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.
Congressman David Scott to host Annual Military Academy Ceremony
Posted by on January 24, 2014
WHAT: Congressman David Scott (GA-13) will host a special ceremony to honor 31 local students with nominations to attend one of our nation’s prestigious military service academies. This year’s students will receive nominations to attend the United States Air Force; Merchant Marine; Military (West Point); and Naval academies.
· Horato Brown, Hampton resident, Lovejoy High School
· Breanna King, Jonesboro resident, Mundy's Mill High School
· Briana Stokes, Riverdale resident, Mundy's Mill High School
· Morris Allen, III, Powder Springs resident, McEachern HS
· Grace Miller, Mableton resident, Whitefield Academy
· Morgen Richards, Mableton resident, Campbell HS
· Nicholas Russell, Marietta resident, Whitefield Academy
· Kyle Trammell, Powder Springs resident, U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School
· Jamel Brown, Douglasville resident, Alexander High School
· Troy Davis-Denson, Douglasville resident, Griggs International Academy
· Brian Hood, Jr., Douglasville resident, Douglas County High School
· Ashley Jennings, Douglasville resident, Douglas County High School
· Shemar McCuller, Douglasville resident, Douglas County High School
· Justin McManis, Douglasville resident, U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School
· Anthony Picas, Douglasville resident, Chapel Hill High School
· Hayden Robinson, Douglasville resident, The Heritage School
· Alec Ross, Douglasville resident, Douglas County High School
· Charles Wagner, Villa Rica resident, Douglas County High School
· Desmond Wareham, Douglasville resident, Douglas County High School
· Hayden Frey; Fayetteville resident; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Prep School
· Christian Ingalls; Fayetteville resident; Fayette County High School
· Kenadee Walker; Fayetteville resident; Sandy Creek High School
· Jonathan Timm; Fayetteville resident; Sandy Creek High School
· Oscar Prioleau, III; Fairburn resident; Henry W. Grady High School
· Estrella Curry; Stockbridge resident; U.S. Military Academy Prep School
· Marquis Griffin; Stockbridge resident; U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School
· Christel Jeudi; Stockbridge resident; Active Duty Army Soldier
· William Renner; McDonough resident; Union Grove High School
· Justin Smith; McDonough resident; Union Grove High School
· Benjamin O’Donnell; Canton resident; Creekview High School
· Jack O’Donnell; Canton resident; Creekview High School
MEDIA CONTACT: Chandra Harris, Office of Rep. David Scott. 770-210-5073; Chandra.Harris@mail.house.gov
2014 Congressional Schedule
Posted by on January 07, 2014
Happy New Year. The 2014 House legislative schedule is available online at http://www.democraticwhip.gov/calendar This schedule is helpful for planning trips to Washington.
If you are planning a trip to Washington this year, you may be interested in information about tours: http://davidscott.house.gov/constituentservices/visitdc.htm
Reducing the VA Backlog
Posted by on October 28, 2013
Congressman Scott is committed to making sure that veterans have timely access to benefits they have earned and he is working to end the disability claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA).
The number of VA disabilities claims has increased in the last few years as more veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began seeking benefits, and as eligibility for benefits was provided for new diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. There are over 700,000 disability claims pending, with over 400,000 in the backlog. Over the last six months, the backlog had been reduced by over 30%, or 190,000 claims. However, the unnecessary government shutdown reduced the progress made on the veterans backlog and halted appeals.
Today the House passed H.R 2189 by a vote of 404-1. H.R. 2189 establishes a special panel to seek ways of eliminating the VA's backlog of disability claims and speeding up the claims appeal process. It also requires the VA to take a number of actions to speed up claims by prioritizing the processing of claims for the elderly and those with life-threatening illnesses. It also directs the VA to enter into agreements with other agencies to expedite the transfer of medical records and it establishes a training program for newly hired claims processors.
We have an obligation to care for and honor America's servicemen and women, their families, and our veterans for their bravery and sacrifice. If you have a concern with your VA case, please contact Congressman Scott's office.
Congressman David Scott is Accepting U.S. Military Academy Applications
Posted by on October 09, 2013
Today Congressman David Scott (GA-13) announced that his District Offices are accepting applications from students interested in receiving a nomination to attend one of our nation’s military service academies.
“The privilege of nominating qualified students to the United States Air Force, Military, Merchant Marine, and Naval Academies is one of my most important and rewarding responsibilities,” said Congressman Scott. “The education provided at our nation’s prestigious service academies is of the highest quality and offers challenges that develop our young people into future leaders.”
Interested students should contact Congressman Scott’s Office and complete applications available online on the Congressman's military academy page link. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of academic performance, leadership ability, moral character, adequacy of preparation, and commitment to attend a service academy. All completed applications must be mailed to or delivered by Friday, October 25, 2013 to Congressman David Scott’s Jonesboro or Smyrna District Office.
To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must meet the eligibility requirements established by law and be nominated from an authorized person including a Member of the United States Senate or the House of Representatives.
Applicants must also meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to a service academy: must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday; must be a United States citizen; must be a legal resident of Georgia’s Thirteenth Congressional District; and must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
Mental Health Coverage and the Affordable Care Act
Posted by on September 25, 2013
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, adults with mental illness lack coverage at significantly higher rates than those without mental illness. In addition, about a quarter of young adults between the ages of 19-25 are uninsured during the years that many will experience their first mental health condition.
Plans in the health insurance Marketplace include mental health and substance use disorder services. This includes behavioral health treatment, counseling, and psychotherapy. Under the Affordable Care Act, you cannot be denied insurance due to a preexisting conditions such as a mental health condition.
For more information about how the Affordable Care Act can help you or your loved ones obtain mental health coverage, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/