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Friday, November 17, 2017

Tax Cuts and Jobs

Dear Friends,

The Senate Committee on Finance is making real progress on tax reform this week to help provide hardworking Americans with more jobs, fairer taxes and bigger paychecks. After spending countless hours voting on amendments and debating the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the committee passed this pro-growth, pro-jobs legislation on Thursday evening.

By taking these long-awaited and important steps to update our tax code, we are helping grow the economy and create jobs while putting money back into the pockets of Americans. In Georgia, the Senate’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would add 28,007 new full-time equivalent jobs and middle-income families in Georgia would see on average a $2,355 boost in after-tax income by the end of the decade.

This once-in-a-generation tax overhaul will restore the American promise and show the world that the United States will again be a world-class nation, a competitor to fear, and a land of great opportunity for every American.

Last week, I penned an op-ed highlighting the impact the legislation will have on our future.

A Stronger Military and a Safer Nation

This week, the Senate unanimously passed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, and it benefits Georgia’s more than a dozen military installations. The measure includes pay increases for service members and an increase in troop numbers, providing military leaders with additional forces needed to carry out critical mission assignments and confront threats to our nation.

Georgia is the home to critical assets in our national defense. From cutting edge capabilities such as cyber warfare, to strategic defense platforms like Ohio-class submarines, to Armor Brigade Combat Teams, and intelligence assets like the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) program, Georgia heavily contributes to our national efforts to project power and strength.

Our service members put everything on the line for our security, and I’m glad that they’ll receive a pay raise. This legislation addresses many of the needs our military has long needed and will provide stronger security.

In Other News:

  • The president nominated Alex Azar to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I look forward to meeting with him soon to discuss his outlook and vision for the department and to participating in his confirmation hearing.

  • The Senate unanimously confirmed Bobby L. Christine of Evans, Ga., to be U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Bobby Christine has served our state and nation in countless ways, including in the U.S. military as Judge Advocate General in Iraq, and I look forward to his continued service as U.S. attorney.

  • I introduced the bipartisan Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act to recognize the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of the 5307th Composite Unit, the unit known today as the U.S. Army Rangers, with the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for their heroic service during World War II. Merrill’s Marauders were some of the greatest members of the ‘Greatest Generation,’ and I am proud to offer this legislation to honor their bravery and sacrifice.

  • I reintroduced a Senate resolution urging caution on roadways during the holiday season. The resolution designates the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the nation’s busiest highway traffic day of the year, as “Drive Safer Sunday,” which falls this year on Nov. 26, 2017. It is intended to bring extra awareness to safe holiday travel and remind everyone that our first responders, medical professionals and law enforcement work extra hard during this time of year. Watch my public service announcement here.

  • The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is once again sponsoring a Senate-wide Toys for Tots drive in honor of the upcoming holidays. The Senate unanimously passed a resolution I introduced to permit the collection of charitable donations in Senate buildings during the holiday season. 


What’s on tap?

Next week, the Senate will be home for a state work period ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. When we return on Monday, Nov. 27, we will continue our work on tax reform to bring relief to Americans and bolster our economy.

Dianne and I also want to wish you and your loved ones a blessed and safe Thanksgiving!                            


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