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  • Georgia congressman: I will work with Betsy DeVos to expand school choice
    Posted in In The News on March 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    In this column, U.S. Rep. Rick Allen, R-Evans, explains his support for school choice and his intention to work with new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to expand the option. By Rep. Rick Allen At the heart of our American values is the belief that each of us, no matter our circumstances, can pursue our own success and happiness through hard work. That’s how a small-town farm boy, the son of two educators, wound up a businessman in Augusta and later a congressman. The value of education canno... Read more

  • Defense budget increase could have major impact on Fort Gordon
    Posted in In The News on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    AUGUSTA (WJBF) — President Donald Trump is hoping to increase defense spending by $54 billion next year. If Congress approves his proposed budget, Fort Gordon would see a dramatic impact from the nearly 10% hike. Fort Gordon is already booming, in fact, the post has grown 20% since 2012. As other military bases around the country are dwindling in size, Fort Gordon is expected to grow by 3% every year. With talk of $54 billion extra in funding for the Department of Defense, there is a lot of buzz... Read more

  • Cyber warfare, readiness at forefront of Congressional Hearing
    Posted in In The News on March 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    The House Armed Services Committee held a conference Wednesday, focused on the threats, challenges and opportunities in 21st Century cyber warfare, including capabilities and resources coming to the Augusta area. The Congressional Committee questioned and heard testimony from several cyber warfare and cyber security experts. The committee characterized the cyber landscape as the preferred target for U.S. adversaries because of American strength on conventional battlefields. Jason Healy, nonresi... Read more

  • Georgia Republicans dazzled by Trump’s speech, despite few new specifics
    Posted in In The News on March 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — In the lead up to Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday, several of Georgia’s Republican congressmen said they were looking for concrete policy specifics from the new president on issues like health care and infrastructure. They got relatively little of that, especially by way of new details — such presidential speeches to Congress are designed, after all, to be broad and sweeping — but the state’s Republicans were still dazzled by Trump’s address. “It was certainly beyond my expectations,”... Read more

  • Rep. Allen, Sen. Perdue react to President Trump's address to Congress
    Posted in In The News on March 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFXG) - Right after President Trump's address to Congress, Georgia Congressman Rick Allen gave some of his reaction. Congressman spoke with our Dawn Baker last night, saying "Well, obviously his energy, and I think he talked to all Americans about his vision for the country, the American spirit and the fact that if we can work together, we can accomplish anything." Congressman Allen's office issued a statement following the address. “Tonight, Americans everywhere heard the Pres... Read more

  • Allen hopes to vote on ACA replacement by Easter
    Posted in In The News on February 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    Rep. Rick Allen hopes to vote for a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, before Easter, he said Friday. Republicans in Congress have been trying to repeal the ACA since it was enacted in 2010. But unlike previous efforts, a successful House bill now would go not only to a Republican-majority Senate, but potentially to the desk of President Donald Trump, another Republican who has vowed to replace Obama’s legacy health insurance legislation. Actual repeal and repla... Read more

  • Congressman visits Fort Gordon to discuss schools and infrastructure
    Posted in In The News on February 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    AUGUSTA, GA (WJBF) – U.S. Representative Rick Allen visits Fort Gordon in a 3-hour briefing on cyber commands and more. “I don’t mind telling you it’s like drinking from a fire hose, we have a lot going on here,” said Congressman Rick Allen. US Representative Rick Allen says he is very proud of what is happening at Fort Gordon and calls it the ‘new frontier of warfare’. “I want to thank the community, the community has been a big support,” said Congressman Rick Allen. Allen met with Fort Gordon ... Read more

  • Congressman Allen sees cyber operations close up
    Posted in In The News on February 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    Fort Gordon welcomed Congressman Rick Allen on Wednesday for an up-close look at the Army’s cyber operations as cyber command continues to move into its new Augusta headquarters. “Every time I am out here I just say, ‘Wow!’ I don’t mind telling you, it’s like drinking from a fire hose. We have a lot going on out here,” said the Republican from Augusta. He called cyber battlefields the new frontier in warfare and said the mission at Fort Gordon and in Augusta is very important. Allen spent about ... Read more

  • Defense spending changes could reach Fort Gordon
    Posted in In The News on February 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    our of the military’s highest ranking officials testified before the House Armed Services Committee earlier this week, outlining equipment, personnel and financial shortfalls threatening the military readiness of the nation’s forces. Fort Gordon is the Augusta area’s largest employer with over 24,000 military, civilian and contractor employees. The Fort Gordon Alliance estimates the annual economic impact from the Army base at around $2.4 billion a year. That number is likely to grow as U.S. Arm... Read more

  • Where every Georgia congressman stands on Donald Trump’s refugee ban
    Posted in In The News on February 7, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — One by one, Georgia’s Republican members of Congress lined up behind President Donald Trump’s divisive executive order barring some Middle Eastern refugees from entering the country. Nearly all of the dozen Republicans elected to represent the Peach State on Capitol Hill came out in favor of the executive action — or most of it — on Monday, three days after Trump first issued the directive. “America will always be a compassionate country, and President Trump is taking action to prot... Read more