Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WECT) – As we near the 9th day of the partial government shutdown, Rep. Mike McIntyre, a Democrat, said he has no regrets about voting with Republicans in the House on two measures that linked funding for the federal healthcare law with government funding.
McIntyre was one of only two Democrats to cross the aisle on the bills, which passed in the House; one de-funded Obamacare completely and the other delayed the plan for a year. This ultimately led to the partial government shutdown because the Senate refused to pass a government funding bill that would de-fund Obamacare and the president threatened to veto any such action.
A new poll shows that 62% of Americans blame the Republicans for the stalemate. The poll is from the Associated Press-GfK.
Since McIntyre sided with Republicans on this issue, we asked if he would take any responsibility for the partial shutdown.
"No," he responded. "Because the resolution I voted for not only would allow a delay for Obamacare so we do not have people being penalized with the problems that they're having getting Obamacare set up."
He criticized President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner for "finger pointing."
Today, McIntyre told us he met with Republicans and Democrats who are trying to work together to get leadership on both sides to listen.
He said the "No Labels" group will hold a press conference Wednesday morning to put forth solutions to end the shutdown, but didn't provide further details on what those solutions might be.
McIntyre also joined a Democratic caucus for a meeting with President Obama at the White House Wednesday night.
He said he planned to present the president with a letter urging him to do what was done during the 1978 Camp David Accords, when Egyptian and Israeli leaders met at Camp David and didn't leave until the two countries emerged with a peace deal.
He is asking the president to meet with leaders of both parties and not give up until a solution is made.
Boehner's office said a small group of House Republicans will meet with President Obama on Thursday instead of the full caucus the White House invited.
The White House said Obama also would meet separately Thursday with the Senate Democratic caucus. A meeting with the Senate Republican caucus also is expected soon.
Republicans are demanding talks on deficit reduction and Obama's health care law before approving spending legislation. Obama has said he won't negotiate until the budget is approved and the debt ceiling lifted, with no strings attached.
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Monday, September 1 2014 11:52 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:52:38 GMT
Retiring Seventh District Congressman Mike McIntyre was inducted into The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed in the state of North Carolina. McIntyre received a certificateMore >>
Rep. Mike McIntyre has received the highest honor given by the state of North Carolina, induction into the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine. The honor given to McIntyre for his 18 years of service to the people of North Carolina as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:30:47 GMT
Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) and Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) are spearheading an effort to get Gov. Pat McCrory to call a special session of the General Assembly to deal solely with economic developmentMore >>
Local lawmakers' request for a special session is being met with some opposition tonight. Reps. Ted Davis & Susi Hamilton of New Hanover County believe a session focused solely on economic development is needed. But one conservative group is opposing the need for lawmakers to meet again to increase the JDIG program.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:37:34 GMT
Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they have reached a compromise deal on implementing new coal ash regulations, and forcing Duke Energy to close all 33 of its coal ash ponds across North Carolina. AccordingMore >>
House and senate lawmakers in the NC General Assembly passed a bill mandating cleanup of all Duke Energy coal ash ponds by the year 2029. The action follows a massive spill of coal ash into the Dan River in February from a company site in Eden. You can click on a link inside this story to see the specifics of the bill, which is now headed to the Governor's desk.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:51:31 GMT
The Film and Entertainment Grant Fund proposal will go back in front of state lawmakers tomorrow and Wednesday, after House and Senate conferees made slight changes to the proposal already approved inMore >>
It appears lawmakers are moving forward with a grant fund that will replace the current Film Incentive Tax Credit that has been in place to lure film and television productions to North Carolina.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:30:44 GMT
Governor Pat McCrory is appointing Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin as the new Chief Justice of North Carolina's Supreme Court. Judge Martin will replace the current Chief Justice, Sarah Parker, whoMore >>
Governor Pat McCrory's decision to elevate Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin to be the new Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is being met with criticism from Judge Ola Lewis of Brunswick County, who is opposing Martin for the seat in the November General Election.More >>
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