Monday, October 31, 2022: Today is Halloween, the day we dress up in the scariest costume we can think of. For me, I choose to wear a name badge that reads “$31 Trillion in National Debt” which is one of the scariest things facing our country at this time.
My day begins with a radio interview with Martha Zoller in Gainesville in Northeast Georgia as we discuss news of the day.
Next, I head to Riceboro in Liberty County where I visit the recently completed Early Childhood Education Center that includes Head Start, a childcare program administered through the Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority that serves children 6 weeks to 5 years old. With a total student population capacity of 234, the program has 14 classrooms and serves nine counties in the region, including seven in the First Congressional District.
Next, staying in Liberty County, I head to Hinesville and during the drive, I have a phone conversation with my congressional colleague and fellow Energy and Commerce Committee member Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) to discuss committee business.
Once in Hinesville, I pay a visit to the local Veterans Administration (VA) Clinic where I meet with leadership to see the great work they are doing here to help our heroes.
Afterwards, I meet with a group of local developers and home builders to discuss the challenges they are facing in this booming housing market in our region. After a great meeting, I head to our Savannah District office where I record a Christmas message for Newsmax before recording a video to help celebrate Georgia Caregivers month.
Next, I meet with a local veteran to discuss legislation dealing with Agent Orange and its use during the Vietnam War before meeting with a local special education teacher to discuss applied behavioral analysis, public schools and behavioral intervention and policies regarding special education.
After an on-camera interview with WJCL-TV in Savannah to discuss the upcoming midterm elections, I lead a Georgia delegation conference call with the Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Dr. Rick Spinard, to discuss NOAA’s proposed Right Whale speed rule. This egregious proposal will require boats larger that 35 feet to reduce their speed to 10 knots (11.5 mph) in a misguided effort to save whales by threatening lives and commerce in our waterways. This proposed rule will have a severely negative impact on our harbor pilot boats and the cargo vessels they navigate resulting in disrupting our port activity and will devastate recreational fishing along the coast.