this week in washington...

First off, please continue to pray for the safety of everyone in Hurricane Irma’s path and continuing to pray for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Governor Deal has expanded his emergency declaration to include some counties in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.

For preparedness tips and useful information please visit:

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Georgia Department of Agriculture Hurricane Response Center
Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency
Make Your Own Ready Kit
Download the Ready Georgia mobile app.
Download the FEMA mobile app.

State of Emergency County Contacts from GEMA:

Appling: 912-367-8170
Burke: 706-554-6651
Bulloch: 912-489-1661
Candler: 912-685-4600
Coffee: 912-389-1705
Effingham: 912-754-8888
Emanuel: 478-237-3169
Evans: 912-739-1991
Jenkins: 478-982-6112
Jeff Davis: 912-375-6628
Screven: 912-564-2709
Tattnall: 912-557-6820
Toombs: 912-526-6424
Treutlen: 478-595-8472

I am hosting our Fall Academy Day on Saturday, September 16. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in learning more about the application and nomination process for service academies.

My staff will also be holding community office hours across the district this month. They can help you with any federal issues you may be having. Please note that the originally scheduled office hours in Coffee and Jeff Davis counties have been postponed and rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma. Visit for the most up-to-date schedule.

This was the first week back for Congress after the district work period, and we really hit the ground running! Click here to see a video wrap up of my time in GA-12!

President Trump made the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing to examine the sharing economy and consider how it relates to our nation’s workforce policies.

This includes companies like Uber and Airbnb which have become a part of many Americans everyday lives. Today, there are an estimated 3.2 million people working in the sharing economy. It is an industry has really taken off, with many people wondering where we would be without the innovative companies that we now can’t live without.

This week I was also happy to support legislation to provide emergency funding to victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Here is my full statement on the legislation:

“I am disappointed that the Senate did not take up a clean bill to provide emergency relief funds and instead forced the House to vote on a last minute deal that includes a continuing resolution and debt ceiling extension. Here we are, yet again, kicking the can down the road.  President Trump and my colleagues in Congress must advance conservative federal spending reforms as we were elected to do. That being said, I believe Congress has a responsibility to provide emergency funding to those in need from these catastrophic events. With Americans still rebuilding from Hurricane Harvey and the potential havoc Hurricane Irma could cause in the Southeast, I could not, in good conscience, vote against this bill. Please continue to keep everyone in the path of Hurricane Irma in your prayers.” 

Share your thoughts with me. You can email me HERE, contact any of our offices or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to sign up for my Telephone Town Halls. Click HERE to register your name and number to ensure that you’re contacted for all future calls from me. I hope you had a great week!



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