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Senator Tillis Introduces Post Office Reform Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 May 2021 09:27
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and his colleagues introduced bipartisan legislation to set the United States Postal Service on a more sustainable financial footing and support the goal of providing long-term reliable service across the country. The bill strengthens transparency and accountability for Postal Service performance, eliminates unnecessary financial burdens, and helps ensure the Postal Service can better serve the American people. 
 
“Americans rely on the U.S. Postal Service every day to promptly and successfully deliver their mail,” said Senator Tillis. “Additionally, North Carolinians count on the USPS to deliver prescriptions and utilize their services to facilitate commerce and pay their bills. It’s crucial that we provide them with the proper financial support and strengthen transparency and accountability so Americans can rely on their service all year long.”
 
The Postal Service Reform Act would eliminate the aggressive prefunding requirement that has hurt the Postal Service financially, and integrate postal worker retirees’ health care with Medicare. Together, these two reforms would create $45.9 billion in savings for the Postal Service over the next ten years. In addition, the bill would require the Postal Service to maintain its standard of delivering at least six days a week. The legislation would improve transparency of Postal Service operations to both customers and Congress by requiring the publication of easily accessible weekly service data on the Postal Service website, as well as issuing a detailed report to Congress every six months on Postal Service finances and operations. The bill also includes bipartisan provisions for Postal Service accountability and growth.
 
Wilmington Man Gets 9-Year Federal Sentence For Firearms Conviction PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 May 2021 09:08

A Wilmington man was sentenced today to 108 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  On February 18, 2021, Harold Davon Leonard pled guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Leonard, 34, was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on December 25, 2019.  While a Wilmington Police Department officer was with the driver, a second officer saw Leonard jump into the driver seat and attempt to put the vehicle in gear.  When Leonard was ordered to exit the vehicle, he tried to push the officer and flee on foot.  A struggle ensued and Leonard was ultimately detained.  During the struggle, a vial containing more than 13 grams of Phencyclidine (PCP) fell from Leonard’s pocket.  Following his arrest, a loaded 9mm handgun that had previously been reported as stolen was found under the passenger seat.  At the time of the offense, Leonard had more than 20 prior criminal convictions, including 11 prior felony convictions, and was on active parole after having been released only 10 months earlier.

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II.  The Wilmington office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Wilmington Police Department  investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Stephany  prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina implements the PSN Program through its Take Back North Carolina Initiative.  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.

 
Sen. Tillis Says No To House 's January 6 Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 May 2021 16:42
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on Speaker Pelosi’s partisan commission to investigate the events around January 6th:
 
“January 6th was a dark day in American history that should never be repeated, and every single person who broke the law should be held responsible. The Department of Justice has already charged more than 400 individuals, and I fully support this ongoing investigation.
 
“The committees of jurisdiction in the Senate are currently conducting their own investigations and preparing reports on the January 6th attack, and to date these efforts have been bipartisan. On the other hand, the current commission proposed by Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats appears to be a platform to score partisan political points instead of facilitating a good faith, bipartisan review of the facts.  The antics we have seen from House Democrats over the last few days, including their attempt yesterday to politicize the Capitol Police and mislead the media and public, made their motivations very clear.
 
“While I have full confidence in the current DOJ investigation and Senate efforts that appear to be on a bipartisan track, I have no confidence in Speaker Pelosi’s proposal, which is why I will vote against it.” 
 
Tillis Sponsors Bill That Allows Local Police To Enforce Immigration Law PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 May 2021 16:31

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Empowering Law Enforcement Act, legislation to combat the Biden Administration’s nullification of U.S. immigration laws. The Empowering Law Enforcement Act will grant state and local law enforcement inherent immigration enforcement authority to investigate, identify, apprehend, arrest, detain or transfer a migrant that has entered the U.S. illegally. Additionally, this legislation would provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) flexibility on how long a criminal alien may be detained, extending the 180-day period to ensure violent criminals are not released back into communities.

 

“The Biden Administration’s disastrous response to the border crisis has shown we need to provide additional authorities to assist communities across the country,” said Senator Tillis. “This legislation would help our border patrol and ICE agents by giving our local law enforcement immigration enforcement authority to help manage the migrant crisis our country is facing.”

 

Specifically, the legislation would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to: 

  • Delegate immigration enforcement authority to state and local law enforcement entities, including the ability to investigate, identify, apprehend, arrest, detain, or transfer an alien into Federal custody.
  • Permit the Secretary of Homeland Security to extend the detention of criminal aliens until removal from the U.S.
  • Ensure that illegal migrants are detained in federal custody upon state or local law enforcement request.
  • Reimburse state or local authorities for related incarceration and transportation costs.
  • Promote immigration information sharing between DHS and the FBI for the benefit of state and local law enforcement.

 

Senator Tillis recently traveled to the border to see firsthand the immigration and humanitarian crisis currently facing our country and meet with local officials and border patrol agents on the ground handling the surge. Senator Tillis has been critical of the Biden Administration’s handling of the border crisis and the actions they have taken to limit ICE’s enforcement of immigration laws, despite a record number of illegal border crossings, and the impact of this executive overreach on law enforcement and the safety and security of our nation. 

 

 
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