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Received this e-mail today from Senator Mark Begich (D. AK):
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15:  Senate Budget Committee member Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) questions Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf during a full committee hearing on Capitol Hill November 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. Elmendorf presented the committee with the CBO's fiscal and legislative policy options for increasing economic growth and employment in 2012 and 2013, including increased aid to the unemployed, tax credits to lower and middle income households and reducing employees' payroll taxes.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Our veterans deserve the best -- I don’t think anyone questions that. Yet my plan to help veterans in Alaska and around the country is stalled right now in Washington. And there’s no excuse for not doing everything we can to get our veterans the best care available.

This is an issue that should be beyond politics. Ensuring veterans receive all the benefits they’ve earned should be part of the cost considered when we decide to go to war, because veterans and their families deal with those costs every day.

We need to live up to our promises and make it easier for veterans to access the care they need and have earned -- click here to show your support.

I’m proud of the plan we put together. It took a lot of hard work. But in the end it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. I don’t need to tell you how rarely that happens in Washington these days.

The only thing holding this up -- the only thing preventing us from doing better by our veterans right now -- is the Tea Party in Washington. And I can’t think of a good reason why they aren’t taking action.

Show that you support expanding veterans’ access to health care. Add your name to our petition.

I’m honored to hold seats on both the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and the conference committee that should be moving this bill forward. And I’m proud I can use that clout to help the veterans of Alaska.

But I’ll be really proud once we actually get this done -- once our veterans can access the care they deserve.

Thank you for your help.


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Originally posted to pdc on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 01:25 PM PDT.

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