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Dear Friends,

Each year, we honor our veterans on November 11, a day that marks the end of World War I when the armistice went into effect on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.

Veterans Day is an important reminder for all of us to take a moment to stop and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our veterans. We take for granted sometimes all that we have, but we should never take for granted the sacrifice that many Americans have made so that you and I can be free.

The nation our Founding Fathers gave us remains, principally because of the undergirding foundation of a vibrant military. For without our veterans, there would be no America.

So today and every day, give thanks to the veterans who have served our country, and thank them for the job that they’ve done.

This week, I penned an op-ed and delivered remarks on the Senate floor to honor Veterans Day. I also discussed a few of the accomplishments we have achieved on behalf of our veterans this year through our work in the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

On Wednesday, I hosted the annual Senate veterans appreciation reception honoring members of Congress and staff who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. armed services.


The Senate is Working for Our Veterans

As we honor the men and women who’ve fought and risked their lives for our country, it’s important to remember that while their service may have concluded, our duty as a country to support and honor our veterans continues. This week, the Senate confirmed three more nominees to positions at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who will do great work on behalf of our veterans.

Tax Reform

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives took a big step forward in our effort to help provide hardworking Americans with more jobs, fairer taxes and bigger paychecks. On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Finance announced its tax reform package after the House voted to move its tax cut and reform package out of committee and to the floor.

By taking these long-awaited and important steps to gut and rewrite our tax code, we are demonstrating that America is ready to compete again and our nation is open for business. We need a laser-focused approach in Washington to help our nation’s economy move well beyond the tepid growth we’ve seen for the last decade, drive employment gains and get money back into the pockets of Americans.

The Senate tax reform proposal will provide tax relief to hardworking Americans, bring about more jobs and bigger paychecks through increased economic growth, foster greater opportunities for American businesses, large and small, to bring jobs and investment home, and create a simpler and fairer tax code.

Our end goal is to come together with our colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to advance pro-growth tax reform that will lower taxes for Americans and job-creating businesses in our country.

FEMA Disaster Assistance Deadline Coming Up

The deadline to apply for disaster relief from Hurricane Irma is Nov. 14, 2017. I remain committed to doing all I can to provide federal assistance to fully support hurricane recovery efforts for affected states and territories. Our office continues to work closely with Governor Deal, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

What’s on tap?

Next week, the Senate Committee on Finance will begin markup on the Senate’s tax reform legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.


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