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

May 9, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) met with North Carolina military personnel while visiting Yokota Air Base in Japan.
May 4, 2017 Press Release
Emily Decker, a senior at Weddington High School, is winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Her graphite drawing, titled “Realization,” was judged best entry in a selection process that included professional artists, community input, and Congressman Pittenger’s staff.
May 1, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce six local students have been named finalists in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.
May 1, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) hosted special events in Charlotte and Fayetteville to help local students learn about opportunities at all five United States Service Academies. More than 300 local students, parents, and teachers participated.
Apr 27, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) helped introduce legislation to eliminate the “Congressional Obamacare Exemption” included in the current draft of the American Health Care Act.
Apr 25, 2017 Press Release
As part of his commitment to helping outstanding local students serve our country at the highest level, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) invites local middle and high school students to attend one of two “Service Academy Days” on Saturday, April 29th.
Apr 24, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) invites the community to celebrate local high school artists and help select finalists for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.
Apr 7, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released this statement following U.S. Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States:
Mar 31, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce Jake Dean of Waxhaw has received a rare double-appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Mar 30, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is happy to announce that Caroline Horne, a senior at Weddington High School, has received a prestigious appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.