|Opposing Democrats' Rollback of Trump-Established Apprenticeship System
This week, House Democrats passed partisan legislation that would opt for a one-size-fits-all federal registered apprenticeship system and impose more bureaucratic red tape and requirements.
Apprenticeships provide our workforce with the unique opportunity to gain valuable skills that are needed to secure a good-paying job and a long-lasting career. The reason why apprenticeships are so successful is because employers know exactly what skills are in demand. But this legislation denies workers and employers autonomy to create programs that are responsive to workforce needs. It would undo the Department of Labor’s Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs, created under President Trump, which provides companies an alternative avenue to train skilled workers and develop apprentice programs for their specific industry needs.
This year has already been tough on our employers, with COVID-19 devastating businesses across the country – and the last thing we need is to burden them with more requirements.
Meeting with Society of Human Resource Management
I had the opportunity to meet with the Society of Human Resource Management to discuss coronavirus relief legislation passed by Congress and the Paycheck Protection Program.
COVID-19 Vaccine Progress
Operation Warp Speed made more headlines this week as we received great news from Moderna. Its experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing the coronavirus. Thanks to the leadership of President Trump, we are on track to have a safe and effective vaccine in record speed.
Meeting with the U.S. Air Force
This week I had a meeting with the U.S. Air Force to discuss changes to military operations at Moody AFB that would impact the Douglas Municipal Airport. I will continue to monitor the situation and I encourage you to submit public comments during the Draft EIS Public Comment Period before November 24, 2020 here: https://moodyafbairspaceeis.com/ .
GA-12 School Employees Named Winners of Georgia RISE Award
Congratulations to GA-12’s very own Mr. Harold Quarterman, the Lead Custodian at Montgomery County Middle/High School, and Officer Lee Peck, the School Safety/Resource Officer at North Columbia Elementary School for being named winners of the first-ever Georgia RISE Award, which honors classified school employees.
ICYMI: I published an op-ed in The Augusta Chronicle this week highlighting the difference between the House Democrat and Republican agendas. While Democrats want to defund, dismantle and destroy, Republicans want to restore, rebuild and renew. Click here for the full text.
Academy Nomination Board Meeting
As my office wraps up this year’s Military Academy Nomination process, I want to thank my Academy Board for their work in selecting candidates to recommend to the Service Academies. Their time and commitment to investing in our nation’s future leaders is vital to the future security of our nation!
When Justice Amy Coney Barrett was going through the nomination process in the U.S. Senate, an increasing number of Democrats threatened to pack the Supreme Court -- solely for political gain.
That’s why I co-sponsored H.J.Res.96, a Constitutional amendment that would prohibit a change to the number of seats on the U.S. Supreme Court until 10 years after enactment of any legislation to alter the size of the Court. We cannot allow Democrats to break precedent in attempt to enact their radical political agenda.
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