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Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
 

April 15, 2005

Dear Friends,

This week, the Senate debated legislation on the President's request for supplemental spending for our efforts in Iraq .  I was extremely disappointed over the Senate's failure this week to address immigration reform, an issue that is so critical to our national security. The Senate had the opportunity to do so because the Iraq supplemental bill - as passed by the House in March - included key immigration reforms. Unfortunately, the Senate not only stripped those immigration provisions from the bill, but also passed a nonbinding resolution urging the Senate to pass the Iraq spending bill without including immigration provisions.    

I voted against that resolution, and then I also offered my own amendment seeking to restore the immigration reform measures that were passed by the House. Those measures would establish national standards for driver's licenses and identification cards, stiffen asylum requirements to prevent terrorists from abusing U.S. asylum laws, and allow for the completion of a security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego .  Regardless of whether we agree on the specifics, we can no longer delay in addressing this national security issue and the single largest domestic issue to the people of the United States .

Also on the Iraq spending bill, Senator Chambliss and I proposed an amendment that would prevent the federal government from using any funding to eliminate the C-130J cargo plane.  It is part of our continuing effort to send the message to the Pentagon that it would be a very bad business decision to eliminate this program.

I was disappointed this week to learn that the Transportation Security Administration may be planning to cut as many as 300 security screeners from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport .  Senator Chambliss and I immediately sent a letter to the Assistant Secretary of the TSA demanding answers about this proposal, which would have a terrible domino effect beginning with Hartsfield-Jackson and extending to airports around the country.  We hope the TSA will revise its plan for the world's busiest airport.

This week, I also announced the beginning of Academy Season by sending over 600 letters to high schools statewide with information about applying to our nation's Service Academies.  All applications are due by October 21st at 5 p.m.  More information about my office's nomination process can be found on my website, https://www.isakson.senate.gov.

Senator Chambliss and I were pleased to announce several grants this week for the City of Moultrie , Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany , and additional money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Atlanta Housing Authority.

What's on Tap for Next Week?

Next week, the Senate will continue to debate the President's request for supplemental appropriations for our efforts in Iraq .

Sincerely,
Johnny Isakson