Georgia sends $1.1 billion in exports to Columbia, Korea and Panama. Republicans and some business groups say, those exports stand to rise now that Congress has approved trade deals lowering tariffs on the nations. Georgia chemicals, machines and transportation equipment are among the items that could be the most boosted by lower tariffs. But some labor unions are skeptical.
U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss wants to set aside $1 million dollars in the Senate transportation bill to expand a highway in south Georgia. Proponents of the project to expand State Route 133 hope Chambliss’ request will push the Senate to work the funding into legislation this year.
President Obama says he will draw down troops in Iraq by the end of the month. He used a speech to the Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta for the announcement. The President also promised to help veterans no matter when and where they served.