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Buddy Carter looks to drug test recipients of unemployment benefits

1:53 pm Jul. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter is reviving a fight over drug testing that could have major implications in Georgia.

The Pooler Republican introduced a bill in the House of Representatives on Thursday that would let states screen unemployment insurance applicants for drug use if they so choose.

“Unemployment Insurance recipients should be drug-free and ready to reenter the workforce and my legislation works to make that happen,” Carter said in a statement.

Under Carter’s

Georgia’s GOP congressmen vote in lockstep with Trump

12:11 pm Jul. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Georgia’s Republican lawmakers in Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of Donald Trump’s legislative initiatives during the president’s first six months in office.

In fact, the state’s 10 GOP representatives and two Republican senators have voted in lockstep with the president’s positions an average of 98.8 percent of the time.

That’s according to a database compiled by the political analysis blog FiveThirtyEight. The outlet cross-referenced how every member of Congress voted on

Buddy Carter in the crosshairs for partnering with Elizabeth Warren on hearing aid bill

7:00 am Jun. 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – Liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is frequently framed as a bogeyman, ermm bogeylady, for the right. What’s less common is using the first-term Democrat to pressure Republicans to buckle on policy issues.

But that’s exactly what a new television and digital ad airing in Georgia’s 1st congressional district is looking to do for an under-the-radar fight over hearing aids.

The Virginia-based Frontiers of Freedom, a conservative nonprofit that lobbies for limited

Savannah port would get more money under Trump proposal

10:48 am May. 24, 2017

By Tamar Hallerman and J. Scott Trubey

The Trump administration proposed sending more federal dollars to Georgia’s top economic development project in its new budget request to Congress. However, the proposal for the Savannah port’s deepening project still falls far below boosters’ original ask of $100 million.

In its request for the 2018 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, the Trump administration told Congress it would like to set aside some $50

How Georgia’s congressmen voted on replacing Obamacare

2:36 pm May. 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — After months of arm twisting, false starts and political football, the House finally went on the record on the Republican health care plan Thursday.

The chamber ultimately passed the measure, known as the American Health Care Act, by a razor-thin 217-213 margin. The vote was strictly along party lines, with 20 Republicans crossing over to vote with every Democrat to reject the bill.

Georgia’s 13 congressmen all went with the leaders of

Ga.’s congressional Republicans circle the wagons around Karen Handel

8:31 am Apr. 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s House Republicans are looking to project a united front in order to keep the 6th District seat of their onetime colleague, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, in GOP hands.

All nine Georgia GOP congressmen say they’re supporting former Secretary of State Karen Handel in the lead-up to the June 20 runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

In a joint statement, the group said Handel has a “track record of serving

The Ga. Republicans on the fence about the GOP health care bill

8:00 am Mar. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s 10 Republicans serving in the House of Representatives often take great pains to be on the same page, meeting weekly when Congress is in session to catch up and share notes on legislation coming down the pike. And generally speaking, the GOP side of the delegation — they call themselves the G-10 — sticks together on major bills.

At the moment that does not seem to be the case

Georgia Republicans dazzled by Trump’s speech, despite few new specifics

7:00 am Mar. 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — In the lead up to Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday, several of Georgia’s Republican congressmen said they were looking for concrete policy specifics from the new president on issues like health care and infrastructure.

They got relatively little of that, especially by way of new details — such presidential speeches to Congress are designed, after all, to be broad and sweeping — but the state’s Republicans were still dazzled by