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Tillis Urges Army Secretary to Address Barrack Conditions on Fort Bragg PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 December 2021 10:52

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to Secretary of the Army, Christine Wormuth, urging her to address the barracks conditions on Fort Bragg to ensure our servicemembers have access to adequate and safe living quarters.

Senator Tillis wrote, “It has come to my attention that many unaccompanied housing installations at Fort Bragg, North Carolina are experiencing issues due to mold and outdated infrastructure. For example, in October 2020 soldiers of the 1st Special Forces Command soldiers, part of the Command’s 528th Special Operations Sustainment Brigade, were temporarily moved into alternate housing following an air quality test that revealed extensive mold damage in their barracks. Recently, a Fort Bragg soldier contacted our office with photo evidence of mold in his barracks that Bragg’s Department of Public Works (DPW) has stated they will not address.”

“Home to the 82nd Airborne and nearly 550,000 active duty servicemembers, Fort Bragg is the largest U.S Army installation by population. As the Army continues to undergo modernization and readiness enhancement efforts to prepare for Strategic Competition with near-peer competitors, Fort Bragg will remain singularly important as the “tip of the spear” for the Department of Defense. Therefore, I urge the Department of the Army to continue the ongoing effort to recapitalize barracks across the Army enterprise and address the conditions of the barracks immediately. Allowing soldiers to live in moldy and unsafe housing is a danger to country,” Senator Tillis continued.

Senator Thom Tillis Mourns The Passing Of Bob Dole PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 December 2021 13:01

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole:

“America has sadly lost one of our greatest heroes. From nearly losing his own life fighting against fascists in World War II to dedicating his civilian life to producing results for the American people in the halls of Congress, Bob Dole personified what it meant to be a selfless servant leader. 
“In the Senate, he used his leadership positions to break gridlock and find common ground for a better America. Over the years, his friends, colleagues, and many Americans had the opportunity to see his big heart and appreciate his legendary sense of humor. 


“Even after retiring, Bob Dole didn’t stop serving. He partnered with his loving wife Elizabeth to remain a tireless champion for our veterans, and he remained a statesman and rare voice of reason and civility in an age of partisan politics that desperately needed them. 

“Susan and are praying for our dear friend and former Senator Elizabeth Dole and the entire Dole family. America will be forever grateful for Senator Bob Dole’s exceptional lifetime of service to the nation he loved.”


North Carolina Man Arrested for Assault On Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 November 2021 17:35
A North Carolina man has been arrested for assaulting law enforcement 
with a dangerous weapon and other crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which 
disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting 
the electoral votes related to the presidential election. 
Aiden Henry Bilyard, 19, of Cary, N.C., is charged with engaging in physical violence in a 
restricted building or grounds, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers 
with a dangerous weapon, among other charges. He was arrested yesterday in Raleigh, N.C., and 
made his initial appearance in the Eastern District of North Carolina later that day. He was released 
pending further court proceedings. 
According to court documents, at approximately 2:35 p.m. on Jan. 6, Bilyard was among a 
crowd of rioters in the Lower West Terrace area of the Capitol. He was holding what appeared to be a 
large gold-colored canister. Video footage depicts him pointing the nozzle of the canister toward a 
line of uniformed law enforcement officers that was attempting to secure the building and activating 
the propellant, discharging an orange-colored liquid spray. The chemical irritant is believed to have 
been “bear spray,” which rioters used in efforts to incapacitate officers.
Later in the afternoon, at approximately 4:10 p.m., Bilyard is depicted in video footage in a group gathered in front of a large 
glass window of the Capitol building. While there, he encouraged an individual who was striking the 
window with what appeared to be a small axe. Bilyard was handed a bat and used it to shatter the 
lower glass portion of the window. He then entered a Senate room through the broken window. 
This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and 
the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable 
assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. 
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office. Valuable assistance was 
provided by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. 
Capitol Police. 
In the ten months since Jan. 6, more than 675 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 
states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 210 individuals charged 
with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing. 
Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.
Sens. Tillis And Burr, Rep. Budd Lead NC Delegation On Legislation To Expedite Billy Graham Statue In U.S. Capitol PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 November 2021 17:35
U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and Representatives Ted Budd (R-NC), Greg Murphy, M.D. (R-NC), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Dan Bishop (R-NC), David Rouzer (R-NC), and Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) proposed a resolution to expedite the installation of the statue of the Reverend William Franklin ‘‘Billy’’ Graham, Jr. into the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.
Two steps remain in the process of placing the statue in the Capitol, and this resolution would prohibit the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress (JCL) from unnecessarily bottlenecking the process and ensure the completion of the remaining steps without further delay. The bill would mandate that the JCL approve or deny the full-sized clay model and pedestal design of a statue within 30 days and approve or deny the completed statue within 30 days.
“Billy Graham was a beloved figure and dedicated servant of the Lord who made a profound impact on the people of North Carolina and across the world,” said Senator Tillis. “Each state is afforded the opportunity to display two statues in the U.S. Capitol, and I can think of no figure better suited to represent North Carolina. I am proud to join my colleagues in the North Carolina delegation to lead the effort to expedite the approval of Billy Graham’s statue for placement in the U.S. Capitol and will work to quickly pass this legislation out of Congress.”
“Reverend Graham touched the lives of countless Christians across the nation and across the world,” said Senator Burr. “As America’s Pastor, he served as a respected and valued voice in times of need. I can think of no better way to commemorate his devotion, character, and humility than by erecting a statue in the U.S. Capitol in his honor. I’m proud to work with my colleagues on this important legislation.”
“The legacy of Rev. Billy Graham is based on his simple message of forgiveness based on John 3:16,” said Rep. Budd. “His lifelong commitment to preaching the Gospel, his fight for civil rights, his opposition to communism, and the spiritual guidance provided hope to hundreds of millions. He was the first private citizen from North Carolina to lie in honor in the United States Capitol and his likeness should stand right outside the House chamber forever. After years of bureaucratic delay, it’s time to get this done.”
“I voted to place the Billy Graham statue in Statuary Hall as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly in 2015,” said Rep. Bishop. “Now, six years later, there is still no statue in the Capitol. But there should be, as Rev. Graham’s legacy speaks for itself. I am proud to cosponsor this resolution and hope the Joint Committee will take swift action to approve the statue and honor a North Carolina legend.”
“Billy Graham has inspired millions of people across our community, state, nation and the world,” said Rep. Hudson. “I join with my colleagues to ensure the approval process for his statue continues without further delay.”
“There should be no bureaucratic delay of the installation of Reverend Billy Graham’s statue in the U.S. Capitol,” said Rep. Rouzer. “Known as “America’s Pastor”, he dedicated his life to proclaiming the Gospel throughout the world and saved the souls of millions. I’m proud to co-sponsor this resolution to ensure a more timely placement of his statue where countless visitors and lawmakers will be able to view it and honor his legacy for generations to come.”
“Billy Graham inspired and moved generations of faithful North Carolinians, and the international community,” said Rep. Murphy, M.D. “He brought messages of hope, comfort, and guidance to people across the world, and was undoubtedly one of the most beloved evangelical Christian figures of our time. I look forward to the day when I can walk the halls of the U.S. Capitol with Members of Congress and constituents alike, and tell them about the extraordinary legacy of Billy Graham as a proud symbol of our great state. In such a time of moral relativism, we should celebrate a man who preached the Judeo-Christian principles on which this nation was founded. I am proud to support Rep. Budd’s resolution to fast-track approval of Billy Graham’s statue to be enshrined in Statuary Hall.”
Each state is authorized to designate “two statues of notable citizens for display in the United States Capitol.”
A state is allowed to replace a statue by requesting the approval of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress (JCL).
On October 2, 2015, the North Carolina General Assembly approved a request to the JCL to approve the replacement of the Statue of Charles Brantley Aycock with the Reverend William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr. A statue of Rev. Graham became eligible for placement after his death in 2018. 
The North Carolina General Assembly sent to JCL the proposed statue design in August 2020, but the committee took over a year to approve this simple step. 

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