Senator Murkowski and my colleagues to find a path forward so that this bill that benefits hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts in North Carolina and across the nation doesn’t fall victim to political posturing.”

Hagan Chairs Subcommittee Hearing on Child Trafficking & Private Re-homing

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC), Chair of the Subcommittee on Children and Families, held a hearing on the growing need to address child-trafficking and private re-homing in the United States. The hearing, titled “Falling Through the Cracks: The Challenges of Prevention and Identification in Child Trafficking and Private Re-homing,” examined how child victims may go unidentified, misidentified or unreported because of gaps in training for health care providers, school personnel and social workers. Among the witnesses testifying was Ms. Abigail English of the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law in Chapel Hill, NC. This was the first hearing held in the Senate on the issue of private re-homing of adopted children.

Senator Hagan Honors Independence Day

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC) released the following statement Friday honoring Independence Day:

“As we celebrate July 4th with our friends and loved ones, it is essential we remember and honor those who have served and continue to serve our country in uniform.  I am proud that North Carolina is the most military-friendly state in the nation and that our brave servicemen and women often choose to settle in our great state after their military service is complete.  As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am committed to supporting our servicemembers, veterans and their families, who make great personal sacrifices to protect the freedoms and liberties we North Carolinians enjoy every day. Today, I wish all North Carolinians a happy and safe Independence Day.”

Tillis Calls For Special Prosecutor To Investigate The IRS Scandal

ThomTillisRALEIGH, N.C. – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis is calling on the Obama administration to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the ongoing Internal Revenue Service scandal.

The IRS recently claimed that it lost two years’ worth of subpoenaed emails from Lois Lerner, former director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Unit.

“The Obama administration and Kay Hagan have shown a complete lack of willingness to get the bottom of this scandal to determine whether or not Americans were targeted for their political beliefs,” said Tillis. “The IRS’ excuse that it conveniently lost emails that were subpoenaed by Congress is simply outrageous, and yet Kay Hagan continues to provide President Obama with political cover, once again failing to hold him accountable. The American people deserve the truth, and it’s time for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate.”

Tillis: Hagan backed by left-wing MoveOn.org

RALEIGH, N .C. – A press release from Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis’ campaign says that “left-wing special interests continue to pile on their support for Washington liberal Kay Hagan.” The release highlights a recent endorsement of Hagan’s candidacy by the “radical” MoveOn.org group.

The Tillis campaign’s release says that the MoveOn.org endorsement raises questions over “whether Hagan supports the group’s extreme ideological positions and controversial activities, including advocating for cuts to defense spending.” The release adds that Hagan accepted over $100,000 in campaign contributions from MoveOn.org during her 2008 campaign.