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Friday, September 29, 2017

Boosting our economy

Dear Friends,

Our tax code is broken, and it's hampering our economic growth. Our competitiveness as a nation is at stake. 

The White House, along with Senate and House leaders, unveiled a comprehensive tax reform proposal on Wednesday. This proposal is the result of years of work by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance to overhaul the U.S. tax code and provide meaningful tax relief for middle-class Americans while boosting our economy.

It's past time we enhance economic growth, create more jobs and provide tax relief for hardworking Georgians.

I look forward to taking an active role in this overhaul as members of Congress and the administration work together to enact comprehensive tax reform for the good of our nation.

Suicide Prevention

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has launched its #BeThere campaign to help spread awareness about veteran suicide and prevention.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing to examine the Veterans Health Administration’s suicide prevention programs and help ensure the VA has the necessary resources to combat veteran suicide.

At the start of the hearing, I signed a suicide prevention declaration with VA Secretary David Shulkin stating my commitment to helping spread awareness about veteran suicide and educating others about suicide prevention and resources.

As chairman, I’m working to see to it that we do everything we can to prevent the loss of a veteran due to desperation or despair. One life lost to suicide is one too many. 

Senate Passes Seventh Major Veterans’ Bill This Year

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2017, legislation I introduced to reauthorize 20 important healthcare and benefits programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The Senate has now passed seven major pieces of veterans’ legislation in the first nine months of the year, a remarkable achievement and a testament to our committee’s bipartisan teamwork. By working together, we are truly making progress for our nation’s veterans.

Chronic Care

Also this week, the Senate unanimously approved the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017, legislation I introduced to improve the quality and coordination of health care while reducing costs for Medicare patients living with chronic health conditions.

This legislation will empower doctors and patients to work together to improve overall health and help keep patients out of the hospital. I am thrilled the Senate passed this critical legislation to help ensure seniors with multiple chronic health conditions receive better care at a lower cost through Medicare.

Other News:

  • I met with nominees to fill vacancies at the VA on Monday. The Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at 2:30 p.m., to consider the three pending nominations.

  • On Tuesday, I met with Dr. Mark Esper, nominee to be secretary of the U.S. Army. I look forward to supporting his confirmation and helping our Army grow to confront all global threats.

  • On Monday, the Senate voted to confirm William J. Emanuel, of Calif., to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board. As chairman of the subcommittee that oversees labor issues, I have been supportive of his nomination and hope that through this position, Mr. Emanuel will help to restore a level playing field in the workplace and get our economy back on track.

  • On Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Byung J. “BJay” Pak to be U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

  • On Friday, the House and Senate passed legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It also goes one step further and authorizes tax relief for individuals and businesses affected by the recent hurricanes. The legislation now heads to President Trump’s desk.

What’s on tap?

Next week, the Senate is expected to continue its work on confirming President Trump’s nominations.  

Sincerely,

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