District Update | June 20, 2014 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congressman Tom Graves

Friends,

You might've heard that Congress will soon have to address a highway funding shortfall.

Predictably, some in Washington want to fix the problem by raising taxes.

Not me.

I've been working to pass the Transportation Empowerment Act, which cuts the federal gas tax and empowers each state to take control of highway construction.

Today, my plan got a boost when National Review endorsed the bill. Here's a link to the editorial

The plan cuts out Washington's politics and red tape, which means roads would be constructed more quickly and at a lower cost to taxpayers.

My office estimates that Georgia would've saved $185 million this year under my plan.

Above all, I believe this policy battle has a very real impact on your life. 

Think about it this way: if we had new and better roads, how much shorter would your commute be? 

How much more time could you spend with your family?

Would you be connected to new job opportunities or more affordable housing?

Better roads would mean a better life for a lot people. I think we can get there by taking power from Washington and transferring it back to the states.

For more details on how the Transportation Empowerment Act works, please visit my website by clicking here.

Honored to serve you,

Top News
National Review Editorial: Don't Raise the Gas Tax

"Cut the gas tax and let states pay for the highways within their borders. Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) and Representative Tom Graves (R., Ga.) have proposed a bill that would do essentially this, and it makes a number of other important improvements to highway policies." Click here for the full article.

On the Hill
Rep. Graves Supports VA Reform Bill

Last week, Rep. Graves and the House passed a bill that requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to offer non-VA care to veterans who live over 40 miles from a VA medical facility, or cannot get an appointment within the VA scheduling goal of 14 days. Click here to read more.
   
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