Congressman David Scott Applauds Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant Award for Clayton County Juvenile Court
Posted by on August 05, 2013
Today Congressman David Scott is pleased to congratulate the Clayton County Juvenile Court in securing $499,723 in grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise initiative.
Forward Promise is a newly created program by the Foundation that promotes innovative, community-based projects working to strengthen health, education, and employment outcomes for middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color.
“I am confident this grant award will help continue the nationally-acclaimed work that Clayton’s Juvenile Court Chief Judge Steve Teske is undertaking,” Congressman Scott said. “Judge Teske’s tireless efforts to reduce recidivism have resulted in fewer referrals to the criminal justice system, and consequently, higher graduation rates and fewer school arrests among juveniles in Clayton County. I am proud to partner with Judge Teske to identify key resources, like federal grants and private funding, that allow him to enhance his vital initiatives to divert juvenile offenders into community-based programs rather than locking them up.”
The Clayton County Juvenile Court is one of ten grantees nationwide selected from over 1,500 applications. The funding will support the Court’s System of Care Approach Project, which provides alternatives to the juvenile court system for troubled youth. Under Judge Teske’s leadership, the Court has gained national attention and become a model for the State of Georgia.
For guidance and resources to help eligible grantseekers find information on federal grants, loans, and nonfinancial assistance, as well as on private funding, please contact Congressman David Scott’s Office at 770/432-5405.
Posted by on June 14, 2013
Today is Flag Day, which is celebrated annually on June 14th to honor the history of the United States flag. Our flag represents hope, courage and freedom to all Americans.
A constituent contacted me once to point out the discrepancy in the US Flag Code in that Mothers Day was an official day to fly the flag, but Fathers Day was not. I introduced a bill to officially commemorate Fathers Day by flying the flag and it was passed through Congress without opposition (P.L. No: 110-239). So, fly Old Glory today and on this coming Fathers Day!
-Order a flag to be flown over the US Capitol: http://www.davidscott.hous
-A short history of the US flag can be found at the Smithsonian website: http://www.si.edu/Encyclop
-Flag Code on time and occasions for display: http://www.law.cornell.edu
What does the flag mean to you?
Student Loan Rates Could Increase on July 1st
Posted by on May 31, 2013
Over $1 trillion in student loan debt is being carried by American families. If Congress fails to act by July 1st, that debt could become more burdensome. On that date, interest rates for student loans are set to double from 3.4% to 6.8%, placing an even heavier burden on students.
Failure to act will add $4.3 billion to students’ debt burden for next year’s loans alone. The House Republicans recently passed a partisan bill that does not help families pay their loans. The bill, H.R. 1911, would make college more expensive by charging students and families nearly $4 billion more in higher interest payments. The legislation would also force students into loans with interest rates that reset every year of the loan, similar to adjustable-rate mortgages. For more information about the bill, click here.
Congress needs to go back to the table and find bi-partisan agreement on stopping the loan increases. Are you having trouble paying student loans? Add your comments below.
JOBS Act bill passes house
Posted by on May 22, 2013
On May 15, a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives voted 416-6 in favor of passing H.R. 701. Congressman Scott is an original sponsor of H.R. 701, which requires the SEC to implement Title IV of the JOBS Act (P.L. 112—106) by October 31. Title IV requires the SEC to adopt or amend regulations that encourage capital formation for small businesses through a currently under-used provision of securities law known as Regulation A. Under Regulation A, the JOBS Act increased the capital that small companies an raise from $5 million to $50 million.
The JOBS Act was enacted in 2012 and several provisions are being implemented through proposed agency regulations. Congressman Scott is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, which has oversight of the SEC and other financial market regulators. You can review the SEC's website on the JOBS Act online at: http://www.sec.gov/spotlight/jobs-act.shtml Do you have any thoughts or concerns about implementing the JOBS Act?
Have VA Problems?
Posted by on May 02, 2013
Recent news reports in the AJC and WSB-TV have reported on major problems at the Atlanta VA center in Decatur. In response to the inspector general's report, Congressman Scott joined with his colleagues in demanding a review of the facility. On a related note, his office has been working with an increasing number of local veterans who are having problems with backlogs at the VA.
What are your experiences with the VA? Are you experiencing delays or backlogs? Are the local facilities meeting your needs? Is your medical care being handled well and with respect? Congressman Scott would like to hear from you. Please comment below or call the office if you need assistance.
Looking for work? What challenges are you facing?
Posted by on April 03, 2013
On April, 19, Congressman Scott hosts his annual Job Fair. This event is open to the public at-large and a diverse group of employers have signed up to attend.
If you have been looking for work or have been unemployed for a while, what challenges are you facing in finding a new job? Share your experiences with others so that we can better understand how to match job seekers with employers.
Earlier, we asked employers what challenges they are facing in hiring new employees. You may want to read their responses to that question.
Employers - what are your hiring challenges?
Posted by on March 08, 2013
Today, a strong jobs report was announced. The positive trend shows continued economic growth for America. However, there are still a lot of uncertainties that may be holding employers back from expanding their payrolls. There may still be a mismatch between the number of unemployed and companies that cannot find qualified candidates.
Whether you represent a small business, or a large company, you may have difficulties filling positions with qualified applicants. There are many resources available to you which may help you fill your employment needs.
On April 19, Congressman Scott hosts his annual 13th Congressional District Jobs Fair at the GICC in College Park. This event usually attracts between 8,000 - 10,000 job seekers. We are currently seeking additional employers to attend and meet with potential hires. There is no charge to have a representative at the event.
As an employer or supervisor, what challenges are you having with filling slots on your team? What advice would you give to people who are currently unemployed? Please comment below to share your experiences and share your thoughts.
Congressman David Scott to Honor Student Artists
Posted by on March 08, 2013
Congressman David Scott will host an awards ceremony to honor all participating students of his 11th Annual Congressional High School Art Competition. The reception will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Arts Clayton Gallery, located at 136 South Main Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236.
Participating high schools this year include: Chapel Hill High School, Charles Drew High School, Clayton County Magnet High School, Creekside High School, Douglas County High School, Fayette County High School, Jonesboro High School, Landmark Christian Academy, Langston Hughes High School, Lithia Springs High School, Lovejoy High School, Mt. Zion High School, Mundy's Mill High School, North Clayton High School, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, Pebblebrook High School, Riverdale High School, Stockbridge High School, and Trinity Chapel Academy.
CBO Releases New Cost Estimates for Goodlatte/Scott Dairy Proposal
Posted by on March 05, 2013
Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Congressman David Scott (D-GA) released a statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) updated estimates of the costs of the Goodlatte/Scott Amendment to the Dairy Security Act. Congressmen Goodlatte and Scott offered this amendment during markup of the House Farm Bill.
“Last year, we offered an alternative dairy policy that would provide dairy producers with voluntary margin insurance protection that did not include administrative fees and was not tied to a new supply management program that manipulates dairy prices and penalizes consumers,” said Goodlatte and Scott. “This amendment provided for a viable safety net for producers without putting the government in the middle of market decisions.”
Goodlatte and Scott continued, “CBO’s updated score of the Farm Bill finds that our amendment would save $100 million over the Dairy Security Act as included in the dairy title of last year’s proposed House Farm Bill. We believe that the CBO score further proves that supply management does not work and our amendment will provide producers with a viable safety net without supply management and added producer fees. We look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson on common sense reforms for our nation’s dairy farmers.”
Saving Your Home
Posted by on March 05, 2013
Home foreclosures are declining and property values are increasing in Georgia. Yet, many neighborhoods around metro Atlanta are still working to return to full strength. Congressman Scott has been promoting programs to help individual homeowners and communities deal with the financial epidemic of foreclosures and falling home values. Just this past January, a major housing assistance event was held in Cobb County with the assistance of the US Departments of Treasury, HUD and the Making Home Affordable Coalition. This is the third major housing event held in the 13th Congressional District in the past three years. The event in 2012 was held at the GICC in College Park.
If you are struggling to stay in your home, don't give up! There are many resources available to help.
HUD has a list of tips on how to avoid foreclosure.
Several programs are available to help homeowners who are underwater, want to refinance, are unemployed or who want to avoid foreclosure. You can view several of the programs available through the Making Home Affordable initiative.
The Homesafe Georgia program can help you make payments if you are currently unemployed.
Details of the national mortgage settlement with major banks can be found online at: http://www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com/
If you are having trouble reaching your lender, you can contact our office to help. What are you seeing in your neighborhood? Is the housing market improving? Have you been able to refinance or avoid foreclosure?