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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall supports budget proposal for federal government; Isakson wins honor

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall is continuing on his quest to get the federal government to follow a budget.

The Lawrenceville Republican joined several of his House Budget Committee colleagues for a press conference last week to talk about the passage of a fiscal year 2013 budget resolution.

The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal, which is the name of the resolution, passed the House by a vote of 228 to 191, but officials did not expect action from the Senate.

"The $15 trillion in debt that has been placed on the backs of every man, woman and child, every family in this country, is the result of a past path chosen by both parties," Woodall said. "Americans are all in agreement that we must choose a new path and get this debt under control. However, the president submitted a budget that -- even though it raises taxes by $2 trillion -- increases spending even further, causing our debt to climb even faster than it already has. Today's House-passed budget chooses a new path that tackles the drivers of our debt and reforms them in a way that puts individual Americans back in the driver's seat."

The proposal reduces spending by $5 trillion, compared to the president's proposal, and it reforms the tax code.

A week ago, the importance of passing a budget that addresses the national debt was the focus of the discussion at a Suwanee town hall meeting with more than 200 constituents, Woodall said.

"I'm grateful to everyone who came and joined me Saturday," Woodall said. "The discussion and feedback was incredibly helpful for me as we debated the different budget proposals and ideas this week. The consensus in Suwanee, and virtually everywhere I go in the Seventh District, is that Americans are tired of watching helplessly as their children and grandchildren get saddled with more and more debt. At the same time, they are scared of what will happen to their own current or future Medicare benefits. I'm proud to tell the folks back home that The Path to Prosperity helps to remove that crushing burden of debt from future generations," he added. "It does not touch Medicare payments for current recipients and strengthens Medicare for those who will receive it in the years to come.

"I refuse to embrace broken politics of the past. Americans deserve real solutions and honest leadership, and we are delivering both in The Path to Prosperity," Woodall said. "This is a document that can govern our nation. It's a document Americans can be proud of and I'm proud to be a part of its passage out of the House today."

Isakson takes home award

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was once against honored with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's "Sprit of Enterprise Award."

"As a businessman and former local chamber president myself, and as someone who has managed a payroll for most of his life, it is easy to support the pro-growth policies that the U.S. Chamber advocates," Isakson said. "Now more than ever, it is crucial that we not tie the hands of our job creators with overly burdensome government regulations and instead allow them to flourish."

With a cumulative score of 93 percent on Chamber-selected issues, Isakson received the award Thursday.

"Over the past year, Sen. Isakson has worked to protect and advance the interests of America's job creators," said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. "By supporting pro-growth policies, Sen. Isakson is helping unleash the power of free enterprise to put our economy back on track and put Americans back to work."

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

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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