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

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From Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue


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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Sen. Charlie Bethel Releases Statement on Senate Bill 1 Vote Today

ATLANTA (January 29, 2015) | Sen. Charlie Bethel (R – Dalton) has released the following statement on the Georgia State Senate’s unanimous approval of Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) today:

“My Senate colleagues have spent a great deal of time understanding the depth and complexity of this issue. It’s clear today that we all saw the bigger picture—and that’s the reality of a Georgia where we haven’t acted to address this issue. SB 1 will provide some much needed financial and emotional relief to parents by expanding access to early intervention and behavioral therapy programs. I hope my colleagues in the House will take a similar path with SB 1 in order to give autistic children in our state the chance to reach their full potential in life.”


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for January 29, 2015


Angus is a young male Black Lab mix available for adoption from Flint Humane Society in Vienna,GA.


Lancelot is an adult male Border Collie mix (looks like a Hound to me) who is available for adoption from Flint Humane Society in Vienna, GA.


Pumpkin is a sweet, young female Pharoah Hound mix who is currently in a foster home and is available for adoption from Happy Little Paw Prints in Vienna,GA.


U.S. Senator Tim Scott, R-SC to Speak at Morehouse College

Atlanta, Ga. – January 28, 2015 – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will speak about his Creating
Hope and Opportunity Agenda with Morehouse College students on Monday, February 2 at
10:30 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel. Senator Scott, a leading voice for school choice in
the Senate, looks to expand educational opportunities for children with disabilities, children
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Georgia Politics for January 29, 2015

On January 29, 1779, British forces captured Augusta, Georgia.

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Walter F. George was born on January 29, 1878 in Preston, the county seat for Webster County, Georgia. Ron Daniels has a brief bio of the United States Senator who gave his name to a Law School, a courthouse, and a lake. The photo above is a bust in the town square of Vienna, Georgia, in Dooly County, where George made his home.

On January 29, 1892, the Coca Cola Company was incorporated in Georgia in Fulton County Superior Court.

On January 29, 1955, Georgia Governor Marvin Griffin signed legislation granting the power to take land needed for the Stone Mountain Park through condemnation if negotiations to buy it fell through.

On January 29, 1977, Congressman Andrew Young resigned his seat to accept the nomination by President Carter as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

On January 29, 1998, a bomb exploded in a Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic, killing a police officer. Eric Rudolph would later admit to setting that bomb, along with the Centennial Park bombing in 1996, and the bombing of a Sandy Springs abortion clinic and an Atlanta bar in 1997.

General Assembly Committee Meetings

8:00am – 9:00am House Natural Resources & Environment – 506 Coverdell LOB
10:00am – 11:00am House Convenes
12:00pm – 1:00pm Senate Rules Upon Adjournment – 450 CAP
1:00pm – 2:00pm Senate Interstate Cooperation – 123 Capitol
1:00pm – 2:00pm Senate Science & Technology – 318 Coverdell LOB
1:00pm – 2:00pm Senate Health & Human Services – 450 Capitol
1:00pm – 2:00pm House Governmental Affairs – 506 Coverdell LOB
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Judiciary Civil – 132 Capitol
2:30pm – 3:30pm Fleming Sub of House Judy Civil – 132 Capitol
3:00pm – 4:00pm Senate Veterans, Military, and Homeland Security – 125 Capitol
3:00pm – 4:00pm Senate Higher Education – 310 Coverdell LOB


Georgia Senate to consider SB1, insurance for Autism

Today, the Georgia Senate will consider Senate Bill 1 by Senator Charlie Bethel (R-Dalton), which will require some healthcare plans to cover certain treatments for children six or under who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Yesterday was declared Autism Day under Senate Resolution 56 by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell). Dave Williams of the Atlanta Business Chronicle wrote about SB1,

Studies have shown that early intervention helps children with autism get back into school programs and interacting with other children as soon as possible.

“Autism is becoming an epidemic that Georgia cannot afford to ignore,” said Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, chief sponsor of Senate Bill 1. “We are taking steps to ensure the public and private sector work in concert to provide the best outcomes for these young Georgians and their families.”

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