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Friday, November 3, 2017

A Big Step Forward

Dear Friends,

The U.S. House of Representatives took a big step forward this week in our effort to help provide hardworking Americans with more jobs, fairer taxes and bigger paychecks.

On Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee delivered a tax reform package that will simplify our broken tax code and show the world that the United States will again be a world-class competitor in the global marketplace.

As we step up our work on our Senate tax reform proposal that will soon be released, we’re committed to moving this once-in-a-generation legislation through regular order to ensure the debate continues to be open and transparent.

Our end goal is to come together with our colleagues in the House of Representatives to advance pro-growth tax reform that will lower taxes for Americans and job-creating businesses in our country.

On Wednesday, I was interviewed for Georgia television stations WGXA in Macon and WFXL in Albany where I discussed our work in Congress on tax reform, our progress this year for our veterans and federal support for combatting local crimes.

Pressing Forward on Judicial Confirmations

The Senate continues to work on confirming President Trump’s nominees despite continued delay tactics by some members of the Senate. This week, we confirmed five qualified nominees to circuit and district courts. Together with the president, we will continue working hard to put judges on the federal courts who will uphold the law as it’s written.


Being There for Our Veterans

President Trump has proclaimed November as Veterans and Military Families Month. With an entire month of activities planned nationwide, we will honor the significant contributions made by American service members, their families and loved ones. I encourage you to take some time this month to honor and say thank you to our military families whose strength and support is invaluable.


In the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, we are making progress on legislation to enhance care for veterans and are continuing to move forward nominations for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

In Other News:

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis presented the administration’s perspective on the Authorizations for the Use of Military Force at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Monday.

  • On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of introducing former Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, who was nominated by President Trump to serve as a member of the Amtrak board of directors, at his confirmation hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.


What’s on tap?

Next week, the Senate will continue working to confirm nominees who require Senate approval. I will also continue my work with the Senate Finance Committee on tax reform to help American jobs and families.                                     


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