District Connection - 12/30/19
Earlier this month, the House Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process held a hearing about how federal, state, local, and community organizations can work together to combat the scourge of human trafficking, and I’m proud to say that the 7th District of Georgia was well represented in the conversation. .
The United States has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the world, which increases in local communities that are home to major tourist events and heavily marketed attractions. With less than two months before the Super Bowl, my colleagues and I wanted to hear from local experts about how the federal government can partner with state and local law enforcement to raise awareness and potentially save lives.
Bob Rodgers, the President and CEO of Street Grace, a faith-based organization in Georgia which is committed to ending the sexual trafficking of children throughout our nation, testified before our subcommittee where he called for comprehensive solutions. Click on the image below to watch his opening remarks.
I can’t thank Mr. Rodgers and his team at Street Grace enough for their willingness to travel to Washington, D.C., and share their expertise with everyone on the subcommittee. From Pennsylvania to Florida and from Massachusetts to Texas, every member of our committee was moved by the testimony of Mr. Rodgers and his fellow witnesses. Our children cannot be allowed to be used as pawns for sex or labor trafficking, and I know everyone in American is willing to do all that we can to put an end to this disgusting crime.
- Roll Call. As Super Bowl LIV draws near, Congress still tackling one of the event’s biggest problems
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a streamlined federal permitting program for the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR) in surface impoundments and landfills, and it approved Georgia’s permit. This makes Georgia the second state in the nation – following Oklahoma – with an authorized coal ash permit program. This is great news for Georgia, and the talented folks at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, because the EPA’s coal ash permit program is practical, cost effective, and returns environmental protection regulation to the states – instead of a one-size fits all approach.
The State of Georgia is a shining example of how partnerships between local leaders and the federal government can deliver vital results for the American people. I look forward to monitoring Georgia’s successes under the leadership of EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Governor Brian Kemp in managing and properly disposing of coal ash under the permit program, and I am optimistic that the state will continue to pursue innovative solutions to recycling coal ash and limiting waste.
The holidays are a time to spend time with loved ones and celebrate everything we are grateful for. But for many, the holidays are a more difficult time where friends and family suffer from addiction.
More than half of all Americans know someone affected by the opioid crisis. Our families, neighbors, and friends are facing this struggle right here in Georgia.
Together, in a unified push, we can help the millions of Americans affected by the opioid crisis seek proper treatment and begin recovery.
For more information, click on the image below or visit: stopopioidsilence.org
- Gwinnett Daily Post. Gwinnett congressmen back Stop Opioid Silence campaign
Northside-Duluth Clinical Nurse Manager Jenine Morgan has been in the nursing profession for nearly 22 years. Two years ago, one of Morgan’s co-workers wasn’t feeling well. Morgan insisted the co-worker receive immediate medical treatment, but the co-worker refused at first. It turned out, had it not been for Morgan’s persistence, the co-worker would have died from her mini-stroke.
Earlier this month, Morgan was named one of the Georgia Hospital Association’s “Hospital Hero” Award recipients for her dedication to saving lives. Congratulations, Jenine! Our community would not be as strong as it is today without you.
- Gwinnett Daily Post. Northside-Duluth 'hospital hero' saves lives through dedication to work
One of the best things about representing the Seventh District in Congress is being able to share all the incredible stories I hear about how our community goes above and beyond to help others who are struggling.
Each year, Brian and Kelly Tam, the owners of Tam’s BackStage, organize a holiday feast for local senior citizens and those in need. Their restaurant served lunch to about 100 seniors and dinner to more than 250 people from various nonprofit organizations like Abba House, Bald Ridge Lodge, and The Place of Forsyth County.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s “Helpings of Hope” event!
- Forsyth County News. How this local restaurant served 'helpings of hope' to Forsyth County seniors, those in need
With 2019 coming to a close and the new decade beginning in just a few days, we all naturally take time to reflect and to set new goals for the future.
While it’s easy to look at the glass half empty and be pessimistic about the realities of getting things done in a divided Congress, I opt to look at the glass half full. Every man and woman who I serve with in the U.S. House of Representatives believes in making America better tomorrow than she is today through reforming our nation’s outdated infrastructure, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and bolstering manufacturing and trade for U.S. businesses. I know that this will be hard work, but as Americans - not as Democrats or Republicans - we can set an example for our children and grandchildren and bring about that positive future.
As we turn the page to 2020, I wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year!
Member of Congress