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Congressman Kingston Urges Vote in Congress on Military Action Against ISIS
Posted by Greg Dolan on September 15, 2014
Following President Obama's speech to the country last week outlining his strategy for combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) has urged the Congress to take up the matter in a standalone vote. Article I of the Constitution provides that only Congress has the power "to declare war," and this Congress should do its duty to the American people.

Since Thursday, Congressman Kingston has appeared on various national media outlets expressing his desire for a debate and vote in the Congress:

Huckabee: "We should have a formal authorization of the use of force"

Smerconish: "I don't know why you run for Congress though if you're afraid to cast a vote... Democrat or Republican"
All In w/ Chris Hayes: "I do believe there are Members [of Congress] in both parties who would rather avoid a vote"


As the Congress returns to work today, Congressman Kingston will keep arguing for a debate before the American people and a vote on this important decision.
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Freer Energy
Posted by Greg Dolan on June 27, 2014
Since the combined technologies of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing began an energy boom across the United States last decade, Americans have discovered we are sitting on a lot of natural energy resources we can extract safely and cheaply.

Unfortunately, President Obama, his bureaucratic henchmen, and his liberal Senate supporters have worked at every turn to stop this shale revolution and keep energy prices needlessly high. By blocking development on federal lands through executive orders, creating unnecessary and burdensome regulations, and refusing to hold up-or-down votes on the Keystone XL pipeline, the president and his allies have inflated energy prices.

Not content to simply stop safe and effective technologies, they are now coming after the clean-burning coal plants that produce one-third of Georgia's energy supply.

In a new regulation from the EPA put out this month, Obama seeks to fulfill his campaign promise to make energy prices "necessarily skyrocket."

This week, Republicans in the House of Representatives passed legislation that would force the President to listen to the American people instead of environmentalist crusaders and crony corporatists by opening up federal lands to energy production and development.

HR 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel and America that Works Act, would open up our most promising lands for energy exploration, remove the bureaucratic red tape holding up current applications, and approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The shale oil boom has made thousands of small businesses and landowning families part of the "energy sector," but over-regulation is stifling their ability to grow. Our country needs fewer bureaucratic rules and more jobs.

I hope Harry Reid's Democrat-led Senate will take up this important legislation, but I won't be holding my breath.
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Effingham Congressional "Day Office" Announced
Posted by Greg Dolan on May 29, 2014


 

On Tuesday, Tuesday, June 10 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., my office will hold a Congressional "Day Office" in Effingham County at the Rincon City Hall.

We hold these outreach events throughout the First District to make it more convenient for citizens who might find it difficult to get to one of my offices during normal business hours. If you would like to discuss an issue or need help with a federal agency, I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.

Congressional "Day Office"

Tuesday, June 10

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

Rincon City Hall
302 South Columbia Ave.

Rincon, Georgia

For more information, contact Bruce Bazemore at (912) 352-0101.

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A New Contract With America
Posted by on May 27, 2014
Americans deserve a choice between the tired, failing policies we have lingered under for the last six years or a renewed dedication to success and prosperity across our great country.

My American Renewal Initiative, which I launched late last year, offers that choice. The 6-point plan emphasizes cutting spending and getting the government out of the way. If Americans are allowed to get back to work and are given the tools they need to succeed, this nation will continue to lead the world.

To lead in the world, we must have clear goals and a strong military able to secure the peace we desire. When the world is more peaceful, trading routes are open, and our resources are directed toward critical investments, we can achieve the kind of growth we have enjoyed in the past.

Please take a moment to watch my appearance on Fox News with Gretchen Carlson today and be sure to check out the details of my plan here: http://kingston.house.gov/americanrenewal/

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Kingston Speaks About SHEP Vote
Posted by on May 20, 2014
Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) voted "aye" today on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) conference report, which will authorize the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) at its increased funding level, and spoke on the House floor about his vote:



 By passing WRDA, the House will overcome the political games of the Obama White House and reconfirm Congress's very clear intent that SHEP be funded for construction immediately. More than 60% of Savannah's tonnage is in exports, and the expansion will provide $174 million in annual national net benefits, at a benefit-to-cost ratio of 5.5 to 1. SHEP will still require a Project Partnership Agreement to begin construction, something Secretary Jo Ellen Darcy would not commit to in a recent hearing before Congress, despite the White House's insistence that passage of WRDA would finally allow them to move forward on the project.

Congressman Kingston has been working on SHEP since he arrived in Congress, urging deepening of the port in the 1999 WRDA bill and working to complete it since, despite a myriad of roadblocks, fish ladders, and bureaucratic red tape.
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Treating Your Money Like I Would Mine
Posted by on May 02, 2014
This week the House began its important work funding the government for next year. The passage of the Veterans and Legislative Branch spending bills got this process off to a productive start. I was proud to support our Veterans by prioritizing treatment and upgrades to their care while making sure Congress stayed disciplined, with no raises for Representatives and keeping funding restrained.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have worked to ensure these spending bills respect the conservative principles I am here to reflect.

When I raised cane over Nancy Pelosi's boondoggle on Capitol Hill, the Capitol Visitor Center, I was forced out of my chairmanship.

After Republicans took the House back in 2010, I was tasked with cutting the bloated budgets of President Obama's first two years. When I finished, we had reduced the spending by a $5 billion - a real cut.

I also took an early lead in banning earmarks. This "gateway spending" was an invitation to bigger government and bloated budgets, so I worked to stop them and keep lawmakers from indulging in this pork-barrel spending.

The work of funding the government is important an area where I have applied my conservative principles year after year, and 2014 will be no different.

Have a great weekend,
Jack
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Op-Ed: The Problem With "Competitive" Grants
Posted by on April 08, 2014

​This opinion-editorial ran on the Washington Examiner online edition April 8, 2014 and can be accessed here - http://washex.am/1mYvrFe

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is coming to Capitol Hill today to justify the President’s 2015 budget request before my committee. In addition to the usual overspending and generally wasteful nature of the federal involvement in our local schools, the Obama Administration’s penchant for “competitive grants” truly undermines local decision-making in your child’s classroom.

Much of the $45.8 billion in discretionary spending proposed by the Department of Education is spent on Title I programs to help low-income and disabled children – the most needy among our nation’s children and the ones who can truly benefit from a hand-up. This spending has received bipartisan support for years and can be effective, though it certainly deserves the skeptical oversight each and every government program should receive.

Instead of focusing on these core programs and making them work well, Secretary Duncan and President Obama are more interested in telling states and local school boards how they should teach your kids by increasing spending on “competitive grant” programs.

A competitive grant from Washington means that states get to compete for their own tax dollars by kow-towing to Obama, Duncan, and their teachers’ union overseers. The Department of Education, by carrot and stick, can enforce their vision of schooling on classrooms throughout the country, all the while hiding behind it being “optional.”

The most notorious competitive grant is the Race to the Top program, the vessel through which the Common Core national education standards were coerced upon 45 states and the District of Columbia. By giving out waivers to the No Child Left Behind mandates and some Race to the Top dollars in exchange for Common Core compliance, The White House got its “Obamacare for education” imposed on states while claiming the initiative was voluntary, state-driven, and competitive.

The President’s 2015 budget doubles down on this strategy by proposing to spend taxpayer dollars on unauthorized and unproven competitive grant programs for the benefit of a handful of favored schools and teaching styles.

For example, the Race to the Top program has a similar mission to Title I funding (“identify and close longstanding educational opportunity and achievement gaps” and “closing the achievement gap between high- and low-performing children”, respectively) but is funded “competitively” instead of by formula. Formulaic grants are based on statistics and data, not the political decision of bureaucrats who claim to know the best way to raise your child.

Likewise, IDEA formulaic grants (named for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), dispensed to ensure children with special needs are able to receive an education, are duplicated in the Obama budget, except now as part of an expanded Race to the Top 2.0 competitive grant. Instead of working to improve IDEA grants, the progressives of the Obama Administration set up a new program to explicitly give them more control in the classroom.

These competitive grants reduce flexibility for parents and teachers while saddling a school with burdensome reporting requirements. Once a school “wins” a grant, it agrees to install Secretary Duncan as puppet master and remove parents’ voices from the classroom.

These grants do not come cheap to you, the taxpayer, either. The schools must comply with the grueling paperwork requirements attached to all government programs. This takes teachers out of the classroom and traps them in the break room as they report to Washington, DC on how they are fulfilling the demands of federal bureaucrats.

For half a century, Congress has redistributed trillions thinking it knows how to educate your child better than you. In their belief that just a few billion more taxpayer dollars can solve every problem, the Department of Education has asked for more control over your kids through “competitive grants” that let them pull the strings on your local school board. These new and expanded programs must be rejected and existing ones dismantled so that parents, with their child’s teachers, can again make their own choices.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) represents Savannah and the coastal regions of Georgia. He has sponsored H.R. 3339, the “One Size Does Not Fit All in Education Act”
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ICYMI: Congressman Kingston Speaks on Importance of Georgia to National Security
Posted by on April 03, 2014
Congressman Kingston was in Macon on April 1st to discuss the role Georgia plays in defending our nation.
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Setting the Record Straight on Uninsured Under Obamacare
Posted by Kingston Press Office on March 31, 2014
On Monday, Politifact Georgia, while "cutting some slack" for Barack Obama's failed healthcare law and anemic economic recovery, rated my claim that the uninsured are not being helped by Obamacare as "half-true".

Today, even as the President declared that "debate over repealing [Obamacare] is over," we learned the truth about its impact on the uninsured - or lack thereof. According to research in Forbes Business, the uninsured are signing up at only half the rate of the most recent projections. The Congressional Budget Office initially projected nearly 40% of the uninsured would be covered, but now it is clear only a little more than 10% of the estimated 45 million uninsured people will get covered under Obamacare.
By even the rosiest projections, Obamacare's impact on the uninsured, after taking over of one-sixth of the economy, was underwhelming. But covering only about a tenth? Embarrassing.

Before spiking the football and declaring "Mission Accomplished", perhaps the President should reflect upon the true impact of his socialistic policies - increased costs, fewer choices, and less freedom.
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True Obamacare Implementation Costs Exposed by Congressman Kingston
Posted by on March 13, 2014
Congressman Kingston Prepared Opening Statement
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
3-13-2014


I would first like to highlight some concerns I have found in your budget submission to Congress.  First, the Administration’s budget proposed to spend $56 billion over the agreed upon budget caps, proposes to shift many programs from the discretionary side of the budget to the mandatory ledger, and relies on user fees to fund programs such as a $1.2 billion Obamacare user fee.  These budget gimmicks are a disingenuous approach to federal budgeting and disguise the true cost of your proposals to the American people.

Most concerning is the out of control spending on Obamacare.  Last year, you estimated the cost of implementing Obamacare was between $5 billion and $10 billion for HHS and all other agencies. 

In spite of this incredibly vague range, it’s clear based on your new budget request, this figure is greatly underestimated.

  • Your FY15 Request assumes $430 million in a brand new mandatory account to be used for CMS Program Management. 
  • You also assume you will collect $1.2 billion next year from user fees, which are simply hidden taxes on every Americans health care.
  • And finally, you assume $639 million in annually appropriated discretionary dollars will be used to support the exchanges in FY15.

All of this totals $2.2 billion; $643 million more than last year, an increase of 41% over the FY 2014 level.

But then I read further and see there are many more costs to administer the program that don’t show up in the discretionary budget.  These include funds to operate State Exchanges, the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, the Transitional Reinsurance Program, the Risk Adjustment Program, and redistribution of funds through the Risk Corridors program.

Based on the full request, it appears it costs taxpayers more than $23 billion in FY15 to run Obamacare. This is a lot more than the vague $5-$10 billion you quoted last year. 

If I can put this $23 billion in context, assuming the Administration reached the optimistic estimate 8 million enrollees, the federal administration burden alone comes out to $3,000 per person. 

It’s important to keep in mind that you are asking for all this money to be spent on a law you and the President refuse to implement as written, to be funded through accounts you refuse to be transparent about, and this is all in addition to the increased premiums, deductibles, co-pays, taxes, and penalties Americans are facing because of Obamacare.

This misguided law is over budget, underperforming, and has failed its two objectives to increase access and reduce the cost of care – Obamacare is simply broken.  Its performance is in stark contrast to the President’s promise that family premiums were going to be reduced by $2,500 under Obamacare. Your Administration has made over 20 changes to Obamacare including two waivers to the employer mandate, expansion of premium assistance to those outside the federal exchanges, allowing non-compliance health plans, and violating individual rights by mandating abortion coverage.  We must remain accountable to the American people.

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