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Friday, September 8, 2017

Working for Georgians

Dear Friends,

Georgia and the southeastern United States are preparing for the threat posed by Hurricane Irma. On Wednesday, Governor Deal issued a state of emergency that, at the time of this writing, covers 94 Georgia counties, and a mandatory evacuation order has been issued beginning Saturday at 8:00 a.m. for all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by potential storm surge from Hurricane Irma. For the latest, please visit our webpage covering information on Hurricane Irma.

We have learned time and again that preparedness saves lives. I urge Georgians to take advantage of this window of time to prepare their homes and properties, and more importantly, to heed evacuation advice. Some safety tips and resources on how to prepare and what to do if you find yourself in the storm’s path are available on my website, and we will be regularly updating this page as the storm moves closer to Georgia.

On Thursday, the Senate voted to authorize supplemental funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to aid in Hurricane Harvey recovery as well as to extend the debt ceiling for three months. We stand ready to advance any necessary federal relief following Hurricane Irma just as we did for those recovering in Texas.

Two Georgians to Receive Nominations to U.S. Judicial System

This week, President Trump announced he is nominating two Georgians to the federal bench.

The president nominated Judge Lisa Branch of Atlanta to serve on the Georgia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the president announced his intent to nominate Stan Baker of St. Simons Island, Ga., for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.


Following the Aug. 12, 2017, tragic attack in Charlottesville, Va., I strongly condemned the hatred and violence incited by white supremacists, adding this type of bigotry is not what our country stands for. I introduced a bipartisan resolution this week to further take a stand against what happened in Charlottesville and to express support for the people of Charlottesville as that community heals following these acts of violent bigotry.

Tax Reform

President Trump has made several recent speeches in support of Congressional action on reforming the tax code. Tax reform is essential to economic growth. Our competitiveness as a nation is at stake, and I agree that it’s past time to simplify our broken tax code so that we can grow our economy, create more jobs and provide tax relief for hardworking Georgians.

Other news:

  • During the August state work period, in addition to speeches and meet-and-greets around the state, I also held my fourth question-and-answer forum with Georgians this year at a town hall meeting in Kennesaw. I welcomed more than 600 Georgians at Kennesaw State University on Aug. 14 to the town hall meeting and was happy to hear the thoughts and opinions of so many interested constituents. To receive notification about future town hall or telephone town hall meetings, please complete this form.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first cell-based gene therapy available in the United States that will help child cancer patients. The approval came in large part because of legislation I worked hard on and that was signed into law late last year. This type of therapy is exactly what we had in mind when I began working for the Advancing Hope Act. It’s time to start saving kids’ lives.

What’s on Tap?

Before Sept. 30, the Senate will need to act to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Federal Aviation Administration. We are also expected to begin work on the National Defense Authorization Act on the floor of the Senate.


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