Senator David Perdue Named Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee Chairman
Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) today announced that Senator David Perdue (R-GA) will serve as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development. This subcommittee will have responsibility for reviewing the budget and operations of the State Department and USAID.
“For the last six years, the President’s aimless foreign policy has confused our allies and emboldened our enemies,” said Senator Perdue. “Recent terror attacks around the world serve to remind us that the War on Terror is far from over.
“From the debatable effectiveness of our foreign aid programs to the tragedy that took place in Benghazi, Georgians know that current foreign policy decisions are not making America any safer. Through serious oversight of the budget process we will make sure taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly, while protecting our national interests.
“As chairman, I will work to review the structure and operations of these important agencies to ensure an effective foreign policy that achieves our long-term strategic goals.”
Congressman Austin Scott named to Agriculture Subcommittees
House Agriculture Committee Chairman, K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), today announced the Agriculture Subcommittee assignments for U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08).
Congressman Scott is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit for the 114thCongress. In addition, the Congressman is proud to serve on the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, of which he was Chairman in the 113th Congress, and the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management.
“Congressman Scott has a deep knowledge of both commodity programs and risk management,” said Chairman K. Michael Conaway. “Thanks to his knowledge and experience he played an important role on the Committee during the drafting and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. He has earned a position as chairman of the Subcommittee on Exchanges, Energy, and Credit. He will also play an important role on his two other subcommittees. His experience in the Georgia House of Representatives and as a business man focused on insurance and risk management will be an asset as he works on behalf of our farmers and ranchers.”
Deal sees transportation bill as strong starting point
Upon introduction of a transportation bill today in the House, Gov. Nathan Deal called the plan a positive step forward and a strong starting point for negotiations.
“The release of a transportation bill is a positive step forward in the process of delivering for Georgians the transportation improvements we desperately need,” said Deal. “There’s still a long way to go as the plan winds through the General Assembly, but we now have a starting point and something to build on. We know what our challenges are – they are well documented – and we’re now working toward the solutions. I am committed this year to passing legislation that will provide for Georgia the transportation infrastructure it needs to keep our people and goods moving efficiently throughout the state for the next generation.”
Senator David Perdue Named Senate Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman
Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) today announced that Senator David Perdue (R-GA) will serve as Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources. The subcommittee is responsible for oversight on the EPA’s regulation of pesticides, conservation of natural resources, biotechnology, and forestry. Senator Perdue will also serve on two other Agriculture subcommittees: Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade and Rural Development and Energy.
“I’m proud to represent Georgia’s strong and vibrant agricultural community,” said Senator Perdue. “My goal is to make sure that the EPA doesn’t insidiously burden our farmers, and that we continue to foster growth and innovation across our largest industry. As chairman of this subcommittee, I’ll work to ensure that Georgia’s agricultural interests are protected and that our homegrown products are promoted around the world.”
“I am pleased to have Senator Perdue on the Committee and I look forward to the business experience and family farm background that he brings to our work on behalf of American agriculture,” Chairman Roberts said.
House Transportation Chairman Jay Roberts Introduces Transportation Funding Act of 2015
Provides more than $1 billion in new transportation funding with no state tax increase
State Representative Jay Roberts (R-Ocilla) todayannounced the Transportation Funding Act of 2015. This legislation addresses Georgia’s critical transportation infrastructure needs and provides more than $1 billion in new transportation funding without a tax increase.
“Thursday morning, House Transportation Chairman Jay Roberts and others will introduce legislation which we believe will lead to bringing our state into the 21st century with our transportation policy.” said Speaker of the House David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge). “I expect the bill to be thoroughly vetted as it goes through the legislative process. We welcome constructive discussion and debate. But the time to begin the process is now.”
“There has been a need for legislation to address our state’s transportation needs for several years now, and we can no longer ignore it,” said Rep. Roberts. “Throughout 2014 my colleagues and I who served on the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding traveled to all areas of the state to get feedback on local and regional transportation needs. We have studied how to fund transportation in our state going forward, and I believe that this bill provides the best solution. I am proud to introduce this plan that does not involve a tax increase for our citizens. This is the beginning of a process and we are listening to any and all suggestions.”
The Transportation Funding Act of 2015 is a comprehensive package of measures. Rep. Roberts explained the provisions of the bill as follows:
The movement to a constitutional board came after the loss of accreditation of all Georgia state higher education institutions for white people. The previous Governor, Eugene Talmadge, had engineered the firing of UGA’s Dean of the College of Education; after the Board of Regents initially refused to fire the Dean, Talmadge dismissed three members, and replaced them with new appointees who voted for the firing. Talmadge lost the 1942 election to Arnall.
On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff as many Americans watched on live television. President Ronald Reagan addressed the loss of seven astronauts.
Reagan had originally been scheduled to give his State of the Union that evening, but cancelled the speech. His address on the Challenger disaster was written by Peggy Noonan. The speech written by Noonan and delivered by Reagan is ranked as one of the top ten political speeches of the 20th Century.
Joint Health & Human Svcs Committee – 341 State Capitol
3:00pm – 4:00pm
House Defense & Veterans Affairs – 515 Coverdell LOB
3:00pm – 4:00pm
House Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications Committee – 403 Georgia State Capitol
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Senate Judiciary Non-Civil – 307 Coverdell LOB
Of particular note is that the House Appropriations Committee, meeting at 8 AM has the FY2015 Supplemental Budget on its agenda this morning. Passage by the committee means the bill doesn’t even have to leave Room 341 of the Capitol for a Rules Committee meeting that could send it to the floor for a vote on final passage. (more…)
I love other dogs and even do well with cats and kids! I am looking for an active home where they can continue my training. I do all the Bulldog tricks like snore, fart, and stick out my tongue. Everyone tells me I might be an Old English Bulldog, but I just think I’m fantastic! I have some bad habits like jumping at the leash and biting it, but these are all things you can work with a trainer on. In fact, a trainer has offered a free lesson to whoever adopts me! I am very snuggly and love my people. I am looking for a great family that will have the time and dedication to deal with my deafness and energy. Email [email protected] for more info one me!
Buffy the Heartworm Slayer is a young female English Bulldog mix, and one of the most happy, affectionate dogs you will ever met. She loves everyone she meets. She has this great big fierce bark, then when someone comes to the door, all she wants to do is jump up on the newcomer to smell and get loves. She’s super snuggly, and will climb on your lap (yes, all 45 lbs of her) for tummy rubs all day long. She’s great with other dogs. She likes being the center of attention, and loves it when her foster mom has lots of friends over, so she can be a social butterfly. She’s great on the leash and will make you meet new friends because she wants to say hello to everyone you pass – people and dogs!
Buffy would be great with older kids, but maybe not little ones as she doesn’t know her size! She has been treated for heartworms and is good to go – what a trooper! She should be the mascot of the Life is Good company, always grinning and loving life. She is a joy and is ready for her forever home!
Nadia is a sweet little 35-pound Black Lab mix, about nine months old and scheduled to be euthanized at the Barrow County Animal Shelter tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28th. She loves people and if you’d like to save her life, please have your paperwork in to Barrow County Animal Shelter by 4 PM today.
In 1940, the city of Atlanta and Delta had signed an agreement whereby the city agreed to contribute $50,000 for construction of a new hanger and office building for Delta if it would move its headquarters to Atlanta. In turn, Delta agreed to pay the remaining construction costs and then assume a 20-year lease for the new facilities. On Jan. 16, 1941, Delta had secured a $500,000 loan from Atlanta’s Trust Company of Georgia, thus allowing it to make a public announcement of the move.
On January 27, 1965, the Shelby GT 350 was unveiled. Just for fun, here’s the current Shelby Cobra GT 500, photographed last Friday at the Washington DC Auto Show.
The Republican agenda for the 2015 Session of the Georgia General Assembly will focus on the following five issues:
1. Helping young children with autism
2. Providing opportunities and breaking down bureaucratic barriers for high school students ready to take college-level courses
3. Continuing and expanding the protection of our children
4. Pushing economic development and job creation
5. Ensuring that the founding principles of our constitutional republic are taught to our students so that they are equipped for self-government and able to maintain their heritage of freedom.
“If you take a look at the bills we are considering most pressing, it should be obvious that the Majority Caucus is focused squarely on the education, health and protection of Georgia’s children,” Sen. Cowsert said. “At the same time, we will work to ensure Georgia remains the best place in the U.S. for business, thereby continuing to push every viable job creation mechanism for the benefit of Georgians across the state.” (more…)