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Congressman Price Will Attend Inaugural, Butterfield and Adams Will Not PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 05:45
Congressman David Price will attend the presidential inauguration of  Donald Trump. His two North Carolina Democratic collegues, Alma Adams of Charlotte and G.K. Butterfield of Wilson will not. 
 
Butterfield represents North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District and is a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. 
"Considering Mr. Trump’s brand of division & insult, I believe it would be hurtful to my constituents for me to attend the inauguration," Butterfield said on Twitter.
 
In a statement, Adams said, "In November, the President-elect promised to bridge the divide to help us  find common ground. Unfortunately that promise has not been honored, Instead President elect Trump has validated our fears with his cabinet picks, tweets and attacks." 
 
Price said that while he too is appalled by Trumps actions, he will attend out of respect for the roles of the presidency and Congress. 
 
“This is not about Donald Trump. Like many of my colleagues, I am appalled by Donald Trump — his evident disregard for democratic values and his willingness to stoke bigotry and the politics of hatred and exclusion. Grave questions about how he got elected and his ties to a foreign power are currently under investigation. I have serious doubts about his intention or willingness to govern within the bounds of our laws and Constitution, and I anticipate that Congress may well need to carry out our constitutional duty to call him to account. That is my main reason for affirming democracy and the rule of law on Friday."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 05:48
 
Cooper Heads To Court To Lift Restraining Order Blocking Medicaid Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:26
Governor Roy Cooper and federal Health and Human Services officials have asked a U. S. District Court judge to lift a restraining order that temporarily blocks Medicaid expansion in North Carolina. 
 
North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore won the two-week restraining order Saturday after Cooper petitioned the federal government to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a move the Republican leaders say is illegal. In 2013, the General Assembly passed a law that requires legislative approval to expand Medicaid. Cooper counters that law impinges on the authority of the Executive Branch. Federal HHS officials agree arguing Cooper has the authority to expand Medicaid as the state as chief administrator of the program. 
 
Cooper maintains that Berger and Moore overstate the problems of Medicaid expansion and that their arguments "has led this Court to use equitable powers that have no sound foundation here.” 
 
Berger wrote on Facebook Monday that Cooper was trying to expand Medicaid before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office on Friday. Trumo has pledged to quickly sign legislation that would repeal the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare.   
 
“There’s no question if this was an honest or legal attempt to expand Obamacare, they would have no problem waiting four more days until President Donald J. Trump was sworn into office,” Berger wrote.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:46
 
Berger And Moore File Federal Complaint To Stop Medicaid Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 January 2017 05:58
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) intend to file a federal complaint Friday to stop Gov. Roy Cooper’s attempt to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Berger and Moore maintain Cooper does not have the authority to unilaterally expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act without legislative approval.
 
The Republican leaders issued the following statement: 
 
“Unlike others, this is the first time we will be plaintiffs in a lawsuit, and it is not a decision we’ve made lightly – but unfortunately our multiple attempts to amicably convince Gov. Cooper to follow the law have fallen on deaf ears. Cooper’s brazen decision to press on with his unconstitutional Obamacare expansion scheme and ignore the General Assembly’s constitutional role to make laws requires swift legal action.
 
“Today has raised even more serious questions about how closely Gov. Cooper and the Obama administration have coordinated to force an unconstitutional Obamacare expansion in the last few days of the president’s administration, with the governor offering a cabinet post to a senior Obama administration official leading the very organization tasked with reviewing his proposal.”
 
 Berger and Moore have also asked Congress and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to disapprove Governor Cooper's Medicaid expansion request.
 
Republican Congressmen Ask Feds To Deny North Carolina Medicaid Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:52
Nine Republican Congress members are asking the federal government to reject a request by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper to expand Medicaid eligibility in North Carolina under the Affordable Care Act. Cooper amended a Medicaid reform waiver filed on June 1 by former Governor Pat McCrory
 
The only House Republican not to sign the letter obtained by the Winston Salem Journal was Rep. Walter Jones. 
 
The congressional letter was sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 
 
“Regardless of the legality of Gov. Cooper’s proposal, approving this request in the final days of President Obama’s administration, when President-elect (Donald) Trump won overwhelmingly on a platform of repealing and replacing Obamacare, would be a slap in the face to North Carolina voters,” said Rep. Robert Pittenger (9th).
 
Medicaid covers nearly 2 million North Carolina citizens at the cost of $14 billion annually. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:54
 
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