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North Carolina Voter ID Survives Federal Appeals Court Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 February 2021 08:41
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit not to review a three-judge panel's ruling upholding North Carolina's voter ID law.  
 
The three-judge panel's ruling had reversed a district court order blocking North Carolina's voter ID law. That Fourth Circuit panel held that “the district court’s opinion devotes little analysis” to its ruling, and that “we reverse because of the fundamental legal errors that permeate the opinion.”
 
The three-judge panel included judges appointed by both Presidents Trump and Obama. The plaintiffs appealed to seek a full 'en banc' review from the Fourth Circuit judges, but instead the court handed another win to North Carolina voters who approved a proposed constitutional amendment on voter ID in 2018. 
 
"This is another win for North Carolina voters in federal court," North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said, "and our commonsense voter ID requirement must be implemented for the next election cycle in our state." 
 
"As an original sponsor of North Carolina's voter ID constitutional amendment in 2018, I am working with my colleagues in General Assembly leadership to protect this vital election integrity measure that the people approved in a ballot referendum. As the 2020 elections demonstrated, voting in person with a photo ID is the best way to ensure the integrity of our elections.” 
 
A strong majority of states have a voter ID law. North Carolina’s voter ID law is non-strict – any qualified voter can attest to a reasonable impediment to obtaining a qualifying ID and still cast a ballot. 
 
North Carolina’s voter ID law also accommodates religious objectors, provides for free government-issued IDs and accepts drivers’ licenses, passports, military and veteran IDs, student IDs, voter ID cards, as well as state and local government IDs. Drivers’ licenses from other states would even qualify in some circumstances. 
 
North Carolina's law applies to both absentee and in-person voting. A state court injunction on the voter ID law remains in place despite the federal order being lifted, and further litigation is expected in both forums this spring. 
 
Senator Tillis, President Biden Issue Statements Regarding COVID 19 Relief Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 February 2021 08:57
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and nine of his Republican colleagues issued the following statement after their more than two-hour meeting with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss their COVID-19 relief proposal:
 
“It was an excellent meeting, and we are very appreciative that in his first official meeting in the Oval Office, President Biden chose to spend so much time with us discussing the response to the COVID crisis. We presented our proposal to the president, and we had a very productive exchange of views,” said the Senators. “On five previous occasions, Congress has demonstrated that we can come together to deliver COVID-19 relief for the American people. In the coming days, talks among our group, the Biden administration, and other senators will continue as we work in good faith on a sixth bipartisan package to help struggling families, get students back to school, assist our small businesses and their employees, provide relief for health care providers, and accelerate testing and vaccine programs.”
 
Since March 2020, Congress has passed five bipartisan COVID-19 relief bills and provided more than $4 trillion in COVID-19 relief. The latest COVID-19 relief packaged provided $900 billion in additional resources and was signed into law on December 27, 2020. Much of that assistance is only now being disbursed.
 
 
Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' Meeting with Republican Senators
 
The President and the Vice President had a substantive and productive discussion with Republican senators this evening at the White House. The group shared a desire to get help to the American people, who are suffering through the worst health and economic crisis in a generation. 
 
While there were areas of agreement, the President also reiterated his view that Congress must respond boldly and urgently, and noted many areas which the Republican senators' proposal does not address. He reiterated that while he is hopeful that the Rescue Plan can pass with bipartisan support, a reconciliation package is a path to achieve that end. The President also made clear that the American Rescue Plan was carefully designed to meet the stakes of this moment, and any changes in it cannot leave the nation short of its pressing needs. 
 
The President expressed his hope that the group could continue to discuss ways to strengthen the American Rescue Plan as it moves forward, and find areas of common ground — including work on small business support and nutrition programs. He reiterated, however, that he will not slow down work on this urgent crisis response, and will not settle for a package that fails to meet the moment.
 
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Tillis Co-Sponsors Bill Requiring Detention Of Violent Illegal Immigrants PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 January 2021 11:07
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and his colleagues reintroduced Sarah’s Law, legislation that requires federal law enforcement to detain illegal immigrants criminally charged with killing or seriously injuring another person. Sarah’s Law is named after Sarah Root, a woman killed by an illegal immigrant who was released by federal law enforcement due to a loophole in the law and never faced justice. Her killer posted bond, disappeared, and is still at-large five years later. 
 
This comes as the Biden Administration is rolling back immigration enforcement and reversing President Trump’s executive order prioritizing prosecuting illegal immigrants convicted of violent crimes. In his first week in office, President Biden reversed the Trump Administration’s executive order that includes parts of Sarah’s Law.
 
“I have said it time and time again, we have to start prioritizing law-and-order and public safety,” said Senator Tillis “When an individual, who is here illegally, commits a crime within our borders, that person must be detained and not released back into our communities. It is unbelievable that we have to introduce legislation, like Sarah’s Law, to make sure this happens. I urge President Biden to start putting law-abiding citizens first and stop prioritizing reckless immigration laws. I supported this commonsense legislation so we can crack down on violent criminals here illegally and work towards safer communities.”
 
Background:
Sarah’s Law would amend the mandatory detention provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act to require the federal government to take custody of anyone who entered the country illegally, violated the terms of their immigration status or had their visa revoked and is thereafter charged with a crime resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of another person.
 
The legislation also requires ICE to make reasonable efforts to identify and provide relevant information to the crime victims or their families. Under this law, Sarah’s killer would have been detained by law enforcement and not allowed to flee from justice. The Root family would have been kept up-to-date on his status and federal immigration authorities’ efforts to remove him from the United States.
 
In January 2017, President Trump implemented major parts of Sarah’s Law via Executive Order, which included prioritized detention of criminal illegal immigrants and the creation of the Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. President Biden revoked this order on his first day in office. Passage of Sarah’s Law would codify the order into law, to prevent future administrations from deprioritizing the detention of illegal immigrants who commit crimes involving death or serious bodily injury, and restricting information to victims of such crimes.
 
 
Senators Tillis, Rubio Re-Introduce Constitutional Amendment To Keep Supreme Court At Nine Justices PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 January 2021 10:29
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and nine of his colleagues joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to re-introduce a constitutional amendment that would limit the Supreme Court of the United States to nine justices.
 
Historically, since 1869, there have been nine Supreme Court Justices. The number of Supreme Court Justices is set by Congress, not the Constitution. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and other radical liberals have all recently said they are open to the idea of packing the Court. 
 
“There is absolutely no reason to add additional Supreme Court justices to the bench,” said Senator Tillis. “It is unfortunate that a constitutional amendment is needed to prevent Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and radical left-wing politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from adding new Supreme Court justices who would act as legislators from the bench and turn the Court into a rubber-stamp for socialist policies that erode the economic and religious freedoms of North Carolinians. That is why I co-sponsored this constitutional amendment, and I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same to protect the legitimacy of the Supreme Court and ensure justices base their rulings on the Constitution and the law as written and not their political pet projects.”  
 
 
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