Every member of Congress has different priorities; different issues they focus on during their service. For Congressman Mike McIntyre, taking care of our nation’s veterans is at the top of the list. That is why he pushed for a Veterans Affairs Medical Clinic in Wilmington. "That patient clinic has been so successful we want to see it expand, and we’re on the verge of that happening," said McIntyre. McIntyre is also looking at the possibility of a Veterans Center in Wilmington that will offer more services; even as a new clinic in Brunswick County is scheduled to open in the next few years. McIntyre also wants to protect southeastern North Carolina’s tourism industry. He continues to support funding for maintenance and dredging for the Intracoastal Waterway and the Port of Wilmington, as well as re-nourishing our beaches. "We’ve got to keep that viable,” said Congressman McIntyre. “We’ve got to keep it vibrant, and we’ve got to keep the vitality of the coast." With Kay Hagan’s election, North Carolina now has seats on both sides of the aisle in the US Senate. But both she and Richard Burr say when it comes to what’s best for the Tar Heel state, they will stand together. "We’ll look for those opportunities to make the imprint of North Carolina’s importance in legislation in the future," said Senator Burr. Last week the senators joined together to cosponsor a bill creating a new agency to regulate tobacco, instead of leaving it to the FDA, which Hagan says already has too much to do. "I think we all know it’s unsafe, but this new regulation would focus at primarily children smoking and having a lot of information on a pack as to the unsafe nature," she said. Republican Burr said his priorities mesh well with the democratic White House; focusing on healthcare reform and fixing education. Burr also said the country is long past the point where it needs a new energy policy. He said we must make a shift to building more nuclear plants and tapping into wind, solar and geothermal energy. "And, yes, that means going off the shore of North Carolina, South Carolina, the east coast, the west coast, trying to see can we, in an environmentally safe way, tap resources that are ours," he said. Senator Hagan also said she wants to make sure North Carolina is represented on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, where she said a seat has been left open since 1994.
Part One – WWAY Goes to Washington: Who represents us in Congress
Part Two – WWAY Goes to Washington: NC representatives discuss the stimulus plan
Part Three – WWAY Goes to Washington: NC representatives and their priorities
Part Four – WWAY Goes to Washington: The President and Congress