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20
Jan

Rep. Tom Price: Responds to President’s State of the Union Address

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From Congressman Tom Price 

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Price Responds to President’s State of the Union Address

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“Listening to President Obama tonight it is clear that this administration is stuck in the past when it comes to thinking about how we solve the tremendous challenges facing our nation. The president believes we should continue pursuing the same failed policies that have contributed to an economic recovery that’s leaving the middle class behind and a long-term budget crisis that threatens our future prosperity and national security.

“The good news is that these challenges can be addressed with positive, innovative solutions that empower American families, workers and entrepreneurs. Solutions like fundamental tax reform and a balanced budget that will break down barriers to economic growth and opportunity. Regulatory reform to make government more efficient and accountable. Improvements to the nation’s health and retirement programs so that we are saving and strengthening these programs for generations to come.Continue Reading..

20
Jan

VIDEO – Rep. Tom Graves: State of the Union Response

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From Congressman Tom Graves

State of the Union Response 

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20
Jan

Rep. Austin Scott: On The State of the Union Address

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From Congressman Austin Scott

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Congressman Austin Scott on the State of the Union Address

Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“I think the results in November sent a clear message to Washington that Americans across the country are looking for conservative solutions to some of our nation’s biggest problems,” said Congressman Austin Scott. “With growing threats abroad, the President should be focused on a full repeal of his sequester cuts that are threatening to decrease the capabilities of our military. Families back home in Georgia want to not only feel safe in their homes, but also confident with their budgets. However, more bureaucracy, over regulation, and his proposed tax hikes that take from one family to give to another are not the answer.

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20
Jan

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: President Out of Touch with the People’s Priorities

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From Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

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Westmoreland: President Out of Touch with the People’s Priorities

 Tonight, President Obama addressed both chambers of Congress and gave his sixth State of the Union. In his speech, the president proposed a tax-hike on investments, which is expected to bring in $320 billion in new tax revenue over 10 years. Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s response.

“Once again, the president has shown he is out of touch with the priorities of the American people in his speech tonight,” stated Westmoreland. “The people spoke in November to have their conservative voices heard and they want to keep the progress on the economy moving forward. The president’s tax-increase proposal is the most effective way to kill that progress.

“I have said it time and time again: our country does not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. We want jobs and stability, and the middle class is the one that would benefit from jobs bills and tax cuts- not tax increases. Raising taxes to bring in $320 billion does nothing to cut spending and addressing our nation’s 18 trillion dollar debt. When there’s a leak in the dam, you plug the hole and fix it- you don’t add more water. It’s another example of the president’s agenda of top-down economics that never actually fixes the problem.

“If President Obama wants to truly help middle class America, he will work with the Republican Congress to pass jobs bills, stabilize our economy, and simplify our tax code. Adding more taxes onto any American just grows the size of our government, and we need less government, not more. Solutions like passing a flat or FairTax and abolishing the IRS are bigger and better steps towards putting the priorities of the American people first.”

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20
Jan

Rep. Rob Woodall: Responds to State of the Union Address

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From Congressman Rob Woodall

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Rep. Rob Woodall: Responds to State of the Union Address

 U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (GA 07) issued the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union Address.  Prior to the speech, Woodall hosted a telephone town hall meeting to hear from constituents.

“Tonight, President Obama spoke a great deal about the importance of building the middle class while reiterating many of his administration’s failed big-government policies as the way to do so,” said Rep. Woodall.  “A robust economy—not a new government program—is the best way to empower and improve opportunities for hardworking taxpayers.  In fact, much of the burden being felt by hardworking taxpayers has come from the government expansion, regulatory expansion and more spending that the President continued to defend tonight.  The first two weeks of this new American Congress have seen the House pass multiple commonsense bills to unburden taxpayers, free job creators, and grow the economy.  If we can find a partner in the President for these initiatives, all Americans—and particularly the middle class—will be the better for it.   Efficient, effective, and accountable government is what Georgians are asking for, and I intend to deliver.”

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20
Jan

VIDEO – Sen. Johnny Isakson: Statement on 2015 State of the Union Address

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From Senator Johnny Isakson

Isakson Statement on 2015 State of the Union Address

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20
Jan

VIDEO – Sen. Judson Hill: Week 1 Recap

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From Senator Judson Hill

Sen. Judson Hill: Week 1 Recap

20
Jan

VIDEO – Sen. David Perdue Delivers Video Address To Georgians

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From Senator David Perdue

Senator David Perdue Delivers Video Address To Georgians

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20
Jan

Sen. Jesse Stone: News From Under the Gold Dome

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From Senator Jesse Stone

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News From Under the Gold Dome

The Gold Dome started buzzing once again on Monday as Senators and Representatives gathered in their chambers to mark the beginning of the 153rd Legislative Session.

Day one was full of tradition. The day began with the ceremonial call to order by Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the traditional devotional by the Chaplain of the Day. Following the devotional, we elected and swore in President Pro Tempore David Shafer and Secretary of Senate David Cook. All 56 senators, including ten new senators, from around the state were sworn in for two year terms.

Gov. Nathan Deal delivered his annual “State of the State” address on Wednesday, January 14. He spoke inspiring words about our states prosperous recovery after the economic collapse. He reported that our state is strong and getting even stronger as each day passes. He mentioned Georgia’s status as the number one place to do business in the country, a recognition given by one of the nation’s premier real estate and economic development publications, Site Selection Magazine. With the relocation of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche America to Georgia on the horizon, it is apparent that this recognition was earned.Continue Reading..

20
Jan

Sen. Bruce Thompson: The Beginning of Session 2015

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From Senator Bruce Thompson

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The Beginning of Session 2015

A week ago Monday marked the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.  After the swearing in ceremonies for the legislature, Governor Deal, and the other constitutional officers, we quickly dispatched with our chamber rules and parliamentary procedures for what was a quick first day of business in the Senate.

On Wednesday, Governor Deal gave his fifth State of the State address in which he announced large funding commitments for transportation and education. In his speech, he announced more than $1 billion additional dollars going to K-12 education between this year’s budget and next year’s. It’s up to the General Assembly to ensure this proposed historic increase is able to make it to the classrooms of our schools and help our education system progress.

His transportation plan includes additional new capacity express lanes along large stretches of I-75 and I-575. Driving from my home into the Capitol for Senate business, I know this stretch of roads well, as well as anyone in Senate District 14 who commutes to and from Atlanta. In his State of the State address the Governor announced $1.1 billion dollars’ worth of new interstate lanes to the Metro Atlanta area. This expansion will be the largest interstate expansion in Georgia since the 1980s. This is welcomed news to the determined commuters in Senate District 14.  The challenge at this point is to find ways to fund transportation without raising taxes.

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