Today, U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., continued their unwavering support of our men and women in uniform by voting for a series of amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution that seek a higher quality of life for those who serve or who have previously served the United States of America.
"I can think of no higher priority than caring for our nation's active duty, reservists and veterans," said Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "I have always been deeply committed to promoting the well-being of those who fight to preserve our freedom and way of life. I will make sure their concerns remain at the forefront of this Congress."
"It is our duty to ensure that the brave men and women who have served our country in our armed forces receive the care they need and the services they deserve," said Isakson, a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "I am proud to cast votes today that support our nation's veterans, and I will continue to fight to honor them each and every day."
The Budget Resolution, S.Con.Res.8, is a non-binding blueprint that both parties use to try to reiterate their spending priorities for the nation.
Chambliss and Isakson voted for the following amendments to the Budget Resolution:
-Senator Landrieu #314: This amendment addresses the issue of allowing the VA to continue to lease facilities and operate clinics in keeping with new Congressional Budget Office requirements for paying up front for long-term leases. The amendment gives the VA the congressional approval necessary to allow clinics to continue to provide critical health services to our veterans for the next two years, including at facilities such as the Cobb County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Georgia. The amendment passed by a voice vote.
-Senator Hagan #278: This amendment seeks to expand educational opportunities, provide job training, reporting and tracking of suicides, ensuring quality health care, and improve military housing for families of service members and veterans. The amendment passed 99-0.
-Senator Burr #697: This amendment would stop any legislation that would raise taxes on veterans or their survivors. It failed by a vote of 45-54.
-Senator Tester #537: This amendment allows eligible children to remain on their family's TRICARE/CHAMPVA health insurance plans until age 26. This is consistent with laws governing civilian plans, and the amendment passed by a voice vote.
-Senator McCaskill #366: This amendment supports the transition of service members to the workforce by streamlining the process associated with federal and state credentialing requirements. It passed by a voice vote.