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This past week, House Democrats again chose partisan politics and took the unprecedented step to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA-14) from her Congressional Committee assignments based off of remarks she made prior to being elected to Congress. The majority party has never attempted to remove a member of the minority party from their committees, and it is a dangerous precedent that will have far reaching implications for years to come.
I want to stress that the past remarks of Rep. Greene do not represent the values of the House Republican Conference, nor of Georgia. This is a sentiment I expressed back in the summer when she was seeking office, and it is a sentiment I still hold today.
If Democrats had put a resolution on the House Floor to condemn her remarks rather than removing her from her committees, I and many Republicans in Congress would have supported it. Instead, they decided to bypass a hearing in the House Ethics Committee and strip her of all her committee assignments by a vote on the House Floor. This is still the United States of America, and Americans have due process rights – even when you don’t agree with what they are saying.
On Thursday ahead of the vote on H. Res. 72, I spoke on the House Floor against removing Rep. Greene from her committee assignments. You can click here to watch my remarks.
Speaking on the House Floor against removing Rep. Greene from her committee assignments.
HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE UPDATE
I am very honored to share that I have again been chosen to serve on the critically important House Armed Services Committee (HASC) for the 117th Congress. I have served on HASC since first coming to Congress, where I have fought for our warfighters and military families, along with Robins and Moody Air Force Bases in Georgia’s Eighth District.
I am also pleased to share my HASC subcommittee assignments for the 117th Congress:
- Subcommittee on Readiness – oversees military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance issues and programs, military construction, and installations, among other things.
- Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations – has jurisdiction over Department of Defense (DOD) policy, programs, and accounts related to military intelligence, national intelligence, countering weapons of mass destruction, counter-proliferation, counter-terrorism, other sensitive military operations, and special operations forces. This subcommittee is new for the 117th Congress.
This Congress, I will be the only Georgian – Republican or Democrat in the House or the Senate – to serve on a Congressional defense committee. As always, my role on HASC is a duty I take with great honor, and I look forward to beginning the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (FY22 NDAA) and continuing to fight for our warfighters and the tools they need to complete their missions and return home safely.
HONORING USCP OFFICER BRIAN SICKNICK
On February 2nd, Congress paid tribute and final respects to United States Capitol Police (USCP) Officer Brian Sicknick, who passed away on January 7th, due to injuries sustained during the violence at the U.S. Capitol Complex on January 6, 2021. He laid in honor in the U.S. Capitol Building Rotunda before being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
Officer Sicknick was a 13-year veteran of the force as well as a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the New Jersey Air National Guard. Our prayers remain with his parents, brothers, and all his friends and family during this difficult time.
USCP officers pay tribute to Officer Brian Sicknick in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building. (Image courtesy of House Creative Services)
WORKING FOR OUR FARMERS
When we talk about the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on our national economy, we cannot forget the negative impacts it will have on our food supply chain. One entity that plays a big role in our ensuring market stability and other federal agriculture programs is the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC).
First created in 1933, the CCC is the entity in charge of direct spending and credit guarantees to fund and implement critical agricultural programs administered through the Farm Bill, many of which provide support to farmers in down years to maintain the health of ag markets and the food supply chain. The CCC plays a very significant role, but its borrowing authority hasn’t been updated in over thirty years.
This past week, I introduced H.R. 843, legislation to raise CCC’s outdated cap to better align with its spending authority needs adjusted for inflation. It is imperative that we increase United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ability to implement and maintain critical Farm Bill programs and support our farmers, the ag sector, and the food supply chain as we continue to tackle the negative impacts of COVID-19.
You can learn more on the important role of the CCC and the need to increase their authority in the American Farm Bureau Federation report by clicking here.
CCC’s borrowing limit is grossly out-of-date and needs to be adjusted to allow for the facilitation of critical programs that support the ag sector and food supply chain. (Graphic courtesy of the American Farm Bureau Federation)
NASA TO LAND NEXT MARS ROVER ON FEB. 18th
On February 18th, NASA’s newest Mars rover, the Perseverance, will attempt to land on the red planet after leaving Earth on July 30, 2020. The event will be broadcast live starting at 2:00 p.m. ET, with the landing expected at 3:55 p.m. ET. You’ll be able to watch the landing live on NASA’s website by clicking here.
This event is an excellent opportunity to engage our students and inspire them to consider careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To assist educators, NASA has created a STEM Education Toolkit which contains a series of programs for educators and students in the days and weeks leading up to landing.
You can learn more about the Perseverance Rover mission by clicking here, and you can watch a short trailer on the landing by clicking here or the image below.
Coverage of the landing will start at 11:15 a.m. PST/2:15 p.m. EST.
HERE TO HELP
As always, my staff and I are here to help. If you need assistance with a federal agency or have comments or concerns to share with me, please do not hesitate to call my Warner Robins, Tifton, or Washington, D.C. offices. You can also contact me or a member of my staff on my website by clicking here.
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