THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON...


The Ways and Means Committee spent nearly 4 full days marking up the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 


The next step in the legislative process will be a vote on the House Floor!

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This week I joined my colleague from Connecticut, Rep. Esty in offering H.Res 610 to designate November 9, 2017 as National Diabetes Heart Health Awareness Day.


Chances are you or someone you love lives with Type 2 diabetes or heart disease – or likely both. Many Americans are aware of these diseases – but not the link between the two.  If a person has Type 2 diabetes he or she is more than twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease and live 7-8 years less. That’s less time spent with family, less time at the job you love, less time investing in your church and hometown.

That’s why I am proud to introduce legislation, H.Res.610, to support today, November 9, 2017, as “National Diabetes Heart Health Awareness Day.” 29 million Americans have diabetes, including more than 1 million in my home state of Georgia. Not only does the link between Type 2 diabetes and heart disease have a devastating personal toll; it’s an ever growing strain on our nation’s limited healthcare dollars.  According to the American Diabetes Association, diagnosed diabetes cost $245 billion in 2012. 28 percent of those costs came from treating people with heart disease and diabetes.  I strongly believe that raising awareness of the link between diabetes and heart health can save lives and taxpayers' hard earned dollars.  Today my friend Rep. Elizabeth Esty joins me in taking a step towards better health.  I am proud of our bipartisan legislation to keep Americans’ hearts strong and lives full.

The Save Local Business Act passed the House – this legislation will repeal the Obama era joint employer rule which was expensive for local businesses and their employees.

On Tuesday, I participated in a roundtable with various agriculture industry officials to discuss the status of NAFTA negotiations.

The Ed and Workforce Committee held hearings on the opioid crisis and paid leave and workplace flexibility.


Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a Georgia Southern football game – Go Eagles!


I also held a telephone town hall on Monday night. It was great to get a chance to speak with so many constituents and hear their thoughts and concerns.

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Sincerely,

 

Rick Allen
Member of Congress
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