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Friday, August 2, 2019

Good news for Georgia

Dear friends,

I want to again thank everyone for your continued support as my ribs heal. I was discharged and sent home from my inpatient rehabilitation at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta on July 26. My doctors say I’m making good progress, and this week I have made a couple of visits to our Atlanta office in between physical therapy appointments.

The Senate this week passed a bipartisan budget agreement to allow the appropriations process to move forward in a timely fashion and reduce the threat of a government shutdown before the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 on July 25, and the Senate passed the measure on Thursday. I appreciate that President Trump and leaders in Congress reached a bipartisan agreement that will fund our military and veterans and avoid defaulting on the federal government’s obligations.

In Other News

  • The U.S. Department of Labor announced a new rule on Monday that will expand access to retirement plans known as “multiple-employer plans” to make it easier for small businesses to join together to provide retirement benefits for their workers. As a businessman, I have long understood the need and advocated for retirement options that fit the needs of hardworking Americans in today’s workforce. This expanded rule is a big win for hardworking Georgians and small businesses.
  • Also this week, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the department’s Economic Development Administration will be awarding grants to the cities of Albany and Lavonia, Georgia, to help economic development in these regions. Albany will receive an $8 million grant to install utility infrastructure needed to support the downtown business community after several natural disasters. Lavonia will receive a $2 million grant to make infrastructure improvements needed to support development of the Gateway Industrial Park. I thank Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the Trump administration for once again demonstrating their commitment to infrastructure and economic development with these investments in our state to support jobs and Georgia’s future.
  • This week, the Senate confirmed 13 more judges to our U.S. District Courts. The Senate also confirmed David L. Norquist to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • On Wednesday, the Senate voted to confirm Kelly Craft to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Craft previously served as ambassador to Canada and an alternate delegate to the United Nations General Assembly under President George W. Bush. Continued strong leadership in this role is imperative, and I am glad Craft has been confirmed.
  • The Federal Transit Administration recently awarded Georgia’s Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) a $2.6 million grant for the purchase of six zero-emission battery electric buses chargers that will replace diesel buses on two of its 108 routes. I was proud to support MARTA’s application for this grant to help bring Atlanta’s transit system into the 21st century and better support clean technology for a healthier environment.

What’s On Tap?

The Senate will be in a state work period for the month of August. Our next e-Newsletter will be sent after the Senate returns to session in September.