The Union Recorder

Local News

December 6, 2013

Isakson packs town hall meeting

(Continued)

MILLEDGEVILLE —

“That’s an indictment of inefficiency, and it’s the reason why the debt and deficit continue,” Isakson said.

In January 2013, Isakson was named to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, which has jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Medicare and Social Security and which plays a critical role in the debate over cutting spending and reducing national debt.

He has introduced a bi-annual budget bill that has the support of nearly 50 senators.

• Port of Savannah project

The port that provided 297,000 jobs will soon be deepened from 42 to 47 feet. 

Isakson calls the agreement the “single largest economic boost in the history of our state.”

Room for larger boats means more cargo coming through the Georgia port keeping and adding jobs as a result.

“There are good things happening for the state that sometimes go under the radar,” he said.

The project was initially approved in 1999. Currently, cost estimates are near $680 million with one third of that matching state funding.

The hefty price is for environmental mitigation and security.

“It’s taken 15 years to run the science, but we know we can do it and not damage the oxygen demand,” he said.

• Affordable Care Act

Isakson said 83 percent of “Obamacare” falls under the Medicare formula meaning its mandatory federal spending.

“You have to repeal the law,” the senator said. “You can’t defund it. My personal belief is that the Affordable Care Act will implode under its own weight. I think the end result will be a piecemeal approach repealing parts of it at a time to end up with the system we should have had in the first place.”

• Georgia Power closings

Environmental regulation will close a number of power plants in the coming years including Plant Branch that affects Baldwin and Putnam counties.

“I believe we are pushing coal regulation so far that we are actually hurting the United States more than we are actually helping the environment,” Isakson said. “It’s become an economic decision.”

Text Only
Local News
Poll
AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot