Approximately 26 billion gallons of water are used every day in the United States. According to the United States Geological Survey, the average American uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water daily. People depend on water for healthy lifestyles; and Atlantians depend on Lake Lanier as their primary water source. Earlier this month a federal judge ruled that Georgians have no right to use the lake for water consumption. According to U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson, drinking water was not an authorized purpose for the lake when it was created 50 years ago and should not be now. The judge gives Congress three years to act to change the law; otherwise his ruling will be implemented. While I understand the need to follow the letter of the law, Georgians, and even this judge should consider what is practical. We cannot leave 5 million metro Atlanta residents without drinking water. This ruling must not stand.
As Congress races to get health care reform legislation passed, we must ask ourselves “what’s the rush?” President Obama would like Congress to pass his health care reform plan before the August Congressional recess. Luckily, that won’t happen. He took six months to pick out the family dog, so why take only a few weeks for health care reform? The Congressional Budget Office estimated Obama’s plan will cost our country more than $1 trillion in addition to severely crippling America’s free market health care system.
PHILADELPHIA (July 24, 2009) – Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) this week was named chairman of the Human Services and Welfare Committee for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the organization’s annual legislative summit in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA (July 22, 2009) – Sen. Don Balfour (R-Gwinnett) today took office as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the organization’s annual legislative summit in Philadelphia. The first legislator from Georgia to be elected to NCSL office, Balfour will lead the bipartisan Conference in serving the nation’s state lawmakers and advocating for their interests before Congress.