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Congressman Kingston Visiting Bacon County for Constituent Coffee
Posted by Greg Dolan on September 19, 2014
Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-01) is visiting Bacon County to meet with constituents on Thursday, September 25 at 10:00am. If you are in the area, please come out to say "Hi"!
Kingston has spoken forcefully on the fight against ISIS in Syria and Congressional authorization of war in recent days. He has also remained focused on the family budget issues that are confront Georgians everyday - taxes and energy prices.
What: Congressman Kingston visits Alma
When: September 25th 10:00-11:00am
Where: The Inn at Blueberry Plantation, 174 Plantation Drive, Alma
Congressman Kingston: We Need to Develop American Energy
Posted by Greg Dolan on September 18, 2014
Today, I took to the House floor to discuss American energy independence and how government regulations and taxes are keeping us dependent on foreign oil. The bill passed by the House today, H.R. 2 - American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act, would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, institute a less burdensome regulatory structure, and help lower American families' energy bills.
The United States Senate should take up these bills right away, not hit the campaign trail for a month.
The House energy package includes thirteen bills that passed with bipartisan support to lower energy costs and create American jobs. H.R. 2 will increase domestic production, expand our energy infrastructure, promote new technologies, improve our energy security, and reduce prices for American families.
1. H.R. 3 - Northern Route Approval Act (Rep. Lee Terry): Passed 241-175
· Approves the Keystone XL pipeline and allows the job-creating project to proceed after nearly 6 years of review. The bill would eliminate the need for a Presidential Permit, address all other necessary federal permits, and limit litigation that could hold up the project.
2. H.R. 1963 Bureau of Reclamation Conduit Hydropower Development Equity and Jobs Act (Rep. Steve Daines): Agreed to by voice vote
· Authorizes the development of clean, renewable hydropower at 11 water project facilities currently owned by the federal government.
3. H.R. 1582 Energy Consumers Relief Act (Rep. Bill Cassidy): Passed 232-181
· Ensures congressional oversight of EPA and prohibits costly regulations that harms the energy economy. EPA is required to submit a report to Congress before it finalizes any new energy-related rules estimated to cost more than $1 billion detailing cost, benefit, energy price, and job impacts.
4. H.R. 2640 Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act (Rep. Greg Walden): Agreed to by voice vote
· Allows hydropower development at the Bowman Dam. Also provides job-creating water to attract additional businesses and investment .
5. H.R 2728 Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (Rep. Bill Flores): Passed 235-187
· Prohibits the Interior Department from enforcing federal hydraulic fracturing regulations where states already have regulations and recognizes states’ authority to regulate this activity. The Obama Administration’s proposed regulation is estimated to cost at least $345 million annually.
6. H.R. 1900 Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (Rep. Mike Pompeo): Passed 252-165
· Modernizes the federal review process for natural gas pipeline permit applications and sets reasonable deadlines for FERC to approve or deny permits. This helps expedite construction of new pipeline infrastructure to transport the nation’s growing natural gas supply to markets and consumers.
7. H.R. 2641 Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act (Rep. Tom Marino): Passed 229-179
· Establishes a more streamlined and transparent Federal permitting process for construction projects by setting an 18-month maximum for an Environmental Assessment and a 36-month maximum for an Environmental Impact Statement.
8. H.R. 3826 Electricity Security and Affordability Act (Rep. Ed Whitfield): Passed 229-183
· Protects an affordable and diverse electricity portfolio by providing a reasonable alternative to EPA’s greenhouse gas rules for power plants. It would protect an all-of-the-above energy strategy by directing EPA to adopt workable standards for new coal-fired plants.
9. H.R. 2824 Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act (Rep. Bill Johnson): Passed 229-192
· Implements the 2008 Stream Buffer Zone Rule (coal mining regulation on excess spoil, mining waste, and buffers) and prevents the Administration from continuing a wasteful process to develop new coal regulations that could cost 7,000 jobs and cause economic harm in 22 states.
10. H.R. 3301 North American Energy Infrastructure Act (Rep. Fred Upton): Passed 238-173
· Establishes a more uniform, transparent, and modern cross-border approval process for the construction and operation of oil or gas pipelines and electric transmission facilities for the import or export of oil, gas, or electricity to or from Canada and Mexico. Brings certainty to the regulatory process and encourages investment in job-creating energy infrastructure.
11. H.R. 6 Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act (Rep. Cory Gardner): Passed 266-150
· Expedites the export of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to our allies and helps to clear the backlog of export applications currently pending at DOE. There are currently 24 LNG export applications awaiting action from DOE. Increasing U.S. LNG exports would bring certainty to the export approval process and help boost the U.S. economy while increasing global energy security.
12. H.R. 4899 Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act (Rep. Doc Hastings): Passed 229-185
· Expands U.S. energy production and reduces red-tape in order to lower energy prices, create and protect over a million good-paying American jobs, strengthen our economy, and improve our energy security.
13. H.R. 4801 Thermal Insulation Efficiency Improvement Act (Rep. Adam Kinzinger): Agreed to by voice vote
· Examines the impact and cost effectiveness of thermal insulation on energy and water use in federal buildings to identify how federal agencies can use energy and water more efficiently.
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"
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.
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.
Effingham Congressional "Day Office" Announced
Posted by Greg Dolan on May 29, 2014
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.
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.
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,
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
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”
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.
Kingston: We Need to Develop American Energy