Bob Barr will not seek a return trip to the U.S. House. The Georgia congressman had been weighing whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Graves in a newly-drawn congressional district in northwest Georgia.
Two Georgia Republican members of Congress want to help struggling homeowners make their mortgage payments. It's a push to allow penalty-free withdrawls from retirement savings. Senator Johnny Isakson and north Georgia congressman Tom Graves are co-sponsoring a bill to allow homeowners to tap their 401-K accounts.
Georgia's 18,000 truckers could be allowed to haul more cargo if a proposal in Congress goes through. Some business groups and shippers are pushing a measure to let states raise truck weight limits from 80,000 to 100,000 lbs. Safety advocates says, Georgia had more than 3,500 truck-related fatalities from 1994 to 2009 and increasing truck weight limits wouldn't reduce those numbers.
Georgia utility regulator will tell Congress that more time and study is needed before coal-fired power plants should be forced to meet stricter environmental rules. Public Service Commission Chairman Stan Wise is scheduled to testify Wednesday before a House committee examining the effects of new rules that could affect the U.S. power industry.
A conservative radio show host from Gainesville filed paperwork Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission to run for Georgia's new congressional seat. Martha Zoller said, through a spokesman Wednesday, she will remain on the air until next spring when she qualifies as a candidate with Georgia officials. Zoller hosts a daily talk radio show on WXKT-FM, owned by Cox Radio, and is syndicated across Georgia.
North Georgia Congressman Rob Woodall wants to get rid of the campaign war chests many incumbents amass while in office. Earlier this month, he introduced a bill that would force congressional candidates to spend any money they raise during the election cycle in which they raise it.
336 Federal Aviation Administration employees from the Atlanta-area have been forced to stay home following an imposed furlough. These employees include airport planners, engineers, and specialists from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson says despite the theatrics of meetings, “a deal is possible” out of the debt reduction talks going on in Washington. On Thursday afternoon, key lawmakers and President Barack Obama were to head back for a fifth day of debt-limit negotiations.
Rep. John Lewis (D-5) announced Tuesday that he will seek reelection next year. The congressman made the announcement before the Atlanta press club. Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1986, Lewis will be seeking his 14th consecutive term.