Town Hall with FEMA & Georgia DNR
Posted by Ivy Robinson on December 02, 2013
Town Hall with FEMA & Georgia DNR
ICYMI: Jack talks Obamacare Fairness Act on Fox & Friends
Posted by Press Staff on December 01, 2013
In case you missed it, Jack appeared on Fox & Friends this morning to talk about his effort to require the President, Vice President, and their political appointees to purchase health care on Obamacare exchanges. If this Administration wants to force this law on the American people, we should force them to abide by it like everyone else.
6th Biennial Congressional Flag Football Game for Charity
Posted by Ivy Robinson on November 26, 2013
ICYMI: WTVM Highlights Jack's Effort to Institute Work Requirement for Food Stamps
Posted by Chris Crawford on November 06, 2013
In case you missed it, WTVM in Columbus recently highlighted Jack's effort to institute a work requirement for the food stamp program:
In June, the House adopted an amendment cosponsored by Jack that builds on the success of the bipartisan 1996 welfare reforms by allowing states to apply work requirements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.
The amendment would require food stamp recipients to participate in one of 12 work activities patterned after the 1996 welfare reform including private sector employment, subsidized employment, community service, or job training. The work requirement would apply to all able-bodied, working-age adults below an age determined by the state, with the exception of those with a federally-qualified disability or those with the sole responsibility for the care of a young child. As an incentive to move participants off of food stamps and into employment, states would receive half the cost savings achieved by reducing its food stamp caseload.
Georgia Delegation Applauds House Passage of Savannah Harbor Expansion Authorization
Posted by Ivy Robinson on October 24, 2013
Georgia Delegation Applauds House Passage Of Savannah Harbor Expansion Authorization
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which authorizes the development and maintenance of the nation’s waterway infrastructure, among other critical projects. The legislation includes a key provision that authorizes the funding necessary for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project to move forward. This provision will end a 14 year delay of the project to deepen the harbor from 42 to 47 feet in order to accommodate new supertankers that will soon be coming from the Panama Canal. The expansion of the harbor will ensure it remains a vital piece of the national infrastructure and have a major economic impact on Georgia and the nation.
All 14 House members of the Georgia Congressional delegation voted for WRRDA today, and both of Georgia’s senators voted for the senate version of the bill earlier this year. The following delegation members issued statements applauding the House bill’s authorization of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project:
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), “I am pleased the House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act with bipartisan support from the entire Georgia delegation. The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is critically important to our state and local economies, and this bill provides the authorization needed to complete such an important project. I look forward to a deepened harbor and our future export capabilities.”
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA-1), "Georgia’s deep water ports support 352,000 jobs in our state and service more than 21,000 companies throughout the country. Passage of this bill is a critical step toward ensuring this economic engine can continue its vital role in our regional and national economy. Deepening the harbor will free up $213 million in private capital each year that can be invested in job creation and business expansion. For every dollar invested in the project, there is a $5.50 return. Let’s get this bill signed into law and this important project underway."
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA-3), “Georgia ports are one of the biggest drivers of our state’s economy and account for about one out of every 12 jobs in the state. That’s why it’s so important to support projects like the one to deepen the Savannah port. I am so proud that our state’s delegation worked tirelessly together to make sure that the Water Resources Reform and Development Act included funding to deepen the Savannah port so we can remain an integral part of our country’s shipping industry. I also want to reassure you that WRRDA once again reinforced that the water debate between Georgia, Alabama, and Florida is something that should be decided among the states – without congressional involvement.”
Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA-8), “This legislation is great news for our state, where Savannah’s port plays a crucial role in our agriculture and manufacturing industries and is a driving force of our local economies. Improving and strengthening our ports and waterways will create jobs and guarantee America remains a competitive player in the global economy.”
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA-9), “This legislation gives Northeast Georgia the freedom to plan for the future of our beautiful lakes as we see fit, and it gets Georgia farm produce out into the markets more efficiently. WRRDA is a win for Georgia, it’s a win for American competitiveness, and it’s a win for the Constitution.”
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA-11), “Deepening the Port of Savannah is the single-most important economic development project in Georgia and the Southeast. Expanding the nation’s fastest-growing harbor and fourth-busiest port will create jobs, retain and attract businesses, and maintain our competitive advantage. This legislation invests in our state’s most vital infrastructure project while leaving water usage negotiations to the states. Preserving access to our drinking water is of critical importance to Georgia families and businesses and I will continue working to protect it.”
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), “This project is vital to our state and the country in many ways, but in simple terms, it means we’ll have new jobs and opportunities for a lot of Georgia families. Those supertankers will arrive at the harbor full of goods, and Georgia businesses will make sure they leave full. I applaud the Georgia delegation for working together to secure this victory for our constituents.”
President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers have deemed the Port of Savannah a “nationally and regionally significant infrastructure project.”
Studies by the Army Corps of Engineers show a 5.5-to-1 benefit to cost ratio, meaning that for every dollar spent on the deepening, the nation will reap $5.50 in benefits.
According to the Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia’s deep water ports and inland barge terminals support more than 352,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $18.5 billion in income, $66.9 billion in revenue and $2.5 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy.
On May 15, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the bill by a vote of 83-14. The House and Senate must reconcile their differences before sending a final bill to the president to sign into law.
Jack Fights for Savannah Harbor Expansion Project
Posted by Ivy Robinson on October 23, 2013
Congressman Kingston continued his advocacy of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project today on the House floor.
The Port of Savannah is the fastest growing port in the country and the second largest on the East Coast. It must be deepened to accommodate larger ships that will soon begin to transit the Panama Canal. Kingston authored legislative language that first authorized the expansion project in 1999.
ICYMI: Jack talks funding for CDC on Fox News' Special Report
Posted by Press Office on October 09, 2013
In case you missed it, Jack appeared on Fox News' Special Report to discuss his efforts to reopen the Centers for Disease Control to ensure they are fully engaged in combatting the recent salmonella outbreak. Despite their dire warnings about the effect of a government shutdown on public health, congressional Democrats and President Obama have refused to work with the House to reopen these vital programs.
For Young People, What You Don’t Know About Obamacare Can (and Probably Will) Hurt You
Posted by Katie M. (Legal Fellow) on August 03, 2013
In lobbying support for the Affordable Care Act, President Obama promised Americans “better value for your buck.” But paying for better value doesn’t necessarily mean paying less. For young, healthy Americans, that means paying more--a lot more.
The President continues to promise that the state exchange system will lead to lower overall premium rates. But what he doesn’t talk about is that rate predictions for many states show rates will go up dramatically after October 1 when the exchange system is set to open. This week, Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced that rates in Georgia could go up by 198%!
And because of the law’s requirements that insurance companies cover every person with any health condition without raising rates, those cost increases will fall squarely on the shoulders of the 18-35 age bracket who could otherwise have access to more affordable health care options.
That’s because the ACA limits how much insurers can charge for health problems and requires those companies to offer a basic set of benefits in every single health plan sold through the new state marketplaces (called exchanges). The success of the state exchange system, and ultimately the law itself, depends on attracting young people to sign up for the exchanges to offset the costs of covering those more likely to have medical issues.
The Washington Post estimates that if 7 million people join the marketplaces this year, 2.7 million of those will need to be in the 18-35 set for the exchanges to actually work. That’s 2.7 million people who need to sign up for an exchange they don’t completely understand (because no one is explaining it to them), just to buy insurance they probably don’t need-and pay a lot more for it.
While young people are technically the cheapest group to insure, they are also the group most likely to have low incomes and work in jobs that don’t offer health benefits, which makes them the least likely to purchase health insurance.
When President Obama speaks to crowd after crowd about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, he chalks any opposition up to “politics.” But having worked in Congressman Kingston’s office for the last seven months, the opposition I see is from people, not politicians; it’s constituents that call in, day after day, asking for congress to keep their health care premiums from going up.
Maybe if President Obama answered constituent calls in a congressional office where he talked to hard-working Americans whose premiums are becoming more and more expensive–in other words, if he took my job for a day– he would understand where all this “political” opposition is coming from.
Jack works to keep Feds out of your inbox
Posted by David M. on August 03, 2013
In 1986, Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to protect the privacy of our digital communications by restricting government access to private information transmitted and stored online.
In the twenty-seven years since the Act’s passage, technology has jumped far ahead of the law. The ECPA was passed back in a time when almost no one had a personal computer, much less an e-mail account or social media presence. As a result, Americans’ online property rights are no longer adequately protected. Of particular concern is that government agencies, such as the IRS, are allowed to access private communications older than 180 days without a warrant and without demonstrating probable cause.
Jack sees such government intrusions as a grave threat to citizens’ Fourth Amendment right to security in their “persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable search and seizure.” He believes Congress needs to act swiftly to reclaim our constitutional rights form unwarranted government intrusion.
That is why he is a leading supporter of the Email Privacy Act. The bill would require a judge-issued warrant before a government agency could access communications stored by third party providers, such as Google. It would also eliminate the 180 day rule that currently allows government agencies to access e-mail communications simply because they have been left in people’s inboxes for over a certain amount of time.
Our government should be working hard to protect our constitutional rights, not snooping through our e-mails!
Jack decries executive bonuses at the Department of Education
Posted by Chris on July 12, 2013
In case you missed it, WSB-TV recently covered Jack's commitment to end big bonuses for executives at the Department of Education while local school districts struggle for funding. Our tax dollars are best spent at the local level on students, not big payouts for Washington bureaucrats!