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Friday, May 24, 2019

Relief and planning

Dear friends,

Senator Perdue and I secured long-awaited critical disaster relief funding for Georgia and other states impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters. Senator Perdue and I fought for months for disaster funding for Georgia, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.

Georgia farmers and millions of Americans have been hurting for far too long as they awaited action on this desperately needed relief, and I’m glad that the Senate has now voted to get it done. I’ve spent most of this year pressing the need for action with everyone who would listen, worked together with colleagues from more than 12 states, and I thank everyone who put partisan politics aside to see this through. It passed overwhelmingly in the Senate, but still must be passed by the House before it can be signed into law by the president. I am hopeful the House will act quickly.

Retirement Savings

The last thing hardworking Americans should have to worry about is running out of savings during their retirement years. This week, I reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help Americans plan in advance and ensure they do not outlive their retirement savings. It would require 401(k) providers to inform participating workers of the projected monthly income they could expect at retirement based on their current account balance. Read more about the legislation.

In Other News

  • After our official visit to Iraq in April, Sens. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Angus King, I-Maine, and I penned an op-ed to report back on what we learned from our meetings with officials and service members. Contrary to some public perception, ISIS is diminished, but not yet defeated. Moving forward, it is vital that America’s resolve and commitment to the Iraqi people remain strong. The Augusta Chronicle published our op-ed, and I invite you to read it here.
  • The Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act passed the Senate this week. I recently introduced this legislation to provide tax relief for families of deceased military service members. I’m glad that the Senate has worked together to quickly pass it for our Gold Star families.
  • This week, I also cosponsored bipartisan legislation to combat illegal and intrusive robocalls, and the Senate passed the measure by an overwhelming bipartisan majority on Thursday. Beyond being a nuisance, robocalls can be dangerous when the callers are criminals trying to steal personal data and money. If enacted, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act would help reduce the number of unsolicited calls and hold the perpetrators of these scams accountable. I hope the U.S. House will move forward quickly to get it to the president’s desk.
  • Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to talk with Jennifer Hammond of SiriusXM about the VA MISSION Act, my recent trip to Iraq and my upcoming trip to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Our conversation will air during a Memorial Day special on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel this Saturday during her show, which airs from 7 to 9 a.m., and again from 2 to 4 p.m. I hope you can tune in!

  • Also this week, the Senate confirmed five additional judge nominees to our nation’s courts.

What’s On Tap?

On Monday, we will pause to honor and remember those who have given their lives in service to the United States. The National Moment of Remembrance, established in 2000, encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. Next week, the Senate will be in a state work period in observance of Memorial Day.