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13
Jan

VIDEO – Senators Isakson & Shaheen: Introduce Biennial Budgeting Legislation to Reform Congress’ Broken Budgeting Process

Your Washington Desk

From Senator Johnny Isakson 

Isakson, Shaheen Introduce Biennial Budgeting Legislation to Reform Congress’ Broken Budgeting Process

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., today reintroduced the bipartisan Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act in an effort to reform Congress’ broken budgeting process. The legislation would convert Congress’ annual appropriations process to a two-year budget cycle.

This commonsense reform would require Congress to become better stewards of the taxpayers’ money by placing Congress on a two-year budget cycle, with one year for appropriating federal dollars and the other year devoted to oversight of federal programs.

“I’m proud to join Sen. Shaheen in reintroducing this bipartisan, commonsense legislation that would change the paradigm of Washington’s broken budget system,” said Isakson. “With our national debt surpassing $18 trillion and growing, it is imperative that we rethink the way that we do things in Congress. I have pushed biennial budgeting every year I’ve been in the Senate since 2005 because this new system would increase oversight and reduce spending, making our federal government more efficient and more accountable to taxpayers.”

Isakson is making S.150, the biennial budget legislation, his first bill of the new Congress in an attempt to tackle one of the biggest problems facing our country – our unsustainable debt.Continue Reading..

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Jan

Senators Perdue & Isakson: Introduce Fair Tax Act of 2015

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From Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson

Fair Tax

Perdue, Isakson Introduce Fair Tax Act of 2015

Would repeal federal income tax, abolish IRS; replace with national sales tax

U.S. Senators David Perdue, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today introduced the Fair Tax Act of 2015 to promote freedom, fairness and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax.

Perdue, a member of the Senate Budget Committee and an original co-sponsor of the bill, said: “In order for America’s economy to thrive in today’s international economy, we must remain competitive. Instituting the FairTax will level the playing field and make America the best place in the world to do business. The FairTax is smart policy that will help protect hardworking Georgians and all American taxpayers.”

“Our tax code is a burden on families and a drain on small businesses,” said Isakson, a member of the Senate Finance Committee who has co-sponsored legislation to repeal the tax code and to establish a national sales tax during every session of Congress since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2005. “Our current tax code punishes hard work and productivity, and the recent scandals surrounding the Internal Revenue Service’s politically motivated targeting of grassroots citizen groups is even more proof that no federal government agency should be trusted with this much power. Moving to the kind of system outlined in the Fair Tax of 2015 is a no-brainer. It’s time that we simplify our tax code, abolish the IRS, and create a more simple way to pay your fair share.”Continue Reading..

13
Jan

VIDEO – Rep. Tom Graves: Words Matter

Your Georgia – GA 14 – Desk

From Congressman Tom Graves 

Words Matter

Today, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) spoke on the House floor in support of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill and the amendments that prohibit any funds from being used to carry out the president’s unlawful executive actions.

A full transcript of Rep. Graves’ remarks is below.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to read to you a few quotes.

First, “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed… Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws.”

“The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”Continue Reading..

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Jan

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 13, 2015

Georgia History

On January 13, 1733, the ship Ann (sometimes spelled “Anne”) sailed into Charles Town harbor and was met by South Carolina Governor Robert Johnson and the Speaker of the Commons House of Assembly. Aboard the ship were James Oglethorpe and the first 114 colonists of what would become Georgia. Later that year they would land at a high bluff on the Savannah River and found the city of Savannah.

On January 13, 1959, Ernest Vandiver was inaugurated as Governor of Georgia.

On January 13, 1966, President Lyndon Baines Johnson appointed Robert C. Weaver head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), making Weaver the first African-American cabinet secretary in U.S. History.

On January 13, 1982, Hank Aaron was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

This day in 1987 saw the inauguration of Governor Joe Frank Harris to his second term in office.

On January 13, 1998, Governor Zell Miller presented his $12.5 billion FY1999 budget to the Georgia General Assembly, including $105,000 to provide CDs of classical music for every baby born in the state. According to the New York Times,

“No one questions that listening to music at a very early age affects the spatial, temporal reasoning that underlies math and engineering and even chess,” the Governor said[]. “Having that infant listen to soothing music helps those trillions of brain connections to develop.”

Mr. Miller said he became intrigued by the connection between music and child development at a series of recent seminars sponsored by the Education Commission of the States. As a great-grandfather and the author of “They Hear Georgia Singing” (Mercer University Press, 1983), an encyclopedia of the state’s musical history, Mr. Miller said his fascination came naturally.

He said that he had a stack of research on the subject, but also that his experiences growing up in the mountains of north Georgia had proved convincing.

“Musicians were folks that not only could play a fiddle but they also were good mechanics,” he said. “They could fix your car.”

Legislators, as is their wont, have ideas of their own.

“I asked about the possibility of some Charlie Daniels or something like that,” said Representative Homer M. (Buddy) DeLoach, a Republican from Hinesville, “but they said they thought the classical music has a greater positive impact.”

“Having never studied those impacts too much,” Mr. DeLoach added, “I guess I’ll just have to take their word for that at the moment.”

In 2003, on January 13 at the Georgia Dome, Sonny Perdue took the oath of office as Georgia’s second Republican Governor, the first since Reconstruction.

A little over a year ago, on January 10, 2013, the Atlanta Journal-Consistution released a poll of the Georgia Governor’s race that showed Nathan Deal with 47 percent to 38 percent for Jason Carter. The nine-point Deal advantage was as close as the AJC polling firm would come all year to correctly predicting the point spread in the General Election.

This is neither History nor Politics, but it’s cool nonetheless: Berry College announced that their Bald Eagle pair has two eggs in the nest.

Berry College Eagle Eggs

Click here to check out the Berry College Eagle Cams and learn more about this pair of majestic birds.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Gov Deal Inauguration

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Jan

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 13, 2014

Female Black Lab

This sweet little female Black Lab mix puppy is in desperate need of an adoptive of foster home; she is currently at Floyd County Animal Control in Rome, GA.

Duke

Duke is a very light cream or white colored Golden Retriever or Lab mix, not big enough to be a Great Pyrenees. Duke is available for adoption from Floyd County Animal Control in Rome, GA.

Shep Pups

These three Shepherd-mix puppies are part of a large litter, each is available for adoption from Floyd County Animal Control in Rome, GA. Also part of the same litter are the following puppies.

15D-0056 15D-0051

15D-0052

13
Jan

AUDIO – Rep. Bert Reeves: Day One – A Freshman Perspective

Your Georgia Desk

The Deal Inaugural

Your Ga Pundit correspondent spoke with Representative Bert Reeves on Day One of the 2015 General Assembly about his perspective as a Freshman on issues before the  Legislature and The Inauguration:

12
Jan

AUDIO – Sen. Greg Kirk: Day One – A Freshman Perspective

Your Georgia Desk

The Deal Inaugural

Your Ga Pundit correspondent spoke with Senator Greg Kirk on Day One of the 2015 General Assembly about his perspective as a Freshman on issues before the  Legislature and The Inauguration:

12
Jan

AUDIO – Rep. Beth Beskin: Day One – A Freshman Perspective

Your Georgia Desk

The Deal Inaugural

Your Ga Pundit correspondent spoke with Representative Beth Beskin on Day One of the 2015 General Assembly about her perspective as a Freshman on issues before the  Legislature and The Inauguration:

12
Jan

AUDIO – Sen. John F. Kennedy: Day One – A Freshman Perspective

Your Georgia Desk

The Deal Inaugural

Your Ga Pundit correspondent spoke with Senator John F. Kennedy on Day One of the 2015 General Assembly about his perspective as a Freshman on issues before the  Legislature and The Inauguration:

12
Jan

AUDIO – Speaker David Ralston: On Issues & The Inauguration

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The Deal Inaugural

Your Ga Pundit correspondent spoke with Speaker David Ralston on Day One of the 2015 General Assembly about issues before the  Legislature and The Inauguration: