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6th Biennial Congressional Flag Football Game for Charity
Posted by Ivy Robinson on November 26, 2013
Last week, Jack played in the 6th Biennial Congressional Flag Football Game for Charity benefiting the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, Our Military Kids, the American Red Cross National Capital Region and A Advantage 4 Kids non-profit organizations.  After a hard-fought battle between the "Mean Machine" of Congress and "The Guards" of the U.S. Capitol Police, the Capitol Police took the win 39-24.

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​2013 Roster

​Mean Machine

1. Jeff Denham (CA-10)

2. Jon Runyan (NJ-03)

3. Markwayne Mullin (OK-2)

4. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03)

5. John Carney (DE)

6. Tim Walz (MN-01)

7. Jack Kingston (GA-01)

8. Bill Shuster (PA-09)

9. Mike McIntyre (NC-07)

10. David Valadao (CA-21)

11. Tom Graves (GA-09)

12. Richard Hudson (NC-08)

13. Cedric Richmond (LA-02)

14. Patrick Murphy (FL-18)

15. Joe Kennedy (MA-04)

16. John Delaney (MD-06)

17. Rodney Davis (IL-13)

18. Scott Desjarlais (TN-4)

19. Jeff Flake (R – AZ)

20. Tom Graves (GA-14)

22. Marco Rubio (R – FL)

NFL Players: Herschel Walker, Ken Harvey, John Booty, Mark Rypian, Gary Clark, Ravin Caldwell

​The Guards

1. Jim Davis 27

2. Ron Potter 3

3. Larry Bell 2

4. Ron Russ 10

5. Travis Wells 71

6. Frank Quick 75

7. Doug Carter 16

8. Hawkins 31

9. Brett Jordan 5

10. Tim Cullen 69

11. Kim Kennedy 21

12. Reggie Tyson 11

13. B. D. Dunn 969

14. Tom Perrell 14

15. Ty Bond 34

16. Harris 7

17. C. Johnson 5

18. K Johnson 4

19. Spencer Wilson

20. Irv Washington

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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.
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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.”

Sen. Johnny Isakson
(R-GA), “The House’s passage of the Water Resource Reform and Development Act that included a critical authorization for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is a great victory for the United States and the state of Georgia. I applaud Chairman Shuster and the House for its support and for recognizing the huge economic impact of this project, which will bring $174 million in annual net benefits to the United States and create 11,554 jobs. I remain committed to seeing this project through to the very end.”


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. Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2), “In addition to improving access to critical waterways, this bill will create jobs and boost our economy by opening access to vital infrastructure projects across the country. The Savannah Port will be a major driver of economic development throughout the entire state. Dredging of the Savannah River is long overdue, and once this bill is enacted into law, larger cargo ships will be one step closer to traveling and trading through our world-class port.”


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. Tom Price (R-GA-6), “The passage of this water resources and infrastructure bill is a victory for Georgia families. It will help strengthen our local economy, save taxpayer dollars and eliminate wasteful government red tape. Appropriately, it avoids contributing to any efforts that would deny Georgia access to vital resources and harm our state’s economy. Moreover, this legislation will help our state and local leaders better plan and take concrete steps towards preparing the Port of Savannah to be able to accept the larger cargo ships of the future, a key component to helping grow our economy and create jobs. At a time when the government spends too much and gets too little in return, WRRDA contains no earmarks, mandates crucial Congressional oversight and provides for the deauthorization of existing programs to offset any new authorizations. This is an economically critical reform and infrastructure bill.”

Rep. Rob Woodall
(R-GA-7), “Certainly, today’s bill is not perfect, but it absolutely moves us in the right direction for water infrastructure planning.  The bill is critical to Georgia because it both clears the final hurdles for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project—arguably the largest economic development and job creation initiative in the State--and by rebuffing attempts by Alabama and Florida to use the bill to hijack the water in Lake Lanier.  Both of these successes mean more job growth in the 7th district of Georgia and that’s good news. Moreover, the bill reduces federal bureaucratic red tape and returns decision making power to states. These steps reduce time necessary to get a federal construction permit in many cases by more than a decade.  With the addition of provisions guaranteeing strong Congressional oversight of the Administration’s activities, this bill is a win for taxpayers and a catalyst for long-term economic growth.”


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. Paul Broun (R-GA-10), “This bill will help boost Georgia’s economy and create jobs by allowing the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project to finally move forward. It is vital that the Administration make deepening the port a top priority and that we continue to work towards completion of this project. At the same time, I’m pleased that this legislation leaves out any attacks by other states on Georgia’s water supply.  While we have been successful in this effort thus far, it is important that we remain vigilant as we move towards a House/Senate conference.”


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. John Barrow (D-GA-12), “For decades, the Georgia Ports Authority has worked with our federal partners to deepen the Savannah Harbor. This critical infrastructure project will have a positive impact on nearly every county in the State of Georgia, and brings the good-paying jobs to our region that we all agree we need.  Our entire delegation has been united in our efforts to see this project through, and we’re finally crossing that final barrier with passage of this bill.  We’re grateful for the bipartisan work of the Congressional committees to move this bill, and look forward to seeing construction begin at the Port of Savannah.”


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.

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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.

Click the thumbnail below to view the video on our YouTube page: 

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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.

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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.

Katie M. is a 3rd year student at the University of Georgia School of Law who grew up in Sylvania.  She served as Legal Fellow in Jack's Washington, D.C. office during the spring and summer semesters.

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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.

As it stands, the law has created a situation in which some forms of communication like paper letters and phone conversations have stronger privacy protections that the much more common email.

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!

David M. is a student at the University of Georgia School of Law.  He is interning in Jack's Washington, D.C. office this summer.

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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!

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INTERN POST: Mr. Majority Leader, don't double our rates
Posted by Nathan W. (Intern) on July 08, 2013
College students from all corners of the country (that's my with the big orange arrow over my head) lined the U.S. Capitol steps Monday afternoon in the summer heat behind GOP leaders looking to turn up the heat for bipartisan student loan reform.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was joined by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the House Education & Workforce Committee.

Interest rates on Stafford student loans jumped from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1 as the result of legislative inaction in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Republicans in the House passed a bill in May that would tie the rate on those loans to the 10-year Treasury bill, similar to the proposal outlined by the White House. But President Obama threatened to veto that measure, instead opting to make the financial welfare of hardworking college students a partisan issue.

Senate Democrats just don’t seem interested in addressing rising interest rates, even though their inaction jeopardizes the financial stability of millions of students seeking to better themselves through education. President Obama vowed to stop rates from rising, but so far he’s been all talk and no action.

College students have one thing to say to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) – Mr. Majority Leader, don’t double our rates. 

Nathan W. is an intern in the Washington, D.C. Office.  He is a sophomore at the University of Georgia and is a native of Forsyth County.
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House adopts Jack's amendment to create work requirement for food stamps
Posted by Chris on June 20, 2013
In 1996, Congress enacted landmark welfare reform centered on a requirement that participants engage in job search and work participation activities.  As a result, two-thirds of welfare recipients got a job or went to school.  Within four years, 4.2 million people rose out of poverty.  In five years, child poverty fell to an all-time low.  Welfare caseloads fell by more than 60-percent nationwide in that time and 85 percent in Georgia.

Today the House adopted an amendment Jack cosponsored with Reps. Steve Southerland (R-TN), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), and David Schweikert (R-AZ) that would build on that success and allow 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.

Here is a video of Jack discussing his amendment and why he believes food stamps and similar programs should be a hand up and not a hand out:

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To protect #Obamacare, Obama has decided to politicize the Census Bureau They're supposed to just count things #sigh



Kingston Continues to Push for SHEP