Congress

U.S. House votes to give Georgia’s confederate statue the boot

U.S. House votes to give Georgia’s confederate statue the boot

The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove a statue of former Georgia governor Alexander Hamilton Stephens from Statuary Hall at the Capitol, as well as evict stone monuments to other men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government. Also flagged for removal is a bust of 19th century Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who wrote the despised Dred Scott decision. The legislation passed on a vote of 285-120, with all the nay votes from Republicans and 67 of them voting with Democrats. Georgia’s delegation voted along party lines. The marble bust of Taney, which is displayed…
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What to expect when Georgia redistricts Congressional seats

What to expect when Georgia redistricts Congressional seats

The once-a-decade process of redrawing Georgia’s congressional and legislative district lines is about to begin. The state House and Senate committees in charge of redistricting will hold a joint virtual town hall meeting next week to start gathering feedback from Georgia residents. The June 15 meeting, which will run from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., will be the first chance for citizens to weigh in on the results they would like to see from the process. The committees are expected to hold additional hearings during the next few months across the state. By law, states must redraw their congressional and…
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Congress condemns Georgia spa shootings

Congress condemns Georgia spa shootings

The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning the March 16 mass shooting in Atlanta and Acworth and reaffirming Congress’ commitment to combating racism and violence against the Asian American community, which has seen a spike in hate crimes since the onset of the pandemic. The resolution, H.Res. 275, passed, 244-180, though more than a dozen Republicans argued that it was premature in labeling the Atlanta shooting as a hate crime. Overall, 30 Republicans supported it, along with every Democrat voting. All eight members of Georgia’s GOP congressional delegation voted against the resolution. Six women of Asian descent and two…
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Did a Georgia Congressman claim Capitol insurrectionists were just tourists?

Did a Georgia Congressman claim Capitol insurrectionists were just tourists?

A Georgia Congressman is under fire this week from both Republicans and Democrats after his remarks at a Congressional hearing, where he claimed that the insurrectionists who invaded the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 were normal tourists. The Congressman: The Congressman who made the claims is Republican Andrew Clyde. He represents Georgia's 9th Congressional District and is from Athens. Who does he represent: The 9th district runs from Athens to much of Northeast Georgia. If you live in Catoosa, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens,Union, White, Walker, and Whitfield counties, Clyde represents you. If you live in…
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Marjorie Taylor Greene booted from committees

Marjorie Taylor Greene booted from committees

The Gist: Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has been voted out of the two congressional committees she serves on by a bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives. Greene was initially assigned to the education and budget committees. After the vote, she no longer serves on any committees. The Vote: 11 Republicans joined Democrats to vote in favor of removing Greene from her committee assignments. The final vote was 230-199. None of Georgia's Republican members of Congress voted with the Democrats. The Controversy: Greene has been a lightning rod for controversy since she announced she was running for office, due to…
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California Congressman to file resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress

California Congressman to file resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress

The Gist: A California congressman plans to introduce a resolution to expel a Georgia Congresswoman from the U.S. House of Representatives after revelations of social media posts where she appeared to show support for executing Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. The Players: Democratic Congressman Jimmy Gomez from California is introducing a resolution to expel Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. Greene represents Georgia's 14th Congressional District, which includes the Northwest Georgia counties of Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Polk, Walker, Whitfield and some of Pickens County. The Controversy: Greene has been a lightning rod for controversy since she…
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Trump Impeached Again: How your representatives voted

Trump Impeached Again: How your representatives voted

In a historic move, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time. Trump becomes the first president in history to be impeached twice. The impeachment was a bipartisan vote of 232 to 197, with 10 republicans crossing party lines to vote in favor of impeachment. Trump was impeached for his role in inciting the violent raid on the U.S. Capitol last week that resulted in the loss of five lives in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden's electoral college victory in the November election. All of Georgia's representatives in Congress…
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Kwanza Hall sworn in for 31-day Congressional term

Kwanza Hall sworn in for 31-day Congressional term

WASHINGTON — For just 31 days, Democrat Kwanza Hall will be a federal legislator representing Georgia’s 5th Congressional District. It’s a brief tenure, though not the shortest in congressional history (two lawmakers served just one day, due to a lengthy delay in resolving contested election results). And it will be a stint that follows a lengthy one in Atlanta’s 5th District: Hall is completing the term of the late Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon and Democrat who died in July of pancreatic cancer after serving nearly 34 years in the U.S. House. Because Lewis died after the primary election, Georgia Democrats tapped…
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Bourdeaux and McCormick face off for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District

Bourdeaux and McCormick face off for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District

(The Center Square) – Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux and Republican Rich McCormick and are running for election in Georgia's 7th Congressional District. Incumbent Republican Rob Woodall, who was elected to the seat in 2010, did not run for re-election. The district is located northeast of Atlanta and includes parts of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. Bourdeaux, who challenged Woodall in 2018, started her career as an aide for U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon. Since then, she has taught public policy at Georgia State University and was the Georgia Senate's Budget and Evaluation Office director for three years. McCormick is an emergency room…
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Congress launches investigation into hysterectomies at Georgia detention facility

Congress launches investigation into hysterectomies at Georgia detention facility

Top U.S. House Democrats are investigating a whistleblower’s allegations that immigrant women in a Georgia detention center endured gynecological procedures without their consent or full understanding of the treatment that was being performed. Dawn Wooten, a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center, said women at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility “were sent to an outside medical provider to undergo gynecological procedures — including but not limited to hysterectomies — without providing informed consent,” lawmakers wrote in a letter Monday to those in charge of the facility. In a complaint to federal officials, whistleblower Wooten said a “high amount” of hysterectomies…
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Congress demands answers about Georgia’s coronavirus response

Congress demands answers about Georgia’s coronavirus response

A Congressional committee on coronavirus is demanding answers from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp about the state's response to COVID-19. The committee has given Kemp until August 12 to provide documentation and an explanation for why the state is not following the recommendations of the Coronavirus Task Force, which recently put Georgia in the "red zone" for severe spread of the virus. A similar letter was sent to three other red zone states that the committee said are also not in compliance with the recommendations. The letter, which was sent to Kemp by ranking member of the Select Subcommittee on The…
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