This Week in Washington

September 14, 2018

Unlocking Cures

This week, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018. This bill supports scientific research into the potential medicinal benefits of cannabis. H.R. 5634 also allows patients at Department of Veterans Affairs health facilities to discuss participation in federally-approved marijuana clinical trials. The goal of this legislation is to protect the health of the American people and fully examine the potential of medical marijuana. I am an original co-sponsor of the bill, and I was proud to support it in the Judiciary Committee.

Taking Steps to Protect Our Schools

A major part of protecting our children in our communities and at school is making mental health a priority. That's why I co-sponsored the Make Schools Safer Act to provide resources for our school systems and staff to be trained on mental health warning signs and for research to better understand the mental well-being of our young people. With H.R. 6798, teachers and staff will be able to better identify and respond to threats while coordinating with health professionals, law enforcement, and parents. Rather than a federally driven, one-size-fits-all program, parents and communities will have more control over decisions made about their children.

Tax Reform 2.0 is Here

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has changed the trajectory of the economy for the better — creating more jobs, bigger paychecks, and record-high small business and manufacturing optimism.

But, further steps need to be taken if we are going to continue economic growth, realize even more wage growth, and ensure that American companies continue to be competitive. Companies and employees must be innovative every day - always looking for new ways to maintain their competitive edge. We must continuously examine and improve our tax code so that it fosters growth so that never again will America fall behind our global competitors. 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was an important and impactful first step. But it is just that...the first step.

In Tax Reform 2.0, Congress is focused on three main areas:

  • Locking in tax cuts for middle-class families and small businesses so that they have certainty and permanency;
  • Helping families and individuals save for their future, now that they are seeing their paychecks increase and are keeping more of their hard-earned money; and
  • Spurring American innovation by helping entrepreneurs move from the kitchen table to Main Street and beyond.

Today, we have one of the most competitive tax codes on the planet — we’re going to keep it that way.

Protecting Yourself During Hurricane Season

Senators Isakson and Perdue shared great information as the potential for bad weather approaches Georgia, and I wanted to make sure you saw it. Please familiarize yourself with the resources available to you. Additionally, I hope you will join me in praying for all affected by Hurricane Florence.

  • View up-to-date emergency declarations from Governor Deal here.
  • View updates from Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency here.
  • Download Ready Georgia app for weather alerts and emergency preparedness tips.
  • Follow Georgia 511 for real-time traffic information.
  • Learn what to do in a flood here.
  • Report power outages by contacting your power provider. Two main providers in Georgia are: 
    • Georgia Power (contact here or at 888-891-0938)
    • Georgia EMC (find your local branch here)
  • Call your local non-emergency police line to report a downed tree in a main road.
  • Self-report damage to homes and businesses here

Cobb Non-Emergency: (770) 499-3911

Fulton Non-Emergency: (404) 730-7911

Dekalb Non-Emergency: (678) 406-7929

Georgia Power Storm Center:

Women on the Move

I had the most incredible time meeting with members of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) this week. My newest friends are these wonderful women in leadership from Cameroon. We had a great discussion about why it is important for women to be engaged in their communities and talked about the steps we can take to continue making our world a better place.

DeKalb Chamber Takes Washington

A special thank you to the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce for coming to visit my office this week. It was great to hear your ideas about how Washington can work better for businesses in the 6th District.

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In addition, because of rules from the House of Representatives, I will not be able to conduct live tele-town halls after August 8th through Election Day. As always, feel free to call (202) 225-4501 or (770) 998-0049 if you need assistance from me or anyone in my office.


Karen Handel