In defense of Geoff Davis

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In light of recent comments from a couple of letters to the editor regarding former Congressman Geoff Davis, the Henry County Republican Party would like to set the record straight.

Geoff Davis has been the U.S. Representative for the Fourth District of Kentucky, and has been a friend to Henry County since his election in 2004. Over the past eight years, he worked on regulatory reform, providing tax relief to working families, fighting for small businesses, promoting energy independence, supporting American service members and veterans, and the REINS Act, which reins in wasteful bureaucratic, government spending. One of the most important pieces of legislation to come out of Washington D.C. in a long time.

It was his humble beginnings, and life experience, that led to one of his greatest accomplishments, The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act, a bipartisan bill that improves the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of “homeless,” increase local flexibility and streamline the Homeless Assistance Grants Program. During the 112th Congress, Congressman Davis introduced the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act that was signed into law by President Obama on Sept. 30, 2011. This bipartisan bill reauthorizes and improves two important child welfare programs to continue serving children and families in need without adding to the deficit.

Because of his military experiences, as an Army Ranger, and a West Point Cadet, Congressman Davis has also been a champion of our nation’s military heroes. As a soldier, Congressman Davis was taken advantage of by predatory sales tactics. Congressman Davis offered the Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act. The bill was signed into law on Sept. 29, 2006. This law will help protect service members from companies selling risky financial products, including expensive and unnecessary life insurance, as well as mutual funds with excessive fees. Congressman Davis became a leader for defense reform and co-chair of the National Security Interagency Reform Caucus. His article on interagency reform was published in the July/August 2008 issue of Military Review and is now mandatory reading at the U.S. Army War College.

While visiting wounded troops, Congressman Davis discovered an inequality between active and reserve service members in regard to disability retirement pay. Driven to act, Congressman Davis made sure the House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 included an important provision that would have increased disability retirement pay for some reservists/veterans who are severely and permanently disabled from being wounded in action. Congressman Davis knows bullets do not discriminate, and neither should we.

After recognizing the increased pressure that our troops are experiencing in the current economy, Congressman Davis offered an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 that doubled Hardship Duty Pay for service members to a maximum of $1,500 per month, from the previous maximum of $750 per month. Congressman Davis is determined to protect and serve the dedicated military professionals who sacrifice so much for our nation.

Congressman Davis has been recognized as a results-oriented problem solver by the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Association of Development Organizations, Americans for Tax Reform and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, among others. He has also been awarded the Housing Assistance Council’s Henry B. Gonzales Award for his work to improve low-income housing in rural communities. In October 2009, Congressman Davis was honored as an Outstanding Advocate by the Women’s Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky for his work to fight domestic violence in Kentucky.

In 2010, Congressman Davis was recognized with the Friend of the Farm Bureau award for his strong support of issues important to agriculture.

Congressman Geoff Davis has been a friend to single parents, children, the homeless, active and veteran military, and farmers. He has served his country in many ways, and the Henry County Republican Party thought you should know the good he has done for the people of Henry County, the 4th congressional Dist. Kentucky, and the nation. To portray him in any less light is shameful.

The Henry County Republican Party