This week in washington...

House Republicans kept their promise to the American people of ending taxpayer bailouts by passing the Financial CHOICE Act.

Sponsored by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), this legislation will deliver regulatory relief to community banks across America and will end taxpayer-funded bailouts, once and for all.

I recently heard from a community banker in Dublin who said:

“The CHOICE Act will go a long way toward letting community bankers be bankers again rather than paper-filler-outers for the government. All bankers want is to be able to take chances on people who have dreams and those dreamers don’t always fit in the neat boxes drawn by Washington bureaucrats.

Dodd-Frank was supposed to stop abuses on Wall Street, but in doing so, it’s tamped down lending on Main Street and required all banks especially smaller ones to spend an inordinate amount of money on checking governmental boxes versus utilizing both those time and monetary resources to help individuals and small businesses climb a little further up the economic ladder.

Dodd Frank with its onerous rules and regulations has tried to paint us as folks just looking to take advantage of our customers.  No community banker would ever purposely take advantage of a customer that they will constantly see in church, at a community event or a kid’s baseball game.  That would be suicide to our business model and everything we stand for. 

CHOICE is the first effort to let community bankers get back to doing what they know best: serving the needs of their communities…”         

Click here to watch my speech in support of the Financial CHOICE Act on the House Floor.

I stopped by Deke Copenhaver’s radio show on Monday to discuss legislative priorities we are working on in Congress, including tax reform.

I met with Andrew Lawrence from Vidalia who has been interning in Congressman Buddy Carter’s office this semester!

Leda Chong, Senior Vice President of Government Programs and Sales at Gulfstream presented me with a model of a Gulfstream G650 on loan to be displayed on my desk in Washington. Gulfstream employs many folks in Georgia-12.

Thanks for stopping by!

Next week, my staff will be holding Community Office Hours in Candler, Jenkins and Emanuel Counties.

These office hours offer the opportunity for constituents to receive personal assistance from Congressman Allen’s office in their local communities. There will be no formal presentation nor will Congressman Allen 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:

Candler County Office Hours

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Metter City Hall
49 S. Roundtree St.
Metter, GA

Jenkins County Office Hours

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Millen City Hall
919 College Avenue
Millen, GA

Emanuel County Office Hours

Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Emanuel County Commission Board Room
101 N. Main St.
Swainsboro, GA

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