Coats Notes: Veterans Bill Passes Congress

Senator Dan Coats
2014-08-01 17:55:03
A message from Senator Dan Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/coats_ topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Veterans Bill Passes Congress In a 91 to 3 vote on Thursday, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation that will implement key changes to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical policies. A compromise between bills previously passed by the House and Senate, the legislation will allow veterans to seek private care if VA doctors are unable to treat patients within 30 days or if veterans live more than 40 miles away from a VA facility. The legislation also includes a number of provisions that will provide needed reforms to the VA health care system. Increasing accountability and providing veterans facing unacceptable waits for VA medical care with the option to receive private-sector treatment are positive steps. I am hopeful that President Obama will swiftly sign it into law. Earlier this week, I voted to confirm Bob McDonald, a Gary, Indiana native and former Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble, to serve as the next secretary of the VA. Passing this legislation and confirming a new VA secretary marks a turning point and a chance for a fresh start. We need to keep the promises our country has made to its veterans. Throwing Money at the Border is the Wrong Solution This week I voted against the Senate Democrat's $2.7 billion supplemental appropriations bill to address the crisis on the southern border of the United States. The wrong solution to our border crisis is to throw money at the problem without addressing the policies that created this situation. This proposal will fail to stem the tide of children making the dangerous trek to the United States. The best way to stop this humanitarian crisis is to reunite these children with their families in their home countries. Taking this action will send a message and deter children from even starting the difficult journey to the United States. I support an alternative proposal - the Protecting Children and America's Homeland Act - that would make several changes to current immigration law to allow quicker repatriation of unaccompanied alien children while ensuring due process for asylum claims. The bill also would prevent the president from implementing any expansion of the deferred action program and provide funding for border security, law enforcement and humanitarian assistance activities. The cost of the legislation would be fully offset. This proposal is a reasonable approach that will address this problem more effectively than the classic Washington response of spending money in hopes of fixing a problem. I am disappointed that Harry Reid, once again, refused to allow consideration of any Republican ideas. Coats in the News Congress sends VA overhaul to White House <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwane.com% 2f2014%2f07%2f31%2f41052%2f> Senators press for carp-control measures <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.journ algazette.net%2farticle%2f20140731%2fLOCAL0202%2f140739872> Dan Coats: What we need to do with Putin, Ukraine <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.thest arpress.com%2farticle%2f20140730%2fOPINION%2f307300016%2fDan-Coats-What- we-need-do-Putin-Ukraine> Sen. Dan Coats Reacts to Russian Sanctions, Immigration Crisis <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.trist atehomepage.com%2fstory%2fd%2fstory%2fsen-dan-coats-reacts-to-russian-sa nctions-immigrat%2f26395%2fm1ofmUtlrkG4iWFditTUqw> Sen. Coats Votes for Improvements to VA Services <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2findianapu blicmedia.org%2fnews%2fsen-coats-votes-improvements-va-services-70120%2f > Immigration crisis brings sharp response from Indiana lawmakers <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2ffox59.com %2f2014%2f07%2f30%2fimmigration-crisis-brings-sharp-response-from-indian a-lawmakers%2f> Coats: Congress shouldn't wait to fix programs <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.kpcne ws.com%2fnews%2flatest%2feveningstar%2farticle_b007726b-c8eb-5089-bf23-3 2c7bb55c9fd.html> _____ Stay Connected <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.faceb ook.com%2fpages%2fSenator-Dan-Coats%2f180671148633644> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2ftwitter.c om%2fSenDanCoats> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.youtu be.com%2fSenatorCoats> _____ Coats with Hoosiers <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fphotos%2fjune-visits-with-hoosiers> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fphotos%2fcoats-tours-countrymark-refinery> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fphotos%2fcoats-tours-posey-county-flood-damage> _____ <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/Shigle yFamilyEdited.jpg> This week, the Shigley family from Indianapolis visited me during their travel to Washington. To unsubscribe please Click Here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fcontact%2fnewsletter%2funsubscribe> Contact Me <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fcontact%2f> Latest News <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2f> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/iqtrk. gif?crop=15854.16315718.5538461.7189397>
A message from Senator Dan Coats  

Dear Friend,

Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback.

Thanks for reading,
Dan Coats


Veterans Bill Passes Congress

In a 91 to 3 vote on Thursday, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation that will implement key changes to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical policies. A compromise between bills previously passed by the House and Senate, the legislation will allow veterans to seek private care if VA doctors are unable to treat patients within 30 days or if veterans live more than 40 miles away from a VA facility.

The legislation also includes a number of provisions that will provide needed reforms to the VA health care system. Increasing accountability and providing veterans facing unacceptable waits for VA medical care with the option to receive private-sector treatment are positive steps. I am hopeful that President Obama will swiftly sign it into law.

Earlier this week, I voted to confirm Bob McDonald, a Gary, Indiana native and former Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble, to serve as the next secretary of the VA. Passing this legislation and confirming a new VA secretary marks a turning point and a chance for a fresh start. We need to keep the promises our country has made to its veterans.

Throwing Money at the Border is the Wrong Solution

This week I voted against the Senate Democrat's $2.7 billion supplemental appropriations bill to address the crisis on the southern border of the United States.

The wrong solution to our border crisis is to throw money at the problem without addressing the policies that created this situation. This proposal will fail to stem the tide of children making the dangerous trek to the United States. The best way to stop this humanitarian crisis is to reunite these children with their families in their home countries. Taking this action will send a message and deter children from even starting the difficult journey to the United States.

I support an alternative proposal - the Protecting Children and America’s Homeland Act - that would make several changes to current immigration law to allow quicker repatriation of unaccompanied alien children while ensuring due process for asylum claims. The bill also would prevent the president from implementing any expansion of the deferred action program and provide funding for border security, law enforcement and humanitarian assistance activities. The cost of the legislation would be fully offset.

This proposal is a reasonable approach that will address this problem more effectively than the classic Washington response of spending money in hopes of fixing a problem. I am disappointed that Harry Reid, once again, refused to allow consideration of any Republican ideas.

Coats in the News

Congress sends VA overhaul to White House

Senators press for carp-control measures  

Dan Coats: What we need to do with Putin, Ukraine 

Sen. Dan Coats Reacts to Russian Sanctions, Immigration Crisis  

Sen. Coats Votes for Improvements to VA Services

Immigration crisis brings sharp response from Indiana lawmakers

Coats: Congress shouldn’t wait to fix programs 


  Stay Connected

      


Coats with Hoosiers


 

This week, the Shigley family from Indianapolis visited me during their travel to Washington.

   

To unsubscribe please
Click Here