Bringing broadband to rural Georgia

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, high-speed broadband was essential for every American to keep up with our changing economy. Now, internet access is even more critical for doing our jobs and educating our kids. Unfortunately, many rural areas in our state still lack high-speed broadband connectivity. Recently, I introduced the Keeping Critical Connections Act with Senators Kevin Cramer (ND) and Joni Ernst (IA) to address this problem and close the digital divide. Read our joint op-ed below, … Continue Reading


Some good news for you

Folks, The COVID-19 crisis has tested the strength of our great state, but it has also revealed the depth of our goodness as a people I wanted to share a few stories of Georgians stepping up to help each other. 1. A Laurens County high school student launched "Angels to Vets," which encourages members of the community to write letters to veterans at the Dublin VA clinic who are sheltering in place. 2. Community members in Albany hosted a surprise parade to honor healthcare workers. … Continue Reading


Strengthening community banks

Community banks have been true heroes during the COVID-19 crisis. They have provided access to capital that is keeping small businesses afloat. As this crisis recedes, community banks will play a major role in rebuilding our economy. However, outdated regulations could make it harder for banks to provide much-needed capital in rural and underserved areas. Read my op-ed on how we can strengthen community banking below, or by clicking here. To rebuild economy, strengthen community bank… Continue Reading


Freedom is not free

At the base of the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC is a simple phrase: "Freedom is not free." Memorial Day is a time to pause and remember those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom. From the beaches of Normandy, to the fight against terrorism, our women and men in uniform have always shown they are the very best of our nation. As our country enjoys a day of rest and reflection, we must not forget its true meaning: to honor the heroes who gave their all for our country.… Continue Reading


More COVID-19 Tests Coming to Georgia

Folks, I've got some great news to share. The White House announced that Georgia has been awarded $260 million in federal funding to increase COVID-19 testing capacity in the state. This funding was authorized through the CARES Act and is being distributed to the state right now. Testing is a critical element of our phased approach to get America back to work. The awarded funds will be used to develop, purchase, administer, process and analyze COVID-19 tests, as well as help trace contact-… Continue Reading


Here's how we beat COVID-19

Friend, The way we can beat COVID-19 once and for all is to develop safe, effective, and affordable vaccines and treatments. The Trump Administration just announced Operation Warp Speed, which aims to have treatments and vaccines widely available to all Americans by January 2021. This initiative will bring the very best of the public and private sectors together to accelerate COVID-19 countermeasures. Operation Warp Speed will be carried out in three ways: Development: Supports the most p… Continue Reading


Getting back to work safely

Last month, President Trump laid out a three-phased approach for how we can gradually reopen our economy while continuing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe. We're currently entering the first phase of this approach, meaning more Americans can finally get back to work However, the fight against COVID-19 is not over yet. As we gradually reopen our economy, we still have to practice social distancing, expand testing, and boost our healthcare resources. I recently wrote an op-… Continue Reading


Reinforcements for Healthcare Workers

Friend, Our country has had a shortage of doctors and nurses for many years, and the COVID-19 crisis has only made these shortages worse. I recently introduced the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act to give healthcare workers some reinforcements. This bill will ensure that we have 25,000 more nurses and 15,000 more doctors on hand to help keep people safe. Check out my video about this bill by clicking here or on the image below. To learn more about the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Ac… Continue Reading


Helping each other

Friend, These are tough times, but people all across our state are stepping up to help each other get through it. Here are a few examples of Georgians helping Georgians: 1. Wade's Dry Cleaners, a family-owned business in Columbus, has switched its operationsto produce protective equipment for local healthcare providers. As a result, they have been able to retain all 120 of their employees. 2. At Georgia Southern University, faculty, staff, and students have been using the school's 3D prin… Continue Reading


Helping our healthcare workers

Today is the start of Nurse Appreciation Week. This year, we should be especially grateful for their sacrifice during the COVID-19 crisis. However, a growing nurse and doctor shortage in our country is forcing these healthcare workers to put in grueling hours, come out of retirement, and put themselves at even greater risk to keep Americans safe. Yesterday, we introduced a bipartisan bill to give healthcare workers some backup. The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act will: Bring an additi… Continue Reading


Our military is still keeping us safe

Friend, There is a lot of uncertainty right now, but one thing hasn't changed: the steadfast resolve of the United States military. This week, I toured Fort Benning with the Secretary of the Army to observe how our military has adapted to keep personnel safe while maintaining readiness during this COVID-19 crisis. Read about my visit here. What I saw at Fort Benning was totally impressive. The military has found a way to carry out their mission while using screening, testing, and social … Continue Reading


Expanding COVID-19 Tests

Friend, As we start planning how to safely and responsibly reopen America's economy, one of the most important steps we can take is to dramatically expand our testing capabilities. This week, the White House Coronavirus Task Force released a blueprint for how to expand testing: Unleash the power of the private sector to develop new testing technologies. Boost resources and capacity for laboratories handling COVID-19 tests. Develop techniques for monitoring potential new outbreaks. Cre… Continue Reading


Georgians Helping Georgians

Friend, The American people are better than anyone at facing big challenges. During this COVID-19 crisis, people across our country and state are stepping up to help each other. Here are a few encouraging stories I wanted to share with you: Chick fil-A is donating over $10 million-worth of food for first responders, healthcare workers, school systems, and others who need it most. Over 5,000 meals have already been delivered right here in Georgia. Boys and Girls Clubs across our state… Continue Reading


More relief for small businesses

Friend, The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created to help small businesses stay open and pay their employees during this COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, due to high demand, this program ran out of funding last week. Now, more relief for small businesses is on the way. Yesterday, Congress passed a bill that will provide $310 billion in additional funds to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program. It also includes: $75 billion for hospitals and health care providers. $25 billion t… Continue Reading


Keep your money safe

Friend, Economic relief payments for eligible Americans have started going out, both through direct deposit and physical checks. Unfortunately, scammers may try to steal your money and your personal information. I wanted to pass along a few tips to help you avoid potential scams and keep your money safe. No matter what, the IRS will NEVER: Email you Call you before contacting you by mail Ask you to provide personal or financial information Make threats to suspend your Social Security… Continue Reading


Exciting announcements for Georgia

Friend, To get through the COVID-19 crisis, we are working hard to make sure state and local officials have the resources they need to keep everyone safe and protect our economic security. Here are three exciting announcements impacting Georgia that I didn't want you to miss: More funding for public safety needs. The Department of Justice announced that Georgia will receive nearly $16 million to provide overtime pay and personal protective equipment for first responders. These heroes put th… Continue Reading


Relief is on the way

Friend, The COVID-19 public health crisis has created an economic crisis in our country, making it harder for many Americans to pay for basic necessities. I've got good news: help is on the way right now. This week, the Treasury Department announced that relief payments for eligible Americans have started going out. If you're signed up for direct deposit with the IRS (for instance, if your latest tax refund was deposited in your checking account), you should receive your payment as soon as … Continue Reading


Happy Easter

Friend, Happy Easter. Today, we are reminded that light triumphs over darkness. History has shown us that amid our pain and suffering there is still hope and joy to get us through difficult times. Faith is born out of struggle, and during this period of uncertainty I encourage us all to take time to pause and trust that better days are ahead. This year, unfortunately, many of us are unable to celebrate Easter with our families, friends, and congregations due to COVID-19. However, we can take… Continue Reading


Three things

Friend, Here's three things that happened this week that I didn't want you to miss: 1. Relief for small businesses available now Small businesses who are struggling to pay their employees can now apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides up to $10 million dollars in loans to businesses with under 500 employees. These loans are entirely forgivable if used for payroll, rent, interest on a mortgage, or utilities, as long as 75% of the money is used for payroll. After reques… Continue Reading


5 encouraging stories

Friend, It's encouraging to see so many Georgians stepping up to support their communities during this challenging time. I wanted to share five uplifting stories from this week: 1. Georgia Tech and Coca-Cola teamed up to produce 50,000 surgical shields for Atlanta hospitals. 2. Augusta National donated $2 million to support coronavirus testing and relief. 3. Delta announced it would offer free flights to medical volunteers traveling to fight COVID-19. 4. Nine Line Apparel in Savannah put … Continue Reading

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