|Bipartisan Budget Deal
The House-Senate passed HR 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2014 by large bi-partisan margins. The agreement contains all 12 of the annual appropriations bills. The agreement's total spending level is within the cap on discretionary spending set by the Bipartisan Budget Act (PL 113-67), which rolled back a portion of scheduled cuts under sequestration and set new caps for defense and nondefense spending. To learn more about the spending bills, visit the Appropriations Committee website.
After the government shutdown last year, Congress was able to belatedly pass a budget and spending bills for the current fiscal year. Hopefully, that spirit of working together can extend to other issues, such as finding a way to continue extended unemployment benefits.
The House-Senate conference charged with negotiating a final agreement on reauthorizing farm and food programs is still without a deal. The future of such programs as the dairy program, country-of-origin-labeling, and SNAP will likely be decided by early February.
On Friday, January 17, Congressman Scott was the keynote speaker for the 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast at the University of Georgia. Also on that day, Congressman Scott visited the School of Law's Dean Rusk Center to give a presentation on international finance, particularly as it relates to the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. You can watch the congressman's MLK speech on YouTube.
On Thursday, January 23, Congressman Scott joined with SunTrust and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to host an informational meeting about HomeSafe Georgia, a federally-funded program that helps prevent home foreclosures. The event was held at the Operation Hope Financial Dignity Center, 101 Jackson Street, NE, Atlanta.
Individuals can apply for HomeSafe Georgia assistance in person, over the phone at 1-877-519-4443, or online at www.homesafegeorgia.com.
On January 24, the congressman is participating with opening remarks at the grand opening of the Riverdale Development Authority's small business incubator, the Riverdale Centre for Innovation. 6:00-7:30 at 6630 Camp Street, NE Riverdale, GA 30274.
On January 25, the congressman is attending the Cobb Chamber Annual Dinner.
On Friday, February 1, Congressman Scott will host the 2014 Military Academy Nomination Ceremony from 10:00-2:00 pm. LOCATION: Brawner Hall 3180 Atlanta Road, SE Smyrna, GA 30080. That evening, he is attending the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.
Congressional Art Competition
Congressman Scott has announced that art entries are being accepted for the Congressional Art Competition. Entries must be received in either Congressman David Scott's Smyrna or Jonesboro District Office by Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Students may obtain entry forms and official guidelines from Congressman David Scott’s Office and their high school art teachers.
There is no mandatory theme for the competition and participants must be present at the awards ceremony in order to win. Congressman Scott will host an awards ceremony naming this year’s top winners on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Douglas County Museum of History and Art, located at 6754 Broad Street, Douglasville, Georgia 30134.
For more information and competition entry forms and guidelines, please contact Angie Storey at 770/432-5405 or visit http://davidscott.house.gov/constituentservices/artcontest.htm.
CBCF Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships
Applications for Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Fellowships, Internships and Scholarships will be due in the next couple of months. Prospective candidates should be familiar with the guidelines and start early on their packets. For additional information about the Foundation, please visit http://www.cbcfinc.org/
State of the Union
The President will give the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28. You can learn more about his speech and see behind the scenes moments on the White House blog: www.whitehouse.gov/SOTU
You can also connect with Congressman Scott via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or LinkedIn.