Washington Watch - 6/17/19
With each Father’s Day, we make time to reminisce and appreciate the memories and lessons taught by our fathers. For many of us, if it wasn’t their tough love and tender strength to pick us up and dust us off, we may not have developed into who we are today. Whether you are a biological father, a step-father, a grandfather, or someone who has stepped-up in a child’s life to take on the role of a father, I wish you a Happy Father’s Day.
As most of you know, June is National Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. Statistics suggest that each one of us is going to know someone or have a family member who will be affected by Alzheimer's or brain health in one way or another.
If you've been following Alzheimer's research over the past year, you know that our scientists have hit some dead-ends with research that seemed promising but has turned out another way. That’s the way it goes with fundamental scientific research. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, but I’m proud to say America is undeterred. We must continue funding those scientists and that fundamental health research because one day – hopefully one day soon – we’ll find the cure.
From the House floor, Rep. Woodall urges his colleagues to not give up hope
Last week, the House Budget Committee held a hearing to examine the risks climate change poses to the U.S. economy and federal budget. One proposal the Democratic Majority has put forward to combat climate change – and yet failed to address directly during this hearing – is the Green New Deal. This radical legislation would threaten to upend every sector of the American economy, from energy to transportation to health care. Although this policy proposal is marketed as a solution to climate change, it mainly introduces expensive government-run programs that would impose job-killing tax hikes on low-income and working-class families.
At the hearing, both Democrats and Republicans voiced their concerns with the Green New Deal, recognizing it as an unworkable proposal intended to promote a political agenda. Even so, both sides of aisle know there are absolutely things on which we can all agree and partner on today to begin making a difference immediately. We need an “all-of-the-above” strategy when it comes to addressing climate change and investing in renewables like nuclear energy, hydroelectric power, and biofuels. I am hopeful we can get past ideas that will move America nowhere and begin to take up serious policy ideas that will help us mitigate the effects of climate change.
Rep. Woodall questions witnesses during the House Budget Committee hearing entitled “The Costs of Climate Change: Risks to the U.S. Economy and the Federal Budget”
Last week, the House began consideration of the first package of appropriation bills to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2020, which begins on October 1, 2019. This spending package, H.R. 2740, the “Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act,” includes four of the twelve must-pass spending bills and totals nearly $1 trillion. Unfortunately, the Democratic majority in the House put forward these spending bills with no consensus on a budget agreement, included no funds to address the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border, and eliminated bipartisan pro-life protections that have been included in the yearly appropriations process for decades.
In an attempt to improve the bill, I offered an amendment that would have provided essential funding for the humanitarian crisis at the border. But my Democratic colleagues voted against it. My Republican colleagues and I tried again to make the bill better by offering pro-life amendments that would have upheld conscience protections at the Department of Health and Human Services and removed language preventing the implementation of the Administration's rule requiring all Title X grant recipients to be physically and financially separate from abortion-providing facilities. Again, my Democratic friends voted against these common-sense reforms. The good news is that I am confident this isn’t the last time we’ll be able to affect this necessary change. My Republican colleagues in the Senate are committed to upholding the sanctity of life and ensuring operations at the southern border are adequately funded.
As Congress continues the FY20 appropriations process, you can count on me to keep you updated and to fight for those issues that matter most to the residents of the 7th District. Click on the image below to watch my closing remarks after House Democrats defeated my motion for border security.
The "Rule of Law" is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue, it's an American issue. There are many things that Congress may disagree on, but solving the crisis at our southern border should not be one of them.
Thank you, Fox News, for inviting me to appear on America's News Headquarters. Watch my entire interview below.
Rep. Woodall Discusses Border Security and Humanitarian Crisis with Molly Line
- CNS News. Rep. Woodall on Ga. Heartbeat Law: ‘If Worst Thing’ Is ‘We’re Fighting Too Hard for Life, That's a Good Problem to Have’
There are so many issues on which Republicans and Democrats agree. In Congress, I’m focusing on consensus-driven solutions that can pass in the House, in the Senate, and be signed into law.
Last week, I participated in a lengthy interview with CBS News’ Reena Ninan about the House Budget Committee’s hearing on the risks posed by climate change as well as Volume I of the Mueller Report. Watch our full interview below.
From Statuary Hall, Rep. Woodall speaks with CBS News
It is always my pleasure to recognize the incredible achievements of our students here at home. It undeniable that our future success is dependent on our next generation of leaders. I know a great many of those will hail from the 7th District of Georgia, and this past week in Washington I had the pleasure of meeting with Forsyth County Central High’s Jake Gant, who has been chosen to serve as Georgia’s 75th Youth Governor. YMCA’s Youth Assembly program allows high school students to gain experience and knowledge about the legislative processes, and Jake was in Washington to visit with elected officials and work with other Youth Governors from across the county as he prepares for his upcoming term as Governor of the Youth Assembly to be held at the Georgia State Capitol this fall. Good luck Jake!
The role our local community organizations and non-profits play in encouraging young people to be active learners and citizens of the world is indisputable, and as I’m sure you know, the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has a long history of contributing to that important mission. Though the Girl Scouts’ very successful 38th Lilburn Day Camp recently ended, there will certainly be more opportunities to get involved in the future. If you know a current or future Girl Scout who could benefit from the programs this great organization runs, you can check out more events in our area by CLICKING HERE.
What’s more, I am proud to have the Girl Scouts’ partnership in promoting the importance of civics education through the Civics Learning Act, a bill that my friend and colleague Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and I introduced earlier this year to provide schools with opportunities to implement innovative and evidence-based civic learning and teaching programs. Our successes here in Congress are a result of local support, and it is by this advocacy that we can achieve more.
- Gwinnett Daily Post. Girl Scouts' Lilburn Day Camp continues to encourage fun learning in 38th year
This week, the House will complete consideration of H.R. 2740, and will begin debating H.R. 3055, the appropriations package for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Agriculture, Interior, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Food and Drug Administration. While I am pleased that the House is moving forward with the appropriations process, I am still concerned that the Democratic leadership has no plan for changing the statutory budget caps. I’m also very concerned that the Democratic leadership is ignoring the most important funding issue facing us right now; the humanitarian crisis on our southern border. The Senate is planning to bring up a $4.5 billion emergency humanitarian funding bill to care for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children that have been brought to the U.S., but the House refuses to address this critical issue. I hope that Speaker Pelosi will soon change her mind and allow the House to bring up this important bill.
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