Author: IrishPat

Freedom of Conscience in the Army?

Americans’ right to freedom of conscience is Constitutional and non-negotiable. With that in view, the law requires each chaplain to fulfill their duties without violating their conscience or the tenets of the specific faith-group that endorses their chaplaincy. Unfortunately, Chaplain Scott Squires is being subjected to a meandering investigation that could set a precedent for

Rep. Loudermilk supports Financial Reforms

This week the US House of Representatives passed a bipartisan package of 32 bills intended to increase access to capital markets for small businesses and startups. Lawmakers voted almost unanimously to pass the JOBS and Investor Confidence Act after the leaders of the House Financial Services Committee announced a deal following months of markups and negotiations.

Collins’ International Adoption Bill passes House

The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 5626, the Intercountry Adoption Information Act. Georgia’s 9th District Congressman Doug Collins introduced the bill, which directs the State Department to provide American families with information to help them navigate adoption processes in different countries. After the vote Congressman Collins had these comments, Adopting children from abroad is

Felix and Oscar redux

Apparently, Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison have reappeared in Washington in the form of Georgia’s 9th District Congressman Doug Collins and New York’s 8th District Congressman Hakeem Jefferies. At least according to a recent Politico article by Heather Caygle and some successful pieces of legislation co-sponsored by the unlikeliest of partners. Congressman Collins reflected on

North Georgia Broadband Forum

Last Friday 9th District Congressman Doug Collins and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai gathered stakeholders from across Northeast Georgia to address the challenges of delivering affordable, accessible internet access to rural communities. The forum included local representatives, chamber of commerce leaders and internet service providers. Congressman Collins opened the proceeding with this statement:

Georgia inspired Federal prison reform?

In 2012 the Georgia General Assembly implemented prison reform initiatives that at least one Congressman hopes will serve as a model for similar Federal prison reform. 9th District Congressman Doug Collins makes the case in his April 20 op-ed for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee (and announced

House passes Omnibus funding bill

The House passed a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through Sept. 30. The Senate must act by midnight Friday to avoid a shutdown. 9th District Congressman Doug Collins issued the following statement in response to today’s passage of the funding bill in the House: Supporting our military means funding troops

Collins to seek Judiciary Chair

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, 9th District Congressman Doug Collins has notified House leadership of his intention to run for Chair of the powerful House Judiciary Committee next year. The position will open with the pending retirement of Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte. While not in line from a seniority standpoint, the number of recent

Georgia joins Constitutional Challenge to ACA

Tuesday Attorney General Chris Carr announced that Georgia joined a 20-state coalition urging a federal district court in Texas to declare that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional and to enjoin the law in its entirety.  In announcing the legal action General Carr said, The Affordable Care Act’s design was constitutionally flawed

Rep. Buddy Carter’s Tax Reform Tour

Congressman Buddy Carter conducted a tax reform tour last week with constituents across the 1st District of Georgia to discuss the benefits of federal tax reform, which was recently passed in Congress and signed into law. He had 15 events across the district with high school students, college students, small businesses, large businesses, chambers, and