A Non-Binding War Powers Resolution
This week, House Democrats brought a non-binding war powers resolution to the House floor. This resolution attacks the President of the United States days after he strategically ordered a strike to eliminate Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani. It is non-binding because Democrats introduced the legislation as a concurrent resolution, which means it has no force of law and cannot make it to the President's desk. 

The President of the United States of America acted decisively and justifiably. President Trump's decision to eliminate Soleimani will save American lives. The killing of Soleimani was not an act to start a war, it was a tactical move to end a war. 

Instead of rallying behind our troops and our President to show the world we are unified against terrorism and the leading state sponsor of terrorism, Washington Democrats decided to hold a vote this week on a messaging resolution to rebuke our President for killing an Iranian terrorist with American blood on his hands. This will do nothing more than further divide our nation and show the world we are not united. It's shameful.

I discussed the situation in Iran on Fox Business this week. Click here to see more. 

This week on Buddy's Briefing
This week on Buddy's Briefing, we discuss the situation in Iran and the Democrat's non-binding war powers messaging resolution.

Additionally, I was proud to announce the award of $1,098,735.75 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reforest a 1,758 acre tract of land in Charlton County that was damaged by the West Mims Fire in 2017. I worked closely with FEMA and the county to secure this funding.

Click here to catch up on this and more in this week's episode. 

From our Nation's Capitol CCXLVIII
Monday, January 6, 2020:  I’m at our Savannah office this morning and my first meeting is with members of Georgia Equality, the state’s largest organization dedicated to advancing equal opportunity for LGBT people, as we discuss the need for nondiscrimination protections in Georgia.  Next, I have a meeting with a constituent who is a minister and retired Marine and is very concerned about our national debt and what we can do to control it.  After a very good discussion about this important subject that both of us agree is not getting the attention it needs, my next meeting is with three consumer health advocates who are concerned about the safety of vaccines that are being mandated to be administered.  This is certainly a controversial subject in some circles and the advocates do a good job of presenting their case. 

Rep. Carter meeting with the Consul General of India, Dr. Swati Kulkarni
My final office meeting is with the Consul General of India, Dr. Swati Kulkarni, who is accompanied by Captain Sankaran Larkshman, an Indian-American who is very involved in our community.  Dr. Kulkarni does a great job of bringing me up to date on what is going on in India and how important the U.S.-India relationship is.  Afterwards, I head to downtown Savannah where I meet with Ryan Arvay and Sue Adler with the Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF).  The HSF is a non-profit organization aiming to preserve the architectural heritage and original plan of the City of Savannah.  We begin our meeting in the historic Davenport House where I am given a briefing of the work and mission of HSF and, afterwards, we take a car tour of various areas of downtown to view completed projects of HSF as well as future projects.  As a native Savannahian, I am most appreciative of the work that HSF does.  Next, I head to Southside Savannah where I meet with a group of new car dealers including my good friends Walter Lewis and Bill and Mark Grainger. 

Rep. Carter at the inauguration of Pooler Mayor Rebecca Benton
Afterwards, I have a district staff conference call where we discuss current case work and upcoming events in the district.  Next, I head to the studios of WTOC TV on Chatham Parkway in Savannah where I do an on-camera interview on the Iran situation before heading to City Hall in Garden City for the inauguration of Mayor Don Bethune and Council members Debbie Ruiz, Richard Lassiter, Jr., and Natalyn Morris.  My final stop of the day is in Pooler where I attend the inauguration of Mayor Rebecca Benton and council members Shannon Black, Aaron Higgins, Tom Hutcherson, Stevie Wall, John Wilcher and Karen Williams.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020:  After an early morning flight from Savannah to Washington, I spend most of the remainder of my morning catching up on paperwork in my office after having been gone for the past two weeks. 

Rep. Carter meeting with a group of Turkish-Americans
During the afternoon, I met with a group of Turkish-Americans to discuss their concerns of human rights abuses in Turkey.  Next, we have our weekly briefing where we catch up on the past few weeks and discuss what lies ahead this week.  After heading to our weekly Whip Team meeting where we discuss the Iran situation in detail, I head to the House Chamber where we have our first vote series of the new decade.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020:  I’m on the radio this morning with my good friend Bill Edwards at Newsradio 1290 in Savannah as we discuss the Iranian situation and the sham impeachment process.  Next, I head to our weekly GOP Conference where the main topic of discussion is the Iranian situation as well as the expectation that we will be voting on a concurrent resolution offered by the Democrats that will address the War Powers Act in an attempt to embarrass the President.  Afterwards, I head to the Cannon Rotunda where I have a live interview with Fox Business to discuss the Iranian situation and the concurrent resolution.  A link to my interview can be found here

Rep. Carter talks Iran on Fox Business Network
Afterwards, I head to an Energy and Commerce (E&C) Health Subcommittee hearing where we discuss seven health care bills that will be before the committee in the near future.  Included in these bills is H.R. 3935, the “Protecting Patients Transportation to Care Act,” a bipartisan bill that I am the lead Republican sponsor on that will ensure Medicaid coverage for Non-Emergency Medical Transport (NEMT) services. We have two different panels of witnesses for these bills.  A link to my questions can be found here. Next, I head to an E&C Consumer Protection and Commerce (CPAC) Subcommittee hearing on manipulation and deception in the digital age.  A link to my questions can be found here.  After attending the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) meeting, I head to a classified all-member briefing on Iran and Iraq where all House Members get a security briefing on the situation.  Leading the discussion are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.  Afterwards, I head to the Cannon Rotunda where I have an on-camera interview with WSAV TV in Savannah regarding Iran before heading to the House Chamber where I speak on an E&C bill being debated.  A link to my comments can be found here.  I stay in the House Chamber afterwards for our first vote series of the day and deliver a tribute to the Tiny Homes Project in Savannah after votes.  A link to my tribute can be found here.

Thursday, January 9, 2020:  I’m back in the House Chamber this morning as I deliver memorials to Georgia State Senator Greg Kirk and Young Harris College trustee Clair Wofford Frazier who both recently passed and pay tribute to the International Seafarers Center in Brunswick and Betty Gillis from Waycross.  A link to my speeches can be found here, here, here and here.  Once back in my office, I meet with Michael Smith from United Way Valdosta before meeting with my former colleague and good friend, former Rep. Dave Trott from Michigan. 

Rep. Carter meeting with students from Eckerd College
One of the things Dave is doing in his early retirement is teaching a political science class at Eckerd College and he has brought his students with him to visit the Capitol and meet with legislators.  I enjoy a lively question and answer session with the students before heading to the Minority Leader’s office for a small member meeting.  Next, I head to the House Chamber for our first vote series of the day and then head to the Hall of Columns in the Capitol where we film this week’s edition of Buddy’s Briefings.  Later, we have one more vote session before calling it a day.

Friday, January 10, 2020:   I’m back in the House Chamber once again this morning as I deliver a tribute to Savannahian Vic Powers who is retiring and closing Kevin Barry’s, a long time Savannah Irish pub.  A link to my tribute can be found here.  I remain in the House Chamber afterwards for our first and only vote series of the day and afterwards head to the airport for my return trip home.

Click here for this week's vote sheet in the House.