Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Congressional Issues

For the first time since 2001, Congress has passed a balanced budget.  Now, Senate Democrats are threatening to shut down the government because they want more money for the IRS and EPA!

By blocking the normal appropriations process, Senator Harry Reid and his allies are blocking a full pay raise for our heroes in the military, withholding funds for critical military resources, and weakening our national security against ISIS and other terrorist organizations.

Since when are IRS bureaucrats more important than our troops?

So far this year, I have joined the House of Representatives to pass six appropriations bills, providing funding for several government agencies including Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Transportation.  House Republicans made a point of including measures to responsibly curb Washington’s out-of-control spending habit and cut unnecessary red tape.  Apparently, Senate Democrats object to making Washington bureaucrats live by the same rules as hardworking American families.

Recent events, including the EPA’s “Waters of the United States” power grab and the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, including Charlotte’s Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, confirm that the IRS and EPA are inefficient, power hungry, and out of touch with the American people.  As a result, the House budget cuts IRS funding by 15% (or $341 million less than FY 2014) and prohibits IRS agents from targeting American citizens or organizations based solely on their political beliefs.

While House Republicans continue work to restart the normal budget process, Senate Democrats continue to threaten shutdown.  Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) hinted at a shutdown when she warned “the President will veto bills at this allocation, and Democrats will vote against motions to proceed to these bills on the Senate Floor.” 

Senator Harry Reid was more blunt:  “We’re headed for another shutdown.”

America borrows $1 million every thirty seconds to satisfy Washington’s out-of-control spending habit.  Our $18 trillion national debt is one of the most serious threats facing America today.  Despite threats from Senate Democrats, House Republicans are succeeding in funding the government at a fiscally responsible level, reining in an oversized and burdensome government, and moving your priorities forward.

President Obama and Senate Democrats must stop playing Washington games.  The American people, and our brave troops, deserve better.  America’s spending priority should be national security, not more bureaucracy.  As your Congressman, I will continue to fight to restore fiscal sanity in Washington.

For more information concerning my work and views on Congressional Issues, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on Congressional Issues

Dec 12, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce that Carmen Adamson, a senior at Charlotte Catholic High School, has received a prestigious appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Nov 29, 2017 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously adopted House Resolution 630, “Requiring each Member, officer, and employee of the House of Representatives to complete a training in workplace rights and responsibilities each session of each Congress.”
Nov 15, 2017 Press Release
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray announced his resignation. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this reaction:
Nov 15, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after passage of the 21st Century Flood Reform Act (H.R. 2874) to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP):
Nov 14, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) asked the U.S. House of Representatives to join him in honoring six local heroes of World War Two.
Nov 14, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the grand opening of the Museum of the Bible.
Nov 13, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) sent a bipartisan letter to the House Committee on Appropriations and House Leadership urging continued funding for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.
Nov 8, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Pittenger’s Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans Act (H.R. 2148) clarifies and improves Obama-era regulations which have created confusion in commercial real estate lending, leading to fewer jobs and slower economic growth.
Oct 23, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide North Carolina with an additional $5.1 million to assist with Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.
Oct 20, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) called on both the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold hearings on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s ability to crack down on suspicious shipments of opioids.