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There are many veterans that live in our district and their issues are important to me and to my work in Congress.

Our nation’s men and women in uniform are America’s greatest asset and the globe’s strongest defenders of freedom and democracy.  Their sacrifices throughout our nation’s history have laid the foundation for the freedoms and fortunes we enjoy today. It is our responsibility to make sure America cares for these brave individuals when they come home.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I am proud of my work to continually ensure the commitment we’ve made to our veterans has been met.

Unfortunately, there are still too many stories of our veterans returning to a system that does not support their needs.  I strongly believe those who have served and sacrificed for our country are entitled to affordable health care and have therefore opposed significant increases in TRICARE fees.  I also have and will continue to support legislation that allows for concurrent receipt of retiree and disability benefits.

Additionally, it is important to acknowledge that as the demands on a nation’s military change over time, so do the needs of our veterans.  Veterans of the Global War on Terrorism are returning home with injuries and illnesses unique to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  As a result, it is important that our support for them is tailored to their specific needs. 

I take the role of providing for our nation’s veterans very seriously and will continue to champion legislation that gives these brave women and men the support they so richly deserve.

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April 8, 2011 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Federal funding to keep the government open is about to run out.  This situation could have been prevented.  If Congress is unable to reach an agreement with the White House, the federal government will be shutdown tonight at midnight eastern time.  Senate leadership has refused to make any serious effort to keep the doors open.  They have refused to pass a spending bill that would cut just one percent of our federal spending for this fiscal year.  The ball has been in the Senate’s court for weeks now and they have refused to act.