Expand Opportunity

Congressman Butterfield with an elementary school student


Congressman Butterfield believes that hard work and responsibility should be rewarded. The people of the First District deserve equal and fair access to the tools and opportunities that allow them to compete in the global workforce, earn decent wages, and have a fair shot at obtaining the American dream.

Improve Education and Give Children a Head Start

As the son of a school teacher, Congressman Butterfield knows that education is the best investment we can make in our nation’s future.  Early childhood programs such as Head Start and quality primary education will give children the solid foundation to compete in the global workforce, earn fair wages and lead our nation forward.

Train North Carolinians for Jobs of the Future

Congressman Butterfield believes bold action is needed to bridge the gap between those looking for jobs and employers looking for skilled workers. Strengthening our competitiveness begins with providing North Carolinians with tools to succeed through expanding access to high quality education and innovative training programs. Doing so will grow the pool of highly skilled workers that companies are looking for to grow their businesses.

Promote Women’s Economic Agenda

Congressman Butterfield is committed to breaking down the barriers to equal pay and employment for women. True opportunity requires that all people, regardless of their gender, have equal access to the rights, benefits, and opportunities defined by our Constitution. Congressman Butterfield supported President Obama in passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, which provides a remedy for women and men who have been victims of pay discrimination.

More on Expand Opportunity

Butterfield Praises Passage of the CARES Act

Mar 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield issued the following statement on the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third phase of the COVID-19 federal response:

“Today, I was proud to join my colleagues in passing the CARES Act.  This aggressive third coronavirus response package has $2 trillion in federal aid that North Carolinians and North Carolina businesses struggling with the COVID-19 outbreak desperately need right now.  

Butterfield Urges Swift Passage of Third Coronavirus Bill

Mar 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Butterfield released the following statement on the third coronavirus legislative response package:

Butterfield Update on Congressional Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

Mar 20, 2020 Press Release



WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Butterfield provided the following update of the Congressional efforts in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the continued efforts of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives:

Butterfield’s Bill Heads to President After Senate Passage

Mar 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Butterfield’s bill, the Protecting Vulnerable Americans in Times of Crisis Act of 2020 (H.R. 6273), passed out of the U.S. Senate as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The legislation now heads to President Trump to be signed into law.

Butterfield and Adams Introduce Resolution Recognizing 60th Anniversary of the Greensboro Four Sit-In

Jan 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) introduced a resolution recognizing the significance of the Greensboro Four Sit-In of 1960. The resolution recognizes the four students of Greensboro, North Carolina for their contribution to the civil rights movement and encourages all States to include this historical account in their educational curriculum.  

Butterfield, Conaway Introduce Free File Resolution

Jan 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Monday, G. K. Butterfield (NC-1) and Congressmen Mike Conaway (TX-11) introduced H. Res. 810, a resolution to recognize Free File, a public-private partnership allowing low- and moderate-income taxpayers to use tax preparation software and e-filing services at no cost to the government

Butterfield Introduces Bill to Address Maternal Health Crisis Using Technology

Jan 16, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.-Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), along with Representatives Greg Gianforte (MT- At Large), Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE- At Large), Susan Brooks (IN-05), and Robin Kelly (IL-02), introduced the Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act. The bill will use data mapping to identify areas of the country where high rates of poor maternal health overlap with a lack of broadband access.

Butterfield Introduces Bill to Provide Electronic Equipment to American Communities

Dec 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) introduced a bipartisan bill along with Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11), to help connect vulnerable American communities with electronic equipment—H.R. 5495, The Federal Electronic Equipment Donation Act of 2019.

Durham Federal Courthouse Naming Ceremony-John Hervey Wheeler

Oct 15, 2019 Press Release

DURHAM, N.C.—Congressman Butterfield joined with the Durham, North Carolina community and the family of the famed banker and attorney John Hervey Wheeler to celebrate the naming of the city’s federal courthouse after the late North Carolina-native and civil rights leader. Congressman Butterfield led the official unveiling of the sign on the newly designated John Hervey Wheeler U.S. Courthouse during the special ceremony hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Congressman Butterfield Introduces Bill to Support Investment in Minority Broadcast Station Ownership

Jul 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield introduced H.R. 3957, the Expanding Broadcast Opportunities Act of 2019.  The bill would promote diversity of ownership in the broadcast industry by reestablishing the Minority Tax Certificate Program at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and encourages investment in minority and women owned broadcast stations by expanding the Commissions’ incubator program.