Washington Watch - 1/19/16
Last week the House sent S.J.Res. 22 to the President’s desk. The bill is a formal Congressional disapproval of the Obama Administration’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. We’ve talked about this issue a lot in the 7th District because it is so important to Georgia. The rule would allow the federal government to take control over much of Georgia’s water resources, and we know from our experience with the Army Corps of Engineers and its management of Lake Lanier, that the federal government simply doesn’t know what’s best for Georgia’s families and businesses. I was proud to join with over 250 of my colleagues in supporting this bill.
Though I expect the President to veto this common sense measure, the good news is that the fight isn't over. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed that this rule should be scrapped, and I expect that this rule will continue to weave its way to the U.S. Supreme Court before all is said and done. By sending this bill to the White House, we have shown that the majority of Americans oppose this rule, and I stand with them.
- Gwinnett Daily Post. Woodall: Obama Administration acted alone on Waters of the US rule
- The Hill. House votes to overturn Obama water rule
- Omaha Daily Herald. Water rules show EPA’s overreach
- West Virginia Record. House passes resolution nullifying EPA Waters of the U.S. rule
You might have seen in the news a few weeks ago that the North Korean regime – led by the dictator Kim Jong Un – claimed to have successfully carried out its first underground hydrogen bomb test. While experts around the world doubt North Korea’s claim and have stated that the test was most likely not a hydrogen bomb, there is still concern that the regime carried out a nuclear test in contravention of United Nations regulations. The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held an important hearing last week to discuss the U.S. response to North Korea’s unprovoked aggression and to address the nuclear threat North Korea poses on our close allies in the Asia-Pacific region – namely South Korea and Japan.
- Bloomberg Business. Whatever North Korea tested, its nuclear ambitions remain clear
- Orange County Register. U.S. must turn up financial heat on N. Korea
- Yon Hap News. South Korea, U.S., Japan meet over North Korea’s nuclear test
On Tuesday night, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. It probably comes as no surprise to you that most Democrats loved the speech while most Republicans were disappointed. I was pleased to hear that the President seemed willing to work with Congress on addressing criminal justice reform, cancer research, and the scourge of drug abuse, but I was most concerned about national security, terrorism, jobs, and the economy. The President seemed to downplay our shared concerns in these areas. My hope is that in his last year in office, he will work with Congress to do the common-sense things that we can to bolster America in each of these areas.
CLICK HERE to read my editorial in the Gwinnett Daily Post.
- Woodall. Woodall reacts to the State of the Union address
- Washington Post. The past, the future, ISIS, and Trumpism dominate Obama’s last State of the Union
- The Hill. GOP to Obama: You have no ISIS plan
- Military.com. Obama: Al-Qaeda and ISIS don’t threaten our national existence
One of the most exciting things in public policy in Georgia to happen this past week was that Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall was elected to serve as the President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the umbrella organization that serves as the collective voice for American agriculture for all state farm bureaus in our nation. He is the first Georgian ever to be honored to serve in this capacity, and I have full confidence that Zippy will continue to be an effective advocate for Georgia’s and America's agricultural needs when he takes the leadership mantle at AFB. With poultry playing an important part of the 7th District’s economy and agriculture in general being so important for our state, I couldn’t be more excited to see the great things that Zippy is sure to do in his new post. I hope everyone will join me in congratulating him.
- Georgia Farm Bureau. Zippy Duvall Becomes AFBF President.
Yesterday, many Americans had a day off work or school thanks to a federal holiday honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I believe that as a tireless fighter for civil rights and supporter of community involvement, Dr. King would be pleased that the holiday honoring his life and legacy is also the only holiday that is designated as a national day of service. As Dr. King himself noted, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?" As we remember and honor Georgia's native son, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I hope that everyone has a positive answer to the question: what are you doing for others? Our country, our community, and our world will be better off when we are all working together for the betterment of others.
- 11 Alive. Metro Atlanta residents give back on MLK Day
- Fox 5 Atlanta. MLK Day 2016: Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I’m happy to be back in Georgia this week meeting with a number of our friends and neighbors. If you’re having an issue with the federal government, if you want to talk about the future of our nation, or if you want to invite me to meet you at your school or your place of business, I hope you’ll contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (202) 225-4272 to schedule a meeting.
Member of Congress