Senator Warnock made stops in WEST POINT, WARNER ROBINS, GARDEN CITY, SAVANNAH, and POOLER
During stops, Senator Warnock visited with industry leaders, Georgia workers, servicemembers, and more to discuss benefits of legislation to prevent manufacturing shortages, create jobs across the state, and spur sustainable innovation
At Robins Air Force Base, Senator Warnock highlighted the importance of defending against new emerging security threats and how adapting to new technology would help protect vital job opportunities in Middle Georgia, support vital military operations for the country
Senator Reverend Warnock: “As a child of Savannah and this area, I am very proud of what is happening right here and right now. I got up on the crane – 152 feet-up – I saw the work that’s being done, the expansion of the port, but most importantly, I saw a vision of the future and what’s possible. The future unfolds only when we have the collaboration of private industry and federal governmental investments. Georgia, and this region in particular, is on the cutting edge of that work”
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Washington, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) traveled across Georgia to speak with manufacturing leaders, servicemembers, hardworking port and manufacturing workers and others to discuss the importance of supporting and promoting job growth in Georgia—underscoring his work on the federal level to protect the dignity of work and workers, and ensure Georgia remains home to good-paying jobs across the state.
During his travels, Senator Warnock highlighted how the American Jobs Plan and the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 will help catalyze local economic growth and manufacturing, as well as bolster technological innovation and job creation across the state. Senator Warnock also made a visit to Robins Air Force Base, where he reiterated his commitment to ensuring the vital base remains central to the nation’s defense and its missions continue to fully utilize the skilled military and civilian personnel at the installation, in the Georgia Air National Guard, and in the local community.
Senator Reverend Warnock: “When you talk about the ripple impact of this shortage, that’s not just the workers here. That’s a negative impact on our economy for all of Georgia. The only way for us to continue to lead is to invest in American products. That will speed up our effort to make sure that we invest in semiconductor production right here in the United States and the kind of research and development that will make that possible
.” [MORE on Senator Warnock’s Kia visit via WRBL]
Immediately following the two-day shutdown at Kia Georgia due to global semiconductor shortage, Senator Warnock traveled to visit Kia’s West Point factory and meet with the company’s local leadership to continue their conversation on what can be done at the federal level to prevent future shutdowns. Senator Warnock secured provisions in the bipartisan U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021
, that would provide funding to the federal Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America program to increase production of American-made semiconductors. On Wednesday, Senator Warnock underscored how shutdowns impact Georgia workers and families, and why it is so important to promote domestic semiconductor production.
Read more on Senator Warnock’s leadership to boost U.S. semiconductor production here.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE
Senator Reverend Warnock: “This base located in Middle Georgia plays such an important part in our military operations and keeping our country safe and as lifelong Georgian, a source of real pride. This is a testament to the workforce at Robins and the Middle Georgia community. Technology is changing every day and the good news is that we can continue to advance with it.” [MORE on Senator Warnock’s visit to Robins AFB via WGXA]
On Wednesday, June 2, Senator Warnock traveled to Robins Air Force Base to meet with base and Georgia National Guard leadership to learn more about current and future missions, intel, innovative technological advances, and the many resources available to servicemembers and their families. While touring, Senator Warnock underscored how the base helps support Middle Georgia through good-paying jobs and training in the STEM fields and how Middle Georgia continues to support U.S. national security. This visit follows the Senator’s recent announcement, joined by United States Air Force Acting Secretary John P. Roth, regarding four new operational missions coming to the base. During his visit Air Force generals briefed Senator Warnock on the base’s operations, and the Senator expressed his unwavering commitment to Robins Air Force Base as the base adapts to new technology and missions.
Watch more on Senator Warnock’s experience on a JSTAR aircraft via Macon Telegraph.
GEORGIA PORTS AUTHORITY
Senator Reverend Warnock on being on crane overlooking Garden City Terminal: “As a child of Savannah and this area, I am very proud of what is happening right here and right now. I got up on the crane – 152 feet-up – I saw the work that’s being done, the expansion of the port, but most importantly, I saw a vision of the future and what’s possible. The future unfolds only when we have the collaboration of private industry and federal governmental investments. Georgia, and this region in particular, is on the cutting edge of that work.” [MORE on Senator Warnock’s visit via Savannah Morning News]
The Port of Savannah is the fastest growing port in the country as well as the largest single container terminal in the country, providing vital resources to coastal Georgia and the entire country. On Thursday, June 3, Senator Warnock visited the Port and met with the longshoremen and other workers who make Port operations possible. Georgia Ports officials in attendance expressed to the Senator how additional federal funding could strengthen their capacity for imports and exports by widening and deepening shipping ports and more. Senator Warnock shared how passing the American Jobs Plan is vital to keeping the port functioning at top-level operations, strengthening Georgia’s infrastructure network and creating more good-paying jobs.
SEAPOINT INDUSTRIAL TERMINAL COMPLEX
Then, Senator Warnock traveled to SeaPoint Industrial Terminal Complex located off the Savannah River that offers deep-water access to the main channel of the Port of Savannah, in addition to supporting sustainable innovation
, and hi-tech job creation. Senator Warnock observed the Complex’s green technological innovations including solar power panels, the pollinator gardens of Five Hives—home to over 240,000 honeybees—and the deep-water channel. Senator Warnock again discussed the urgency of passing the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act to encourage additional innovation for sustainable solutions that create jobs in coastal Georgia.
Read more on his visit via Savannah Morning News.
Senator Warnock concluded his tour at JCB Manufacturing facility in Pooler, welcomed by over 75 hardworking Georgians who help to manufacture and assemble JCB vehicles. Senator Warnock spoke with the workers and met with company officials, who briefed him on the operations of the facility that serves over 115 dealers in the United States and Canada. As a member of the Commerce and Agriculture Committee, Senator Warnock relayed his continued support for their manufacturing operations and support they provide to Georgia’s economic health and agricultural industry.