Butterfield: NCGA Surprise Bills are Abuse of Authority

Dec 15, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to the North Carolina General Assembly's special session on Wednesday, December 14:

“I am outraged by the Republican-led General Assembly's latest attempt to abuse their legislative authority.  Using the legislature’s special session to appropriate funds for victims of Hurricane Matthew, Republican leaders immediately convened another special session to allow members to introduce any legislation.  The additional special session was clearly a hyper-partisan maneuver to enable defeated Governor Pat McCrory to sign legislation that will continue to tarnish his reputation and the credibility of the North Carolina legislature. 

“I call upon Republican legislative leaders to cease their political maneuvers and allow Governor-Elect Roy Cooper to assemble his administration as he deems necessary and allow him to possess the authority of prior Governors.  To strip the incoming Governor of the traditional roles and responsibilities of the state’s chief executive is an insult to the voters and citizens of our great state. 

“Restructuring of county Boards of Elections is evidence that there are political motivations for these actions.  The transfer of authority over public education and higher education to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the General Assembly will politicize education that the public will not tolerate.”