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Dear Friends,

On Wednesday, I spoke on the Senate floor about the rising costs of health care under Obamacare and the importance of moving to a system that meets the needs of the 21st century while allowing true competition.

There’s a limit to what government can do to try to fit a square peg in a round hole, and that’s what President Obama has attempted to do with his seriously flawed health care law. The Affordable Care Act is a square peg that for six years this administration has forced on the American people and tried to fit in a round hole that doesn’t exist. Obamacare has actually raised the cost of health insurance, despite the president’s promise that it would lower costs and that Americans would be able to keep their preferred insurance plans. Americans should have a reliable choice of insurance policies and a system that doesn’t mandate increases but instead encourages competition and quality.

It is time to build a health care system for the 21st century for America by encouraging innovation and competition, and not by making arbitrary decisions on cost and taxation which drive people out of the marketplace and out of business.

Watch my full remarks on the Senate floor here.

Providing for the Common Defense
I am thrilled that my Senate colleagues passed the fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill yesterday. This bill will provide a blueprint for defense spending priorities to support our troops, and is critical to our national security. I’m especially proud that the National Defense Reauthorization Act included critical measures to support and continue the successful missions at Georgia’s military installations. We need to be certain that we are giving our men and women in uniform the very best support possible to accomplish their missions and return home safely.

Listening to our Service Members
I enjoyed spending time with Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Dan Dailey to discuss the ways Congress and the Department of Defense can better serve our veterans through the Soldier for Life initiative and transition assistance programs.

Praying for Charleston
On Thursday, I joined my fellow congressmen and visitors to our nation’s Capitol at a prayer vigil for the victims of the tragedy at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Senseless violence has no place in the world and especially not at church. Dianne and I will continue to lift Mayor Joe Riley and the residents of that beautiful city up in prayer as we continue to seek answers.

What’s on Tap?

Next week, the Senate will return to trade legislation in the wake of House passage of one of the key trade bills this week. In Georgia, 1.2 million jobs are directly related to international trade. Last year alone, Georgia’s farmers, manufacturers and companies exported $39.4 billion worth of goods around the globe. The trade legislation passed by the House this week provides for unprecedented congressional oversight of the negotiating process and it bars agreements from making any changes to U.S. law without further congressional action. Congress retains the authority to either approve the agreement, or to determine that the agreement will not benefit the United States and to vote it down. 

Johnny Isakson