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March 4, 2020 Press Release
“When we came to Congress, we made a promise to serve all North Carolinians, regardless of background, and work to open doors of hope and opportunity. We quickly learned that HBCUs were integral to that effort and that you can have a ‘R’ by your name, but build genuine relationships and create opportunities across all the communities you represent. These efforts are some of my most proud accomplishments in the House. I am blessed with bridges we have built across communities and know they will have a lasting and positive impact for generations of students.”
February 27, 2020 Press Release
“This was my vision four years ago when we launched our first HBCU Fly-In. It’s a joy to partner with my friend, Senator Tim Scott, celebrating our HBCUs and the role they have played in our communities over the years. These efforts are some of the work I am most proud of while serving in the House. I look forward to continuing to advocate for these valuable institutions for many years to come.”
January 16, 2020 Press Release
The power of prayer and the potential of our students should never be suppressed. Prayer is a uniting force, a reason for hope, a call for virtue, and one of the most powerful tools for our next generation of leaders. I am thankful that President Trump and his administration have taken this action to affirm and protect the right of our students and teachers to participate in this honored American tradition.
January 2, 2020 Press Release
“We are overwhelmingly impressed by this group of extraordinary young men and women who will continue to demonstrate impeccable character, scholarship and leadership as they represent our community and our state. Their fervor to sacrifice and join the call to service at such a young age is an inspiration to us all. Each of these students have our full support as they seek acceptance to a U.S. Service Academy."
December 19, 2019 Press Release
“This is a historic victory for the HBCUs of North Carolina and our nation. This legislation would not be law if not for the steadfast work of Representative Alma Adams and Senator Tim Scott, along with the consistent support President Trump has shown HBCUs and their students. The FUTURE Act is an example of why I came to Congress: to make a difference and promote hope and opportunity for all North Carolinians.”
December 17, 2019 Press Release
“Including these provisions and initiatives will help break the cycle of poverty in North Carolina and across the rest of the country. Churches, charities, and schools are better equipped to empower Americans and pave the way for future prosperity. These provisions will improve school choice and increase graduation rates, while also ensuring that the critical work of churches and charities is not restricted by burdensome taxes and fees.”
December 17, 2019 Press Release
“It’s an ignominious start to the Senate working group when their first meeting is with the chief apologist for an exploitative system and not with the student-athletes that are being exploited. The inequity and injustices in the current NCAA model need to end quickly. That won’t happen by ceding power to the person who has blocked progress for decades. My friend Representative Cedric Richmond and I have the only viable legislation introduced in Congress, the Student-Athlete Equity Act, to end the NCAA’s moratorium on player’s rights to their name, image, and self-worth.”
December 17, 2019 Press Release
“We are thankful for the passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Contracting Preference Consistency Act. The bi-partisan legislation keeps North Carolinians employed, restores VA contracts for IFB Solutions and National Industries for the Blind and protects jobs for people who are blind and veterans employed by AbilityOne agencies. This summer, we saw firsthand at Industries of the Blind Greensboro just how valuable these partnerships are. We are grateful that they will continue.”
December 10, 2019 Press Release
“Our economy is the envy of the world. Unemployment in all of our communities is the lowest it has ever been in my lifetime. We need to ensure that our education and job-training programs keep up with the demand for skilled workers and give our students the opportunity for a lifetime of peace and prosperity. As an advocate for historically black colleges, I am thankful Congress will send the FUTURE Act to the President’s desk so we can uphold our commitment to HBCU students and institutions in North Carolina and across the country.”
October 29, 2019 Press Release
This is truly a tale of two cities. While an organization that brings in more than $1 billion a year hosts a board meeting in a corporate suite in Atlanta, more than 500,000 student-athletes will today give their all at practices, classes, workouts or games, sacrificing their bodies and minds to further the NCAA’s financial desires. Lawmakers across the country are watching closely, but not holding our breath.