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Tillis Co-Sponsors Bill To Prohibit Transfer of F-35 Aircraft to Turkey PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:05
U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced a bipartisan bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey until our government certifies that Turkey will not accept delivery of Russia’s S-400 air defense system. Under the US-led, multinational Joint Strike Fighter program, Turkey is expected to accept delivery of the F-35 as early as next fall.
“Turkey is an important NATO partner and strategic ally, and I was greatly encouraged by Turkey’s release of Pastor Andrew Brunson last year,” said Senator Tillis. “However, I remain deeply concerned about their attempts to buy and install the S-400 air defense system from Russia, an adversary of NATO. I strongly urge Turkey to cease this deal immediately so we can deliver the F-35 as originally planned and continue to work towards advancing the common interests of our countries.”
Last year, Tillis, Lankford, and Shaheen introduced a similar bill to stop the transfer of fighter aircraft to Turkey their government committed a number human rights violations, including the unjust imprisonment of an American pastor Andrew Brunson. Pastor Brunson was released in October 2018 after being detained for two years. A version of the bill was included as an amendment in the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act directing the Secretary of Defense to submit a plan to Congress to remove Turkey from participation in the F-35 program.
U.S. Chamber Recognizes Rep. Virginia Foxx with Spirit of Enterprise Award PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:02
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05) with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of her support for pro-growth policies in the second session of the 115th Congress.
“Every day, all across the country, America’s business owners and job creators serve their communities and strengthen their economies. We commend those leaders in Washington who recognize the vital role these businesses play and support them through commonsense, growth-oriented policy,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “By advancing good legislation, Rep. Virginia Foxx is helping businesses grow and thrive, keeping our economy strong, and promoting the free enterprise system that drives opportunity and prosperity.”
“It is an honor to be recognized for my strong support of pro-growth legislation, and I look forward to continuing my voting record in favor of policies that empower businesses and support strong local economies in North Carolina’s Fifth District,” stated Rep. Virginia Foxx.
The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation as outlined in the Chamber’s How They Voted scorecard. During the second session of the 115th Congress, the Chamber scored members of Congress on 12 House votes.
Members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the award. This is the 31st year that the U.S. Chamber has formally honored the accomplishments of this select group of lawmakers.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. 
Tillis & Burr Decry Lack of Action on Additional Florence Disaster Aid for North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 11:39
North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr expressed disappointment today over Congress’ failure to deliver critical disaster aid to assist North Carolina’s Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. 
After Senators Tillis and Burr secured an initial down payment last October to help North Carolina’s long-term recovery efforts, the senators have worked to negotiate in good faith on a new bipartisan disaster relief package to provide additional funding for North Carolina, as well as other states and territories hit by natural disasters.
The disaster relief package supported by Senators Tillis and Burr would provide more federal assistance for North Carolina, including critical agriculture disaster relief for North Carolina farmers, development grants for rural communities impacted by Hurricane Florence, restoration of highways and other critical infrastructure damaged, and hundreds of millions of dollars to help Camp Lejeune recover from flooding damage. 
Unfortunately, after a general consensus was reached for the bulk of the disaster relief package, negotiations have stalled over partisan disagreements regarding the funding levels for Puerto Rico. 
“Since before Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, I’ve been working with my colleagues on a bipartisan basis to secure federal relief to help our communities recover from the historic flooding damage,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “While we were successful in providing an initial down payment for North Carolina, many families, farmers, and our military communities still need more federal assistance and time is of the essence. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer needs to stop the partisan political posturing so we can reach a deal. North Carolinians have already waited long enough for the federal resources they need to recover and rebuild.”
“I am deeply disappointed that Senate Democrats are choosing to prevent us from passing much-needed disaster relief,” said Senator Richard Burr. “It has been six months since Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas, inflicting catastrophic damage and flooding. Too many families are still waiting on help to rebuild their homes, small businesses are working overtime to meet another tourist season, and our military bases are in desperate need of repairs to maintain readiness. These delay tactics have to end, and the Senate must take up the disaster relief bill immediately upon its return.”
Rocky Mount Couple Sentenced to 10 Years In Federal Prison For String Of Robberies PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 14:17
Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Jaquin Jamal Pratt, 20, and Nikita Shontel Taylor 26, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina to 10 year imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release and 87 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release respectfully.
PRATT and TAYLOR were named in a Superseding Indictment filed on September 19, 2018, charging them with interference with commerce by robbery. On December 12, 2018, and November 14, 2018, respectively, PRATT and TAYLOR each pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce.
On November 27, 2017, PRATT and TAYLOR robbed Saslow’s Jewelry in Wilson, North Carolina. They zip-tied employees then stole jewelry items valued at over $25,000. On December 8, 2017, PRATT and TAYLOR robbed Swift’s Fine Jewelry in Knightdale, North Carolina. Once again they zip-tied employees and stole jewelry valued above $30,000.
U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon commented: “We are extremely pleased with the sentences imposed by the Court. While we cannot fully restore the victims in this case because they will always have to live with the fear and memory of being tied up and robbed. We hope the Court’s sentence will bring some measure of comfort and will deter others from committing similar crimes. And, of course, for the next seven plus years, these defendants won’t be in a position to threaten or harm anyone else.”
This case was initiated through the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Knightdale Police Department, Wilson Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). Assistant United States Attorney Erin Blondel handled the case on behalf of the government.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 March 2019 14:20

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