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Loudermilk Bill to Support Local Law Enforcement in Fight Against Terrorism

Washington D.C. | Rep. Barry Loudermilk’s (R-GA) bill, the ALERT Act, which has passed the House, removes bureaucratic barriers and paves the way for the federal government to enhance state and local law enforcement’s involvement in fighting the war on terrorism. Rep. Loudermilk delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in favor of the bill:


“As we are moving into a new era of terrorism that directly threatens our own communities, we must re-evaluate how we meet these threats,” said Rep. Loudermilk. “That’s why I introduced the ALERT Act, to provide training, improve coordination, and increase community awareness of the foreign fighter threat. As the threats against America by radical Islamists increases, fighting terrorism cannot be a singular effort, conducted by one element of our federal government; it requires the cooperation and coordination of multiple levels of all governments and local community participation.”

Background on the ALERT Act:
H.R. 4401, the Amplifying Local Efforts to Root out Terrorism Act of 2016, authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to train State and major urban area fusion centers (local and state law enforcement personnel) in the most effective tactics and methods used to counter terrorism. It also provides increased community awareness of ongoing terrorist threats, and directs DHS to notify Congress on the number of security clearances they issue to state and local law enforcement communities.

To read a full transcript of Rep. Loudermilk’s floor speech, click here.

Georgia’s unemployment rate declines to 5.4 percent in January

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January was 5.4 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.5 percent in December. The rate was 6.3 percent in January 2015.

“We’re starting the new year with the lowest unemployment rate we’ve had in almost eight years,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “We had 18,328 more people working in January than in December and 92,649 more than in January of last year.

The last time Georgia’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent was in February 2008.

There were 4,330,200 jobs in January, 100 more than in December, but 119,300, or 2.8 percent, more than in January of 2015.

“Georgia employers continue to add jobs at a stronger pace than the national over-the-year job growth rate of 1.9 percent,” said Butler. “We had job growth in nine of the eleven major job sectors we track.”

Most of the over-the-year job growth came in professional and business services, 32,800; trade, transportation and warehousing, 25,700; leisure and hospitality, 21,900; manufacturing, 12,900; construction, 9,800; education and health services, 9,500; financial activities, 6,600; other services, 2,300; and government, 400. Information services lost 2,500 jobs, while mining and logging lost 100.

While the number of jobs increased, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, rose by 6,311, or 13.2 percent, to 54,220 in January. Most of the rise was due to an increase in temporary claims filed in the manufacturing of textiles and transportation equipment, along with wholesale and retail trade and administrative and support services, which includes temporary employment agencies.

However, over the year, the number of claims was down by 2,974, or 5.2 percent, from 57,194 filed in January 2015. The decrease came mostly in retail trade, transportation and warehousing, along with administrative and support services.

In January, the state’s labor force increased by 16,580 to 4,801,003.

Butler said job seekers and employers should use the GDOL’s online job listing service, www.employgeorgia.com to search for jobs or recruit new employees.  In January, 88,767 jobs throughout the state were posted on Employ Georgia.

To learn more about career opportunities and GDOL services for job seekers and employers, connect with us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, which can be conveniently accessed at www.dol.georgia.gov.

Rep. Loudermilk Introduces Balanced Budget Amendment to Rein-in Reckless Spending

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) today moved to require the federal government to live within its means by introducing a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“Instead of steamrolling American families with heavy tax and regulatory burdens every year, the federal government must change its reckless ways, and stop the vicious cycle of spending that risks our nation’s long-term fiscal stability and buries our next generation under an unsustainable mountain of debt.

“Many states, including Georgia, operate under a balanced budget, and do not spend more than they take in. This responsible approach to budgeting should be mandatory at the federal level as well, especially as our national debt continues to climb toward $20 trillion. That is why I, and other conservatives, have joined together in proposing a much-needed balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This ten-year plan gives Congress the time it needs to get its financial house in order and come up with long-term solutions to tackling our out-of-control spending. The time to turn the page on Congress’ reckless spending is now – not later, when our grandchildren are handed the bill.”

The proposed balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution would take effect in the 10th fiscal year after its ratification. In addition to the balanced budget provision, this amendment requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber of Congress to increase the deficit or raise federal spending levels beyond 18 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) for the previous calendar year. This amendment will prevent the federal government from continuously absorbing higher amounts of revenue relative to the economy.

If enacted, the balanced balanced amendment would require an average annual spending reduction of $54 billion of our current $4 trillion budget, if revenues remain stable – amounting to a modest 1.4 percent reduction each year.

For more information on H.J.Res. 85, click here.