Tamar Hallerman

Washington Correspondent

Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia. She also contributes to the AJC’s Political Insider blog. Before joining the paper in January 2016, she wrote about government spending for CQ Roll Call. There she covered appropriations, budget, the resignation of John Boehner and more immigration-related news than she can remember. Before that, she was an energy reporter for three years. A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, she attended American University in Washington, D.C.

Latest from Tamar Hallerman

It’s Atlanta’s fault that EPA’s Scott Pruitt flies first-class
 Turns out you’re why Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, needs to fly first-class. He doesn’t want to -- he has to. Specifically, we’re looking at you, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Politico.com has interviewed Henry Barnet, director of the agency's Office of Criminal...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Turns out you’re why Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, needs to fly first-class. He doesn’t want to -- he has to. Specifically, we’re looking at you, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Politico.com has interviewed Henry Barnet, director of the agency's Office of Criminal...
How Georgia’s Perdue, Isakson voted on Senate’s immigration bills
 The Senate’s great immigration debate of 2018 didn’t turn out to be such a great debate after all. Lawmakers spent most of the week not on the Senate floor, debating legislation freely as promised, but huddled behind closed doors and pointing fingers.  The chamber only took four immigration-related votes this week before...

Posted: a day ago

The Senate’s great immigration debate of 2018 didn’t turn out to be such a great debate after all. Lawmakers spent most of the week not on the Senate floor, debating legislation freely as promised, but huddled behind closed doors and pointing fingers.  The chamber only took four immigration-related votes this week before...
Ga. lawmakers fighting Air Force proposal to kill prized surveillance plane
 Georgia’s defense-focused lawmakers on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fight after the Pentagon proposed cancelling the contract to replace a prized surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force base that supports roughly 2,500 jobs.  Members of the delegation are livid that the Defense Department asked Congress to kill a...

Posted: a day ago

Georgia’s defense-focused lawmakers on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fight after the Pentagon proposed cancelling the contract to replace a prized surveillance aircraft housed at Robins Air Force base that supports roughly 2,500 jobs.  Members of the delegation are livid that the Defense Department asked Congress to kill a...
Carving a city of Eagles Landing from the city of Stockbridge
 The state Senate could be in something of an uproar today, as the chamber takes up two bills that would carve a new city out of the existing, majority-black city of Stockbridge in Henry County. Senate Bills 262 and 263 are being taken up as general rather than local legislation, to escape the opposition of state Sen. Emanuel Jones...

Posted: a day ago

The state Senate could be in something of an uproar today, as the chamber takes up two bills that would carve a new city out of the existing, majority-black city of Stockbridge in Henry County. Senate Bills 262 and 263 are being taken up as general rather than local legislation, to escape the opposition of state Sen. Emanuel Jones...
Trump proposes overhauling food stamps
 An unorthodox proposal from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue  to replace some federal food stamp payments with “harvest boxes” this week left many local stakeholders scrambling to understand the plan and what it could mean for Georgia.  Combined with other changes requested in President Donald Trump&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

An unorthodox proposal from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to replace some federal food stamp payments with “harvest boxes” this week left many local stakeholders scrambling to understand the plan and what it could mean for Georgia.  Combined with other changes requested in President Donald Trump&rsquo...
The Jolt: The two new faces of the shifting metro ATL attitude on transit
 On Tuesday, Speaker David Ralston and a few of his closest friends unveiled the House version of a bid to create a unified metro Atlanta transit system that would incorporate MARTA, but allow historically reluctant counties to deal with something called “The ATL.” This is the meat of the 2018 session of the General Assembly. A...

Posted: 2 days ago

On Tuesday, Speaker David Ralston and a few of his closest friends unveiled the House version of a bid to create a unified metro Atlanta transit system that would incorporate MARTA, but allow historically reluctant counties to deal with something called “The ATL.” This is the meat of the 2018 session of the General Assembly. A...
Sonny Perdue proposes swap of ‘harvest box’ for some food stamps
 Welfare reform advocates and local groups catering to the poor and hungry spent Tuesday wrapping their heads around an unorthodox policy proposal from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Was his idea to replace some food stamp payments with boxes of federally picked foods visionary or draconian? The proposal at hand was tucked deep within...

Posted: 3 days ago

Welfare reform advocates and local groups catering to the poor and hungry spent Tuesday wrapping their heads around an unorthodox policy proposal from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Was his idea to replace some food stamp payments with boxes of federally picked foods visionary or draconian? The proposal at hand was tucked deep within...
Sonny Perdue defends Trump plan to shift from food stamps to ‘CARE’ packages for poor
 If the Trump administration gets its way, former Georgia governor and current Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue could oversee the transformation of the nation’s food stamp program -- away from redeemable coupons to a system in which boxes of American-grown food are shipped directly to poor families. The change, contained in the Trump...

Posted: 3 days ago

If the Trump administration gets its way, former Georgia governor and current Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue could oversee the transformation of the nation’s food stamp program -- away from redeemable coupons to a system in which boxes of American-grown food are shipped directly to poor families. The change, contained in the Trump...
Georgia’s Isakson, Perdue take own approaches to immigration debate
 Ask them about their views on immigration and Georgia Republican U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson hit many of the same notes. Border security should be substantially beefed up, both say, and policies allowing migrants to sponsor family members to come live in the U.S. tightened. A decades-old lottery program granting U.S. visas...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ask them about their views on immigration and Georgia Republican U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson hit many of the same notes. Border security should be substantially beefed up, both say, and policies allowing migrants to sponsor family members to come live in the U.S. tightened. A decades-old lottery program granting U.S. visas...
Trump's budget for Savannah port falls short of boosters' hopes
 The Trump administration shortchanged one of Georgia’s top economic priorities on Monday after it proposed funding Savannah harbor deepening work at half the rate boosters wanted for the 2019 budget year.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called on Congress to appropriate  $49 million for the dredging project in the fiscal...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Trump administration shortchanged one of Georgia’s top economic priorities on Monday after it proposed funding Savannah harbor deepening work at half the rate boosters wanted for the 2019 budget year.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called on Congress to appropriate $49 million for the dredging project in the fiscal...