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Friday, November 8, 2019

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Dear Friends,

In Case You Missed It

This week, the Senate confirmed five judges to serve on federal courts, including Danielle Hunsaker to the Ninth Circuit and William Nardini to the Second Circuit. As of these confirmations this week, one in every four federal circuit court judges serving across the United States are nominees of the Trump administration. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a confirmation hearing on pending nominees Grant Jaquith and Scott Laurer to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Veterans Day

One of the greatest testaments to the United States of America is the unflagging dedication of our armed forces and the men and women who volunteer to uphold the mantle of freedom.

Veterans Day is an important time to reflect on the men and women who protect our American ideals. Since the start of the American Revolution, dedicated patriots have given their all to defend the principles of freedom and democracy that make America the greatest country on this Earth. While the battlefield has changed since then, their devotion has not.

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for the last five years and a committee member for my entire 15 years in the Senate, I have learned much more about these patriots, the service they provide, and the challenges they confront when they return home.

We’ve put politics aside in our committee to help our veterans. From health care to education, we’ve significantly reformed the VA to improve the quality of benefits our veterans receive. The battlefield has changed, and I’m proud of the dedication our committee has shown to adapting and improving care for our brave veterans as they return.

This week, the Senate released a video highlighting many of the achievements we’ve made together on behalf of our veterans.

On the battlefield, we don’t see Democrat and Republican soldiers, we see American soldiers. Our approach to their care should never be a partisan issue, and we should never be satisfied with ‘good enough.’

On this Veterans Day, I encourage every American to reflect and give thanks for the service and sacrifice veterans make for their country and for us. Without them, we would not be the greatest country on this Earth.

In Other News

  • Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and I introduced a resolution recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis and recognizing Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, as a national day of remembrance. The victims of the Iran hostage crisis were treated brutally, and their suffering and sacrifice should be remembered. Similarly, this resolution and our continued efforts on behalf of the victims are an important statement that once an American serves our country, we will be there for you no matter how long it takes to secure justice.
  • This week, the Senate Budget Committee voted to pass the Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act, S.2765, which includes a biennial budgeting concept that I reintroduced earlier this year with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. In addition to converting the budget process to a two-year cycle, the Budget Committee bill makes important reforms that would reduce the risk of a default on the national debt and make it easier for Congress to consider deficit reduction measures. I appreciate the Senate Budget Committee’s endorsement of our proposal to reform our budget process and make it more efficient.

What’s On Tap?

Federal government offices will be closed on Monday in honor of Veterans Day, and I encourage all Georgians to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. Later in the week, the Senate will continue working on government funding measures.