U.S. Chamber Applauds Rep. Larry Kissell and the Economic Stimulus Bill

Last week the Union County Chamber of Commerce hosted Rep. Larry Kissell for their Freshman Forum series. This week the U.S. Chamber's Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, Bruce Josten, sings his praises.

Since the elections, we’ve worked with the President and Congressman Kissell to quickly pass a bill that would apply a defibrillator to the economy and shock it back to life.

While not everyone in Washington or North Carolina agrees on every item in this package, the whole is more important than the individual parts. Our economy is in uncharted and dangerous waters and inaction from Washington is not an option.

I know there are times when we love to hate the Chamber. I wish we could separate their financial support for Republicans out of the mix. They've worked hard so hard to elect Republicans, it is tough not to hold them accountable for some of the mess we're in.

Rep. Larry Kissell At Union County Chamber: Buy American was Bi-partisan Effort

Rep. Larry Kissell was the headliner today at the Union County Chamber of Commerce Freshman Forum. Business leaders and Chamber members gathered to hear the congressman speak about his first month in Washington and to ask questions about the stimulus bill that President Obama signed into law today.

Before taking questions Larry discussed the Kissell Amendment. He stressed that the legislation can be expanded to other agencies in the future and that it is trade compliant. He also said that he had heard from others that the "Buy American" amendments were upsetting people in other countries. Larry's reponse:

I represent the people of the 8th Dstrict of North Carolina in the United States of America. So that's my job.

In other words, his responsibility is to us.

New Kissell Amendment on Derivatives Markets Transparency and Accountability Act

Earlier this week the House Agriculture Committee met to hear testimony and discuss legislation to improve the transparency and accountability of the derivatives market. Rep. Larry Kissell, NC-08 proposed an amendment to this legislation that will help lend some good old fashioned common sense to the boards that oversee the commodities market. His proposal will require that farmers, ranchers and grain elevator operators - average Americans directly affected by commodities trading - have a seat on these boards. This will diversify the boards and take some power from the financial elite that have a grip on the financial services industry as a whole. The amendment was approved by the committee and included with the legislation.

Rep. Kissell Misses SCHIP Vote....but for a Good Reason

Today, Rep. Larry Kissell missed the final vote on the SCHIP bill that sent it to the president for his signature. Instead of remaining in Washington to vote on a bill that certainly had sufficient votes to pass, Larry attended the memorial service of a soldier from Ft. Bragg who died in Iraq.

He wasn't protesting the funding of SCHIP. Knowing the bill would pass without his vote, he chose to be with the family of a fallen soldier to offer whatever solace he could.

Rep. Larry Kissell Attaches Expanded "Made in America" Amendment to Stimulus Bill - Video

Rep. Larry Kissell was one of 11 members of Congress who had their amendments to the stimulus bill introduced on the House floor and offered for debate and a vote. In 2007 Kissell's predecessor had introduced a similar bill. He was not able to get it out of committee. In ten years holding the seat, former Rep. Robin Hayes was able to get five bills passed with most introduced to rename post offices in the congressman's district.

Kissell's amendment, if it remains part of the package after the bill makes it through the Senate, will expand the Berry Amendment to require that uniforms purchased by the Department of Homeland Security also be made with fabric and findings manufactured in the United States. The amendment is intended to keep people working and put some textile workers back to work.

For your viewing pleasure....and don't miss the look that Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-GA gives Larry after he challenges Rep. Kissell. We must note that Rep. Westmoreland is a member of the Prayer Caucus, a group that has Robin Hayes on the board of advisors.

Kissell Set to Succeed Where Hayes Failed - Update/Video

Rep. Larry Kissell, NC-08 went in front of the rules committee today to try to fulfill promises made to American textile workers by his predecessor, Robin Hayes. With less than three full weeks under his belt, Kissell proposed an amendment to the committee and his amendment is included as part of the stimulus bill. Tomorrow, that amendment will be debated on the House floor.

The amendment would require the Department of Homeland Security purchase uniforms from American textile companies. Hayes tried and failed to get similar legislation through the House. You will find the full amendment here.


Larry Kissell to be Featured on C-Span's Q&A this Sunday

Wow. This didn't take long. Does anyone remember back in 2006 when Larry Kissell had to pretty much tap dance with a peacock on his head to get press coverage? I guess those days are over.

He will be on C-Span's new interview program, Q&A along with Rep. Anh (Joseph) Cao who beat Democrat William Jefferson in Louisiana's 2nd CD. You can learn more about the program here. This isn't a live show. It was taped Tuesday after Larry was sworn in.

Still, really nice.

Larry Kissell named to House Armed Services Committee takes immediate action

The House Democratic Caucus approved the nomination of seven new Democratic Members to the House Armed Services Committee and Larry Kissell is among the group. Once named to the committee, Congressman Kissell jumped right in to follow through on his promise to make the funding of our nation's military a top priority.

House Resolution 1391 will provide $6.9 million for the construction of more than 50,000 square feet for a company operations facility. Due to inflation in the construction market, this funding would have been lost without the efforts of Congressman Kissell and the leadership of Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Chet Edwards (D-TX).


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