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Senate Proceeding on Nov 19th, 2009 :: 2:01:50 to 2:04:45
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Jon Tester

2:01:47 to 2:02:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: minutes to the senator from montana, senator tester. the presiding officer: the senator from montana is recognized. mr. tester: thank you, madam president. thank you, children aka. i rise this morning to your urge the senate to pass the caregivers and veterans omnibus caregivers act of chairman aka has done a great

Jon Tester

2:01:50 to 2:04:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jon Tester

Jon Tester

2:02:08 to 2:02:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: job explaing this bill. i thank him and senator byrd for their leadership in our committee. i can also echo explaining the reasons to vote for better health care for this country's veterans. down to one reason. mr. chairman, we promised t we promised it to all the men and women who served in our military.

Jon Tester

2:02:29 to 2:02:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: we promised it just as we promised our troops the resources they need when they're in battle. this isn't a and partisan singlship. it is about living up to the pledge that we veterans. montana is a rural state, which means that all 100,000 veterans there are rural veterans. many of them live in frontier

Jon Tester

2:02:50 to 2:03:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: communities. sadly, that means they have a tougher timeetting the health care they've earned. many of them still have to pay out-of-pocket travel expenses to get to a v.a. hospital. for their health care. you know, according to some studies, veteran whose live in rural america don't live as long as veterans who live in urban places. that's not only sad, it's

Jon Tester

2:03:12 to 2:03:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: disgraceful and it's unacceptable. this bill contains provisions that i included with the rural veterans and veteran service organizations in montana and a vote for this bill is a vote to give veterans in rural america and frontier communities better access to health care. a vote for this bill will lock in an acceptable v.a. mileage

Jon Tester

2:03:33 to 2:03:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: reimbursement rate for disabled veterans who have a lon distance to travel to get it a v.a. hospital. a vote for this bill will authorize the v.a. to award grants to veterans to their medical appointments. in a place like montana, we'd be in pretty tough shape without the dozens of volunteers who make that sort of thing happen.

Jon Tester

2:03:56 to 2:04:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: a vote for this bill will also improve health care in indian country and it will improve mental health care for rural veterans. last week over veterans day, i had the honor of attending events across montana. i had the opportunity to say "thank you" to our veterans, as we should do every day. a lot of veterans that i

Jon Tester

2:04:18 to 2:04:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: with last week made it clear -- made it clear to me -- that we still have a lot of work to do to live up to the promises that we've made to our fighting men and women. this all and end all, but it is a big step forward, and it is the result of putting politics aside and working together to do right by all the men and women who

Jon Tester

2:04:41 to 2:04:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: have served our country. mr. chairman, passing this legislation is laving up to a promise. it is common sense. and that's why i urge my

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