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Annual Bipartisan Barbeque

On Thursday, I hosted my annual bipartisan barbeque, which is one of my favorite days of the year. We welcomed senators from both sides of the political aisle and Hill staff to our Washington, D.C., office to enjoy some of Georgia’s best barbeque, driven up from Marietta, Ga., and smoked overnight across the river in Alexandria, Va.

This week, some of our Congressmen experienced a terrible attack during an early morning practice for this week’s annual charity congressional baseball game. One of those injured, U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, is a great friend, and he remains in my prayers, along with our Capitol Police officers, the staff members and all those involved in Wednesday’s attack. I hope that all Americans will join me in condemning this senseless act of violence against innocent lives. On Thursday, the Senate passed a resolution commending the bravery of the U.S. Capitol Police and Alexandria, Va., Police Department for their fine response.

Progress for our veterans

This week, we achieved a major victory for veterans in Congress. After years of working with my colleagues to advance the goals included in my legislation, next week, President Trump is expected to sign into law the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. This legislation will help foster a culture of excellence at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the accountability bill on Tuesday, and it now heads to the president’s desk. President Trump has expressed his support of this legislation and is expected to sign it into law next week.

The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs also held two hearings this week, one discussing the fiscal year 2018 budget with VA Secretary Shulkin and another on pending legislation for veterans’ benefits.

We will continue to fight for our veterans in Congress to ensure they receive the healthcare and benefits they have earned and deserve.

This week in the Senate:

What’s on Tap?

Next week, President Trump is expected to sign my Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law. In addition, the Senate will vote on the nomination of Brock Long to be administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as on confirmation of additional agency nominees.