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Deal: Mercedes-Benz USA to create 800 jobs in Atlanta

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) will relocate its headquarters to Atlanta, creating at least 800 jobs and investing approximately $74 million.

“With its international name recognition and unmatched reputation for quality, Mercedes-Benz USA’s decision to move to Georgia is simply a home run for the state,” said Deal. “I look forward to building upon this new partnership and adding Mercedes-Benz to the state’s already impressive automotive sector. Georgia is home to many growing, globally connected businesses, due in part to our top-ranked economic environment that has made us the No. 1 state for business three times over. Mercedes-Benz will find in Georgia a state that will help its bottom line, and a people who will welcome its team and their families with open arms. Welcome to Georgia, Mercedes-Benz.”

Mercedes-Benz USA, currently headquartered in Montvale, N.J., is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States.

“Atlanta is a premier city which provides the perfect foundation to write the next chapter of our success story here in the U.S.,” said Mercedes-Benz USA President and CEO Stephen Cannon. “For our employees, Atlanta offers all the things that matter to us outside of work such as a strong quality of life, terrific schools and wonderful cultural and recreational activities. We’re proud to call Georgia our future home.”

The automotive industry, from headquarter operations to major automotive suppliers’ manufacturing operations, is an important part of Georgia’s economy. Georgia’s automotive sector has experienced a 149 percent increase in investment and 11 percent increase in jobs during FY 2014. In addition, the state’s automotive industry exports grew 9.2 percent between 2012 and 2013. Atlanta has become a leading city for auto technology, with the GM Innovation Center, Panasonic Automotive Innovation Center and the AT&T Drive Studio calling Georgia home.

“Welcoming one of the world’s most recognizable global brands to Georgia is an incredible victory for the state,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “This wouldn’t have happened without the continued collaboration with so many of our economic development partners, including the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Power, Development Authority of Fulton County, City of Sandy Springs, MARTA, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Georgia Department of Driver Services and the Georgia Council for the Arts.”

About Mercedes-Benz USA

MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 14 model lines ranging from the sporty CLA-Class four-door coupe to the flagship S-Class. MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans and smart products in the U.S. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com, www.mbsprinterusa.com and www.smartusa.com.

Today, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) spoke on the House floor in support of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill and the amendments that prohibit any funds from being used to carry out the president’s unlawful executive actions. Click HERE or below to watch Rep. Graves’ speech.

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) spoke on the House floor in support of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill and the amendments that prohibit any funds from being used to carry out the president’s unlawful executive actions.

A full transcript of Rep. Graves’ remarks is below.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to read to you a few quotes.

 First, “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed… Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws.”

 “The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”

 “I can’t do it by myself. We’re going to have to change the laws in Congress.”

 “I am president, I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.”

 “I’m not a king.  You know, my job as the head of the executive branch ultimately is to carry out the law.”

 “I’m bound by the Constitution; I’m bound by separation of powers.  There are some things we can’t do. Congress has the power of the purse, for example.

 These are the words and statements of the President of the United States.

 And, words matter.

 But, even after the president said all of this, in a politically motivated action last November, he pursued a course that could allow up to 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States illegally and without consequence.

 And, like my constituents, I am outraged.

 President Obama defied the will expressed by the American people last November and blatantly contradicted his own statements about the limits of the Executive Branch.                              

But, now let’s be clear, lest others confuse this issue today, this is not a debate about immigration.

 That’ll come later. 

But, this is about the rule of law. 

This is about the constitutional separation of powers. 

This is about the respect we owe the American people. 

In this Appropriations bill, we’re exercising the power of the purse, and we’re taking a strong, narrow approach that will, first and foremost, provide security to our homeland. 

And secondly, deny any funds whatsoever from being used to carry out the president’s unwise – and, in my opinion, unconstitutional – actions. 

Now, I have to say, the president was right about a couple of things: he is not an emperor and he is surely not a king. 

And House Republicans are united in making sure he doesn’t get away with acting like one either. 

And, yet, before the debate even begins, last night the president is already issuing threats. 

He is threating to shut down the Department of Homeland Security because this bill prevents him from implementing his own ideology. 

But make no mistake: A veto threat is a threat to our national security. 

A veto threat is an open invitation to our enemies. 

And in the wake of the horrific terrorist attack last week in France, is the president really willing to compromise the safety of 320 million Americans to appease his base and score political points? 

God, help us if that is the case. 

Today, it is up to us in the House.

Let’s vote to defend the constitutional role of the legislature. 

Let’s vote to stop the president’s blatant overreach.

 And let’s vote to secure our homeland. 

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I yield back.

Tom Graves Takes Oath of Office for 114th Congress

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after being sworn in to the 114th Congress as the Representative for Georgia’s 14th District:

“It’s the honor of my life to continue serving Georgia’s 14th District in the House of Representatives. I will fight every day for the people I represent, and for our great nation.

“Even though we face many challenges, I am confident that we can force Washington to work for the people. With Republican control of the Senate, this new Congress has the opportunity to put bills on the president’s desk that were previously blocked by Senate Democrats. We can promote an agenda focused on freedom, where government growth is stopped in favor of private-sector jobs and economic growth. We will fight to protect hard-working Americans from tax increases and unnecessary regulations. Our agenda begins this week with legislation to end Obamacare’s destruction of the 40 hour work week, help veterans find jobs and approve the Keystone XL pipeline. I also expect the House to act soon to secure the border and ensure immigration laws are enforced. The president may choose not to work with us, but we have a clear mandate from Georgians and the American people to press forward.”