e-News 3/31/17

e-News 3/31/17

  • Doing the Work We Were Sent Here to Do!
  • Update: Working With DHS to Protect the Jewish Community
  • Top Army Civilian Visits Picatinny: “An eye-opening experience”
  • Echoes of the Great War at the Library of Congress
  • Salute:  To the Denville Rotary


Doing the Work We Were Sent Here to Do!

Contrary to what the media may be reporting, Congress is not paralyzed by last week’s failure to vote on an Obamacare rescue package or the intrigue surrounding the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation.  No, we are moving ahead on a number of important fronts. 

The Appropriations Committee is working to complete the whole range of FY ’17 funding bills to ensure that the federal government stays open for business.  We are reversing a whole series of onerous bureaucratic regulations.  We are also committed to securing our border, rebuilding our military, and fixing our infrastructure. And we want this to be the last tax season Americans have to put up with our broken federal tax code.

The effort to rescue the American people from the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) has not ended.  It is just too important. Obamacare is a collapsing law which is doing too much damage to families. I’ve seen predictions of more double-digit increases in premiums because the Obamacare model simply does not work.  

We all want to make it easier for families to pay the bills and take care of their loved ones. We all want a system in health care where everybody can have access to affordable coverage, where we have more choice and competition. We all agree on these things and have to work together until we get this right. 

And in the meantime, we’re going to do all of our other work that we came here to do.

Update: Working With DHS to Protect the Jewish Community

I met this week with the Department of Homeland Security’s #2 official as I continue to press DHS to provide additional resources to synagogues, temples, Jewish Community Centers (JCC) and schools that have faced a spate of anti-Semitic bomb threats this year.  Acting Undersecretary Chip Fulgham pledged to continue to work to overcome bureaucratic barriers that have prevented private institutions from applying for FEMA funding to “harden” their facilities from terror attack.

In addition to this meeting, I have written and talked to the DHS Secretary John Kelly urging the release of critical funding for non-profit organizations at risk. I also continue to stay in constant communication with the Department of Justice on their investigation of these shameful threats.  While I am pleased that arrests have been made in the case, we should be doing more to help the Jewish community help itself.

Read more about my efforts here.

Read a letter I recently received from the Department of Justice here.

Top Army Civilian Visits Picatinny: “An eye-opening experience”

I was pleased to welcome Robert Speer, the Army's top civilian, to Picatinny Arsenal this week.  I invited Mr. Speer, a 28-year Army veteran, to visit to gain a better understanding of how this vital installation contributes to the strategic readiness of the Army as well as the Navy, Air Force and Marines.

"It's been an eye-opening experience to visit with you and see what you do and what you dedicate to our readiness outlook," Speer told employees after the tour. "Because (readiness) starts with innovation and the drive and people that make our Army great."

Speer, the Acting Secretary of the United States Army, spent his time in two technology forums that showcased the synergy between Picatinny's two main organizations - the Program Executive Office Ammunition and the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

"Picatinny Arsenal is a unique facility with a mission vital to the nation, especially the Army. The workforce here possesses knowledge and expertise that increases the lethality of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines," Speer said.

Speer received presentations on a sampling of technologies, including several lethality efforts that Picatinny develops and manages for the Department of Defense. Some of these programs included work on the Extended Range Cannon Artillery and on a new advanced Abrams tank round.

"The Picatinny team's work expands our technological advantage across the battlefield. Threats to our national security are always there, so the research and development conducted here are vital," said Speer.

Picatinny is designated the Joint Center of Excellence for Guns and Ammunition, providing products and services to all branches of the U.S. military. The Arsenal provides 90 percent of the Army's lethality and also works closely with the navy, Marines, Air Force, our special operations community and the armed forces of partner nations.

The Secretary of the Army has ultimate responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army and is responsible for recruiting, training, equipping soldiers to provide forces to support of America's national defense strategy.

Echoes of the Great War at the Library of Congress

I was honored to participate this week in the launch of a major new exhibition at the Library of Congress.  “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I” examines the upheaval of world war as Americans confronted it-both at home and abroad.

The exhibition considers the debates and struggles that surrounded U.S. engagement; explores U.S. military and home front mobilization and the immensity of industrialized warfare; and touches on the war's effects, as an international peace settlement was negotiated, national borders were redrawn, and soldiers returned to reintegrate into American society.

The nation marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I next Tuesday, the same date that “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I” officially opens, in the Southwest Gallery on the second floor of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Find additional information here.

Salute:  To the Denville Rotary which this weekend celebrates its 70thAnniversary!  “Service above Self” for seven decades!

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