Category Archives: Politics

Loudermilk Urges Senate to Stand Firm on Postponing Confirmation

Washington D.C. (February 26, 2016) | Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement today after submitting a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell encouraging the Senate to stand firm in their decision to wait until after the next presidential election to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“It is now in the hands of the Senate to confirm a new successor for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – one armed with the highest integrity, exemplary character, and most noble commitment to the pursuit of justice, within the confines of the powers prescribed to the judicial branch by our Constitution.

“Since Congress has made it a top priority to reestablish the balance of Constitutional authority, we must not be rushed into this critical decision for political expediency, nor for the sake of the president’s political legacy. While some argue that this untimely vacancy creates a Constitutional crisis between the executive and legislative branches, we believe that our nation has already been in such a crisis, evidenced by frequent acts of executive overreach.

“Justice Scalia devoted his entire life to serving justice in accordance to the Constitution; and replacing this brilliant scholar is a weighty responsibility. The critical decisions facing our nation’s highest court will have a lasting impact on future generations, and will determine whether our nation stays true to the Constitutional republic our founders intended. As the future of our nation hangs in the balance, I urge Senate Majority Leader McConnell to hold fast to his promise of not confirming a successor until a new president takes office.”

Rep. Loudermilk’s full letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can be viewed here.

Rep. Tom Graves Votes to Protect Rights of Sportsmen

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted for and the House passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (H.R. 2406), bipartisan legislation to protect and expand opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing and shooting.

“As a hunter and avid outdoorsman, I love and respect the long tradition of sportsmen in Georgia and around the country,” said Rep. Graves. “This bill will help ensure my kids, and someday their kids, can fish, hunt and enjoy nature just as I have.”

Among other changes and protections, H.R. 2406 exempts certain sporting equipment – such as lead sinkers – from federal regulations, prevents the Army Corps of Engineers from prohibiting individuals from legally carrying a firearm in public areas of a water resources development project, and allows the National Park Service to establish hunter access corridors.

Rep. Tom Graves Questions Secretary of Defense about Technology Critical to Georgia National Guard

 

Rep. Tom Graves Questions Secretary of Defense about Technology Critical to Georgia National Guard

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) yesterday questioned Secretary of Defense Ash Carter about the Pentagon’s commitment to the recapitalization of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), which is critical for national defense and the Georgia National Guard. Georgia’s Robins Air Force Base is home to the JSTARS mission.

In response to Rep. Graves’ questioning concerning JSTARS recapitalization, Secretary Carter said:  “The thing I can say as secretary of Defense is we’re committed to that capability. We have to recapitalize the JSTARS because, as you note, it’s an airframe now that’s decades old and we just can’t keep flying it. We need the capability.”

Watch Rep. Graves’ exchange with Secretary Carter below.