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Friday, December 7, 2018

The best of America

Dear friends,

It was with heavy hearts that we returned to work on Monday mourning the loss of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, who passed away at his home in Houston, Texas, on Dec. 1, at the age of 94.

President Bush’s passing is a loss not only for America, but for all mankind who love freedom and liberty. He sacrificed for the country he loved in every way one could. As a solider, a public servant and a patriarch, President Bush represented the best of America.

We spent much of the week paying tribute to this American patriot and selfless public servant. On Monday, I joined the Bush family, Vice President Mike Pence, cabinet members, justices of the Supreme Court and my Congressional colleagues to pay final respects to President Bush at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where he lain in state until Wednesday morning. 

On Tuesday, I honored the life of President Bush in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. I talked about the patriotism and strong character of the late president as well as my personal relationship with him, including the numerous occasions that he campaigned for me during my political career.

President and Mrs. Bush were and always will be an unforgettable first family. I was honored to serve and work with them. Dianne and I extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Bush family.

Robins Air Force Base Breakfast

On Tuesday, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Representative Austin Scott and I welcomed our friends from Middle Georgia to the third annual Robins Air Force Base congressional breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Robins Air Force Base is home to the Air Force Reserve Command, the 78th Air Base Wing and Air Logistics Complex, and the entire U.S. fleet of Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. Robins Air Force Base plays a critical role in our national security and as a part of Georgia’s military strength. 

We’ve received good news this year about the future of Robins, with new hiring initiatives to fill the necessary jobs, and I appreciate the issues set forth and the attendance by so many stakeholders. We’re going to make sure that our mission is enhanced and that we fully utilize that mission, and we are here to help.

In Other News

  • On Tuesday, Senator Jon Tester and I sat down with Montana Radio’s News Talk 730 to talk about the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs accomplishments in 2017-2018 and what lies ahead for 2019. As the lead Republican and Democrat on the committee, we work tirelessly to make important bipartisan progress for our nation’s veterans who deserve nothing but the best.

  • On Tuesday, I also sat down with the Library of Congress to talk about my time in the Georgia Air National Guard for the Veterans History Project. Learn more about how you can help the Library of Congress preserve veterans’ histories here

  • On Tuesday, I also paid tribute to retiring Disabled American Veterans director Garry Augustine for his service to our country and steadfast commitment to veterans along with Senator Jon Tester. We wish him well in retirement and thank him for his lasting legacy of advocacy for veterans.

  • On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs helped collect toys for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots, which provides gifts to deserving families across the country. We were so pleased with the turnout and appreciate all of the gifts received for this special holiday program.

What’s on Tap?

The Senate continues to work with the U.S. House of Representatives on the Farm Bill, as well as on funding for seven of 12 areas of government funding for 2019. 

Sincerely,

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