District Connection - 4/8/13
FairTax Under the Gold Dome
The Georgia State House wrapped up its legislative session with the passage of a state-based resolution supporting the passage of the FairTax at the federal level. Specifically the state House and Senate resolutions requested that Congress act on the FairTax and expressed Georgia's commitment to ratify the repeal of the 16th Amendment, which is critical in order to ensure the constitutionality of the FairTax. For the sake of getting the conversation started about a state-based version of the FairTax, State Representative Tom Kirby introduced his version of the FairTax, which would end Georgia's state income tax and raise the state sales tax in order to make Georgia competitive with other states looking to bring business to their home turf.
Support for the FairTax starts at the state level and I am proud to have Georgia's support for passing this vital bill. With 63 co-sponsors and counting, the FairTax remains the most widely supported tax overhaul in Congress. So long as folks across the nation believe, like the folks in Georgia do, that the FairTax is the best solution to simplifying America's out-of-date tax code, we will see this bill become reality.
Final Four Friday: Wounded Warrior Amputee Team vs. Atlanta All-Stars Celebrity Challenge
On Friday night, Peachtree Ridge High School hosted the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) in the inaugural Final Four Friday Wounded Warrior Amputee Team vs. Atlanta All-Stars Celebrity Challenge. The mission of WWAST is to raise awareness through celebrity athletic events honoring the sacrifices and resilience of our military men and women. Professional athletes came to Duluth from across the country to play a role in this event’s success. Former UGA basketball head coach Hugh Durham and his 1984 Final Four team came to participate. And, despite all of the famous names participating, the real stars of the show were the wounded warriors themselves.
I am proud to live in a community that seeks to serve those who have served us so bravely. Many of you were able to be there on Friday and I know that your hearts swelled with admiration of the warriors on the court. If you weren’t able to be there, however, and you would like to learn more about what you can do to help, visit www.woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org/.
Rep. Woodall at WWAST Final Four Event
Military Children are Heroes Too
The month of April is the Month of the Military Child. While we remember our adults in uniform every day, it’s easy to forget sometimes that when an individual is called to serve their country, they often have an entire family at home that makes that sacrifice with them. The children of our men and women in uniform endure unique life challenges, from long-term separations to missed birthdays, holidays, and special family milestones. This month we recognize these children and say a special thank you just to them.
I was honored to participate in the Georgia National Guard’s Month of the Military Child Celebration on Saturday, and it was a pleasure to join with military families and celebrate the children who help make our nation so great. The event was held at the Armory in Lawrenceville, and the USO, VFW, Gwinnett Police Department, Georgia Defense Force, Mayor Judy Jordon-Johnson, and more turned out to make this a very special day. If you have a young person in your life whose mom or dad serves, you’ll want to put this great event on their calendar for next year!
Rep. Woodall at the Month of the Military Child Celebration
Help for Homeowners
Next week, Bank of America will host a homeowner assistance event for its customers in the Seventh District. This event will provide Bank of America customers the opportunity to meet with a Bank of America Specialist who will review their files, discuss and provide counsel on options--including loan modifications--in order to avoid foreclosure. If you are a Bank of America customer or know of a current Bank of America customer who needs help, the location and times for the event is below:
Duluth, GA, Homeowner Assistance Event
Thursday, April 11 – Saturday, April 13
8:00a.m. – 8:00p.m.
Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097
You can read more about the event by visiting www.bankofamerica.com/homeownerevent.
The Benefit of Public Private Partnerships
The State of Georgia is fortunate to be home to several of our nation’s leading research universities. Last week, I toured some of the new facilities at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and learned about the exciting work being done there. In partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), Georgia Tech professors and students are able to apply their talents to real world problems and deliver solutions that help to grow businesses and jobs right here in Georgia. These public-private partnerships with Georgia’s brightest minds produce groundbreaking work that makes all of us proud to be Georgians.
Groundbreaking Work from UGA
When you read about cutting-edge research and innovation in the news, you may not realize that much of it goes on in our own backyard. Recently, I had the opportunity to get an up-close look at the University of Georgia’s Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC), where groundbreaking work is done on a daily basis. The CCRC houses some of the most advanced technology around and is a vital resource for carbohydrate scientists. From improving today’s medicine to finding the next breakthrough in renewable energy, the CCRC’s work has the potential to positively impact folks across the nation and even the world. I look forward to continuing to support the fine work of the University of Georgia and the CCRC in Congress. You can learn more about the CCRC at this link.
The House is back in session this week with the President unveiling his tardy FY 2014 Budget Proposal. Acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jeffrey Zients will be on the Hill this Wednesday to answer questions from my colleagues and I on the House Budget Committee. More information on the remaining legislative initiatives of the week are below:
• On Tuesday, my colleagues and I on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hear testimony from the Comptroller General on the Government Accountability Office’s 2013 report and the duplications identified within. The Committee will also review recommendations to increase efficiency and implement cost savings through reducing duplication and overlap. More information on this hearing can be found here.
• On Wednesday, the House Rules Committee will meet to discuss H.R. 1120, a bill that would prevent the National Labor Relations Board from making any kind of decisions or enforcements until the Senate confirms the board’s members, until the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of recess appointments, or until the end of the 113th Congress. You can read more about this bill by visiting the Rules Committee website here. The bill will likely be on the House Floor for debate and votes later in the week.
• Also on Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on legislation that would force approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project that would, create up to 118,000 jobs and infuse millions of dollars in private investment into our economy. It’s also a project to which the President is adamantly opposed. You can read more about the status of this project and the bill up for consideration by clicking here.
Thank you for all that you do to keep America strong.