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

Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear project expected to get more federal backing
 Georgia’s troubled and still unfinished nuclear power expansion at Plant Vogtle may land another big dose of government support. Federal and Georgia officials on Friday are expected to announce finalization of $3.7 billion in additional federal loan guarantees for the project, which is already billions of dollars over budget and years...

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Georgia’s troubled and still unfinished nuclear power expansion at Plant Vogtle may land another big dose of government support. Federal and Georgia officials on Friday are expected to announce finalization of $3.7 billion in additional federal loan guarantees for the project, which is already billions of dollars over budget and years...
Johnny Isakson: Trump’s McCain attacks ‘deplorable’ 
 U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson forcefully defended his late colleague John McCain on Wednesday, calling President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on the Vietnam War veteran “deplorable.”  In an interview on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Political Rewind,” the Senate Veterans Affairs chairman voiced support...

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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson forcefully defended his late colleague John McCain on Wednesday, calling President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on the Vietnam War veteran “deplorable.”  In an interview on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Political Rewind,” the Senate Veterans Affairs chairman voiced support...
Pence returning to Atlanta to tour ICE facility, stump for Perdue
 Vice President Mike Pence will be in town on Thursday afternoon for a two-part visit.  He’ll tour the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Atlanta field office, then head to a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who is up for re-election next year. This is the VP’s first public trip to Georgia in...

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Vice President Mike Pence will be in town on Thursday afternoon for a two-part visit.  He’ll tour the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Atlanta field office, then head to a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who is up for re-election next year. This is the VP’s first public trip to Georgia in...
The Jolt: Opposition to airport takeover could cost Delta a tax break
 We’re picking up word that legislation to give the state oversight over Atlanta’s airport could get smushed together with a separate bill to exempt Delta Air Lines and other carriers from paying state taxes on jet fuel.  That could put Delta in an unenviable position of backing the airport takeover measure -- which the airline...

Posted: 9 hours ago

We’re picking up word that legislation to give the state oversight over Atlanta’s airport could get smushed together with a separate bill to exempt Delta Air Lines and other carriers from paying state taxes on jet fuel.  That could put Delta in an unenviable position of backing the airport takeover measure -- which the airline...
Former Delta executive nominated to lead FAA
 President Donald Trump tapped a former Delta Air Lines executive to lead the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday, a move that comes as the agency faces renewed scrutiny of its safety standards. The White House said it planned to nominate Steve Dickson for a five-year term to lead the nation’s top aviation safety regulator...

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President Donald Trump tapped a former Delta Air Lines executive to lead the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday, a move that comes as the agency faces renewed scrutiny of its safety standards. The White House said it planned to nominate Steve Dickson for a five-year term to lead the nation’s top aviation safety regulator...
Trump taps ex-Delta executive to lead crisis-stricken FAA
 President Donald Trump tapped a former Delta Air Lines executive to lead the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday, a move that comes as the agency faces renewed scrutiny of its safety standards.  The White House said it planned to nominate Steve Dickson for a five-year term to lead the nation’s top airline safety regulator...

Posted: a day ago

President Donald Trump tapped a former Delta Air Lines executive to lead the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday, a move that comes as the agency faces renewed scrutiny of its safety standards.  The White House said it planned to nominate Steve Dickson for a five-year term to lead the nation’s top airline safety regulator...
Pentagon: Millions could be cut from Ga. military projects to cover border wall
 President Donald Trump could siphon upwards of $260 million from Georgia military construction projects to pay for a wall on the Southern border, according to a Pentagon estimate being circulated by Senate Democrats.  Funding for more than a half-dozen Army, Navy and Air Force projects from Albany to Augusta could be affected. That includes...

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President Donald Trump could siphon upwards of $260 million from Georgia military construction projects to pay for a wall on the Southern border, according to a Pentagon estimate being circulated by Senate Democrats.  Funding for more than a half-dozen Army, Navy and Air Force projects from Albany to Augusta could be affected. That includes...
The Jolt: Medical Association of Georgia opposes ‘heartbeat’ bill
 On Monday, the state Senate Science and Technology Committee voted 3-2, along both gender and partisan lines, to advance House Bill 481, the “heartbeat” measure that would ban nearly all abortions in Georgia. One day earlier, the Medical Association of Georgia, the most influential physicians’ group in the state, addressed...

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On Monday, the state Senate Science and Technology Committee voted 3-2, along both gender and partisan lines, to advance House Bill 481, the “heartbeat” measure that would ban nearly all abortions in Georgia. One day earlier, the Medical Association of Georgia, the most influential physicians’ group in the state, addressed...
The Jolt: Happy birthday, C-SPAN. Or maybe not
 Tuesday will mark the 40th anniversary of C-SPAN. Feel free to celebrate -- or shake your head. Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post put out a worthwhile column over the weekend, summarizing how the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network upended life on Capitol Hill, which is certainly worthy of your time.  Tumulty writes about...

Posted: 2 days ago

Tuesday will mark the 40th anniversary of C-SPAN. Feel free to celebrate -- or shake your head. Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post put out a worthwhile column over the weekend, summarizing how the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network upended life on Capitol Hill, which is certainly worthy of your time.  Tumulty writes about...
After months-long wait, Senate tees up vote on Hurricane Michael aid bill
 An end may soon be in sight for Hurricane Michael victims who have been seeking emergency aid from Congress for months.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday teed up a procedural vote on legislation that would deliver federal agriculture and infrastructure relief to victims of recent natural disasters.  Just what...

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An end may soon be in sight for Hurricane Michael victims who have been seeking emergency aid from Congress for months.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday teed up a procedural vote on legislation that would deliver federal agriculture and infrastructure relief to victims of recent natural disasters.  Just what...
The Jolt: A bill to shield industrial agriculture in Georgia
 Legislatively speaking, North Carolina is often a trend-setter for efforts in Georgia’s state Capitol. Last year, that state’s Republican law-making body and Democratic governor engaged in a brutal fight over pork factories, their rights, and the rights of their rural neighbors. From a June article in the Raleigh News...

Posted: 5 days ago

Legislatively speaking, North Carolina is often a trend-setter for efforts in Georgia’s state Capitol. Last year, that state’s Republican law-making body and Democratic governor engaged in a brutal fight over pork factories, their rights, and the rights of their rural neighbors. From a June article in the Raleigh News...