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For Senator Thom Tillis, this year was a tough year for health.
Republicans in North Carolina Infected with coronavirus in October Towards the end of the reelection campaign. He was absent from the inauguration after being injured on a mountain bike and undergoing leg surgery.
And in March, a 60-year-old senator underwent surgery to remove the prostate. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer The beginning of the year.
“It’s just a week of unpleasant experiences,” he said.
However, the surgery appears to be successful, Tyris said in a recent sit-in interview with News & Observers at his Senate office in Washington.
his Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test Number It has decreased from a moderate risk area before surgery to a nearly non-existent state. Doctors found no evidence of cancer cells in the six lymph nodes.
And during his four-week medical examination, the doctor allowed him physical activity. He is back on hiking, mountain biking and disc golf.
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Tyris, Won the second term of the Senate in NovemberTalked publicly about his cancer, published his diagnosis, published information about his surgery, and talked about his recovery.
“I’ve heard from many people who appreciate our initial public offering because he finally decided to have a PSA test or his spouse eventually advised them to do it,” Tillis said. Said. “Especially men don’t like to talk about this.”
Nearly 250,000 new cases of prostate cancer occur and nearly 35,000 die each year in the United States, according to the report. American Cancer Society.
“Many of them, with early detection and some treatment, are quite likely to live for 10, 12, or 15 years, whatever I have received, such as radiation, hormones, and other treatments. It falls into the high-risk category, “says Tillis.
He also talked about many of the issues facing the Senate and the country this year. Tyris was free to talk about his preferences in the 2022 Senate elections in North Carolina. This story..
Here are his remarks on two controversial issues that the Senate may address this summer:
▪ ▪ Police reform: More than a year has passed since the black man George Floyd was killed by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murder. Floyd’s death caused a summer of protests across the country. Despite efforts to pass police reform packages, including. George Floyd Justice in Police Law, Nothing is legally enacted in the country.
Senator Karen Bass, Senator Cory Booker, and Senator Tim Scott Working to reach a bipartisan agreement About police reform. Republicans, including Tyris, Get a hint from Scott, The only black Republican in the Senate on this issue.
Limited immunity It’s one of the hangs. This protects law enforcement officers from personal liability at work, except in very special circumstances. Some Democrats want to remove it for executives.
“My compromise on police reform is to withdraw the limited immunity, so that young men and women can find employment in an era when many young people make instant decisions,” Tyris said. Because it will be gone. ” “It’s not necessarily fatal, but it can do harm, knowing that their entire livelihood can be deprived.”
He pointed out Recent Case Studies in Columbus, Ohio, As an example, a policeman shot and killed a black girl who was attacking another person with a knife.
“If you know that you can lose everything by trying to save someone’s life and make this decision in just a few seconds, how do you think it will affect that momentary decision? Community? I think it’s dangerous for us and it’s scary to recruit people to law enforcement agencies, “Tillis said.
One of Scott’s ideas is to hold government agencies accountable, not individual officers, Tyris said. Tyris also said he is focusing on additional funding for training, especially in economically difficult areas.
“If you want to qualify for the highest level of police control, you need to have the highest level of training,” Tyris said. “… it’s part of police reform, and holding any county, town, or state accountable at some level is at least what I want to talk about.”
▪ ▪ infrastructure: President Joe Biden has proposed a $ 2.5 trillion infrastructure package. Called the American Jobs Plan, Late March. He planned to pay for it by raising corporate and personal taxes on high-income earners, which is the exact tax that the Republicans cut in 2017 under President Donald Trump.
Negotiations are in progress Between the White House and the Republicans, they offered nearly $ 1 trillion in infrastructure investment on Thursday, much of that money from previous COVID bailout packages.
“Not ready to open Tax reduction and employment law I’m trying to make money, “he said.
Tyris said raising corporate tax rates could hinder the economy. He said he would not even support a 1% increase in corporate tax.
“If you think the president used the term” human infrastructure “rather than wanting to talk about $ 600 billion or $ 800 billion in real infrastructure, accept me. Other economic activity.” Mr Tyris said.
He said he considers roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, and broadband to be “legitimate infrastructure.”
— Brian Murphy, Correspondent in Washington at The News & Observer
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