Snowstorms in Washington
About 20 inches of snow hit Washington last week. This was the 4th greatest snowstorm total in Washington, D.C. weather records, which began in 1888. Several Georgians were unable to travel to Washington for meetings and Congress was not open. The snow has mostly melted this week and Congress is back to work with lots of activity.
Black History Month Profiles
Congressman Scott will profile African-American people and places this month for Black History Month. His first profile is of the first African-American Congressman from Georgia - Jefferson Long. To read more about this fascinating leader, visit Congressman Scott's blog.
Military Academy Nominations
Nearly two dozen young men and women from the 13th Congressional District have been nominated to attend one of the prestigious US Military Academies, which include the United States Air Force, Merchant Marine, Military (West Point), and Naval academies. This Saturday, Congressman Scott will hold a ceremony for the nominees, their families and the community.
Additionally, Congressman Scott and Brigadier General Joseph Jarrard will make a special presentation of medals to U.S. Army Vietnam War Veterans Lanny Howard, of Douglasville, and Thomas Williams, of Ellenwood. Mr. Howard will receive a Purple Heart Medal and Mr. Williams will receive a Bronze Star Medal. To learn more about the event and see the list of nominees, click here.
Speaker Ryan's Poverty Initiative
Speaker Paul Ryan has laid out his ambitious plans for the US House of Representatives this year. One issue that he has been discussing is how to better address issues relating to poverty. Congressman Scott is pleased that these issues are being brought to the forefront of debate. While Congressman Scott has reservations about some of the details of Speaker Ryan's plan, he does note areas of agreement including criminal justice reform and expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit for childless individuals. Congressman Scott was interviewed on WABE News last week about these issues. To listen to the interview, visit the WABE News website.
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Social Media Photo Contest - 13th District
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Congressman Scott has launched his first cover photo contest. If you or someone you know takes great photos of District 13, please send a high resolution picture with your name and where you’re from to Photos.DavidScott@mail.house.gov
All images must be of Georgia District 13, high resolution and taken by a resident of GA-13. The deadline for submissions is February 29. For questions, email the address above.
February 6 - US Military Academies ceremony. 10:00 - noon at Brawner Hall in Smyrna.
February 6 - Congressman Scott attends the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. Location: The Centre at Arbor Connection.
February 13 - Congressman Scott attends the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association (GPPA) annual awards luncheon where he will be awarded their Outstanding Advocate Award.
February 26 - Congressman Scott will provide keynote remarks for the Lockheed's African American Leadership Forum's Black History month activities closing banquet. Location : The Pavillion at Olde Towne in Marietta.