What Thom’s Been Up To:

Fighting To Repeal Obamacare

Congress began 2016 by passing The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which would have repealed Obamacare and cut the federal deficit by half a trillion dollars over the next decade according to the Congressional Budget Office. When Thom was elected, he promised the people of North Carolina that if he were elected, he would work toward repealing and replacing Obamacare. Watch local coverage of Thom's efforts to repeal Obamacare below.

Visiting Ft. Bragg And Supporting Our Men and Women in Uniform

Thom spent the first week of January visiting Fort Bragg with Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA). Both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, they met with many key military commanders at Ft. Bragg, shared breakfast with Army soldiers from their home states, toured the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), and went on an extensive tour of the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center (JSOMTC). In addition to the busy itinerary of the CODEL at Fort Bragg, Senator Tillis joined Senators Richard Burr and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) for the official opening of the new Fayetteville VA Health Care Center.


"Sen. Thom Tillis promises to be a familiar face at Fort Bragg. And he plans on bringing powerful friends with him. North Carolina's junior senator is on a mission to educate Congress on the unique role of Fort Bragg. Tillis' visits will highlight those important differences. And hopefully that will mean well for the post in the future. The "scope and scale," is hard to explain, Tillis said. So instead, he's engaging in "show and tell," with his fellow leaders. The first visit for Tillis saw him bring along Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia."


In Case You Missed It:

VA Extends Benefits for Camp Lejeune Victims

In December, the VA finally granted some justice to veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune. The VA announced it will grant disability status to the victims of Camp Lejeune's poisoned water who are diagnosed with one of the eight illnesses associated with long term exposure to the chemicals that contaminated the base water system from 1953 -1987. In September 2015, both Senator Burr and Senator Tillis pressed the VA at a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on Camp Lejeune for answers about granting Lejeune veterans disability status. Bureaucratic red tape and internal resistance at the VA delayed a final decision for years. 

Editorial: "North Carolina Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and former Sen. Kay Hagan all deserve credit for their work on this issue. It’s refreshing to see an issue unite politicians from opposite sides of the aisle."

Tillis Reviews First Year

Thom spent time with the North Carolina media talking about what Congress accomplished in 2015 and what he has in store for 2016. Thom wrote an op-ed about his bipartisan accomplishments during his first year, partnered with Senator Burr to highlight their work for our military and veterans, and interviewed about many other topics. In 2016, Thom hopes there will be less gridlock in Congress, and thinks President Obama and Congress should both up their game to produce results for the American people. Please continue to contact Thom if you or anyone you know has any problems with a government agency.


I think that this (Obama) administration, through various tax policies over the last seven years, has heaped on tax and regulatory burdens that are really squeezing businesses to the point of failure,” Tillis said. “We’re going to spend a lot of time trying to repeal or delay regulatory policies that we think will add to the cost of uncertainty — the EPA emissions standards, the waters of the U.S. These are all things that translate into a real significant, immediate, additional cost of doing business.”


 Senator Tillis at Fort Bragg