|Last week, the House approved major bi-partisan bills on education and transportation. A few important issues remain to be approved before the end of the year including funding the government for FY2016 and extending several tax breaks.
Education Bill Passes
The House passed a major K-12 education bill that re-writes the No Child Left Behind law. The Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) will restore local control of education from Washington. The also bill ends high-stakes testing, repeals the burdensome Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) system and helps at-risk students.
The Every Student Succeeds Act was approved by the House with a vote of 359-64 and awaits signature into law by the President. For a detailed summary of S. 1177 from the House Committee on Education and Workforce, click here.
Transportation Programs Approved
The House voted to approve a major bi-partisan transportation bill by a vote of 359-65. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) reauthorizes highway, bridge, transportation safety, and public transit projects for the next five years. The President has signed the bill into law.
Metro Atlanta has some of the most dangerous intersections and some of the worst traffic congestion in America. The FAST Act will create jobs for engineers and contractors and help improve commutes for Georgians. For a detailed summary of the FAST Act, click here for a summary from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
New MARTA Bus Routes In Clayton County
On December 12, two new bus routes will start in Clayton County. Congressman Scott was a strong supporter of expanding MARTA service to Clayton County. He also voted for the FAST Act, which includes additional funding for transit systems. To learn more about the new routes and other MARTA news, visit their site.
Visa Waiver Security Enhancements
Several suspects in terrorist attacks have travelled under European passports to hot spots such as Syria and Iraq. Today, the House approved the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act (H.R. 158), by a vote of 407-19. This measure will tighten security features to ensure that visa waiver travelers are better screened.
New Georgia Film Academy
Georgia has launched the Georgia Film Academy to prepare workers for these high demand careers. The Academy has developed the GFA Certification to help potential employees connect with film jobs. Clayton State University offers the certification program as well as an Associate's degree in film production. For more information, visit the Academy site at http://www.clayton.edu/georgia-film-academy-certification
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