by Lindsay Marchello Each week, staff at Carolina Journal looks back at the week in N.C. politics and chooses several interesting, relevant stories you may have missed. Standardized testing: Little Timmy still has to attend school for standardized tests, regardless of whether he’s enrolled in a virtual school. The state and federal government waived testing…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) recently co-sponsored a bill introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to allow critical infrastructure project proponents to continue relying on the nationwide permit (NWP) program in light of recent court decisions. “With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing our economy to a grinding halt, we should be cutting red-tape and supporting…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and CISA Director Christopher Krebs requesting answers after the recent cyberattacks by Russian actors, specifically NetWalker and its ransomware cyberattacks. In recent months, there have been multiple NetWalker attacks on education systems, medical facilities, businesses, and…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday President Donald Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) that will preserve the nation’s public parks and other lands by fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addressing the nearly $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog on federal lands, including North Carolina’s national parks which…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), the Republican Leader of the House Financial Services Committee, delivered opening remarks at the Committee’s hybrid hearing with the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Kathy Kraninger, on the Bureau’s work to protect consumers during the coronavirus crisis.

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BUTNER, N.C. — Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie participated in the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Veterans Life Center in Butner on Saturday. The Veterans Life Center is a 100+ bed residential facility designed to improve the lives of 21st Century North Carolina Veterans who are experiencing reintegration…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced S. 4393, the Toxic Exposure in the American Military Act of 2020 (TEAM Act), legislation that fundamentally reforms and improves how veterans exposed to toxic substances receive health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Senator Tillis has been a leading advocate…

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WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, Congressman David Price (D-NC), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) will soon be awarded $7 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program. This funding will support the creation of 188 housing units for low-income persons with disabilities transitioning from institutions or at risk…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) participated in a Judiciary Committee Hearing mark-up of the Civil Justice for Victims of COVID Act, legislation co-introduced by Senator Tillis that allows Americans to sue China in federal court for its role in causing the coronavirus pandemic. During the mark-up, Senator Tillis pressed his colleagues to support the…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (BRNHA) Reauthorization Act of 2020, legislation to extend the authorization of BRNHA through 2036. Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) introduced similar in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. “The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area plays…

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