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Political roundup: Warnock raises $7.2M, Ossoff visits CSRA, more

From left: Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
From left: Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.(WRDW)
Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 5:10 AM EDT
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ATLANTA - Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock raised money at a brisk pace from April through June, outstripping his currently announced Republican rivals for the 2022 senatorial election in Georgia.

Warnock’s campaign raised $7.2 million during the second quarter and finished June 30 with $10.5 million in cash on hand.

Navy veteran and former bank executive Latham Saddler was the top-raising Republican in the Senate race, collecting $1.4 million in the second quarter.

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black collected $703,000 in contributions.

Marietta contractor Kelvin King, another GOP candidate, reported raising $371,000 and loaning his campaign $300,000.

Warnock wants to make child tax credit boost permanent

WASHINGTON - Sen. Raphael Warnock spoke Thursday about the boost to the child tax credit in the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress back in March.

Warnock says the credit will make sure every American child has the chance to succeed.

“That investment must continue for years to come. And so we took a major first step to expand this tax cut in the American Rescue Plan. and I’m going to keep fighting to make these tax cuts permanent,” he said.

Millions of families are now able to access that new round of federal funds.

If you’re eligible, you’ll get half of the money monthly and you’ll have to claim the rest on your tax returns.

A married couple filing jointly has to make less than $150,000 to qualify.

Ossoff to visit Fort Gordon today

AUGUSTA, Ga. - U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff will return to Fort Gordon today to meet with senior leadership and junior enlisted personnel and receive briefings on ongoing projects.

In February, the Georgia Democrat inspected ongoing infrastructure projects on post, met with both senior and junior enlisted personnel and received briefings at the Cyber Center for Excellence.

In March, he secured a commitment from Shalanda Young, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, to dedicate necessary federal resources to improving military housing at Fort Gordon.

Look for coverage of Ossoff’s visit on News 12, WRDW.com and https://www.facebook.com/wrdwtv.

Ossoff’s staff said Fort Gordon service members and their families are encouraged to contact his office with any questions, concerns or for help with federal agencies at ossoff.senate.gov or by calling 470-786-7800.

Hice staff schedules office hours for constituents

WRENS, Ga. - U.S. Rep. Jody Hice announced three new opportunities for mobile office hours for 10th Congressional District residents to meet with his staff.

These events allow members of the community to sit down with congressional staff and are offered in addition to meetings in the Congressman’s Greensboro, Monroe and Thomson offices.

“If you can’t get a prompt answer from a federal agency or you feel you’ve been treated unfairly, my office may be able to help,” said Hice.

Congressional staff members will be available to meet with residents on an individual or family basis at the following locations (appointments are not required):

  • Jefferson County: Monday, 10 a.m. to noon, Rabun Community Center, Wrens City Hall, 101 McNair St.
  • Washington County: Tuesday, noon to 2 p.m., Washington County Chamber of Commerce, 603 S. Harris St., Sandersville.

Haley endorses S.C. Sen. Tim Scott in re-election bid

WASHINGTON - Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has endorsed South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott in his re-election campaign to the U.S. Senate.

Haley, who served as governor of South Carolina from 2011 until 2017, released a video on her Twitter page praising Scott’s service in the Senate.

She said in the video that she told the people of South Carolina years ago that she did not think Tim Scott would ever disappoint them.

“Not only has he not disappointed us, he continues to show us what the American dream is,” she said. “He has fought for the people of South Carolina. he has fought for the people of America. He continues to be true to himself and he continues to make us proud.”

In a statement released by the Stand for America political action committee that Haley founded, she said praised Scott’s efforts on opportunity zones to police reform that supports law enforcement, adding Scott is “making sure everyone has access to the American dream.”

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