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Rep. Rob Woodall – Washington Watch: Another Small Step for Georgia Values

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From Congressman Rob Woodall

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Washington Watch: Another Small Step for Georgia Values

Funding the Federal Government

Much of the work we did last week to fund the government was first completed in the House back in May and June, but regrettably, the Senate failed to complete any funding work at all this year.  Frustratingly, then, instead of funding the government one piece at a time as the system is designed, funding for the entire government was rolled into a single bill…READ MORE.

Supporting Farmers and Small Businesses

In addition to the government funding bill last week, the House also passed measures helping small farmers and retirees.  As an unintended consequence of the overreaching Dodd-Frank law, the U.S. Treasury has ensnared farmers who hedge their risk by buying commodity futures in its web of complicated and burdensome financial regulations that were meant for huge Wall Street banks, not for farmers trying to grow our food and make ends meet for their families…READ MORE.

Returning Power from Washington Back to Workers 

You might have also heard that the top two members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee – a Republican and a Democrat – worked hand in hand to craft a solution for some of our nation’s union employees whose pension plans are facing bankruptcy. Current federal law prevents workers from taking control of their pension plans…READ MORE.

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Rep Tom Price: A Stronger Hand to Play

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From Congressman Tom Price


A Stronger Hand to Play 

Last week, Congress passed a consolidated appropriations bill to fund the majority of government through fiscal year 2015 along with a short-term funding bill to cover the Department of Homeland Security until February 2015. The bill will now go to the president’s desk for his signature.

There was and is a lot of frustration that this legislation did not contain a defunding of President Obama’s unlawful violation of our immigration laws. Unfortunately, right now, the Democrats in the Senate, who retain their majority until next year, are going to — as they have all Congress — continue to run interference for the president until they no longer can. They made that clear earlier this summer when the House first passed legislation to prohibit the president’s executive overreach, and the Democrat Senate, characteristically, shelved the proposal. There’s no reason to believe those on the other side of the aisle would have changed their tune in the next few days which is why a defunding effort would not have made it into law.

In short, the funding bill is the result of divided government. However, it will allow the newly elected and strengthened Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives next Congress to start the year off with a relatively clean slate and with the opportunity to continue our efforts to hold President Obama accountable.Continue Reading..


Rep. – Elect Buddy Carter: Earns Appointment to Key Committees

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From Congressman – Elect Buddy Carter 

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Carter Earns Appointment to Key Committees

Congressman-Elect will serve on Homeland Security, Education and Workforce, and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.

Congressman-Elect Earl L. “Buddy” Carter earned appointment to several key posts with seats on the Homeland Security, Education and the Workforce, and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.

The assignments give Carter a key role in national debates including the fight over immigration enforcement and the devastating impact of Obamacare as well as issues of special importance to the First District like port security.

“We are going to hit the ground running in each of these committees to bring commonsense back to the federal government,” said Carter.  “With every hearing and vote, I will look to make government more efficient and effective and to position our district and our country to meet the challenges of the future.”

As the only pharmacist in Congress, Carter will also be well positioned to fight for repeal of Obamacare and to make health care more affordable, accessible, and patient-centered.

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First Lady Sandra Deal: Encourages Volunteers To Participate In Statewide Day Of Service

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From First Lady Sandra Deal

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First Lady encourages volunteers to participate in statewide day of service
Georgia organizations participate in fourth annual ‘With a Servant’s Heart Day’ 

First Lady Sandra Deal today encouraged Georgia citizens to participate in the fourth annual statewide volunteer day of service, “With a Servant’s Heart,” on Jan. 10. This day devoted to helping those most in need kicks off a series of events for Gov. Nathan Deal’s second inauguration.

“Nathan and I launched With a Servant’s Heart in 2011 as a way to give back to the communities and state that we love,” said the First Lady. “We have never viewed serving others as an option — for us, it is a cornerstone of our faith and a deeply rooted personal duty. We want to spread the message of selfless servanthood in Georgia, and we look forward to working alongside those who join us this year.”

The Deals selected 1 Peter 4:10 as the theme for the inauguration: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

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Sen. Johnny Isakson: Congress Approves Funding for Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

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From Senator Johnny Isakson 


Congress Approves Funding for Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., along with U.S. Representative Jack Kingston, Ga.-01, applauded new construction funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project in the government spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend.

The 2015 Appropriations bill includes $1.52 million in construction funding that will keep this vital economic infrastructure project on track.  To ensure this money is put to work, the Obama Administration is restricted from further needless delays.

“I am thrilled we are sending such a strong message with this bill that the federal government must continue to pay its share for Georgia’s number one economic development project — the expansion and deepening of the Port of Savannah,” said Isakson. “This project is crucial for our region and will support hundreds of thousands of jobs each year while generating billions in revenue for Georgia and the entire Southeast.”

“Georgia has fought tirelessly to promote SHEP and the growth and opportunity it will bring to the entire Southeast and our national economy,” said Chambliss. “The spending bill passed by Congress includes funding and clear guidance to ensure the Administration cannot needlessly delay this vital project. With the project partnership agreement signed, paving the way towards SHEP’s construction, this bill brings us even closer to getting this project done.”Continue Reading..


Senator-elect David Perdue: Announces Committee Assignments

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From Senator – elect David Perdue 

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Senator-elect David Perdue Announces Committee Assignments

U.S. Senator-elect David Perdue will serve on the Senate committees on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Budget, and Aging during the 114th Congress. Each of these committees will play an important role in serving the  people of Georgia.

“Georgia has a long tradition of representation on the Senate Agriculture Committee. I am humbled and honored to serve in this capacity. Agriculture is a strategic industry, not only for Georgia but for our nation, and I will work to keep it growing. I want to help Georgia’s farmers continue to produce and sell Georgia grown products and ensure that we remain an agricultural leader in the future,” said Perdue.

As a member of the Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees Senator-elect Perdue will help shape foreign policy and protect Georgia from the growing threats we face at home and abroad.

“Economic security is the foundation for a strong national security and smart foreign policy. I will work with my colleagues on the Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees to ensure that America is capable of protecting our freedoms here at home and supporting our allies around the world.”Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 15, 2014

On December 15, 1791, Virginia ratified the Bill of Rights, giving the first ten Amendments a three-quarter majority required to become law.

President George Washington died at Mount Vernon on December 14, 1799. Here’s an article about the nation’s mourning for our first President.

The Congress, in session at the capital of Philadelphia when Washington’s death was announced, immediately adjourned. The House of Representatives assembled the next day and resolved to shroud the Speaker’s chair in black and have members wear black during the remainder of the session. On December 23, John Marshall speaking for the joint committee of both houses, presented five points that became the foundation for the United States’ first “state” funeral. Resolutions structured mourning events around public commemorations that fostered unity and a sense of national identity among grieving Americans.

On December 15, 1859, Georgia Governor Joseph Brown signed legislation outlawing public execution of criminals. The previous day he signed legislation prohibiting slave owners from freeing their slaves on the owner’s death.

President William McKinley addressed the Georgia General Assembly on December 14, 1898.

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On December 14, 1939, a parade was held through downtown Atlanta with stars from Gone With the Wind and the Junior League held a ball that night. The next day, December 15, 1939, Gone With the Wind held its world premiere at Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta.

President Jimmy Carter announced on December 15, 1978 that U.S. diplomatic recognition of the People’s Republic of China would begin on January 1, 1979.

The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee released a report on Dcember 15, 1998 that recommended impeachment against President Bill Clinton and introduced H.Res. 611.

Georgia Politics

The Macon-Bibb County Commission is like a spurned suitor, unable to understand that no means no, voting to ask the legislative delegation to reduce required budget cuts from 20 percent to 10.

The resolution asks the Macon-Bibb legislative delegation to reduce the budget cut mandated in the consolidation charter from 20 percent to 10 percent. It passed with no opposition. Commissioner Virgil Watkins was absent.

But Tuesday morning commissioners received a letter from state Rep. Bubber Epps, a Dry Branch Republican who is chairman of the Macon-Bibb delegation, saying the delegation won’t act on the request because commissioners can get around the budget cut themselves with a 6-3 vote.

Epps quoted the city-county charter, which says commissioners can exceed the budget limit by up to 25 percent if there are public safety needs or “extreme economic circumstances.”

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GA senator wants immunity for human trafficking victims |

ATLANTA — A prominent Republican lawmaker wants child victims of human trafficking to be immune from prosecution in Georgia, building on the state’s 2011 crackdown on prostitution and other sexual crimes.

State Sen. Renee Unterman of Buford pre-filed the legislation on Thursday before joining about 50 supporters for a candlelight vigil for victims of sex trafficking at an Atlanta church. Unterman said she’s working with prosecutors and other groups to line up support for the bill.

Supporters said they expect claims from some opponents that the bill legalizes child prostitution — an argument that has killed similar legislation in recent years.

Jennifer Swain, executive director of youthSpark, said prosecuting a victim serves no purpose. The organization works with at-risk girls and teenagers in Fulton County and intervenes to prevent them from becoming victims of child prostitution, she said.

“This is just adding another layer of protection so that those victims who have been prostituted are not treated as criminals on any part of their journey,” Swain said.

The bill is paired with a constitutional amendment to create a fund helping children who are victims of trafficking pay for health care, housing and other services. A governor-appointed commission would manage that effort, funded by higher fines against people convicted of sex trafficking and related crimes.

Chuck Spahos, executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, said the organization has been in touch with Unterman as she prepared the bill. Spahos said they have no objection to the main objective but want to make sure the bill isn’t too broad.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 15, 2014


Number 2014-12-011 is a friendly male Lab mix who is in urgent need of a new home and available for adoption at Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.


“Opal” is a 3-year old Pit mix who weighs 42.6 pounds and loves kids and people equally. Opal is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.


Number 2014-12-055 is a 3-5 year old male Lab mix who is friendly and available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.


This sweet and friendly girl is a 9-year old Lab mix who weighs 51.6 pounds and was surrendered by her owner. She is available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.


BayLee is a young and petite 1-year old, 26-pound Beagle mix female who is friendly and available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.


Immunity proposed for child sex trafficking victims in Georgia |

Child sex trafficking victims in Georgia would be immune from prosecution and receive increased medical treatment and counseling under “safe harbor” legislation filed Thursday by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairwoman Renee Unterman, R-Buford.

Senate Bill 8 aims to build upon the work of lawmakers in 2011, upped the prison sentences for criminals who deal in underage prostitution and trafficking from one year to between 10 and 20 years, with fines up to $100,000. If the person trafficked is younger than 18 and coerced, the sentence jumps to 25 to 50 years.

Unterman, however, said minors too often get swept up in the criminal charges without proper consideration for their ordeal. She has also proposed Senate Resolution 7, a constitutional amendment to create a dedicated state account for child victims’ medical services. It would be funded through increased fines of convicted pimps and traffickers.

Unterman has worked on the legislation with the assistance of several advocacy groups including Street Grace, Wellspring Living and youthSpark. A candlelight vigil acknowledging the legislation’s filing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

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