U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10), together with Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson and Representatives Jack Kingston (GA-01), Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03), Austin Scott (GA-08), Doug Collins (GA-09), and Phil Gingrey (GA-11), encourage teachers across the State of Georgia to educate students on the importance of the U.S. Constitution and its role in the federal government. In anticipation of Constitution Day, observed on September 17, 2014, the Members are asking elementary and middle schools teachers to take an hour out of their school day to highlight the importance of this founding document.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss:
“As citizens across the country commemorate Constitution Day, I urge Georgia’s educators and students to set aside time in the classroom to study our Constitution and the principles it represents. Much more than a document, our Constitution has endured throughout America’s history as the foundation of our democracy and protector of the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today. Understanding its contents and significance is critical to educating our youth and preserving the legacy of our Founding Fathers, who recognized that a constitutionally-limited government is key to ensuring our nation’s continued prosperity.”
Sen. Johnny Isakson:
“In honor of Constitution Day on September 17th, I encourage Georgians to read, study and learn the contents of the United States Constitution. I call on our educators, elected officials, community leaders and parents to educate our youth about the foundations of our great country and how the principles of the Constitution play out in our daily lives as Americans.”
Rep. Jack Kingston (GA-01):
“I invite Georgia’s educators to discuss the United States Constitution in their classrooms and for students to write to me with their reflections. This document is unique in the history of civilization and should be well-known to all Americans. Gathering in Philadelphia in 1787, the authors of the Constitution wisely crafted a system that respected state sovereignty and provided for a limited federal government. By following the debates of the Constitutional Convention, recognizing the compromises in the text, and understanding its role today, the students of Georgia would be well-informed citizens and more able to participate in their government.”
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03):
“For over 200 years, Americans have turned to the United States’ Constitution for guidance, and as a reminder of our nation’s core values. The framers of the constitution instituted checks and balances so we are reminded that this is the people’s nation, and we have a responsibility to protect our liberty and freedom. I encourage educators in Georgia’s Third Congressional District to challenge their students by having them study the Constitution so they can be reminded of the timeless values it upholds for all Americans.”
Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08):
“During a time where our nation’s government seems divided on most issues, there is one issue that almost everyone can agree on—the importance of our Constitution. Our Founding Fathers created this framework to not only serve as a basis for our government, but also as a safeguard for our freedoms and our liberties. I believe that it is important now, more than ever, to ensure that our nation’s students understand the gravity and relevancy of this centuries-old document. As we celebrate Constitution Day, I encourage teachers to help educate our students on the importance of our Constitution, and I invite Eighth District students to send me a letter about why the Constitution is important to them and what they have learned about this document.”
Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09):
“The Constitution should have a special place in our schools on September 17th and every day because it’s the roadmap for how we as Americans live life together. It provides the job descriptions for legislators and citizens alike, showing us how our government can be both accountable and accessible to every American. As I visit as many schools as I can across Northeast Georgia, I want to hear from students about what they’ve learned, and how the responsibilities and freedoms our constitution gives to every American means they can grow up to be anything they want to be.”
Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10):“On September 17th, more than 200 years ago, our Founders signed our nation’s most precious document – serving as a timeless arbiter of principle and governance in America. Today, it is vital that our students are reminded of the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the critical role it plays in safeguarding our liberty and freedom. I encourage teachers in the state of Georgia as well as nationwide to take an hour out of their lesson plans to help educate our youth on the importance of the U.S. Constitution and constitutionally-limited government as our Founding Fathers intended. Additionally, I ask that students in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District write to me on why the Constitution is important to them and what they have learned about our nation’s most important document.”
Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA-11):
“September 17th honors the signing of our Constitution – a document that embodies our most precious principles and serves as a framework for our republic. In the name of protecting the liberties and freedoms that it stands for, I’ve encouraged teachers in my Congressional District to use one hour of their lesson plan to educate the young Americans in their class – our future leaders – on the importance of the Constitution and the role it plays in our everyday lives. Additionally, I encourage students in my district to send me a note about what the Constitution means to them and what they’ve learned about this guiding document.”
On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the U.S. Constitution, thus securing the blessings of freedom that Americans enjoy today.
The full text of Congressman Broun’s letter to teachers in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District is attached above.Read More
Broun to Host Military Academy Day 2014
Athens, GA – U.S. Representative Paul C. Broun, M.D. (GA-10) will host a Military Academy Day on Saturday, September 6th from 10 a.m. until noon in the Legislative Chambers of the Old Capitol Building on the campus of Georgia Military College. Both Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. and GMC President LtGen William Caldwell, IV will be in attendance. Presentations will be made by all five academies: the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Air Force Academy, and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Congressman Broun offers nominations to all academies except the United States Coast Guard Academy. The event is free and open to all students in grades eight through twelve who want to learn more about each school’s requirements and expectations for admittance. Those who are interested in attending may contact Austin Mechan by phone at 478-452-4440 or via email at Austin.Mechan@mail.house.gov with any questions.
An event flyer for distribution is attached.
What: Academy Day 2014
Who: America's Service Academies & Students in Grades 8-12
When: Saturday, September 6th from 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Where: Georgia Military College
Legislative Chambers of the Old Capitol Building
201 East Greene Street
Milledgeville, GA 31601Read More
Broun to Host Grants & Small Business Workshop
Athens, GA – U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today announced that he will host a Grants and Small Business Workshop from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the Oconee County Civic Center. The workshop will give individuals seeking grant funding and business loans the opportunity to learn about strategies for grant writing, keys to small business success, and tips for navigating federal grants.
“This workshop is a great opportunity for individuals and organizations seeking grant funding or business loans to learn about the tools that will help them succeed,” said Congressman Paul Broun. “I encourage 10th district residents to take advantage of this free workshop and the opportunity to network and speak with state and federal representatives about the application process and their programs.”
The following agencies will be available with information about the services and resources they provide:
· Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
· Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
· Georgia DCA Appalachian Regional Commission
· Georgia DCA Housing & Finance
· Georgia Emergency Management Agency
· Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center
· The Environmental Protection Agency
· The Federal Emergency Management Agency
· The Foundation Center
· USDA Rural Development
· U.S. Department of Education
· U.S. Small Business Administration
· Office of Small Business Development Centers
The Grants and Small Business Workshop will take place at the Oconee County Civic Center at 2661 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, Georgia. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, please contact Beth Blalock at Beth.Blalock@mail.house.gov or 706-969-1461.
Broun’s Audit the Fed bill Advances Through Committee Markup
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after H.R. 24, the Audit the Fed bill, was reported favorably out of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform markup with unanimous consent. The Committee markup represents the next step in bringing H.R. 24 before the House floor for a vote.
Said Congressman Paul Broun, “I am pleased by the recent efforts made by House leadership to advance my Audit the Fed bill through the legislative process. Today’s markup takes us one step closer towards a vote before the full House and bringing much-needed transparency to our nation’s monetary policy. To date, more than 225 members of the House have joined my efforts to require a full audit of the Federal Reserve and Federal Reserve banks. Not only is H.R. 24 one of the most important pieces of legislation pending in this Congress, but it is also highly likely to pass the House with a strong bipartisan vote. I urge House leadership to continue to advance this essential bill and bring it up for a vote as soon as possible so that we can work towards delivering the transparency and government accountability the American people deserve. I look forward to the House’s passage of this crucial bill.”
U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10), and 22 of his fellow colleagues from both sides of the aisle, today sent a letter to House Majority Whip, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, urging immediate action on H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act upon assuming his new leadership role as House Majority Leader. H.R. 24, introduced by Rep. Paul Broun in the 113th Congress, is identical to former Rep. Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed bill which passed in the House by a margin of 327-98 in the 112th Congress. H.R. 24 currently has 228 cosponsors to the bill, representing a strong bipartisan majority in the House.
“Last Congress, my good friend former Rep. Ron Paul, made incredible strides towards enacting legislation to require a full audit of the Federal Reserve and Federal Reserve banks. His Audit the Fed bill passed in the House with overwhelming bipartisan support, taking an important step towards providing real transparency regarding the nation’s monetary policy to the American people,” said Congressman Paul Broun. “In the 113th Congress, I’ve been honored to carry Dr. Paul’s torch and continue to advocate for a full audit of the Federal Reserve, which remains as closely-guarded as ever.
“A strong bipartisan majority of the House have shown their support of a full Audit of the Fed, and according to recent polls, 74% of Americans favor a public audit of the Federal Reserve as well. It’s clear where Congress and the American people stand on the issue – and it is time that H.R. 24 be brought to the House floor for a vote, so that we can work to ensure the Fed is held to the same reporting standards as the rest of the federal government. As Rep. McCarthy begins his new tenure as the House Majority Leader, I urge him to give H.R. 24 the priority it deserves - this bill is a bipartisan common-sense win for government transparency and accountability.”Read More
Broun Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Hobby Lobby
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court released their decision regarding Hobby Lobby’s challenge to Obamacare’s “contraception mandate.” The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that for-profit businesses with religious objections can opt out of paying for contraception as mandated by Obamacare.
Said Congressman Paul Broun, “I applaud today’s decision by the Supreme Court, which represents a landmark victory for religious freedom and family businesses. The First Amendment acknowledges and protects our right to freedom of religion from government interference - and today’s ruling affirms broad protections under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act apply to businesses that act out their faith through the way they run their day-to-day operations. Furthermore, this ruling once again proves that Obamacare is totally unworkable, far too overreaching, and a burden on businesses and our economy. We must repeal Obamacare in full and put in place the only true solution – the Patient OPTION Act.
“While today we celebrate this important victory for religious freedom, our work is not done. I pledge to Georgians that I will continue to work to repeal Obamacare in full, and press forward in ensuring America’s Constitutional rights are protected from the big government policies of this Administration.”
U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after voting in support of legislation this week aimed at lowering gas prices, strengthening America’s energy independence, and creating jobs. Broun supported H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, and H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act. All three bills passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and await consideration by the U.S. Senate.
Said Congressman Paul Broun, “As the summer commences, Americans across the country are making vacation plans and looking for ways to stay cool in the summer heat. Unfortunately, far too many Americans today are grappling with the high costs of gasoline and energy that make it all the more difficult to beat the heat. The national average price of gas today sits at $3.67 a gallon compared to $2.35 a gallon just five years ago. These high costs simply mean less money in Georgians’ pockets to use towards enjoying their summer. This week, my Republican colleagues and I took a stand against this Administration’s none-of-the-above energy policies and voted on three common-sense energy bills that would tackle rising gas prices, spur job creation, and expand domestic energy production. I am hopeful that Senate Democrats will take these bills up immediately, so that we can take a step towards improving the quality of life for all Americans.”Read More
Broun Votes to Support Troops & Maintain Strong National Defense
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 4870, the fiscal year 2015 Defense Appropriations bill. This bill provides $491 billion in discretionary funding to further our national security and military needs, $200 million above the President’s budget request.
“As an original intent Constitutionalist and a U.S. Marine, I firmly believe that providing a strong national defense is a core function of the federal government. In fact, this is an area where the government should be spending money,” said Congressman Paul Broun. “While we must continue to root out waste and inefficiencies at the Pentagon, I believe this bill is a positive step forward in providing our men and women in uniform with the resources they need, while continuing to strengthen our national security. Unfortunately, under the Obama Administration, we have seen countless attempts to degrade our military powers and capabilities – emboldening our enemies and putting those at home and those serving abroad at risk. Now more than ever, we must continue to ensure that America has the strongest military in the world. I urge the Senate’s immediate passage of this essential bill.”Read More
U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after offering more than $600 million in targeted spending cuts to the fiscal year 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill.
“We as a nation are saddled with an incredible amount of debt, and yet Washington continues to spend money we do not have,” said Congressman Paul Broun. “I introduced six common-sense amendments to the THUD spending bill in an effort to tackle our nation’s spending problem, while still allowing many of our current priorities to move forward as planned. In fact, many of my amendments were merely requests to hold the line - to keep funding level, without expanding government programs and spending more. In a time of fiscal emergency, is it too much to ask that we not increase spending from last year’s levels? Sadly, this request was deemed to be unreasonable by many of my colleagues, Republicans and Democrats, alike. As we work through the annual appropriations process, Georgians can rest assured I will continue to take a stand for fiscal sanity and fight for common-sense savings in Washington.”
Rep. Broun’s amendments included:
· A $340 million reduction for operating grants to Amtrak, which failed by a voice vote;
· A $34 million, or 10% reduction to reduce Amtrak operating grants, which failed by a vote of 154-248;
· A $1 million reduction to Amtrak’s Office of the Inspector General, which failed by a vote of 130-295;
· A $7 million cut to the Rental Housing Assistance account of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which failed by a vote of 143-283;
· A $200 million reduction from the Community Development Block Grant program, which was $200 million above the President’s $2.8 billion budget request. This amendment failed by a voice vote.
· A $20 million reduction, or 10% cut in funding for the Community Development Block Grant program, which failed by a vote of 134-288.
U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after offering more than $108 million in targeted spending cuts to the fiscal year 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill.
“In our current economic state, we must scrutinize every spending bill that comes to the House floor and look for areas to cut spending and rein in our unsustainable debt,” said Congressman Paul Broun. “I am pleased to have received bipartisan support for some of these amendments, and I look forward to continuing to work towards ensuring a sound financial future for our children and grandchildren. With more than $17 trillion in national debt, we simply cannot afford to delay action any longer.”
Rep. Broun’s amendments included:
· A $5 million cut to end a loan guarantee program authorized under the America COMPETES Act of 2010, which has received continuous funding despite not having funded a single loan, which passed by a voice vote;
· A $596,000 reduction for the Department of Commerce Office of the Inspector General, which failed by a voice vote;
· A $1 million reduction for the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which failed by a voice vote;
· A reduction of nearly $67 million to an increase provided for the National Science Foundation, which failed by a voice vote;
· A bipartisan amendment co-sponsored by Rep. Broun and led by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), which would eliminate a $35 million increase over the amount provided to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last year, which failed by a 66-339 vote; and
· A bipartisan amendment cosponsored by Rep. Broun and led by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) to promote states’ rights by protecting law-abiding medical marijuana patients, which passed by a 219-189 vote.Read More
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Representative Paul C. Broun, Jr. was elected in July of 2007 to serve the Tenth District of Georgia. Since his arrival in Congress, he has been appointed to the House Homeland Security Committee, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and currently serves as Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee for the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Dr. Broun grew up in Athens, Georgia where he attended Athens High School and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1967 with a B.S. in Chemistry. In 1971, he received his Medical Doctor degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. An internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon and a residency at University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama followed.
Dr. Broun served in the military as a jet engine mechanic in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves and later received a commission as a medical officer in the U. S. Navy.
For most of his career, Dr. Broun has practiced general medicine and, in 2002, he went out on his own, establishing a unique practice of full-time house calls. Dr. Broun enjoys the freedom of practicing medicine without bureaucratic encumbrances and has used his experience to introduce commonsense solutions to our nation’s health care financing crisis.
Dr. Broun’s first exposure to politics came at the age of sixteen, when his father won a seat in the Georgia State Senate. Paul Broun Sr. represented the Athens area as a State Senator for 38 years. Later, Paul Jr. himself would become involved politically; first as a volunteer lobbyist for Safari Club International, a pro-hunting and conservation organization, then as a conservative Republican United States Representative.
Dr. Broun participates in many diverse organizations and activities ranging from politics and religion to cooking and sports, including: the National Rifle Association, Gideons International, Rotary International, Trout Unlimited, Gun Owners of America and University of Georgia President’s Club. He was the founding President of the Georgia Republican Assembly, and President of the Georgia Sport Shooting Association (the NRA state affiliate). Dr. Broun is an avid outdoorsman, having a passion for conservation, hunting, fishing, and Second Amendment rights.
Dr. Broun has been married to his wife Niki since 1985 and has two grown daughters, a son and two grandchildren. The Brouns are members of Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Athens, where Dr. Broun formerly served as an AWANA children’s ministry leader. He is active in the Gideon ministry and, in 2004, he participated in a mission trip to Iraq.
As the 113th Congress moves forward, look for Dr. Broun to lead the charge for fiscal responsibility as he works to cut wasteful government spending, remove burdensome and unconstitutional mandates, and restores a constitutionally-limited government.
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ICYMI: Veterans & other community members are invited to the Charlie Norwood VAMC Town Hall Meeting TOMORROW. Details-http://t.co/iK6CsxP6LW
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REMINDER: TOMORROW, I will host a Military Academy Day from 10am-12pm at Georgia Military College. More details here: http://t.co/RW7VhOeeDG
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Great to speak with the American Association of Christian Schools at their National Legislative Conference today. Thank you to everyone who participated!
On September 17th, more than 200 years ago, our Founders signed our nation’s most precious document – serving as a timeless arbiter of principle
ATTENTION STUDENTS: This is a reminder that TOMORROW, I will be hosting a Military Academy Day from 10 a.m. until noon in the Legislative Chambers
Wishing the residents of Georgia's 10th Congressional District a safe and happy Labor Day!