this week in washington...

The House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“As a member of Congress, one of the most important votes I cast each year is for the NDAA. I am proud to support this critical legislation that reaffirms our commitment to the hardworking men and women who serve our country and authorizes essential funding for national security.” – Click here for my full statement.

The FY 2018 NDAA:

  • Provides a well-deserved 2.4% pay raise for our troops.
  • Authorizes over $85 million for military construction projects at Fort Gordon, including Army Family Housing.
  • Fully funds cyber operations.
  • Authorizes $1.3 billion for the Savannah River Site.
  • Authorizes $340 million for continued construction of the MOX facility.

For more detailed information on the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, please click here.

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to examine technology and innovation in specialty crops.

The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing to discuss federal joint employer policies.

For more information on the hearing, please click here.

Georgia was named the 2nd best state for business in America!

According to CNBC

The House passed three bills to end human trafficking.

  • Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act
  • Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act
  • Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act

It was a pleasure to be able to speak with the Kiwanis Club of Augusta on Monday. Thanks for having me!

We also passed the FDA Reauthorization Act in the House.

This included the RACE for Children Act, which is extremely important legislation to help in the development of pediatric cancer drugs. As a cosponsor of the RACE for Children Act I was extremely proud to support this bill.

(Also, keep an eye out in the Augusta Chronicle for an op-ed I wrote about the RACE for Children Act!)

Take a look at this video showcasing all of the winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition!

The Congressional Art Competition is an annual competition that honors the artistic achievements of American high school students. A winner from each congressional district has their art hanging in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Marina Van Sickle won this year’s Georgia-12 art competition with her drawing entitled “Cow Tongue.”

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Rick Allen
Member of Congress
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