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.
Posted by Chris on February 26, 2013
In case you missed it, Jack appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning to talk about sequestration. While the President is travelling the country to complain about the potential impact of the automatic spending cuts, only the House has acted to replace them with targeted reforms that maintain much-needed savings. If the President or Senate were serious about replacing these cuts, they would quit talking and join the House in acting.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Georgia Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for DroughtPosted by District Staff on January 17, 2013
From the Small Business Administration:
ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Burke, Chatham, Columbia, Effingham, Elbert, Lincoln, Richmond and Screven counties in Georgia as a result of the drought beginning Nov. 2, 2012
“These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in South Carolina. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” according to Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East.
“When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities affected by the same disaster,” said Skaggs.
Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible
farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquacultural enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.
The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 3 percent for private non-profit organizations of all sizes and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to email@example.com. Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than September 9, 2013.
Posted by Press Staff on January 02, 2013
In case you missed it, Jack also appeared on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports to discuss his opposition to the fiscal cliff package and why we need more action on spending reduction.
Posted by Press Staff on January 02, 2013
In case you missed it, Jack appeared today on CNBC's Power Lunch to talk about the fiscal cliff alongside Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Jack opposed the legislation because it did not address much-needed spending cuts.