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Of course saying that Obamacare is going to be repealed and replaced is just the starting point, but Hudson said it is a conversation that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and President-elect Donald Trump began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.
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
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.
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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.”
Richard Hudson rolls over D’Annunzio in the GOP primary
“Renee and I are incredibly grateful for the hard work and generosity of those who have supported our re-election efforts and those who voted today,” said Hudson. “It’s humbling to know I have such strong support from hundreds of volunteers and thousands of voters who are standing with me and believe in the conservative work I’m doing to empower businesses to create jobs, protect our freedoms, and return control back to individuals and families in our community and away from Washington.”
N.C. congressional leaders seek to protect training of Fort Bragg paratroopers
Members of Congress are moving forward on attempts to protect the training of Fort Bragg paratroopers, even as Air Force leaders say they are on track to increase their support to Fort Bragg when compared with last year.
Reps. Renee Ellmers and Richard Hudson have filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would create additional congressional oversight when it comes to airborne operations on Fort Bragg, to ensure the Air Force is providing the promised support.
The House version of that bill already includes a provision aimed at protecting funding for the Global Response Force, which is largely composed of the 82nd Airborne Division, 18th Airborne Corps and other Fort Bragg units.
The GRF is tasked with deploying on short notice anywhere in the world in support of combat operations or humanitarian relief.
U.S. Rep. Hudson to host Service Academy Day Saturday
May 14 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Concord High School. Eighth district students who are in middle and high school and interested in attending a Service Academy and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Representatives from the Service Academies as well as cadets/midshipmen, future Academy attendees, parents and Service Academy Selection Committee panel members will be on hand to explain the nomination process and requirements.
As Representative of North Carolina’s eighth congressional district, Rep. Hudson has the privilege of nominating a limited number of young men and women each year to four of the five service academies: U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Success: EPA Backs Down From Rules That Threatened Converting Road Cars to Race Cars
Friday, April 15, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would remove wording that would ban the modification or removal of certified emissions equipment on a road vehicle that was being converted into a race car.
This is a big win for racers and the aftermarket industry; while the EPA contends that the rules would never be used against the motorsport industry, leaving any opportunities to enforce a ban would be a mistake on our collective part.
“[The] EPA supports motorsports and its contributions to the American economy and communities all across the country. EPA’s focus is not on vehicles built or used exclusively for racing, but on companies that don’t play by the rules and that make and sell products that disable pollution controls on motor vehicles used on public roads. These unlawful defeat devices pump dangerous and illegal pollution into the air we breathe,” said the agency in a statement. “The proposed language in the July 2015 proposal was never intended to represent any change in the law or in EPA’s policies or practices towards dedicated competition vehicles. Since our attempt to clarify led to confusion, EPA has decided to eliminate the proposed language from the final rule.”
Earlier this year, we told you about the proposed rules that the EPA tucked into a 600-page rules update to the Medium- and Heavy-Duty vehicle emissions rules that could threaten to outlaw the conversion of emissions-certified, street-legal vehicles into dedicated race cars. SEMA began submitting comments on the issue in 2015 and gave notice earlier this year.
In a motorsport environment, EPA-certified/factory computers and emissions equipment are not capable of operating in the conditions we need them to. They are often replaced by non-EPA-certified equipment, like aftermarket ECUs, exhaust systems, and forced-induction systems, among other things.
In response, legislators introduced the H.R. 4715, titled the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2016,” which seeks to separate competition-only race cars from EPA legislation aimed to regulate production vehicles. The bill is supported by U.S. Representatives Patrick McHenry (NC), Henry Cuellar (TX), Richard Hudson (NC), Bill Posey (FL), and Lee Zeldin (NY). The RPM Act seeks to specifically curtail the EPA’s reach into motorsport, where historically the line has been drawn by precedent in congressional hearings—not law.
Iran defies Obama’s ill-advised deal
Last fall when President Obama introduced his Iran deal, the American people were skeptical. Like many of you, I was fearful that the deal would allow Iran to become a nuclear power, threatening the security of the entire world. Just last month, our concerns were realized as Iran test-fired ballistic missiles.
In response, President Obama stated this action is against the “spirit” of the Iran deal and chastised the Iranian government for the test. Even more startling is the fact that this administration announced last week they are planning to allow Iran limited access to the U.S. dollar as part of a looser sanctions package. This historic move is another step in the wrong direction, and proves our president will continue to reward Iran despite their hostile behavior.
As I have said before, when the most brutal, anti-American regime and largest state sponsor of global terror says they want us dead, I believe them. Not only this, but Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei declared that the launched missiles had “Israel must be wiped off the planet” marked in Hebrew on the side.
Their actions and words couldn’t be speaking any louder; Iran’s launch of ballistic missiles is a clear provocation of the U.S., Israel and our allies.
There is no miscommunication here. When the United Nations agreed to the Iran deal, it was made clear to the Iranians that testing of ballistic missiles was not supported by the United Nations or the nations that agreed to lift the sanctions imposed on Iran. Despite all this, the Obama administration has announced they are going to allow intermediary financial institutions to conduct foreign currency trades in U.S. dollars, even after assuring Congress this would not happen during negotiation of the Iran deal.
In spite of violating the terms of the agreement, Iran has been rewarded by the Obama administration by being granted indirect access to U.S. funds.
The Iranian regime is the No. 1 sponsor of global terror in the world, and they continue to destabilize the Middle East, funnel money and weapons to terrorists and threaten Israel with annihilation. With this newly granted access to the U.S. dollar, Iran will have even more money to commit to sponsoring terrorism and fulfilling their mission of wiping the sovereign state of Israel “off the planet.”
From the very beginning, President Obama’s negotiation of this deal has been from a position of weakness. Iran has capitalized on this by taking advantage of President Obama at every opportunity, including by disregarding the U.N.’s resolution and testing ballistic missiles.
Because the United States was one of six nations involved in the Iran deal, it will be next to impossible to successfully reinstate the international sanctions put in place in 2006 and bring Iran back to the negotiating table. President Obama’s desire to secure his legacy with this deal puts our regional and global security at risk.
However, I will not sit by as Iran paves the way to a nuclear bomb. I have co-sponsored H.R. 4815, the Iran Ballistic Missile Sanctions Act. This bill would impose sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program in response to its recent tests and renew the Iran Sanctions Act, which expires this year.
Additionally, I have joined with my colleagues in a letter to the administration demanding answers on Iran’s access to U.S. dollars through these intermediary financial institutions.
When it comes to our national security, America must lead from a position of strength, not weakness. I refuse to allow Iran to disregard the restrictions placed on them. As your representative, I will do everything in my power to hold them accountable.