Rob Woodall

Rob Woodall

GEORGIA's 7th DISTRICT

Woodall Responds to State of the Union Address

2015/01/21

U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (GA 07) issued the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union Address.  Prior to the speech, Woodall hosted a telephone town hall meeting to hear from constituents.

“Tonight, President Obama spoke a great deal about the importance of building the middle class while reiterating many of his administration’s failed big-government policies as the way to do so,” said Rep. Woodall.  “A robust economy—not a new government program—is the best way to empower and improve opportunities for hardworking taxpayers.  In fact, much of the burden being felt by hardworking taxpayers has come from the government expansion, regulatory expansion and more spending that the President continued to defend tonight.  The first two weeks of this new American Congress have seen the House pass multiple commonsense bills to unburden taxpayers, free job creators, and grow the economy.  If we can find a partner in the President for these initiatives, all Americans—and particularly the middle class—will be the better for it.   Efficient, effective, and accountable government is what Georgians are asking for, and I intend to deliver.”

Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process.

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A chat with Georgia’s voice on the Transportation Committee

2015/01/20

 

WASHINGTON — After a four-year drought, Georgia has a member back on the U.S. House Transportation Committee as it develops a closely scrutinized highway bill.

But don’t expect U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, a Lawrenceville Republican, to let loose the federal money spigot for metro Atlanta’s clogged roadways.

Woodall is a fan of “devolution,” moving what the federal government takes in, via the 18.4 cents-per-gallon gasoline tax, to the states without as much federal overhead and red tape.

“No, we actually don’t need to raise the gas tax,” Woodall said. “We have plenty of money coming in. What we have to do is reorient the responsibilities that we have.”

The no-tax sentiment is shared by House Republicans, even as some Senate Republicans were making noises about an increase.

“We won’t pass a gas tax increase,” U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters in Hershey, Pa., where House and Senate Republicans gathered last week for a retreat. Ryan is the chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, so he would know.

That leaves the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to look elsewhere for funding.

Woodall is on board with a bill by delegation mate U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, a Republican from Ranger, to send federal revenue directly to the states in a kind of block grant and gradually reduce the gas tax. Yet Woodall acknowledged that cutting the gas tax would be an unlikely political feat.

The highway trust fund is set to run out of money May 31, after Congress passed a patch last year that gave lip service to the need for an alternative to the current funding system. But a consensus solution is far off.

Woodall said Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., will allow a collaborative process for the highway bill, along with a pending Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization and other issues.

Woodall wants to consider cuts to Amtrak, which he said can be effective in places such as the Northeast but is slow and impractical in other regions.

“Can we fly everyone to Seattle who’s taking the train to Seattle instead of paying the subsidized Amtrak to get them to Seattle?” he said. “Yes we could.”

The questions faced in Washington mirror those in Georgia: a need for more money, given the gas tax’s diminishing value, but a lack of consensus on where to find it.

Conservatives point to more localized decisions and chopping wasteful or unnecessary spending. Liberals say that won’t be enough to accomplish a wish list that, by the way, should include more mass transit.

While devolution could, in theory, direct more money home, Woodall said his state Legislature counterparts should not expect a federal bailout.

“I don’t pretend to know what’s going on in the Gold Dome over the next three months, but I suspect there’s going to be an awful lot of transportation talked about there, because (as Georgians) we aren’t willing to wait for Washington to solve our problems,” Woodall said. “They’re going to go solve it themselves.”

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House Prohibits Executive Action on Immigration in DHS Appropriations

2015/01/14

Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall issued the following statement regarding his support of H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act of 2015.  The legislation provides funding for the agency through the remainder of FY2015, while including specific language prohibiting President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration. 

“Last November, President Obama made the decision to bypass the American people’s Congress – and recklessly tether the legitimate responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security to his unconstitutional actions,” said Rep. Woodall.  “With this bill today, we in the House have unequivocally rejected the President’s unilateral action and overreach, while enabling the men and women within DHS to continue working diligently to keep America safe.”

“There is a great deal we can accomplish in the 114th Congress, and today’s vote is a clear indication of our commitment to the legislative business at hand, but it’s also a defense of the Constitution and separation of powers.”   

Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process.

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Woodall’s bill on Fair Tax gaining support

2015/01/12

FORSYTH COUNTY — Rob Woodall wasted little time bringing a Fair Tax Bill before the U.S. House of Representatives. And HB25, the Fair Tax Act of 2015, already has a record number of sponsors.

“We introduced it on the first day of Congress, because we’re just so excited about it we want to make sure it’s in the mix,” said Woodall, who represents District 7 that includes south Forsyth.

“I’ve been in Congress now four years. And every time we introduce it, we introduce it with more people than have ever been on it at the beginning of a [session] before.”

Woodall said the bill would abolish income and payroll taxes and have government rely instead on sales tax.

“This is a bill that every economist from the left to the right that has looked at it said that it’s going to grow the economy faster than current tax system,” Woodall said. “It does that by ending the income tax, which punishes people for how successful they are, and switches to a sales tax based on what they spend.”

The bill was introduced with 57 sponsors. It has since added another and likely will gain at least three more this week.

“We right now have more support as a fundamental tax reform bill than any other tax reform bill in Congress, and we’re the only ones that try to go after that real middle class-killing tax of the payroll tax … the largest tax that Americans pay,” Woodall said.

The bill has as co-signers eight of Georgia’s 10 Republican representatives. A version of it has been introduced by the District 7 representative — Woodall and predecessor John Linder — seven times since 2003.

“The fair tax is just so strong in Georgia,” Woodall said. “It’s hard to run for a federal office [here] without taking an opinion on [it], that’s how passionate voters are … If every state had voters like Georgia has, we’d have the Fair Tax passed tomorrow.”

The bill has gone to the Committee on Ways and Means.

“[That] committee is the committee that handles tax bills in this Congress,” Woodall said. “There are four [committee] members on this bill already as co-sponsors. That’s almost unheard of.

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Can a new Congress produce new results?

2015/01/12

For months, I have been traveling the region to talk with Georgians about what they could expect from a new American Congress. As you can imagine, they were skeptical. For the past few years in a divided Congress, the House has been producing literally hundreds of bipartisan bills, but the Senate has been too dysfunctional to move those bills to the president’s desk.

As I talked with folks across the state, I expressed my confidence that if a new Congress was elected, America could expect different results. I shared my hope to begin this new Congress by passing commonsense, solution-oriented bills like the Hire More Heroes Act, a bill passed overwhelmingly in the last Congress by the House and ignored by the Senate.

The Hire More Heroes Act recognizes that some businesses across America are not hiring new employees in order to avoid cresting a 50-employee threshold that would catapult them into a complex and expensive regulatory regime under the Affordable Care Act. Based on this bad government policy, these businesses stop hiring in order to avoid costly regulation and that is hindering American job growth. All the while, our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in record numbers are still struggling to find employment. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the unemployment rate among veterans out-paces the non-veteran population by 2 percent.

So, to spur job growth and help return our veterans to work, the Hire More Heroes Act allows employers to exempt new veterans that they hire from the 50-employee Obamacare regulatory threshold.

The Hire More Heroes Act won’t solve all of America’s problems or save everyone from the burdens of excessive regulation resulting from the Affordable Care Act, but it will help small businesses to grow, and it will help our veterans get back to work. This is a step in the right direction for America. Rather than begin the new Congress with partisan gridlock, I have been working to promote these commonsense solutions that will begin making a difference immediately.

The new Congress began on a snowy Washington Tuesday this past week. Legislation began to be filed. Committees began to hold meetings, and through my efforts and the work of many others, on that very first day the House again passed the Hire More Heroes Act — this time unanimously. As the week went on, more commonsense, bipartisan solutions came to the House floor and passed in dramatic bipartisan fashion. A bill to build the Keystone Pipeline, a bill to restore the 40-hour work week that the Affordable Care Act is eroding, and a bill to reform and reauthorize terrorism risk insurance followed—all commonsense, all bipartisan, and all headed to the Senate.

Unlike recent years, the new Senate is joining the House in looking for solutions. It is already scheduling the consideration of these bills. Solution-oriented bills that languished for months or years with no action in the previous Senate are now moving towards a final vote on the Senate floor before January is even complete.

I can’t tell you with certainty how much this new Congress will accomplish or if President Obama will agree to work with a bipartisan majority, but I can promise you that this new Congress is committed to problem solving. Beginning with that snowy Washington Tuesday this past week, a new day is dawning in Washington, and solutions — not gridlock — will be the new normal on Capitol Hill.

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Appeared in Gwinnett Daily Post

 

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FairTax introduced with record support

2015/01/07

The FairTax, according to Rep. Rob Woodall, would do more than just reform the tax code.

“The current tax code is by far the most effective tool for politicians to use in manipulating the behavior of Americans and the FairTax removes a very powerful weapon from their arsenal,” the 7th Congressional District representative said in a released statement. “The fact that there are those in Washington who would resist this can neither surprise, nor discourage us. The immense dedication of those in the FairTax community across the country is directly responsible for the consistent and significant progress we are seeing in Washington, and I’m grateful.”

On Tuesday, the first day of the 114th Congress, Woodall introduced the FairTax bill (H.R. 25) with a record number of original co-sponsors. The bill, which would replace the income tax with a consumption tax, currently has 58 co-sponsors including Woodall.

“It’s a tremendous honor to partner with the American people and grow support for the FairTax as we work to make its principles of individual liberty and taxpayer anonymity a reality,” Woodall said. “I’ve been thrilled to see support steadily increase each Congress, and I’m confident we’ll see great things in the 114th as well.”

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It’s Baaaack! Congressman Woodall Re-Introduces the FairTax

2015/01/07

The new session of Congress opened on Tuesday in a snowy Washington, DC, and in what has become a tradition for the first day of the session, Georgia’s Seventh District Congressman Rob Woodall again introduced H.R. 25, A.K.A. The FairTax. Read More

U.S. House Passes Hire More Heroes Act

2015/01/07

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives cast a bipartisan vote of 412-0 to pass H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act, as the first piece of legislation it considered in the 114th Congress.  Rep. Rob Woodall, who co-sponsored the bill, expressed his support for the measure and what he hopes will be a new opportunity for the legislation that was passed once before by the House during the 113th Congress.  While the bill never received a vote in the previous Senate, Woodall believes that will now change as a new majority was sworn in today.

“We face many challenges as a nation, but today’s vote serves as a reminder that there is a great deal on which we can agree – and make a positive impact on the lives of American families,” said Rep. Woodall. “There are undeniably those divisive issues that consume much of the debate in Washington, but taking care of our veterans is something that brings us together, and I’m thrilled to begin the 114th Congress in this way.”

With the implementation of additional federal healthcare mandates under the Affordable Care Act, many employers have been reluctant to expand beyond 50 employees due to placement in a new, more costly regulatory bracket.  H.R. 22 would allow businesses to hire veterans without being penalized by Obamacare regulatory burdens.

“This bill is a commonsense solution to a serious Obamacare problem,” Woodall continued.  “Whether you supported or opposed Obamacare, we can all agree that no one wanted to make it more difficult for our veterans to find work when they return home.  This overwhelmingly bipartisan vote today offers clear evidence of that.  We have an obligation to serve them as they have served us, and this is just one simple way of doing that.”

“The Hire More Heroes Act was a wonderful, bipartisan bill last Congress, just as it is now.  Regrettably, the Senate at that time was unwilling to partner with the House in ushering this legislation to the President’s desk, but I’m excited to see a new Senate majority today that I believe will do just that.”

Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process.

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Georgia congressmen side with lawsuit against Obama’s immigration plan

2015/01/06

Two Republican Georgia congressmen have sided with the 24 states suing to block President Barack Obama’s plan for shielding up to 5 million immigrants from deportation. Read More

Congressman shares holiday greetings

2014/12/24

As his constituents in the 7th Congressional District celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, Rep. Rob Woodall took the opportunity to share his thoughts about the holidays. Read More

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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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