As Georgia’s U.S. Senator, I strive to serve our State with excellence, humility, and a relentless focus on results.
Here are some of the results I secured for Georgia in my second year in office:
I’ve relentlessly championed Georgia’s economic development, delivering resources all over Georgia provided by the historic bipartisan infrastructure legislation passed in 2021. I’ve secured resources for an unprecedented expansion of broadband internet access; upgraded ports, airports, roads, bridges, and water infrastructure statewide; and authored and passed legislation to attract thousands of advanced manufacturing jobs to Georgia.
Focused on improving the lives of Georgia’s servicemembers and military families, I led an eight-month bipartisan investigation of their mistreatment in privatized housing on U.S. military bases. I also passed into law upgrades to child development centers for military families and barracks for enlisted personnel, while fighting for and securing the largest servicemember pay raise in 20 years.
I worked across the aisle to pass landmark legislation strengthening health care for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, wrote and passed bipartisan legislation to expand veterans’ access to mental health care, and cut through government red tape to help thousands of Georgia veterans access the benefits they’ve earned.
Every day, I am focused on Georgia families’ safety and health, especially the health of newborn babies, young children, and expecting mothers. I’ve upgraded and strengthened health care facilities across the State, funded law enforcement and mental health services, passed bipartisan legislation into law to address the opioid epidemic, capped the cost of insulin for seniors at $35 a month, and passed bipartisan legislation to protect our kids from online exploitation.
Defending and pursuing the promise of equal justice for all, I passed into law bipartisan legislation to investigate unsolved lynchings and Civil Rights-era murders; and led unprecedented Senate oversight of corruption and abuse in prisons and jails.
I’ve led hard-hitting bipartisan investigations that exposed the sexual assault and medical abuse of women in U.S. Federal custody; corruption and misconduct in the Federal prison system; and mistreatment of military families.
My team and I have provided highly responsive constituent services to thousands of Georgians, helping seniors access Medicare and Social Security, ensuring veterans receive their benefits, solving passport and visa problems for constituents, and more.
We are here to help however we can.
— Senador Jon Ossoff
If you need assistance with any aspect of the Federal Government — ranging from issues with the VA, Social Security, Medicaid, Passport delays, and more — you can reach our casework team from our website’s Services section, or call the Atlanta office at 470-786-7800.
Senator Ossoff held 99 events across Georgia in 2022.
Senator Ossoff continues to champion Georgia’s servicemembers and military families.
In 2022, Senator Ossoff helped deliver the largest servicemember pay raise in two decades and passed into law bipartisan legislation to help military families afford housing.
Working with Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Sen. Ossoff led a historic bipartisan push to upgrade facilities in Georgia and nationwide that are essential for military readiness and quality of life.
Senator Ossoff delivered hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade bases in Georgia — including barracks for enlisted personnel, child development centers for military families, and the training facilities necessary to ensure peak military readiness.
Senator Ossoff increased procurement of Georgia-made equipment and aircraft; and defeated the Biden Administration’s proposal to close Savannah’s Combat Readiness Training Center.
Senator Ossoff provided resources through the Georgia Institute of Technology to offer STEM programming to the children of Georgia’s military families in the Chatham County area.
Throughout the year, Senator Ossoff inspected multiple military installations in the State, meeting with senior commanders and junior enlisted personnel. During these inspections, he evaluated both military readiness and quality of life for Georgia’s dedicated servicemembers and their families.
While inspecting Fort Gordon, Senator Ossoff heard from military families who reported dangerous and unhealthy living conditions in military housing on base. Senator Ossoff took immediate action, leading an eight-month bipartisan investigation into the mistreatment of military families in privatized housing on U.S. military bases.
Senator Ossoff continued his bipartisan work to help Georgia’s veterans in 2022.
Through his travels around the State and the office’s casework efforts, Senator Ossoff met Georgia veterans facing difficulties accessing their service records, often necessary to apply for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Senator Ossoff took immediate action and worked across the aisle to pass into law his bipartisan Access for Veterans to Records Act to reduce the backlog of veterans’ records requests.
After hearing directly from veterans in Georgia, Senator Ossoff also passed into law his bipartisan legislation to help Georgia veterans afford mental health care and substance abuse treatment by removing copays from their first three outpatient visits each year.
Senator Ossoff championed landmark bipartisan legislation strengthening health care for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, finally securing the health care services they deserve.
Senator Ossoff delivered substantial resources to expand services and help more Georgia veterans find employment. With this assistance, Hire Heroes, a nonprofit based in Alpharetta, will be able to help an extra 2,800 Georgia veterans find employment each year.
In 2022, Senator Ossoff delivered upgrades to Georgia’s roads and bridges, ports and airports, water infrastructure, and more. His efforts followed through on the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the most significant legislation of its kind in generations.
This year, Senator Ossoff secured resources to upgrade MARTA’s Five Points station, rehabilitate Athen’s central North Avenue corridor, and upgrade passenger experience at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Senator Ossoff also passed into law legislation that strengthens the Port of Brunswick, protects Tybee Island from storm surge, helps the cities of Thomson, Albany, College Park, and Atlanta prevent stormwater flooding, upgrades drinking water infrastructure in Byron, improves water quality along the Chattahoochee River, and makes transportation more accessible in Chatham County. He also delivered resources to the Georgia Department of Transportation to study high speed rail from Atlanta to Savannah.
In March, Senator Ossoff welcomed Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to visit the Port of Brunswick, which set in motion the major Federal investments in upgrades to this critical Georgia port.
Working to address the housing shortage in the State of Georgia, Senator Ossoff delivered funding to boost affordable housing supply in Albany and Athens.
Senator Ossoff helped deliver billions of dollars in funding for the Community Development Block Grant program, which provides state and local governments with funding to provide housing and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income Georgians. He also helped deliver $3.6 billion in funding for programs nationwide that assist people experiencing homelessness, including Georgians.
Senator Ossoff is also working to make dangerous roads safer for pedestrians, delivering resources to make it safer to cross notoriously dangerous Buford Highway and launching inquiries to prevent blocked rail crossings across the State.
Agriculture is a critical industry in the State of Georgia. In 2022, Senator Ossoff continued his advocacy for Georgia’s farmers and agricultural workers.
Senator Ossoff is working to make it easier for farmers to get their products to market both in Georgia and around the world.
Senator Ossoff pushed to ensure Georgia farmers have the opportunity to sell great Georgia produce that’s fresh and locally grown to Georgia schools.
After meeting with pecan farmers in 2022, Senator Ossoff aggressively pushed the Indian government to lower its tariffs on Georgia pecans. In a huge win for Georgia farmers, Senator Ossoff and U.S. trade negotiators helped convince the Indian government to cut tariffs on U.S. pecans by 70%.
Senator Ossoff convened a roundtable with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Georgia Poultry Federation President Mike Giles, and other agricultural leaders to discuss strengthening Georgia’s agricultural sector and workforce.
Following that meeting, Senators Ossoff and Warnock and a bipartisan group of Georgia’s Congressional Delegation successfully secured new resources through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand Georgia’s meat-processing capacity and create new agriculture jobs in the State.
Senator Ossoff hosted a series of meetings with Georgia farmers to ensure their needs are met as he negotiates the upcoming Farm Bill.
Senator Ossoff secured over $1 million to rehabilitate and 12.3 miles of short-line freight rail track and improve safety at two community crossings between Metter and Register, permitting safe daytime freight operations.
Senator Ossoff delivered $4 million for the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University, working with the agricultural community and poultry farmers, to upgrade poultry production houses, research avian influenza, and enhance Georgia’s poultry workforce. Senator Ossoff also delivered $1 million to support infrastructure repairs and maintenance for the U.S. National Poultry Research Center in Athens.
Senator Ossoff directed additional resources in 2022 to help farmers recover expenses lost from natural disasters, including Georgia’s farmers who lost crops due to the March 2022 freeze event.
Senator Ossoff remains focused on expanding economic opportunities for Georgia families and businesses.
In 2022, Senator Ossoff helped secure tens of thousands of new jobs across the State, including in solar manufacturing, electric vehicle manufacturing, and semiconductor manufacturing.
Senator Ossoff passed into law his landmark Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act, a once-in-a-generation effort to boost domestic solar energy manufacturing, strengthen American energy independence, reinvigorate domestic manufacturing, and create American jobs.
As a direct result of this law, one company has already announced a $2.5 billion investment in Georgia that will create thousands of jobs in the State.
He also helped pass into law bipartisan legislation to invest in American manufacturing of semiconductors, creating jobs and strengthening American national security.
This year, Senator Ossoff delivered $4 million to create a Hydrogen Fuel Research Center with Georgia Institute of Technology in coordination with Georgia’s HBCUs to ensure Georgia is creating next-generation energy jobs.
Working with Congressman Hank Johnson and Georgia’s HBCUs, Senator Ossoff passed into law his bipartisan Cybersecurity Opportunity Act to boost cybersecurity job training and help students prepare for jobs of the future.
Caring for our seniors is one of Senator Ossoff’s top priorities.
In 2022, he worked with Senator Raphael Warnock to cut prescription drug costs for seniors and improve their quality of life by capping the cost of insulin at only $35 a month and out-of-pocket prescription expenses at $2,000 a year.
He also secured additional resources to expand Meals on Wheels programs, partnering with Senior Citizens, Inc. in Coastal Georgia to ensure seniors who need extra help get the support they need.
As the Senate’s chief investigator chairing the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations last Congress, Senator Ossoff took on corruption, abuse, and misconduct impacting the health and safety of Georgians and all Americans.
Senator Ossoff led an eight-month bipartisan investigation into the mistreatment of military families in privatized housing, finding grave risks to the health and safety of servicemembers and their families.
Since unveiling his findings, Senator Ossoff has pushed the Department of Defense to increase oversight of privatized housing and helped affected families get relief.
Senator Ossoff also led multiple hard-hitting bipartisan investigations into crime, and corruption, and misconduct, exposing the sexual assault and medical abuse of women in U.S. Federal custody and misconduct at U.S. Penitentiary Atlanta.
His investigations exposed serious security lapses in U.S. prisons. To correct these failures, Senator Ossoff introduced and passed into law bipartisan legislation to upgrade security and prison camera systems in Federal prisons.
This year, Senator Ossoff led a charge to protect farmworkers in Georgia from human rights abuses and human trafficking. Senator Ossoff called on the Biden Administration to review the H-2A visa program to ensure farmworkers are protected from abuse.
In 2022, Senator Ossoff passed into law targeted investments to protect Georgians’ health.
Working alongside Georgia’s bipartisan Congressional Delegation, Senator Ossoff brought funding to the State to improve health care services, and train more nurses and doctors.
After meeting with new moms and families across Georgia, he also led a successful bipartisan effort to strengthen pediatric and maternal health care, securing resources for pregnant and postpartum women in Georgia and to provide diapers and supplies to families around Albany and Athens.
Senator Ossoff introduced and passed into law a bipartisan bill to prevent and treat opioid addiction, and he delivered resources to fight drug trafficking across the State and fund mental health resources.
Senator Ossoff delivered resources to expand health care facilities, including in Fort Valley, establish a new health care transportation program in Crisp County, purchase a mobile mammography unit to boost access to breast cancer screenings across Northwest Georgia, purchase two MRI machines at Augusta University Medical Center, help train more nurses and doctors, and more.
Senator Ossoff worked with Georgia’s Republican members of Congress to improve the health of Georgia families. Senator Ossoff and Congressman Buddy Carter led the delegation in a successful push to help teaching hospitals across Georgia hire, train, and retain more health care workers. Senator Ossoff also led a successful effort with Congressman Barry Loudermilk to help ensure we have enough pediatric health care workers to keep children healthy and safe.
Georgia is a global hub for many international communities, and Senator Ossoff worked hard in 2022 to deepen critical economic relationships with our allies to create opportunity for Georgians.
Senator Ossoff led an economic delegation to meet with India businesses interested in expanding opportunity to the state of Georgia. This effort strengthened economic, scientific, cultural, and security ties between the state of Georgia and India. Georgia is home to over 100,000 Indian Americans.
Senator Ossoff prioritized supporting Georgia’s small businesses in 2022.
He secured $200 million for small businesses in Georgia through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), which provides funding to the State of Georgia to promote American entrepreneurship and expand small businesses’ access to capital.
Senator Ossoff helped lead an effort that delivered additional funding from the Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneurial Development Programs supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs in Georgia.
Senator Ossoff delivered $140 million to support small Business Development Centers, eighteen of which are in Georgia, that provide counseling and training to small businesses, as well as $3 million for a cybersecurity grant program that will provide small businesses with access to cybersecurity tools to keep their businesses and information safe.
Senator Ossoff also provided $41,000,000 to expand access to capital for entrepreneurs in Georgia through microloans, which help small businesses and certain not-for-profit childcare centers start up and expand by providing them loans of up to $50,000.
As part of the Fiscal Year 2023 Defense Appropriations legislation, Senator Ossoff led a bipartisan effort to secure increased funding for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), which enables innovative businesses to contract with the Department of Defense to field new technologies and address national security concerns. Thus far, 86% of the program’s awardees have been “nontraditional vendors,” including small businesses.
Senator Ossoff also delivered resources directly to Georgia organizations and universities supporting small businesses. Senator Ossoff partnered with Senator Raphael Warnock to deliver funding to the Greater Augusta Black Chamber of Commerce to provide grants to help new entrepreneurs with business costs and trainings, and $500,000 for the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to provide tailored business assistance for Latino-owned businesses in Metro Atlanta, Tifton County, and Chatham County that were impacted by the pandemic.
He secured funds to allow the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center to continue small business training programs in rural communities across the State. Senator Ossoff delivered support for small businesses and storefronts within the Sweet Auburn Historic District, and to turn the former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital into a business park in Floyd County.
Partnering with Ser Familia, Senators Ossoff and Warnock delivered funding to establish a resource center for low-income Latino families in Clayton County.
Senator Ossoff delivered resources to offer Mvskoke Punvkv (Muskogee Language) classes for the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe in Whigham, Georgia.
Senator Ossoff also provided resources to help renovate the Ethiopian Community Association in Stone Mountain, which serves 10,000 Georgians of Ethiopian descent in the metro Atlanta area. Thanks to the funding that Senator Ossoff secured, the center will be able to offer programs to assist Georgians learning English as a second language as well as entrepreneurs, seniors, and people in need of housing.
Senator Ossoff remains focused on strengthening public and community safety in Georgia.
Senator Ossoff passed into law bipartisan legislation to fund law enforcement and mental health services. The Senator’s law funds trainings for first responders, crisis intervention teams, mental health courts, and other programs that help law enforcement assist individuals experiencing mental illness.
Senator Ossoff delivered public safety upgrades across Georgia, including resources to build new fire stations in Allenton and Dublin, purchase a new fire truck in Danville, secure a state-of-the-art ballistics testing unit to more quickly solve gun crimes in metro Atlanta, and help Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department expand their co-responder units.
Senator Ossoff delivered nearly $3.1 million in supplemental funding for domestic violence response services in Georgia in 2022.
In 2022, he pushed the Biden Administration to work proactively with the State of Georgia to prepare for future storms or disasters. In June, on Senator Ossoff’s invitation, the FEMA Deputy Administrator joined Senator Ossoff and Savannah leaders in Georgia to better prepare the community for future storms.
Senator Ossoff passed legislation through the Senate to prevent the abuse and exploitation of children online, and he worked across the aisle to protect Georgia’s schools, workplaces, and communities from gun violence.
Senator Ossoff also delivered resources to help the cities of Atlanta and Savannah upgrade their Emergency Operations Centers, key in coordinating responses to storms, natural disasters, and more.
Senator Ossoff believes a quality education is the best investment we can make in future generations, and in 2022 he led several strategic Federal investments to that end.
In partnership with Congressman Sanford Bishop, Columbus State University, and Muscogee County schools, Senator Ossoff successfully brought Republicans and Democrats together in Congress to secure funding to build new robotics facilities, classrooms, and more for Muscogee County students.
Senator Ossoff pushed to ensure children in Georgia’s schools have access to high quality nutritious food while also supporting Georgia’s farmers.
Senator Ossoff pushed to increase funding for internet access, facility repairs, renovations, and construction in schools across Georgia.
Senator Ossoff delivered $4 million for the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University, working with the agricultural community and poultry farmers, to upgrade poultry production houses, research avian influenza, and enhance Georgia’s poultry workforce.
Senator Ossoff secured a $500 increase for Pell Grant recipients in Georgia and has pushed to extend Pell Grant eligibility to job training programs.
Senator Ossoff also secured funding to help Georgia schools expand their programs, attract more students, and prepare students for the jobs of the future.
Senator Ossoff delivered major support to strengthen Georgia’s HBCUs in 2022.
Senator Ossoff is working to ensure HBCUs have resources to set up curriculum that will train the workforce of the future.
This year, Senator Ossoff passed into law two major pieces of legislation to support Georgia’s HBCUs and students. Senator Ossoff’s bipartisan Cybersecurity Opportunity Act will boost cybersecurity job training at HBCUs, and his bipartisan HBCU National Security Innovation Act will connect HBCU students with national security programs in the defense industry and private sector to prepare them for competitive and high-paying jobs.
Senator Ossoff also worked to secure the full reaccreditation of Morris Brown College and restore eligibility for student veterans to attend.
Working with Senator Warnock, Senator Ossoff also delivered Morris Brown the largest grant it had received in 20 years.
Senator Ossoff secured $1 million in funding for Clark Atlanta University’s Research, Education, and Training in Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure program; $2.5 million for Spelman College technology upgrades; funding for construction at Morehouse School of Medicine, and funding for a cybersecurity education program expansion at Savannah State University.
Georgia is rich in natural beauty and ecologically vital places, and Senator Ossoff continues working tirelessly to protect Georgia’s precious natural resources.
Senator Ossoff continues working to protect the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, wilderness, and surrounding wetlands from threats to one of Georgia’s natural treasures.
This year, at Senator Ossoff’s invitation, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland joined him to survey the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. During the visit, Senator Ossoff and Secretary Haaland were briefed by senior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials on the refuge’s conservation status and environmental risks to the Okefenokee. They also heard directly from local leaders about the importance of protecting the refuge to the communities in the area.
Senators Ossoff and Warnock worked with the local community and National Forest Service to protect 272 additional acres of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.
Senator Ossoff passed several major pieces of legislation into law in the Senate’s Water Resources Act of 2022, to protect and preserve the Chattahoochee River and to protect Tybee Island from storm surges.
To protect Georgia’s coasts and precious barrier islands, Senator Ossoff also secured $8.7 million to expand protected land at the Cumberland Island National Seashore and is also delivering $5 million for the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Coastal Equity and Resilience Hub.
In 2022, Senator Ossoff led important strides in the ongoing fight for civil rights.
As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Ossoff participated extensively in the nomination hearing for Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, highlighting key civil rights issues facing the Court.
Senator Ossoff’s bipartisan bill with Senator Ted Cruz to secure justice for victims of unsolved lynchings and murders in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s was passed into law.
Senator Ossoff also secured funding for historic and future civil rights projects in Georgia, including the restoration of the historic Campbell Chapel in Americus and new exhibitions at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Every day, constituent service representatives in our State Office help Georgians navigate government bureaucracies to get the services, resources, and benefits they are having trouble securing on their own. Here are just a few examples of how Senator Ossoff’s staff can cut through red tape and get you what you need.
If you need assistance with any aspect of the Federal Government — ranging from issues with the VA, Social Security, Medicaid, Passport delays, and more — you can reach our casework team from our website’s Services section, or call the Atlanta office at 470-786-7800.
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Our office successfully expedited Uniting for Ukraine parole applications on behalf of Georgians’ friends and family members fleeing Ukraine throughout the Russian invasion. One constituent’s parole case made the news when their Ukrainian family members finally arrived at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta after receiving USCIS approval of their Travel Authorization through our expedite requests. Their children are now enrolled in elementary and middle schools and currently living with their family in Savannah.
Our constituent services representatives helped seven families at Ft. Gordon living in substandard living conditions get rehoused to safer homes.
Our office assisted small business owners in Georgia with receiving $8,883,900 in loan funding awards through Federal inquiries with the Small Business Administration.
A constituent submitted a privacy release form to our office because husband passed away seven months earlier, and she was checking the status of widow’s benefits for which she applied at the time. Within the month, our casework team was able to get the Social Security Administration to notify the constituent that she was entitled to widow’s benefits beginning five months earlier. She would receive almost $11,000 in owed payments.
Our team helped a man facing homelessness get in contact with USDOL for training that would help him find gainful employment after USDOL failed to return any of his correspondence.
A noncommissioned Army officer and his wife, stationed in Georgia, reached out to our office for help receiving their 2021 tax refund. They were not able to reach the IRS and resolve their tax issues. Our constituent services representative submitted the inquiry to the Taxpayer Advocate Service, and the couple informed us that they received their refund of nearly $10,000, including interest. They thanked Senator Ossoff and our office for the assistance and stated that their family is now more financially stable and can enjoy the holidays.
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