Posted by Chris on June 17, 2013
A delegation from Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter recently visited Jack in Washington, D.C. to discuss ongoing efforts to strengthen the overall economic value of Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield, and the surrounding communities.Pictured are, from left to right, Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas,Executive Director Paul Andreshak, Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson, Pembroke Mayor Mary Warnell, Congressman Kingston, Liberty County Commission Chairman Donald Lovette, Armstrong Atlantic State University Liberty Center Director Pete Hoffman.
Posted by Chris on June 05, 2013
In case you missed it, Jack appeared on Fox News' Fox & Friends this morning to talk about his effort to increase accountability at the Veterans Administration and reduce the backlog for veterans seeking assistance. Currently more than 865,000 veterans' cases are pending review and the average wait time is 292 days.
Yesterday, the House overwhelmingly approved Jack's amendment to cut the pay of senior leaders at the VA if the percentage of backlogged cases is not brought down to 40 percent or below by next July. The most recent statistics shows that 66.5 percent of cases are considered backlogged which means they have been under review for 125 days or more.
Posted by Press Staff on June 04, 2013
In case you missed it, WSB-TV this afternoon highlighted Jack's effort to combat the unacceptable claims backlog at the Veterans Administration. At present, the average claim takes 292 days to process with some offices reporting delays of over 450 days. The latest figures from the VA show that there are 865,265 veterans waiting for their claims to be reviewed with nearly 70 percent pending for more than 125 days which is the official definition of backlogged.
Jack's amendment would cut the pay of senior leaders by 24 percent if they fail to reduce the percentage of backlogged claims to 40 percent of less by next summer. It's a step in the right direction and a private-sector solution which demands results from those entrusted with leading the VA.
Posted by Rebecca R. on May 28, 2013
Small business owners are frustrated with the amount of government regulations that they are forced to deal with on a daily basis. Most business owners agree that some government regulation is essential for worker and environment protection. However, the increasing amount of burdensome federal regulations is making growth and long-term planning unattainable for small business owners.
Rebecca is a rising junior at the University of Georgia from Moultrie. She is our 2013 College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Congressional Fellow. To learn more about internships, click here.
Posted by Chris on May 21, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ware County native Liam Crosby visited Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) in his Capitol Hill Office. Liam and his mother, Barbara, were in Washington as part of a campaign to bring awareness to eosiniphilic disorders which are a type of autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakes food proteins for a parasite. Pictured are, from left, Kingston, Crosby, and Ryan Piansky of Atlanta. To learn more about the disorder, visit www.apfed.org.
Posted by Chris on May 21, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Hall County native and American Israel Public Affairs Committee National Council member Ashley Bell meets with Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) to advocate for continued American support for the people of Israel. As a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Committee, Kingston has been a leading supporter of Israel in Congress.
Posted by Chris on May 15, 2013
In case you missed it, WSB-TV yesterday highlighted Jack's efforts to get answers from the IRS in the growing scandal over its targeting conservative groups for additional scrutiny:
You can read more about Jack's push to get answers, accountability, and more information on groups based in Georgia that were targeted in the scheme by clicking here.
Posted by Chris on March 21, 2013
In case you missed it, Jack spoke on the House floor today about the latest example of government bureaucratic overreach which could end up costing taxpayers big time. The EPA recently released a 106 page report on ceiling fans that could impose so many new regulations and requirements that the typical $40 fan could start costing consumers $400. We don't need busybody bureaucrats meddling in air movers.
Posted by Chris on March 20, 2013
Jack recently had the chance to tour a new Gulfstream G650 which was in the nation's capital for a demonstration. The G650 is Gulfstream's newest aircraft and is manufactured at the company's headquarters in Savannah.
Posted by Chris on March 04, 2013
In case you missed it, Jack inked this opinion piece for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
By Jack Kingston
President Barack Obama has mastered a new kind of politics: Do nothing about a problem, refuse to meet with Congress, and then launch campaign rallies across the country to complain about nothing getting done. The latest example is his campaign against what he describes as the devastating cuts of sequestration. What he is forgetting to tell the American people is that it was his idea in the first place. He also forgets to mention that these “massive” cuts amount to less than 3 cents on the dollar over 10 years.
A little back story: Sequestration was created in the Budget Control Act of 2011. In exchange for another increase in the debt ceiling, the Obama administration proposed using automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion to force action on a larger deficit reduction package. It was the classic Washington move in which dessert is served up first, and broccoli is left for later.
To make matters worse, the sequestration proposal exempted 107 programs and largely ignored the drivers of our debt. Half the cuts would be directed toward defense, and 35 percent, toward non-defense discretionary spending. Less than 15 percent would come from mandatory spending on entitlement programs, which account for 62 percent of our budget.
That’s why I joined other conservatives in voting “no.” Not only were we against raising the debt ceiling yet again, but the spending reductions specifically protected the main problem — entitlements and welfare.
It was another boneheaded approach from a president and Congress afraid to take a tough stand. Despite dire warnings, sequestration is only a drop in the bucket in the context of our larger budget woes. The uproar over finding 3 cents on the dollar to cut belies the fact that our government has doubled in size over the last decade.
Our country is broke. Our future is at risk. We are not Greece yet, but that’s where we are headed. It’s not even just about our children’s future. This disaster is affecting us now, and inflation is already being felt at the grocery store and gas pump. Our jobless rate is way too high, and families are hurting.
Washington has a spending problem, and the only way to solve it is through spending cuts. Sequestration’s uneven hand may not be the best approach, but with a White House and Senate that refuse to act, it is our best chance to reduce spending today.
The House has acted twice to replace the cuts with targeted reductions and spending reforms. We have passed two budgets that tackle entitlements and put us on the path to sustainability. The Senate hasn’t passed a budget since the iPad was invented and gas was $1.87 a gallon. The president’s budgets cannot garner a single vote in the House or Senate.
When Washington shows leadership and deals with problems facing our country, the economy will soar. I know. I was there when we cut taxes, reformed welfare, reduced burdensome regulations, and balanced the budget. We can do this right with some dedicated hard work and honest talk. We don’t need any more excuses or gimmicks. We need courage and action.
Jack Kingston, a Republican, represent Georgia’s 1st congressional district.
This piece originally appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday, March 1, 2013.