Notes from the Ninth: Moments in May

June 1, 2018

Contact: Katie Webster (202-225-5315)


Last week was Memorial Day, a time to spend with friends and family as we reflect on the reason for the holiday: to think of those who gave their lives for the freedom of this great country. 'Thank you' will never be enough for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Over the past few weeks, the House of Representatives passed legislation to support our troops and ensure that, when they return home from service, our veterans receive the care and support they have earned and deserve:

  • 2019 National Defense Authorization Act: This annual defense policy legislation provides funding for our men and women in uniform, so they can safely and securely protect us here at home.
  • Improving Oversight of Women Veterans' Care Act: As we strive to provide high-quality care to our nation's heroes, we must also care for the specific needs of female veterans. This legislation would require the VA to submit an annual report to Congress on access to services needed by our female heroes.
  • Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act: This legislation would increase the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities who rely on the benefits they receive from the VA to make ends meet.

Click here to learn more about the legislation the House of Representatives passed during Military Appreciation Month. To our veterans and warfighters who have consistently put service above self -- thank you. 

Be of good cheer,

National Police Week, a time to thank those who keep us safe and remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty, was in May. As your representative, I've been honored with the chance to support and recognize our law enforcement officers who have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe. Click here to check out a few highlights and here to learn more about the POLICE Act, which I wrote with Floyd County Sheriff Frank Loop.

The coffee shop down the street. Your favorite restaurant around the corner. The bookstore where everyone knows your name.  This month, we celebrated National Small Business Week to recognize the important role small businesses play in our local economy and the job opportunities they create.

To kick off Small Business Week celebrations, I sat down with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and members of the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce to discuss what Congress can do to ensure our small businesses here in Indiana can continue to grow and thrive. 

B-I-N-G-O. At the Villages at Historic Silvercrest, a Trilogy Health Services assisted living facility in New Albany, I joined the senior residents in a game of BINGO - and they had their hats ready for the Kentucky Derby!

Farm Feedback. Our local family farms are this country's original small businesses. As part of National Small Business Week, I sat down with the Campbell family at Campbell Farm in Franklin to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill. 

Hoosier jobs. I had a great tour at the Arbonne distribution facility in Greenwood and a discussion on how growing jobs here in Indiana helps our neighborhoods thrive.  

Student selfies. Before their tour of the Capitol, I met up with Brownstown Middle School students in DC. If you're headed to Washington for a summer trip, be sure to visit my website and sign up for a tour!

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