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Rob Woodall Standing Committee Assignments Definition

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads. The Committee also has jurisdiction over other aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation.  The Committee’s broad oversight portfolio includes many federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard, Amtrak, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the General Services Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers, and others.

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House Committee on Rules

Congressman Woodall sits on the powerful House Committee on Rules, and is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process. Known as the legislative "gatekeeper," Rules considers every single piece of legislation before they arrive on the House Floor for a vote. In addition to deciding exactly how each bill comes to the House Floor—from how many amendments are allowed to how long Members are able to debate—Rules has jurisdiction over the standing rules of the House, internal organization of the House, the Congressional budget process, ethics, and relations between the Executive and Judicial Branches of our federal government. As a Member of the Rules Committee, Congressman Woodall will be able to work to ensure that every piece of legislation reaches the House Floor in a balanced, principled manner.

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House Budget Committee

The House Budget Committee, created as part of the 1974 Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, is responsible for preparing an annual Concurrent Resolution on the Budget.  The “budget” sets total levels of spending for discretionary spending, or those programs such as defense, which are subject to the annual appropriations process.  Apart from setting spending levels, the budget is a comprehensive analysis of the federal government’s operations, spending trajectory, policy priorities, and challenges ahead.  As a member of this prestigious committee, Congressman Woodall is responsible for working with his colleagues on the committee to craft a budget resolution, monitor federal spending through Congressional oversight, and review all bills and resolutions pertaining to the budget.  

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William Robert Woodall III[1] (born February 11, 1970)[2] is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 7th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. Prior to being elected to congress, he was the Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman John Linder (R-GA). He worked for Linder from 1994 to 2010.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Woodall was born in Athens, GA. He attended both public and private grade schools, and graduated from Marist School in 1988. He attended Furman University followed by law school at the University of Georgia. While attending law school, he spent summers working in a Washington, D.C. law firm. He left law school after the summer of 1994 to work for his hometown U.S. RepresentativeJohn Linder. Woodall later finished law school in 1998.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2010 election[edit]

Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2010 § District 7

He won the Republican primary with about 56% of the vote against Jody Hice.[4] He faced Democrat Doug Heckman in the 2010 General Election.[5] On November 2, 2010, Woodall defeated Heckman to win the election.[6]

The top donors to Woodall's campaign funds were the Credit Union National Association, the Southern Company, the American Dental Association, and the Vision for Tomorrow Fund.[7]

Woodall addressed the U.S. House on October 26, 2011, in which he called for reducing regulation on businesses.[8]

Voting record[edit]

Woodall voted for repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in January, 2011.

In July 2011, he voted for the Cut, Cap and Balance Act during the 2011 U.S. debt ceiling crisis.

In October 2011, Woodall voted for legislation to restrict how private insurance companies listed on a public insurance exchange may offer abortion coverage.[9]

Woodall was one of only six Republicans who opposed legislation that would require all states to honor the concealed weapons permits of other states, arguing that the bill was unnecessary because the Second Amendment already gives Americans the right to bear arms.[10]

Woodall is also one of only six House Republicans in the 112th Congress who have not signed Grover Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," stating that "my commitment to the Fair Tax and a common-sense tax overhaul makes it impossible for me to support the second component of the Pledge, which states that I must 'oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.'"[11][12]

On July 24, 2013 Woodall voted against Representative Justin Amash's (R-Michigan) amendment to HR 2397 which would have ended the National Security Agency's ability to collect and store data on the phone calls of every American without a warrant.[13]

Legislation introduced[edit]

Woodall introduced the Baseline Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 1871; 113th Congress) into the House on May 8, 2013.[14] The bill would change the way in which discretionary appropriations for individual accounts are projected in CBO’s baseline.[15] Under H.R. 1871, projections of such spending would still be based on the current year’s appropriations, but would not be adjusted for inflation going forward.[15]

Tenure[edit]

Woodall took office as part of the 112th United States Congress in January 2011. In July 2014, Woodall was elected chairman of the Republican Study Committee,[16] a group of conservative Republican lawmakers, succeeding Steve Scalise.[17] Woodall was replaced as chairman in November 2014 by Bill Flores (TX-17).

Committee assignments[edit]

House Rules Committee
House Budget Committee
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Political positions[edit]

Woodall has a 66 percent rating from Heritage Action for America for his conservative voting record.[18]

Economic issues[edit]

Tax reform[edit]

Woodall supports tax reform and FairTax.[19] He voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[20] After the passing of the bill, Woodall stated that it "marks tremendous progress and is the fulfillment of a commitment made to the American people.”[19]

Social issues[edit]

Abortion[edit]

Woodall co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act.[21]

Cannabis[edit]

Woodall has a "B" rating from NORML for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes. Carter is opposed to veterans having access to medical marijuana if recommended by their Veterans Health Administration doctor and if it is legal for medicinal purposes in their state of residence. He does support further research regarding medical marijuana.[22]

LGBT rights[edit]

Upon the legalizing of same-sex marriage in the US, Woodall felt the government's approach to deciding for the nation, not allowing states to make the decision individually, was "deeply disheartening."[23]

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