Rep. Larry Kissell

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).

Larry Kissell's First Official Act has Bipartisan Appeal

Larry Kissell has decided on his first act as a congressman. He has pledged to decline the pay increase that went into effect during the final days of the 110th Congress.

Congressman-elect Kissell has signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 5087, a bill sponsored by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas that will revoke the $4,700 COLA increase for members of the U.S. House. According to the Congressman-elect Kissell:

During these difficult economic times, it just isn't right for Congress to give itself a pay increase while so many people are struggling to make ends meet, and so many others are out of work altogether. Most people work for years at a time without a pay raise, and most people in our district right now are just trying to hang on. It is a time of belt tightening for all of us, Congress included.

The pay increase is automatic unless a bill is passed revoking it. If the bill doesn't pass Kissell has pledged to refuse or donate the pay increase.

Union Co. Kissell Supporter Organizes Big Trip to D.C.

Earlier this morning a bus took off from Union County, NC carrying a large group of 8th District Larry Kissell supporters. The trip was organized by Nancy Rorie, President of Democratic Women of Union County. I sure wish I was on that bus.

The group includes volunteers, fundraisers, local party officials, reporters and some Kissell family members. Nancy started work immediately after the election to put this trip together. She's known for making things happen here in Union County, so it was a foregone conclusion that the trip would be a success.

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