WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), issued the following statement upon the release of memos that former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey authored and in response to the inspector general’s criminal referral of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Collins is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which exercises oversight over the Department of Justice and FBI.
“As James Comey himself has insisted time and again, truth and integrity matter enormously, and federal law enforcement must prosecute people who lie to investigators. On this point, I agree with Mr. Comey, and I support the inspector general’s conclusion that Andrew McCabe’s dishonesty during an investigation within his own law enforcement agency warrants a criminal referral.
“Mr. Comey’s memos illustrate that he used different standards in his official work involving President Donald Trump than he applied to his work with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and others. The memo he leaked—in order to effect the appointment of a Special Counsel—reinforces the inconsistency and bias with which he acted as FBI director as well as his willingness to substitute his own judgment for FBI policies. These facts indicate that Mr. Comey is less fettered to objective standards of integrity and the policies of our justice system than his public declarations claim.”
BKP and Congressman Collins discuss the “Omnibus” Spending Bill signed by Donald Trump, and other issues that might effect the state of Georgia in the future.
Do you think God has your Number?
He knows how many times you breathed yesterday. He holds your breath in His hand. God absolutely knows every move you make. The Lord has the hairs on your head numbered. He most definitely tracts your life. My friend, if the Lord has a call on your Life for the ministry, you couldn’t get away in a race car.
What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?-Psalms 117
What is the longest chapter in the Bible? –Psalms 119
Which chapter is in the center of the Bible? Psalms 118
Fact: There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118
Facts: There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118
Add these numbers up, and you get 1188
(NKJV)What is the center verse in the Bible? Psalms 118:8.
“It is better to trust in The Lord than to put confidence in man.”
If this is coincident, it is a good one.
God can be in the center of your life if you will just ask, and let Him.
From time to time, I have been sent to share a ministry call with God’s people. He has their number, I would like to share one such call with you just to show you how detailed God is when it comes to the life of His children, and the work of His kingdom.
Some years ago, my friend, the late George Marshal, and I were going to Dunklin Ministries for a Saturday men’s gathering. Dunklin is a large farm between Stuart and Okeechobee, Fl. It is a rehab center used to rebuild lives and, a very good one, I might add. At one time, we had a man here by the name of Jim Way who could bring men together and make things happen. We would have as many as 700 men there for seminars and to worship the Lord. Sometimes in the middle of the previous night, I was caught up in the presence of the Lord. The Lord and I were standing in front of a long table seated with men my age; late fifties to sixties. The Lord was inspecting these men military style just like a company commander would do, along with his Platoon Sgt. I was a Platoon Sgt. at one time in the Marines, and The Lord and I were pulling an inspection on these men. I don’t know why the Lord chose this manner, but we were looking over every man, face-to-face. The Lord would get a good look at each man. When we got to the left end of the table, the Lord turned sharply and pointed to a young man in his middle twenties. He was at the far right corner of the table facing us, Ronnie Rinker had invited him. He was a Southern Baptist boy. The Lord turned and looked at him and said,“I am calling this one into the ministry. And I said, but Lord, he is so young. The Lord said, “I know, but I am going to train him. I am going to teach him. I am going to develop him, but he is the one I am calling.” At that point, every scratch and every cut on that old, wooden table was embedded into my mind, along with each man’s face and location at the table. The next morning I had no recollection of this, what-so-ever. George and I went into the dining hall. While we were in line, George saw an empty table and said let’s throw our Bibles on this table, and that will save us a seat. We went through the breakfast line at eight o’clock. After we got our food, George said, Bob let’s sit over here at this table; I know these guys. I said, but our Bibles are over there, but he said they would be ok. I sat down at the right corner of the table, and a young, good-looking man sat down across from me. As we started to eat, I felt like I knew him from somewhere. I asked him if we had ever met and he said, no I asked where he worked and what he did?. I said are you sure; he again said, “I just don’t know you.” I am sitting there starting to eat, not thinking any more about him when all at once I looked at that beat up handmade table and knew every scratch and cut on it. Everything came back to me, I looked at the man and knew that I had been there in the middle of the night. Every man was in his proper place, and the young man across from me was exactly where he was when Jesus called him. I said, “Have you ever thought about the ministry?” He said, “Yes I have.”
“Good!” I said, “Because you’re in it.” Then I shared his calling from the Lord. What a mighty God! Look how he used Ronnie to get God’s man there, and how the Lord used George to get me to the right table with all the scratches on it and all the man I had seen the night before. The Word says He knows every hair on our head; but I know one thing for sure He walks among the tables at Dunklin in the middle of the night and knows every scratch on them! Yes, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is alive and well and will speak and call men today.
The Lord Jesus can interact with us today here on the earth, just as if we were in heaven. Father God has everything down to a science, just like he does your life. Let’s look at some facts:
- He knew everything about the meeting, date, time, location, and who would be there.
- When he caught me up and showed me the scratches and cuts on the table in the dining hall at Dunkin: they are rough, handmade tables that were made by the men going through the program. All of them filled with cuts and scratches, and they look just alike, yet I knew the exact table.
- He knew every man there and where he would sit the next day.
- Ronnie thought he was inviting that young man to the meeting. Ronnie was working for Jesus under the power of the Holy Spirit and didn’t know it.
- George Marshal took me to the right table and never knew he was working under a mandate from God.
Here is the thing that just blows me away, not one of us could have been late!Nothing in the world could have stopped any of us. Not one man could have said, I don’t think I will go today. No one could have sat in the wrong place.
Not one of us had any thought of being led by the Lord. We were in the natural and walking under the power and order of God at the same time. Your next words to somebody could be out of the heart of God. No one knew about this, but those of us at the table.
Got put that meeting together like a beautiful piece of music. You can’t beat Him.
What the Lord Jesus wants to be done, He will do! The Holy Spirit was leading every man to that table, and not one of us knew it. Sometimes being led by the Spirit of God may not be what we think at all. We felt nothing. Your next phone call, a trip to the store, or the post office may be your most anointed moment of the week; ordered by the Lord, don’t miss it. If we belong to the Lord, we are naturally supernatural when He needs for us to be.
Your loving heavenly Father can unscramble your life and seat you at His table where you really don’t belong.” Grace, Grace WonderfulGrace”. There is no doubt about it; God sees tomorrow before we see today.
Dr. Bob Allen
God Loves You. Fix your eye on the Straight Gate.
COLLINS BILL TO HONOR FALLEN CLERMONT MARINE SENT TO PRESIDENT’S DESK
WASHINGTON—The Senate last night voted unanimously to pass H.R. 3821, legislation to rename Georgia’s Clermont Post Office in honor of Zack T. Addington. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) introduced the bill this September, and it passed the House in November.
“Lance Corporal Zack Addington represents the selfless courage that’s cultivated in northeast Georgia, and I’m excited to see this bill leave Congress and head to the president’s desk for his signature,” said Collins.
Collins also honored Addington when he spoke about the bill on the House floor.
Known to his neighbors as Zack, Addington joined the United States Marine Corps in 1967. A native of Clermont, he became a rifleman in the 3rd Marine Division of the Fleet Marine Force and deployed to Vietnam that year. Addington was promoted to Lance Corporal and served his country honorably until he was killed in action in May 1968.
That June, Addington received the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon in recognition of his service there.
May 25, 2016
Cites Concerns Raised by Northeast Georgia Business Owner
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Judiciary Committee marked up H.R. 5283, the DUE PROCESS Act of 2016. The bill, which reins in abuses under current civil asset forfeiture laws and protects fundamental property rights, passed out of committee by a voice vote. Congressman Collins, an original cosponsor of this legislation, issued the following statement after the vote, and highlighted the experience of his constituent Andrew Clyde, of Clyde Armory in Athens, Georgia:
“Current civil asset forfeiture law lacks fundamental protections, and has been used by the federal government to extort law abiding citizens,” said Congressman Collins. “Intended to stop drug dealers and organized crime, the current laws have been stretched far beyond their original purpose, to the point of abuse. Property owners have little recourse for recovering their assets, virtually no access to frozen assets to pay for counsel, and oversight is lacking.”
“Andrew Clyde, of Clyde Armory in Northeast Georgia, experienced the unfairness of these laws first hand, when the IRS seized capital from his business solely because he was regularly making cash deposits of several thousand dollars – a way that many small business owners do their banking. Mr. Clyde, a U.S. Navy veteran, had committed no crime, but was forced to forfeit $50,000 to the IRS, spend over $100,000 in legal fees, and is still fighting to regain control of all his property. ”
“This was not an isolated incident or a bureaucratic error – the Department of Justice and the IRS too often seize the assets of small business owners for seemingly arbitrary reasons, leaving the burden of proof on the defendants to fight the federal government, or settle out of court. There is often very little evidence, and not enough due process. The legislation that passed out of the Judiciary Committee today addresses these abuses, and places much needed reforms on the current system. Mr. Clyde’s story shows how easily our property rights can come under attack by the government, and Congress needs to take immediate action to protect Constitutional rights and prevent government backed extortion of law abiding citizens. Protections for innocent owners and heightened burden of proof were just a few of the critical reforms that I fought to have included in this bill, and I am proud to see that these protections are one step closer to being implemented through the passage of this bill at Judiciary.”
“The DUE PROCESS Act is a very big win for the liberty of the people and should lift the spirits of all Americans,” said Andrew Clyde. “Back in 2013, less than two months after the IRS forced me to forfeit my legally earned money, I presented my grievance to Congressman Collins and he promised me his help. Then when I testified before Congress last year about the IRS abuse, I asked them to prevent this from happening to anyone else. This legislation has done just that and I commend both Congressman Collins and the Judiciary Committee. Now just make it retroactive and the bill will be a World Series Grand Slam, Citizens 4 – IRS 0.”
April 22, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) and Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) led a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler asking the FCC to ensure that copyrighted programming will be appropriately protected under the proposed rules to reform the cable set-top box marketplace. The members issued the following statements on the letter:
“It takes a lot of folks to produce a television program, from actors, designers, composers, and writers, and all of their livelihoods depend on intellectual property protections,” said Congressman Collins. “Payments under our copyright licensing system enable these creators to continue their work, but if the FCC’s proposal fails the copyright and licensing system, it could undermine our creative ecosystem and have serious implications for the jobs of those who produce our film and television content. Congressman Deutch and I, along with the other co-signers of this letter, urge the FCC to take appropriate action to ensure that this rulemaking does not result in harm to the millions of creators in our country.”
“Technological advancements are providing exciting new ways to deliver the amazing content we all love,” said Congressman Deutch. “Failing to account for the complex system that supports the creation of entertainment would have unintended consequences. As a member of the Creative Rights Caucus and a co-chair of the House Songwriters Caucus, I understand how important it is to protect the millions of Americans who produce exceptional television, movies, and music as part of our nation’s creative community.”
Members of Congress who have signed on to Congressmen Collins and Deutch’s letter are:
Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA)
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX)
Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA)
Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL)
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA)
Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA)
Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA)
Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-CA)
Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL)
Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY)
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY)
Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)
Congressman Mike Bishop (R-MI)
Congressman Gerald Connolly (D-VA)
Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA)
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA)
Congressman David Trott (R-MI)
Congressman Collins Supports Bulletproof Vest Grant Program for Georgia Law Enforcement
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Judiciary Committee marked up S. 125, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act. The bill, which Congressman Collins supported, passed out of Committee by voice vote. Congressman Collins issued the following statement after the markup:
“As the son of Georgia State Trooper, I know how important it is to keep our law enforcement officers safe. This legislation reauthorizes a grant program to help local law enforcement purchase bulletproof vests for their officers. Twelve jurisdictions in Northeast Georgia have previously received grants under the program, enabling them to invest in a combined total of more than 150 bulletproof vests. We want to make sure they can continue to get the equipment they need to keep officers safe as they work to protect us and our communities. This bill, which has already passed the Senate, has broad bipartisan support and the backing of every major law enforcement organization. I am proud to support this legislation, and hope to see quick House passage and enactment into law.”
Below is a list of jurisdictions in Northeast Georgia that have received vests under the program:
Dawson County Gilmer County Jackson County Lumpkin County Pickens County Stephens County White County Elijay Gainesville Commerce
House Judiciary Passes Collins Bill to Protect American Jobs and Innovation
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Judiciary Committee marked up S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. The bill, the House version of which was introduced by Congressman Collins, passed out of committee by a voice vote. Congressman Collins issued the following statement after the markup:
“Innovation, creativity, and hard work have made American companies successful and competitive in the global market,” said Congressman Collins. “However, inadequacy of current law and increasingly sophisticated methods to steal trade secrets have left American companies vulnerable. Trade secrets are the life blood of many companies and when they are stolen there is an almost immediate loss of value, which threatens American jobs and discourages research, investments, and competition. This legislation, which has more than 150 cosponsors in the House, takes steps to fix that problem. It will provide a uniform federal remedy and allow companies to preserve evidence, prevent disclosure, and authorize injunctions and damages. Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, trade secrets will be afforded protections that apply to other forms of intellectual property such as copyrights, patents, and trademarks. The bill provides important protections that will help keep jobs here at home and discourage theft of intellectual property.
I thank Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers, and Reps. Nadler and Jeffries for their support and leadership on this bill, and applaud Senators Hatch and Coons for their tireless efforts in the Senate to move this bill forward and get us to this point. I am encouraged that Leader McCarthy has scheduled the Defend Trade Secrets Act for floor consideration next week, and I look forward to voting for this bill in the full House.
“I want to applaud Congressman Doug Collins for his steadfast leadership on this important issue,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte. “Trade secrets are an increasingly important form of intellectual property that have become more vulnerable to theft as a result of our globalized economy. Protecting the vital proprietary information of U.S. companies is essential to American competiveness, job creation, and ensuring a robust economy.”
February 25, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to Commanding General and Chief of Engineers Thomas Bostick questioning the recent Army Corps of Engineers policy change regarding the application process for residents to apply for Shoreline Use Permits and licenses. The Congressman, as well as the Lake Lanier Association and the Lake Hartwell Association, issued the following statement after the letter was sent:
“The Corps insists that this change is minor, but it imposes a huge burden on homeowners on the affected lakes, including multiple lakes in the Ninth District,” said Congressman Collins. “Describing a change that will alter a decades-long policy as ‘administrative’ is flippant, and dismissive of the thousands of property owners who have put down roots in these communities. Additionally, residents received little, if any, notice of the changed policy, despite the fact that it is likely to increase fees and significantly slow down the permit process. Changing a process that used to be simple into a bureaucratic maze, and forcing applicants to submit personal information that has little to do with the situation, is unnecessary and only serves to further weaken the relationship between the community and the Corps. I hope that this can be resolved in the same manner as the sudden policy changes that prohibited residents from drawing water from the lakes, when public opinion was enough to get the Corps to reconsider. ”
“We are disappointed to see this policy change and are concerned about the impact this will have on Lake Lanier property owners”, said Joanna Cloud, the Executive Director of the Lake Lanier Association. “In general, for most government processes, we prefer a more efficient, streamlined approach. This policy change seems to create, at a minimum, an entirely new administrative burden, without even having the technology support systems in place to accommodate this change. The Buford Project Management Office is already resource constrained and this policy change will compound that problem with no clear benefits to the taxpayers funding the system.”
“On behalf of the more than 11,000 permit holders on Lake Hartwell, we are extremely disappointed in the Corps’ decision to create a less efficient and more bureaucratic system,” said Herb Burnham, Executive Director of the Lake Hartwell Association. “This will certainly lead to higher fees for permit holders. At a time when government should aim for higher efficiency, this accomplishes the exact opposite.”
Below is the full text of the letter:
Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick
Commanding General and Chief of Engineers
United States Army Corps of Engineers
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20314-1000
Dear Lieutenant General Bostick,
I am writing to express my deep concern over a recent United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) policy changing the way property owners are to complete applications for Shoreline Use Permits (SUPs) and licenses.
In a press release dated December 28, 2015, the Savannah District of the USACE announced, “in an administrative change, the Savannah District will no longer use a consolidated SUP and license application. Beginning in 2016 the SUP and a license must be separate documents. Both documents will also require the applicant to provide a taxpayer identification number. For most people this is the Social Security number. The identification number will not be stored or transmitted electronically.”
On January 7, 2016, the Mobile District issued a similar notice, noting that the change affects property owners on USACE projects throughout the Southeast. Previously, land and water permits were issued in a consolidated manner and property owners were required to fill out one application. However, the new policy requires that land based permits go through the Real Estate Division of the USACE while water based permits continue to be processed by the local project office. Unfortunately, project offices are left with the burden of processing permits, implementing the new system, and dealing with the added red tape.
The change—which ends a decades long policy—will affect thousands of residents in Georgia alone. Yet the Corps insists that the change is minor, transparent, and “administrative”. For affected residents, however, this change was abrupt and unexpected. Overall, the change impacts property owners at Corps projects located across the Southeast, including thousands of residents in the ninth Congressional District.
I have heard from numerous sources that the Corps has sought public comment for shoreline management plan changes affecting as few as 50 to 60 people, yet in this case the Corps decided to operate absent any public input for a change that has the potential to affect thousands of people.
This is particularly notable given that it is well established in case law dating back to the 1970s that “substantive rules grant rights, impose obligations, or produce other significant effects on private interests.” Substantive rules require a notice and comment period under the Administrative Procedures Act. However, despite the fact that the Corps policy change imposes obligations and produces significant effects on private interests, the Corps appears committed to claiming the policy change was interpretative, and thus did not require notice.
The change in policy appears to ignore the fact that the consolidated permit and license process has largely been an efficient process. Separating the application and approval process for shoreline use permits and licenses will not only create an extra cost on local offices as they deal with new administrative burdens, it will create an added cost on residents in the form of new or increased fees. Additionally, the new process appears to achieve little while adding bureaucratic hurdles and leading to a less efficient process that will cost more and take longer. For example, I heard from one constituent that after he completed his dock permit, he was sent nine additional pages of paperwork to complete—a clear change from previous practice. The Lake Hartwell and Lake Lanier Associations have both voiced their displeasure with the additional burden that will be placed on those property owners across both basins.
The Corps failed to engage the public and instead implemented a burdensome change on property owners in a way that defies both transparency and logic.
In light of the changes, I am seeking additional information as to how these decisions were made. Specifically, I would like the following information:
- This policy change affects the South Atlantic division. How does the new policy compare to others nationwide? Why has the South Atlantic division been targeted by unannounced yet far-reaching policy changes?
- Did Corps Project offices have the opportunity to comment on the changes to the shoreline management plans? If so, was their input incorporated into the policy changes? If not, why not?
- I understand the changes as a whole may require a new system to handle permits, but that system is not yet implemented. At a minimum, why did you not wait to implement the changes until the new system was functioning?
- How did you decide that the policy change regarding the application process for permits and licenses was minor and did not warrant public comment, given that it could affect thousands of people?
- I understand that the legality of this policy change was debated for several years. Based on that information, why did the Corps not provide notice to either Congress or the public?
- Since the policy change did not happen overnight, why did the Corps wait to provide notice of the update until only three days before implementation in one case, and until after implementation in another case?
- Given that the changed process involves more people and more paperwork, it is likely costs will increase. Will permit and license fees increase for residents, and if so, when and by how much? How will you notify affected residents or how do you plan to mitigate increased fees?
- All legal documentation related to the shoreline management policy change as it relates to the application process for permits and licenses.
I strongly encourage the Corps to consider rectifying this situation as expeditiously as possible. It is my hope that your office will recognize the efficacy of, at the minimum, reconsidering the permit changes and the possibility of opening them to public comment, as was previously done with the announced irrigation policy changes.
It is past time for the Corps to operate in an open and transparent manner with the full benefit of public engagement and comment. Far too often, the Corps has implemented policy changes affecting Northeast Georgians without notice or explanation. An open dialogue and a consistent process for public notice would go far in rebuilding trust and cooperation between the community and the Corps.
I look forward to hearing from you on the steps you will take to provide relief to the affected residents. I appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to receiving a response by March 13, 2016.
Ninth Congressional District of Georgia
cc: Ms. Brenda M. Johnson-Turner
Director of Real Estate Division
United States Army Corps of Engineers