Yesterday, I joined Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and my fellow members of the Blue Dog Coalition to discuss our nation’s difficult fiscal situation. At over $20.5 trillion, the current federal debt is simply unsustainable. The proposed tax bill provides tax cuts for the wealthiest of the wealthy on the backs of our children, grandchildren, and the middle class. It explodes the national debt and puts budgetary pressure on key programs, including Social Security and Medicare. As an institution, we are at a moment of truth. It is past time to put our political differences aside, and to finally find common ground to address the national debt and get our fiscal house in order.
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As an alumnus of Morehouse College, I know firsthand the important contributions HBCUs have made in educating, training, and empowering outstanding leaders. I am proud to be an HBCU alumnus and to have the opportunity to represent Albany State University and Fort Valley State University. #HBCUStrong
Today, UNCF released a landmark study, HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, demonstrating the positive effects of HBCU-related spending on Georgia’s economy #HBCUStrong
It was a pleasure to speak at this year's Annual Rural Lenders' Roundtable. Thank you to all of the lenders, brokers, and processors in attendance for the discussion on efforts to invest in rural America. I am honored I had the opportunity to address the 2018 Farm Bill and 2018 Budget and their impact on this great nation.
On this day 76 years ago, the U.S. Pacific Fleet was attacked at Pearl Harbor. Americans were killed and wounded, battleships were sunk, airfields were damaged. America, and the world, were changed forever. Today, let us take the time to remember those heroic souls who stood up for our country, those who lost their lives, and those who lost their loved ones on December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy.
Thank you to 21st Century Partnership, Robins Regional Chamber, and The Association of Old Crows for hosting the Robins AFB Breakfast this morning. With its logistical and maintenance facilities, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia serves as an integral part of our national defense and a key part of the Middle Georgia community. Robins Air Force base generates 56,000 jobs, has an economic impact of $2.86 billion, and serves as home of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (J-STARS). It is a multi-functional installation with a capacity to grow, and has the backing of a strong defense community. I stand committed to ensuring this installation receives the resources it needs to thrive in today's security environment.
USDA has been called upon to help agricultural and rural communities across this nation affected by numerous disasters. This country has suffered from devastating tornadoes in Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Wisconsin, and Louisiana; wildfires in the West; and catastrophic hurricanes extending from Texas to Georgia and the Caribbean.
Our nation’s resolve and commitment to take care of its own is being tested, and I, for one, do not want to see us fail. I am looking forward to working together, along with my distinguished subcommittee colleagues, to ensure that all the needs are met and that they are met in a timely manner.