The House passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.

I was proud to be a cosponsor of this bill which will bridge the gap between the business community and educational programs, preparing Americans for in-demand jobs in their communities. Click here to see my speech in support of this bill on the House floor.

President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 into law.

When we passed this bill out of the House of Representatives last week, I released the following statement:

“Americans have heard far too many stories about the failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs in the past few years, and there are many VA employees who have not been held accountable for their actions. Today we have taken an important step to provide our nation’s heroes with the best treatment possible. This bill creates a new process for VA employees to be fired for wrongdoing or incompetency. In the 12th district of Georgia, we have two VA hospitals that are invaluable to our veterans who need quality medical care. I hear from veterans across my district about the quality care they receive, and I am proud to support this legislation that will put all VA hospitals on track to providing the best care possible for veterans.”

On Monday, I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center. 

We will soon be leading the charge for growing the cyber workforce, at home in Georgia-12!

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1551 unanimously.

This bill restores Congress’ original intent for the Nuclear Production Tax Credit. It modifies the Nuclear Production Tax Credit to extend the 2020 sunset date until the reactors are up and running—at no cost to taxpayers. As most of you know, this is particularly important in our district, where due to unforeseen events and regulatory delays, Plant Vogtle’s timeline for construction of Units 3 and 4 is likely no longer feasible. In order to continue to be a dominant player in the global nuclear industry, invest in our own energy independence, and provide clean, low cost energy to Georgians, we must do all we can to continue these projects-- the future of nuclear energy in America depends on it. Please click here to see my speech on the House floor.

On Wednesday, I was honored to join my colleagues Reps. Francis Rooney and Lloyd Smucker in a panel discussion with the Associated Builders and Contractors. We discussed our work on the House Education and Workforce Committee and rolling back overreaching Obama-era rules and regulations.

Tomorrow, I will be joining my colleagues in Gainesville, FL for a Farm Bill listening session. As we gear up for the next Farm Bill, it is imperative to get feedback from our farmers to craft the best bill possible. If you have any thoughts on the Farm Bill or any upcoming legislation, please drop me a note at

The listening session will be live streamed here. 

This week is the official start of summer!

On Thursday evening, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed Members of Congress and their families to the Annual White House Congressional Picnic.

This year the theme was “Picnic in the Park,” modeled after a summer evening in Central Park in New York City to pay homage to their home state. What a great bipartisan event! I also had the pleasure of running into Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Georgia Southern President Jaimie Hebert, House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx and Rep. Buddy Carter.

Next week I will be on the Means Report Monday at 12:30pm on WJBF Channel 6! Make sure to tune in!

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Rick Allen
Member of Congress
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