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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

District Connection - 12/19/16

December 19, 2016
E-Newsletter Archive


The secret ingredient for a strong economy isn’t a secret at all for those of us here in the 7th District; rather, it begins right here at home with entrepreneurs and risk takers who take a chance on us our neighbors. When our local infrastructure, tax policy, and regulatory climates welcome big ideas, entrepreneurial spirit, and innovation, the fertile ground of free enterprise allows ideas to grow. This recipe is thriving in the 7th District, and it seems like new business ribbon cuttings are happening every day. Forsyth County celebrated its partnership between family, community, and business with yet another new ribbon cutting, with Fermob USA’s new facility in Cumming.  As an international furniture manufacturing company, Fermob could have located anywhere in North America, but because of who we are as a community and what we have to offer new employers, they have chosen Forsyth County to be their new home, and we’re happy to have them.

Rep. Rob Woodall attends Fermob USA's new facility grand opening in Cumming 

As we move into 2017, the 115th Congress, and a new Administration, we have an opportunity to reimagine the role of government and to implement much needed fundamental tax and regulatory reform at the federal level – including drastically reforming our corporate tax  code which currently sits among the world’s worst – and I’m eager to continue the work we began in the 114th Congress.  Under Speaker Paul Ryan, House Republicans have offered our vision – A Better Way – for these reforms, but sadly we did not have a willing partner in the White House to move these ideas forward.  I’m confident that will change in January, and American businesses and workers will receive the much needed relief they deserve. Just as our state and local policies make our state and community more appealing than others, by following the example in Washington that we’re setting here at home, we can once again make America the most appealing country in which to do business. Of course, as you know, I believe H.R. 25, the FairTax, gets us there the quickest, but I’m more than willing to move the country in the right direction as much as I can today – and continue the work tomorrow. 


Because the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is such a critical measure, it makes perfect sense that our local media outlets have spent so much time focused on this newly signed law. I know we’ve talked about Georgia’s victories in this bill already, but it bears repeating how well we can do when we work together. I led the charge in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and I was so pleased to be joined in this fight by every one of my Georgia colleagues from both sides of the aisle and from both sides of the U.S. Capitol. Georgia’s success all across the state – from Lake Lanier to the Port of Savannah – is thanks to this team effort, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the future to push Georgia’s success forward.


I recently had the pleasure of attending a second ribbon cutting in our district last week; this one in Gwinnett County. It was for Suniva, which is America’s leading manufacturer of high-efficiency, affordable photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and modules. As you all will recall, Suniva got its start locally at the University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic Research and Education (UCEP) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and its U.S. manufacturing headquarters is located right here in the 7th District.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was in honor of Suniva’s decision to further invest in our community with an expansion that tripled the size of its Norcross facility.  It’s been an honor to partner with my friends at Suniva over the years, and I couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve accomplished!


It’s always uplifting for me to spend time with our community’s young people. The talented students and teachers at Lanier High School were kind enough to welcome me last week, and speaking with the government and politics class was a true pleasure. These students are concerned with the same issues that I hear about so often from voters across the country: how are we going to improve our economy, what’s the best way to grow jobs, what are we going to do to make college more affordable, and how can we best preserve our freedoms? We have to work together to ensure that America’s best days are ahead. And I can tell you one thing for sure, with students like these asking the questions and finding the answers, I’m supremely confident in America’s future. 

Rep. Rob Woodall speaks with students at Lanier High School


As the weather grows colder and family and friends from around the country travel home, we’re all reminded that two of the world’s biggest holidays will coincide this coming weekend. On Saturday evening, millions of people around the world will celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. And on Sunday, millions more will gather to celebrate Christmas. No matter your faith, this holiday season is a time of joy, hope, and love. It’s a time when we put aside those things that divide us, and we remember that it’s not gifts, but the love of family and friends that truly make this season special. Wherever and however you celebrate this exceptional time of year, I wish you and yours a very blessed holiday season. 


Rob Woodall
Member of Congress