POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Deal wants citizenship requisite in health bill

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal is still fighting to add citizenship requirements to the health care reform bill, even though his colleagues in the House rejected the idea.

The Republican from Gainesville, who is running for governor, is pushing senators to add language on citizenship to the Senate version of the bill.

The language, which would have prohibited taxpayer dollars from being used to provide health care benefits to illegal aliens, was rejected by the House Democrat majority.

"The citizens of Georgia and the American people have spoken in firm opposition to allowing those who have illegally entered into our country from receiving taxpayer-funded social welfare benefits, and President Obama has acknowledged this demand by promising not to sign any bill which provides health care benefits to illegal aliens," Deal wrote in a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He said the verification procedure in the House bill is flawed.

"This issue is of tremendous importance and your efforts to ensure appropriate verification provisions are in place will continue this effort to protect taxpayers from fraud and abuse in public health programs," he said, assuring McConnell he would work to have the language included in the final language of the bill when representatives and senators meet in a conference committee.

The letter was also addressed to Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss.

Meetings with Mike this weekend

Just two days before commissioners will hear from the public on a proposed tax increase, constituents have the opportunity to address one board member one-on-one.

Commissioner Mike Beaudreau has scheduled his monthly Meetings with Mike for Saturday.

He will meet with constituents from 10 a.m. to noon at the Five Forks library branch meeting room, 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lawrenceville.

Beaudreau's District 3 covers the eastern part of the county and includes the cities of Snellville, Loganville, Grayson, Dacula and Auburn.

The meeting is just days before the first two of three millage rate hearings. They are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Dec. 1.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.