E-Newsletter for Sept. 1, 2017
I want to wish you and your family a Happy Labor Day weekend. It’s been a productive August work period at home but now it’s time to head back to Washington, D.C.
Every year, we acknowledge this holiday weekend by paying tribute to the contributions and achievements of the American worker. Technically, we will celebrate this holiday on Sept. 4, but I got a jumpstart during the August District Work Period with my small business roundtable series. The roundtables and small business tours have been a success throughout Georgia’s 4th and will culminate with my districtwide Think Tank event on Sept. 18 at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston, which will connect our small businesses with federal resources.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate American workers than by investing in them and working together to build an economy that gives working Americans the tools to succeed in the 21st Century. This is the core goal of the Congressional Democrats’ “A Better Deal” initiative.
While I have remained focused on working with the small business community this summer and meeting with constituents on ways to improve legislation and giving our youth opportunities to better themselves, I would be remiss to not address the recent ill-advised decisions by President Trump. This includes the President’s “very fine people” comment for his initial reaction to Charlottesville; his ban on transgender troops; his pardoning of Joe Arpaio and the dangerous tit-for-tat rhetoric he has engaged in with North Korea.
As your Member of Congress, I will call on my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to do all we can to hold the President accountable and fight to protect those who are trusted to do the same.
AIRPORT FUNDING: I’m pleased to report that the U.S. Department of Transportation is sending $18 million in block grants to Georgia to improve our regional airports, including DeKalb-Peachtree (PDK). As a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I will work to ensure our transportation infrastructure has the funding it needs.
MEALS ON WHEELS: On Aug. 16, I delivered Meals on Wheels to Rockdale County seniors. It was a pleasure visiting the Olivia Haydel Senior Center in Conyers and then delivered meals to seniors in the community. For more, clock HERE.
STORY TIME: It was my distinct pleasure to read Dr. Seuss’ classic “The Cat In The Hat” to an eager group of pre-school students at the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library for “Special Storytime” on Aug. 24. in the library’s downstairs meeting room.
NEWEST CITIZENS: I was humbled this month to be the keynote speaker at United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony, where 98 of America’s newest citizens were sworn in. Immigrants are an integral part of our nation’s fabric and it was an honor to attend this moving event. For more, click HERE.
CAST CAUCUS: According to a new report by FilmL.A, 17 feature films were shot in Georgia in 2016, replacing California as the top location for feature film production, and making Georgia the number one filming location in the world.
This calls for celebration! But it doesn’t discount the fact that there is still work to be done. In today’s divisive political climate, the work for C.A.S.T. remains relevant. This is why I co-hosted a Twitter chat on this issue. I will continue to work with filmmakers at our local colleges and universities, as well as go out to talk with people such as the cast of “Survivor’s Remorse” about ways we can continue the ongoing effort to diversify the television and film industry.
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As always, I appreciate your time and feedback. Please remember you can reach me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as e-mails, phone calls and letters. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent you in Congress and please have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.