Rob Woodall

Rob Woodall


WOODALL: Broken promises should not be end of story


Washington Watch - 2/21/17



Last Wednesday, just after I finished voting on the House floor, I hosted a Telephone Town Hall Meeting. More than 600 people took part in the phone call, and we discussed the issues that are on everyone’s mind – immigration, Obamacare, Russia, Medicare, Social Security, taxes, and more. I know of course that it’s difficult to carve time out of your busy schedules to participate in a town hall meeting, but I am grateful to you when you do.  If you have a friend or neighbor who you think would like to participate in a future town hall, please encourage them to sign up for this newsletter at, and I will make sure that they get all of the details.  And if you have an issue that you would like raise one-on-one, please share it with me on email at or reach out to me by phone. I value hearing from you.



Yesterday, as we do each year on Presidents’ Day, we celebrated the legacy of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln embodied the most American of traits: civilian leadership with a servant’s heart. They were citizens who believed in the promise of America and worked tirelessly at great personal cost to make that promise a reality. Washington led the U.S. Army during the American Revolution and was the first at the helm of a system of government that has become the greatest experiment in self-governance the world has ever known. President Lincoln led our great country through perhaps our most turbulent time as a nation, but his leadership and legacy lives on today. From our earliest days, the United States has always relied on the leadership of Americans such as these, but never relinquished our voice as a people in the process. It is that balance that President Lincoln spoke of in the Gettysburg Address when he said, “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” 



Americans have been debating how to reform health care for decades, and the Affordable Care Act in particular has dominated the discussion for the past eight years. Regardless of whether you support or oppose this law, we have to face the facts: it’s more expensive than anyone thought it would be, it’s covering fewer Americans than anyone thought that it would, and it’s collapsing under its own weight. We can do better for America. 

Last week, I went to the House floor yet again to try to focus the discussion on common ground and common concerns. Some people in the media or politics will try to stoke fear and anxiety around new Congressional solutions. I will work to allay those concerns. President Obama brought the American people together around ideas of helping those who are uninsured—but his federally-mandated solution is failing even as 20 million Americans continue not to have coverage. Congress will now try to bring America together around patient-centered solutions that put families back in control. Dealing with issues of cost and access have never been easy—and damage done to families and to markets by the Affordable Care Act has only made the job harder—but we are at work in Congress right now trying to deliver.



Last week the Senate confirmed three more Cabinet secretaries to serve the American people: Linda McMahon as Secretary of the Small Business Administration, Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator, Steve Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury, and Mick Mulvaney as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. I’m especially proud that the Senate supported a well-known business leader, Ms. McMahon, in a strong bipartisan manner. She has a track record in business that will serve our nation’s small business owners well in the next four years. She understands their needs, and I’m sure that she will use her new role as SBA Secretary to help our small businesses across the nation revitalize the American economy. The Senate still has more work to do to allow President Trump to fully staff his team, but assuming that no Senator chooses to engage in any more delay tactics, the White House should soon have all of its key leaders in place.



The effort to eliminate economically harmful regulations continues to move forward. The President has already begun to sign bills to eliminate needless burdens, and the House is continuing to work to put more repeal bills on his desk. This past week, the House passed two disapproval resolutions to block a set of Obama-era regulations that could have forced certain private sector employees into government-run retirement accounts without the long-standing retiree safeguards offered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). As most of you have likely heard, in many other parts of the country state and city pension plans are severely underfunded. While I would always welcome these plans to invite private sector employees to join them, the federal government should not use its heavy hand to require hard-working private sector employees enroll and to turn their money over to these failing plans. While I absolutely support the goal of encouraging and even incentivizing more Americans to save for retirement, I’m certain that mandating that more Americans enter into underfunded plans is not the solution.     



The House also moved a disapproval resolution last week to roll-back a rule issued last year by the U.S. Department of Labor that would place restrictions on states’ ability to drug test individuals collecting Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Under current law, states have the option to require drug testing for both UI benefit applicants who were terminated from a job for drug use and applicants who are seeking employment in occupations that regularly conduct drug testing. Unfortunately, on his way out the door, President Obama moved to restrict drug testing. I was pleased to support a resolution that will provide Georgia the flexibility to design a UI benefit drug testing program that best serves its citizens, and I hope that the Senate will approve this common-sense resolution and send it to President Trump’s desk.  



On Thursday, the House passed Representative Don Young’s (R-AK) H.J.Res. 69, a joint resolution of disapproval to overturn a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule that clearly oversteps the agency’s authority.  The rule sought to dictate to Alaska how to implement predator control methods in wildlife refuges within the state, but such dictates are specifically prohibited in the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) and the Alaska Statehood Compact. That’s right, Alaska only agree to be a state with the guarantee that it would have the right to manage local fish and wildlife. This is another example of an overzealous regulatory authority implementing its wishes instead of implementing the law, and I was proud to stand with my colleagues to pass this resolution, correct this illegal overreach by FWS, and return authority back to the people of Alaska. 



Protecting America’s opportunity to compete globally is a top priority of mine, and aviation is a key industry for the Seventh District and Metro Atlanta area. We are blessed to have one of America’s biggest airlines serving America’s busiest airport right in our own backyard, and it’s critical that we make sure both Delta and Hartsfield-Jackson are competing for business on a level playing field. Unfortunately, the fairness of that playing field has been called into question in recent years. It stems from the fact that America has international agreements with other nations to ensure access to global airspace—these are collectively called “Open Skies” policies. Our nation enters these agreements with other nations with the expectation that they will stay true to the free market principles that form the foundation of these agreements. Last week, I highlighted my concerns about the enforcement of these Open Skies agreements in a Transportation and Infrastructure committee hearing. Competition is good for any industry, including commercial airlines. However, we must make sure the competition is fair, and I am committed to working with my colleagues to uphold the letter and spirit of America’s Open Skies agreements. 



Like so many of you, I am proud to support federal funding initiatives like the Title X grant program so that states can direct federal funding to health centers dedicated to low-income individuals seeking assistance for family planning services. I believe states are best equipped to identify the health centers that are most effective in addressing the needs of their communities, which is why I voted in favor of H.J.Res. 43, disapproving of a rule drafted by the Obama Administration to require states to use that grant to fund abortion clinics. That rule sought to infringe on the states’ right to prioritize health funding in ways that best serve local families. I was happy to support the bill when it passed the House on Thursday, and am hopeful the Senate will take it up quickly and get it to the president’s desk for his signature.



It’s been over a year since the U.S. Supreme Court has had a complete bench of nine justices, which is why I was pleased when President Donald Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his intended nominee. It would be impossible to fill the incredibly big shoes left by Justice Antonin Scalia, but I believe Judge Gorsuch is a great choice to return ideological balance to the highest court in the land. His academic and professional background alone can demonstrate how supremely qualified he is for this position, however, I am pleased to have the potential of Judge Gorsuch’s originalist understanding of the Constitution and textualist interpretation of law back in the SCOTUS chamber. That’s why I was happy to sign on to a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation. I am hopeful the confirmation hearings – scheduled to begin March 20th – will be swift and seamless so that the Supreme Court will be able to fulfill its Constitutional duties.



I never get tired of seeing the great things our young people are doing here at home throughout the Seventh District.  We are blessed to have such bright young minds and committed parents, educators, and mentors to help them cultivate their talents.  Just last week, Forsyth County students were taking part in the Northwest Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and it comes as no surprise they did very well – with 22 students now moving on to the state level competition.  I have no doubt they’ll make us all proud there and beyond, and look forward to seeing what comes next for them.  Good luck! 



With all the politics and partisan rancor that you see on the news every night, it’s easy to forget that we have heroes right here at home who serve our community without regard for their own safety. One of those heroes is Detective Justin Von Behren of the Gwinnett County Police Department.

With Americans living longer and requiring more specialized at-home health care, many of us take for granted that we’ll be able to find quality care for our parents or grandparents – or even for ourselves. Unfortunately, the reality is that unscrupulous individuals often times try to take advantage of senior citizens who are in vulnerable health. In December 2015, Detective Von Behren busted an unlicensed home care ring that was abusing patients, and last week, he was recognized in the Georgia General Assembly by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for his work.

We all know that seniors living on fixed incomes rely on their hard-earned Social Security, Medicare, and retirement benefits to pay for their health care needs – including home care needs. With the financial pressures that Social Security and Medicare are facing at the federal level, we can’t allow a penny of that money to go to waste, especially if it’s wasted on caregivers who are abusive. Seniors deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and thanks to the great work of the Gwinnett County Police Department, seniors in our area are going to be protected and cared for and their benefits are going to be used on high-quality care from licensed professionals.



Both the House and the White House are hard at work on the 2018 budget.  This past week my friend and former Congressman Mick Mulvaney from South Carolina was sworn in to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.  If you haven’t heard of this agency, you are not alone, but it is the gatekeeper for all of the money that the Administration will spend.  It is also responsible for crafting the President’s budget and sending it to Capitol Hill.  Ordinarily that happens by the first week of February, but he couldn’t release a budget until after he was sworn in.  Mr. Mulvaney made a name for himself on Capitol Hill as a budget cutter, and I was proud to work with him on a number of Congressional initiatives.  If we are to continue our push for a balanced budget, we will need Mick Mulvaney as a partner.  I will keep you up to date on both our House budget numbers and the White House budget numbers as they become final, but I wanted to give you the encouragement of knowing that for the first time in a long time, we have a fiscal hawk partner in the White House budget office.  This week will be a pivotal one in the OMB process.

I hope that you and your family are having a great week so far, and I thank you for the privilege of serving you.


Rob Woodall
Member of Congress

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Washington Watch - 2/13/17



Last week, the House voted to overturn two more Obama-era regulations that would have significantly expanded the federal role in K-12 education. The first resolution, H.J.Res. 57, nullifies a federal Department of Education (ED) regulation that would have imposed new requirements on states as they work to develop education accountability plans. As you all may know, state and local education leaders in Georgia, including representatives from Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, have been working diligently since last summer to develop an education accountability plan that will serve the interests of students in our state. Unfortunately, ED’s accountability plan regulation, which was issued in closing lame duck weeks of President Obama’s administration, proposes to substitute the judgement of federal bureaucrats in Washington for that of the best and brightest education minds in our district and state. That’s contrary to the core principles of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bill which devolved much of the K-12 decision making authority to state and local education leaders and the bill that the regulations were inexplicably purported to implement. I’m glad the House took a stand on this issue, and I expect to see the Senate follow suit in the coming days. 

The second resolution, H.J.Res. 58, nullifies a federal regulation that mandates certain requirements that states must use when evaluating the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs. Ensuring that our classrooms are filled with highly qualified educators is an idea that we can all get behind, but we don’t need one-size-fits-all Washington metrics to determine whether our teachers are being adequately prepared to serve our students. The continued educational successes we’ve enjoyed in our part of the world are proof that what we are doing in the Seventh District is working, and our successes are not thanks to federal rules and regulations. They are in spite of those rules and regulations, and I will continue to do what I can to keep as much local control over K-12 decisions right here in our state and local communities.



Much of what the House of Representatives has been doing since the start of the 115th Congress is to ensure stakeholders at the local level, who have the knowledge and expertise regarding a certain issue area, have their input considered and implemented in the rules by which they are governed. The House vote on H.J.Res. 44 to reject the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) “Planning 2.0” rule was a move to do just that. Planning 2.0 sought to strip much of the power reserved to state and local authorities in land planning and management and give it to unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. and special interest groups with deep pockets across the nation. It also neglected to establish a process for these local entities to discuss or challenge BLM’s decision on how the land can be used. I absolutely support efforts to protect our land and safeguard our environment, but efforts to do so should not be at the expense of people’s livelihoods. Sharing authority between the federal government and those closest to the land is how we will ensure a balanced approach to environmentalism and responsible land development. 



Last week, the Senate voted to confirm Ms. Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education, Senator Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General, and Dr. Tom Price as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. I truly believe that all of these talented individuals will serve our nation proudly and will give all Americans the opportunity to succeed. I’m of course especially proud of my good friend, Dr. Price. Tom Price has been a friend and mentor for many years, and as the long-time representative from the neighboring 6th Congressional District, I’ve learned so much from him about how to serve constituents and be your voice in Washington. I’m sure that all Georgians wish him well in his new position, and I know that I will certainly be doing all that I can to support him and ensure that the most important issues facing the Department of Health and Human Services – how best to repair Obamacare, how to ensure that Medicare is available for future generations of Americans, how to promote our public health agencies, and how to bolster health research and innovation – receive the kind of attention that they deserve. 



As you may know, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a ruling made by federal district judge James L. Robart who blocked key parts of President Trump’s Executive Order temporarily restricting travel from countries identified first by the Obama Administration as security threats. The 9th Circuit’s ruling did not decide on the legality of the Executive Order, but it does restrict its enforcement until a final decision is made at the lower court. While some may be dismayed at the 9th Circuit’s decision, it is important to remember that this process is exactly what our Founding Fathers intended when establishing our constitutional republic. To that end, I have faith that our court system will rule in a way that upholds our laws.  After all, during the Obama Administration, I sought help from the courts to restrict actions of President Obama that I thought were contrary to the law or his authority, so it is no surprise to me that opponents of President Trump are seeking judicial action today.



Just a few years ago, there were no commercial space launches from the United States, and it looked as though we would fall behind our global competitors in the race to return to space. Now, America leads the world in commercial space launches and America, specifically Georgia, is working hard to capitalize on this $300 billion industry. Last June, my Subcommittee on Aviation held its first hearing dedicated solely to commercial space transportation in many years, and on Wednesday, I had a chance to speak at the 20th annual Federal Aviation Administration Commercial Space Transportation Conference.

When you hear folks talk about the “next big thing,” you can’t help but put commercial space transportation in that category. We are living in a historic moment, and our great great grandchildren will one day read about the foundation that we will have laid for the next great American industry. Before long, we’re going to be moving people and things from one side of the planet to the other in a matter of hours.  Folks will be booking commercial space flights the way we book train tickets and flights today.  As commercial space transportation continues to mature and evolve, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will continue to exercise its oversight responsibilities while ensuring that Congress and the Executive Branch facilitate the growth and expansion of this promising new mode of transportation.



As you know, the 115th Congress is already working hard for the American people, and part of my service to you is taking time to hear directly from you on a regular basis. This Wednesday, February 15th at 6:35pm, I will be hosting another telephone town hall meeting. This is an opportunity for us to talk about the important issues facing our nation and our 7th District community. I hope that you will be able to take some time to call in and talk with me. 

Telephone Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
6:35pm – 7:05pm
Dial-In: (877) 229-8493
Passcode: 17849

I do realize how difficult it is to make time out of a busy day, so if you can’t make it this Wednesday, please know that there will certainly be additional opportunities for us to gather in the future. And as always, if you have an issue that you’d like to discuss with me in a more personal setting, I hope that you will contact my office at (770) 232-3005 or at and schedule a one-on-one meeting. 



This week the House is expected to complete consideration of our package of regulatory disapproval resolutions.  We will vote on 5 more resolutions that disapprove of unnecessarily burdensome regulations from the last few weeks of the Obama Administration: H.J.Res. 42, H.J.Res. 43, H.J. Res. 66, H.J.Res. 67, and H.J.Res. 69. All of these regulations were passed at the 11th hour, and instead of doing good for the American people, they harm our economic growth and make life more difficult for American families. 


Rob Woodall
Member of Congress

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Washington Watch - 2/6/17



The House acted last week to nullify a regulation handed down by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that is completely unrelated to the agency’s mission and would put American businesses at a disadvantage against foreign competitors. The Obama era regulation was simply another not so-veiled attempt to end mining and energy exploration around the world. The regulation, which was reissued last summer after the initial draft was struck down by a federal court, requires American oil, gas, and mining companies to report payments made to foreign governments for things like development licenses and permits.  According to a cost analysis performed by the SEC, the regulation would cost American businesses $600 million per year. That’s $600 million that could not be used to invest in new employees or new equipment or anything else that companies need to expand. And it's $600 million that won't be wasted by our international competitors who won't have to abide by the new, unnecessary regulation. After passing the House with my support last Wednesday, H.J. Res. 37, which overturns this burdensome rule, was approved by the Senate last Friday, and I expect President Trump to sign it in the coming days.



The House also voted to invalidate a rule jointly issued by the Department of Defense (DoD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that would impose additional, unnecessary layers of red tape on businesses vying for federal contracts at an estimated cost $458 million in year one alone. Under the regulation, which was issued in an effort to carry out two Executive Orders issued by President Obama, prospective federal contractors would have been required to disclose alleged violations of fourteen different federal labor laws from the previous three years, among other things. The regulation was recently stayed by a federal judge who noted that it presents an “imminent and non-speculative threat” to the First Amendment rights of affected businesses, which “will likely suffer increased costs, loss of customers, and loss of goodwill, regardless of whether they are actually disqualified from government contracts, by being labeled labor law violators.” Let’s be clear, blacklisting businesses and excluding them from being able to do business with the federal government over allegations of misconduct – not proof, but simply allegations – is wrong. Small businesses without armies of lawyers were especially threatened by this rule, as were the millions of Americans who work for those small businesses. I was pleased to join my colleagues in voting to roll back this costly, redundant regulation, and I hope to see the Senate follow suit very soon.



While it is imperative that our country continues to support our existing criminal background check system to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals, I am actively engaged in protecting Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens throughout the United States. During the Obama Administration, the Social Security Administration promulgated a rule indicating it would share information with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System on beneficiaries who receive a mental health status determination. While well intentioned, the broadness of the rule would group beneficiaries who simply have someone help with their finances into a category of individuals whose mental health makes them a potential danger to themselves or others. I was happy to support H.J.Res. 40 on the House floor disapproving of this rule to ensure the Constitutional rights of responsible gun owners would not be infringed upon by unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.



In 2008, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement within the Department of the Interior decided to revise a preexisting regulation on the interaction between surface coal mining operations and streams and entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with state agencies that would be impacted by the rule. However, this cooperation was short-lived. State agencies were repeatedly ignored and their input omitted from the drafting process, forcing 11 states to withdraw from the process entirely. The resulting rule – costing $10 million over 8 years to rewrite without necessary state and local input – indicated the potential loss of one-third of the U.S. coal mining workforce and drastic reduction of coal production in 22 states. When federal agencies draft regulations, it is paramount that they consult the affected stakeholders, not only to understand how the proposed rule would impact the targeted industry, but also to seek advice for how best to implement the rule. That is why I decided to cosponsor H.J.Res. 38 to reject this grossly mismanaged and poorly drafted regulation. 



On Friday, I joined my colleagues in supporting H.J.Res. 36 to disapprove of a rule proposed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that sought to regulate the oil and gas industry’s venting and flaring of gas byproducts. While I absolutely believe in the importance of protecting our environment, this was simply another cloaked effort to slow and restrict American energy exploration. BLM, in fact, doesn’t have any jurisdiction in this area. Rather, the responsibility lies with the Environmental Protection Agency and the states to enforce existing regulations authorized by the Clean Air Act – which they already do. Moreover, a current EPA report suggests existing regulations are sufficient as methane emissions in the energy sector have dropped over the last decade, even as the industry has grown over that same period. I’m pleased we were able to pass this resolution, and I am hopeful we will continue to eliminate onerous regulations that threaten our nation’s energy independence. 



Last week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held our first full hearing, and appropriately, it focused on the ways in which we can continue building a 21st Century infrastructure system that ensures America remains a global leader. I’m a big fan of what we do in this committee because transportation is one of those issues that brings people together rather than drives them to one side of the political aisle or the other. We saw proof of that with such major bipartisan accomplishments as the FAST Act and WIIN Act last year, both becoming law just last Congress, and I’m confident we’ll see more of that success going forward. The challenges we face over time may change, but the vision and shared principles that make America great remain the same.  



With the Trump Administration wrapping up just its second week, Congress and the new President have already begun repairing and strengthening critical relationships abroad. Two weeks ago, British Prime Minister Theresa May visited both the Congress and the new White House, and last week we welcomed King Abdullah of Jordan and Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to Washington to discuss how to achieve our shared goals of defeating ISIS and bringing peace to the Middle East. The United States must remain a powerful force for freedom and good in an increasingly dangerous and unstable world, but we can’t achieve all our goals alone. Whether on trade, defense, or myriad other issues, our partnerships with nations like Britain, Jordan, and Israel are absolutely vital, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress with President Trump to continue our open dialogue with America’s friends and allies.

You might be interested to hear that King Abdullah didn’t just come to talk about international issues. He came to celebrate America’s freedom to worship, as well, and attended our National Prayer Breakfast. This breakfast, and the day's many activities, have become so much more than just a morning meal, with King Abdullah of Jordan gave the keynote speech at the prayer lunch.  We hear a great deal about what divides folks, and too often, we hear that religion divides us, but I can tell you there is much more that unites us. A strong friendship between the United States and Jordan makes each country more secure, and I’m grateful for King Abdullah’s commitment to our common goals and his words of wisdom this past week.



When disaster strikes, it never ceases to amaze me how responsive and willing to help folks are, especially when disaster hits close to home. As you know, thousands of Georgians have come together to assist the residents of south Georgia who were affected by severe weather that wreaked havoc on a number of communities in January. I encourage you to join me in continuing our prayers for these folks who are seeking hope in the face of heartbreak and loss. The outpouring of support and large number of volunteer inquiries that my office received from Seventh District residents has prompted me to create a Disaster Relief resources page on my website. Going forward, you will be able to find disaster relief efforts, resources, volunteer opportunities, and donation warehouses on a case-by-case basis on my website. Please do not hesitate to give my office a call if you have any questions, or if you know of any resources available to assist folks when disaster strikes. 



 This week is a short week in the House in order to accommodate the House Democrats annual legislative retreat. But even with a short week, we’re getting a lot done! We will be voting on three more joint resolutions of disapproval to roll-back regulations recently promulgated by the Obama Administration that are killing jobs, harming development, and dampening economic growth: H.J.Res. 44, H.J.Res. 57, H.J.Res. 58. I encourage you to tune into the Rules Committee Monday night at 5pm to learn more about these resolutions and how Congress can do better for our nation. 


Rob Woodall
Member of Congress 

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Woodall Statement on President Trump’s Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to SCOTUS


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (GA 07) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination of 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court.

“By all accounts of his distinguished legal career, Judge Neil Gorsuch is exactly the kind of Constitutionalist America needs.  His record shows a passion and deep respect for applying the law as it is written – not as he wishes it to be.  His credentials show clear qualification to serve on the Supreme Court, and it is my hope that he will receive prompt consideration by my colleagues in the Senate.”

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 - 1/30/17



Every January, around the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life come to Washington, D.C., to take part in the annual March for Life. Marchers give a voice to the voiceless, and Congress hears them loud and clear.

March for Life participants outside the U.S. Supreme Court on
January 27, 2017

The House of Representatives voted last week on a pro-life measure ensuring that no American will be forced to pay for an abortion. H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” makes permanent the Hyde Amendment, which bars the federal government from spending one penny paying for an abortion except in the case of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in jeopardy. I know that passions run deep on this issue, and while I respect our different views, I am unapologetically pro-life and will do all that I can as a member of Congress to ensure that we protect human life from conception to natural death. 



I often tell folks that there is much more that unites us as Americans than divides us, and that couldn’t be exemplified more than when my friend Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and I reintroduced our resolution condemning violence against Israel, reasserting the United States’ support of Israel, and calling for a peaceful solution to the current conflict. Mr. Hastings and I often disagree on issues of public policy, but where we do agree; it’s easy to put aside our partisan differences and work together for the greater good. I firmly believe that when Republicans and Democrats spend time together and learn from each other, that we can find areas of common ground where we can truly make a difference in the lives of others. I look forward to working with Mr. Hastings to push this resolution across the House floor, and I hope that you will share with me those issues that you believe are ripe for bipartisan cooperation. 



Last week the House Budget Committee held its first hearing of the year about the impact Obamacare is having on families, businesses, the economy, and the federal budget.  As you all would likely expect, members on both sides of the aisle delivered passionate remarks about the successes and failures of the law, and many shared stories from folks back home to advance their arguments.  As I said during the few minutes that I spoke at the hearing, which you can watch by clicking on the picture below, I absolutely recognize that many Americans have benefited from the reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including folks right here in our district, and we should all be happy that many of our friends and neighbors are better off today than they were before the ACA was signed into law.  But not all Americans are thriving under the ACA.  The truth is that the law has failed many of our friends and neighbors in the Seventh District who are decidedly worse off today than they were before the ACA, and that should be unacceptable to each and every one of us, especially given the enormous financial investment we made to get the ACA up and running.  We can do better, and we will!

As I’ve said before, advancing a health care reform bill that ensures more Americans have access to quality, affordable health care will be a difficult task. This important work is already underway, and while I’ve heard from many of you about both the successes and failures of the ACA, I hope to hear from even more of you in coming weeks and months. There is a great deal of work to be done, and your ideas, advice, and counsel will be helpful to me as we work to enact fundamental health care reforms that benefit generations of Americans for decades to come.   



Last week, my Republican colleagues and I from the House and Senate met together in Philadelphia to discuss the many issues that are facing our country and to work out a joint action plan for how best to solve them. We discussed the most effective ways to tackle tax reform, how to move forward with new trade agreements, how to best replace Obamacare with a patient-centered approached, and more. The good news is, we have plans and a timeline for reform, and next week, we’ll begin moving forward together.



Tragedy struck our state last week when severe weather wreaked havoc with communities in south Georgia. Over a dozen were killed and many more were injured by the powerful storms. Given these circumstances, I am thankful for Governor Nathan Deal’s diligence in requesting federal aid, and the expediency in which the Trump Administration granted the request. President Trump’s willingness and openness to help our friends and neighbors recover has been crucial to ensuring we can rebuild. That said, I encourage you to join me in praying for those affected by this terrible disaster so they may restore their homes and their lives after facing such unimaginable heartache. Additionally, if you have the resources and would like to help, the American Red Cross has created a webpage to share volunteer and donation information, which you can find here: Georgia Young Republicans have also set-up an online page for those wishing to donate to relief efforts in South Georgia. Funds collected will be distributed evenly to Sherwood Baptist in Albany to assist with relief efforts in Dougherty County and the Cook County Probate Court to support families who lost loved ones and EMS/First Responders.



This week the House is moving ahead with its agenda to reassert the Constitutional, Article 1 power of the Legislative Branch by passing five Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions. The CRA allows Congress to review and overturn new major regulations from the Executive branch through a joint resolution of disapproval. The five issues that we’re going to start the disapproval process for this week are: the so-called “stream protection” rule, the rule providing enhanced information from Social Security to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the SEC’s resource extraction issuers rule, the BLM’s “venting and flaring” rule, and the DoD/GSA/NASA federal acquisition rule. Each one of these rules exemplifies the problems with executive overreach that began far too long ago and has continued unabated through Republican and Democrat presidential administrations. I’m proud that Congress is taking back the power to legislate, and I look forward to our continued assertion of our constitutional authority.


Rob Woodall
Member of Congress

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Woodall and Hastings Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Palestinian Incitement of Violence Against Israel


WASHINGTON, DC – This week, U.S. Representatives Rob Woodall (R-GA) and Alcee Hastings (D-FL) introduced a bipartisan resolution condemning the Palestinian Authority’s incitement of violence and acts of terror against Israel. The resolution, “Condemning Palestinian incitement and reaffirming the special bond between Israel and the United States,” specifically mentions 266 of more than 300 terrorist attacks carried out since 2015, and underscores the longstanding friendship between the United States and Israel.

“The United States has no greater friend than the State of Israel, and our commitment to its people must be unwavering,” said Congressman Rob Woodall. “The Palestinian Authority’s incitement of violence and acts of terror against the people of Israel has led to more than 300 incidents since 2015 – most recently on January 8 of this year when four Israel Defense Forces cadets were killed and 17 more wounded by a Palestinian attack in Jerusalem.  Condemning these acts and standing with our friend and ally is crucial to the safety of Israel, the region, and freedom-loving people across the world.  I’m proud to again partner with my good friend Rep. Hastings in introducing this resolution, and am grateful for his leadership on this issue.”

This issue is one Woodall believes transcends politics, and exemplifies a principle he often promotes: as Americans, there is more that unites us than divides us.  While Capitol Hill is no stranger to partisan discourse, common ground is something Woodall says is much more common than many realize, and points to his partnership with Rep. Hastings as proof. 

“The quiet partnerships rarely get the media coverage.  But, I can tell you it happens every day, and these are the efforts that build the trust needed to move the big things across the finish line,” Woodall continued.

“Hundreds of terrorist attacks have been carried out in Israel throughout the past year and a half. Even as stabbings, shootings, and car-ramming attacks occur nearly every day, the international community has failed to clearly condemn these blatant acts of terrorism. That is why Rep. Woodall and I introduced this bi-partisan resolution, which clearly illustrates the severity of the violence and urges the international community to speak up. Unless the Palestinian government and leaders around the world unequivocally condemn these acts of terror, there is little chance it will stop,” added Congressman Alcee L. Hastings.

Tensions between the State of Israel and Palestine have long existed, but as sanctioned acts of terror from the Palestinian Authority have become commonplace, with President Mahmoud Abbas stating on a September 16, 2015, television broadcast that ‘‘We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem,” Woodall says the resolution introduced by he and Hastings is a necessary formal show of support for Israel and condemnation of Palestinian terrorism.

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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Woodall Cosponsors, House Passes "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act"


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017,” to make permanent the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions through government programs such as Medicaid.  Since first enacted in 1976, the Hyde Amendment has only covered funds appropriated through the annual Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bills, and must be renewed yearly.  H.R. 7 would apply the Hyde Amendment uniformly across all federal programs including Obamacare.  Seventh Congressional District Representative Rob Woodall  co-sponsored the legislation and issued the following statement after its passage.

“The majority of the American people believe that those opposed to abortion shouldn’t be forced to fund it through the use of their tax dollars, and that’s exactly what this bill seeks to ensure,” said Rep. Woodall.  “For decades, Congress has been acting annually on this very issue, but we now have the opportunity to address it permanently while also broadening the scope to all federal programs.  I’m proud to help move this legislation forward, and proud to partner with those working so hard to defend life.”

Significant impacts of H.R. 7 include:

  • Makes the Hyde Amendment and other current abortion funding prohibitions permanent and government-wide;
  • Ensures that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) faithfully conforms to the Hyde Amendment while Congress works to repeal and replace the ACA;
  • Until a new plan year begins, the bill ensures full disclosure, transparency and the prominent display of the extent to which any health insurance plan on the exchange funds abortion.

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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Georgia House Reps Applaud Nomination of Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, members of the U.S. House Georgia Delegation applauded President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nomination of former Georgia Governor George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The following delegation members issued statements on President-elect Trump’s choice of Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture:

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (GA-07): “Georgians are well aware of Governor Perdue’s heart for service, and I have no doubt he will bring that same spirit and commitment to this new role.  Having served as Governor of Georgia, whose number one industry is agriculture, his knowledge and experience in both the public and private sectors make him an excellent choice to lead the Department of Agriculture.  It makes me very proud to see the role Georgia will be playing in moving America forward, and I look forward to partnering with him.”

U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-01): “Former Governor Sonny Perdue is the perfect choice to lead the Department of Agriculture. As the top industry in our state, Georgians know how important agriculture is. As a two-term Governor of Georgia, Sonny has already proven himself to be a strong leader who will fight to ensure the agriculture industry is able to accomplish their important work. The hard work of our farmers, ranchers, and producers is critical to the production of the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supply in the world and I look forward to working with former Governor Perdue to ensure Washington doesn’t stand in their way.”

U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA-03): “Sonny is an excellent choice to be the next Secretary of Agriculture. His experience as a veterinarian combined with his executive experience as a two-term governor make him uniquely qualified to lead the USDA. I have personally had the honor of working alongside Governor Perdue to create thousands of new jobs in Georgia. Sonny has always been committed to making sure businesses, and especially agriculture in Georgia, are successful. I look forward to working with him as the Secretary of Agriculture.”

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08), Member of the House Committee on Agriculture and Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit: “America’s will have a great Secretary of Agriculture in Sonny Perdue, and I am confident Sonny will be an excellent representative of our state in his service to our country’s agriculture communities.  Agriculture is Georgia’s leading industry, so we’re glad to have someone who understands our state’s agricultural needs and act as a champion for the needs of our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09): “Sonny Perdue is an outstanding choice for Secretary of Agriculture. The experience he brings to that role will a boon to agricultural communities from coast to coast, including the poultry industry, which is a key part of Georgia’s livelihood.”

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10): “Given his executive experience as a two-term Governor and his background as an agribusiness owner, Sonny Perdue is an outstanding choice to lead the Department of Agriculture. During his tenure as Governor, he shaped an agricultural policy that helped usher in a new era of economic growth. Agriculture remains the top industry in Georgia, and I look forward to working with Sonny as Secretary of Agriculture to continue supporting our farming communities.”

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (GA-11): “It’s great to see my friend, former Governor Sonny Perdue, selected to serve as our next Agriculture Secretary. His proven conservative leadership on Georgia’s agricultural interests teamed with his business background makes him an excellent choice to lead this department.”

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12), Member of the House Committee on Agriculture: “From the farm he grew up on in Perry, Georgia to his service in the U.S. Air Force, veterinary and agribusiness career, and later Governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue makes an excellent and obvious choice for the next Secretary of Agriculture.  Hailing from a state like Georgia, where agriculture is our number one industry, I am confident in Sonny’s ability to represent the interests of all American agriculture. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I look forward to his leadership and working with him to advance the needs of our farmers and the industry as a whole.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (GA-14): “Governor Perdue is the perfect choice to lead the Agriculture Department. Between his work as a veterinarian and agribusiness owner to his eight years as governor, he’s walked the fields of Georgia to the halls of the executive office. He has the right combination of experience, and I have no doubt that Sonny will serve the American people well.”


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This week America will celebrate our 58th Presidential Inauguration. While the limited number of tickets available to view the Inauguration have all been promised to our friends and neighbors from the 7th District, you can view the Inauguration from the National Mall on giant television screens without a ticket, if your family wants to be present. Additionally, my office is hosting an Inauguration Day reception in Room 2045 of the Rayburn House Office Building directly across the street from the U.S. Capitol on January 20th from 8:00am-3:00pm. If you’re going to be in Washington, D.C., and you’d like a warm place to gather for a moment or even to stay and watch the festivities on TV, please RSVP to Laney Copeland on my staff at with the total number of guests in your group along with each attendee’s full name, address, and phone number by January 6th. While watching from your living room is a powerful experience, watching from the Mall or from the Capitol office buildings is powerful too.  If you are thinking of taking your family north for the event, please let me know so that we will have an opportunity to visit.

For more information about the Inauguration, please visit the 58th Presidential Inauguration Committee’s website  or call my office at (202) 225-4272.



Last week, Congress began the process of reforming our health care system so that more Americans have access to quality, affordable health care by approving the FY2017 budget resolution and initiating what’s known as the budget reconciliation process.  As many of you may recall, budget reconciliation is a budget enforcement tool that allows Congress to move, via a simple majority vote in both chambers, legislation that brings revenue and spending levels in line with policy objectives.  The reconciliation instructions included in the FY2017 budget resolution direct certain House and Senate committees to develop legislation to reduce the federal deficit by at least $4 billion by repealing the most damaging parts of Obamacare.  

As soon as the specified House and Senate committees complete work on their respective bills, the bills will be packaged together and approved by the House Budget Committee, on which I sit, and sent to the full House for consideration.  If approved by the House, the reconciliation bill will move to the Senate where it cannot be filibustered.  I look forward to working with my House colleagues in the coming weeks to deliver on our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with a better health care reform bill.  As you all have heard me say before, repealing and replacing Obamacare will be a difficult and lengthy process, but if we work together, I’m confident that we can advance positive solutions and create a health care system in America that is second to none.  I hope that you all will share your thoughts and ideas with me throughout this important debate.        



On Tuesday, I filed the paperwork to officially add Representative Matt Gaetz (FL-1) as the latest cosponsor of H.R. 25, the FairTax.  Representative Gaetz, a freshman member of Congress, was elected in November 2016 and understands what we understand – the American people are calling for transformational tax reform that will ignite America’s economy and lift the ceiling of economic opportunity for families across the nation. I’m proud to have his support and will continue working to grow our momentum for historic tax reform in the coming weeks.



If you’ve ever been on hold with the IRS, used a website of a federal agency, or tried to make an appointment with the VA, you are familiar with how desperate the federal government is to update and modernize our technological capabilities. With my support, the House again passed H.R. 39, the “TALENT Act” on Tuesday to make permanent the Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) Program. Under the PIF program, experts in the private sector are invited to serve in executive agencies from six months to two years to improve technology and develop innovative techniques to address the technological challenges we face. I am always blown away by the ingenuity of the private sector tech firms in our district and university students right here in Georgia, and I am eager to have their minds contribute to the service of their fellow Americans. 

In that vein, I want to highlight a bill I cosponsored that passed the House this week, H.R. 321, the “INSPIRE Women Act.” We all know that bolstering our nation’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce with highly educated students is good for America. The bill calls on NASA to develop a plan for facilitating and supporting retired astronauts, scientists, and engineers to engage with K-12 female students to inspire them to consider making a STEM field their career of choice. Why focus on young women? Because there are more women enrolled as undergraduates at four-year colleges in the United States than men, and that’s at a time when we have more Americans going to college than ever before. Unfortunately, only 25 percent of our STEM workforce is made-up of women. Clearly, we have talented women in colleges and universities across the country, and getting them interested and involved in STEM education is going to be good for America. 

As you saw with the TALENT Act, our nation is in dire need of highly-educated and qualified technology experts. We are being hacked by foreign governments. Our military needs advanced weapons and training systems. Our economy needs innovative ways to boost manufacturing and trade. Our scientists need to discover new cures for deadly diseases. And the INSPIRE Women Act is a fantastic way for our nation to grow those innovators right here at home. 



In just the second week of the 115th Congress, the House has passed its third measure to curtail overly-burdensome federal regulations, H.R. 5, the “Regulatory Accountability Act.” While the bills passed last week largely scale back the overreach of the Obama Administration, H.R. 5 combines six bills passed last Congress which serve as guidelines for federal agency rule-making authority moving forward, and it will ensure that Washington bureaucrats are listening if and when the American people offer new facts, ideas, and alternative regulatory approaches. I agree with my colleagues that these are the kinds of reforms that will make America more competitive in the global economy, and my hope is that the Senate quickly passes H.R. 5 and the other regulatory relief measures the House has already approved this year so that they can be waiting on President-elect Trump’s desk once he is sworn into office. 



On Friday, the House joined the Senate in passing S. 84, which waives the 7-year statutory waiting period for retired Marine General James Mattis to be eligible for confirmation as our nation’s next Secretary of Defense. The principle of civilian control of the military comes directly from our Founding Fathers, and that’s why waiving the prohibition on former military members being in charge of the Defense Department is such a major issue. The Constitution subordinates the military to our elected officials in the Legislative and Executive Branches, and that’s the way it should be. In fact, George Washington himself made it clear to all of us that the military was never meant to be more powerful than the elected representatives of the people. 

If you’ve ever visited the U.S. Capitol, you might remember seeing a painting in the Rotunda that depicts one of the most important scenes in early American life. On December 23, 1783, the most powerful man in America – General George Washington – appeared in the Maryland State House in Annapolis to resign his commission as Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army to the Continental Congress. Scholars have long treated this humble act as one of the most significant in our nation’s history and a watershed moment in firmly establishing civilian authority over the military. 

Like so many of you, I reverently uphold the values of our Constitution and the wisdom of George Washington, and I absolutely believe that this type of waiver is one that should never become common-place. We’ve only waived the “cooling off” period once in our history, and that’s as it should be. Mr. Mattis is exceptionally well-qualified to lead our Defense Department, and his unique talents are the reason that S. 84 passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. While I look forward to working with Mr. Mattis as our nation continues fighting terrorism abroad, I will certainly remember this once-in-a-generation waiver as being an anomaly, and I remain committed to supporting civilian military control in the future. 


Rob Woodall
Member of Congress

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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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