• FALSE: Pelosi’s claim the House GOP is ‘inviting’ violent criminals to carry concealed weapons

    The Pinocchio Test

    Pelosi’s tweet focuses on a possible loophole in the law and then uses inflammatory language such as “inviting.”

    But the reality is that most states already allow for reciprocity agreements with other states. Federal law also already prohibits violent criminals, abusers and stalkers from having guns; the issue is that some states already have tougher laws than at the federal level that could be overridden by permits from more lenient states. Still, the differences among most states may loom larger in the gun debate than in reality.

    Pelosi’s tweet inspired such anger because responsible gun owners believe their rights are being curtailed, even if they follow the concealed-carry rules — while violent criminals who want to have a gun are not going to be bothered with following such rules in the first place.

    We wavered between Two and Three Pinocchios but ultimately settled on Three because her last line — “the @HouseGOP just voted to do exactly that” — is so over the top and exaggerated. One can have a respectful political debate, raising the issue of a lower common denominator for concealed-weapons permits, without accusing the other side of voting to let violent criminals and stalkers have guns.

    Three Pinocchios

     

  • Hudson Has Record-Breaking Second Quarter Fundraising

    CONCORD – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) today announced that his re-election campaign raised nearly $310,000 in the second quarter of 2017 with the vast majority of those donations coming from individuals in North Carolina. This is the second quarter in a row that he has raised over $300,000, bringing his total raised so far this cycle to $658,435.27.

    Hudson’s campaign has raised more money from North Carolina donors in the first six months of this year than in any previous year.

    “The generous support of my fellow North Carolinians means so much to me,” said Hudson. “It shows that the work we are doing to fight for commonsense, conservative values is really resonating with the folks at home, and they believe in our efforts.”

    Hudson’s July 15 Second Quarter Report, filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission shows that during the period between April 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017, Congressman Hudson raised a total of $309,350.91. Over 86% of Congressman Hudson’s individual contributions came from North Carolina.

  • N.C. Rep. Richard Hudson To Receive NAEMT’s 2017 EMS Legislator of the Year Award

    NAEMT will present Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) with the 2017 EMS Legislator of the Year Award on April 25 during EMS On The Hill Day, the largest national advocacy event for emergency medical services (EMS) professionals.

    This prestigious award recognizes a member of Congress who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to, and support of, high quality prehospital and emergency medical care, as well as the EMS professionals who dutifully serve our nation’s patients.

    Read the full article here…

  • An Update On National Reciprocity

    Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., joined NRATV’s Grant Stinchfield Wednesday to give an update on the push for national reciprocity: “We have 129 co-sponsors, including three Democrats. So, I feel like we’re moving along very well with it,” he said.

    Hudson introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 on Congress’ first day in session for 2017. The bill, also known as H.R. 38, would eliminate the disorder of state carry laws by allowing individuals who have a license to carry permit from their resident state to exercise those rights across state lines.

    “We’re using this time to prepare, to build support, and when we get our window of opportunity later this year, we’re going to take it,” assured Hudson.

    Watch the video here…

  • National concealed reciprocity bill picks up 150th co-sponsor in House

    Filed just over a month ago, legislation to treat concealed carry permits like drivers’ licenses nationwide is gaining steam in Congress but picking up opponents.

    Introduced by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-NC, and 63 co-sponsors on the first day of session in the new House, Indiana Republican Trey Hollingsworth became the 150th lawmaker to lend his name to the measure last week.

    Hudson has taken to the airwaves repeatedly in the last several weeks to stump for his proposal and push back against what he sees as misinformation about his legislation.

    “It’s flat out false to say that this bill will arm criminals or increase gun violence,” wrote Hudson in an op-ed published in U.S. News on Feb. 1. “If a criminal with malice wants to get a gun, I can guarantee he or she isn’t worried about following the laws on the books. Unfortunately, we can’t change that. But we can ensure law-abiding citizens can legally carry concealed firearms to defend themselves.”

  • Rep. Richard Hudson: “We’re Going to Repeal Obamacare”

    “There’s no disagreement among Republicans that we’re going to repeal Obamacare.” Those are the words of Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC 08) in an exclusive appearance on the “What Matters in North Carolina” podcast on January 5, 2016.

    During the interview, Hudson affirmed that the mood among his colleagues is in fact that repealing the monstrosity officially known as the Affordable Care Act is a priority. Hudson continued,

    Of course saying that Obamacare is going to be repealed and replaced is just the starting point, but Hudson said it is a conversation that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and President-elect Donald Trump began to have immediately following the election in November.

    There are procedural questions and issues that will have to be navigated in order to undo a law that has been in place for nearly seven years. Hudson said, “Right now it’s a matter of timing and sequence. What you’ll see is a bill move very quickly through the House and Senate to repeal Obamacare, using a budget process called reconciliation. This is a process that allows a vote that can’t be filibustered in the Senate, so 51 votes can pass it.”

    A similar bill was sent to President Obama last year which he vetoed. Hudson said that the Senate will likely start the process with their bill next week, and that a bill could be on President Trump’s desk in February. But, the process is not as cut and dry as it may seem.

    Hudson said that because of Senate rules attached to budget reconciliation bills, a repeal and full replacement of Obamacare cannot be done in the same legislation. Hudson said that there could be some replacement language in the form of expanding Health Savings Accounts.

    However, the tax penalties which have been so onerous to many Americans may be addressed in the repeal bill. Hudson said, “My hope is that you’ll see a zeroing out of those tax penalties.” Additionally, Hudson said that President Trump is set to begin unwinding Obamacare.

    Hudson said, “Vice-President-elect Mike Pence spoke to House Republicans yesterday, [Wednesday, January 4, 2016], and he told us that President Trump is going to start immediately through the executive order process, through the administrative process of replacing Obamacare and doing the things they can do. For example, having an HHS Secretary remove some of the restrictions on insurance companies on plans, some of the requirements they can do administratively, they’ll start that right away, as well.”

    Hudson, who serves on the House Energy Commerce Committee, said that the committee will start hearing before the end of the month on what a replacement to Obamacare will look like. Hudson said that HR 2300, which has been introduced the past three years is the basic blueprint for what replacement will look like.

    Hudson said, “The basic components of it are, Health Savings Accounts, allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines, giving tax credits to individuals who buy insurance, transparency of cost so that you know what things cost before you go have a procedure, tort reform. These are all the things we’ll be doing and they’ll probably start as individual legislation.”

    Pulling the rug out from under a massive law like the Affordable Care Act is ultimately not going to happen, as Hudson noted that the repeal that is likely to be on Trump’s desk in February will be a phased-in two or three-year repeal. Hudson said, “As Mike Pence said yesterday, we need to make sure we have an orderly transition so that we don’t disrupt markets, so that we don’t disrupt families. If there are folks out there that have health care through Obamacare they don’t need to have anxiety that they’re going to lose that coverage.”

    Hudson added, “There will be a time period that we will have to put that new health care reform in place, before Obamacare goes away. But, Obamacare will be eliminated with that legislation that’s going to pass next month.” Ultimately Hudson said that they want to get it right, and have real conservative healthcare reform that will help people.

    Click here to listen to the full interview on “What Matters in North Carolina” with Rep. Richard Hudson, including his thoughts on the bill he filed on National Concealed Carry Reciprocity.

  • Hudson “Wholeheartedly” Endorsed by Lt. Gen. Boykin

    CONCORD, N.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) was endorsed by Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin. Lt. Gen. Boykin was one of the elite warriors chosen in 1978 to make up the first unit in America’s clandestine Delta Force. He then became commander of the unit, and later, commander of all U.S. Army Special Forces.

    His thirty-six years in the military included a tour at the Central Intelligence Agency and clandestine missions around the world. Lt. Gen. Boykin then served at the Pentagon as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.

    “I’m honored to have such strong support from one of the most respected Generals of our time. I’m grateful for his trust and belief in the conservative work I’m doing to get our country back on track,” said Rep. Hudson. “I’m proud of my record fighting for our community, but there’s still a lot of work to do. I will continue to focus on finding common sense solutions that grow our economy, rein in reckless spending, empower businesses to create jobs, and make our country safer.”

    Lt. Gen. Boykin is supporting Rep. Hudson for his “consistent commitment to conservative values, from reducing taxes, to reining in Washington’s wasteful spending and reducing the size of government.” In addition, Lt. Gen. Boykin applauded Rep. Hudson for his dedication to the care of our veterans and support of our military. The full endorsement letter is below and attached:

    “Dear Rep. Hudson:

    I am pleased to endorse you in the race for re-election to United States Congress in the 8th Congressional District of the state of North Carolina.

    Your work ethic, dedication to public service, and experience on Capitol Hill have set you apart as precisely the kind of leader this nation needs. Your work as a legislator has been noted by many for its consistent commitment to conservative values, from reducing taxes, to reining in Washington’s wasteful spending and reducing the size of government.

    Your congressional record supports a platform dedicated to the most fundamental freedom of Americans. From stronger screening for Syrian refugees, to the support of religious liberty, to preventing the abortion of pain-capable infants, you’ve demonstrated your continued commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law.

    As a 36-year veteran of the U.S. Army, I am particularly pleased to note your dedication to the care of our veterans, and the safety of our borders. I commend the way in which you called upon the U.S. Air Force to provide additional airlift support for Special Operations units at Fort Bragg, understanding that these brave men and women are on the front lines in the protection of our nation against forces that seek to do us evil. Without support for these units, the very practice of our cherished freedoms could be compromised.

    I wholeheartedly endorse you in your bid for re-election to North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District, and will encourage others who care about the preservation of our republic to do so as well.

    Sincerely,

    LTG (Ret.) William Boykin

    US Army Special Forces”

  • Moore Pilot: Richard Hudson for U.S. House

    “I’m comfortable in my own skin,” he says. “I’m not afraid to have a discussion with someone who has a different view.”

    He supports bipartisan legislation related to identifying new jobs needed in the energy sector; putting more money into “21st century cures” for disease research; and reforming mental health. And unlike Ellmers, who only ever advocated repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Hudson at least supports an alternative.

    Hudson over the years has learned that he can maintain certain core values, and yet compromise is not always a bad thing. “I’m willing to vote for a bill that has three things I don’t like,” he says, “if it has four things I do like.”

    We don’t — and won’t — agree on every issue with Hudson, but we believe there’s a better, more sensible nature to him that will serve Moore County well. He’ll ensure that, when a constituent calls his office for help, there won’t be an accompanying voter registration check.

    Richard Hudson will be a solid voice for Moore County in Congress.

  • In District 8, candidates agree on trade, terrorism, not much else

    WASHINGTON
    Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson and his Democratic challenger, Thomas Mills, agree on trade and terrorism, but not on much else in the North Carolina District 8 race.

    The incumbent and his challenger say they value fair trade over free trade. They are both wary about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which would broaden trade between the United States and a dozen countries on the Pacific Rim. Both say the pact reminds them of another trade deal, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which they blame for the loss of many Carolinas textile jobs.

    “I do understand that for our employers and for our agriculture, which is our number one industry in North Carolina, we do need foreign markets, and we do need to have trade agreements, but we need to be smart about it,” Hudson said.

    Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article102948667.html#storylink=cpy

  • U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson calls departure of 440th wing ‘short-sighted decision’

    Two-term U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, who represents the 8th District, calls the departure of the 440th Airlift Wing on Fort Bragg “a short-sighted decision” that has spawned a series of troubling issues.

    The Army long opposed Air Force plans to shut down the 440th, fearing that it could compromise training.

    “The process is done for the 440th now,” Hudson said Thursday during a visit to The Fayetteville Observer newsroom. “The Air Force had to make its decisions based on limited resources.”

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