Messages From Bill

From Bill: Gold Star Families

We, as a Nation, collectively paused this past Monday - as we do each year on Memorial Day - to reflect on the many sacrifices made by the service men and women, and their families, who have defended our country.

I believe one of our Nation's greatest duties and the truest way to honor our fallen heroes is to ensure their surviving family are taken care of. That is why I authored and introduced the Gold Star Families Equality Act last week. This legislation will allow Gold Star parents to access retail, exchange, and commissary benefits currently only afforded to surviving spouses.

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From Bill: FEMA Flood Maps

The holiday season should be a time filled with joy and good-will. Unfortunately for far too many families in our district and across the country, this holiday they are feeling the pinch.

With funding for housing, unemployment, and food programs being cut or still up in the air, many short-sighted policies from the Republican Leadership are affecting the daily lives of hard-working citizens. I remain committed to fighting against these harmful and discriminatory policies.

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From Bill: Day of Thanksgiving and Praise

One hundred and fifty years ago last month, in the midst of a civil war, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the last Thursday of November "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise." His words still ring true today:

"It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

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From Bill: Responsibilities

The full faith and credit of the United States. The ability of our government to function properly. The ability of our government to pay its debts.

These are not things elected Representatives should take lightly. But that is exactly what Republicans in Congress are doing by attempting to use them as leverage to eliminate a law that has already been passed by both Houses of Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court.

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