In a talk Thursday at the Atlanta Press Club, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson said he thinks there will soon be a break in the political gridlock in Washington. The Marietta Republican cited the former Gang of Six, who are now known as the “Gang of Eight” since adding two members.
The Farm Bill under debate in the U.S. Senate this week doesn’t just impact farmers. Eighty percent of its funds go to the program that provides food stamps. The Senate proposal would reduce funds to the program over ten years.
The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 seeks to better protect Americans serving with the Peace Corps. The bill is named in honor of a Georgia woman who died while serving in Benin.
Cases are still outstanding three years after the deadly explosion and fire at the Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah. Fourteen people died and scores were wounded in one of the worst industrial disasters in state history. Federal officials later found, the company "willfully" violated safety rules by letting combustible dust build up.