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January 6, 2013

Isakson named to Senate Finance Committee

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has been named to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, which will play a key role in the upcoming critical debate on cutting spending and reducing our nation’s debt.

Isakson’s 30-plus years as a small businessman who had to make a payroll and comply with federal tax regulations will serve him well on the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy that affects all American families and small businesses.

The Finance Committee also oversees trade policy, Social Security and health programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

“I am absolutely thrilled to serve on the Senate Finance Committee, and I thank Leader Mitch McConnell for allowing me the opportunity,” said Isakson. “My number one priority in the Senate is to rein in federal spending and restore fiscal soundness to our country so that our children’s and grandchildren’s futures are bright and prosperous. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I am committed to finding meaningful solutions and working with anyone who will sit down at the table to turn our country’s course to reduce our debt and deficits.

“I am also committed to reforming Social Security and Medicare in order to save these important programs for future generations who have worked to pay into the system. I will also work to ensure that America’s trade policies optimize the potential of American business and that our trading partners play by fair rules.”

Isakson also will continue to serve on these Senate committees:

• Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (known as HELP).

• Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

• Select Committee on Ethics (Isakson will continue his role as vice chairman).

“I also am thrilled that these committee assignments will allow me to continue working on issues that are so important in Georgia, especially education, pensions and veterans,” Isakson said.

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