Tag: Congress

Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was in Atlanta on August 5 and addressed a joint legislative committee on transportation funding. He said Georgia needs more clout in Congress. Barry Loudermilk, congressional candidate and former member of both the Georgia House and Senate transportation committees, wrote this response to Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on LaHood’s comments; it was published in The Political Insider column. (Benita Dodd wrote about the legislative committee hearing; read it here.)  By Barry Loudermilk I read with interest former congressman Ray LaHood’s comments, about the lack of a Georgian on the Congressional Transportation Committee, and AJC columnist Jim Galloway’s analysis thereof; and I felt compelled to contribute a conservative counterpoint to their conclusions.… View Article

States Can Unite to Rein in Feds on Spending

By Nick Dranias Georgia legislators, like so many across the nation, understand the challenges – and requirement – that they balance the state budget. Unfortunately in Washington, as Yogi Berra would say, every budget is déjà vu all over again because Congress has forgotten the definition.   Recognizing that Washington will never reform itself, states are realizing they must reach out from home turf to rein in a Congress that, encircled by entrenched interests favoring the endless growth of government, has lost sight of home and the hardworking Americans behind the tax dollars it gambles. It’s up to the states to organize and change the rules of the game, exercising their ultimate power: to originate constitutional amendments under Article V of… View Article
The Friday, Nov.1,  2013 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd on rollbacks in benefits for food stamp recipients, entitled, “No Grandstanding, End the Spending.” http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-forward/2013/10/31/why-cut-food-stamps/ By Benita M. Dodd The numbers certainly are a cause for concern. The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as the food stamp program, reached nearly 14 percent of U.S. households in 2012. That’s up from 8.6 percent in 2008, at the height of the economic recession. Today, about 48 million Americans rely on the taxpayer-funded program, to the tune of $78 billion a year. In metro Atlanta, households receiving SNAP benefits have doubled from 7 percent to more than 14 percent; about 60… View Article

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