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29
Jan

Sen. Bill Cowsert: Republican Priorities on Fast Track

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From Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert 

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Republican Priorities on Fast Track

On Monday, Georgia Senate Republicans released our legislative agenda for this year’s session of the Georgia General Assembly. When Republicans gathered to discuss the most pressing issues facing our state, we determined quickly that our legislative priorities should focus squarely on the education, health, and protection of Georgia’s children. Likewise, to better ensure these children will have a prosperous future, we are resolved to continue our efforts toward economic development and job creation – this year that includes working to bolster our transportation infrastructure.

The Republican Caucus has developed a five-point plan for the 2015 session:

  1. Helping young children with autism
  2. Providing college/technical school opportunities for high school students
  3. Continuing and expanding the protection of our children
  4. Promoting economic development and job creation
  5. Teaching the founding principles of our constitutional republic to our students

Our first priority this session was to assist children in receiving the diagnosis and therapy they need to treat autism. Today, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with some form of autism—a true epidemic. This bill will require insurance companies to cover analysis, treatment, and counseling for autistic children under six years old; joining 38 other states with similar laws.

Early treatment has shown remarkable improvement rates for these children and can help put them in regular classrooms, steering them away from much more costly special education programs. This is especially important for children on the lower end of the autistic spectrum.  A report from the Harvard School of Public Health shows that 47 percent of autistic children who receive early treatment can achieve “typical function.” The increased insurance cost to cover early autism treatment is only $0.31 per health insurance member, per month. This small investment will easily be recovered through reductions in educational and medical expenditures for each child who benefits from early treatment. To ensure that no undue burden is imposed on businesses, the insurance requirement will not apply to companies with 10 or fewer employees and will be waived if it results in more than a 1 percent increase in premiums. We simply cannot afford to deny these children early treatment coverage.

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29
Jan

Rep. Tom Graves: Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

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From Congressman Tom Graves 

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Rep. Tom Graves Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline by a bipartisan vote of 62-36:

“I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for passing this common-sense jobs bill. The Keystone XL Pipeline will create more than 40,000 jobs and add billions of dollars to our economy. Even though the president has threatened to veto legislation approving this pipeline, I truly hope that, once a bill is sitting on his desk, he will not turn his back on all of the Americans who would have the opportunity to work as a result of this pipeline.”

On January 9, 2015, Rep. Graves voted in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (H.R. 3), which is companion legislation to the Senate-passed bill. H.R. 3 passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 266 to 153.

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29
Jan

Sen. David Perdue: Applauds Senate Passage of Keystone Jobs Bill

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From Senator David Perdue

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Senator David Perdue Applauds Senate Passage of Keystone Jobs Bill

U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today applauded the Senate for passing legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline:

“I’m proud to have cosponsored the bipartisan Keystone jobs bill, because it benefits Americans in so many ways,” said Senator Perdue. “It will create tens of thousands of jobs, it will get us closer to energy independence, and will help lower energy costs for families and small businesses.

“Over the past few weeks, the new Republican majority has demonstrated that the Senate is functional again. For too long, Georgians, and people all over America, have been frustrated with the gridlock in Washington – and rightfully so. But amendments offered to this bill surpassed the total amount of amendments offered all of last year. Now that we’re actually debating bills again, we can work towards lowering our debt and getting Americans back to work.

“It’s encouraging that so many of my Senate colleagues share the urgency to get this project moving so it can help our lagging economy. I urge the President to reconsider his veto threat of this important jobs bill.

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29
Jan

Sen. Jesse Stone: Week 2 – News From Under the Gold Dome

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From Senator Jesse Stone 

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Week 2: News From Under the Gold Dome

The General Assembly reconvened for week 2 of the 2015 Session after a week of budget hearings which I attended.  Some of the highlights of the week included the unveiling of a House proposal for discussing the future of transportation funding.   I am sure this will stimulate discussion, and we will be hearing from other quarters in the upcoming weeks.

In a unanimous bi-partisan vote, the Senate passed SB1, “Ava’s Law”, to extend insurance coverage to early treatment of autism.  At a modest cost to insurers (under $5 per year per insured family), young lives can realize their potential, and the taxpayers of Georgia can save millions of dollars. If you support this bill, please contact your State Representatives to encourage the House to pass.

The committees that I serve on began meeting and adopting rules for the next 2 years. The Education Committee on my motion passed SB 2 which broadens joint enrollment programs.  It allows local school systems to permit students to satisfy high school graduation requirements for 11th and 12th grades by successfully completing 2 year degree studies at community colleges and technical schools.  If this passes the legislature, students will be energized to complete their education and enter a career pathway.

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29
Jan

Rep. Buddy Carter: Applauds Savannah Harbor Expansion Project Construction

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From Congressman Buddy Carter 

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Carter Applauds Savannah Harbor Expansion Project Construction

Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01) applauded the start of construction on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project today. The United States Army Corps of Engineers began the long-awaited first actions on construction this afternoon.

“Today is a momentous day for the state of Georgia,” Carter said. “I am thrilled to see this project finally moving forward after nearly two decades of bureaucratic hurdles that stood in the way of construction.  It is past time to begin this vital project that will create thousands of jobs and increase our nation’s competitiveness while boasting an unprecedented $5.50 return on every $1 invested.”

The United States Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the harbor deepening project will bring $174 million in annual net benefits to the United States.

“I celebrate the tireless fight and dedication of my predecessor, former Congressman Jack Kingston, as well as other leaders who got us to this point,” Carter said. “Now it’s my turn and I know that we still have a long road ahead of us. I am jumping into the fight and I will be there every step of the way until this project is completed.”

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29
Jan

Sen. Johnny Isakson: Praises Committee Passage of Bill to Impose More Sanctions if Iran Fails to Reach Agreement with World Powers on Dismantling its Nuclear Program

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From Senator Johnny Isakson 

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Isakson Praises Committee Passage of Bill to Impose More Sanctions if Iran Fails to Reach Agreement with World Powers on Dismantling its Nuclear Program

‘We will not be lied to, we will not be misled’

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised committee passage of a bill he co-sponsored aimed at increasing pressure on Iran to dismantle its nuclear program amid ongoing negotiations with the United States and five other world powers. The legislation would impose more sanctions on Iran if a final nuclear agreement has not been reached by July, and would continue to increase sanctions for each additional month that an agreement has not been reached.

The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 would also require the president to formally submit the text of any final agreement with Iran, as well as a verification assessment report, to Congress within five days of reaching a final agreement.

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs approved the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 by a bipartisan vote of 18-4 earlier today, Jan. 29, 2015. The measure will now be reported to the full Senate for consideration.

“Iranian leaders have demonstrated time and again that they are unwilling to take the proper steps to dismantle their nuclear program,” said Isakson. “It is critical that we clearly demonstrate to Iran that we will not be lied to, we will not be misled and that we expect them to honor their commitments. A nuclear program in Iran will fuel an arms race in an incredibly unstable region of the world, and the United States will not stand by and allow that to take place, especially at a time when the rest of the world is watching.”

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29
Jan

Senators Johnny Isakson & David Perdue: Co-sponsor ‘Audit the Fed’ Legislation

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From Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue

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Isakson, Perdue Co-sponsor ‘Audit the Fed’ legislation

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today co-sponsored S.264, theFederal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., that would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a comprehensive and independent audit of the Federal Reserve.

The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 would mandate an audit of the Federal Reserve by the Comptroller General of the United States, who is the head of GAO, be reported to the leadership of Congress, along with the leadership of the committees of jurisdiction. The audit would be completed by the end of 2015.

“I have long been an advocate of sunshine laws, and better oversight by Congress of all agencies of the federal government,” said Isakson. “This legislation will help us determine areas that need improvement and shed additional light on a system that has a significant impact on the U.S. economy via the national, monetary policy decisions it makes. There is more need for accountability across the board.”

“This bipartisan, commonsense legislation is exactly what Georgians expect out of Washington,”said Perdue. “Every aspect of our government should operate in a transparent manner which is accountable to the people, and the Federal Reserve is no different. A timely and comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserve will finally unveil the full scope of consequences their policies have on our economy.”

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28
Jan

Sen. David Perdue: Named Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee Chairman

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From Senator David Perdue

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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.”

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28
Jan

Rep. Austin Scott: Named to Agriculture Subcommittees

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From Congressman Austin Scott

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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.”

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28
Jan

Gov. Nathan Deal: Sees Transportation Bill As Strong Starting Point

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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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.”