Honoring our Heroes
This weekend America observes Veterans Day. A time to remember, recognize and honor all of the heroes who have served in our military.

To honor our veterans and their sacrifice, I joined my colleagues in the House this week in passing 14 bills that will work to better serve our nation's heroes. To see these bills and many more that we have been working on throughout this Congress, click here

To our brave veterans in the First District and across the country - thank you today and every day. 

From our Nation's Capitol CXXXIX

Monday, November 6, 2017:  This past weekend was a very busy one as I flew into Jacksonville from Washington last Friday night and spent the night in Waycross before heading to Blackshear in Pierce County on Saturday morning where I participated in the opening ceremonies of the Pecan Festival of Georgia.  This is one of many great festivals in the First District with numerous vendors, Classic Car Shows, local bands and dancers as well as the Georgia State Pecan Pie Contest.  Afterwards, I headed to Hinesville in Liberty County for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Veterans Memorial Walk in Bryant Commons Park. 

Rep. Carter at the 5th Annual Veterans Memorial Walk.

This volunteer project cost over $1 million and is a place of reverence, respect and reflection to honor all American military veterans.  The work that the citizens of this area have put into this project is amazing and is indicative of the support that this community has had and continues to have for Fort Stewart and our country’s military.  Later, on Saturday afternoon, I attended the Companions for Heroes event at The Landings on Skidaway Island in Savannah. This great organization helps our honored military veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by providing canine companions obtained from shelters and/or rescues.  Saturday’s event honored U.S. Army Ranger Veteran Chris Jordan, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment who was an underwater artist.  This morning I have a radio interview with NPR at 6:30 a.m. to discuss tax reform and later in the morning I head to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler where we are having our annual Service Academy Day.  One of the true honors that Members of Congress enjoy is to be able to nominate candidates to our country’s military academies.  This year we have over 20 of the best and brightest young people in our district who are interviewing for these nominations. 

Rep. Carter speaking at the Service Academy Day.

Fortunately, I have an excellent Academy Board consisting of volunteers from across the district who spend the day interviewing the candidates and make recommendations to me for nominations.  Once I’m back in Washington, I meet with staff to review the latest developments on tax reform before heading to a Messaging Advisory Group meeting with Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA) where our special guest is Kellyanne Conway who shares with us polling information related to tax reform.  Afterwards, I head to our weekly Whip Team meeting before heading to the House Chamber for our first vote series of the week. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017:  After meeting my good friend Stan Sparks from Effingham County at the White House early this morning to help he and his wife gain access, I head back to the Capitol for a Doctor’s Caucus meeting where we hear from Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams.  Although we talk about a myriad of issues, our main discussion centers on the opioid epidemic that is currently gripping our nation.  Afterwards, we have our weekly GOP Conference meeting where we talk primarily about the tax reform legislation that will be voted on in the Ways and Means Committee later this week.  Following our weekly staff briefing in my office, I meet with my good friend Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA) who is both a primary care physician and veterinarian. 

Rep. Carter meeting with Rep. Abraham and his daughter.

Ralph brings along his daughter, Dr. KiAnne Hardee, who is a practicing radiologist in Texas and who shares with me some of her concerns with health care in our country.  Later, I meet with Larry Wade, owner of Golden Isles Aviation on St. Simons Island to discuss the potential privatization of air traffic control and afterwards head to the House Chamber for our first vote series of the day.  Next, I head back to my office where I meet with representatives from the Fulbright Association including my good friend, former Georgia Congressman Max Burns.  After a series of meetings with staff in my office, I head back to the House Chamber for our second and final vote series of the day. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017:  My day starts early with a meeting with officials from the Georgia Ports Authority who are in town to advocate for funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.  Next, I head to a “Meet the Cabinet” series where our guest is former Georgia Governor and current Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue.  Afterwards, I head to an Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) before heading downtown to a FTC workshop on prescription drug pricing.  Once back at the Capitol, I head to the House Chamber for our first vote series of the day before heading back to my office for a meeting with representatives from ZocDoc followed by a visit with my good friend Dr. Jud Cuttino from Savannah. 

Rep. Carter meeting with ZocDoc.

After a phone interview with Kaiser Health News to discuss health care issues, I attend a meeting of the Georgia delegation with prominent state business leaders to discuss the tax reform proposal before heading to the House Chamber for our second and final vote series of the day.

Thursday, November 9, 2017:  After a meeting in my office with representatives from the National Phenylketonuria Alliance, I head to an Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee hearing on the disposal of solid waste on farmland. 

Rep. Carter meeting with the National Phenylketonuria Alliance.

A link to my questions can be found here.  Next, I head to the House Chamber for our first and only vote series of the day before heading back to my office for a meeting with representatives from the Georgia Society of Ambulatory Centers.  As I head to the airport for a flight to Atlanta, I have a phone interview with Stat News to discuss the FTC workshop on prescription drug pricing that I attended yesterday.   

Friday, November 10, 2017:  This morning I am at Lake Lanier in North Georgia where I am speaking to the Georgia Medical Group Management Association at their Fall Forum and bring them up to date on health care issues in Washington as well as the latest news on tax reform.  On my way back to the Atlanta airport I have a phone interview with WJCL in Savannah to discuss tax reform and the possible elimination and/or reduction of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive program.  Afterwards, I have a phone interview with Fox 28 in Savannah to discuss traffic caused by trains from the port.

Votes in the House This Week
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