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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall: Fixing crisis at border is a priority

Rep. Rob Woodall and his colleagues in the House took what the congressman described as a “quality step forward towards resolving the crisis on our southern border” last week by passing a bill which, among other things, provides money for governors and the National Guard to address border security.

“Fixing the crisis at our nation’s southern border is a priority for all Americans,” Woodall said.

According to Woodall, the House legislation provided the funding and guidance to “quickly and safely” reunite asylum-seeking children with their families in their country of origin.

“The President has many tools under current law to deal with this border crisis, but continues to refuse to act, instead blaming Congress for inadequate funding,” Woodall said in a press release.

Also last week, Rep. Rob Woodall and other members of Georgia’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the Obama administration requesting information regarding the State of Georgia’s role in the Unaccompanied Alien Children program. The letter noted more than 1,100 children seeking asylum have been placed in Georgia with no “full or even partial accounting” of where they were placed or how many more children might be placed in Georgia communities in the future.

“The Administration pledged to keep the Georgia delegation informed about future resettlements in Georgia, and I plan on keeping a close watch on their efforts,” Woodall said in an email to constituents.

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate to visit Gwinnett

Dr. Andrew Hunt, Libertarian candidate for governor, will be one of two guest speakers at the Aug. 7 Gwinnett Tea Party meeting.

Hunt, a nanotechnologist, has described the two party system as “antiquated” and, in a statement on his website, said he believes “a large percentage of citizens are looking for an alternative whom is progressive and solution oriented.”

Also scheduled to speak Thursday is Middle East expert George Birnbaum, former Chief of Staff to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Flying Machine Restaurant, located at 510 Briscoe Boulevard in Lawrenceville.

Broun calls for audit of the Fed

Rep. Paul Broun’s bill calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve and Federal Reserve banks recently took the next step toward making it to the floor of the House after a favorable markup from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“To date, more than 225 members of the House have joined my efforts to require a full audit of the Federal Reserve and Federal Reserve banks,” Broun said in a press release. “Not only is H.R. 24 one of the most important pieces of legislation pending in this Congress, but it is also highly likely to pass the House with a strong bipartisan vote. I urge House leadership to continue to advance this essential bill and bring it up for a vote as soon as possible so that we can work towards delivering the transparency and government accountability the American people deserve.”

Gwinnett Tea Party shares presentations on Islam

In response to what Gwinnett Tea Party representative David Hancock described as “very positive feedback” regarding recent meetings featuring a discussion of Islam by former Woodstock police chief David Bores, the local political group has posted Bores’ two presentations on the party’s website, www.GwinnettTeaParty.org.

The PowerPoint presentations are available for download and cover the treatment of women under Sharia law, Islam in America and background information on Islamic fundamentalism.

Loganville councilman appointed to GMA training board

Chuck Bagley, Loganville city councilman, has been appointed to represent District 5 on the Georgia Municipal Association Training Board. His four-year term ends on June 30, 2018.

Bagley, according to a press release, has received more than 250 hours of training in local government from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. He has also been awarded a certificate of excellence by the GMA, graduated from the Robert E. Knox, Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute and completed the ACCG Certified Commissioners Advanced Program.

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