Someone Must be Held Accountable
Dear Friends,

As we slowly reopen our towns and cities and transition into our country’s new definition of normalcy, we must reflect on recent events and demand answers as to how economic growth and prosperity came to a grinding halt. Roughly 26 million – one in six American workers – are unemployed due to the shutdown, and it’s only reasonable to ask whether the extraordinary actions we’ve taken were justified it.

Public health experts, scientists, and government officials warned that we had to implement unprecedented and draconian measures or millions would die. As the weeks pass, it has become obvious that the models and projections used to defend these policies were, in fact, faulty and have been proven inaccurate.

We need to examine how it is possible for the models to be so off the mark. Now is the time to ask tough questions and demand truthful answers. We need to examine why the models failed us, why their creators have been so far off the mark, and why these projections were used to justify policies that have resulted in unparalleled economic disruption. Someone must be held accountable for this. American citizens deserve answers. Read more about my call to action in my latest op-ed for Townhall.


Coronavirus Testing in Sparta
I’m pleased to announce that a new statewide initiative between Augusta University and Georgia’s Department of Public Heath will provide a coronavirus drive-thru testing site in Hancock County.

Beginning Friday, April 24th, Georgians will be able to receive tests on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at M.E. Lewis Elementary School in Sparta, Georgia. As we battle the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that our communities both large and small have access to the COVID-19 test.

Sparta is the first of several towns in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District that will host testing sites for those exhibiting symptoms. I am deeply grateful for the leadership of the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Georgia National Guard, and Augusta University Health System for expanding testing throughout the state.

Anyone wanting a COVID-19 test must first complete a virtual health assessment to determine eligibility and, if necessary, will receive a referral to schedule a visit to the drive-up testing site. Click here to learn more about the free, virtual screenings provided by AU Health. Click here to make an appointment for screening, or call AU Health’s COVID-19 Hotline at 706-721-1852.


Getting Back to Business

On Monday, Governor Kemp announced that he would be re-opening the Georgia economy. This means that fitness centers, bowling alleys, barbers, hair and nail salons, body art studios, and massage therapists will be allowed to open up shop. Night clubs and bars will remain closed. These businesses will be required to stagger shifts, continue practicing six-foot social distancing recommendations for workspaces, and screen employees for fevers and respiratory illnesses. Additionally, workers will have to wear masks and gloves when deemed appropriate.

For more information on these guidelines, click here.


Georgia Leading the Charge
All across the district, we continue to see residents, nonprofits, and industries leading the charge in offering solutions to assist their communities and neighbors during this national crisis:

Earlier this month, Georgia Power temporarily suspended residential and business disconnections in response to COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

In an unprecedented move to develop a COVID-19 plasma treatment, Takeda, a leading global biotech company housed in Stanton Springs, is using the antibodies of recovered patients to help the seriously ill. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized BD, a healthcare technologies company, to create an additional molecular diagnostic test for COVID-19. This is another example of how businesses in Georgia are bettering the world of health by improving medical discovery and diagnostics. Thank you for advancing the efforts to fight coronavirus!

Although many of us have expressed our gratitude to our healthcare professionals, Athens Academy senior Nick Wieczorek and freshman Ben Kesterson have taken action to help them. Using their school’s 3D printers, Nick and Ben (pictured below) worked for two weeks to create headbands used in making PPE face shields. These will be assembled and distributed to local healthcare providers. Keep up the great work!


Latest HFC Podcast

This week on the House Freedom Caucus Podcast, I had former Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina join the show. In addition to his public service as a member of Congress, Jim is also the former president of the conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation. With his background, Jim has unique insight as to how we can get Americans back to work and preserve our individual liberties.

I am honored that we had the opportunity to have him on the show. To listen to this episode, click here, and if you enjoy listening, make sure to subscribe to receive notifications on Soundcloud and iTunes for the latest episodes.



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Sincerely,

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In This Edition
Someone Must be Held Accountable
Coronavirus Testing in Sparta
Getting Back to Business
Georgia Leading the Charge
Latest HFC Podcast
 
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