Rob Woodall

Rob Woodall

GEORGIA's 7th DISTRICT

Woodall backs congressional oversight of sanctions against terrorism financiers

2016/02/03

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., was among 246 representatives who voted to increase congressional oversight over the lifting of sanctions related to Iran and terrorist groups on Tuesday.

If it becomes law, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act would block President Obama from lifting sanctions against a person or bank until the government has confirmed they have not provided financial support to terrorist groups, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or Iran’s ballistic missile or conventional weapons programs.

The president would also be blocked from removing a “Jurisdiction of Primary Money Laundering Concern” designation from Iran until his administration can certify that the country’s government is not sponsoring terrorists. Meanwhile, Congress would get more information on the Treasury Department’s licensing of U.S. companies that do business in Iran.

“From the beginning, U.S. sanctions placed on the Iranian government served the necessary purpose of disrupting its state-sponsored support of terrorism,” Woodall said in a statement. “Following President Obama’s nuclear agreement offering relief from these very sanctions, it is crucial that we be absolutely certain no institution or individual involved in the sponsorship of terrorism is benefiting from this action.”

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House Votes to Restrain Iran Sanctions Relief

2016/02/02

(Washington, DC) – Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3662, the “Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act,” to enhance Congressional oversight over U.S. economic and trade sanctions, and specifically over financiers of Iranian terrorism.  Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07) supported the legislation and issued the following statement:

“From the beginning, U.S. sanctions placed on the Iranian government served the necessary purpose of disrupting its state-sponsored support of terrorism – and following President Obama’s nuclear agreement offering relief from these very sanctions – it is crucial that we be absolutely certain no institution or individual involved in the sponsorship of terrorism is benefitting from this action.  The bill passed by the House today gives Congress and the American people the oversight and transparency needed to monitor the process and requires the Administration demonstrate with clarity that no additional resources will be made available to any organization directly or indirectly supporting terrorism.  The Iranian government has shown itself untrustworthy through its actions, and it is the responsibility of its leaders to demonstrate otherwise.”

The steps taken through H.R. 3662 include, but are not limited to:

  •          Blocking the President from offering sanctions relief to an individual or bank until certifying that such entity has not conducted a significant transaction with a terrorist organization, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or in support of either Iran’s ballistic missile or its conventional weapons programs;
  •          Prohibiting the Administration from lifting Iran’s designation as a “Jurisdiction of Primary Money Laundering Concern” until it certifies that the Government of Iran is no longer supporting terrorism, pursuing weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, or engaging in illicit financial activities;
  •          Providing Congress greater insight into how the Treasury Department licenses specific U.S. companies to do business in Iran;
  •          Applying the Congressional Review Act to provide Congress the ability to disapprove of Iran related changes to the Code of Federal Regulations; and
  •          Clarifying that Iran’s proxies—Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad—are included in the definition of terrorist organizations for the purposes of financial sanctions against Iran.

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee. 

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Washington Watch - 2/1/16

2016/02/01

MAJORITY OF STATES ASK U.S. SUPREME COURT TO PUT EPA REGULATIONS ON HOLD

Last week, 26 states, including Georgia, asked the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court to make an emergency ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plant rule. The rule is expected to significantly increase electricity rates for Americans, including an annual price increase of 17% for Georgians once the rule is fully implemented, according to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy. That’s because Georgia gets about one-third of its total electricity from coal power, and any regulation that is meant to make coal more expensive – even to the point of making coal economically unviable – will harm Georgia’s consumers and American workers across the country.

You might remember that Congress passed a resolution late last year specifically disapproving of this EPA action, but the President vetoed S.J.Res. 24 earlier this month. When the majority of the states work together with a majority in Congress, I know that this is not the end of the battle against this senseless, job-killing, price-hiking regulation that will take money out of your wallet and subject you to higher electricity prices. We will continue to work to defeat this rule.

 

AS HEALTH CARE COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE, CONGRESS WILL VOTE TO OVERRIDE PRESIDENT'S VETO OF SOLUTION

This coming week the House is expected to vote to override President Obama’s veto of H.R. 3762, the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015,” which rolls back the more egregious and expensive parts of Obamacare. Though we do not yet have enough votes in the House to override the veto, last week’s headlines detailing rising Obamacare costs and increased reluctance from insurers to offer Obamacare policies, should change some votes and should be a sign to President Obama that his veto was ill-advised. The President's health care "solution" is going to cost the American taxpayer more than anyone expected it would, cover fewer people than they predicted it would, and raise costs for American's rather than cut them by thousands, as was promised it would. That’s why I’m so happy that Republicans in the House are continuing to offer a patient-centered health care alternative that will put doctors and patients in the driver’s seat – not bureaucrats or politicians.

 

CONGRESS REMAINS WARY OF IRAN IN THE WAKE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S NUCLEAR DEAL

As you probably know, the U.S. has lifted many of our economic sanctions on Iran as part of the nuclear deal that President Obama joined with France, Russia, China, Germany, and Great Britain in signing with Iran last year. The implementation of this nuclear agreement is highly controversial, with the President arguing that it will make the world safer, and opponents, including former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, doubting that Iran will change its disruptive policies in the Middle East. I tend to agree with Secretary Gates, and while I hope that the Iranian regime will change its behavior in the region and eschew developing nuclear weapons, I fear that the lifting of sanctions will only provide Iran with more money and opportunity to develop those weapons and further entangle itself with anti-Western factions – like the Assad government in Syria. 

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently held an important hearing addressing the situation in the Middle East in a post-Iran nuclear deal era. While all Americans are happy to have five illegally held American hostages back home and out of the clutches of the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps, nobody is so naïve as to believe that Iran will stop its anti-Israel and anti-American tendencies. After all, Iran has already flouted U.N. resolutions against ballistic missile tests. That is why I’m proud of the bipartisan nature of this Senate hearing and am confident that Congress will continue to be laser focused on ensuring that we hold Iran accountable for its actions. 

In fact, I expect the House to vote on H.R. 3662, the "Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act," this coming week. This bill prohibits President Obama from lifting economic sanctions on Iranian individuals or financial institutions until the President certifies that they haven't been involved in supporting terrorists organizations, the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps, or any development of weapons of mass destruction or ballistic missiles. 

 

THE WEEK AHEAD

This week the House is expected to vote on a series of important bills coming from the House Financial Services Committee aimed at growing jobs and strengthening America's middle class: H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015,” H.R. 1675, the “Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2015,” and H.R. 766, the “Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015.”  In addition, the House will vote to override President Obama’s veto of H.R. 3762, the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015.”

Sincerely,

Rob Woodall
Member of Congress

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Washington Watch - 1/25/16

2016/01/25

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IGNORES THE LAW – AGAIN!

Largely in response to the terrorist attacks last year in Paris, Congress passed a bill – which the President signed into law – prohibiting individuals who are citizens of one of the 38 Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries from participating in the program should they also have dual citizenship with Iran or have visited Iran, Syria, Sudan, or Iraq. This security-related measure was meant to ensure that ISIS sympathizers and others who want to do us harm were not taking advantage of our nation’s good will. This is common sense, and it was overwhelmingly supported in the House of Representatives. In fact, more than 400 of my colleagues supported the bill; and President Obama signed it into law. 

Last week, however, President Obama looked at this new bipartisan law and unilaterally decided to ignore the law. He directed that the State Department create a special exemption for people who traveled to Iran for “legitimate business-related purposes” following the adoption of the Obama/Iran nuclear deal.

My colleagues in the House who were the chief negotiators with the White House when crafting the VWP reform bill had expressed their concerns about the Administration’s suggestion that it might ignore the law back in December, but hope springs eternal that an oath to "faithfully execute the laws" might be followed. The Supreme Court this year is taking up the issue of "faithfully execute the law" for yet another instance of the Administration ignoring the law, but I will be working with my colleagues in the House on both sides of the aisle to restore the original intent of the VWP reform bill and hold the President accountable for his actions.

 

FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE TO CONGRESS

In a case that has dragged on for years, a federal judge has once again chastised the Obama Administration for its secrecy and ordered it to turn over important evidence to Congress. In this case, the judge ordered that papers related to the deadly and botched "Fast and Furious" Justice Department gun-running case be provided to Congress. The President promised the American people that his administration would be the most open and transparent in American history. Even the media criticizes the Administration for its closed and secret ways, and yet again, the courts have had to get involved. 

 

MEADOWCREEK U: SERVING OUR COMMUNITY’S YOUNG ADULTS

On Friday I visited with two classes of students in the School of International Business at Meadowcreek High School and talked with a number of student ambassadors who truly represent the best and brightest our community has to offer. What’s interesting about Meadowcreek High School is that students are able to direct their course of study in a more personal manner. The “Meadowcreek U” model allows students to tailor their time in high school to focus more acutely on an area of study that is most interesting to them: communication and arts, health and hospitality, information technology, international business, and science, technology, and engineering. 

The students I spoke with all embraced this model as helping them better prepare for college and the workforce and to be more engaged with their fellow students, their teachers, and with learning in general. One young lady on the student ambassador team spoke of her younger brother entering high school this year and how she has encouraged him to work hard and take advantage of all the opportunities at Meadowcreek. “You can be anything you want to be here. It is what you make it,” she said with pride. Another student talked about how serving as peer leader allows her to give back to those who may need a helping hand or encouragement. The examples go on and on, and what makes me so proud of our community is that this clearly represents who we are.

Meadowcreek U is a homegrown idea that spurs our students to want to learn more, stay in school, and go forward with their education. Initiatives like Meadowcreek U illustrate for me the importance of keeping education decisions local and preventing the heavy hand of the federal government from taking over and stifling this kind of creativity. I thank them for having me. Visits like this affirm for me that what you and I are working to achieve in Washington, D.C. - pushing decision making back home - is moving America in the right direction. 


Rep. Rob Woodall meets with students and teachers at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross on January 22nd.

 

HELPING THOSE WHO HAVE BRAVELY SERVED AMERICA

Last week, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a field hearing in Riverside, California, examining the problem and finding solutions for homelessness among our nation's veterans. This is the first of two hearings on this issue, with the second one happening in the coming months in Ohio. When a member of our Armed Services returns home, it is incumbent upon us as a nation to ensure that he or she has the support needed to have a home to return to. Too often Congress doesn't work together, but helping our veterans is a non-partisan issue and one that we can all come together to fix.

Sincerely,

Rob Woodall
Member of Congress

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Washington Watch - 1/19/16

2016/01/19

CONGRESS REJECTS ADMINISTRATION ATTEMPT TO FEDERALIZE LOCAL WATERS

Last week the House sent S.J.Res. 22 to the President’s desk. The bill is a formal Congressional disapproval of the Obama Administration’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. We’ve talked about this issue a lot in the 7th District because it is so important to Georgia. The rule would allow the federal government to take control over much of Georgia’s water resources, and we know from our experience with the Army Corps of Engineers and its management of Lake Lanier, that the federal government simply doesn’t know what’s best for Georgia’s families and businesses. I was proud to join with over 250 of my colleagues in supporting this bill.

Though I expect the President to veto this common sense measure, the good news is that the fight isn't over. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed that this rule should be scrapped, and I expect that this rule will continue to weave its way to the U.S. Supreme Court before all is said and done. By sending this bill to the White House, we have shown that the majority of Americans oppose this rule, and I stand with them. 

 

RESPONDING TO NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR TEST

You might have seen in the news a few weeks ago that the North Korean regime – led by the dictator Kim Jong Un – claimed to have successfully carried out its first underground hydrogen bomb test. While experts around the world doubt North Korea’s claim and have stated that the test was most likely not a hydrogen bomb, there is still concern that the regime carried out a nuclear test in contravention of United Nations regulations. The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held an important hearing last week to discuss the U.S. response to North Korea’s unprovoked aggression and to address the nuclear threat North Korea poses on our close allies in the Asia-Pacific region – namely South Korea and Japan. 

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA DELIVERS HIS LAST STATE OF THE UNION 

On Tuesday night, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. It probably comes as no surprise to you that most Democrats loved the speech while most Republicans were disappointed. I was pleased to hear that the President seemed willing to work with Congress on addressing criminal justice reform, cancer research, and the scourge of drug abuse, but I was most concerned about national security, terrorism, jobs, and the economy. The President seemed to downplay our shared concerns in these areas. My hope is that in his last year in office, he will work with Congress to do the common-sense things that we can to bolster America in each of these areas. 

CLICK HERE to read my editorial in the Gwinnett Daily Post.

 

GEORGIAN ZIPPY DUVALL ELECTED AMERICAN FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT

One of the most exciting things in public policy in Georgia to happen this past week was that Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall was elected to serve as the President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the umbrella organization that serves as the collective voice for American agriculture for all state farm bureaus in our nation. He is the first Georgian ever to be honored to serve in this capacity, and I have full confidence that Zippy will continue to be an effective advocate for Georgia’s and America's agricultural needs when he takes the leadership mantle at AFB. With poultry playing an important part of the 7th District’s economy and agriculture in general being so important for our state, I couldn’t be more excited to see the great things that Zippy is sure to do in his new post. I hope everyone will join me in congratulating him.  

 

CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Yesterday, many Americans had a day off work or school thanks to a federal holiday honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I believe that as a tireless fighter for civil rights and supporter of community involvement, Dr. King would be pleased that the holiday honoring his life and legacy is also the only holiday that is designated as a national day of service. As Dr. King himself noted, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?" As we remember and honor Georgia's native son, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I hope that everyone has a positive answer to the question: what are you doing for others? Our country, our community, and our world will be better off when we are all working together for the betterment of others.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD

I’m happy to be back in Georgia this week meeting with a number of our friends and neighbors. If you’re having an issue with the federal government, if you want to talk about the future of our nation, or if you want to invite me to meet you at your school or your place of business, I hope you’ll contact my office at woodall@mail.house.gov or at (202) 225-4272 to schedule a meeting.

Sincerely,

Rob Woodall
Member of Congress

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WOODALL: America’s shared goals

2016/01/19

Rhetoric alone rarely translates into results. Results are what the American people demand, though rhetoric tends to define State of the Union speeches.

I looked hard for common ground in the president’s words this week, and I am working hard to deliver results both here at home and across the nation. We need a safe and secure homeland, we need a strong economy and sound infrastructure that allows us to provide for our families, and we want to give our children more opportunity than we had. We need and we desire these things. So for Republicans, Democrats or anyone else on the political spectrum, this is the common ground on which we can craft long-term solutions, even in a president’s final year. In fact, particularly in a president’s final days, and that is the business that we are about in the people’s House.

We saw evidence of this work in 2015. In spite of significant disagreements between a Republican majority in Congress and President Barack Obama, we witnessed the wheels of public policy beginning to turn once again. Irrespective of where one may stand on any given issue — win or lose — it’s good for America when the system is functioning as our Founders intended, and I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen.

 

We had achievements that include the first long-term surface transportation bill (H.R. 22) in over a decade; past due education reform (S. 1177) that replaced the heavy-handed and ineffective policies of No Child Left Behind with policies that start pushing decision-making authority back home to Georgia and the 7th District, where it belongs; and much needed certainty in the tax code for American families and businesses (H.R. 2029).

The examples of success don’t stop there, and each one has helped move America forward. Each bit of progress along the way builds trust between the American people and Congress that is necessary to develop lasting solutions — especially when we disagree on how to get there. I’ve never seen a perfect bill come from Washington, but banking the success within reach today allows us to move forward and add to that success tomorrow.

I see potential in the coming year. For example, the president mentioned Criminal Justice Reform. While the conservative approach to improving our criminal justice system does not include vilifying our police officers and instilling fear in those whom they serve, I agree with the president that there is work to be done.

In recent years, Georgia has been a national leader in criminal justice reform that has rebuilt lives, saved taxpayer dollars, reduced recidivism rates and inspired others to follow suit. Bipartisan coalitions came together to re-evaluate the efficacy and fairness of mandatory minimum sentences and increase access to educational resources for the adult prison population while ensuring that criminals are held accountable for their actions. I invite President Obama to come down any time and see how we are doing it in Georgia.

The president mentioned jobs and economic security for American families. These continue to be priorities for all Americans. The president has a list of ideas that run dramatically counter to the goal of a growing economy — from heavy-handed regulations and unilateral rulemaking to crushing a small business’ access to capital and substituting the judgement of Washington for that of communities and entrepreneurs. But I want to work with the president to find the avenues on which we agree to reach this mutual goal.

Each year the president has listed tax reform and regulatory simplification among his priorities, but he has yet to work with willing partners in Congress on these measures. From global security to health care reform, the list goes on and on regarding areas we agree need addressed and improved. There is room for progress in 2016, and the stakes are too high to allow division to paralyze us. I am hopeful because I see Americans united on the end goal, and if we can agree on the destination, the battle is half over.

On Tuesday, we heard President Obama speak to the nation in what was his final State of the Union Address, and there was much that he said with which I vehemently disagree. But, the president will be leaving the White House in less than a year, and there is still much we can accomplish toward America’s shared goals. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus but a molder of consensus.”

With America’s voice leading and with us working together, I have no doubt that America’s best days are ahead. Let’s not wait for those days to happen; let’s make them happen together and today.

Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, represents the 7th Congressional District of Georgia, which includes part of Gwinnett County. To contact him, call 770-232-3005 or 202-225-4272 or visit woodall.house.gov.

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America’s shared goals

2016/01/19

Rhetoric alone rarely translates into results. Results are what the American people demand, though rhetoric tends to define State of the Union speeches.

I looked hard for common ground in the president’s words this week, and I am working hard to deliver results both here at home and across the nation. We need a safe and secure homeland, we need a strong economy and sound infrastructure that allows us to provide for our families, and we want to give our children more opportunity than we had. We need and we desire these things. So for Republicans, Democrats or anyone else on the political spectrum, this is the common ground on which we can craft long-term solutions, even in a president’s final year. In fact, particularly in a president’s final days, and that is the business that we are about in the people’s House.

We saw evidence of this work in 2015. In spite of significant disagreements between a Republican majority in Congress and President Barack Obama, we witnessed the wheels of public policy beginning to turn once again. Irrespective of where one may stand on any given issue — win or lose — it’s good for America when the system is functioning as our Founders intended, and I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen.

 

We had achievements that include the first long-term surface transportation bill (H.R. 22) in over a decade; past due education reform (S. 1177) that replaced the heavy-handed and ineffective policies of No Child Left Behind with policies that start pushing decision-making authority back home to Georgia and the 7th District, where it belongs; and much needed certainty in the tax code for American families and businesses (H.R. 2029).

The examples of success don’t stop there, and each one has helped move America forward. Each bit of progress along the way builds trust between the American people and Congress that is necessary to develop lasting solutions — especially when we disagree on how to get there. I’ve never seen a perfect bill come from Washington, but banking the success within reach today allows us to move forward and add to that success tomorrow.

I see potential in the coming year. For example, the president mentioned Criminal Justice Reform. While the conservative approach to improving our criminal justice system does not include vilifying our police officers and instilling fear in those whom they serve, I agree with the president that there is work to be done.

In recent years, Georgia has been a national leader in criminal justice reform that has rebuilt lives, saved taxpayer dollars, reduced recidivism rates and inspired others to follow suit. Bipartisan coalitions came together to re-evaluate the efficacy and fairness of mandatory minimum sentences and increase access to educational resources for the adult prison population while ensuring that criminals are held accountable for their actions. I invite President Obama to come down any time and see how we are doing it in Georgia.

The president mentioned jobs and economic security for American families. These continue to be priorities for all Americans. The president has a list of ideas that run dramatically counter to the goal of a growing economy — from heavy-handed regulations and unilateral rulemaking to crushing a small business’ access to capital and substituting the judgement of Washington for that of communities and entrepreneurs. But I want to work with the president to find the avenues on which we agree to reach this mutual goal.

Each year the president has listed tax reform and regulatory simplification among his priorities, but he has yet to work with willing partners in Congress on these measures. From global security to health care reform, the list goes on and on regarding areas we agree need addressed and improved. There is room for progress in 2016, and the stakes are too high to allow division to paralyze us. I am hopeful because I see Americans united on the end goal, and if we can agree on the destination, the battle is half over.

On Tuesday, we heard President Obama speak to the nation in what was his final State of the Union Address, and there was much that he said with which I vehemently disagree. But, the president will be leaving the White House in less than a year, and there is still much we can accomplish toward America’s shared goals. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus but a molder of consensus.”

With America’s voice leading and with us working together, I have no doubt that America’s best days are ahead. Let’s not wait for those days to happen; let’s make them happen together and today.

Rob Woodall, D-Lawrenceville, represents the 7th Congressional District of Georgia, which includes part of Gwinnett County. To contact him, call 770-232-3005 or 202-225-4272 or visit woodall.house.gov.

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Woodall Reacts to State of the Union Address

2016/01/13

(Washington, DC) – Tonight, President Obama gave his final State of the Union Address before a Joint Session of Congress.  U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07) issued the following statement in response.

“We didn’t hear anything different than what we have come to expect from the President, and sadly I don’t expect we’ll see much different from the President in his last year either.  More than words, America needs leadership that restores national confidence and empowers individuals to pursue their dreams as they see fit.  In the House we’re focused on providing those opportunities.  From jobs and the economy to our commitment to veterans and national security, I hope that the President will choose to work with us on these shared American priorities.”

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee. 

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Washington Watch - 1/11/16

2016/01/11

CONGRESS SENDS OBAMACARE REPEAL TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Last week, the House passed H.R. 3762, the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act,” by a vote of 240-181, and I was proud to take the lead on this bill as we brought it to the floor. By repealing the individual and employer mandates, stopping job-killing tax hikes on life-saving medical devices, and more, this bill takes the largest stride ever to end the coercive and destructive effects of the President's health care law. By ending these controversial policies, the bill would save American taxpayers more than $500 billion. That’s right: putting patients back in charge of their health care instead of putting the federal government in charge would save the American taxpayer half a trillion dollars! 

Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, President Obama has refused to sign the bill, and on Friday, he issued the eighth veto of his Presidency. This short-sighted veto will cause hard-working Americans to see their taxes increase, their insurance deductibles continue to rise, and their choices taken away from them. That said, this bill is not wasted effort. Sending a bill like this to the President means that our work to unravel this damaging legislation is moving forward. Never before have we had the votes to move a bill of this magnitude to the President's desk. But we worked and we worked and last week we succeeded. We will succeed in returning health care certainty to America, we will succeed in lowering health care costs in America, we will succeed in increasing health care choice in America, and we will succeed in keeping the President's broken promise: if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan; if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. We can all agree that America deserves no less. 

CLICK BELOW to watch my speech

 

WOODALL LEADS HEARING ON BUDGET REFORM

On Wednesday, the House Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, of which I am the chairman, held a critically important hearing on a bill that could change our federal budget process dramatically – H.R. 1610, the “Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act of 2015.” The bill would move our annual budget and appropriations processes to one that occurs once every two years. This would be a major change, and as such, I’m happy that we spent a significant amount of time discussing the consequences of making a change like this. 

CLICK HERE to watch the hearing.

 

FOR THE FIRST TIME, PRO-LIFE BILL MOVES TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

I know that for many of you, the most important provision in the reconciliation bill that was recently sent to the President is the one year moratorium on Medicaid funding going to Planned Parenthood.  Sadly, but not surprisingly, the President chose to veto this bill. But make no mistake, this was an important step in the pro-life movement. It means that we now have the votes to finally end taxpayer support for this unapologetically brutal organization once the next President takes office in 2017. This is a step forward for our quest to protect the lives of the unborn and a sign that our long struggle is paying dividends.

 

HOLDING IRAN ACCOUNTABLE 

Amid all of the other activity last week was an important markup by the House Foreign Affairs Committee of H.R. 3662, the “Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act,” which would require the Administration to simply certify that certain individuals and financial institutions were not involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program or in financing terrorism before removing current sanctions on them. The idea is simple: we shouldn’t be rewarding any person or institution that furthers international instability and turmoil. Sadly, the President has already announced his opposition to this common-sense idea because it may complicate the Iran nuclear deal that he has dogmatically forced upon the American people. The Administration’s position on this legislation further confirms something we’ve long known: that the agreement negotiated by President Obama is a bad deal for not just America, but for global stability. Our nation and our world deserve better. And I am pleased that the House is going to bring this bill to the floor this week. 

 

THE WEEK AHEAD

This week, the House is expected to consider H.R. 3662, and I have detailed above, as well as a critically important bill, S.J.Res. 22. This measure is a formal Congressional disapproval of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. You and I have talked at length in the past about how harmful this rule will be to Georgians, most especially Georgia's farmers and ranchers.

CLICK HERE to watch me discuss the issue with the EPA Administrator.

If you want more information about it, I encourage you to visit the American Farm Bureau's website to learn more.

On Tuesday, the chamber of the House of Representatives will be filled with members of Congress, members of the President's Cabinet, justices of the Supreme Court, and the Vice President to listen to President Obama's final State of the Union address. The speech will be televised live at 9:00PM on Tuesday, and I encourage every American to tune in and learn about the President's plans for the rest of his term.

Sincerely,

Rob Woodall
Member of Congress 

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House Clears Bill Dismantling Obamacare, Sends to President

2016/01/06

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07) issued the following statement regarding his support of H.R. 3762, the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act” to end the destructive policies of the Affordable Care Act – commonly known as Obamacare – and send the bill to the White House.  The measure would also end federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and redirects those funds to community health centers.

“The unfortunate reality is that the regulatory mandates of Obamacare have been bad for American families and bad for our economy from the start – and continue to be an overwhelming burden with higher costs, fewer choices, and job-killing federal regulations across all industries.  Since its beginning, the so-called Affordable Care Act over-promised and under-delivered while moving the country further from affordable, patient-centered health care.  Removing this misguided legislation by its roots is the first step, and H.R. 3762 accomplishes the goal while paving the way for long-term solutions that offer accessibility without a government mandate, lower costs through common sense incentives for health care providers, and individual choice in the marketplace.  These are the principles violated by Obamacare, and I’m proud to stand with the American people as we work to reinstate them.  It’s my hope that President Obama will join us.”

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee. 

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Rep. Woodall Discusses Reconciliation Legislation on House Floor

2016-01-11 18:21:28


Rep. Woodall Speaks in Favor of Budget Reconciliation Legislation

2016-01-07 16:46:39


Rep. Woodall Speaks on Rule for Highway Bill Conference Report on House Floor

2015-12-04 17:02:43


Rep. Woodall Discusses President Obama's Regulatory Overreach on House Floor

2015-11-06 17:36:16


Rep. Woodall Speaks on Cliff Effect at Budget Hearing

2015-11-02 15:24:24


Rep. Woodall Speaks On Reconciliation Bill on House Floor

2015-10-27 12:01:20


Rep. Woodall Discusses Nation's Fiscal Issues on House Floor

2015-10-13 20:11:45


Rep. Woodall Questions Seventh District Witness at Aviation Subcommittee

2015-10-08 17:38:44


Pastor Kevin Myers of 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville Serves as Guest Chaplain of the Day

2015-10-01 19:11:51


Rep. Woodall Honors Constituent Judy Waters on House Floor

2015-07-28 20:04:57


Rep. Woodall Speaks in Favor of H.Res. 231 on House Floor

2015-04-30 21:22:08


Rep. Woodall Discusses Impact of EPA Regulations on House Floor

2015-04-16 20:37:52


Congressman Woodall Discusses the FairTax

2015-03-31 17:36:55


Rep. Woodall Discusses Transportation Funding on House Floor

2015-03-30 14:41:25


Rep. Woodall Discusses House Budget Resolution on House Floor

2015-03-26 20:49:27


Rep. Woodall Speaks on Passenger Rail Legislation on House Floor

2015-03-04 21:20:26


Rep. Woodall Discusses Federal Budget on House Floor

2015-02-13 21:34:34


Rep. Woodall Discusses Benefits of Keystone Pipeline on House Floor

2015-02-13 17:53:45


Rep. Woodall Questions DOT Secretary on Federal Regulations Impacting Small Business Owners

2015-02-11 22:22:15


Rep. Woodall Questions EPA Administrator on Waters of the US Rule

2015-02-04 23:21:22


Contact Information

1725 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4272
Fax 202-225-4696
woodall.house.gov

Rob Woodall serves the 7th district of GA in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves on the House Committee on Rules, the House Budget Committee, and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Rob also serves as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee’s Budget and Spending Task Force.

Rob was born and raised in Georgia, graduated from Marist School in 1988, attended Furman University for his undergraduate degree and received his law degree from the University of Georgia

Rob first came to public service as a staffer for then Congressman John Linder serving as his Chief of Staff and was elected to Congress in 2010.

Rob’s political philosophy is guided by the principles of freedom, and his proudest accomplishment is helping Seventh District families one at a time through casework and creating a Congressional office that functions for the people.


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Buddy Carter

GEORGIA's 1st DISTRICT

Lynn Westmoreland

GEORGIA's 3rd DISTRICT

Tom Price

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Austin Scott

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Doug Collins

GEORGIA's 9th DISTRICT

Jody Hice

GEORGIA's 10th DISTRICT

Barry Loudermilk

GEORGIA's 11th DISTRICT

Rick Allen

GEORGIA's 12th DISTRICT

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GEORGIA's 14th DISTRICT

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