President George H.W. Bush once said, “If you have a plan, we want to hear it. Tell your community leaders, your local officials, your governor, and your team in Washington. Believe me, your ideas count. An individual can make a difference.”
I couldn’t agree with this statement more. Your opinion is important. Your thoughts count. And what matters to you matters to me. Our forefathers ensured in our Constitution that the voice of the people – your voice – would drive our government. That’s why I’ve been on the road in our district this August meeting with you to listen, absorb, reflect and then apply what you share with me to my decision making in Congress. I wanted to share a few highlights from last week.
To support our hardworking students, I hosted a Congressional Award Ceremony in Concord with Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC). This award is earned by youth who have exhibited a willingness to voluntarily help others in the community, while reinforcing their own strengths in areas of personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. I was proud to help honor 65 students from across North Carolina who together logged more than 14,000 hours of voluntary public service.
As a member of the Congressional Award’s Board of Directors, I believe there is no better cause to bring us all together than a celebration of our state’s youth and their incredible achievements. I was honored to help recognize these young men and women for their positive contributions and service to our community. Undoubtedly, they are the leaders of tomorrow.
To support our military, I visited Fort Bragg again to meet with the brave soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade and U.S. Army Special Operations Command leadership. I also had the opportunity to connect with Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy and welcome him back to Fort Bragg. Secretary McCarthy is the Army's top acting civilian leader and he really has a heart for our soldiers and their families. We discussed ways we can work together to ensure our men and women in uniform have the tools needed to carry out their missions. Visits like this from high-ranking officials are important for senior leaders to get a better understanding of what’s happening on the ground, and they also give us a chance to showcase our incredible people and capabilities.
To support our economy and workers, I met with several farmers, a manufacturer, and several small businesses that have shown me the ways they are using our booming economy to employ hardworking folks and produce great products and services. I continue to work with local leaders to identify opportunities for legislation that will grow our economy. In total, the economy has added over 6.2 million jobs and wages have continued to grow since President Donald Trump was elected. This is great news, and it’s due in part to our pro-growth policies.
For my work to cut taxes and get rid of Washington’s red tape, I was proud to receive the Spirit of Enterprise award from the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.
By far, the highlight of the week was throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Woodpeckers game in Fayetteville. It was exciting to cheer on our Woodpeckers to a big 5-3 win over the Down East Wood Ducks.
All-in-all, it was a productive week in the district, and I’m looking forward to continuing the important conversations.
Hudson represents North Carolina’s 8th District which includes Cabarrus and other counties.