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Friday, November 22, 2019

Ensuring Georgia’s Prosperity

In Case You Missed It

Dear friends,

This week, the Senate passed a continuing resolution that will continue to fund our government through Dec. 20. It is essential that our government remains funded to avoid any interruption to critical services and benefits.

Included in the short-term government funding measure passed this week in the Senate was a bipartisan measure I introduced to further help victims of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis and spouses and children of 9/11 victims by making improvements to the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund. The measure will allow compensation to be delivered in a timely and judicious manner and help ensure all victims of terrorism receive the compensation they deserve.

A Strong Georgia Economy

On Monday, I was honored to receive the Governor Zell Miller Public Policy Leadership Award from the Georgia Economic Developers Association. I was especially touched to receive an award named after a great Georgian and a close friend whom I miss dearly.

Applying the lessons I learned throughout my 33-year real estate career, I’ve done my best to aid Georgia communities during my 45 years in public service through planned development and by protecting Georgia’s transportation, energy and water interests as well as job creators and employees. A new video released this week highlights some of this work.

Additional information about the ways I’ve proudly worked to ensure that local, state and federal government is working and serving hardworking Americans is available here.

Special Day in the House

Tuesday was truly a special day for me when members of the Georgia congressional delegation paid tribute to my service during speeches on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. I was incredibly moved by the kind words they shared, and after a touching speech by my good friend John Lewis, C-SPAN captured our heartfelt embrace. I love my friends in the U.S. House, and I look forward to continuing to support my colleagues as they serve Georgia and our nation. You can watch their remarks here.

Following the speeches in the House of Representatives, I was presented the inaugural Distinguished Service Award by the Georgia State Society. It was an honor to spend time with so many wonderful folks, including members of our House delegation, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Senator David Perdue and dozens of accomplished Georgians.

I send my greatest thanks to those who honored me this week. It has been the privilege of a lifetime to work alongside so many dedicated public servants.

In Other News

  • On Wednesday, I received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. I was humbled to be recognized by former President George W. Bush during the presentation. It is the mission of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition to promote development and diplomacy around the world, and as a longtime member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I have appreciated their partnership. 
  • Also, the U.S. trade representative announced that China will lift a five-year ban on U.S. poultry imports. This show of progress in U.S. and Chinese trade relations will open the door for a massive market for Georgia’s poultry industry. As co-chair of the Senate Chicken Caucus, I’m proud of the progress we’ve to made to level the trade playing field in recent years for the poultry industry. This is great news for our state and country, and especially Gainesville, Georgia, the “poultry capital of the world!”   
  • On Thursday, the Senate confirmed John Lowry III to be assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, often referred to as DOL-VETS. Lowry will use his vast experience in public service and in the private sector in this critical role to oversee the seamless transition into civilian life for our nation’s heroes.

What’s On Tap?

The Senate passed a resolution on Thursday that Senator Perdue and I introduced recognizing next Sunday, Dec. 1, as “Drive Safer Sunday.” The Sunday after Thanksgiving is the nation’s busiest traffic day of the year, and we hope to raise awareness and urge extra caution on our roadways.

Dianne and I wish everyone a safe, happy and blessed Thanksgiving. Following our state work period next week, the Senate will return to session on Dec. 2.

Sincerely,