Isakson, Perdue Call On Colleagues To Support Disaster Relief Package

Isakson, Perdue Call On Colleagues To Support Disaster Relief Package

Both U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) have called on their colleagues to support the bipartisan disaster relief package that would mean funding for Georgia and other states that are recovering from hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters. Senators Perdue and Isakson have been fighting for disaster relief funding since Hurricane Michael devastated Georgia and other states last October. “Our farmers are resilient. They’ve weathered droughts, low-yield harvests, and poor farm economies. They’ve suffered through several years of low commodity prices as well,” said Perdue. “But they’ve never faced anything like this before. The strength and magnitude of Hurricane Michael was unprecedented.” Legislation before U.S. Senators is similar to what was introduced last month by Isakson and Perdue that includes $13.6 billion in overall relief efforts, with $3 billion for critical agriculture disaster relief for farmers in the affected states. Also included in this bipartisan disaster relief package is an additional $600 million for Puerto Rico to maintain enhanced nutrition benefits for low-income families in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017. Isakson made the point on the Senate floor that Puerto Rico has already received $40 billion dollars for disaster recovery and has yet to spend $21.4 billion of those federal funds, while Georgia and other states impacted by recent natural disasters, such as Hurricane Michael last year, have not received the federal disaster assistance they were promised. “I want to give you the facts,” Isakson began. “Georgia, which I represent, is one of a number of states that includes Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alaska, California, and Hawaii, which have experienced significant disasters....
Senator Perdue receives 2019 Inspirational Leader Award for work for veterans

Senator Perdue receives 2019 Inspirational Leader Award for work for veterans

Each year, one member of Congress is presented with the Military Order of the Purple Heart’s Inspirational Leader Award in recognition of their outstanding leadership and legislative achievement. This year, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) received the award for his work to protect the Purple Heart medal and enhance medical care for veterans through the No Hero Left Untreated Act. The Act enhances medical care for America’s heroes by establishing a pilot program at two VA medical centers and enrolling up to 50 veterans in Magnetic EEG/ECG-Guided Resonance Therapy (MeRT) for a one-year period. This is an individualized non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive procedure that applies magnetic stimulation to help facilitate restoration of proper brain function in those who have suffered neurological injuries. The bill became law on December 21, 2018. “The women and men who have worn the uniform represent the very best of our nation. As Americans, we have a responsibility to uphold the commitments we made to our veterans, and it’s a job I take very seriously,” said Senator Perdue, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The Military Order of the Purple Heart has been a strong partner in our efforts to stop second-hand parties from selling our veterans’ treasured medals, and I appreciate their support for our bipartisan bill to increase access to innovative therapy options for veterans,” Perdue added. “I will continue to do all I can to honor the many sacrifices our service members have made and ensure veterans receive the care they deserve.” In 2017, Senator Perdue led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act,...
Isakson Receives Inaugural  ‘John McCain Service to Country Award’

Isakson Receives Inaugural  ‘John McCain Service to Country Award’

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) will receive the inaugural ‘John S. McCain Service to Country Award’ from Voices for National Service today in recognition of his strong support for national service, most recently for his efforts to eliminate the post-service education grant for AmeriCorps members. The presentation will be made this evening in Washington, D.C. at the 16th Annual Friends of National Service Awards. The award is sponsored by Voices for National Service, a diverse coalition of national service programs, state service commissions and individual champions who work to ensure Americans of all ages can serve and volunteer in their community. It will be formally presented to Isakson by Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Senator John McCain. “Senator Isakson firmly believes that service is an obligation of citizenship, and that by giving back to your country, Americans can learn something about themselves, each other, and the world around them,” said AnnMaura Connolly, President, Voices for National Service. “Like his friend and colleague, the late Senator John McCain, Senator Isakson has worked to protect, expand and improve service opportunities at home and abroad.” “For his efforts to build bipartisan support for national service programs and for the individuals who voluntarily chose to devote a year or more of their lives to service, Voices for National Service is proud to present Senator Johnny Isakson with the inaugural John S. McCain Service to Country Award.” Senator Isakson is a champion of both the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps, and in 2011, he sponsored the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act to provide better security and protection measures for Peace Corps volunteers....
Middle Georgia Named 2019 Great American Defense Community

Middle Georgia Named 2019 Great American Defense Community

Middle Georgia has been recognized as one of five communities across the country named to the 2019 class of Great American Defense Communities by the Association of Defense Communities. The award recognizes the overall support that communities and regions in the United States provide to service members and military families. “I’m so proud of Middle Georgia for being named a 2019 Great American Defense Community,” said U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA). “This special recognition is a testament to the successes that the people of Robins Air Force Base and this community have had over the last few years. “For example, Middle Georgia has been able to successfully: eliminate the encroachment threat to Robins, support the Veterans Education Center, and build partnerships between the base and colleges and universities,” Perdue continued. “These efforts are indicative of the community’s commitment to fulfilling the needs of not just the base, but the entire Air Force. All of this would not be possible without the leadership of General Kubinec, Colonel Drew, Chrissy Miner, and the 21st Century Partnership. To the people of Middle Georgia, thank you for all you do to support the men and women of Robins Air Force Base. I truly could not be more proud of my hometown.” “The saying in Middle Georgia, EDIMGIAFAD, Every Day in Middle Georgia is Armed Forces Appreciation Day, is more than just a saying as demonstrated daily by the partnerships the community builds to support Robins Air Force Base and their mission,” said Chrissy Miner, President and CEO of the 21st Century Partnership. “The community strives to help improve the quality of life of...

Georgia Congressmen explain their opposition to the Farm Bill

While the $867 Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, H.R.2, known as the Farm Bill, passed the House and Senate last week with strong bi-partisan support, three Republican Congressmen from Georgia opposed it — U.S. Reps. Buddy Carter (R-1st District), Jody Hice (R-10th District) and Barry Loudermilk, (R-11th District). The vote for the bill ended an eight-month fight over the legislation. House Republicans had sought to impose stricter work requirements on millions of food stamp recipients – a plan rejected by House Democrats. The day following the vote, two of the three Georgia Congressman explained their opposition to the farm bill. Carter said he voted against the Farm Bill because it did not include the adequate crop assistance Georgia’s blueberry farmers need to recover from the devastating winter in 2017, despite months of negotiations by the Georgia Congressman from Pooler in south Georgia. “I certainly wanted to vote in support of the Farm Bill,” said Carter. “As Georgia’s top industry, the hard work of our farmers, ranchers and producers contributes to the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supply in the world. Our agricultural community needs and deserves the long-term certainty of a sound Farm Bill. Unfortunately, the Farm Bill brought to the House floor today was not one I could support. It simply does not support Georgia growers. “Georgia has risen to become one of the top blueberry producing states in the nation,” Carter added. “Now, the commodity is a $1 billion industry in our state and is the backbone of some of our rural communities. However, in 2017, blueberries were hit with a devastating freeze combined with warm...