On Wednesday, August 28, supporters of the Affordable Care Law otherwise known as Obamacare traveled to U.S. Rep. Austin Scott’s field office in Tifton in an effort to persuade the conservative congressman to change his stance on various issues ranging from voting rights to health care.
The members of the group who traveled to Tifton are a part of various progressive organizations such as the Brooks Co. NAACP, Southern Voices and South Georgia’s Organizing For Action.
Scott, a Tea Party Republican, represents the Eighth Congressional District– a twenty-three county congressional district that includes cities such as Macon, Warner Robins, Tifton, Thomasville, Quitman and Valdosta.
The two-term congressman who began serving in Congress after defeating former Macon mayor Jim Marshall in a November 2010 general election managed to win re-election unopposed in 2012.
However, 2014 figures to be different and a progressive Democratic candidate is likely to emerge in the next election cycle.
The rally was organized in an effort to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Scott, but was told by the field office staff from Tifton that he wasn’t able to meet with them.
Jackie Watson, a Constituent Services Representative, spoke on behalf of Rep. Scott.
Scott and other members of Congress are out for recess until after Labor Day.
Despite not being able to see Rep. Scott in person, a copy of a letter was left at the Tifton office to remind Congressman Scott of the importance of protecting Voting Rights, building and educating a strong workforce, and ensuring fair and equitable taxation.
The letter left by constituents included a short list of bills that the group wants for Rep. Scott to consider and support:
H.R. 1000: Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act: To establish the National Full Employment Trust Fund to create employment opportunities for the unemployed.
H.R. 12: Voter Empowerment Act of 2013: To modernize voter registration, promote access to voting for individuals with disabilities, protect the ability of individuals to exercise the right to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.
H.J.Res. 44: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right to vote.Grants every U.S. citizen of legal voting age the fundamental right to vote in any public election held in the jurisdiction in which the citizen resides.
H.R. 1579: Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2013: To impose a tax on certain trading transactions to strengthen our financial security, reduce market volatility, expand opportunity, and stop shrinking the middle class.
Scott had an early opportunity to be different and truly represent his district, but he has consistently sided with right-wing Republicans completely and has been part of the obstructionist movement which would make the Tea Party very proud.
Scott and his fellow House Republicans had a supposed mandate during the mid-term election of 2010, but has failed to put forth a single jobs bill and scoffed at President Barack Obama’s olive branch of working together in order to do something for the country and get Americans back to work.
Back in June 2013, Rep. Scott voted yes for the punitive H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013.
Subsequently, Scott’s support wasn’t enough as the Republican-led House voted down HR-1947 by a vote of 195-234, failing to garner enough support from fellow conservative Republicans concerned about costs.
Scott’s goal was to stigmatize the working poor, the disenfranchised and to give incentive to states to make it more difficult for people on the state level to qualify for food stamps –especially states with Republican governors such as Georgia to take federal money.
Scott, a Tea Party Republican, who has become more of an ideologue than a legislator has been determined to score political points in his opposition to President Barack Obama rather than help people in his own congressional district which has several rural counties such as Tift and Brooks.