Rob Woodall

Rob Woodall

GEORGIA's 7th DISTRICT

GGC's 2,000th Graduate Highlights Fall Commencement

2014/12/19


Woodall: ‘I see nothing but better things ahead for America’

2014/12/18

While some people might find the bipartisan bickering in Congress discouraging, Rep. Rob Woodall is optimistic about the situation in the nation’s capital. Read More

Woodall defends ‘CRomnibus’ vote

2014/12/15

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the controversial omnibus and continuing resolution package dubbed “CRomnibus” by a vote of 219-206. Read More

Woodall to Join House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

2014/12/12

Next month, Gwinnett Republican Rob Woodall will become the first Georgian in some time to join the 61-member House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Read More

Woodall Statement on House-Passed Government Funding Bill

2014/12/12

Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall issued the following statement regarding his support of the House-passed government funding legislation.

“Congress and the American people have debated a number of different paths to try to hold President Obama accountable for his executive overreach.  While there is still disagreement on which path is best, the path that we took in the House tonight is the first step to get us there.  First and foremost, this bill holds the line on spending, implementing a spending level that is even lower than the one proposed in the original ‘too conservative to pass’ Paul Ryan budget.  Additionally, the bill implements conservative priorities such as an increase in pay and funding for our troops, as well as accountability measures for the IRS and EPA.”

“While the bill implements restraints on executive overreach in many areas, it could not turn off the funding stream that the President intends to use for his executive actions on immigration.  As conservatives, we have all been very frustrated by recent attempts at unilateral lawmaking by the Obama Administration.  There is a misconception, however, that if we shut down the government that we can prevent him from acting.  A government shutdown can’t stop him.  His actions are funded with money that he raises through fees, so regrettably he can and will continue his unilateral efforts whether the government is funded or not.  We must find another way.”

“Rather than having  America’s attention focused on a government shutdown, we can shine the spotlight on the President’s egregious executive actions.  By funding most of government for the long-term, but limiting funding to two months for the Department of Homeland Security—the agency planning to implement the President’s unilateral action—we will be able to narrow the entire funding conversation for the new Congress to this one department.  The House, with a willing partner in the Senate having been sworn in, can then begin to move legislation to stop this President’s actions.  With smart, targeted bills we will partner with the American people to restore Constitutional order.”

“Having a willing partner in the Senate isn’t ‘something’; it is ‘everything’.  The House passed its funding bills beginning last May;  but the Senate never passed a single funding bill all year. The American people can be certain that the new Senate sworn in this January will not repeat the current Senate’s inaction.  The House can neither run the government nor rein in the President alone.  Help is on the way in January, and it isn’t coming one day too soon.”

Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

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Rob Woodall to give commencement speech at Georgia Gwinnett College

2014/12/04

LAWRENCEVILLE — More than 300 students who have earned degrees from Georgia Gwinnett College will hear words of advice and encouragement from U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall later this month.

The school announced on Wednesday that Woodall would give the keynote address at the fall commencement ceremony, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

At recent graduation ceremonies, keynote speakers at GGC have included Chancellor Hank Huckaby, 11Alive news anchor Karyn Greer, GGC alumnus Homero González, Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson and Ambassador Andrew Young.

Woodall was first elected in 2010, and in November was re-elected for another term.

He serves the 7th Congressional District in Georgia 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. He also serves as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee’s Budget and Spending Task Force.

“We are pleased and honored to have Congressman Woodall address our fall graduating class,” GGC President Stas Preczewski said in a press release. “Congressman Woodall has been a great supporter of and friend to GGC and our students. His life experiences and service in public office position him well to challenge and inspire Georgia Gwinnett College graduates as they collectively celebrate this important milestone.”

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Woodall continues FairTax fight

2014/12/01

From day one, Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) has been pushing what he describes as a “big idea.”

That big idea — the FairTax — would totally overhaul the United States tax system, eliminate the Internal Revenue Service and result in what Woodall claims would be “the largest transfer of power out of Washington and back to the American family that we’ve seen in a hundred years.”

While that “big idea” may seem to attractive to some, others, Woodall explained, find the prospect of change frightening.

“It’s a big idea, and folks don’t like big ideas,” Woodall said. “It’s easier to nibble around the edges than come out and call for the complete reformation of a tax code that’s been in place for almost a 100 years — that’s a big ask.”

Unlike the current system, under which taxes are based on income, the FairTax is a consumption-based tax. There would be no exemptions or deductions, instead taxpayers would receive a “prebate” — or tax refund — based upon family size alone, not income.

“What we say with the FairTax is that we’re not going to micromanage your purchasing decisions,” Woodall said. “We’re just going to give you the one rebate based on your family size.”

Though the prebate would require the issuance of checks and the accompanying administrative effort to support that process, Woodall still believes it is the best option available.

“It is my least favorite part of the FairTax, but is it night and day better than where we are with the current system? Absolutely,” he said.

Under the FairTax, all taxes would be collected by retailers at the final point of sale. There are no taxes anywhere in the manufacturing chain, Woodall said. While a revenue collection agency would still be necessary with the FairTax, that agency, Woodall emphasized, would not be the Internal Revenue Service.

“Under a FairTax scheme, where there’s a small auditing structure that only looks at retail businesses, there’s no possibility you could ever end up with that targeting of political enemies that we’ve seen come out of the IRS,” he said. “It is essential we abolish the agency that has all of that power, all of that influence, all of that information about you and your family.”

Returning that power to the people, Woodall said, is important because it removes the temptation of “social engineering” that an income-based tax system presents for groups such as the Ways and Mean Committee and the Finance Committee.

“They can manipulate everyone’s life through the tax code — not for nefarious purposes but for things they think are good purposes,” Woodall explained.

The power to tax, he added, is the “power to destroy, the power to manipulate.”

Removing that ability, Woodall said, makes it very hard to get the Washington establishment on board.

“You can imagine, there are some folks who are disappointed to see that power leave Washington,” he said. “There are folks that think they are very smart and very caring and if only they’re allowed to make these decisions about taxes, they’ll be able to make people’s lives better by helping to control some of the family’s decisions.”

Woodall believes the FairTax will make people’s lives better and will bolster the economy. Currently, the measure has more supporters in Congress than it has ever had — 76 in the House and nine in the Senate.

“There’s not going to come a day when we’re not going to try to do more the next cycle than we did the last cycle,” Woodall said.

The problem, he added, is that until a president takes office who is willing to lead on the FairTax, it will be hard to pass the legislation.

“We’ve always known that,” he said. “The FairTax was not a Washington creation, it was a grassroots creation and we’re not going to get passed by leadership in Washington, we’re going to get passed across the grassroots, across the country.”

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Woodall Statement Regarding Executive Action On Immigration

2014/11/21

Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall issued the following statement with regard to President Obama’s plan of executive action on immigration policy.

“Unfortunately, President Obama has once again chosen to disregard the voice of the American people and bypass Congress,” said Rep. Woodall.  “Rather than partner with America’s elected representatives, he has decided to double-down on a unilateral approach that is not only unconstitutional, but does absolutely nothing to improve our immigration system for the millions of individuals going about the process the right way.   The American people are weary of Executive overreach, and our entire nation loses when the constitutional process is abandoned for the sake of political expediency.” 

Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

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Woodall Statement On House Passage of Keystone XL Pipeline Authorization

2014/11/14

Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall issued the following statement with regard to his support for the U.S. House’s authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“At a time when energy costs and economic growth are top priorities for the American people, construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is long overdue,” said Rep. Woodall.  “The House has voted repeatedly to authorize this project, and I was proud to support it once again.  As has often been the case in recent history, we must now wait on the Senate to take action, but it is my hope that they will quickly partner with us on this important issue.” 

“President Obama has often spoken of the need to create jobs and make energy affordable, but his policies and opposition to this project have had the opposite effect.  For far too long, we have seen political agendas stand in the way of what is good for the economy – and what’s good for consumers.  The American people have grown weary of rhetoric, and they sent a clear message on Election Day that they are demanding results.  This is one opportunity for Washington to provide them.”

Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

 

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Bipartisan bill to scrap unnecessary federal reports heads to President Obama

2014/11/13

Congress forwarded a bill to President Obama this week that would eliminate 53 outdated, little-used and redundant reports that federal employees spend massive amounts of time to each year to complete. Read More

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

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

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

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


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