May 24 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) released the following statement in response to Governor Cooper’s partisan publicity tour seeking to derail bipartisan legislation advancing through the General Assembly, including the budget process. As Speaker of the House in North Carolina, Tillis led the creation of the Opportunity Scholarship Program and an override of then-Governor Perdue’s veto of a bipartisan budget.  

“Through his partisan temper tantrums, it’s clear that Roy Cooper isn’t handling being a lame duck governor very well. Governor Cooper created a phony state of emergency in a desperate attempt to block bipartisan, fiscally responsible legislation that will cut taxes for hardworking families, provide pay raises for teachers, more educational opportunities for students, and fund Medicaid expansion.

“Between Governor Cooper’s ultra-partisan theatrics and President Biden’s chaotic mishandling of the debt limit, North Carolinians are sick and tired of the political nonsense and seeing politicians trying to push us into a far-left ditch. It’s time for our elected officials to start working to find common ground for the good of our state and country.”