Gwinnett Daily Post- U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall and Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue (all R-Ga.) criticized President Barack Obama this week for vetoing legislation that authorized the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The president vetoed the bill Tuesday and accused congress of circumventing “longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest” in a message to the Senate.

Within hours, Woodall, Isakson and Perdue issued statements condemning the veto. Perdue called the veto “ridiculous” while Woodall said it amounted to the president saying “no to the American people.” Meanwhile, Isakson expressed optimism that the Senate would vote to override the veto.

“Republicans and Democrats alike came together and found a way to say “yes,” but sadly the President chose not to join us,” Woodall said. “America’s new Congress is committed to getting things done on behalf of the American people, and while I do not know whether the Senate has enough votes to override the President’s misguided veto, I hope that it will try in the near future.”

Isakson added, “Regretfully, President Obama has followed through on his promise the veto the Keystone XL pipeline. Tens of thousands of jobs in America — gone. Energy independence in America — impeded. I hope the Senate will override this veto and send it back to him so he can rethink this terrible decision and approve Keystone XL pipeline once and for all.”

In his own statement, Perdue said, “This bipartisan, bicameral jobs bill will create tens of thousands of jobs, it will get us closer to energy independence, and will help lower energy costs for families and small businesses across the country. It’s a shame that the President has chosen special interests over helping the American people.”

Woodall discusses national security, budget and Keystone during town hall

Woodall recapped recent events in Washington D.C. and fielded constituents questions about the federal budget and national security during a town hall meeting at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center last week.

Among the actions recapped in a statement from Woodall’s office were the work between the House and Senate to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and passage of legislation that dealt with a range of issues including national security and regulatory reform.

Deal orders criminal history questions removed from most state employment applications

Gov. Deal issues an executive order Monday to enact a “Ban the Box” policy which prohibits employment applications for most state jobs from including questions about a person’s criminal history.

The policy was one of the recommendations from the governor’s Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform last year and is intended to give ex-prisoners a fairer shot at finding employment after they leave prison. The order does not apply to applications for “sensitive governmental positions” where a person’s criminal history would immediately disqualify them from consideration.

Isakson co-sponsors legislation restricting federal employees ability to conduct union business while on government payroll

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) announced last week he co-sponsored a bill which restricts the amount of union-related business a federal employee can conduct while he or she is working on the government’s payroll.

Under the terms of the Federal Employee Accountability Act, workers would only be allowed to perform union business while on the government payroll on those occasions when the agency they work for is in agreement with the union that it is “reasonable, necessary and in the public interest.”

Federal employees would still be allowed to have union representation at hearings under Isakson’s proposed bill, according to the senator’s office.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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