Jack Kingston

Jack Kingston

GEORGIA's 1st DISTRICT

Congressman Kingston Receives Awards

2014/09/17

Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-01) received two awards today for his stellar voting record on protecting taxpayers and small business. Congressman Kingston received the National Taxpayer Union's Taxpayers' Friend Award and the National Federation of Independent Businesses' Guardian of Small Business Award. Upon receiving the honors, Kingston said, "It is my honor to represent the people of South Georgia and serve them in Washington. Elected leaders need to remember who sent us here, but more importantly, who is paying for all this - the hard-working tax-paying American family. Being a good steward of their dollars, while making sure businesses, especially the small businesses that are the real job creators, can survive and thrive - that is why I am here."

“With so many remaining doubts that our economy has completely turned a corner, it's never been more important for Washington to change direction on fiscal policy,” NTU President Pete Sepp said. “Fortunately, the taxpayers of Georgia’s First District could count on Rep. Kingston to help put our nation on a saner path. Day in and day out, Jack earned the title of 'Taxpayers' Friend.'"

Since 1979, NTU has acknowledged Representatives and Senators who achieve top scores in their annual Rating of Congress with the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.

The Rating, which is based on every roll call vote affecting fiscal policy, assigns a “Taxpayer Score” to each Member of Congress that indicates his or her support for reducing or controlling federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation. For 2013, a total of 253 House and 90 Senate votes were selected.

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Kingston for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.”

“The record shows that Rep. Kingston is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”

NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was also unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker. Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award.

Congressman Kingston is a past winner of both awards. Read More

Kingston: "If We're Going to Fight This War...It Is Worth Winning"

2014/09/17

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) took to the House floor to offer his support for the McKeon Amendment authorizing the training of moderate Syrian forces. Furthermore, Kingston called for a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) to combat ISIS, saying, "We should have a formal resolution. It would be good for the country; it would be good for Congress."


Congressman Kingston is a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Read More

Congressman Kingston Speaks on House Floor About Continuing Resolution Vote

2014/09/16

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) took to the House floor to discuss the President's plans to combat the Ebola virus in West Africa and the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.


On the Ebola virus and America's commitment to combat its spread: "We need to do this research" to find a vaccine.
On McKeon Amendment: "Members do need to have a separate vote on this... It is far better-off to have a separate vote"
On combating ISIS: "We do not need another half-pregnant war in the Middle East. If it is important enough to fight, it is important enough to win."
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Kingston Invites High School Seniors to Apply for Service Academies

2014/08/28

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) reminds students interested in receiving a congressional nomination to one of the U.S. Military Academies that they must submit their completed applications to his office no later than October 1.  Each year Congressman Kingston nominates deserving young men and women to the Service Academies. 

“The First District has a rich military heritage. We have many qualified students who can carry on that tradition,” said Kingston.  “We have the privilege of interviewing and nominating the finest young men and women to the Academies each year.  These are the future leaders that will serve with honor and skill in the United States Armed Forces.” 

High school seniors interested in attending the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, or the United States Naval Academy should apply directly with the Academy as soon as possible. 

Those students should contact Congressman Kingston’s office for a Congressional Nomination Application.  More information and the nomination application can be found on Kingston’s website at http://kingston.house.gov or by calling Brooke Childers in his Savannah Office at 912-352-0101.

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ICYMI: Moody AFB Will Train Afghan Pilots

2014/08/27

Valdosta Air Force base will train Afghan pilots

By Daniel Malloy
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WASHINGTON - Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta will be the site of a training mission for Afghan Air Force pilots, a boost for a base that had been threatened with cuts.

The Pentagon announced Friday that Afghan pilots will train on the A-29 Super Tucano Light Air Support plane at Moody. The base near the Florida border beat out locations in Idaho and South Carolina because of superior facilities, weather and proximity to the ranges the pilots will need.

The Pentagon has sought to phase out the aging A-10 aircraft, which forms a big part of Moody’s mission, though Congress has blocked the move this year. As a result, Rep. Jack Kingston, a Savannah Republican, said this mission’s meaning goes beyond the 30 Afghan pilots and 90 maintenance personnel who will soon be heading to Valdosta.

“At some point, the A-10 mission is going to radically be reduced, and what we’ve been trying to do is find other missions for Moody in the interim,” Kingston said in a phone interview.

“This isn’t a long term mission, but it’s a valuable mission. … It fills a potential hole, but it underscores the relevance of Moody, Moody’s importance to the national mission.”

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican who sits on the Armed Services Committee, said he was pleased to see the state be part of an ongoing alliance with Afghanistan.

“We cannot abandon Afghanistan at a critical point in its history, and this plan ensures our airmen can conduct this important training mission from the safety of one of our premier U.S. bases,” Chambliss said in a press release. “I’m proud Georgia is doing its part in this mission. ”

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Kingston Announces Military Academy Day 2014

2014/08/25


Congressman Kingston Calls for Senate Action on Border

2014/08/01

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) issued the following statement applauding the passage of HR 5230, which included language from the Carter-Kingston-Aderholt Protection of Children Act:

"This bill is a response that ensures national security, treats a humanitarian crisis, and applies American common sense. I encourage the Senate to quickly take up this bill because by treating all illegal migrants equally we can end the chaos and reassure the world that America's laws have meaning."

On July 17, Appropriations Subcommittee Chairmen Carter, Kingston, and Aderholt introduced HR 5143 to address the growing problem at our southern border.

Similar to HR 5143, today's legislation amends the 2008 William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act and provides for the expedited removal of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) who are not legitimate victims of human trafficking or have credible fears of returning to their country. Further information on the bill can be found here.

Congressman Kingston is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of sheltering and caring for unaccompanied alien children. Read More

Congressman Kingston Seeks True Reform for Veterans Administration

2014/07/30

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) released the following statement on the passage of the Conference Report to Accompany HR 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care Act:

"We have already gone this route - this is throwing money at the problem and hiring more bureaucrats. We need structural changes, a purge of those who made this mess, and more choices for our veterans. Finally, the money was not offset, adding at least $10 billion to the deficit with $5 billion in phony pay-fors."

Veterans Administration spending has increased by 58% since 2009, a $55 billion increase to $152 billion this year.

Congressman Kingston, a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, has represented five of Georgia's seven military installations.
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Congressman Kingston Applauds Lawsuit to Protect Balance of Power

2014/07/30

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) released the following statement upon the passage of H.Res. 964:

"This is a positive step toward restoring our constitutional order and reigning in this out-of-control president. Since the Democratic Senate is unwilling to stand up for its Congressional authority, the House has been forced to act on its own to restore the balance of power in our federal government."

H.Res. 964 authorizes a lawsuit against the president and other executive branch officials for actions inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution.

Congressman Kingston represents south Georgia and is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee.
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Congressman Jack Kingston Responds to Halbig Decision

2014/07/22

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) released the following statement on the Halbig v Burwell decision today:

"This is one more example of Obamacare not working. Democrats rushed through this flawed legislation, and the administration has changed it 42 times while implementing it. There's no doubt there will be more lawsuits and more hardship for working Georgians. We need patient-centered healthcare reforms to cut premiums, increase choice, and give families choice."

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act only allowed residents of those states with a state-based exchange to receive federal subsidies for the purchase of mandated insurance. In August 2011, the Internal Revenue Service decreed in statutory rulemaking that it would distribute tax credits to enrollees on federal exchanges, in direct contradiction to the plain language of the law. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found that the IRS rulemaking is indeed illegal and that subsidies cannot be sent to those on federal exchanges.

Congressman Kingston, chairman of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, is a cosponsor of the American Healthcare Reform Act, a patient-centered healthcare reform put forth by a majority of House Republicans. Read More

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Committee Assignments

Appropriations

Jack Kingston is United States Representative for the First Congressional District of Georgia.  The district incorporates 17 counties in Southeast Georgia including the entirety of the state’s coastline.

After quickly being recognized as a leader on budget and spending issues, Congressman Kingston was appointed to the powerful House Appropriations Committee in his second term.  Today he serves as Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee which oversees federal spending on worker safety, health, education, and retirement security programs.

He also serves as a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, a position he has used to ensure our troops are well-equipped and have access to high-quality services.  Representing four major military installations, he maintains a close relationship with our troops, their commanders, and their families.

In 2013, Kingston was appointed to the State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies Subcommittee which oversees U.S. diplomatic efforts as well as some foreign aid and international security programs.

From 2008-2012, Kingston served as the top Republican on the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.  In this role he fought for farmers, eliminated duplicative programs in the Department of Agriculture, and helped strengthen programs that ensure our safe and abundant food supply.

Before his election to Congress, Kingston sold agribusiness insurance and rose to the position of Vice President at a regional insurance brokerage.  He also served in the Georgia State House from 1985-1992.

Kingston is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he earned a degree in economics.  It was in Athens that he met his wife, Libby.  Together they make their home in Savannah where they raised four children.


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