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Editor’s note: The following is a statement released by U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy, R-N.C., in response to an interview request by The Daily Reflector in Greenville about the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. It appears here as a letter to the editor.

I’ve never worked in a bank where I was in charge of the money but I’m pretty sure that someone can account for every dollar at every bank. I’ve also never been in charge of a military armory, but I’m sure someone there is accountable for every weapon and its location. I think that many jobs…

Will the U.S. government function when our national debt is six times what it is now? Before you answer, you might want to explain whether is is functioning now, when the national debt is six times what it was only 22 years and one month ago. That fact, if it is a fact, was printed on the fr…

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