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Dear Friend,

Today, I am leading a Congressional delegation to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga., that includes Senator John Boozman, R-Ark., and others. We are meeting with senior officials, touring base facilities and aircraft, and participating in a live fire demonstration. The primary focus of our trip is on the importance of preserving the mission of the A-10 Thunderbolt II and protecting Moody Air Force Base from being negatively impacted by a future Base Closure and Realignment Commission, known as BRAC. In the Senate, I have been working to highlight the importance of all Georgia-based military assets and the critical roles each plays in our national defense.

To read more about our visit to Moody Air Force Base, click here.

Arrival of First U.S. Poultry to South Africa in 15 Years
This week, the first U.S. poultry in more than 15 years has arrived in South Africa. This is a big victory for Georgia and our poultry producers, and it is the result of years of hard work and negotiations led by U.S. trade officials along with some Congressional nudging by myself and Sen Chris Coons of Delaware along the way. It finally took an amendment that I introduced to the African Growth and Opportunity Act, known as AGOA, that required an out-of-cycle review of South Africa's benefits if they failed to eliminate trade barriers for South Africa’s trade officials to finally come to the negotiating table.

After repeated delays following a June 2015 agreement reached between the United States and South Africa that required South Africa to eliminate longstanding barriers to U.S. poultry imports, I called on South African President Jacob Zuma to act quickly to address the unresolved issues in the agreement. In November 2015, President Obama issued a 60-day notice of his intent to suspend AGOA benefits for South Africa's agricultural products if South Africa continued to fail to eliminate trade barriers to U.S. poultry, beef, and pork as a result of the out-of-cycle review. That notice expired on January 4, 2016, and shortly thereafter, South Africa announced it would comply with the terms of the settlement.

Georgia has a large poultry industry and is a major exporter of poultry. The poultry industry annually contributes over $15.1 billion to the Georgia economy. This is a significant win for poultry farmers in Georgia and around the country, and for South Africans who will now have access to our healthy, affordable and high-quality poultry

To read more about this victory, click here.

In Case You Missed It

Atlanta: National College Fair
The National College Fairs will be at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Ga. March 13, 2016, from 12:30p.m. - 4:00p.m. 

At the fair students will be able to:

  • Attend workshops;
  • Meet one-on-one with college representatives who can answer questions; and
  • Visit the Counseling/Resource Center to talk to a counselor about choosing a major, financial aid scholarship information, and more.

To view a list of schools attending the fair, click here, and you can register today at www.gotomyncf.com.

What’s on Tap?

Next week, the Senate will continue to consider the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. This legislation will help Americans combat the epidemic of heroin and prescription painkillers abuse across the country. 

Sincerely,
Johnny Isakson