partlycloudy
Thursday May 28th, 2015 4:21PM

Collins witnesses first State of the Union as elected rep.

By B.J. Williams News Director
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Freshman Congressman Doug Collins of Gainesville witnessed his first State of the Union address as an elected representative Tuesday night, and his opinions of the event were mixed.

"From an American perspective, it was a really encouraging event, a neat event to be a part of," said Collins. "Of course, from my perspective, a little disappointed in the actual message part of it."

The Republican representative was a guest on the Wednesday edition of WDUN's Morning Talk.

Collins said while President Barack Obama focused on generating jobs and enhancing education, as well as rallying the audience around his call for stricter gun control, he was more concerned about what the President did not say Tuesday night.

"What I was amazed at last night was what was not mentioned, and what was not mentioned was the four lives lost in Benghazi," said Collins.

He said he understood the President's comments about the tragedy of the school shooting in Newtown in December, but Collins said he missed an opportunity to show support for those who serve in dangerous areas on foreign soil.

"When you have lost an ambassador in the last four or five months and you don't even make a comment about our people serving overseas, how we're going to protect our embassies so this never happens again...to me, that was a glaring omission."

Collins also said he was not impressed by President Obama's outline of plans to increase employment, save energy and improve education. For one thing, he said, the plans did not offer specific solutions.

"And, this is the fourth time he's said 'none of what I've said will add a dime to the deficit,' but yet he doesn't say how he's going to do that. We know from four years of history now that's just not true," said Collins.

By the way, President Obama is traveling to three states promoting the ideas he outlined in his State of the Union address. He will be in Georgia Thursday, visiting a state-funded pre-K in Decatur.









© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
S&P 500 index has its best year since 1997
The stock market closed out a record year with more all-time highs on Tuesday, giving U.S. indexes their biggest annual gains in almost two decades.
6:56PM ( 1 year ago )
Colorado readies for 'Green Wednesday' pot sales
Police were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1.
1:52PM ( 1 year ago )
Kerry seeks framework for Mideast peace talks
A senior State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry will try this week to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for negotiating a final peace agreement, yet cautions against raising expectations for Kerry's latest round of shuttle diplomacy.
1:35PM ( 1 year ago )
U.S. News
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft
The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies.
2:23PM ( 1 year ago )
Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end
In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty - once again - for millions of individuals and businesses.
2:21PM ( 1 year ago )
Feeling US snub, Saudis strengthen ties elsewhere
Increasingly vocal in its frustration over U.S. policies in the Mideast, Saudi Arabia is strengthening ties elsewhere, seeking out an alignment that will bolster its position after it was pushed to the sidelines this year.
4:34PM ( 1 year ago )
Politics
Roosevelt Square re-design project nears reality
Architectural plans for the redesign of Roosevelt Square were finally presented to the Gainesville City Council members at their work session Thursday morning.
1:14PM ( 3 hours ago )
US jobless aid applications rose last week; total still low
WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the overall level remains low and points to a healthy job market.Weekly applications increased 7,000 to a seasonally adj...
8:57AM ( 7 hours ago )
NE Ga.'s jobless rate drops in April; Gainesville metro has lowest rate in state
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday morning that the unemployment rate for Northeast Georgia dropped for the month of April, and once again, the Gainesville Metro posted the lowest jobless rate of any metro in the state of Georgia.
By AccessWDUN staff
5:31AM ( 10 hours ago )
New federal rules on stream protection hailed, criticized
New EPA rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries, wetlands and drinking water are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups.
5:00AM ( 11 hours ago )
Homeowners clean up in Texas; death toll climbs to 21
HOUSTON (AP) — Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 21 people dead and 11 ot...
11:09PM ( 17 hours ago )