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2014: The Year of a Failed President. $18 trillion in growing debt, irresponsible amnesty policy, rising health care costs, embarrassing IRS scandals, damaging foreign policy, and low approval ratings. I guess where he succeeded was giving the Senate and additional House seats to Republicans.
Congratulations Judge Bucci and proud to have the appointment be here in the 14th District! Also thanks to 14th District resident Jason R. Anavitarte for all your hard work for the conservative cause in the Hispanic community and all of Georgia. ... See MoreSee Less
TweetFrom the press release: Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the appointment of Dean C. Bucci to the Superior Court judgeship within the Paulding Judicial Circuit. Bucci will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable James R. Osborne. The appointment will take effect upon swearing…
A new Georgia General Assembly gavels into session in January 2015. One of the top agenda items is transportation and how to fund it. Charlie Harper, Editor-in-Chief of Peach Pundit and Executive Director of PolicyBEST, pens this week's column about the challenges our Republican-led General Assembly face with transportation funding.
Join in the discussion over at Peach Pundit of what solutions to Georgia's transportation woes you'd like to see be proposed in the 2015 legislative session.
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This week’s Courier Herald column: The Carl Vinson Institute of The University of Georgia held it’s Biennial program last week in Athens. Officially, it’s where new legislators are trained. Unofficially, it’s the...
A $1 trillion spending bill unveiled Tuesday keeps most of the federal government funded through September. Here, The Post's Ed O'Keefe points out a few of the most notable components of the legislation.
Fox News host Sean Hannity called for a "cowardly" Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to be replaced Thursday night after the House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill aimed at funding the federal government through 2015. "John Boehner 'Grubered' conservatives tonight," Hannity said, referencing Afforda…
I think Georgia and conservatives scored major wins in the bill that passed last night, and I supported it.
For years, we've battled the Obama Administration on many fronts. Every few months, a new crisis, scandal or outrage overtakes the national conversation. I know that people are sick of all the talk.
You want action.
By passing this bill, we are taking concrete action on a long list of major issues. We are finally securing wins on Obamacare, the IRS scandal, the VA crisis, EPA overreach, Benghazi, privacy rights, Common Core, Second Amendment rights, the sanctity of life and many other issues that deeply concern my constituents.
The bill certainly isn’t perfect, and it doesn’t solve every problem, but there’s a reason why House Democrats said they were being "taken to the cleaners."
I also supported an amendment that sought to block executive amnesty. While it was not approved, I believe our incoming House and Senate majorities will be in a strong position to stop the president. Under this bill, funding for immigration-related agencies expires in February, but the rest of the government is funded through September. That means the president will not be able to hide behind the threat of a shutdown. He will not be able to scare America’s seniors over social security or threaten our veterans’ health benefits. The president will be left to defend his executive amnesty alone, and I believe we will win.
Some highlights from the bill:
- The IRS budget is cut by $345 million, putting the agency below its Fiscal Year 2008 budget level. That means the IRS has been cut by over $1.2 billion since Fiscal Year 2010.
- $41 million in VA performance bonuses are rescinded and efforts to end the disability claims backlog are strengthened. VA medical staffs and facilities are expanded.
- EPA funding is cut by $60 million, making it a 21% budget cut since Fiscal Year 2010. The EPA’s staffing level will be at its lowest level since 1989.
- The EPA is prohibited from regulating the lead content in ammunition or fishing tackle.
- Livestock producers are exempt from EPA greenhouse gas regulations, thwarting the agency’s effort to regulate livestock flatulence.
- The Army Corps of Engineers is prohibited from regulating farm ponds and irrigation ditches.
- Funding is prohibited for acquiring, storing or monitoring electronic communications of a US citizen from a public service provider under section 501 of FISA.
- Aid to Libya is prohibited until the U.S. Secretary of State confirms that the Libyans are cooperating in the Benghazi investigation.
- Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, sometimes referred to as the "death panel,” is cut by $10 million.
- Obamacare’s Risk Corridor program is prohibited from receiving a taxpayer bailout.
- All existing pro-life protections are extended, with new protections included in the bill such as requiring the Office of Civil Rights to respond to claims of violations of conscience protections.
- Funding for any future "Fast and Furious" type activity is prohibited.
- The UN Arms Trade Treaty cannot be funded or implemented.
- There is no funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
- Eliminates Race To The Top, a main driver of Common Core.
- The Administration’s school lunch regulations are relaxed.
- ACORN and its subsidiaries are prohibited from receiving federal funds.
A big win for Georgians? $1trillion plus budget and allowing unconstitutional action by Obama? According to my calculations from Tom's numbers on his FB page explaining his YEA vote, this bill saves $456 million. This is how much the federal government spends in one hour. Talking about trying to put lipstick on a pig. Are we really going to let Tom continue to try to fool us that he is a constitutional and fiscal conservative?
From the comments on Tom's page the dissatisfaction of his vote is overwhelming.
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Congressman Tom Graves voted for John Boehner's 1,700-plus page, $1 trillion-plus CR-Omnibus budget bill. It passed by a 219 to 206 with Rep. Tom Graves being one of the 219 that voted YEA in favor of out of control spending. funding Obama's amnesty executive order, and most importantly his YEA vote shows Tom will not stand up or fight for the U.S. Constitution.
Tom Graves and a majority of Republicans broke every promise they made to the American people during the 2014 election cycle last night.
Those promises swept them into power for the next Congress.
Tom Graves did not vote as his constituents overwhelmingly asked him to vote which was NO, but rather voted as John Boehner and the establishment leadership ask him to vote.
We need to let Tom Graves know who elected him into office and that his days are numbered come 2016. We will not forget his slap in the face to the voters of the 14th District of GA.
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As you can see Tom Graves was not one of the Republicans voting against the rule for the $1 trillion Omnibus.
If the Boehner omnibus is killed for good later in the day, congressional leadership is planning to change tack and move forward with a three-month stopgap spending bill, or a clean Continuing Resolution.
The Republicans voting against the rule:
Republican Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Dave Brat (R-VA), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Paul Broun (R-GA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Walter Jones (R-NC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Steve King (R-IA), Raul Labrador (R-ID), Tom Massie (R-KY), Bill Posey (R-FL), Matt Salmon (R-AZ) and Steve Stockman (R-TX)
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The final vote on Speaker John Boehner’s 1,603-page, more than $1 trillion omnibus spending bill is in jeopardy after members almost killed the bill on the rule. A total of 214 members voted for it, less than the majority of members in the House, but since all members weren't voting, the 212 against…
Rep. Tom Graves voted to protect our 4th Amendment rights voting NAY on HR 4681 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015.
It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.
Unfortunately it passed.
Rep. Justin Amish explains the bill best.
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When I learned that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 was being rushed to the floor for a vote—with little debate and only a voice vote expected (i.e., simply declared "passed" with almost nobody in the room)—I asked my legislative staff to quickly review the bill for unusual language. What they discovered is one of the most egregious sections of law I've encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.
On Wednesday afternoon, I went to the House floor to demand a roll call vote on the bill so that everyone's vote would have to be recorded. I also sent the letter below to every representative.
With more time to spread the word, we would have stopped this bill, which passed 325-100. Thanks to the 99 other representatives—44 Republicans and 55 Democrats—who voted to protect our rights and uphold the Constitution. And thanks to my incredibly talented staff.
Block New Spying on U.S. Citizens: Vote “NO” on H.R. 4681
The intelligence reauthorization bill, which the House will vote on today, contains a troubling new provision that for the first time statutorily authorizes spying on U.S. citizens without legal process.
Last night, the Senate passed an amended version of the intelligence reauthorization bill with a new Sec. 309—one the House never has considered. Sec. 309 authorizes “the acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of nonpublic communications, including those to and from U.S. persons. The section contemplates that those private communications of Americans, obtained without a court order, may be transferred to domestic law enforcement for criminal investigations.
To be clear, Sec. 309 provides the first statutory authority for the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of U.S. persons’ private communications obtained without legal process such as a court order or a subpoena. The administration currently may conduct such surveillance under a claim of executive authority, such as E.O. 12333. However, Congress never has approved of using executive authority in that way to capture and use Americans’ private telephone records, electronic communications, or cloud data.
Supporters of Sec. 309 claim that the provision actually reins in the executive branch’s power to retain Americans’ private communications. It is true that Sec. 309 includes exceedingly weak limits on the executive’s retention of Americans’ communications. With many exceptions, the provision requires the executive to dispose of Americans’ communications within five years of acquiring them—although, as HPSCI admits, the executive branch already follows procedures along these lines.
In exchange for the data retention requirements that the executive already follows, Sec. 309 provides a novel statutory basis for the executive branch’s capture and use of Americans’ private communications. The Senate inserted the provision into the intelligence reauthorization bill late last night. That is no way for Congress to address the sensitive, private information of our constituents—especially when we are asked to expand our government’s surveillance powers.
I urge you to join me in voting “no” on H.R. 4681, the intelligence reauthorization bill, when it comes before the House today.
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