America's Troops Get their Largest Raise in 8 Years

December 15, 2017
 

     

President Trump Signs 2018 NDAA into Law

On Tuesday, President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act(NDAA) into law. This bill, which I helped pass through the House in mid November, gives our troops their largest raise in eight years. 

The Constitution is clear - the number one responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense. This law does that - increasing the capability of each military branch so we are prepared against any and every threat we face around the world.  

It also secures lifetime benefits for the widows of our nation's veterans. 

Finally, Congress has enacted reforms to save taxpayers billions of dollars over the past few years. Those include improving the military health care system, reorganizing the defense bureaucracy, and changing the way the Pentagon buys supplies. This means that every dollar authorized to the military will be used to strengthen our national defense. 

This bill is a victory for our nation's security, and for all of our armed service men and women. And I'm proud to see the President sign it into law.

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Bringing Higher Education into the 21st Century

This week, the House Education and the Workforce Committee debated a bill to reauthorize theHigher Education Act.

As tuition rates continue to skyrocket across the country, outstanding student loan debt in the United States has exceeded $1 trillion. At the same time, there are 6 million unfilled skills-based jobs - a number expected to reach 11 million by 2022.

The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act aims to close these gaps. 

Critically, the PROSPER Act would increase non-traditional career and work study program options. It does this by doubling current funding for the Federal Work Study program and by lifting restrictions on students working at private sector companies, among other things. It also streamlines all federal student aid applications, bringing some much needed simplification to the FAFSA process. 

Finally, this proposal works to strengthen our workforce development programs by prioritizing industry-led "earn-and-learn" programs that lead to high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers. Ultimately, a 21st century Economy demands a 21st century education system. 

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Having Problems with the Postal Service or Another Federal Agency?

Leading up to the busy holiday season, staff members at my Roswell office have been helping people sort out some prolonged problems with the Postal Service.  

That includes mail not being delivered on time, mail being delivered to the wrong homes, packages being left on the side of the road, or in some cases, mail not being delivered at all. 

If you are experiencing similar issues, or if you need help with the Social Security Administration, IRS, or any other federal agency, please call my Roswell office at 770-998-0049.

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Join my Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday

Lastly, I'll be holding a telephone town hall next Tuesday, December 19, beginning at 6:15 PM. To participate in the call, please follow this link on Tuesday night. I look forward to speaking with you then!

Thank you, as always, for taking the time to read this note. To stay current on what's going on in Congress, please follow me on Twitter @RepKHandel. If you find this update helpful, please take a second to forward it along to a few of your friends.

And, as always, if you or your neighbors have any questions or concerns, please always feel free to call my Roswell office or my Washington office at (202) 225-4501.

Sincerely,
 
Karen C. Handel
Member of Congress