Tag: Jack Kingston

Kingston Presses for Full Debate on Syrian Aid

In Washington, Congress is preparing for a vote on President Obama’s request for funding to help Syrian rebels fight ISIS. At this stage, it looks like the proposal will be handled as an amendment to the continuing resolution that will fund the government past the end of the September 30th fiscal year.

Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston (R-Savannah), for one, would prefer a standalone vote, and wonders whether the President’s plan will be enough to quell the threat posed by ISIS. Speaking to Mike Huckabee on Fox News over the weekend, Kingston also expressed his opinion that in order to win, American troops will need to be involved.

Kingston noted Article I of the Constitution provides that only Congress has the power “to declare war,” and said that this Congress should do its duty to the American people. In addition to the appearance on the Huckabee show, Kingston has pressed his case on Michael Smerconish’s CNN program, and on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes.

The Hill is reporting today that any vote on the matter will likely require Democratic support.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said he wasn’t sure his amendment granting President Obama’s request for congressional authority would be backed by a majority of Republican lawmakers, many of whom expressed deep reservations about the plan.

And Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a member close to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), predicted that Democrats would have to supply a significant number of votes to approve the amendment, since many members on both sides are likely to oppose it.

“It’s going to take a bipartisan coalition to pass it, and I think it’ll be bipartisan opposition,” Cole said.

Many House members, like Kingston, would prefer to have a new authorization of military force. Others wonder if any arms provided by the United States would eventually fall into the wrong hands. And still others are concerned that the whole effort could end up like the quicksand that drew the United States into the Vietnam War, noting that the military advisers sent to Southeast Asia by President Kennedy ended up morphing into hundreds of thousands of American troops.

But, campaign season for many (not including Kingston) beckons. It remains to be seen if Chet will get his wish.

Kingston’s finance director: “Quit whining” about the weather

Buried in an AJC report on a poll from our friend, Chris Huttman, are these nuggets from Phil Wilheit, Jr., who serves as finance chair for Rep. Jack Kingston’s Senate campaign:

Hey Atlanta! Quit whining about how inconvenient the last few days have been. It’s called earth and weather and it does what it wants. On the west coast it make the ground shake and makes buildings and bridges fall on you. On the gulf coast the oceans swallows miles of land and blows trees homes to smithereens. In the Midwest funnels pick up cars, houses and people and rip them to pieces. In the north the snow is measured in meters and the temperatures make things like ears fall off. So stop complaining about your long commute home….at least it was still there when you finally arrived.

I was in Washington, DC when the storm hit and had a couple laughs about the manner in which Metro Atlantans act during snow storms. Honestly, I didn’t think it would be that bad. “We learned from 2011,” I told myself. Obviously, we didn’t, and political leaders will, undoubtedly, have to answer to voters for being unprepared.

But not only is Wilheit tired of your “complaining” and “bitching” about a few flakes of snow and offering you free lessons about the natural disasters and acts of the Almighty that happen in other places around the country. He’s also thinks you’re less of a man:

Sick of the whining. The “men” in Atlanta need to drink less cosmotinis and forget about ever getting another pedicure. Be a man like the guy who hiked 6 miles through the snow and ice to be with his daughter. Spend more time in nature and less time bitching about it. If more people had not panicked and bolted out of the office at noon we would not have gridlocked the highways and the DOT could have treated them. I left my office in Gainesville at 7:15pm. Checked traffic reports. Found a good route home and traveled 50 miles in 1.5 hours.

There’s some truth in what Wilheit said. No, not the douchebaggery about “cosmotinis” and pedicures, rather the point about people staying in their offices or at home. Outside of that, yeah, probably not the best way in which to talk to Georgians if you’re connected to a major political campaign.

UPDATE: Kingston on CNN discussing kids and free lunches

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), a candidate for Georgia’s open Senate seat, appeared on CNN moments ago to discuss his comments from earlier this week in which he floated the idea of kids working to pay for free lunches.

He insisted that the comments were part of a discussion and not a statement of policy. He also said that he is not picking on any particular socioeconomic class.

“These kids don’t want to be there, their parents don’t want to be there,” he said, adding that he believes his job is to help promote policies through which families can find better jobs and thrive.

Video is not yet available, but we’ll update with it later, assuming it is posted on the Interwebs.

[UPDATE] Here’s Politico‘s story on Kingston’s appearance this morning.

And video:

Georgia Scours Probation Rolls For Farm Labor; D.C. Begins To Look At Federal Solutions

Today’s Courier Herald Column:

Yesterday, Governor Deal announced preliminary findings in the review of reports of farm labor shortages throughout South Georgia. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Labor Commissioner Mark Butler estimate that there are 11,000 employment opportunities currently unfilled, with the duration of those jobs range from one day to several months.

The first proposed solution to fill the labor gap is to explore outreach to the state’s base of probationers.

Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens estimates that there are 100,000 probationers statewide, with 8,000 in the core Southwest region of the state. Probationer status equates to some sort of jail or prison record, and thus means more difficulties finding employment. The Governor’s office reports this group faces a 25% unemployment rate, as employers are often reluctant to hire those without a clear criminal background.

Deal calls the matching of unemployed probationers with farmers needing labor “a great partial solution” and further stated “I want to encourage Georgia’s agriculture community to continue working with Commissioner Black. In the meantime, Commissioner Butler will continue to publicize the availability of agricultural employment opportunities and Commissioner Owens will work to potentially fill jobs on farms.” Read more

It’s Official: Kingston To Seek Appropriations Chairmanship

From a press release:

Washington, Nov 19 

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) sent the following letter today to members of the House Republican Conference in the 112th Congress:

Dear Colleague:

I am writing to announce my decision to run for Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and to ask for your support.  I believe I could be helpful in this position for a number of reasons.

Primarily, I am a committed conservative with a long track record to prove it.  My lifetime score with the American Conservative Union is 96%.  I’ve got perfect ratings from FreedomWorks and Eagle Forum, an 89% from the Club for Growth and 95% from Americans for Prosperity. 

Read more

They Risk Their Lives But They Can’t Drink?

Not according to Jack Kingston who has legislation that would allow 18-year-old members of the U.S. military to purchase and consume wine and beer while on base.

From the Beaufort, South Carolina’s Gazette:

Purchases of beer and wine at base exchanges and convenience stores still would be prohibited, according to the bill.

Kingston, whose congressional district includes Savannah, believes someone mature enough to fight for the country in a time of war is mature enough to have a beer, said his spokesman, Chris Crawford.

“If we’re asking someone to risk their lives in defense of this country and they’re responsible enough for that, we ought to have enough faith in them to have a beer,” Crawford said. “By restricting it to on-post establishments and not allowing them to purchase alcohol intended to be consumed elsewhere, the bill would not impact local and state regulations. It also keeps the alcohol consumption from getting out of control as they would be in establishments with superior officers.”

The bill doesn’t call for hard liquor being sold to 18 year olds; my guess is to help push it through Congress. Our soldiers fight for our country and, in some cases, die for it; I really believe we should allow them to have a cold one when they so desire.

Kingston Says Eric Johnson Backs Nathan Deal

From the Savannah Morning News:

Former state senator hasn’t made formal statement about Aug. 10 runoff

Former state Sen. Eric Johnson is backing Nathan Deal against Karen Handel for governor, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston said Tuesday.

Kingston, a Savannah Republican, spoke a day after Johnson, who finished third in the July 20 GOP primary, said on Facebook he “likes” Deal. Johnson has not responded to requests for comments since the primary.

Kingston, a close Johnson friend and ally for more than 25 years, said they spoke after Johnson returned from a vacation earlier this week.

The congressman didn’t discuss the reasons for Johnson’s decision, but other Johnson supporters have said he was unlikely to back Handel…

Deal campaign spokesman Brian Robinson said he’s encouraged by Kingston’s statement but remained cautious.

“We don’t want to put words in his mouth, but would love to have Eric Johnson’s support,” Robinson said. “It would certainly make sense that he would see Nathan Deal as a clear conservative choice.”…

Kingston said Johnson probably won’t stump actively.

Kingston Awarded “Minuteman” Commendation

The following was received via email:

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA/01) spoke at the National Guard Association of Georgia’s 62nd Annual Conference on Jekyll Island on Saturday, June 12. This year’s conference theme was “There is No Place Like Home” which focused on welcoming home the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) who ended a year long deployment to Afghanistan in April. Kingston spoke to the audience on the future of the military and its role in the war in Afghanistan and how they will transition this year from liberation to sustainability mode. Kingston also highlighted the status of current troop forces in Afghanistan and Iraq , possible future threat from China and Korea and how the National Guard fits in to both equations.

“The National Guard of yesterday is quite different than the guard of today,” Congressman Kingston said. “With budget cuts to our other military forces, guardsmen are no longer ‘weekend warriors.’ They play a vital role in highly specialized missions that have been crucial to developing Afghanistan into a nation that does not have to depend on illegal activity to be self-sustaining.” Read more

Not all who voted against ObamaCare are (as yet) interested in repealing it

The Club for Growth has its “Repeal It!” website up and running, taking names of those Congressmen and Congressional candidates who pledge to “sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government.”

Looking solely at Georgia’s Congressmen, as of this afternoon, Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and Tom Price have taken the pledge. That leaves Lynn Westmoreland, Jim Marshall, and John Barrow as having voted against ObamaCare but not yet taking the pledge to fight for its repeal. No need to mention the remainder who clearly despise federalism.

While Westmoreland is more-or-less already known as being in favor or repealing the monstrosity passed earlier this month, Marshall and Barrow would be well served to show their constituents they were not just testing the political winds with their ObamaCare vote but are committed to its repeal by signing onto the pledge.