Today, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted for and the House passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, bipartisan legislation to protect and expand opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing and shooting.
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) was elected by acclamation yesterday to the powerful House Republican Steering Committee, a 35-member committee that determines members’ committee assignments and selects committee chairmen. Rep. Graves replaces Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA-3) as the Region 8 representative on the Steering Committee. Region 8 consists of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. Rep. Westmoreland chose to resign from the Steering Committee following his announcement that he would retire at the end of the 114th Congress.
Months after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage, lawmakers across the nation are pushing bills that would give businesses and some public employees the right to refuse serving gay couples because of their religious beliefs.
Today, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) announced the 2016 schedule for the 14th Congressional District’s County Connection Program. The County Connection Program stations members of Rep. Graves’ staff in counties across the 14th District in order to provide a personal link to Congress for Georgians who may not be able to visit the permanent district offices in Dalton and Rome.
State Senator Jeff Mullis (R- Chickamauga) recently attended a national security briefing given by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz), who currently serves as the Chairman of United States Senate Committee on Armed Services.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed a resolution (S.J. Res. 22) that rescinds the EPA’s “Waters of the United States” rule and prohibits similar rules in the future. The resolution passed the Senate in November and will now be sent to the president’s desk.
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act (H.R. 8), which would modernize energy infrastructure and update obsolete energy policies:
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, issued the following statement today after voting in favor of S.J. Res. 23 and S.J. Res. 24 -- legislation expressing congressional disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules to limit carbon emissions from power plants:
Today, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted for and the House passed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act (H.R. 4038), legislation requiring the FBI director certify the background investigation of every refugee from Syria and Iraq and requiring that the secretary of Homeland Security, the FBI director and the director of National Intelligence all certify to Congress that each refugee is not a security threat. These additional security features will effectively pause the president’s plan to resettle thousands of refugees in the United States.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (S. 1356), annual legislation authorizing critical funding for the military. Congress passed this bipartisan legislation earlier this year but had to pass it again after the president vetoed it on October 22, 2015 – the first time it was sent to his desk. After today’s vote, Rep. Graves issued the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today announced his co-sponsorship of H.J. Res. 50, which would establish a Health Care Compact. Under the compact model, health care authority and responsibility would be transferred from the federal government to any state that opted to participate. Member states could then implement their own health care systems – free of federal control – using federal health care funds that are already collected and spent in their state.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504), legislation that places a moratorium on federal Planned Parenthood funding and protects survivors of abortion, respectively:
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement about last week’s ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, which affirmed that the House of Representatives can challenge unconstitutional actions by President Obama and his administration in court, specifically concerning the administration’s unilateral changes to Obamacare:
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement today after voting in favor of the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 160), legislation that repeals the Affordable Health Care Act’s 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of medical devices:
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement today after the Obama administration launched the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s final “Waters of the United States” rule:
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) was presented yesterday with the American Conservative Union (ACU) Award for Conservative Excellence by ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. Rep. Graves received the award based on his score of 96.80/100 as part of ACU’s Annual Rating of Congress. The award is given only to those Members of the House and Senate who scored 90-100 percent on a wide variety of issues, which are areas of concern for grassroots conservatives and were voted on during the second session of the 113th Congress.
Washington, D.C. – The House Committee on Appropriations today passed the fiscal year 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, which was authored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) who is chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee. The bill provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement Wednesday after voting in favor of the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R. 1560), legislation that would protect personal privacy while fighting foreign and criminal cyber attacks:
With the qualifying period nearly a year away, an electrician from Floyd County has announced his intention to challenge Congressman Tom Graves, R-Ranger, for the Republican nomination to represent the 14th District.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted in favor of the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act (H.R. 1029) and the Secret Science Reform Act (H.R. 1030), legislation that would help rein in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s continual overreach.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 240, Senate-passed legislation that funds the Department of Homeland Security through September 2015 but does not deny funding for President Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions:
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — As the days and hours ticked by until gay and lesbian couples began lining up for marriage licenses at Alabama courthouses, state Chief Justice Roy Moore said he kept waiting for someone to try to stop it.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, praised Senate passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act today by a vote of 99-0.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act (H.R. 351), which would streamline the permitting process for exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG):
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) released the following statement after voting in favor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 7), which prohibits taxpayer funded abortions:
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) announced today that he was selected to serve on the House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Defense and Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. In addition to these subcommittee assignments, Rep. Graves was selected in November to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch for the 114th Congress.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240), which funds the Department of Homeland Security while prohibiting any funds whatsoever from being used to carry out President Obama’s "unconstitutional actions":
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators David Perdue, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today introduced the Fair Tax Act of 2015 to promote freedom, fairness and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (H.R. 3), which would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., co-sponsored legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, highlighting the importance of the project to secure America's energy future, improve national defense and create tens of thousands of jobs for Americans.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, was selected today to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch for the 114th Congress.
ATLANTA (AP) — The race between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue could help decide control of the U.S. Senate, but it might not end with Tuesday's vote.
The launch of a lengthy runoff campaign was a strong possibility as polls suggested a tight race and Libertarian Amanda Swafford playing spoiler. The winner would need 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a runoff election on Jan. 6.
Perdue was leading as the first returns came in from rural counties, but precincts in the Democrats' urban strongholds were counting much more slowly.
At 8:31 p.m., long after polls closed, Nunn appealed to voters to stay in line to cast their ballots. "If you're in line, don't leave! If you were in line by 7 PM, you will still be able to vote. Stay in line!" her campaign said.
If Senate control remains up for grabs after Tuesday, a Georgia runoff would draw unprecedented attention and money from those seeking to shift the balance of power in Washington.
"People who really love America" will decide this election, Perdue said as he arrived at his election-night venue. "Honestly, I'm not talking about a party thing. I really think that's going to make a difference today."
Exit polls showed blacks and women clearly favored Nunn.
She won more than half the female vote after focusing on pocketbook issues, criticizing Perdue's opposition to ensuring gender pay equity and his leadership of the Dollar General company when about 2,000 female employees sued for gender-based pay discrimination.
The race also exposed one of the starkest racial divides in Georgia politics, with Perdue winning about 70 percent among whites and Nunn winning the overwhelming majority of black voters, according to exit polling conducted for The Associated Press and television networks.
Speaking for his daughter, former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn expressed optimism and pride as he entered a hotel ballroom to wait for more returns.
"She seems to be getting stronger and stronger as we go along, which is amazing ... At this stage in my campaign in '72, when I had my hard race, I was running on fumes," he said. "I think a lot of adrenaline is in play, but she looks real good."
Voters were already treated to 65,000 TV ads during the Senate primary and general election campaigns, a total spend of $42.5 million. Only North Carolina's Senate race saw more money spent on TV ads than Georgia, according to the Center for Public Integrity.
Anti-Perdue ads featured people thrown out of work when the Republican executive closed factories and outsourced their jobs. Anti-Nunn ads associated her and President Barack Obama with fears about Islamic State terrorism and the Ebola outbreak.
Last year's retirement announcement by Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss triggered a free-for-all among Republicans but an early consensus around Nunn, which allowed Democrats to spend time and money on a sophisticated tracking system that targeted people who don't usually vote in midterm elections and might be open to a Democrat.
Other groups focused on registering minorities, resulting in nearly 120,000 new Georgia voters that Democrats hoped to push to the polls to cut into a decade of Republican gains.
Nunn, 47, the CEO of the Points of Light nonprofit, emphasized her work leading the volunteer organization founded by former President George H.W. Bush, who endorsed Perdue. She also sought to keep her distance from Obama, who failed to win Georgia in 2008 or 2012.
Perdue, 64, the former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok and the cousin of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, emphasized his four decades as a corporate executive, saying he had the experience to create jobs, boost the economy and reduce the nation's debt.
Nunn invoked the bipartisan spirit of her father, a moderate who represented Georgia for many years in Washington, and she blamed Republicans for last year's government shutdown. She pledged to work with both parties to advocate for families and support pay equity for women and a raise in the minimum wage.
But Perdue portrayed her as a rubber stamp for the "failed policies" of Obama and argued that she wouldn't be able to buck her party's leadership.
Overall, Perdue reported raising $12 million as of Oct. 15, including contributing $2.8 million of his own money and loaning his campaign another $1.25 million. Nunn, who faced little primary opposition, raised $14 million.
There were no lines and a steady stream of voters at precincts in Statesboro, a quiet college town surrounded by cotton fields in southeast Georgia, where Sonia Johnson, a 43-year-old nurse and Obama supporter, said she didn't closely follow any campaign.
Nunn got her vote simply because "we need to make sure we keep control of the Senate," she said.
Joyce Baldwin, a 55-year-old administrative assistant at Georgia Southern University, said she was turned off by Perdue's admission that he had outsourced jobs. Her own mother lost her job of 25 years when the factor moved to Mexico.
"Everybody wants to say Obama's the reason we have higher unemployment, but it's really because of outsourcing," said Baldwin.
But Allen McClure, a 64-year-old retired schoolteacher, said he hopes a Perdue victory will help the GOP control both chambers and promote his conservative views on abortion, same-sex marriage and immigration.
"We have a dysfunctional Congress, period," said McClure. "Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats have been all about stalling techniques rather than performing the functions of the government. If Republicans take control of the Senate, I believe we're going to have more of those bills from the House voted on and we'll have some action."
Associated Press writers Bill Barrow in Atlanta and Russ Bynum in Statesboro, Georgia; contributed to this report. Follow Christina Almeida Cassidy on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Christina .