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Friday, October 5, 2018

Modernizing America

Dear friends,

On July 9, President Trump nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, and since that time, the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Chuck Grassley, has done a remarkable job conducting the confirmation process to consider his nomination.

After reviewing the proceedings, including more than 30 hours of testimony from Judge Kavanaugh, and reviewing all witness testimony along with the rest of the record that has been presented throughout the course of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, I will support his nomination.

Any judge on the nation’s highest court should be one who understands and applies the law based on the U.S. Constitution, and I have confidence that Judge Kavanaugh will fulfill these duties accordingly. I’ve based my decision on the totality of the information provided during the confirmation process. Judge Kavanaugh is a talented and experienced jurist, and I am confident he will bring a strong commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law to the Supreme Court. I look forward to voting to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as associate justice on the Supreme Court. A vote on his confirmation is expected tomorrow (Saturday).

Deal Reached to Modernize NAFTA

On Monday, President Trump announced that the United States, Canada and Mexico have reached an agreement to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement.

When the United States is engaged and proactive with trade agreements, it’s beneficial to our economy, especially in Georgia, which exports more than $12 billion of its goods and services to Mexico and Canada each year. I’m pleased to see that we’ve made headway with both Canada and Mexico to ensure that our countries continue to engage in trade that benefits Georgia farmers, manufacturers and service providers.

I look forward to reviewing the details of the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement and evaluating whether it represents an improvement for Georgia.

 

Reauthorizing Federal Aviation Programs

On Wednesday, the Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018, legislation to reauthorize federal aviation programs for five years and modernize airport infrastructure, improve service for passengers, enhance safety and boost aviation industry innovation.

Georgia is home to the world’s most traveled airport as well as more than 100 national, regional and local airports, nine of which offer regularly scheduled commercial airline service. A five-year reauthorization of our federal aviation programs means a lot for citizens traveling to and from our Georgia airports, and will likewise benefit manufacturers and the industry as a whole. This important legislation includes needed reforms to help improve the flying experience for Americans and give states flexibility to prioritize needs. It also cuts down regulatory burdens for manufacturers and helps keep our airspace safe, which will benefit Georgia’s more than 800 aerospace industries.

I look forward to President Trump signing it into law soon.

 

Addressing the Opioid Crisis

On Wednesday, the Senate passed significant, comprehensive and bipartisan legislation to address the opioid crisis. The legislation combines previously passed Senate and U.S. House measures authorizing and funding a broad range of tools to fight the opioid crisis.

The Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act, or SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act for short, would address the opioid crisis through prevention, treatment and recovery, support for caregivers and families, safety, medical research, and improved border security measures, in addition to tackling the crisis through the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

This comprehensive opioid legislation is the culmination of months of hard work across committees and in both chambers of Congress, and it is only fitting that is it sent to the president’s desk to be signed in to law during the month of October, which is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. The opioid epidemic has broken too many hearts and ended too many lives. I’m glad to see Congress move forward to help our states, medical community, first responders and so many who are involved in fighting this epidemic. I urge President Trump to sign this measure into law without delay.

In Other News

  • On Wednesday, I was honored to preside over the promotion ceremony of our very own staffer, Tommy Nguyen, to his new rank as Captain in the Georgia Army National Guard.

  • Last Friday, President Trump signed into law legislation to ensure veterans continue to have access to critical programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2018 reauthorizes numerous programs and services at the VA for fiscal year 2019, which began on Oct. 1, 2018. The legislation ensures that many important programs, including veterans homelessness prevention, adaptive sports programs for disabled veterans, and workforce training for injured service members, continue to be available.
  • Throughout the week, I held a number of meetings with constituents. The right-hand sidebar of our newsletter has a few of these highlights.

What’s on Tap?

The Senate is expected to vote this weekend on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. On Monday, the Senate will not be in session for the observance of Columbus Day.

Sincerely,

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