Rep. Larry Kissell

Larry Kissell's statement on his vote

I'm going to post the entire press release with one bit of commentary. The news isn't all bad. Larry isn't anti-environment. It's actually one of his strengths. His district has some of the counties with the highest unemployment in the state and high unemployment is a chronic condition for them. Maybe, for the 8th District, this was just the right bill at the wrong time.

Those of you who pay attention to this stuff...there's a delicate little dance they do in Congress allowing certain members in competitive districts to vote with their district if they've been able to whip enough votes and know the legislation is going to pass. I can't help but think that Heath and Larry traded votes on this one. No way in hell Heath Shuler is left of Larry Kissell.

Rep. Larry Kissell the only NC Dem to Vote with the Banking Industry & Republicans

After running a campaign where he promised to represent the working person, Rep. Larry Kissell voted for the banking industry by opposing H.R. 1106. He was not joined in his opposition to the legislation by any other North Carolina Democrat. Republican Walter Jones joined Democrats in voting to help the vast majority of families who are near foreclosure as a result of unemployment, personal or family illness, divorce, death in the family or fraud on the part of banks.

The Center for Responsible Lending released numbers for every state showing the minimal number of mortgages that this legislation applies to. Certainly not enough to punish the rest of us and absolutely not enough of a caseload to bankrupt the already bankrupt banks.



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.

Hagan Congratulates Kissell on Passage of Kissell "Buy American" Amendment - Update

Rep. Larry Kissell fulfills a long-broken promise made by Robin Hayes to help the textile industry and its workers. When he proposed the amendment, Rep. Kissell called it an extension of the Berry Amendment. This new amendment is now known as the Kissell Amendment. A little over a month and Larry has his first bit of legislation passed through both houses of congress and headed to the President's desk.

Senator Kay Hagan had high praise for Kissell's efforts on behalf of North Carolina's textile workers.

The textile industry is a cornerstone in North Carolina, and the Kissell amendment will be a boon for our economy there. I am so pleased to support another member of the delegation in such a worthy endeavor, and pleased that we were able to keep the measure in the conference report. North Carolina families are hurting, and this legislation will help create the jobs that they need. Congressman Kissell’s amendment is a prime example of the kinds of common sense provisions in the economic recovery package that will put people back to work immediately, ensure a certain degree of job security and get the economy moving again. I applaud Congressman Kissell’s success in having his legislation passed as a part of the economic recovery package, and I look forward to seeing the positive effects it will have in North Carolina and around the country.

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.

Update

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.

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