Jack Kingston

Jack Kingston

GEORGIA's 1st DISTRICT

Congressman Kingston: Obama is "Spoiling For a Fight"

2014/11/20

Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) released the following statement following President Obama's announcement of an unconstitutional executive amnesty:

"The President is spoiling for a fight. If he was serious about implementing the best policy he would be working with Congress, not against us. He eloquently made the case against doing this kind of action for the past 6 years; now he's flipped his position completely."

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

Kingston Applauds Passage of Keystone Bill

2014/11/14

Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) released the following statement upon passage of HR 5682, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline:

"The Keystone Pipeline represents a privately funded investment in American infrastructure that will create 42,100 jobs and approximately $2 billion in wages while reducing our dependence on oil from the Middle East. The House has voted eight times to clear this project only to be faced with bureaucratic delay from the Obama Administration and legislative obstruction from Senate Democrats despite widespread bipartisan support all across America.  

If President Obama, Senate Democrats, and their anti-American-energy, anti-jobs special interests continue blocking this vital project, it will be a clear signal they failed to heed the clear will of the American people last Tuesday
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On September 19, 2008, the Canadian energy and infrastructure company TransCanada filed an application with the U.S. Department of State to build the Keystone XL pipeline, an expansion of the existing Keystone pipeline. The landmark Keystone XL pipeline expansion would carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day 875 miles from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. From there, the oil would go to refineries in the Midwest and Gulf Coast. The new pipeline would also transport some of the rapidly-increasing oil production from the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana. The project is estimated to support approximately 42,000 jobs, and would deliver enough oil to substantially reduce imports from the Middle East. Because the pipeline crosses a national border, it requires federal approval in the form of a Presidential Permit. It is still waiting for approval.

The State Department’s recently revised Environmental Impact Statement, the second version under President Obama along with several other drafts and a supplemental, has failed to identify any reason to further obstruct Keystone XL. In fact, it concludes that there are greater safety and environmental risks from not building the pipeline, as the oil would still be transported by alternatives like rail and truck. Further, Keystone XL would be required to include a number of state-of-the-art features that aim to make it safer than any existing pipeline.

Nonetheless, the president has not granted the permit, provided an adequate explanation for the delay, nor said when or even if he will make a final decision.

Keystone XL Fast Facts:

According to the Department of Energy, Keystone XL would be able to move up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day. This represents about half the amount the U.S. imports from the Middle East.

According to the State Department's Environmental Impact Statement, "During construction, proposed Project spending would support approximately 42,100 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced), and approximately $2 billion in earnings throughout the United States."

By delaying approval of the pipeline, President Obama is providing China with an opportunity to out-compete the U.S. and gain access to Canada’s rich oil supply.

Several labor unions have endorsed the project and criticized the president’s decision to reject American jobs.

Even Chris Matthews described President Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL as a “mistake.”

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Congressman Kingston Calls on President Obama to Abandon Illegal Executive Amnesty Plans

2014/11/13

 

Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA-1) called on President Barack Obama to abandon his plans to enact illegal executive amnesty by executive order after media reports indicated that the Obama Administration's plans could provide amnesty to as many as 5 million of those currently in this country illegally:

"This is a major shift in law and should go through the full scrutiny of the legislative process like any major reform. This move exhibits a failure of leadership and a tin ear to the American people who oppose amnesty in any form. If the President really wants to reform our immigration system, he should work with Congress to build consensus on reforms that make America more competitive and protect future generations from undue burden."

Kingston is chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Office of Refugee Resettlement for migrant children.

 

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Congressman Kingston to NIH Director: "We are all very eager to have a vaccine"

2014/10/18

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) sent a letter asking for clarification and more details from the Director of the National Institutes of Health, Frances Collins, in response to his statement that a "10-year slide in research support" hampered their ability to create a vaccine. The questions include a request to explain why $10 billion in stimulus funding was not put toward a vaccine.

The full letter can be read here.

Kingston is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees NIH funding.
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Kingston Encouraged by Obama on Ebola Czar

2014/10/16

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA), who called today for a "czar" to oversee the response to the Ebola threat, issued the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks about naming someone to the post:

"I am encouraged the President is listening to those of us on Capitol Hill who have recognized the mismanagement and called for better coordination and leadership. To confront the Ebola threat we need a modern-day George Marshall with a modern-day Marshall Plan and the ability to deliver results."

Kingston is the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health. Read More

Obama Should Appoint an Ebola Czar

2014/10/16

This opinion-editorial was published October 16, 2014 at the Washington Examiner and can be found online here.

​We Need an Ebola Czar
By Rep. Jack Kingston

The global response – and more recently America’s response – to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been characterized by a lack of leadership and organization.

Now, with the first confirmed transmission of the virus on U.S. soil, we cannot afford to continue this slow and ineffective approach.  Our response both at home and abroad needs a clear, “buck stops here” leader.  We need a twenty-first century George Marshall with a twenty-first century Marshall Plan.

America’s efforts to combat Ebola have, to date, resembled the pre-9/11 approach to law enforcement: a multitude of agencies with a multitude of reporting structures and little coordination or communication.

U.S. Africa Command (Africom) is taking the lead on building logistical and transportation centers, training facilities, and treatment centers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing the medical expertise the military lacks, caring for aid workers who have fallen sick, treating patients and providing support from its headquarters in Atlanta.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing literally tons of medical supplies and emergency equipment including community protection kits, home care kits, and training.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) are working to fast track an investigational Ebola vaccine.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) this week launched Ebola screening for passengers from West African countries in New York and will soon expand them to some of the countries busiest airports.

The alphabet soup of agencies responding to this crisis has a tangled and confusing reporting structure.  Africom reports to the Department of Defense while CDC, NIH, and BARDA report to the Department of Health and Human Services.  Meanwhile, USAID is under the jurisdiction of the State Department and CPB reports to Department of Homeland Security.

While America’s response has many of the right ingredients, it lacks a singular leader to outline strategy, marshal resources, and track the effectiveness of the response.  Then there’s the rest of the world.

Then there’s the rest of the world.  The global response, led in large part by the World Health Organization, has been abysmal.  It is months behind where it should be at this point.  At the heart of the outbreak – Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea – are countries whose own public health systems have been broken by this virus.

Allowing this disorganized, slow, and ineffective response puts us at risk of an even larger global health crisis.

What if someone with Ebola traveled to South America or Asia instead of the United States or Europe?  We could have outbreaks tearing through cities like Sao Paulo, Caracas, Karachi, or Bangkok.

Ebola is a deadly and elusive foe that must be fought as such.  I call on the President to name an effective leader to implement a coherent strategy with clear metrics for victory.


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Congressman Kingston Applauds SHEP PPA Signing

2014/10/07

Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) released the following statement on the signing of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) Project Partnership Agreement (PPA):

"For 17 years we have lived and breathed the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.  In that time, not a week has gone by without calls, meetings, or legislative action to promote this vital project. We would be remiss if we did not recognize the early work of Governor Zell Miller as well as Senators Paul Coverdell and Max Cleland who were with us from the very beginning.  In the end, the jobs, opportunities and economic prosperity generated by this project will speak for themselves for years and make it worth every step along the way.

"The fifteen years and fifty million dollars on studies that it has taken to get to this point are stark reminders of the federal bureaucracy’s hindrance of economic growth and advancement. If America is to remain competitive in the global economy, we must rededicate ourselves to reforming the process by which projects like this one are approved because the rest of the world will not wait for us to catch up."


Kingston, who has represented South Georgia for 22 years, sponsored the original provision authorizing SHEP in the Water Resources Development Act of 1999.  In the years since, he has lead the fight in Congress to advance the project in the face of bureaucratic delays. Read More

Kingston on Hardball Roundtable

2014/10/03

Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) joined the round table on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews to discuss the Ebola virus and the Clinton machine. On Ebola​, "all of these government acronyms need to be on the same page with the World Health Organization, and we are going to get this thing solved." On the Clintons, "Bill Clinton is a likable, approachable guy... Hillary Clinton does not have that skill and she can't fake it."



Congressman Kingston was elected Congress in 1992, the same year Bill Clinton won the Presidency, and is the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing Centers for Disease Control funding. Read More

Congressman Kingston on Congressional Response to Ebola

2014/10/03

Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) spoke to local television stations on the work Congress is doing to let the scientists and health experts combat the Ebola virus and stop its spread in West Africa and in the US, specifically by funding the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, the Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority, US Agency for International Development, and the military. "We have worked very closely with the CDC, the NIH, with BARDA, and USAID as well as the Department of Defense - whatever they are asking for, we in Congress are giving it to them," explained Kingston.



Jack Kingston is the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Health and Human Services, including NIH and the CDC. Read More

Kingston on Dallas-area Ebola Patient

2014/10/02

Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) spoke with Neil Cavuto on Thursday to discuss how a man got into the US carrying the Ebola virus. "We need to know what we're up against... Ebola is more predictable," than other infectious diseases. It can take up to twenty days to exhibit symptoms, and the disease is not communicable unless they are showing symptoms. For more details on the disease, read about it here.
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Congressman Kingston is the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health spending.
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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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