Sebastien Cotte and his wife take turns caring for their 3-year-old son Jagger around the clock. Jagger has a condition called Leigh’s Disease, which is a neurological disorder than impacts almost every facet of his life.
Congress did not extend jobless benefits for the long term unemployed in the budget it passed before the Christmas break.That means nearly 40,000 Georgians will lose extended federal jobless benefits on Dec. 28. GPB News' Ellen Reinhardt spoke to two people say once they lose their benefits, they will have nowhere else to turn.
Georgians looking for help staying warm this winter are finding long lines and reduced budgets at assistance programs. Low-income residents can apply for federally-financed home heating through community organizations. Last month's cuts in food stamp benefits led to a record number of applicants for energy assistance.
Congress is just days away from its Christmas break. A national coalition of evangelical Christians that includes pastors in Georgia is still pressing Washington lawmakers to address immigration. And the evangelicals remain hopeful a bill will pass soon. The Evangelical Immigration Table will run newspaper ads this month in North Carolina and Texas. Aimed at House Speaker John Boehner, they read, “We’re praying for you, Speaker Boehner.” With these ads, the group of pastors has invested $1 million in the issue.
Voters across Georgia went to the polls Tuesday for municipal elections. In two special elections, they were there to elect two new state lawmakers. Both Representative Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, and Senator Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, stepped down from their positions earlier this fall to run for U.S. Congress.
Two weeks after Congress passed the continuing resolution that reopened the shuttered federal government, Democrats claim the shutdown will cost Georgia at least $324 million dollars this quarter (October, November and December.)
Congress passed a continuing resolution just under the wire Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and avoid default. Georgia's Representatives and Senators in Washington cast votes both for and against the bill.
The government shutdown is burning up social media accounts of Georgia Congressmen. Lawmakers have been releasing videos, statements and Tweets on the subject for days. Their responses fall along party lines.