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May 8, 2020 Press Release
While families across North Carolina and this nation struggle with the effects of school closures, the last thing on parents’ minds should be their childrens’ rising education costs. By expanding the use of 529 plans for learning from home expenses, the financial burden put onto our state’s parents will be lessened, allowing them to focus on the most important thing -- their children.
April 29, 2020 Press Release
Today is either the day that a wall of injustice around student-athletes started to crumble, or the day the NCAA used more tactics to bait and switch young men and women from some of America’s most vulnerable communities. My hope is the former and that the proposal on name, image, and likeness is genuine. If enacted in good faith, this move will save the college sports we love by creating equity, transparency, and opportunity.
April 22, 2020 Press Release
Second Chance Month serves as a reminder of the true meaning of the Great American Comeback – renewal. The path to redemption is paved with the hard work and dedication of the organizations and nonprofits who empower those seeking to turn the page and achieve the promise of opportunity. This month we pay special thanks to them and everyone who helps counsel those taking the steps to become whole again.
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.”