David Rouzer Committee Assignments

Analysis

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Ideology–Leadership Chart

Rouzer is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

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Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

David Rouzer sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Rouzer was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rouzer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (36%)Environmental Protection (21%)Education (14%)Social Welfare (14%)Taxation (14%)

Recent Bills

Some of Rouzer’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Rouzer’s VoteVote Description
No H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018; SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Honoring Hometown Heroes Act
Feb 9, 2018. Passed 240/186.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Nay H.R. 4919: Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2016
Dec 8, 2016. Passed 346/66.
Nay S. 1252: Global Food Security Act of 2016
Jul 6, 2016. Passed 369/53.
The Global Food Security Act of 2016 (Pub.L. 114–195), is a law introduced on March 24, 2015 in the 114th Congress by Representative Christopher Henry "Chris" Smith (New Jersey-R) and on May 7, 2015 by Senator Robert Patrick "Bob" Casey Jr. (Pennsylvania-D), and signed by ...
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Mar 2018, Rouzer missed 12 of 2,136 roll call votes, which is 0.6%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2015 Jan-Mar14410.7%26th
2015 Apr-Jun24410.4%27th
2015 Jul-Sep13900.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec17700.0%0th
2016 Jan-Mar13700.0%0th
2016 Apr-Jun20400.0%0th
2016 Jul-Sep23200.0%0th
2016 Nov-Dec4800.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar20800.0%0th
2017 Apr-Jun13642.9%68th
2017 Jul-Sep19900.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec16721.2%40th
2018 Jan-Mar10144.0%61st

Primary Sources

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David Rouzer is pronounced:

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U.S. Rep. David Rouzer is one of the first Republicans in North Carolina’s congressional delegation to hold a town hall this year, answering questions from a rowdy crowd in Brunswick County Monday afternoon.

Rouzer lives in Johnston County and represents the 7th District in southeastern North Carolina. He stood on stage in an auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia for two hours, his answers prompting a mix of cheers and boos – and some chanting – from the crowd.

One question came from a young girl. “There are kids in my class who are afraid their parents will get deported,” she said. “Why do you support that?”

Rouzer’s response: “The president and his team are focused on the criminal element, and they should be focused on the criminal element. The rapists, the murderers and the burglars that are on the streets should go home.”

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That statement didn’t satisfy some in the crowd who chanted “Answer! Answer! Answer!” Rouzer shushed the audience and repeated his response, “the focus of the president and his team is on the criminal element – that is the answer.”

Another questioner asked the congressman if he supports appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. “The House Intelligence and Senate Intelligence committees are doing their jobs, and will continue to do their jobs. Next question,” Rouzer said.

Some Republican members of Congress from North Carolina have refused to hold town halls this year. U.S. Rep. George Holding of Raleigh has said town halls are merely “opportunities to protest.” U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis have said they don’t hold town halls because they say “telephone town halls” where thousands call in to ask questions are more effective.

Tillis took questions Monday at a Durham Chamber of Commerce event, but he faced criticism that the location was kept secret and attendees had to pay a $25 admission fee. U.S. Rep. Mark Walker of Greensboro is one GOP exception: He’s held two town halls so far this year.

Rouzer, however, said he likes the public town hall format. “This is either the 13th or 14th town hall I’ve done, and I will continue to be accessible to the public and have town halls as long as I serve,” he said Monday.

Still, some speakers criticized Rouzer for scheduling the event on a Monday afternoon, when many constituents were at work and could not make the trip to Brunswick County.

Rouzer said Monday was the only time that didn’t conflict with the busy schedule of votes in Congress, and that he’d initially planned to wait until April to hold a town hall.

“With everything that was on the table, I thought I’d rather do it sooner than later, and this was the time it worked out,” he said.

Rouzer’s town hall isn’t the only one scheduled this week. U.S. Rep. David Price, a Democrat, is holding one in Cary on Monday night at 7 p.m. That event had to be moved from the Cary Theater to the larger Cary Arts Center to accommodate expected crowds. Price also has town halls scheduled for Saturday in Chapel Hill and March 13 in Raleigh.

Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported Rouzer was the first Republican member of Congress from North Carolina to hold a town hall meeting this year. U.S. Rep. Mark Walker held the year’s first GOP town halls in the state.

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