Rep. Collins’ office will receive entries for 2020 Congressional Art Contest

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) announced today that his office will begin accepting virtual submissions for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition.

“Each year, I am truly humbled by the tremendous talent in the Ninth Congressional District and impressed by the artwork these students produce,” said Rep. Collins. “I want to encourage all interested students to participate in this competition.”

Rep. Doug CollinsAll students grades 9-12 who reside in the 9th Congressional District of Georgia are invited to participate in this competition.

To comply with current social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19, we ask that all participants submit their artwork virtually. Artwork must be submitted via email to Ms. Tena Riley by 5:00 p.m. on April 21, 2020. The winner’s artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Competition rules and submission details are available here. Please contact Ms. Tena Riley with any questions at (770) 297 3388 or Tena.Riley@mail.house.gov.

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Rep. Doug Collins urges DOT to loosen truckers’ regulations

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) sent a letter to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Deputy Administrator Jim Mullen Tuesday (March 31) requesting the FMCSA loosen certain regulations and provide guidelines for truckers in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

“My office has heard from truckers all across Georgia that they are concerned about meeting the regulatory requirements mandated by the FMCSA and the personal contact their job often requires,” Collins wrote.

Rep. Doug Collins

“Specifically, truckers are required by FMCSA regulations to renew their CDL license and get regular physicals. While these regulations are important for trucker and driver safety, this abnormal situation requires us to adapt to keep truckers safe and moving. In order to keep truckers on the road and keep necessary products in American households and grocery stores, I ask that the FMCSA consider loosening regulations that are difficult for truckers to comply with during the coronavirus outbreak.

As truckers are working overtime to maintain our country’s food supply chain in the midst of this outbreak, they face an even higher demand to ensure the items they are moving are handled safely and responsibly. In order to protect their health and safety, we must find ways to minimize their face-to-face contact with suppliers and receivers.

“In light of these concerns, I ask that the FMCSA consider providing a grace period for certain renewals and requirements that would mandate face-to-face contact or visits to doctors’ offices. Further, I ask the FMCSA to issue guidelines for truckers, suppliers, and receivers to help establish policies that will ensure truckers are able to follow the Administration’s guidelines and reduce the spread of coronavirus.”

 

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Doug Collins’ statement on CARES Act

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

“In recent weeks, this crisis has devastated our families, our communities, and our entire way of life. Americans are suffering, our health care workers are exhausted, and businesses are struggling. Americans need relief, and they need it now.

Rep. Doug Collins

“We are battling an unprecedented global crisis, and it calls for an unprecedented response. While no legislation is perfect, I’m glad Congress could come together to send this package to the President’s desk to quickly deliver the relief our country desperately needs.

“The CARES Act will provide families with immediate support by putting cash in their pockets. It will protect Americans’ livelihoods by keeping workers employed, and helping businesses stay afloat to ensure American workers have jobs to come back to. This package stands up for our heroes fighting on the frontlines by ensuring our nurses, doctors, and countless health care professionals have the resources they need to continue saving lives.

“When faced with a challenge, America always rises to the occasion. I’m proud of the way our country has rallied together to support one another in the face of this crisis, and I’m proud we can finally deliver the quick relief Americans have been asking for. We will beat this virus, and our nation will emerge stronger than ever before.”

Collins joins President Trump on visit to CDC

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ATLANTA, Ga. – Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) joined President Donald J. Trump, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Alex Azar and a number of other officials at the CDC in Atlanta last week for a tour and a briefing on the steps being taken to combat coronavirus.

“President Trump, Vice President Pence, and our public health officials are taking bold action to prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect the health and safety of all Americans,” said Collins. “After our briefing today, I can say with more confidence than ever before that the U.S. has the very best public health officials, and they’re doing everything they can to fight coronavirus. I appreciate President Trump and Secretary Azar taking the time to visit Atlanta today, and I’m thankful to Dr. Redfield for providing us with an update. Because of their tireless leadership, our government is more prepared to combat this public health crisis.”

Collins voted to pass out of the House the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6074), which provides $8 billion in emergency funding to combat the coronavirus. President Trump signed this bill into law.

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Collins receives 2019 Charles Colson Advocate of Hope Award

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WASHINGTON—Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform, presented the 2019 Charles Colson Advocate of Hope Award to Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) for their work on the FIRST STEP Act and its eventual passage in December of 2018. The awards were presented during a ceremony at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel on Monday night.

The FIRST STEP Act is the first step in transforming federal prisons into safe and effective facilities that will reduce recidivism and strengthen our communities and economy. The legislation expands rehabilitative programming and earned-time credit opportunities. It also reduces and clarifies mandatory minimums and better provides for the needs of federal prisoners.

“The First Step Act invests in what Americans value most fiercely—people,” said Rep. Doug Collins. “Since this bill was signed into law, we’ve seen communities restored, hope renewed, and families reunited. I’m proud to have partnered with my friend, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, to promote human dignity in our criminal justice system, and I’m incredibly honored to stand next to him today as we receive this award.”

“In addition to cosponsoring the FIRST STEP Act from its inception, Representatives Doug Collins and Hakeem Jeffries have worked tirelessly in a bipartisan manner to pass this critical legislation that paves the way to rehabilitate federal prisoners, protect public safety, and provide opportunities for prisoners to be released sooner for good behavior,” said James Ackerman, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship. “Representatives Collins and Jeffries are receiving the Charles Colson Advocate of Hope Award due to the simple fact that they crafted this bipartisan bill that reflects their shared belief in human dignity and potential.”

“We are honoring these two dedicated public servants because they came together to lift up the voice of the voiceless, regardless of the political fallout,” said Craig DeRoche, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy. “They used their considerable political capital for those people in our country that have none. Both men went to battle to overcome partisan objections within their own parties, not just across the aisle. But they stood together because of their shared values and faith that they could make a difference for thousands of men and women across the country.”

The Charles Colson Advocate of Hope Award is bestowed annually on a person(s) with a record of faithful, unswerving, and winsome advocacy for restorative criminal justice reform—a person whose leadership blazes a trail toward a future of proportional punishment, constructive prison culture, second chances, and safer communities.

The Charles Colson Hope Awards, sponsored by Prison Fellowship, recognize people who have faithfully and courageously worked to restore those affected by crime and incarceration. Charles Colson, who founded Prison Fellowship more than 40 years ago, was at ease with presidents, prisoners, wardens, pastors, laypeople, and legislators.

 

 

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Collins criticizes IG Horowitz’s FISA report

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“FISA’s original intent was to protect Americans from surveillance abuses, but this critical tool was abused for political gains ahead of the 2016 election. Those at the pinnacle of our national security community lost the objectivity they are required to exercise. I’m deeply concerned the report’s conclusion indicates there isn’t bias when that is so clearly not the case.”

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement upon the release of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on possible abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

“The inspector general’s report confirms what we’ve known to be true: Bad actors at the top levels of the Department of Justice and FBI abused their power to attempt to take down then-candidate Trump.

“FISA’s original intent was to protect Americans from surveillance abuses, but this critical tool was abused for political gains ahead of the 2016 election. Those at the pinnacle of our national security community lost the objectivity they are required to exercise.

“I’m deeply concerned the report’s conclusion indicate there isn’t bias when that is so clearly not the case: The FBI chose not to brief then-candidate Donald Trump, failed to corroborate information in the government surveillance of a U.S. citizen and failed to disclose exculpatory evidence in that FISA application.

“It’s now obvious that Democrats tried to sweep the surveillance abuse under the rug since it pertained to President Trump rather than a Democratic candidate.”

 

 

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House passes Collins’ bill to expand health care access

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3224, the Deborah Sampson Act, which includes the Newborn Care Improvement Act.

“Women serving in the armed forces put their lives on the line to defend our freedom, and the very least we can do is ensure these service members and their newborns receive the medical care they have earned,” said Collins.

Collins first introduced the Newborn Care Improvement Act during the 114th Congress and reintroduced this legislation in the 115th Congress.

The state of Georgia has the fifth highest number of female veterans, and the Atlanta VA serves more female veterans than any other VA nationwide.

Senators Tillis (R-N.C.) and Klobuchar (D-M.N.) have introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

 

 

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Collins, Quigley introduce budget transparency legislation

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WASHINGTO, D.C. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) today introduced the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act (H.R. 4894) to give the public access to how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. This bill would improve government transparency by requiring federal agencies to post their congressional budget justifications on one central, searchable website.

“Each year, Georgians entrust the government with their hard-earned tax dollars, but they’re left in the dark on where that money actually goes,” said Collins. “By requiring federal agencies to regularly publish budget justifications on one central website, the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act will ensure hardworking Americans have access to the information needed to evaluate how their tax dollars are being spent.”

“Today, congressional budget justifications are incredibly hard to find. This information is currently housed inconsistently and confusingly across different agencies, making it challenging to even know whether these materials for an agency exist,” said Quigley. “This bill would provide an opportunity to conduct better oversight of our government and allow the public to learn about what agencies are doing with their hard-earned tax dollars.”

Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) have introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

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Corps of Engineers to rethink huge dock permit fee increase

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said he is encouraged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers response to his concerns about a proposed increases in dock and land-based facility permit fees.

On June 6, the Corps announced it would increase the cost of permits in the South Atlantic Division effective Jan. 1 2019. Under the revised fee schedule, permits would have increased from $400 to $835 and re-issue permits would have increased from $175 to $835.

On Aug. 26, Collins sent a letter to the Corps demanding a thorough explanation of the anticipated cost increases. It was the second time the Hall County Republican had registered his objection to such a large increase.

Now, the Corps has announced it will pause and reassess the increase along the shorelines of Federal reservoirs and waterways in the South Atlantic Division.

Collins issued the following statement Monday: “I’m very encouraged that the Corps took our concerns seriously and made the decision to hold off on increasing permit fees. Residents of the Ninth District living on or near Lake Lanier and Lake Hartwell — and those throughout the southeast living near Corps waterway — will no longer be hit with significant and unexpected fee increases come January.

“I want to thank Major General Holland for meeting with me today to discuss my concerns and explore ways in which the Corps could accomplish their intended goal without placing an undue burden on individuals and families living throughout the southeast. I look forward to continuing to engage with the Corps as they study this issue.”

 

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Rep.  Collins Op-Ed addresses rising tide of anti-Semitism

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an op-ed published in the Atlanta Jewish Times, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) discusses the rising tide of anti-Semitism and his proposed legislation to help combat it.

Sunday marks the one year anniversary of the shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, the deadliest attack against the Jewish community in U.S. history.

The statistics are clear: Anti-Semitism is on the rise here in the United States and all across the world. According to recent data (from the Anti Defamation League), our country witnessed a 105 percent increase in reported physical assaults on the Jewish community in 2018. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) — an attack on Israel’s very right to exist — is continuing to gain traction, and anti-Semitic statements from certain members of Congress are adding fuel to the fire.

Too often, we’ve seen this form of hate and other notions of racial, ethnic or cultural superiority end in tragic violence. Our nation felt the full weight of this evil nearly one year ago at the Tree of Life synagogue as we witnessed the deadliest attack against the Jewish community in U.S. history. We mourn the loss of the 11 Americans who were tragically murdered, and we ask ourselves a big question: What can we, as a nation, do to eradicate such hate?

Anti-Semitic violence is a stain on our world’s history, having extinguished countless lives — yet, today, more and more members of Congress are voicing anti-Semitic rhetoric. It’s also hard to comprehend why my Democrat colleagues are quick to schedule hearings and votes on other forms of hateful rhetoric but refuse to condemn members of their own caucus who are proudly fueling anti-Semitic tropes every chance they get.

Anti-Semitism isn’t just rising on a national and global scale; it has also become all too common on college campuses. Just last month, anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted across a University of Tennessee landmark, blaming Jews for the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. In April, students at Emory University posted fake eviction notices on the doors of student dorms and apartments as part of an anti-Israel student protest. These horrific actions should not only be condemned, but colleges and universities must take steps to prevent hatred from building a home on their campuses.

Unfortunately, an absence of clear guidance on anti-Semitism has made it difficult, if not impossible in some cases, to directly address threats, harassment and intimidation infringing on the civil rights of Jewish students. In July, I introduced the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act to help combat anti-Semitism on college campuses. My legislation would provide the Department of Education with an additional resource to investigate potentially anti-Semitic behavior on college campuses by clarifying the definition of “anti-Semitism” in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This is a critical tool to protect the civil rights of students and ensure they receive equal educational opportunities.

Colleges and universities that receive federal financial assistance have an obligation to protect all students from discrimination on the basis of race, gender or national origin under Title VI. This includes the responsibility to ensure Jewish students have equal educational opportunities. The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act does not change the rights or obligations under existing anti-discrimination law; it simply ensures the protection of students’ and schools’ First Amendment rights along with the right to equal educational opportunities.

This legislation has bipartisan support in the Senate thanks to Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Bob Casey (D-P.A.), and many of my House colleagues — Democrat and Republican — supported the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act last Congress. Sadly, my colleagues across the aisle refuse to support the exact same bill this Congress simply because the House Democratic Caucus can’t seem to agree on condemning the rank anti-Semitism within their own party.

Hateful rhetoric does nothing but pave the way to oppression and violence. Simply condemning anti-Semitic rhetoric is no longer enough — we must stand together and actively work to stop it.

I hope my Democrat colleagues will give Congress the opportunity to send a clear, bipartisan message: Anti-Semitism has no place in our hearts, and it certainly has no place on college campuses.

 

Rep. Doug Collins represents Georgia’s 9th Congressional District. He is the ranking member of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Collins demands more answers from Corps of Engineers

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Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.)

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Rick Allen (R-Ga.) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) sent a second letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) demanding a more thorough explanation on the anticipated cost increase for dock and facility permits.

On June 6, 2019, the Corps announced the implementation of a revised real estate administrative fee schedule for dock and land-based facility permits along the shorelines of Federal reservoirs and waterways in the South Atlantic Division. Under the revised fee schedule, new dock or facility permits will increase from $400 to $835 and re-issue permits will increase from $175 to $835.

On June 28, 2019, the Corps responded to Members’ original letter dated June 14, 2019, but failed to provide adequate justification for the fee increases.

We are in receipt of your letter dated June 28, 2019, however we believe that a number of our questions were not sufficiently answered. Furthermore, we have additional questions regarding the information your office provided.

As you know, on June 6, 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced the implementation of a revised real estate administrative fee schedule (administrative fees) for dock and land-based facility permits along the shorelines of Federal reservoirs and waterways in the South Atlantic Division. The revised administrative fee schedule, effective on January 1, 2020, includes an increase in fees for new and re-issued dock and land-based facility permits. Under the revised fee schedule, the cost to individuals for a new dock or facility permit will increase from $400 to $835 and the cost for a re-issued permit will increase from $175 to $835.

Please provide detailed and direct responses addressing the following areas:

1) Explain why an assessment by the staffs at the Corps reservoirs within SAD of administrative fees to cover administrative expenses was initiated in 2006 but no decision on a revised fee schedule was made for thirteen years;
2) The Corps left the fee schedule unchanged for more than a decade and then decided to increase the amount exponentially. Explain why a more gradual phase-in to increase fees was not implemented;
3) Explain why the Corps did not follow required notice and comment procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553;
4) Explain how your office implemented a public information campaign to explain the revised real estate administrative fee schedule and why it is necessary; and
5) Provide evidence to justify the fee amount of $835 for all of these services. Please be specific showing the study that the USACE did to arrive at this number, including evidence that the administrative burden for new permits, modifying permits, and renewing permits is the exact same.

The full text of the second letter is as follows:

We respectfully request that you respond no later than September 9, 2019. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices should you have any questions. We look forward to your prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

 

Doug Collins
Member of Congress

Jeff Duncan
Member of Congress

Barry Loudermilk
Member of Congress

Virginia Foxx
Member of Congress

Jody Hice
Member of Congress

Rick Allen
Member of Congress

Sanford Bishop
Member of Congress

 

 

 

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Rep. Doug Collins meets with farmers, visits farms

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) met with members of the White County Farm Bureau Thursday to discuss challenges facing the local agriculture industry and provide an update on key issues in Washington. During the meeting, Collins answered questions on a variety of issues ranging from compliance to immigration.

“Our farmers here in White County and throughout Northeast Georgia are working day and night to put food on our tables, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to hear from them directly on the issues facing the agriculture industry,” said Collins. “As part of a family farm, I understand the challenges our farming communities are dealing with, and I will continue to advocate on their behalf as Congress works to support American farmers.”

While in Cleveland, Collins toured London Farms, Seabolt Farms, and Nix Farms, where he cut silage, shucked corn, and visited a sheep farm.

“The farms we visited this week have been family-owned and operated for generations, and it’s incredible to see firsthand the heart and soul these Georgia farmers pour into their products,” said Collins.

 

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President Trump signs Collins’ bill to stop IRS abuse

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WASHINGTON– President Donald J. Trump today signed the Taxpayer First Act into law, which includes Rep. Doug Collins’ (R-Ga.) Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act.

“For too long, hardworking individuals and small business owner — like Andrew Clyde — have fallen victim as the IRS has abused civil asset forfeiture. With the RESPECT Act finally b — coming law, law-abiding citizens can rest easy knowing they no longer have to fight the federal government just to prove their innocence,” said Collins. “I want to thank Andrew Clyde for his advocacy and persistence in getting this bill passed, and I applaud President Trump for signing this legislation to ensure all American citizens are afforded the due process guaranteed by our Constitution.”

Collins reintroduced the RESPECT Act earlier this year to protect innocent individuals and small business owners from IRS abuse and ensure their assets are not wrongly seized under civil asset forfeiture policies. The House unanimously passed the RESPECT Act — as part of the Taxpayer First Act — in April 2019.

The RESPECT Act was inspired in part by Andrew Clyde, a U.S. Navy veteran, owner of Clyde Armory, and resident of Georgia’s Ninth District. In April of 2013, the IRS seized nearly $940,000 from Clyde’s bank account without charging him with any crime, simply because he was regularly depositing several thousand dollars of cash from his business.

“In 2015, I and two others who are named in this bill testified in Congress against this abuse by the IRS,” said Andrew Clyde. “The RESPECT Act, which passed unanimously this year in both the House and the Senate, is the response of the Congress to those abuses. Today President Trump signed it into law as part of the Taxpayers First Act and it should prevent any other law-abiding citizen from ever suffering the abuse that I suffered. I highly commend Congressman Collins and Congressman Lewis for their parts in helping to make this much needed legislation become law.”

 

 

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House passes Collins’ Project Safe Neighborhoods amendment

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) offered an amendment to restore funding for Project Safe Neighborhoods, a Department of Justice initiative that has helped reduce violent crime in Georgia and throughout communities nationwide Wednesday.

Democrats did not fund Project Safe Neighborhoods in H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act 2020. Despite Democrat efforts to defund this vital program, Collins’ amendment passed Wednesday.

“Americans all want the same thin — safer communities,” he said. “Project Safe Neighborhoods’ tailor-made approach to reducing violent crime empowers our communities to reduce the specific crimes they face. Just last year, the House authorized $50 million to support Project Safe Neighborhoods by a vote of 394 to 13. Not a single Democrat voted against this measure then. I’m baffled by Democrats’ attempts only one year later to prevent this initiative from receiving even one dollar of funding, but I’m glad to see this amendment ultimately adopted.”

This program has positively affected communities in Georgia and across the country. Project Safe Neighborhoods has led to several arrests, convictions and guilty pleas in Georgia, including the arrest of 18 people due to involvement in violent gang activity or parole violations.

Background on Project Safe Neighborhoods:

  • Project Safe Neighborhoods is built on a partnership between communities and law enforcement to create a collaborative approach to public safety unique to each community.
  • Project Safe Neighborhoods identifies and targets the most violent offenders for enforcement action.
  • Project Safe Neighborhoods works to prevent violence long-term.
  • Since enactment of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, the number of murders, robberies and violent crimes has decreased in Georgia and other states across the country.

 

U.S. House approves disaster relief for Georgia

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WASHINGTON– Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after the House voted to approve critical disaster relief funding for Georgians affected by Hurricane Michael, as well as other states impacted by recent natural disasters.

“While I am glad farmers in South Georgia will finally receive the critical funding needed to begin to rebuild their lives, it is absolutely unacceptable it has taken Congress this long to pass disaster relief. Hurricane Michael completely devastated millions of families, countless businesses and multiple military bases throughout the southeast, and it’s sad that partisan politics got in the way of providing quick relief to those in desperate need of help.”

The disaster relief package provides $3 billion in critical disaster relief funding for farmers recovering from Hurricane Michael. This legislation passed the U.S. Senate last month and is headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

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Rep. Collins calls on Nadler to invite Mueller testimony

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, today (April 8)  sent a letter to Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) calling on him to invite Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before the committee.

Collins letter stated: “ . . . I write encouraging you to invite Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III to testify before our Committee without delay. If you seek both transparency and for the American public to learn the full contours of the Special Counsel’s investigation, public testimony from Special Counsel Mueller himself is undoubtedly the best way to accomplish this goal.

“Last Wednesday, the Committee voted to authorize you to issue a subpoena for the Special Counsel’s report and underlying evidence used in the investigation. Democrats unanimously rejected a Republican amendment exempting material covered under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e), “Recording and Disclosing the Proceedings” of the federal grand jury. In rejecting this amendment and supporting the subpoena, you and your fellow Democrats created an untenable but politically convenient situation: Force Attorney General William P. Barr to break the law to comply with your subpoena or label him as part of a cover-up if he does not.

“In your opening statement at Wednesday’s business meeting, you referenced the investigations into President Nixon and President Clinton as situations when Congress received 6(e) material. While grand jury material was released to Congress in those instances, your attempt to draw on this precedent and your repeated analogies between today and those prior instances are thoroughly inaccurate. As you undoubtedly know, Congress received 6(e) information during the Nixon era due to a federal court order hinging on the fact Congress had already begun impeachment proceedings. In 1998, Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr was operating under a statute separate and distinct from today’s Special Counsel regulations. Starr was an independent counsel — not part of the Department of Justice — and was required to “advise the House of Representatives of any substantial and credible information which . . . may constitute grounds for impeachment.” Starr went to federal court to fulfill his legal duty to give Congress “any substantial and credible information” pursuant to his mandate. As you also know well, the Independent Counsel Act expired under President Clinton and was replaced with today’s Special Counsel regulations, drafted by then-Attorney General Janet Reno.

“To ignore the law and conflate prior situations with the current Special Counsel’s report is irresponsible and imprudent. This behavior disrespects the law we are supposed to uphold and must stop.

“Perhaps you are loath to begin an impeachment hearing when the facts do not support one, but the precedent for Congress receiving 6(e) material is clear, and such precedent does not support your current demands. In fact, this view was further bolstered by a ruling last Friday in the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, which noted federal judges do not have inherent authority to disclose protected grand jury materials except in specifically-authorized exceptions. Courts have, however, recognized a formal impeachment inquiry under the “judicial proceeding” exception as grounds for transmitting such 6(e) material to Congress. Instead, you refuse to head down that path for political reasons, and have chosen the path of greatest resistance, and least legality — attacking the Attorney General for refusing to break the law while misleading the American public about what the law requires or allows.

“Your decision to make groundless claims and repeatedly threaten to go to court not only distracts from other Committee business but, based on firm legal precedent, will also end — after months, if not years, of litigation — without the Committee receiving the material you say it requires to complete its work. If you decline to launch an impeachment inquiry, which is your clear legal path to the 6(e) grand jury information, I suggest instead inviting Special Counsel Mueller in to testify before the Committee as soon as possible.

“For nearly two years, Special Counsel Mueller oversaw an investigation that issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses. Attorney General Barr was never a part of this investigation, and instead simply reviewed the Special Counsel’s final report and has provided Congress, so far, with the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions. While he can testify surrounding his decision to provide the Committee with principal conclusions, it is Special Counsel Mueller who is best-positioned to testify regarding the underlying facts and material in which you are so interested.

“To that end, Special Counsel Mueller should be invited to testify before the Committee during the week of April 22. Although the House is expected to be in recess that week, I think we can agree this business is too important to wait, and Members of the Committee will surely return to Washington at such a critical moment in our country’s history. I urge you to do the right thing, follow the law, and invite the Special Counsel to testify before the Committee immediately. Doing so ensures we will all hear the unfiltered truth from a man who conducted his investigation with integrity and professionalism.”

 

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