Thousands attend Congressman David Scott’s 12th annual job fair
Posted by on April 24, 2015
Published April 24, 2015
By Elizabeth Montgomery
Clayton News Daily
More than 15,000 people lined up in the Georgia International Convention Center with the hope of leaving with a job.
The annual jobs fair was started by Congressman David Scott 12 years ago. Friday’s event saw 70 employers including Georgia Power, Allied Barton Security, Clayton County Public Schools, Kroger, Emory and U.S. Foods looking to fill 5,522 jobs.
“If people would have told me a long time ago, what I know now —” said Sondra Rush, who arrived to the center an hour before the doors opened.
Rush was recently separated from her job at American Cyber Systems. She is looking for new employment.
“The job I had was sent to India, a lot of jobs are being outsourced” she said. “But the key is to find a job that’s going to look for you. Our generation, we have to depend on ourselves.”
Scott says you can depend on him and his partners, Camila Knowles of Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Leslie Wiggins, medical center director at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs who provided employment, health and benefits resources for veterans at the job fair.
Representatives from Home Safe Georgia, a federally funded mortgage payment assistance program, attended the job fair to deliver mortgage assistance to homeowners facing unemployment.
“People are struggling with mortgage payments, and we need to help that struggling homeowner,” said Knowles. “We have $140 million left and if we don’t get this out within 20 months it goes back to the treasurer.”
Knowles said 6,500 families across the state have taken advantage of the assistance.
Many job-seekers left Friday’s event with more than what they expected.
"Job fairs are like kryptonite for chefs,” said applicant Jeffery Moody. Moody has been a chef for 15 years and walked out of the job fair with an interview. “I have a cooking demo with Gate Gourmet next week,” he said.
New Committee Assignments
Posted by on January 27, 2015
At the beginning of each new session, the committees of the House meet to organize and establish the membership of the subcommittees. Congressman Scott has served on the House Committees on Agriculture and Financial Services since he was first elected. His current subcommittee assignments have now been approved. On committees, the lead member of the minority party of each subcommittee is called a ranking member. Congressman Scott will serve as the ranking member of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodities, Energy and Credit.
Congressman Scott serves on the following committees:
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit
Areas of Jurisdiction: Policies, statutes, and markets relating to commodity exchanges; agricultural credit; rural development; energy; rural electrification.
Member, Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
Areas of Jurisdiction: Policies, statutes, and markets relating to commodities including barley, cotton, cottonseed, corn, grain sorghum, honey, mohair, oats, other oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, rice, soybeans, sugar, wheat, and wool; the Commodity Credit Corporation; risk management policies and statutes, including Federal Crop Insurance; producer data and privacy issues.
Member, Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
Areas of jurisdiction: U.S. capital markets, the securities industry, and government-sponsored enterprises, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It also oversees the Securities and Exchange Commission and self-regulatory organizations, such as the New York Stock Exchange and the NASD, that police the securities markets.
Member, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
Areas of jurisdiction: financial regulators, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Reserve, all matters pertaining to consumer credit including the Consumer Credit Protection Act and access to financial services, as well as the safety and soundness of the banking system.
2015 Legislative Calendar
Posted by on November 19, 2014
If you are planning a trip to Washington in 2015, you may want to check out the new legislative calendar: http://www.democraticwhip.gov/sites/default/files/2015CALENDAR.pdf
One of the busiest tourist times of the year is during the Cherry Blossom Festival. You can see the dates for that event here: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/2014/05/29/2015-festival-dates-announced/
To learn more about tours, see my visitors page at: http://davidscott.house.gov/constituentservices/visitdc.htm
November is National Diabetes Month
Posted by on November 03, 2014
November is National Diabetes Month, and the perfect time to spotlight a disease that affects almost 30 million Americans regardless of age, race or background.
As a member of the Congressional Caucus on Diabetes, Congressman Scott has continuously supported legislation to improve research, education and treatment of Diabetes.
This year, several members of Congress, including Congressman Scott, requested $20 million to be allocated toward the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), a network of community programs based on the clinical trial to deliver proven and cost-effective lifestyle interventions to adults at high risk for Type 2 diabetes.
Additional current legislation on Diabetes includes H.R. 1257, the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act of 2013 to extend coverage to medical nutritional therapy services, and H.R. 1274, the Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act of 2013 to advocate for and educate public and health officials on the benefits of diabetes self management training.
While Congressman Scott is working in Washington to put a stop to Diabetes, there are some steps you can take to manage and prevent Diabetes at home.
A healthy lifestyle is the best form of management and prevention of Diabetes. Well balanced meals, regular exercise and proper treatment are vital to staying in control of this disease.
If left untreated or poorly managed, Diabetes can cause serious health complications. Those with diabetes are more likely to experience heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and amputations.
Together we can work to prevent Diabetes by promoting awareness and education. To find out more information, visit the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.
Voter Registration and Voter ID
Posted by on October 01, 2014
Georgia voters have until October 6, to register to vote in the November 4 elections. If you moved or need to update your registration, this is the time to do that as well.
For more information about registration, visit the Georgia Secretary of State's website. To check on your registration status and find your polling location, visit: http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/
Do you have a valid ID for voting? If you are unsure, click this link to learn more about the Voter ID requirements.
Douglas Neighbor: ‘GOD’S WORK’ Congressman credits collaboration for roadway start
Posted by on September 03, 2014
By Bill Baldowski
District 13 U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Jonesboro, said he views the Ga. Hwy. 92 relocation project in Douglasville as another example of “God’s work.”
In his address before more than 250 people attending last Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the project at Jessie Davis Park, Scott said the amount of cooperation and teamwork needed by Douglasville and Douglas County officials as well as state and national leaders to bring the project to fruition could not have been done unless, as he termed it, “God was in control.”
“When you do God’s work, you bring everyone together,” he said.
Scott was one of nine speakers to address the crowd on hand to see the ceremonial groundbreaking for the project.
The relocation portion for Hwy. 92 will be a 3.1-mile project which will include six lanes with acceleration and deceleration capabilities and state-of-the-art signalization technology at key intersections.
The most unique feature of the project, however, will be the underpass beneath the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks, Bankhead Highway and Strickland Street, said city of Douglasville spokesperson Kellie Hunter.
“The underpass will provide seamless connectivity for daily commuters and emergency vehicles,” Hunter said.
Most importantly, the underpass will provide Douglasville and Douglas County emergency responders easy access to WellStar Douglas Hospital, she said.
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons called the Hwy. 92 relocation project an event that had been in the making for 30 years.
Persons said when construction is completed as scheduled in 2018, Douglasville will have available “a greatly needed, and long-awaited, six-lane highway running north-south through our city, which will include our community’s first grade-separation railroad crossing.”
Persons echoed Scott’s belief that collaboration was the key to the transportation project.
Although the congressman said he appreciated the accolades he had received in bringing this project to reality, he said he had “a whole lot of help from many individuals, including Georgia’s congressional delegation, in moving this project from a vision to what we are celebrating here today, its reality.”
“We are standing here on the big shoulders of those who came before us and sustained this vision,” Scott said.
Clayton News Daily: U.S. Rep. David Scott’s 10th Annual Health Fair to focus on veterans
Posted by on August 15, 2014
By Cailin O’Brien
JONESBORO — The Atlanta Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center and Atlanta Veteran’s Affairs Regional Office will participate in U.S. Rep. David Scott’s 10th Annual Health Fair for the first time this weekend.
The VA will be on site at Mundy’s Mill High School, 9652 Fayetteville Road, Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to offer free counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health services during the event. Health eligibility representatives will also be on site to help schedule appointments for veterans whose names are on waiting lists.
Scott said he brought the VA into the health fair as part of his bigger effort to assure soldiers coming home from battle get the help they need.
“Our veterans are the heart and soul of this country and we have to do better for them,” he said. “Ever since I’ve been on this, we’ve had a serious problem. It is both a crisis and a shame — a national crisis and a national shame — the way our vets have been treated.”
Scott helped pass the Ensuring Veterans Resiliency Act, a $17 billion bill aimed at helping veterans get mental health services. He said he was moved to author the bill after discovering that about 6,000 veterans commit suicide each year.
“That’s my proudest achievement since I’ve been in this position — helping to cut down on these suicides,” he said.
This year’s health fair will also feature HomeSafe Georgia, a company that can deliver mortgage assistance to homeowners facing unemployment, a death in the family, sickness or other debilitating problems that could affect their financial situation.
Scott said this service could also help struggling veterans.
“Many of them receive notices on the battlefield that their mortgages are in trouble,” he said.
But this year’s health fair isn’t just for veterans. Scott said he wants to invite all residents to come out and get a free check-up. Participants can come out to be screened for prostate cancer, breast cancer, HIV/Aids, diabetes, healthy blood pressure, asthma, cholesterol, mental health problems, memory problems and sickle cell anemia.
Residents can also check up on their visual and dental health.
Scott said he was proud of this year’s fair. He said he wanted to thank his staff for helping him to set the whole thing up and the health vendors for agreeing to offer their services for free.
“This is a community effort — a real team effort,” he said.
Now all the fair needs is resident participation. Scott urged all his constituents to attend.
“You can have all the money in the world,” he said. “You can have the best of everything, but if you don’t have your health and your strength, then it’s inconsequential in terms of your happiness.”
Here’s a list of vendors who will participate in this year’s health fair:
More information is available at: Clayton News Daily: U.S. Rep. David Scott’s 10th Annual Health Fair to focus on veterans.
Improving Your Credit Score
Posted by on August 12, 2014
About half of all unpaid collections on consumers’ credit reports are medical debts. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a research report earlier this year that found consumers’ credit scores may be overly penalized for medical debt that goes into collections and shows up on their credit report.
FICO recently announced that would no longer weigh medical debts as part of the company's widely-used credit scores. The newer FICO scores will also ignore any collections that have already been paid. These changes may not dramatically change your credit score, but it could help secure a better interest rate for a loan.
FICO scores are just one type of credit score based on a consumer's credit history. In addition to paying bills on time, the CFPB has listed several ways to improve your credit history and also has a link to complain about inaccurate credit reports.
Keep track of your credit report by requesting a free credit report. Congressman Scott helped pass the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-159) which allowed Americans to request a free credit report from each of the credit reporting bureaus each year. Georgia residents are able to request two free credit reports since state law had previously allowed for two reports a year.
Have a complaint about your credit report? You can contact the CFPB for assistance at: https://help.consumerfinance.gov/app/creditreporting/ask
What are your experiences with checking your credit history? Was the information accurate?
U.S. Congressman David Scott's job fair draws close to 10,000
Posted by on March 31, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014 6:11 PM EDT By Tony McNary
Updated: Mar 28, 2014 6:11PM
COLLEGE PARK, GA (CBS46) -
Verlicia Carroll is the Human Resource Specialist for the gunmaker Glock.
Just last year she was in the same position as many people looking for jobs at U.S. Congressman David Scott's 11th Annual Job Fair at the Georgia International Convention Center, Friday.
"It was extremely tough to find a job. After six months not being able to find anything, a year went by, a year and a half went by, I was at loss. I was at a loss," said Carroll.
Glock was one of more than 100 companies that need to fill positions.
"They are looking to fill 4,449 positions. That's how many jobs can walk out of here today," said Scott.
Employers included Home Depot, Walmart, Glock, several law enforcement agencies, banks and several others.
Carroll attended Scott's job fair last year looking for a job.
"Everyone said it doesn't work, it's a waste of time, but I came anyway. I just wanted to get my resume out there the best I could and make an impression by talking to people," said Carroll.
Now she's in a position to help others.
"Did not think within a year's time I would be standing here recruiting," said Carroll.
In addition to jobs, help was available for those facing foreclosure.
"We have $339 million that we brought down from Washington to help struggling homeowners who are unemployed or under employed, to get up to 24 months free home mortgage," said Scott.
Congressman David Scott to honor students at 12th Annual Congressional Art Competition “An Artistic Discovery”
Posted by on February 24, 2014
WHAT: Congressman David Scott will host an awards ceremony to honor all participating students of his 12th Annual Congressional High School Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery. To date, Congressman Scott has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships to local student artists.
This year’s competition includes a special partnership with the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chandra Harris, Office of Rep. David Scott. 770-210-5073; Chandra.Harris@mail.house.gov.