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Friday, June 14, 2019


Dear friends,

Last week, I had the honor of leading a bipartisan Senate delegation to France for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by Allied forces during World War II. On Sunday, we attended a ceremony in Sainte-Mère-Église, where U.S. and foreign airborne units recreated the jumps made by American and Allied paratroopers during the D-Day invasion. Two of the U.S. airborne units that participated in the jump were the 75th Ranger Regiment and Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade out of Ft. Benning, Ga.


It was an incredibly moving week in France, and I am especially grateful for the sacrifices made by our greatest generation. Without the selfless devotion of our armed forces, we would not be living in the greatest country on the face of this Earth.

In Other News

  • This week, the Senate voted to confirm Judge J.P. Boulee of Decatur, Ga., to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. Judge Boulee has made Georgia and the United States proud during his service as a Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army and as an attorney and on the bench. I’m confident that Judge Boulee will continue to make us proud, and I share my thanks and congratulations with him.
  • This week, I was proud to appoint Mattie Garrett, a high school junior from Marietta, Ga., to participate in the U.S. Senate Page Program in Washington, D.C. Mattie has a long-held interest in politics and public service, and I’m proud to welcome her to this opportunity to work as a page in our nation’s capital. I expect that this outstanding young lady will represent Georgia and our office well as she takes her turn with a front-row seat to history in Washington.

  • The United States is behind the curve on the collection and modernization of public health data that could improve health and even save lives. I introduced the bipartisan Saving Lives Through Better Data Act on Wednesday to help public health agencies like the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) improve the nation’s public health data systems to improve tracking, data-sharing and reporting on public health threats through eliminating wasteful duplication, enhancing public-private partnerships, and other avenues to improve and modernize care in the 21st century.
  • Also on Wednesday, the Senate unanimously passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. This legislation provides long-overdue benefits to veterans who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and it has been a top priority for me as chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. On Thursday, I spoke on the Senate floor to thank my colleagues and staff for their efforts in helping this legislation pass. I look forward to President Trump signing this bill into law soon.
  • On Thursday, I hosted my 11th annual bipartisan barbecue lunch for U.S. senators and staff from both sides of the political aisle. It’s a small thanks to each one of them as we enjoy each other’s company over some of our favorite Southern foods. Later in the day, I spoke on the Senate floor to personally thank Dale and Tracey Thornton, along with the entire team at South 40 Smokehouse, for traveling from my hometown of Marietta, Ga., to bring us the very best.

What’s On Tap?

Next week, I will chair a Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing titled “Harnessing the Power of Community: Leveraging Veteran Networks to Tackle Suicide,” where we will hear from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and community organizations about ongoing efforts to reduce suicide in the veteran community.