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Dear Friends,

This week, the Senate passed the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act to continue funding the interstate highway system and ensure a dependable source of financing for roads, bridges, and other key transportation infrastructure projects.

Driving Our Economy; Saving Taxpayer Dollars
On Wednesday, I joined with the rest of the Georgia Congressional delegation to urge the administration to make the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project a top priority for its fiscal year 2017 budget recommendations. We sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy asking the Army Corps of Engineers to match its budget request with the public commitments for federal support. This project has huge implications for the economic development of our state, and I will continue fighting to see the port expansion through to its completion.

To read the letter, click here.

America Deserves Answers on Obamacare Fraud
On Tuesday, I sent a letter to Obama administration officials demanding answers on what steps are being taken to prevent fraudulent enrollment in Obamacare plans sold through the federal government’s healthcare website.

Here are a few highlights from the letter:

  • The Government Accountability Office recently reported that 11 out of 12 fake applicants were able to obtain subsidized health insurance. This is yet another demonstration that Obamacare is incredibly vulnerable to fraud and abuse.
  • The GAO findings show that there has been a rise in major problems with enrollment controls.
  • The findings highlight the Obama administration’s conscious decision to downplay program integrity in order to focus on signing people up for Obamacare.

A signed copy can be found here.

Headlines from the Week
Isakson Works to End 'Sanctuary Cities'

Isakson Calls on VA to Bolster Programs to End, Prevent Veteran Homelessness

Isakson Representative to Hold Open Office Day in Oglethorpe County

Isakson Pays Tribute to Georgia Marine Slain in Chattanooga Attacks

Statement on 50th Anniversary of Medicare

Hearing Directly from YOU
I employ many methods to ensure I’m hearing from Georgians about the issues we’re debating in the Senate. One way is through radio programs, and I talked this week to WJJC in Commerce, Ga., and WRGA in Rome, Ga. On Monday night, I also held a telephone town hall meeting that you can listen to here. You asked the questions, and I gave straight answers. Sign up here to participate in our next call!

What’s on Tap?

Next week, the Senate is expected to vote on S.1881 to defund Planned Parenthood. I am a co-sponsor of this measure, and I am fighting to ensure Planned Parenthood does not receive another dime from hardworking taxpayers in light of this organization’s horrific practices that have recently come to light. This legislation will also ensure that there is no reduction in federal funds available to community health centers and other eligible entities to provide important women’s health care services, such as prenatal and postpartum care and screenings for breast and cervical cancer.

The Senate might also take up bipartisan legislation to strengthen cybersecurity in response to the numerous recent incidents of hacking and breaches of consumers’ personal information. 

Johnny Isakson