Rob Woodall

Rob Woodall


Congressman Woodall is Re-Appointed to the House Budget Committee


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA) released the following statement after being assigned to serve on the Committee on the Budget, which is responsible for writing Congress' overall budget plan for the fiscal year. 

“Nearly eight years ago, the Congressional Budget Office projected federal spending would grow out of control with no end in sight. I joined the House Budget Committee as soon as I became a Member of Congress and promised that I would work around the clock to reform wasteful government expenditures and hold my fellow Members of Congress accountable. Our committee established statutory caps on discretionary spending which had a significant effect on deficit levels. Now this committee must get serious about addressing mandatory spending, America’s most pressing fiscal challenge.”

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes significant portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He currently serves on the Rules Committee, the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and the Budget Committee.



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Regretfully, another week has gone by without conversations addressing the border security crisis. This week I voted to give federal employees their first paychecks of the year and was disappointed to see that only a handful of Democrats joined me. The President has made multiple overtures to our Democrat counterparts and offered a range of possible deals that could put an end to what has become the longest shutdown ever, but those offers seem to fall on unwilling ears as the issue degenerates into an “us against them” political party issue. I will continue to urge my colleagues, both Democrat and Republican, to sit down around the negotiating table and refuse to walk away until we Americans are served. With the offers that have been made, a solution shouldn’t be this challenging. Negotiating means no one will get everything that they want, but it is also the only path forward from the partial shutdown which all sides agree no one wants.



Yesterday, Americans from all walks of life came together to celebrate the life and legacy of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While I’m certain that our friends and neighbors who had the day off from work and school yesterday appreciated the opportunity to sleep in and relax, I’m also certain that many Americans set time aside during their day off to remember the tremendous impact Dr. King had on his community, the nation, and around the globe, by participating in local and national service events. That’s because Congress, in 1994, moved to make the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday a national day of service, and I believe that such a designation is fitting, as I wholeheartedly believe that there is no better way to remember Dr. King’s life and legacy than by following his leadership and giving back to others and serving our communities.

Now more than ever, in our current divisive political climate, we must capitalize on each and every opportunity to come together. There is no better opportunity to do just that than by honoring Dr. King’s vision and working to bring about positive change in our communities. As Dr. King himself said, “Life’s most persistent question is: what are you doing for others?” While I am proud to live in and represent communities where helping and serving your neighbor is the default position, we – as a nation – could all do well to be reminded of the words of Dr. King and take them to heart. If we all commit to doing so, I am confident that our country, our community, and our world will continue to reap the benefits of Dr. King’s courage and celebrate his legacy.




Last Friday, Washington, D.C., hosted thousands of pro-life advocates from throughout the United States who made the trek to our nation’s Capital to have their voices heard. This is the 46th year of the largest pro-life event in the world, and it allows us to stand proudly together and keep this issue in the national spotlight. In fact, a recent poll released on the heels of the event shows that the vast majority of Americans are increasingly pro-life. The poll even shows that a majority of Democrats also support pro-life policies, demonstrating further that life is not a partisan issue. Polls like these, as well as hearing daily from folks like you who are champions of life, encourage me to hold steadfast in the cause for the unborn.

Thank you to everyone who came by my office and shared their story.


Rep. Woodall visits the U.S. Capitol with the Cryan Family, who traveled to D.C. to take part in the 46th annual pro-life march



Last year, families, farmers, and businesses throughout the United States and its territories were affected by natural disasters of almost every kind. Wildfires devastated California, typhoons slammed the Northern Mariana Islands, earthquakes rattled Alaska, a volcano erupted in Hawaii, and hurricanes hit the Southeast. As you may recall, one hurricane in particular, Hurricane Michael, was classified as a Category 3 storm when it hit the Southwest of our state, toppling over pecan trees, wiping out cotton fields, and leveling poultry houses. Georgia’s agricultural industry took a significant hit, prompting Congressmen Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and Austin Scott (R-GA) to draft language that would provide aid to the farmers directly impacted. That language was offered last week as an amendment to a disaster relief package that sought to help those affected by natural disasters last year.

Given the impact disasters have had on our state and across the country, I had every intention of supporting the bill on the House floor. Unfortunately, as happens from time to time, politics got in the way of policy when Democrat leadership decided at the last minute to include a Continuing Resolution as part of this disaster relief package that excluded President Trump’s wall funding request. A bill that was bipartisan, set for Senate passage, and all but guaranteed to receive President Trump’s signature was now contaminated with a poison pill that would now serve to deny countless families across the United States the aid they need.

At the Rules Committee hearing last week on the disaster aid bill, I had a chance to discuss this issue with the bill’s sponsor, Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY).  Click the picture below to see our exchange:


Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) discusses H.R. 268, the “Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019” with Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY)



Stuart Varney invited me onto his television show last Thursday to discuss Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) letter to President Trump. In her letter, the Speaker told the President to postpone the State of the Union address because of security concerns during the shutdown. Folks, let me be clear, security planning for State of the Union did not start this week, or last week, or even last month; it started over a year ago. I am confident that our Secret Service agents, U.S. Capitol Police, and all other federal law enforcement personnel are absolutely prepared. Click the picture below to watch our entire interview. 


From Statuary Hall, Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) derides the government shutdown and Speaker Pelosi’s decision to poke the President in the eye



This week, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) announced the Republican Members selected to serve on the Committee in the 116th Congress. It was an honor to be chosen to work on the Committee once again, especially since I am Georgia’s only voice on such a critically important committee to our district and our state.

During my time on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I was instrumental in drafting the FAST Act as a member of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee. This legislation established a competitive grant program that awarded $184 million to expedite construction of the new Express Lanes on SR-400. In addition, I wrote the law that protected consumers from predatory billing practices in the air ambulance industry during the longest FAA Reauthorization since 1982.

It’s work like this that I was proud to share with the great folks at the University of Georgia last week who invited me to attend their College of Engineering annual Georgia Transportation Collaborative Reception. Effectively rebuilding our outdated infrastructure is such an important issue for folks here in the Seventh District and across the state, and I’m ready to get back to work on the committee bringing solutions home to all Georgians.


Rep. Woodall talks about the future of transportation and infrastructure research in Georgia and throughout the nation



While the shutdown continues and dominates the headlines, I want you to know that Congress is still at work on other critical matters. One issue that came up in both the House and the Senate was a joint resolution, H.J.Res. 30/S.J.Res. 2, to disapprove “the President's proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation.” The joint resolution failed to pass the Senate, and while it did pass the House, I voted against it. A number of folks reached out to my office to ask why:

Alex from Lawrenceville:

What is Mr. Woodall’s reasoning for voting to lift sanctions on Russia?

Foley from Sugar Hill:

I saw your vote for the "Disapproving the President’s proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation" bill. I am very disappointed that you voted against this. You know that Russia meddled in our elections and you know Putin and his cronies, especially Oleg Deripaska are profiting from this. Yet you set your duty to the country aside and decided vote Nay on it. Don't consider yourself a patriot - don't tout any of your support of the constitution. Your fancy speeches and pamphlets mean nothing. Your vote matters the most, and this vote says it all.

Martha from Lawrenceville:

Why did you vote to lift sanctions on Russia?


Rather than being a sign of weakening our stance against Russia, the need to revisit sanctions against three Russian companies is evidence that the sanctions the Republican-led 115th Congress passed into law through the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act are working. Sanctions are intended to encourage an entity to change its behavior, not punish it for punishment’s sake.

Last April, the U.S. Treasury Department began levying sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and a dozen companies connected to them, including Oleg Deripaska, who owned the En+ Group through which he has control of UC Rusal plc, the world’s second largest aluminum company, and JSC EuroSibEnergo, Russia’s largest independent power producer. However, in December, the Treasury informed Congress that it intended to end sanctions on those companies as it had reached an agreement for the companies to undertake significant restructuring and to disassociate themselves with Mr. Deripaska in exchange for sanctions relief.

Under this deal, his ownership will now be reduced from around a 70% controlling ownership stake to a roughly 44% non-controlling stake. In addition to reduced ownership and giving up control of the company, he will not be compensated for the lost shares, and he will only be allowed to vote with 35% of his shares. The board of the company will be changed to have two-thirds of its directors independent of the oligarch and half will be American or British. All of Mr. Deripaska's personal property and interests in property, including entities in which he owns a 50% or greater interest, will remain sanctioned, and anyone who does business with him will run the risk of sanctions themselves.

These companies were only sanctioned because of Oleg Deripaska’s controlling interest in them, and if he still had a controlling interest, I would still support the sanctions.  But when a private foreign company agrees to all of our demands, we need to take “yes” for an answer.

These were serious sanctions that impacted not only the Russian economy but also the U.S. and global economy. Because of Rusal’s prominence as a producer of aluminum, the sanctions had caused the price of aluminum to sky rocket, posing a threat to companies that use aluminum in the United States, Europe, and for our other allies around the globe. The Treasury’s agreement brings stability to the European aluminum market, which helps our allies in the European Union, and it does so through a complete restructuring of Rusal and the further punishment of a dangerous Russian oligarch with ties to the Kremlin. This is how sanctions are supposed to work, and I am pleased with our shared success. What’s more, the Treasury will continue monitoring this situation in the future, and if there is any backsliding on the agreement, I will be the very first to support a return to these sanctions and additional new ones.



As you know, the 116th Congress convened at the beginning of the new year, but last week marked the start of the 2019-2020 legislative session for our state legislature. Our state representatives and senators, both those returning and those newly sworn-in, are hard at work at delivering solutions for Georgians. In addition, Governor Kemp recently announced his top policy priorities in his “State of the State Address” at the Georgia State Capitol this past Thursday, which include raising pay for state employees and teachers, tackling mental health issues in schools, and creating a new taskforce to combat gang violence.

While much attention is paid to Congress, solutions at the state level are critical to our success, which is why the work of our Georgia General Assembly and Governor’s Office is so important to better serving those in our state, especially in those areas where state action can move faster than Congress. Reforms in education and healthcare, for example, are largely state-led, and our challenges in these areas cannot be fully corrected by federal action alone. That is why as the 2019 Georgia legislative session moves forward, I encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas with your state representative and state senator. Just as I rely on the good counsel of folks back home, our state and local leaders do as well, and it is through this collaborative partnership that we can achieve more.



Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe, and the good work of our local, state, and federal law enforcement could not be more on display than this past week. I know I speak for everyone when I say we are grateful for their sacrifice and commitment to protecting us from harm. In particular, I want to commend the actions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Atlanta's Joint Terrorism Task Force, Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Ron Freeman, and Gwinnett County Police Department Chief A.A. “Butch” Ayers for their efforts in foiling a potential terrorist attack.



With the continued partial shutdown of the federal government, the House has cancelled its planned District Work Week and will instead be in Washington, D.C., working to re-open the government and serve the American people. This is the right thing to do, and I’m happy to continue working with my colleagues to negotiate an appropriate compromise. As you know, compromise only comes when both sides of the debate turn away from radicalism and find common ground. The good news is that it looks like Speaker Pelosi is finally – after weeks of stalling – turning against the most radical leftists in her party and is looking to make a first step on the road to real compromise.

This week the House will consider H.R. 648. The measure combines six of the seven remaining annual appropriations bills – everything but the most contentious bill, the Department of Homeland Security bill – into one package. And what’s more, the six bills are those that House and Senate negotiators from both parties have been working on for many months in a collaborative manner. I’m so pleased that the Speaker has shown some willingness to divert from her “my way or the highway” approach and is realizing that she can’t have it all her way all the time. It looks as though she is seemingly changing her tactics, and I am heartened at this initial step forward toward what I hope is a more robust compromise that will include border security funding.  As such, I want you to know that I am seriously considering whether to support this bill. I am working with my team to go line by line through the package to find those good things that will help Georgia families and that are complementary to the Seventh District’s values. I won’t pretend that this is an easy decision, because it isn’t. Compromise is always hard, but I believe in giving good ideas all due consideration, and my promise to you is to never shrink from doing what is hard when doing so is what is right.


Rob Woodall
Member of Congress

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Congressman Woodall Selected to Serve on House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee


WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) welcomed the Republican Members selected to serve on the Committee in the 116th Congress.

“Infrastructure is a top priority for the President and the Congress, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is where we can find common ground,” said Ranking Member Graves. “Representative Rob Woodall has proven himself to be an effective and dedicated champion on these critical issues, and I look forward to continue working with him to improve our infrastructure in Georgia and throughout the nation.”

During his time on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Representative Woodall was instrumental in drafting the FAST Act as a member of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, which established a competitive grant program that awarded $184 million to expedite construction of the new Express Lanes on SR-400. Additionally, Representative Woodall wrote the law that protected Georgia’s water supply from congressional intervention.  As a member  of the Aviation Subcommittee, he helped enact the longest FAA Reauthorization since 1982, which included his legislation to protect consumers from predatory billing practices in the air ambulance industry.

“I am committed to strengthening Georgia’s infrastructure, supporting local job creators, and ensuring safe and efficient travel and commerce across our country,” said Congressman Woodall. “I’m honored to advocate for the Seventh District on this committee and will continue working towards making our transportation systems stronger.”

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes significant portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He currently serves on the Rules Committee as well as the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.


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Washington Watch - 1/14/19



The White House worked all week with congressional leadership to end the partial shutdown and resume normal operations across the federal government, but as you likely know, no deal has been reached as I sit down to write this. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) believes she has a winning political hand, and with the encouragement of her far left base, has refused to negotiate in good faith with Republicans who are still in control of the White House and the Senate. 

With the Washington Post reporting that a brand new “caravan” is forming in Central America and heading this way, the need for a comprehensive border security plan—including necessary personnel, effective barriers, and the tools our law enforcement officials need to do their job—is as acute as it has ever been. I am hopeful that Democrats will change course and come to the negotiating table to actually find common ground and put this unnecessary shutdown behind us.



Like me, I am sure that you take great joy in the diversity of our community. Go into almost any school and you’ll find kids from families who have come from all over the world to make Georgia their home. These proud Americans are always happy to celebrate and share their ethnic heritages, and from food and cultural festivals to the many churches, businesses, and community organizations that support our diverse home, it’s clear that we are blessed to live in a country that allows everyone the opportunity to live free and succeed.

116 years ago, the first Korean immigrants arrived in the United States on January 13, 1903. Our community is made richer by our Korean American friends and neighbors in Georgia. I was honored to join my colleagues last week to introduce House Resolution 38, the Korean American Day Resolution.  It has been an honor and a privilege to partner with one of the largest and most vibrant Korean American communities in Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.



As many of you may recall, President Trump announced a 90-day hold back in December on the impending increase in tariffs on approximately $200 billion in goods from China that were supposed to go into effect at the beginning of this year. President Trump announced this decision following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit, as it was reported that China had agreed to purchase a substantial amount of agricultural products from the United States, as well as sit down at the negotiating table to discuss such critical issues as cyber security and forced intellectual property theft.

U.S. trade officials returned from China last week after a round of trade talks in Beijing that were not only intended to ensure that Beijing follows through on the promises it made back in December, but also to work towards further negotiations. While reports are saying that U.S. and Chinese negotiators made progress on narrowing differences in expectations during last week’s trade talks, which is certainly good news to hear, it’s also being reported that higher-level talks are expected to take place here in Washington at the end of the month with the goal of furthering trade talks to eventually strike a deal. It’s certainly my hope that these talks move forward, and a deal can be reached before the 90-day window expires in March.

Now, it is no secret that I have long been opposed to erecting trade barriers and expanding tariffs, but I have expressed support for the Trump Administration using the tools at its disposal to not only bring China to the negotiating table, but also to curtail its unfair trade policies that have for too long undercut American companies, workers, and our economy. That said, just prior to last week’s trade talks in Beijing, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Trump’s trade tactics have certainly taken a toll on China’s economy and growth rate, and as a result, Chinese officials have begun searching for ways to stimulate their economy by way of infrastructure projects and tax cuts. Moreover, a recent Reuters report discussed how headwinds associated with the ongoing trade dispute have led folks to speculate that Chinese economic data set to be revealed later this month is “expected to show the Chinese economy grew around 6.6 percent in 2018 – the weakest since 1990.” While unconventional and sometimes controversial, President Trump’s trade tactics have, so far, been fairly successful. To that end, I will continue to monitor these talks closely as they unfold, and you can be sure that I am committed to ensuring that the Administration continues to use its trade negotiation tools in a targeted manner that results in the best outcome for American workers, companies, and families.



Not surprisingly, as it enters its third week, and news outlets around the country focus on almost nothing else, the most popular topic of incoming correspondence continues to be the partial government shutdown. While most of the government was funded in the previous Congress, some 800,000 federal employees working in departments and agencies funded by the Agriculture/FDA, Commerce/Justice/Science, Financial Services/General Government, Homeland Security, Interior/Environment, State/Foreign Operations, and Transportation/HUD appropriations bills have been affected by the shutdown. Here are some of the messages I have received from constituents:

Denise from Lawrenceville:

Please support the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act, introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.). Federal employees need our support during this Government shut down. This is a small but meaningful step in helping those who serve us.

Donald from Cumming:

I am a furloughed federal employee. The partial government shutdown has interrupted my work and well-being. In essence, it feels like I am being held hostage. I appreciate the need for border security, but I do not support building a wall. All this administration seems to want to do is build barriers. It gets to be very frustrating. 

Laura from Duluth:

16,000 Georgia citizens will not get a paycheck Friday because of the Republicans. Your citizens will not be able to pay their mortgage, rent, insurance, and buy food but you will because you will take your paycheck. Demand a vote to open the government.

Demand a vote to open the government. Do not except your paycheck until the government is open. Demand a vote.

Rita from Norcross:

I am not in support of this government shutdown as taking federal workers jobs and pay in order to get a wall. The budget funding should not be held hostage over one issue. This is not how our government should work!



Undeniably, Speaker Pelosi’s unwillingness to negotiate is taking a toll on federal employees. If it were up to me, I would bring every employee back into the office today. In every shutdown in my lifetime (and there have been many), federal employees have always received back pay; so if we are going to pay people, those people should be at work serving the taxpayer. Unfortunately, that is not happening, and the uncertainty is frustrating for everyone.

Up in Washington, where a large proportion of federal employees live and work, I’ve seen businesses, restaurants, and everyday citizens offer up everything from free meals, discounts, and zero-interest loans to help federal workers through this shutdown period. Also, many creditors are offering assistance programs. Further, the Trump Administration’s Office of Management and Budget has left no stone unturned in its effort to keep as much of the government up and running as it can, providing services such as Social Security payments, SNAP benefits through February, processing tax returns, and more. If you are a federal employee and need assistance, the Office of Personnel and Management has a fact sheet for applying for assistance or benefits and has offered sample letters as a guide when working with creditors during the furlough.

While those efforts are helpful, I understand that federal employees want to get paid. While I have asked to have my pay withheld for the duration of the shutdown, I am pleased to share that this past week, Congress passed S. 24, the “Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019,” and the bill now heads to the President’s desk to be signed. This bill, which saw overwhelming bipartisan support, will require that all federal employees who are furloughed or required to work during the current shutdown or future shutdowns be paid for the time the shutdown lasts, and they must be paid as soon as funds become available. As someone who has worked in the federal government most of my adult life, I certainly appreciate the sacrifices and uncertainty that can accompany working in the public sector. I was pleased to support this bill so our federal workforce will get compensated and am eager to end the shutdown. I am committed to working with anyone – progressive, liberal, moderate, or conservative – who wants to do what is necessary to crack down on drug dealers and smugglers, eradicate human trafficking and sexual slavery, and fund the government.



I know we are all grateful for our law enforcement officers in Gwinnett and Forsyth counties who serve our communities every day with honor and distinction, and just last week, Americans across the country took time to pay tribute to these men and women in uniform as a part of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. I want to take this opportunity to share the story of Sheriff Ron Freeman of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office who was recently awarded the Patriot Award. This recognition is bestowed by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to those businesses and organizations who make the lives of our military reservists just a bit easier, whether that be by offering flexible schedules or granting time off prior to or after deployment. The commitment to supporting those men and women willing to serve America as members of the National Guard or military reserve, as Sheriff Freeman is committed to, is vital to the success of our Armed Forces. Congratulations to Sheriff Freeman and his team with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office! I know I speak for everyone when I say thank you for all you do to keep us safe and for raising the bar for what it means to support America and her men and women in uniform.



If you want to know why Georgia is consistently ranked the #1 state to do business, why our airport is the busiest in the world, why our unemployment is low and our investment and workforce opportunities are high, look no further than our neighbors on Georgia Trend’s list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians of 2019. These folks are directly responsible for our state’s continued success. You can see all those honorees HERE, and I am proud we have such ardent folks committed to making our state an even better place to live!



This week the House is expected to consider H.R. 268, the “Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019,” which provides over $12 billion to federal agencies and communities affected by natural disasters in 2018, including Georgians affected by Hurricane Michael. You’ll remember that the House passed a disaster aid package at the end of last year with my full support, but unfortunately, the Senate never acted on that measure. I look forward to debating this measure with my colleagues, and I especially look forward to hopefully considering a number of amendments to the bill on the House floor.

CLICK HERE to read a full list of the bills that will be considered by the House this week.


Rob Woodall
Member of Congress

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Congressman Woodall Opposes Appropriations Bill Because it Lacks Funding for Border Safety


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives passed the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. This legislation did not include any funding for the President’s proposed border security initiatives. 

"This week, Democratic Leadership refused to come to the table and negotiate a compromise bill that addresses the humanitarian crisis at our southern border," said Congressman Woodall. "Border security is national security. I will continue to reach out to my colleagues across the aisle and advocate for an appropriations bill that prioritizes the safety of our nation and ends the partial government shutdown.”

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes significant portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He currently serves on the Rules Committee as well as the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.


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Congressman Woodall Co-Sponsors Resolution Celebrating Korean American Day


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall joined his colleagues in introducing the Korean American Day Resolution, which honors the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States on January 13, 1903.

“This year marks the 116th anniversary of those brave first Korean immigrants. Gwinnett and Forsyth counties are home to over 25,000 Korean Americans, which is nearly half of the entire Korean American population of Georgia,” said Congressman Woodall. “Our community is made richer by our Korean American friends and neighbors. It has been an honor and a privilege to partner with one of the largest and most vibrant Korean American districts in the nation.”

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes significant portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He currently serves on the Rules Committee as well as the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.


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Congressman Woodall Cites Border Security and Humanitarian Crisis as Deciding Factor in Votes Against Appropriations Bills


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives moved forward with two appropriations bills while continuing to reject the President’s pleas for enhanced border security initiatives. In a largely party line vote, H.R. 265 passed 243 to 183 and H.R. 267 passed 244 to 180.

“I implore Speaker Pelosi to work with the President on a plan that prioritizes the safety of all Americans. I am committed to working with anyone – progressive, liberal, moderate, or conservative – who wants to crack down on drug dealers and smugglers, eradicate human trafficking and sexual slavery, and fund the government,” said Congressman Woodall. “Democrats should come to the table and craft a solution that works for everyone.”

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes significant portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He currently serves on the Rules Committee as well as the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.


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Congressman Woodall Commits To Resolving Border Security Crisis


Washington, DC – Today, the Democrat-led U.S. House passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, which failed to provide requested border security reforms to address the crisis at America’s southern border. Instead of working with House Republicans to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border, Democratic Leadership has walked away from the negotiating table.

“It is clear, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer fail to understand that one of the most important functions of government is to protect and serve its citizens. Rather than address this real problem head-on, they have chosen to shamelessly use it to their political advantage. In a majority-minority district that prides itself on diversity, we understand the value of a robust immigration system while ensuring our borders are secure,” said Congressman Woodall. “This funding path forward is designed to circumvent the President’s request for increased border security assets, and as a result, simply kicks the can down the road.”

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes significant portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He currently serves on the Rules Committee as well as the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.


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Washington Watch - 1/7/19



Following the dictates of Section 2 of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution, the 116th Congress commenced at “noon on the 3rd day of January,” at which time the Democrats took control of the House and elected Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Speaker of the House. While I commend Speaker Pelosi for her decades of service to the people of California, and for regaining her position as Speaker, I regret that House Democrats, under their newly elected Speaker’s leadership, and on day one of the new Congress, chose to kick-off their legislative agenda with a disingenuous attempt to send a package of Fiscal Year 2019 spending bills to the President’s desk. Moreover, the Democrats in the House voted against a motion that would have called on lawmakers to remain in Washington D.C., until the full government is funded and reopened! Clearly this speaks to the fact that their attempt to reopen the government was not rooted in policy or concern for government workers, but was rooted squarely in politics.

That said, while it is absolutely true much of this package of spending bills had been previously vetted by the Republican-controlled Senate last year, the fact remains that Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) chose to take consensus legislation from the last Congress and inject poison pills into the package this year. What am I talking about when I say “poison pills?” I’m talking about funding international organizations that promote and provide abortions. That’s right. This measure would take your tax dollars and allow them to be spent on abortions. And all the while, the package included no money for a border security barrier of any sort, leaving our border vulnerable to illegal crossings. What’s more, the Democrats pushed this package through the House knowing that it did not have the 60 votes necessary in the Senate and that President Trump would likely veto it even if it could pass the Senate.

No one said that governing with a divided Congress would be easy, but what makes governing harder is injecting poison pills into the process, especially poison pills that so many Americans have agreed on before, namely that taxpayer dollars should not support elective abortions. All that said, I continue to remain optimistic that the White House, the Republican Senate, and the Democrat House will find a solution that not only fulfills the need to adequately fund border security efforts, but also upholds the sanctity of life around the globe.



On the first day of every new Congress, the majority party submits for consideration a new package of rules that will govern the legislative conduct of the House for the next two years. While most of the House’s rules remain unchanged from year to year, and still closely resemble the rules that Thomas Jefferson wrote at the beginning of the Republic, there are always some significant changes, and unfortunately, the biggest changes that the Democrats made was to make it easier to raise taxes and increase spending.

In the Republican-led House, we instituted a rule that required two-thirds of the House to vote in favor of any individual income tax rate increase. Republicans did this because we wanted to make sure that any tax increase was broadly supported by the American people. Without that two-thirds threshold, tax increases can be used as a weapon against hard-working Americans. Unfortunately, though unsurprisingly, the Democrats made a point of eliminating the protection, which means that it only takes a simple majority of Democrat members to increase all of our taxes. Considering the remarks of one of the Democrats’ rising stars this week – Representative Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) – who advocated for doubling the highest individual tax rate, we can be sure that tax increases will be on the table for the next two years.

But it’s not just income taxes that could skyrocket under the Democrats’ new House rules, our national debt is sure to balloon as well without the necessary check of the Debt Limit to slow it down. As you may know, there is a legal limit to how much debt we can incur as a nation, and if we want to add to that debt – which both political parties have done – we have to affirmatively vote to do so. We believe that every Member of Congress should have to stand up and be counted as having voted to increase the Debt Limit. I have done this many times before. I have voted to increase the Debt Limit every time it was paired with a realistic plan to decrease future mandatory or discretionary spending levels. Again, it’s unfortunate but not unsurprising that the Democrats have taken the easy way out on the Debt Limit just as they have on increasing taxes. Now, under the new rules of the House, should the Democrats pass a partisan budget bill across the House floor, even a bill without 1 Republican vote, the Debt Limit will be automatically suspended for the duration of the fiscal year. What this means is that Democrats will spend more, borrow more, tax more, and then never take a serious look or make any serious plans for how to stop that profligate behavior.

To be fair, not everything in the rules package is bad. One provision in the package eliminates term limits on Budget Committee members so that we can maintain the institutional knowledge of members on that committee. That was one of the recommendations of the Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform that I was proud to be part of last Congress. In addition, there is a section of the rules package that establishes a Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. I fully support the creation of this committee, and I even voted in favor of it. My hope is that the bipartisan members on this committee will be able to bring the House, its member offices, its committees, and its policies up to date. A reorganization of the House hasn’t happened in over 20 years, and the time for reform is now.



Once again, the monthly jobs report has shattered economists’ expectations, showing an increase of 312,000 jobs last month and a gain of 3.2% in average hourly earnings in the last year – the best we have seen since 2008! With the last report for 2018 complete, we now know the U.S. economy added an average of 220,000 jobs per month, which is the highest average monthly gain in three years! These are not just abstract numbers; people are feeling the effects of positive economic growth in their businesses, in their paychecks, and in their communities. People are more confident about the jobs market, so much so that the labor participation rate rose again last month as 400,000 people formerly on the sidelines decided to re-enter the jobs market. I take great pride in what the 115th Congress was able to achieve under Republican leadership and the Trump Administration through regulatory relief and tax reform. These policies have released our economy’s potential to be stronger and more competitive, and I am hopeful we will be able to work with our colleagues across the aisle to continue this great work in the new Congress. 



As you all know, the partial-government shutdown has been the most pressing issue of the past couple weeks, and the most talked about aspect of this debate has been funding for border security along our Southern border with Mexico. Hundreds of constituents have reached out to my office to share their thoughts about the partial government shutdown and border security with pieces of mail like these:

Diana from Duluth:

Dear Congressman Woodall, I write to you as a concerned US Citizen with regards to the border situation. We need the wall. It is totally unacceptable that we are not provided this. That bill which reopens Government from the shutdown without providing the 5 billion to fund the wall is simply not ok. As a citizen I expect safety. I am very angry about how this is being handled.

Tim from Norcross:

On the topic of a wall on the southern border... I am fine with spending money to secure the borders, both borders. Please do not submit to the blackmailing of our country for $5 Billion. This is purely political and repulsive. We agree on lots of things, I hope you see my point on this one. Every brick in that wall is robbed from a bridge in America that needs it

Jack from Cumming:

There are many areas of the U.S. - Mexico border that are in dire need of border fencing. 50,000 illegal aliens are being apprehended each month by the Border Patrol and countless more are making it into the U.S. unimpeded. More fencing is needed in high-priority areas to stem the flow of illegal aliens and President Trump's request for $5 billion in border fence funds is a common-sense solution to help deal with the problem. Typically, such a request would be non-controversial -- President Obama made a similar request for $4 billion in border security funding during a similar border crisis in 2014.

Congress needs to stop playing games with our national security and give DHS the funds it needs to secure our border. Please approve President Trump's border funding request.

Courtney from Lilburn:

Please pass a clean funding bill as soon as possible without any funding for Trump's border wall or border militarization and reopen the government. 

We all deserve a functioning government that will protect our communities from pollution, continue access to the outdoors, doesn't turn our lives into uncertainty, and doesn't further militarize and destroy communities along our border with more wall funding.


As you can see, nobody wants this current partial government shutdown, but there is no question that we must appropriately protect our borders, and we have an opportunity to actually do so now. Illegal immigration not only poses the obvious national security threat of not knowing who enters our country and what they bring with them, but it also brings economic repercussions and is inherently unfair to those who choose to abide by our laws and enter the country legally. As I’ve said time and time again, the first step in addressing our illegal immigration crisis is to secure our borders. Without secure borders, all other attempts to reform our broken immigration system to better serve our country are doomed to fail.  In FY18 alone, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol apprehended over half a million people attempting to enter the United States illegally, and over 120,000 were apprehended in the first two months of FY19. To not recognize that we have a serious issue on our hands is simply irresponsible.

Last Congress, I voted against the Senate’s proposal to simply pass the buck and maintain the status quo until February. Rather, I supported a funding proposal that honored President Trump’s request for $5 billion to improve our border security. Unfortunately, the Senate never took up the legislation, and it expired with the end of the 115th Congress. Now in the 116th Congress, the new Democrat-led House passed a truly partisan spending bill without the adequate funding to protect our Southern border. As I mentioned above in this newsletter, I do not anticipate that funding proposal to be passed by the Senate, let alone signed by the President, but I am eager to find a path forward that not only ends this shutdown but also finally begins improving the dire situation along our border. 



As you may have heard, Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks passed away last Thursday following a hard-fought battle with cancer. Mayor Wilbanks honorably served the people of Dacula in his position as mayor for the past 16 years, having previously served the city as its mayor for 8 years during the 1970s. A lifelong resident of the city which he served, Mayor Wilbanks had a vision to make Dacula the great city that it is, and his legacy will surely stand as one whose life and work was dedicated to implementing that vision. He was not only a mayor; he was a civil servant, a choir director, a coworker, and a friend to so many, and his life is truly a testament to what it means to lead a life in service to others.

He will be greatly missed by all, but especially by those in Dacula who have had the honor of knowing him and learning alongside him. As we take this time to pay tribute to his extraordinary life, I believe I speak for all of us when I say that we are grateful for his lifelong commitment to bettering the lives of our friends and neighbors in the town that he was proud to call home.



While Congress works to address the most pressing issues facing our country on a national level, it is our state and local communities who are hard at work to deliver solutions that best serve families in each of our neighborhoods. And often, it is that specialized attention and service that goes the furthest for families and individuals in need. We are so fortunate to have such great public organizations and resources available in Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, and as we dive into the year, I encourage you to take this opportunity to explore their services.

For instance, if you are a senior in need of food assistance, Gwinnett County Senior Services (GCSS) works to provide seniors hot and frozen meals through their home-delivered meals program, and I can attest to their success in this effort as I had the pleasure of visiting with their dedicated team this past fall to see their good work first-hand. GCSS also provides in-home respite care, and additional programs and services to help seniors maintain their independence.

Forsyth County Senior Services also does great work in this area through its own home-delivered meals program for seniors, and its three centers across the county offer a variety of activities and programs for seniors to enjoy and so that they may connect with others in the community. From indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities across Cumming, to events across Gwinnett, there is so much our part of the world has to offer, and I am grateful for the dedicated folks who help make it all happen!



This week, the House Rules Committee will officially organize itself, and we’ll have our first meeting on Tuesday afternoon. As you know, with Democrats in charge of the House, the Rules Committee will look at little different than you’ve known it to be over the past 8 years. You’ll see a committee led by Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA), and there will be 9 Democrats and only 4 Republicans. While I’ll be at a disadvantage with this lopsided ratio, I am sure that my good friend Chairman McGovern will look for ways to work with my side of the political aisle on those issues that matter most to the 7th District of Georgia and the American people. 

CLICK HERE to see what the Rules Committee will be voting on this week. 

CLICK HERE to see what the House of Representatives will be voting on this week. 


Rob Woodall
Member of Congress

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Under the direction of President Trump, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working on regulations that would increase the solvency of one of our nation’s most important social safety net programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also commonly referred to as food stamps. SNAP benefits, which are intended to be used by those who are struggling to support themselves, including poverty-stricken parents and their children, the elderly, and the disabled, are too often being used by those who would otherwise not qualify for open-ended support, namely able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) who are age 18-49.

Currently, ABAWDs are required to work or receive workforce training for a minimum of 20 hours per week if they want to receive SNAP benefits beyond 3 months in a given three-year period. However, states are given the discretion to waive that requirement for certain areas within their jurisdictions, which incentivizes millions of ABAWDs to stay out of the workforce. In fact, by some estimates, nearly 2.8 million ABAWDs are receiving food stamps, but aren’t working. This waiver does a disservice to both ABAWDs and the folks who desperately need the SNAP support, not to mention the fact that this also contributes to our nation’s historically low productivity rate and record high job openings. That’s why I’m so pleased that USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue is going to work hard within his agency to ensure that ABAWDs who could and should look for work, are encouraged to do so. The success in our food stamp program is not measured in the number of individuals we keep as beneficiaries, but the number of folks we have helped get back on their feet to support themselves.



In addition to the many steps the Trump Administration has taken to advance America’s agricultural backbone, President Trump, with the help of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Administrator Seema Verma and Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretary Alex Azar, has had tremendous success on the regulatory front when it comes to delivering common-sense and long overdue solutions to better our nation’s health care system. From proposals to drive down prescription drug prices, to allowing states to operate their insurance markets with more flexibility, to increasing choice and competition for consumers, I have repeatedly expressed my support for the Administration’s use of the regulatory tools at its disposal to bring solutions to our friends and neighbors.

That said, I want to take this opportunity to share with you a more recent regulatory action taken by the Department of Health and Human Services that will surely work to ensure that drug makers are held accountable for overcharging hospitals that participate in the 340B drug pricing program. For those not familiar with the 340B program, it’s a federal program that requires pharmaceutical companies to provide outpatient drugs to certain covered entities, most notably safety-net hospitals and care providers that serve a high percentage of low-income patients, like Grady Hospital for instance, at discounted prices. The 340B program enjoys bipartisan support in Congress and has been wildly successful in not only helping our most vulnerable hospitals keep up with rising prescription drug prices, but also allowing these entities to stretch already scarce federal resources so that they can provide more care to additional patients. In fact, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration estimated that “covered entities saved $3.8 billion on outpatient drugs through the program in fiscal year 2013, and $4.5 billion in fiscal year 2014.

However, as much as our safety net hospitals rely on this crucial program, the program’s integrity has been susceptible to bad actors ever since its inception in 1992. As such, while there’s still much work to be done on the legislative front to protect and bolster the 340B program’s integrity, and I certainly hope that the 116th Congress will work across the aisle to deliver much needed clarity and protection, I am pleased that the Administration has moved forward with finalizing the date in which pharmaceutical companies can begin to be held accountable for intentional wrongdoing. I believe such bold action is a step in the right direction.



Amid the speculation and concern over the partial government shutdown, we in the House of Representatives rolled up our sleeves and continued working to deliver good public policy as the President and congressional leaders continued negotiating over the handful of remaining spending bills.  We passed legislation to further crack down on human trafficking, to ensure the most vulnerable young girls in our society have access to educational opportunities, and to allow a process for more stakeholders to review key documents in cold case investigations that the FBI hasn’t been able to solve.  All of these bills were crafted with input from both Republicans and Democrats and were passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities.  A final bipartisan bill I want to highlight is the “Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act.”  Previously, we empaneled a cross section of experts to determine how Congress, in conjunction with executive agencies, could make better use of the reams of available data relating to federal programs designed to lift families out of poverty and into opportunity.  Rather than measure success based on how many dollars are being spent, our goal is to measure success based on how many lives are changed for the better.  Many of their recommendations were included in this new legislation, which will give Congress and the American people a whole new set of tools to examine these federal programs and discover where we can make improvements that further results rather than red tape.



Earlier this month, President Trump announced additional relief for farmers negatively affected by retaliatory tariffs as the Administration continues to iron out the details on new trade agreements with our neighbors abroad. This round of direct payments to farmers is intended to supplement the relief offered to farmers over the summer as a bridge during ongoing trade negotiations. Payments are being offered to almond, cotton, corn, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, sweet cherry, and wheat producers, many of whom are located right here in Georgia where agriculture is our number one industry.

Talks looked promising after President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Argentina, after which President Trump announced a delay in planned tariffs on Chinese goods and a tentative deal for China to resume purchasing American goods. While the short-term effects of renegotiation may not be ideal, maintaining the status quo was no longer an option. I am optimistic that President Trump will deliver better and fairer trade deals for American farmers and businesses, and ones that our international partners will see as mutually beneficial.



We are doers here in the Seventh District of Georgia. It’s easy to talk about making a difference, but it takes a special kind of person to take the action needed to make the difference. Here at home we have example after example of folks doing just that: identifying a need and going about creating a way to address that need. It’s inspiring every time. One of those examples is Alessandra Ferrara-Miller, a Suwanee resident, who had a realization when visiting her daughter’s school for lunch. She had heard stories of children whose parents struggled to pay for school lunches, consequently leaving the students in a spot no child should have to endure. She looked around the cafeteria and knew similar situations existed for those in that room and school. She then set about doing something about it. She created and established “All for Lunch,” a non-profit organization intended to pay the school lunch accounts of those in need, and recently had the opportunity to present her first checks to certain Gwinnett County Schools!

I feel so much pride in who we are as a community and the example we set. In every way, we set a standard of care and excellence that warms the heart and changes lives. It’s all a byproduct of who we are as individuals, families, communities, businesses, and more. Our values and the way we live out those values sets us apart. It’s not something we do once a year or just during a certain season. Throughout the year, on a daily basis, remarkable things are happening and I am so thankful to all of those like Alessandra who simply won’t accept anything less than improving the life of a neighbor. I can’t think of a better message to take into the New Year!



Settling on the most exemplary of our veterans in any given category is a very difficult task, so I can’t say I fault the folks over at Chapter 1030 Vietnam Veterans of America for selecting two Veterans of the Year! Our veterans are special people. Service is a part of their character, and so often they continue to give to their communities in not just one, but so many ways. These two gentlemen were recognized for the work they’re doing with Chapter 1030 to assist the homeless veteran population in Atlanta and North Georgia, and I’m grateful for their commitment to their brothers and sisters who have worn the uniform. If you’d like to learn more about how Chapter 1030 is making a difference across the region, you can visit their website and find information on upcoming events as well as some of their history. Congratulations once again to Tom Kirby and Steve Masak, and most of all, thank you both for all you continue to do for our community!



With 2018 coming to a close and the new year beginning soon, we all naturally take time to pause and reflect. This is a time to be thankful for friends and family, to reflect on our lives and all that transpired in 2018, and to set new goals for 2019. And in this time, we in Congress must do the same as we look back at all we have achieved and all that we still have left to do. While I am optimistic that when the 116th Congress begins on January 3rd that we will continue to make targeted efforts to address some of our nation’s most pressing issues, including infrastructure reform, healthcare reform, and tackling our national debt, I can’t pretend that addressing these challenges will be easy in a divided Congress. In fact, I know that it will be hard work. However, I know my colleagues and I are up to the task. As we have proven in these past two years, the most successful legislation has come from collaborative discussions from leaders and individuals back home and from all political persuasions, and I look forward to building on those efforts to better serve our state and our community in the years to come. With that said, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!


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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