Tamar Hallerman

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

Trump floats another Georgia judge as possible Supreme Court pick
 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday added a second Georgia Supreme Court justice to his list of possible U.S. Supreme Court
            picks. Trump said he would consider Georgia Justice Britt Grant for a position on the nation’s highest court should a new vacancy
            occur, adding the jurist to a...

Posted: 16 hours ago

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday added a second Georgia Supreme Court justice to his list of possible U.S. Supreme Court picks. Trump said he would consider Georgia Justice Britt Grant for a position on the nation’s highest court should a new vacancy occur, adding the jurist to a...
Hope and trepidation in Marietta as Congress seeks to open up Dobbins 
 Marietta’s Dobbins Air Reserve Base could be getting more air traffic due to a provision tucked into Congress’ new defense policy bill. Language added to the bill by Georgia lawmakers would remove a 28-year-old provision that’s limited usage of the base’s runway and air control tower to the Defense Department and Lockheed...

Posted: a day ago

Marietta’s Dobbins Air Reserve Base could be getting more air traffic due to a provision tucked into Congress’ new defense policy bill. Language added to the bill by Georgia lawmakers would remove a 28-year-old provision that’s limited usage of the base’s runway and air control tower to the Defense Department and Lockheed...
More air traffic could be coming to Marietta thanks to Congress
 Marietta’s Dobbins Air Reserve Base could be getting a whole lot more traffic due to a provision tucked into Congress’ new defense policy bill. Language in the annual Pentagon policy legislation authored by Georgia lawmakers could open up Dobbins to cargo and other
            non-commercial flights for the first time in decades...

Posted: 2 days ago

Marietta’s Dobbins Air Reserve Base could be getting a whole lot more traffic due to a provision tucked into Congress’ new defense policy bill. Language in the annual Pentagon policy legislation authored by Georgia lawmakers could open up Dobbins to cargo and other non-commercial flights for the first time in decades...
What Georgians think about the House’s proposed tax overhaul
 House Republicans are moving at breakneck speed to approve their tax overhaul bill this week, with a final vote expected to come Thursday. We asked our Georgia panel what they made of one of the signature proposals in the House bill: immediately slashing the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from the high 30s.  

Posted: 2 days ago

House Republicans are moving at breakneck speed to approve their tax overhaul bill this week, with a final vote expected to come Thursday. We asked our Georgia panel what they made of one of the signature proposals in the House bill: immediately slashing the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from the high 30s.  
Visa lottery draws scrutiny in Georgia following N.Y. terror attack
 Banji Oyebisi felt a heavy weight lift off his shoulders when he learned he had won America’s diversity visa lottery. His native Nigeria beset with political upheaval and violence, Oyebisi immigrated to Georgia in 1996 and worked his way up from washing dishes to employing four people at his own technology consulting business in Sandy...

Posted: 5 days ago

Banji Oyebisi felt a heavy weight lift off his shoulders when he learned he had won America’s diversity visa lottery. His native Nigeria beset with political upheaval and violence, Oyebisi immigrated to Georgia in 1996 and worked his way up from washing dishes to employing four people at his own technology consulting business in Sandy...
As Trump mulls exiting NAFTA, a look at what it’s meant for Georgia
 WEST POINT — This small town of 3,700 on the Alabama border is emblematic of the way international trade has helped shape many communities
            — for better or for worse. Once home to a thriving textile sector, West Point suffered when most of its mills shuttered. But the tariff-cutting North
            American Free Trade...

Posted: 5 days ago

WEST POINT — This small town of 3,700 on the Alabama border is emblematic of the way international trade has helped shape many communities — for better or for worse. Once home to a thriving textile sector, West Point suffered when most of its mills shuttered. But the tariff-cutting North American Free Trade...
In Georgia, NAFTA has hurt some while lifting others
 Rebba Storey slid a cup and a blueberry muffin across the smooth, maroon counter at the Jam-N-Java Bakery, smiling at her only customer on a recent sunny afternoon. She skated a hand across the shiny top, pointing to cuts in the dark-stained surface, notches long ago seared into the wood that were later sanded and shellacked. “This...

Posted: 7 days ago

Rebba Storey slid a cup and a blueberry muffin across the smooth, maroon counter at the Jam-N-Java Bakery, smiling at her only customer on a recent sunny afternoon. She skated a hand across the shiny top, pointing to cuts in the dark-stained surface, notches long ago seared into the wood that were later sanded and shellacked. “This...
David Perdue says Senate has ‘leadership issue’ but is bashful about own future
 WASHINGTON – Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue hasn’t shied away from bashing his Senate colleagues and party leaders for big-ticket policy
            foibles in recent months, but the freshman Republican is staying tight-lipped about his own future in the upper chamber. Perdue said the Senate’s fumble on Obamacare repeal...

Posted: 8 days ago

WASHINGTON – Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue hasn’t shied away from bashing his Senate colleagues and party leaders for big-ticket policy foibles in recent months, but the freshman Republican is staying tight-lipped about his own future in the upper chamber. Perdue said the Senate’s fumble on Obamacare repeal...
David Perdue abandons support for Roy Moore after allegations surface
 WASHINGTON — Georgia’s junior U.S. senator appeared to abandon support for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Thursday, shortly after
            allegations surfaced that the Republican initiated sexual encounters with a 14-year-old girl several decades ago. Republican David Perdue said Moore should withdraw from the...

Posted: 8 days ago

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s junior U.S. senator appeared to abandon support for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Thursday, shortly after allegations surfaced that the Republican initiated sexual encounters with a 14-year-old girl several decades ago. Republican David Perdue said Moore should withdraw from the...
Daily Jolt: Democratic gains reignite debate over Georgia GOP embrace of Trump
 Should Georgia Republicans take a cue from the Democratic wave this week and distance themselves from President Donald Trump? Or is a refusal to more enthusiastically
             embrace him the root of their problems? That’s the debate among some Republicans after Democrats won a sweep of statewide and legislative races around...

Posted: 8 days ago

Should Georgia Republicans take a cue from the Democratic wave this week and distance themselves from President Donald Trump? Or is a refusal to more enthusiastically  embrace him the root of their problems? That’s the debate among some Republicans after Democrats won a sweep of statewide and legislative races around...
One year later: How Donald Trump has transformed Georgia politics
 President Donald Trump may be lacking in signature legislative achievements a year after his election victory, but he has one undeniable accomplishment: He has
            
            shaped the Republican Party — both in Georgia and nationally — to his will. Whether it be a matter of respect, compliance or bonhomie, the Never...

Posted: 12 days ago

President Donald Trump may be lacking in signature legislative achievements a year after his election victory, but he has one undeniable accomplishment: He has shaped the Republican Party — both in Georgia and nationally — to his will. Whether it be a matter of respect, compliance or bonhomie, the Never...