this week in washington...

We continue to keep House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in our thoughts and prayers after the horrific shooting that occurred on Wednesday morning.

After the violence on Wednesday morning, the congressional community came together to support charity and watch America’s favorite pastime on Thursday. I even ran into my former colleague Secretary Tom Price!

The House passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act on Tuesday.

This legislation:

  • Allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use an expedited process to fire, demote, or suspend employees if the secretary determines that their misconduct or performance warrants such an action.
  • Allows the VA to recoup bonuses provided to employees who engaged in misconduct or poor performance prior to receiving the bonus.
  • Provides additional protection for whistleblowers by establishing an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection for VA employees to identify issues at the VA.
  • Protects whistleblowers from retaliation by not allowing the Secretary to use this authority to fire employees who have filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).
  • Requires the VA to provide periodic training to each supervisor on the rights of whistleblowers; how to address a report by an employee of a hostile work environment, reprisal, or harassment; how to effectively motivate, manage, and reward employees; and how to effectively manage employees who are performing at an unacceptable level.

 I was able to meet with members of Georgia 4-H to discuss the important issues affecting our communities.

Thanks for stopping by!

As the Senate considers the American Health Care Act, the House passed three additional healthcare bills.  

This legislation will make sure that all Americans have access to patient centered care. I am proud to have supported these bills, bringing us one step closer to fixing our broken healthcare system.

President Trump took executive actions to expand educational opportunities for America’s workers.

As a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, I have been an advocate for workplace development programs for years. I’m happy to see that this is a priority for our President!

Next week, my staff will be holding Community Office Hours in Appling, Tattnall and Evans Counties.

These office hours offer the opportunity for constituents to receive personal assistance from my office in your local community. There will be no formal presentation nor will I be in attendance. The office hours are about one-on-one visits between staff and GA-12 constituents. Staff will be available to assist with a number of federal issues, including problems with federal agencies, such as Social Security, Veterans Affairs, Medicare, and others.

Please see below for dates, times and locations of Community Office Hours next week:

Appling County Office Hours
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Appling Courthouse Annex, Commissioners Meeting Room
69 Tippins Street
Baxley, GA

Tattnall County Office Hours
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Glennville Welcome Center
136 South Veterans Boulevard
Glennville, GA

 Evans County Office Hours
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Claxton City Hall
206 W. Railroad Avenue
Claxton, GA

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Rick Allen
Member of Congress
426 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 | (202)-225-2823