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From Senator Johnny Isakson
The Isakson Newsletter
December 19, 2014
The Senate adjourned on Tuesday, ending the 113th Congress. The 114th Congress will convene at noon on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
Prior to the adjournment, the Senate voted on a number of pending nominations, as well as a bill to retroactively extend a number of tax deductions.
As we move into 2015 with a Republican majority, I will work with Republican leadership to advance comprehensive changes to our tax system that are long overdue.
I look forward to continuing my work on the Senate Committee on Finance in the 115th Congress, and I welcome your suggestions on how to simplify, make fairer and lower the current tax burden borne by taxpayers. Together, we can make a difference to craft a tax code for the 21st century.
Government Funding and Amnesty
On December 13, 2014, the Senate passed H.R.83, the appropriations legislation to fund the government for nine months that was previously passed by the U.S. House on December 11, 2014.
Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of confusion regarding this legislation and its impact on immigration funding and policy, as well as on Obamacare. While this is not the bill I would have written, I supported it because it included several key victories for conservative principles and for the state of Georgia, while also setting up the opportunity for the new Republican majority in the Senate to make more progress next year.