https://www.isakson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/news-releases?ID=6CB4B4BE-1509-40DA-A45F-12BC835ECC73Isakson applauds David Friedman’s confirmation to be the new ambassador to Israel. Friedman received little Democratic support.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/23/senate-confirms-david-friedman-as-ambassador-to-israel-with-little-democratic-support/?utm_term=.50a841472d58 3/25 Update Senator Isakson joined fellow Republicans this week in advocating for the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch. He supports Trump’s selection of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for head of the Department of Agriculture (USDA).Isakson co-sponsored legislation to halt the Labor Dept’s Occupational Safety and Health Act, in which certain employers are required to record injuries and illnesses that occur at work and maintain those records for five years. With this proposed legislation, that timeframe has been reduced to just six months.https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-occupational-safety-and-health-actSenator Isakson, along with Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, will serve as Senate co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance. The caucus serves to ensure aid programs are carried out effectively and see the highest return on investment possible for U.S. taxpayer dollars.https://www.devex.com/news/senators-coons-isakson-join-expanded-caucus-on-aid-effectiveness-89906 3/18 Update It was another quiet week for Senator Isakson, as he recovers from a second back surgery.Isakson praised Trump’s nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the FDA.Isakson, along with Senator Perdue, recently reintroduced the Chattahoochee-Oconee Land Adjustment Act (S. 571, H.R. 1434). The Act, also supported by The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund, “…will consolidate federal lands and better steward North Georgia’s natural resources.”http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/m/section/250/article/122408/Isakson released a statement this week in support of Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget outline, which is heavily focused on military spending.https://www.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN16M1DO 3/11 Update Senator Isakson held an hour-long telephone town hall on Thursday, March 2nd and had over 3,000 Georgians participate. Topics of conversation included national security, health care, financial retirement planning regulations, jobs and the economy. To listed to a recording, click here. A follow up town hall will be held on Thursday, March 9th at 5:55pm. You can listen to the call and ask questions online via this link, https://vekeo.com/senatorisakson/The Senator is in favor of President Trump’s revised travel ban stating it will keep foreign nationals who are terrorists and criminals out of the country.As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, Isakson continues his work on programs supporting the VA. Along with Senators Jon Tester (D-Montana) and John McCain (R-Arizona), they introduced legislation to extend and enhance the Veterans Choice Program, which provides veterans with better access to private-sector healthcare. 3/3 Update Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross was confirmed by the Senate as the secretary of commerce this week, although Isakson was not able to participate in the vote given his continued recovery from back surgery.Senator Isakson is applauding Trump’s Executive Order to reverse the Waters of the United States rule enacted by Obama in 2015 that defines which small bodies of water are regulated by the federal government. Supporters of the rule state that it ensures safe drinking water for all in addition to the protection of waterways and wetlands in general. Opponents, such as the agriculture and oil industries, argue the rule is yet another a burdensome regulation.Isakson is leading a town hall via telephone tomorrow, Thursday, March 2nd at 6pm. The system Isakson’s office uses to conduct these calls requires that they call constituents as opposed to you calling them. Please use their newsletter/town hall sign up form linked here if you would like to participate in the next call. You can also contact their offices at 770-661-0999 or 202-224-3643 if you would like to sign up to participate. If you are unable to participate via telephone, you can still listen to the call online via this link, https://vekeo.com/senatorisakson/ that will allow you to livestream the call.2/25 Update
Sen. Isakson announced his support of President Trump’s selection of Alexander Acosta as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor this week and voted to confirm Scott Pruitt as the head of the EPA. He is recovering from back surgery he underwent this week during the Senate recess.Recent 2.22.17 Senators Isakson, Perdue Urge Agency To Work With Administration To Protect National Security, Military Readiness,Urge changes to hiring freeze implementation affecting Robins Air Force Base, Kings Bay Naval Base 2.15.17 Voted to repeal the Obama Rule which made it harder with people for mental illness to purchase guns. Lots more info on the gun control page. 1.30.17 Senator Isakson criticized the process by which the Trump administration issued its travel order, without specifically questioning its motives. 1.23.17 Senator Isakson co-sponsors Patient Freedom Act. Bill here. Lots more info on the ACA page.
Voting Record: http://www.isakson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/votes
Sponsored legislation: http://www.isakson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/votes
Co-sponsored legislation: http://www.isakson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/co-sponsored-legislation
Background: Isakson entered politics in 1974 and served for 17 years in the Georgia Legislature in both the House and Senate. In 1997, then-Gov. Zell Miller appointed Isakson to lead of the Georgia Board of Education as chairman. Isakson was elected in 1999 to the U.S. House for the first of three terms, and he was elected in 2004 and 2010 to the U.S. Senate
Personal: graduated from UGA in 1966; served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966-1972; married with three children and eight grandchildren; lives in Marietta. He is a businessman with 40-plus years in the real estate industry
He is the only Georgian elected to the state House, state Senate, U.S. House and U.S. Senate and the first Georgia Republican to be elected to a third term in the U.S. Senate (in 2016.)
- Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs – Chair
- Senate Select Committee on Ethics – Chair
- Senate Committee on Finance
– Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs & Global Competitiveness
– Subcommittee on Taxation & IRS Oversight
– Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions & Family Policy
– Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
– Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues
– Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
– Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development
– Employment and Workplace Safety – Chair
Important for Georgia
- Finance Committee has jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Medicare and Social Security. He is chair of the Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness with jurisdiction over a wide range of issues relevant to trade and U.S. competitiveness in world business — key issues for Georgia and the companies located there doing business internationally
- On Foreign Relations, worked to increase trade between the US and Africa, and also pushed through a law requiring stronger protections for American Peace Corps volunteers serving around the globe.
- An original author of the President’s No Child Left Behind Act
- Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, Isakson has “voted more than 60 times to kill, repeal, dismantle or defund the legislation.
- He has a strong commitment to Israel.
- Isakson supports 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms Laws
- He promotes the value of life and protects the rights of the unborn and believes in traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
- Voted to confirm Tillerson (Secretary of State), Kelly (Secretary of Homeland Security), Chao (Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation), Haley (Ambassador to the United Nations), Mattis (Secretary of Defense)
- Voted Yea on DeVos (Secretary of Education), Sessions (Attorney General), Price (Secretary of Health and Human Service), Mnuchin (Secretary of the Treasury)
Senator Isakson Town Hall, Friday, February 10th, 10am-12pm, Greene County Government Office (1034 Silver Dr, Greensboro, GA 30642-2157). Daniela Perry, Isakson’s field representative for the area, will hold an open office day for constituents on February 10, 2017, in Greensboro, Ga., in conjunction with representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator David Perdue, R-Ga., and U.S. Representative Jody Hice, R-Ga.-10.
Request Senator Isakson host a town hall meeting in Atlanta, Georgia during the next State Work Period, February 20-24. Click here.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson periodically holds Telephone Town Halls for Georgia residents. The general public is invited to participate. However, the system we use to conduct these calls requires that we call our constituents as opposed to you calling us. Please use our newsletter/town hall sign up form if you would like to participate in the next call. You can also contact our offices at 770-661-0999 or 202-224-3643 if you would like to sign up to participate.
Open Office Days
Representatives from our office often hold special office hours to ensure that the views, concerns and local efforts of all Georgians are reflected in the operation of our office.Friday, February 10, 2017 10am -1pm 1034 Silver Drive
Greensboro GA 300642
If you have a scheduling request for the Washington office, please call (202) 224-3643. For scheduling requests for the Georgia office, please call (770) 661-0999.