District Connection - 4/1/13
GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS GROW IN GEORGIA
America is a leader in the global marketplace, and with its leadership comes the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other nations. Georgia State University (GSU) can be counted among consulates and embassies with its effort to forge an educational bond between the United States and Korea. I was honored to take part in GSU’s Korean-American Business Center’s Distinguished Speaker series along with Eugene Chin Yu, President of the Federation of Korean Associations in the USA and owner of Continental Military Services, Inc. We joined members of the Korean and Japanese consulates, small business owners and students to discuss enhancing business enterprises between South Korea and the great state of Georgia. America is a place where the possibilities to innovate and succeed are endless, with many of these opportunities right here in Georgia. I was proud to see GSU and all of the leaders who attended last week’s event come together and highlight that potential.
ENSURING A FAIR MARKETPLACE FOR AMERICA'S AIRLINES
This week I joined 32 of my colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood urging them to fight for the fair treatment of American commercial airlines, such as Atlanta’s own Delta Airlines, in negotiations with the Japanese over access to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Currently, most American air carriers are forced to fly into Narita Airport, which is located over an hour from downtown Tokyo, whereas Haneda is half that distance. As part of our ongoing Open Skies negotiations with Japan, it is vital that we ensure that American commercial aviation is given equal access to all Japanese airports and that consumers, both in the U.S. and in Japan, are allowed to freely choose the airline they wish. This Open Skies agreement, if completed fairly and allowing equal access for American air carriers into Haneda, will greatly benefit Delta and those Georgians seeking to do business in Japan. I look forward to hearing about the progress Secretaries Kerry and Lahood have made in these negotiations in the coming months. You can read a copy of the letter I sent here.
As you may know, I make an effort to visit with students in the district during each District Work Week. I can always count on a great exchange of ideas with the leaders of tomorrow. And, with each visit, I grow more and more confident in the strength of America in the future. This past week, my inspiration came from students at Georgia Gwinnett College, The Wesleyan School, and South Forsyth High School. If your school would like an opportunity to talk about public service or public policy, please let me know. I would be happy to visit.
Georgia Gwinnett College
South Forsyth High School
Thank you to all of those who attended one of my March Town Hall Meetings. Our dialogue is critical to success in Washington, D.C., and I am grateful for the time and effort you commit to making America better. If you have been unable to participate, know that my door is always open. Please contact me anytime I may be of service. Stay tuned for my next series of Town Hall Meetings, which I will announce in the near future.Thank You