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Friday, November 15, 2019

Getting the Job Done

Dear friends,

As we celebrated Veterans Day on Monday, the Marietta Daily Journal published my op-ed, “Serving Our Veterans,” thanking our veterans and outlining the ways we’ve worked to better serve them. As chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, our veterans have been my daily inspiration, and it has been my mission to ensure we fulfill our promises to them and to their family members.

On Wednesday evening, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hosted a Veterans Appreciation Reception in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard to recognize members of Congress and staff who served in our armed forces and continue to support our service members and veterans. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve our veterans as chairman, and the opportunity to reflect on all we have accomplished on behalf of those who have served was really special.

Getting the Job Done

The Atlanta Regional Commission recently honored me for a lifetime of public service and lasting impact on the region as well as on our state.

Throughout my career, I’ve done my best to put my three decades of real estate experience to use to promote policies in all levels of government that allow our economy to thrive and to ensure that Georgia remains the economic and cultural capital of the Southeast.

This week, the Atlanta Business Chronicle ran an article covering my entry into public service as businessman and an active member of my neighborhood. I’ve been proud to look out for the interests of my community, our state and our nation.

In Other News

  • The Senate passed a resolution that Senator Jon Tester, D-Mont., and I introduced allowing the Senate to collect charitable contributions as part of this year’s Toys for Tots drive. This annual tradition we host in coordination with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will help brighten the holiday season for children in need. The Senate will begin collections on Dec. 4, and I salute the efforts of all those involved in this wonderful cause.
  • We are working to honor the heroes of World War II “Merrill’s Marauders” unit with the Congressional Gold Medal for their extraordinary efforts and sacrifices. I introduced legislation to recognize this elite group of volunteer warriors, and after having more than two-thirds of the Senate endorse this measure, I’m glad we are one step closer to awarding them with the Congressional Gold Medal.
  • I had the opportunity to speak with students at Alpharetta High School and Notre Dame Academy in Duluth this week. I have always enjoyed the opportunity to talk with Georgia students and reinforce that democracy is a participatory sport. It requires all of us to be engaged, and public servants should be accessible to constituents of all ages.
  • The Sunday after Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous driving times of the year. This year, I’ve again introduced a Senate resolution with Senators David Perdue and Chris Coons, D-Del., to spread awareness and promote safe travel on our nation’s roadways during the holiday season.