District Connection - 11/7/16
As many of you know, this coming Friday our nation will celebrate Veterans Day. This is a very important day for all of us to pause and reflect on the many sacrifices America’s veterans have made over the years to protect and preserve the hard-earned freedoms that we all enjoy today. You may have your own Veterans Day plans already, but if you’re looking for great opportunities to reflect on the service of our nation’s heroes with other members of our community, we have them across the Seventh District. In Forsyth, the City of Cumming will host its annual ceremony on Friday at 11:00am at Veterans Memorial Park. Also on Friday at 11:00am is the annual ceremony in Gwinnett County at the Fallen Heroes Memorial at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville. I have attended both of these events over the years, and I can assure you that both will make your family and the veterans in your life proud as they do a remarkable job of honoring and remembering America's heroes. I hope to see you there this Friday!
- Gwinnett County. Veterans Day Ceremony celebrates Gwinnett's military heroes
- Gwinnett Daily Post. State parks offering deals for veterans in November
And more than just honoring our nation’s veterans with prayers and solemn remembrances, on Thursday, our community is working together to bring our veterans into contact with local job creators. Military veterans are highly trained, loyal individuals who are accustomed to hard work and coming together for the betterment of a team. These are the same values that our large and small business leaders are looking for every day. Some of our areas largest employers – Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, FedEx Ground, and various local and state law enforcement agencies – will be at Gwinnett Technical College for a Veterans Services Job Fair that is being hosted by Gwinnett Tech and the Georgia Department of Labor. I encourage you to read the Gwinnett Daily Post article below for more information about attending the job fair.
- Gwinnett Daily Post. Job fair for veterans slated for November 10
Amid all of our diversity here in the 7th District, we share a great many things. Among those is an enthusiasm for service to others. I recently had the honor of joining with the Hindu community in Lilburn at a Diwali celebration where thousands of men, women, and children from our community gathered to celebrate.
Diwali – also known as the Festival of Lights – is a celebration of light triumphing over darkness, and there is no better way to bring light to any situation than by serving a neighbor. We are blessed to live in such a vibrant community that embraces that shared principle, independent of any differences that exist between us. I love that about who we are, and I’m grateful to everyone for making it a reality.
Thank you to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir for inviting me to be a part of your celebration, and congratulations on your nine years as servant leaders in our community!
Rep. Woodall attends the Lilburn Diwali Festival
Fundamental tax reform has been a national conversation for my entire adult life, and it’s only because America instinctively understands that we can do so much better than our current tax code. I am tired of just talking about tax reform, and next year represents the best opportunity we’ve had in three decades to actually achieve a revamp of the tax code, which punishes workers, encourages evasion, and keeps opportunity out of the reach of so many American families. House Republicans have put forward a blueprint for tax reform that borrowed ideas from me and my colleagues—including the FairTax. Some of the ideas borrowed from the FairTax include dismantling the IRS, eliminating special interest tax breaks, repealing the death tax, moving to a consumption-based model, and simplifying compliance for families and businesses. I encourage you to take a look at this blueprint and imagine how it would impact your own family’s finances. The IRS, America’s most powerful government agency, should not treat every American like a criminal. We can rebuild our tax code to make sure that your government works for you—not the other way around—but I will need your help to make it happen.
- American Enterprise Institute. Tax Reform: Ryan-Brady plan is a better way
- The Detroit News. Tax reform turns 30
- Roll Call. Ryan suggests tax overhaul is first priority of GOP agenda
This Thursday, November 10th, I will be hosting another Telephone Town Hall Meeting. Given what has been a largely contentious political climate this presidential election year, I want to take this opportunity for us to come together and talk about what our goals and priorities are for the remainder of the year and for the coming year as well.
Telephone Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, November 10th
7:00pm – 7:30pm
Dial-In Number: (877) 229-8493
Our 7th District community is filled with friends and neighbors who want to work for a better, stronger, and more prosperous America. I love that we worry less about who gets the credit for our good ideas and more about whether we are making a difference. Thank you for the honor of serving with you. I hope that you will be able to take some time out of your evening on Thursday to talk with me about our past successes and to share with me how we can best work together going forward.
Member of Congress