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Friday, June 7, 2019


Dear friends,

This week, I led a bipartisan Senate delegation to Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by Allied forces during World War II. On Thursday, our delegation joined President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at an official ceremony at the American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer to mark the milestone. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I could think of no better way to honor our World War II veterans than to be with them on this occasion at the very spot where many of them, their friends and fellow comrades landed 75 years ago.

I look forward to spending the rest of the weekend meeting with various French and American officials as we celebrate this significant anniversary. You can view photos from our trip so far here

Taking Care of Georgia

On Wednesday, during his trip abroad, President Trump signed disaster relief legislation that Senator Perdue and I have fought for months to secure for Georgia and other states impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters. I’ve spent most of this year pressing for action, and I thank President Trump and everyone who worked to see this through. I am hopeful that this aid will be expedited to reach those who need it quickly so that Georgians can get the relief they need to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

Helping Our Veterans

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted to confirm James Byrne as the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As the VA continues to implement transformative reforms over the next several months, it is going to be crucial for the department’s leaders to ensure it is operating effectively, efficiently and in the best interest of our veterans. I urge the Senate to act quickly to confirm Mr. Byrne.

On Thursday, the VA implemented the new, streamlined Veterans Community Care Program designed to improve the way the VA delivers health care. The community care program, which was established in the VA MISSION Act, landmark legislation that I authored and that was signed into law in 2018, will remove bureaucratic obstacles to care in the community and ensure veterans receive efficient, timely and quality care.

In Other News

  • This week, I was proud to congratulate high school seniors from across Georgia who were accepted into U.S. military service academies for fall 2019. I was honored to nominate 28 of these students who are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, room and board, medical and dental care. These highly sought-after appointments are a testament to these students’ achievements in the classroom and well beyond, and I thank them for choosing to put their talents to use in service of our nation.
  • On Tuesday, Senator Perdue and I applauded U.S. Army Garrison Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield on earning the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest award for installation excellence in 2019. This installation has proven to be critical in our Army’s ability to maintain high standards for readiness, and I thank the hardworking men and women who are committed to its superior management.
  • Also this week, I introduced bipartisan legislation with Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., to help advance research on drug-resistant and advanced antibiotics. The Developing an Innovative Strategy for Antimicrobial Resistant Microorganisms Act of 2019, or DISARM Act of 2019 for short, aims to strengthen the antibiotic research and development pipeline and provide access to more effective treatment for the more than 2 million Americans who are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year.
  • As hurricane season begins, Senator Perdue and I urge all Georgians to be vigilant and take advantage of the many available resources to prepare for potential storms. As we learned from Hurricane Michael last fall, preparedness can save lives. Please stay alert and heed the advice of state and local officials as hurricane season approaches. You can find a number of resources to prepare for the 2019 hurricane season here.

What’s On Tap?

Next week, the Senate will continue its work on nominees to positions requiring Senate approval. I also look forward to hosting our annual bipartisan barbecue on Thursday in the Senate, provided by South 40 Smokehouse in Marietta, Ga. This tradition brings together members from across the country on both sides of the aisle to enjoy some of our favorite Southern foods and plenty of sweet tea!