[nfbwatlk] {Disarmed} FW: 'No Child Left Behind' Overhaul Will Benefit Washington State Students and Schools

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October 24, 2011


'No Child Left Behind' Overhaul Will Benefit Washington State Students and
Schools 


This week, I worked hard to pass a major education bill through committee
that addresses the concerns that I have heard over and over from parents and
schools across Washington state  This bipartisan legislation is a strong
step in the right direction for Washington state students. Although it's not
perfect, it is the result of true bipartisan compromise. This legislation
builds on what is working in our schools, and it gives districts and schools
across our state the tools and flexibility they need to offer every student
the opportunity to get the education and skills they need to fill the jobs
of the 21 st century.

I am going to keep working to pass this bill into law and improve education
for students and schools in Washington state and across the country.  I
worked closely with my colleagues on the HELP committee as this legislation
was written, and a few key pieces are based on bills I have introduced,
including a comprehensive literacy section based on my LEARN
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Bringing Our Soldiers Home from Iraq 


On Friday, the President announced a full troop withdrawal from Iraq after
nine years of war there. The announcement marks a bittersweet milestone in a
war that has cost our nation dearly but has also repeatedly reminded us of
the courage, sacrifice, and selflessness of our nation's men and women in
uniform. Our troops and their families have done everything we've asked of
them and more. Now, more than ever, it's time to ensure that we are keeping
up our end of the promise to provide the health care, benefits, and
opportunities our service members deserve as they return from the
battlefields of Iraq to communities across Washington state and the nation. 


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WA Seniors, Veterans to Benefit from Cost of Living Adjustment         



Last week, it was announced that there will be an automatic cost-of-living
adjustment (COLA) of 3.6 percent for Social Security benefits beginning next
year. This is the first COLA since 2009. This is long-awaited good news for
Washington state seniors who, for the past few years, have been struggling
to make ends meet without an increase.  Social Security has provided
millions of seniors with a foundation of economic security and lifted
millions more out of poverty. This announcement shows our seniors that this
vital program is working for them at a time when they need it the most.

Veterans Sharing in Cost of Living Increase 

Last week I also helped pass a bill to provide a COLA adjustment for
America's veterans.  The Veterans COLA legislation, which I sponsored, will
affect several important benefits, including veterans' disability
compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses
and children.  It is projected that over 3.9 million veterans and survivors
will receive compensation benefits in Fiscal Year 2012.  A  cost-of-living
increase for our veterans is long overdue and well deserved. Particularly in
this difficult economy, our veterans deserve a boost in their benefits. This
is an important step for our veterans, especially on the heels of the news
that a COLA will be provided for the first time since 2009.

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President Obama's Jobs Bill


The Washington state families that are living this jobs crisis can't afford
politics as usual. When I talk to those who are searching every day for a
paycheck to support their families, it's clear that they don't care who gets
credit for job creation efforts or whose election chances it might bolster.
Their only questions are: 'Will it work?' 'Will it impact my life?' and
'When will I begin to see relief?'

Two weeks ago, President Obama introduced his plan for fixing America's jobs
crisis.  Unfortunately, the plan was voted down by Republicans in Congress.
Despite this setback we will not allow partisan politics to get in the way
of helping those who need it most.  That is why I am continuing to fight for
the plan the President has put forward - piece by piece if need be. I'm
going to continue to work to ensure we push job-creating measures, including
investing in repairing and rebuilding our crumbling and congested
infrastructure, hiring our nation's veterans, and retraining those workers
who were left behind by a recession they didn't cause but are still reeling
from.

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Calling on VA to Provide Critical Answers about Military Sexual Trauma Data


Last week, I joined my colleague U.S. Senator Jon Tester in sending a letter
to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Benefits Allison
Hickey about the critical need to clarify VA's disability claims process
related to Military Sexual Trauma (MST).  Far too many servicemembers, both
men and women, are returning home from service carrying the devastating
wounds that result from MST. After sacrificing so much to serve their
county, they often face tremendous challenges in obtaining the services and
benefits they desperately need.  That is why we urged VA to take further
action to ensure that veterans who suffer disabilities related to MST will
have their claims properly decided. Our letter requests explicit guarantees
that concerns about the ability to correctly identify and adjudicate claims
for disabilities based on MST are immediately addressed by Veterans Benefits
Administration.

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Speaking Out Against Bullying 


On Thursday, October 20 th, my staff and I wore purple in recognition of
Spirit Day and to speak out against the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender youth.

 
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2011 

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