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Dear Friends,

This week, the Senate worked on legislation to ensure a dependable source of financing for the Interstate highway system and many other state and local transportation programs. The transportation fund in the United States, known as the Highway Trust Fund, is set to expire on July 31, 2015, and a bill was introduced this week that would provide long-term funding for the Highway Trust Fund. I will closely review all of the details of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act, or DRIVE Act.

Iran Deal
On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to question Secretary of State John Kerry about the details of the nuclear agreement with Iran at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. This week I also went to the Senate floor to express my concerns about how the negotiations with Iran were handled, and I rejected the president’s response to those who disagree with the proposed deal that our only options are this agreement or war.

It's not a choice of this agreement or war. It's a choice between this agreement or doing the right thing for the American people. Teddy Roosevelt once said, ‘Walk softly and carry a big stick,’ and he was right. Unfortunately, this administration walked loudly and carried no stick at all.

Here are a few points about the negotiations that have raised a red flag:

  • We did not walk away from the table, but instead let the Iranian government gain the upper hand since they were willing to walk away;
  • The Iranians will be able to resume fissile nuclear material development in just eight to eight and half years;
  • The negotiations started out as a deal to keep the Iranians from getting a nuclear weapon, but they did not end that way.

Let me share with you my thoughts from the Senate floor here:

 

Planned Parenthood Should be Investigated
I joined 49 of my Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama to draw attention to the legal, ethical, and policy issues raised by the video footage depicting senior Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives discussing the harvesting of the organs of unborn children.

The government should not be in the practice of funding Planned Parenthood or any abortions in the first place. This video is incredibly disturbing and I am glad that the state of Georgia has already taken steps to ensure this abhorrent practice is not occurring in our state.

Headlines from the Week

Committee Passes Sweeping VA Accountability Reforms, Veterans’ Benefits Legislation

Isakson to VA Secretary: Fill Vacant VA Leadership Positions Now

Isakson to Labor Secretary: Proposed Fiduciary Regulation ‘a Solution in Search of a Problem’

Isakson: We Owe Our Veterans ‘Nothing Less’ than to Hold VA Accountable  

Open Office Days

In order to better serve you, my staff regularly holds open office hours in counties throughout our great state. You can find a list of office days and more information on my website here.

Upcoming Open Office Days are listed below:

  • Meriwether County – Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce in Warm Springs from 9 a.m. until noon
  • Jackson County – Friday, July 31, 2015, at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce in Jefferson from 10 a.m. until noon
  • Oglethorpe County – Monday, August 17, 2015, at the County Commissioner’s Office in Lexington from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

What’s on Tap?

On Sunday, the Senate will return to continue work on the highway funding bill. I look forward to voting in favor of the first amendment to the bill – to repeal Obamacare. Also, on Monday night at 6 p.m., I will host a telephone town hall meeting. Please click here to sign up to participate from the comfort of your own home, or you can listen live online! 

Sincerely,
Johnny Isakson