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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. –During a campaign kickoff event last evening, Sen. Chuck Edwards announced he would seek re-election for a third term in State Senate District 48:

Raleigh, N.C. – Sen Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a bill that requires all North Carolina sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when dealing with suspected illegal immigrants already in jail for committing other crimes that have detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):

Small Business Healthcare Act passes the legislature with bipartisan support

Awaits Governor’s signature

RALEIGH, N.C. – In a bipartisan vote, the North Carolina Senate passed Senate Bill 86: Small Business Health Care Act – sponsored by Senators Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth), Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg), and Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) – providing small businesses and sole proprietors with authorization to band together to form Association Health Plans (AHPs) to classify as one “large employer” to offer affordable and quality healthcare benefits for their employees.

Funding for Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties now uncertain, as Cooper refuses to negotiate budget separately from Medicaid ultimatum

RALEIGH, N.C. – The legislature passed a bipartisan budget that included more than $63 million for high priority projects in Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania Counties. Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the budget, including the funding for Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties because of his Medicaid expansion ultimatum. Cooper refuses to drop the ultimatum, holding up funding for Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties over one policy disagreement.

Final Budget Prioritizes Pay Increases for Teachers and State Employees, Invests an Additional $1.5B in Public Education, Further Reforms Taxes, and Other Initiatives That Will Have a Dramatic Impact on Western North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson), announced Monday some of the budget highlights that could most affect the western portion of the state. Although the Governor recently vetoed the budget that recently passed both chambers, he is optimistic that these provisions will withstand the next phase of budget negotiations.