District Connection - 9/6/16
Last week, the United States and South Korea took another step closer in our critically important economic, cultural, and military relationship. You’ve likely read or heard about North Korea’s continued testing of missiles and its nuclear ambitions, and in an effort to protect our close ally and good friend from North Korean aggression, the U.S. has placed an advanced, defensive weapons system – the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) – in South Korea. You may think that extending our defense shield across South Korea has nothing to do with Georgia, but the purpose of THAAD is to deter violence; and the dream of a peaceful Korean peninsula is alive and well in the 7th District.
Gwinnett County is home to nearly half of the Korean-American population of Georgia and dozens of Korean-American owned and operated businesses – like Doosan Infracore America Corporation in Suwanee, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas in Norcross, Kia Motors America parts and distribution center in Lawrenceville, Mega Mart in Duluth, and Shinhan Bank America in Duluth – which are all examples of how our 7th District community is bolstered by our nation’s special relationship with South Korea and Korean Americans. What’s more, the peaceful and economically fruitful environment that THAAD will hopefully bring to South Korea was echoed on August 28th during the One Korea Festival that was held at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. The festival featured traditional Korean dancing and music and was a fantastic celebration of Korean heritage and a showcase of everyone’s hope for a more peaceful future for the Korean peninsula.
With the many tremendous business opportunities in our community that are supported by Koreans and Korean-Americans, as well as the close relationship that I have had the pleasure of cultivating with representatives from the Korean Consul General’s office in Atlanta, I know that America’s defense assistance to South Korea will lead to a more peaceful Asia in the future.
- Korea Times. Park defends THAAD deployment plan ahead of Russia visit
- Korea Herald. Park to hold summits with China, Russia to ease THAAD tension
Last week I met with a group of our friends and neighbors who work at Mölnlycke Health Care in Norcross. Mölnlycke is an international medical device provider that specializes in surgical and wound care products, and its U.S. headquarters is right here in the 7th District. Visiting Mölnlycke afforded me an invaluable opportunity to discuss and witness first-hand the real world impact that federal laws and regulations, like Obamacare’s medical device tax and the implementation of the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act, are having in our district. I also learned about a product Mölnlycke has developed to prevent hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, which affect more than 1 million Americans each year and add roughly $10 billion per year to the cost of health care in the U.S. This invention could save Americans billions and bolster the quality of care that our seniors receive, and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to increase the use of these medical devices throughout our health care system.
Rep. Rob Woodall visits with employees at Mölnlycke in Norcross
I’m grateful to the folks at Mölnlycke for the work they do and the time they spent with me last week, and I look forward to using what I learned during this visit and the many others I’ve had over this August district work period to make Washington more responsive to the needs of folks back home.
When it comes to trading ideas and crafting solutions, there’s no substitute for sitting down with local leaders and business owners in our community. Last week I had the opportunity to do just that with some of the folks at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Pruitt Health, Eagle Rock Productions in Norcross, Sawnee EMC, and Georgia Highlands Medical Center in Cumming. As the activity in Washington resumes today, there’s still a great deal we can accomplish together, and that partnership centers around these kinds of discussions. From the need for responsible trade policies to common sense labor regulatory reform, it’s one thing to debate the issues on Capitol Hill, but it is quite another to hear directly from those at home who work day-in, day-out with these policies.
A common thread in my conversations with many of you is the need for tangible tax reform – and there is perhaps no better example of common ground than the desire to make our corporate tax rate globally competitive. This is something President Obama has expressed interest in doing time and again, and it’s certainly something Republicans are eager to accomplish. In fact, the House Republican tax reform proposal leverages that middle ground by proposing a 15% reduction in the overall corporate tax rate. I would much rather eliminate it altogether and bring even more jobs here, but am more than willing to move America in the right direction as much as I can today and coming back tomorrow for more. We have an opportunity to make real progress on these issues, and that’s due to men and women in the 7th District and across the country getting involved, sharing their ideas, and ultimately shaping the policies coming out of DC.
Tonight, Tuesday, September 6th at 7:30pm I am hosting another telephone town hall meeting to share more with you on the topic of tax reform and the process we’re making incorporating 7th District principles into Washington policy discussions. I hope that you will be able to take a few moments to join the conversation.
Telephone Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, September 6th
7:30PM – 8:00PM
Dial-In Number: (877) 229-8493
This week will be a busy week in the House as we work to move bills dealing with small business investment, energy security, litigation reform, foreign policy, and more. Among these bills are large ones and small ones, but each will make a difference for the American economy or for American families. One step at the time, together we are making a difference.
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