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The page of former Congressman Robert Pittenger, who represented North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District from 2013-2018. Congressman Robert Pittenger served three terms in the United States Congress (2013-2019), representing the Charlotte, North Carolina region.
His district is home to one of America’s largest financial centers (including the headquarters of Bank of America and major operations for Wells Fargo), a significant energy sector, and is a major producer of chicken, turkey, and pork. Congressman Pittenger was a Member of the House Committee on Financial Services and Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance. He also served on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, as well as the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee. As former Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, Congressman Pittenger met with hundreds of world leaders and security experts to advocate increased global cooperation in the fight against terrorism. He has also hosted 12 major forums bringing together over 700 Members of Parliament and Ambassadors from 68 countries to address terrorism financing, cyber security, and intelligence sharing. Congressman Pittenger supported President Trump’s efforts to reform America’s tax code, authored of several bills to ease unnecessary restrictions on investment, and supported free and fair trade. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Pittenger was a successful small business owner and worked with several international humanitarian organizations.
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How to Hold Beijing Accountable for the Coronavirus
ChinaTechThreat “white paper” by Congressman Pittenger and Dr. Layton
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Hon. Dan Coats, Former Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressman from Indiana, and U.S. Ambassador to Germany; Senior Advisor, King and Spalding
Admiral Dennis Blair, Former United States Director of National Intelligence, Former Commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific region for the United States Navy
Hon. Jaak Madison, Member of the European Parliament, Estonia, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia Parliament
Hon. Cristian Busoi, Member of European Parliament, Romania, Chair Of The Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament, Vice President of the Romanian National Liberal Party
Hon. James Lewis, Senior Vice President and the Director of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC
Hon. J. C. Boggs, Partner, King and Spalding
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Honorable Chris Stewart, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, US House of Representatives
Honorable Mike Rogers, Former Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, US House of Representatives; Chairman, 5G Action Now
Honorable Pavel Popescu-Member of Parliament, Romania
Honorable Jamieson Greer, International Trade team, King and Spalding
Honorable Robert Blair, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning, U.S. Department of Commerce
Honorable Gerolf Annemans-Member of European Parliament, Belgium
Honorable Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation
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Congressman Robert Pittenger discusses the upcoming June 20th PI-SF Forum in Paris
Tune in to Episode 3 of the Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum Podcast. Congressman Pittenger interviews Joseph Humire, President of Center for a Secure Free Society. Subscribe and share the podcast at the following link: http://pi-sf.com/episode-3-joseph-humire/
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Thank you for the great honor of serving you and all of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District these past six years. As I prepare to leave this office, I am very much aware of the incredible privilege you granted me. Much of my time in office has been focused on terrorism, terrorism financing, cyber issues, and malicious Chinese trade practices.
As my team prepares for an orderly transition, this account will be archived and deactivated on Monday, November 26th. My Charlotte and DC offices will continue to remain open for as long as the Committee on House Administration allows, and you are welcome to continue to reach out at 202-225-1976 or 704-362-1060. God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.
For years, China and other adversaries have exploited loopholes to gain access to sensitive national security-related technology. That’s about to stop. As part of legislation I wrote and introduced with Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, and that was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump, the Treasury Department is now implementing new rules to close those loopholes, including new reviews of joint ventures and minority position investments that were previously used by China to evade detection.
New regulations will require all foreign investors in certain deals involving critical U.S. technology to submit to national security reviews or face fines as high as the value of their proposed transactions.
Updates from FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Congressional conference call:
-The Cape Fear River is expected to crest today in Fayetteville.
-The Cape Fear River is expected to crest at 41.5 feet in Elizabethtown on Thursday.
-The USGS flood gauge in Lumberton is now underwater and inoperable. I have asked NOAA/US Water Center to take corrective action, but at this time I'm told that crews are unable to safely access the area to install a backup.
-Based on modeling and other data, NOAA estimates the Lumber River is currently at 23.7 feet in Lumberton. The river is expected to recede a bit today and tomorrow, before rising again through the weekend, for a final crest of 24.5 feet.
Suggestion from FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency: If the power goes out, turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary surges or spikes than can cause damage. Only use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors and away from windows.
Advice from FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency: “Text, don’t call.” During the #HurricaneFlorence emergency, phone lines may be overwhelmed. To let loved ones know you are safe, send a text instead.
We have received reports that shelters near Raleigh are filling up. If you are considering evacuating flood-prone areas, there are currently four shelters open with plenty of space in Charlotte:
-East Mecklenburg High School
6800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte
-North Mecklenburg High School
11201 Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville
-South Mecklenburg High School
8900 Park Rd., Charlotte
-Ardrey Kell High School
10220 Ardrey Kell Rd., Charlotte
We forget how complacent America had become, confident in a false sense of peace and security that was shattered at 8:46 a.m. on September 11th. Yet 17 years later, some are once again becoming complacent, with foolish calls to abolish ICE and American companies selling critical technology to foreign adversaries.
On September 11, 2001, brave American citizens and first-responders stood up to radical Islamic terrorists and proclaimed through their actions that America stands for freedom and liberty. Let us never forget the lives lost, or the bravery of the first-responders, or the heroism of our soldiers who took the fight to Osama Bin Laden.
Let us also remember their spirit as we face challenges in 2018 and beyond. We do not live in fear. We are a shining beacon for freedom and liberty. Yet, we remain vigilant.
President Trump should be applauded for issuing an Executive Order to strengthen U.S. retirement security. Currently, only half of businesses with fewer than 100 employees offer retirement plans. President Donald J. Trump is once again taking action, this time to help small businesses offer low-cost retirement benefits. The President has my commitment to continue working with him to eliminate unnecessary and burdensome regulations, and create a climate where businesses can grow, create jobs, and provide good benefits.
President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Friday that will make it easier for small businesses to provide workers with retirement plans.
America has lost a valiant hero who endured enormous pain for the price of freedom. May each of us persevere in like manner to hold the torch of liberty.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are mourning the loss of their dear friend and colleague, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who passed away after battling brain cancer at the age of 81.
Local meteorologists warn that National Weather Service radar coverage for Charlotte is inadequate to provide consistent and reliable warnings during severe weather. Last Friday, I hosted a roundtable discussion with NWS Director Dr. Louis Uccellini, nine local meteorologists, radar researchers, and local government officials to discuss the issue. We arrived at two solutions. One involves certain improvements to existing NWS radar facilities, which will improve coverage but not totally fix the issue. The second is new radar technology that potentially could be installed via a community partnership. Learn more in this report from The Charlotte Observer.
The National Weather Service will consider a fix to a weather radar gap in Charlotte, NC, but the solution is tentative and will not completely solve the issue for Charlotte. A facility in Greer, SC, is the closest to Charlotte.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “Congress is preparing to enact a defense-policy bill that some lawmakers say is tougher on China than any in history, as a bipartisan movement to confront Beijing gathers steam.” A major piece of this effort is my bill to crack down on malicious Chinese “business investments” which are strategically targeted to impact U.S. national security. President Trump is expected to sign our bill into law in the next few days.
Congress is preparing to enact a defense-policy bill that lawmakers say is tougher on China than any in recent decades, as a bipartisan movement to confront Beijing gathers steam.
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in North Carolina. What a heartbreaking tragedy. While I commend the incredible work of suicide prevention hotlines, I also want to make their services easier to access during times of crisis. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation, which I co-sponsored with Congressman Chris Stewart, to develop a national “three-digit” dialing code (similar to 911 or 311) to access local suicide prevention resources. Learn more in this report from Spectrum News North Carolina
Should the United States continue to support countries engaged in religious persecution? Turkey, a supposed ally, has for nearly two years wrongfully imprisoned North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson on highly suspicious charges . . . simply because he shared his faith. Yet Turkey is also highly reliant on international aid. Recently, I joined Representative Mark Walker to co-sponsor legislation directing U.S. representatives at the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and European Bank of Reconstruction and Development to oppose loans to Turkey until they release Pastor Brunson.
Several members of the North Carolina delegation signed onto a bill that would urge international organizations to stop lending money to Turkey because of its detention of pastor Andrew Brunson from Black Mountain. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence said they favor sanctions, too.
For years, China and other adversarial nation states have vacuumed up critical American security related technology and infrastructure through targeted business investments, especially in the areas of emerging technology. China has also forced American companies to share military-applicable technology through strategically-designed joint ventures. America’s Cold War-era safeguards weren’t able to combat this national security threat.
For over two years, and through countless meetings and briefings and hearings, my office and I worked to carefully reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, identifying and developing solutions to loopholes. Our final product, which passed the House today as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, strengthens America’s national security while continuing to allow beneficial foreign investment. Click here to learn more: https://pittenger.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15110
Simply put, the Russians are our adversaries. They have armed terror in Syria, forcefully occupied sovereign Ukraine territory, and continue to be a substantial cyber security and espionage threat. Our intelligence professionals are correct to display vigilance towards Russia. While previously acknowledging Russian involvement, perhaps at this moment the President did not chose to publicly chastise him.
With that in mind, it is my belief that the President is also working with a bigger picture in mind. Peace and security affecting Iran, Syria, Ukraine, and terrorists are paramount, while President Trump seeks behavior modification from Russia. As Americans, we should consider ways to unite behind our President and promote constructive engagement.
Last week, our community, and our country, lost a revered hero. Harold Eatman, a highly decorated World War 2 veteran from Matthews, passed away at the age of 102. Mr. Eatman is one of the few paratroopers to make all four World War Two jumps, in Sicily, Italy, Holland, and Normandy. For his bravery in helping to liberate France from Nazi brutality, the French government awarded Mr. Eatman their prestigious Legion of Honor medal, an award created by Napoleon.
Harold Eatman is a true American hero. While he will be greatly missed, he will not be forgotten.
Harold Eatman of Matthews, North Carolina, was a surviving World War II veteran who made all four major parachute jumps of the war. The highly decorated veteran died last week. His funeral will be in Charlotte, NC, on July 11, 2018.
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