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From Senator Johnny Isakson
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Rep. Jason Spencer and Several state Representatives to Hold Press Conference to Discuss 2014 Legislation
ATLANTA – State Representatives Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) will hold a press conference on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the South Wing of the Georgia State Capitol. Rep. Spencer and several other legislators will be discussing two bills that will be introduced in the upcoming 2014 legislative session that will add a layer of protection for Georgia citizens against Obamacare.
“The bill’s main thrust is to prohibit state agencies, officers and employees of the state from implementing any provisions of the Affordable Care Act, leaving implementation entirely in the hands of the federal government, which lacks the resources or personnel to carry out the programs it mandates,” said Rep. Spencer. “Also, we will be asking the Attorney General or a special appointed counsel to file a lawsuit on behalf of the citizens of Georgia in federal court to overturn NFIB vs. Sibelius.”
Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine)
Rep. David Stover (R-Newnan)
Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs)
Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock)
Press Conference to discuss 2014 legislation
Monday, December 16, 2013 1:00 p.m.
Georgia State Capitol South Wing
Vote for Your Favorite Scholastic Classic and The UPS Store will send that same title to Toys for Tots for a less fortunate child.
Today The UPS Store® launches Vote for Your Favorite Scholastic Classic, aimed to raise literacy awareness and support for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, an effort dedicated to providing our nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and succeed in life.
Through Dec. 15, people can visit the Toys for Tots Facebook page to vote for their favorite of six classic childhood titles from Scholastic - The Secret Garden, Make Way for Ducklings, Charlotte’s Web, Stone Soup, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Three Little Pigs. For every vote,The UPS Store will purchase that same book for a child in need, up to $10,000 worth of books.
According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, over 16 million children in the United States live below the federal poverty level. The unfortunate reality is that access to books is scarce for children growing up in poverty. Handbook of Early Literacy Research reports in low-income neighborhoods, there is just one children’s book in the community for every 300 children. One of the keys to unlocking the door to a brighter and more prosperous future for these children is better access to reading materials.
“Our nation’s less fortunate children deserve the resources to break the cycle of poverty through literacy and education,” said LtGen Pete Osman, USMC (Ret), President and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “This effort is a fun, easy way for our supporters to make a lasting impact on children in need, even after the holidays are over.”
Participating The UPS Store locations across the U.S. accept donations to benefit the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, a year-round initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Every dollar donated helps purchase books for less fortunate children in local communities throughout the U.S.
“The UPS Store customers have raised over $2 million dollars for The Toys for Tots Literacy Program over the course of our seven year partnership,” said Tim Davis, president of The UPS Store, Inc. “We are proud of the impact we have made in supporting youth in need.”
In addition to donating in-store, customers can go to The UPS Store Facebook page to make a donation directly to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and learn more about the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.
Very excellent - 120 Air Force musicians came together at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., surprising more than 400 museum guests with an impromptu performance.
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From Congressman Rob Woodall
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Price Statement on Budget Conference Agreement
Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06), a member of the House and Senate budget conference committee, issued the following statement regarding the agreement. “It is increasingly obvious that success – particularly in divided government – has to be measured in positive steps, not leaps and bounds,” said Congressman Price. “But in doing so, the American people expect their elected officials to find common ground without sacrificing the principles we hold dear.
“This agreement – more than $20 billion in deficit reduction compared to current law with zero tax increases – reflects both that common ground and our conservative principles. Just as important, we are jumpstarting the appropriations process so that future spending decisions reflect our priorities. “Moving forward, the manner in which spending reductions occur will not be based on arbitrary cuts that usurp the proper role of Congress in determining the nation’s budget priorities.
Instead, this package relies on smarter cuts and common sense reforms, which make incremental progress toward the ultimate goal – a smaller, more efficient and accountable Washington.”
Congressman Tom Price, M.D., is vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.