ITS TIME TO RESPECT MINORITY RIGHTS

Dear Friends,

Like the rest of America, Congress has had to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented lockdown of society. As you may have guessed, Congress is not a particularly flexible or dynamic institution. Most of our rules and procedures are decades (if not centuries) old. There is value in that – in continuing the work as our Founding Fathers intended. This means, however, that we don’t have well-established frameworks or agreements for how to transition our work to teleconferencing or other remote venues.

Even if many Members of Congress are not present in Washington, it remains as important as ever for us to continue to represent our constituents in policymaking and oversight. 

Unfortunately, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are seizing on this crisis as an opportunity to make radical changes to the institution to give themselves more power and marginalize Republicans in the minority. The House, by design, is governed by the majority but it has always granted rights and protections to the minority party. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, letting no crisis go to waste, is reshaping the House to sideline Republicans and cut us out of the process altogether.

We must not sit back and allow Democrats to silence all voices of opposition to their hyper-partisan agenda. I am ringing the alarm bells and urging my Republican colleagues to stand up and resist Democrats’ heavy-handed changes.

This week, I led a letter with 39 Republican colleagues to Majority Leader Hoyer, Minority Leader McCarthy, Chairman McGovern, and Ranking Member Cole urging that they enact rules and procedures to protect the minority party’s right to call witnesses and participate equally in remote committee briefings and hearings.

You can read my letter here.


AND THE WINNER IS
And the winner for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition is Isabella Floyd, a rising senior at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton. Her beautiful photograph, entitled “Inspiration,” which will hang for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

I’m also pleased to congratulate Marnie Couch, whose inspiring mixed media artwork, entitled “American Soldier,” placed second in this year’s competition.  Couch, a rising senior at George Walton Academy in Monroe, will have her artwork displayed throughout the summer in my Monroe district office.
Twenty-four high school students from across the 10th Congressional District participated in the competition. Congratulations to Isabella and Marnie and all the students who put their artistic abilities on display for the public to enjoy. Without fail, I’m amazed each year by the mix of creativity, intricate details, and vibrant colors that our students include in their talented submissions. Although we were unable gather in person, I am more than pleased with the quality of entries we received and am glad we were able to host this year’s annual competition on an online platform.

Click here to view the student artwork from Georgia’s 10th District.


THREE MORE APPOINTMENTS IN GA-10

Every year I have the honor and privilege to nominate eligible students for consideration for appointment to the United States Military, Naval, Merchant Marine, and Air Force academies. Earlier this spring, I was thrilled to announce the appointments of six Georgia students, and I’m pleased to congratulate three more students:

  • Logan Paugh, a 2020 graduate of Mill Creek High School, will attend the United States Naval Academy
  • Austin Herndon, a 2019 graduate of Loganville High School, will attend the United States Military Academy after recently completing a year at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School
  • Jaylon West, a 2019 graduate of Henry County High School, will attend the United States Military Academy and join the Army Black Knights on the football field.

Logan, Austin, and Jaylon are among the best that our nation has to offer and represent the next generation of military leaders. I’m proud to salute these impressive young men who have demonstrated leadership, hard work, and a commitment to serving their community and country. These students will receive full undergraduate scholarships, and upon graduation from their respective service academies, they will become commissioned officers in the United States Armed Forces.  

I look forward to watching their bright careers in the years to come.


PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOAN FORGIVENESS

On Friday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application with detailed instructions for applicants.  Both the form and its instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:

  • Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles;
  • Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan;
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness;
  • Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30; and
  • The addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined.

Click here to view the application and instructions.


A HELPING HAND FOR OUR HOMELESS VETS 

Yesterday, the U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced that they were requesting donations to assist veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. The department is seeking essential items, such as nonperishables to combat food shortages and new mobile phones to enable veterans access VA telehealth services. It is also accepting monetary donations, which will go towards paying for security deposits for living arrangements to prevent homelessness.

These men and women have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms and our country, making a small donation can make a critical difference in serving these vulnerable veterans. 

For more information on where you can make a donation, click here.


GEORGIA RISES IN THE RANKINGS

As Georgia continues to reopen, Governor Kemp shared with folks today that our state is continuing to rise in the rankings on current percentage of total population testing. Georgia now ranks eighth among states with more than five million residents. Last week, the state surpassed 300,000 tests and that number continues to increase.

Anyone can be tested now – not just folks displaying symptoms.

Keep in mind that, as testing becomes more widely available, the total number of positive cases could rise. That’s predictable. The important thing to know is that our hospital systems in Georgia have the capacity to deal with the uptick.

For more information regarding testing sites and scheduling, click here to visit the Georgia Department of Public Health.


Sincerely,

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In This Edition
- ITS TIME TO RESPECT MINORITY RIGHTS
AND THE WINNER IS
THREE MORE APPOINTMENTS IN GA-10
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOAN FORGIVENESS
A HELPING HAND FOR OUR HOMELESS VETS
GEORGIA RISES IN THE RANKINGS
 
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