Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr., who has represented the 3rd congressional district for 13 terms, suffered a broken hip at his home on Monday. According to his office, Jones underwent successful surgery at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville yesterday.
The fall for the 75-year-old follows an extended leave of absence granted in December for undisclosed health reasons.
His office told Policy Watch earlier this month that he would not seek re-election in 2020.
In late December, Jones weighed-in on the federal government shutdown and the dispute over funding the border wall, calling on President Trump and Congress to find a solution that did not involve raising the federal debt.
“Whatever compromise is reached, it should be paid for without adding to the deficit or the debt,” said Congressman Jones. “America’s national debt is nearly $22 trillion. Next year our annual deficit is projected to top $1 trillion. We can’t afford to keep financing the provision of government services by borrowing more and more money. It’s morally irresponsible and it’s got to stop.”
“Improving security on the southern border is essential, and we need a fiscally responsible plan to pay for it,” Jones continued. “If Mexico isn’t going to be made to pay for a wall, that means funds must be found internally. Options could include cutting other wasteful federal spending. Foreign aid and the war in Afghanistan would be good places to start. As a wealthy man, the president might consider pledging some of his own funds as well. Whatever it takes, just so long as we don’t add to the debt that is bankrupting our great country.”
While Jones begins rehabilitation for his hip and staff continues to manage the day-to-day operations, his absence comes at a notable time.
North Carolinians living in the 9th district are also without a member of congress as the election between Mark Harris and Dan McCready remains in dispute.