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Senate Proceeding on Nov 6th, 2009 :: 0:53:20 to 0:56:10
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Jon Tester

0:53:16 to 0:53:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: will call the roll. a senator: mr. president chairman? senator from montana. a senator: i'd ask unanimous consent that the quorum vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. tester: mr. president chairman, i ask -- mr. chairman, i ask unanimous consent to speak as if in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. tester: thank you, mr. president. i rise to join with the chairman

Jon Tester

0:53:20 to 0:56:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jon Tester

Jon Tester

0:53:37 to 0:53:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: of the veterans' affairs committee to urge passage of s. 1963. this bill contains the veterans health care improvement act, a bipartisan measure, that will make countless improvements for v.a. and veterans in most rural places in this country. this bill locks in

Jon Tester

0:53:58 to 0:54:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: reimbursement rates for veterans who have to travel long diances to get to a v.a. clinic. it gives greater authority to develop new strategies to address the mental health needs of oif and i.e.f. veterans in highly rural areas where access to health care is an enormous challenge. i'm also pleased that the bill

Jon Tester

0:54:21 to 0:54:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: authorized hiring of coordinators to prioritize the needs of our country's 184,000 american indian veterans. most of these veterans are located in just a few states. the bill will giveolks who understand the unique needs of tribal veterans to the areas that need them the most. i am honored that we're able to get strong support across the veterans acommunity for this

Jon Tester

0:54:42 to 0:55:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: bill and i tnk it will help a lot of rural veterans if we just get this bill passed. when someone puts their line on the line to defend this country, they have earned health care, education benefits, and disability benefits, if need. america's responsibility to honor the promise of our veterans should not depend on whether the veteran lives in an

Jon Tester

0:55:03 to 0:55:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: urban area, but too often is that still the case. this bill helps to address some of the inequalities facing rural veterans. this bill was approved by -- was approved unanimously by the v.a. committee just before memorial day. it is now almost veterans day.

Jon Tester

0:55:24 to 0:55:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: we can do better by folks who have served our country and settled down in rural america. let's not stand away -- let's not stand in the way of better v.a. services for rural veterans. mr. president, i understand that there's been a hold put on this bill. our veterans are too important

Jon Tester

0:55:45 to 0:56:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: to p the fact of the matter is our veterans are folks who i've said in my comments that have sthoifd country so very, very well -- served this country so very, very well, we need to step up to the plate and serve them in the best way that they served us. live up to our promises, live up to our obligations, to the veterans of this country.

Jon Tester

0:56:06 to 0:56:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: mr. president, i would encourage this senate to pass this bill

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