Failure is Not an Option
This week the Senate failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

I have been frustrated with Washington since the first afternoon I arrived here. Unfortunately, that frustration has hit a new high with the Senate's failure to act. The House came together to pass legislation that would make health care more accessible and affordable. Instead of accepting the offer from the House to come together, iron out our differences, and complete our critical work, some in the Senate decided to put up a road block. To say I'm feeling disappointed is an understatement. 

Some may try to prevent us from resuscitating our failing health care system, but I'm never going to give up. While working in health care for more than thirty years, I saw miracles happen and that is what I'm fighting for. Patients in Georgia, and across the country, deserve better than Obamacare and we must deliver.

Inaction or failure is not an option.

House Approves Border Wall Construction, Critical Support for the First District in Funding Bill
This week the House passed the Make America Secure Appropriations Act to fund national security and First District priorities for fiscal year 2018. 

I am proud I supported this legislation because it provides critical funding for the largest economic drivers in the First District. It ensures construction continues on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and supports our ports in Brunswick and Savannah. The bill also provides funding to ensure there are no interruptions in future missions at Kings Bay and keeps the A-10 flying.

The legislation also provides $1.6 billion for construction of a Southern border wall.

I have had the opportunity to see the dire situation at the Southwest border firsthand and I understand the threats coming through the border into our nation. This legislation provides the resources necessary to begin construction on a Southern border wall to protect Americans from the threats of illegal immigration.

From our Nation's Capitol CXXIV
Monday, July 24, 2017:  Yesterday, I did an interview with MSNBC to discuss the Russia investigation being run by special counsel Robert Mueller. A link to my interview can be found here.  Today, after flying back to Washington, my first meeting is our weekly staff briefing followed by a meeting with the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

Rep. Carter meeting with the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty
 Next, I meet with Eveory Scott from Savannah who is in Washington today and will be leaving tomorrow for Germany where she will be spending the next year as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. This program was created to strengthen ties between Germany and the U.S. through citizen diplomacy and is for high school students who want to experience a culture and learn a language. Before heading to our weekly Whip Team meeting, I stop by the Capitol plaza steps for pictures with our interns this summer, Zane Tackett from Gwinnett County, Michael Sitver from Chicago, Angel Flournoy from Jesup and Will Vaught from Savannah. After votes in the House Chamber, I head to the MSNBC studios downtown for a live interview on Hardball with host Chris Matthews.  A link to my interview can be found here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017:  Before heading to our weekly GOP Conference meeting where we discuss the schedule and agenda items for the week, I meet a group of constituents in the area of the Capitol known as the Crypt to assist them with a tour. Following our GOP Conference meeting, I head to a classified members only interagency briefing on North Korea where we are brought up to date on an area that many consider to be one of the most dangerous in the world. 

Rep. Carter with Joe McDonough of St. Simons
Next, I head back to my office for a staff meeting before heading to the House Chamber for our first vote series of the day.  Afterwards, I head back to my office where I meet with the Japanese Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Minister Atsuyuki Oike, who will be leaving this position soon to return to Japan as the lead negotiator of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Next, I meet with St. Simons hotelier Joe McDonough before filming a video outlining the work of the House during the first seven months of this year.  After our second vote series of the day, I remain on the floor where I deliver a one minute speech honoring Katie Orell and Ellen Murphy from Brunswick for their years of service to the Southern Technology Advocacy Resources Foundation in Brunswick, GA.  A link to my speech can be found here.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017:  One of the best books that I have read recently is Hillbilly Elegy, a book by J.D. Vance that chronicles his life growing up in a Rust Belt town in Ohio after his family had moved from Kentucky’s Appalachia region. The book looks at the struggles of America’s white working class and the opioid epidemic gripping the region. This morning I had the opportunity to meet with the author and other Members of Congress in a round table discussion regarding a number of topics, including the opioid epidemic.  Afterwards, I head back to the Capitol where I attend this week’s “Meet the Cabinet” series as we hear from Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson.  Next, I head to an Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on “Examining the Extension of Special Needs Plans.” Afterwards, along with other members of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, I head over to the Health and Human Services (HHS) offices where we meet with HHS Secretary Tom Price to discuss health care issues. Once back at the Capitol, I head to the House Chamber for votes before heading back to my office where I greet Armstrong State University Economics Professor Michael Toma and his daughter who are visiting the Capitol.

Rep. Carter meeting with representatives from the Foster Youth Caucus
 After a conference call with 5 Rivers Conservation Group to discuss IRS regulations regarding conservation easements, I head to Statuary Hall for an interview with MSNBC to discuss health care. A link to my interview can be found here. Once back in my office, I meet with representatives from the Foster Youth Caucus after which I meet with representatives from Koch to discuss job creating tax reform. Next, I have a conference call with officials from the City of Savannah to discuss water issues before meeting with the Georgia Power VP of Customer Service Pedro Cherry.  After a staff meeting, I head back to Statuary Hall for an interview with Fox Business regarding health care. A link to this interview can be found here.  Later in the evening, we have our second and final vote series of the day.

Thursday, July 27, 2017:  After an interview in my office with NBC to discuss health care issues and legislation I recently introduced, I head to an Energy and Commerce Committee meeting where we markup seven bills, including H.R. 3388 dealing with autonomous vehicles, an idea that will certainly be a wave of the future. A link to my comments at the markup can be found here. After this three hour Committee meeting, I head to the House Chamber for our first vote series of the day. Following a series of staff meetings, I head back to the House Chamber for our second and final vote series of the day. Although we are all concentrating on our work, all eyes are on the Senate, late into the night and early into the morning, as they are debating health care.

Friday, July 28, 2017:  I’m at the White House early this morning as I am assisting constituents to gain access for a tour before heading back to the Capitol for a called GOP Conference meeting. As you can imagine, the mood is very somber as the developments in the Senate late last night and early this morning has left all of us in a state of shock. However, before the hour long meeting is over we are committed to continuing on and never giving up. Next, I head to the House Chamber for our first and only vote series of the day and then back to my office for another staff meeting before heading to the airport for my return trip home. Once at the airport in Savannah, I am greeted by two television stations for interviews on health care and our work this week.