The Joint Address
President Donald Trump delivered his first joint address to Congress this week. The energy in the room was incredible and I think he hit a home run.

After years of hearing out of touch partisan politics and false promises resulting in no concrete solutions, President Trump's speech was refreshing and exciting. The president used this opportunity as a call to unite the nation around a strategy for a stronger, brighter, and better future for America. 

He spoke about the promises he already answered and again proved that he will lead with action. 

He also spoke about his plans for the future. I am thrilled to have a president and an administration that is ready to join the House in our mission to deliver real results for all Americans. Together, we will push forward our bold agenda to make America safer, support job creation, cut the bureaucratic red tape, ensure children have access to the best education possible, and facilitate a free market health care system for patients. 

As President Trump said in his address Tuesday night, “The time for small thinking is over.  The time for trivial fights is behind us. We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts. The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls. And the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams to action. From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears –- inspired by the future, not bound by the failures of the past –- and guided by our vision, not blinded by our doubts.”

We will continue our fight for a greater America and I'm glad to have the president onboard.

From our nation's Capitol
Monday, February 27, 2017:  After arriving back at the Capitol this afternoon, I start off with a staff

Congressman Carter meets with legend-
ary Georgia Football Coach Vince Dooley
meeting to review what happened last week in the district and discuss the upcoming week.  It is extremely important that the Washington staff be familiar with what is going on in the district and vice versa.  I am fortunate that most of our Washington staff is originally from the district and still have family living there.  Next, I have a meeting with representatives from various health care groups to discuss healthcare policy and potential replacement plans for the Affordable Care Act.  Obviously, this is a very popular subject in Washington these days and being a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee puts me right in the middle of the action.  Afterwards, I head to the Capitol steps to have a picture taken with one of our interns in the office, Roman Anderson, a student at Columbus State University who will be returning to school next week.  We have a number of students rotating in and out of our office throughout the year, but Roman is unique in that he has two young children and is continuing his education after serving in our country’s military.  My next meeting is our weekly Whip Team meeting to discuss the voting agenda for the week followed by a quick visit to the Walgreens Boots Alliance conference taking place downtown this week.  Once back at the Capitol, my last stop of the day is to the House Chamber for our first and only vote series of the day.  

General Allyn, Congressman Carter, and
General Semonite pose at the Army Cau-
cus Reception.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017:  My first appointment this morning is a House Army Caucus Reception where I have the opportunity to spend some time with a number of people, including General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, General Robert Abrams, former Commander of the 3rd ID at Fort Stewart, General Daniel B. Allyn, Vice-Chairman of the Army, and General Todd Semonite, Chief of U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Afterwards, I head to our Republican Conference meeting before heading back to my office for a meeting with representatives from MEAG Power.  My next meeting is with board members from the Civil War Trust including legendary University of Georgia head football coach Vince Dooley.  Coach Dooley has not slowed down and is involved in many organizations throughout our state and his love of history, particularly of Civil War history, is quite obvious.  Next, I head to an Energy and Commerce Committee Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on ways to improve and strengthen the anti-doping systems in the Olympics.  Among the panelist that we interviewed was Adam Nelson

Congressman Carter with Olympic gold
medalists Adam Nelson (above) and
Michael Phelps (below).

from Georgia who won the silver medal in the 2004 Olympics and was later awarded the Gold medal in 2010 after it was determined the Gold medal winner had used performance enhancing drugs.  Also on the panel was the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, who has won a total of 28 Olympic medals including 23 Gold medals.  A link to my questions can be found here.  Afterwards, I have a series of meetings in my office including with the ONE Campaign, the American Alliance of Museums, Rayonier, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Postal Service Association before heading to the House Chamber for our first vote series of the day.  When I return to my office I have a phone call with Colonel Marvin Griffin of the Savannah District Corps of Engineers followed by a meeting with representatives of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation before heading back to the House Chamber for our second and final vote series of the day.  Later in the evening, my special guest, Mike Traynor, publisher of the Savannah Morning News, and I attend the Presidential Address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber where I witness President Donald J. Trump deliver one of the most refreshing and inspiring calls to unite our country around a strategy for a stronger and brighter future that I have ever witnessed.  Afterwards, I head to Statutory Hall in the Capitol where the media is assembled and do radio and television interviews and return to my office around midnight.

Congressman Carter meets with representatives of hospitals including Memorial Health.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017:  This morning starts off with no less than four radio interviews with stations throughout the district beginning at 6:45 a.m. before I head back to my office for a meeting with representatives from Memorial Health and American Essential Hospitals.  Afterwards, I head to the Capitol steps for a picture with my Legislative Assistant Caralee Conklin, who has accepted a positon as a Legislative Director and Counsel with another office.  Although we will miss her dearly, we are very happy for Caralee and wish her well.  Next, I head to an Energy and Commerce Committee member meeting to discuss our health care proposal after which I head back to my office for meetings with the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors.  Afterwards, I head to the House Chamber for our first vote series of the day after which I go back to my office for a meeting with representatives from the dental and optometric groups regarding a bill I am sponsoring.  Next, I head to a Whip Team meeting for an overview of the healthcare reforms we are considering before heading back to my office for a meeting with the American Academy of Family Physicians and then back to the House Chamber for our second vote series.  Afterwards, I remain in the House chamber where I speak during special orders on Community Pharmacy.  A link to my comments can be found here.  

Thursday, March 2, 2017:  I am delighted to host a breakfast this morning for board members of the Georgia Ports Authority who are in town visiting.  Among the congressional leaders who stop by are Speaker Paul Ryan, Whip Steve Scalise, and Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson.  Following this great time together I head to a Republican Conference

Congressman Carter with Savannah
members of the Garden Club of America.
meeting where we hear from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker before heading to the House Chamber for our first and only vote series of the day.  Next, I head to a Georgia delegation meeting with Governor Nathan Deal’s Chief of Staff, Chris Riley, who is in town to bring us up to date on the water negotiations with Florida and Alabama.  After a quick meeting with members of the Garden
Club of America, I head to an Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee hearing on the FDA’s Generic Drug approval process.  A link to my questions at this hearing can be found here.  Once back in my office, I have meetings with the Ambassador of Thailand, the National Association of Veteran’s programs and the Kentucky Independent Pharmacists Association.