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Thursday – Nov 5, 2015
· Condolences To The Family Of Republican Legislator Jim Skelly who passed away peacefully on Nov 3. A visitation/rosary will be held from 6-8pm, Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at Messinger Indian School Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, AZ. Funeral mass will be held at 10 am Sat., Nov 7 at Our lady Of Perpetual Help, Scottsdale. Burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. A buffet reception will follow the burial at Our lady of Perpetual Help, Scottsdale, Parish Hall. Skelly ran for legislature in 1970 and served in the House for 20 years. His wife “St Joanie” passed away in Febr 2012. See obit: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=jim-skelly&pid=176341284&fhid=10180#sthash.1haJoRKd.dpuf
· Chins Are Still Wagging about Wednesday night’s Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Executive Guidance Committee (MCRC EGC) Donnybrook. The agenda didn’t list screaming, hollering, shouting matches, nor a failed attempt to pass a vote of no confidence resolution against chairman Tyler Bowyer-- but that’s what EGC members endured. “It was just awful… just awful,” confided one attendee. Emotions ran high during nearly an hour of chaos that ended in a ‘vote of confidence resolution’ tally that favored Chairman Tyler Bowyer by 15-14…one vote. See 11-4-15-briefs Witnesses say EGC Board Second Vice Chairman Aaron Borders lead the charge against Bowyer, backed by First Vice Chairman Jeni White. Rumors have sprouted that Borders and White might be asked to resign at the December EGC meeting. Borders presented a two page, single-spaced resolution listing some 19 complaint allegations regarding Bowyer’s leadership/ management techniques ranging from lack of communication with the EGC members to misrepresentation of the EGC. Some says Bowyers opponents arrived with prepared ballots before the lengthy resolution was brought to the floor. Reports had circulated Wednesday morning that Bowyers opponents wanted a ballot vote because some thought a voice or hand vote would fail. Others say Bowyers opponents lost votes because of unprofessional behavior. Regardless of whose version you chose to believe, the whole episode is an embarrassment to the party. It’s apparent that Bowyer needs to knock off with some of his shenanigans, start communicating better with his members, improve his management skills and that a parliamentarian, a Sgt at Arms and a security officer need to be in attendance in December. Those prone to screaming and yelling need to try a calm, professional manner. Bully tactics turn off your fellow Republicans. Dems must be laughing their heads off. – Editor Frosty Taylor
· And Turning To A Lighter Note, a reader asks if anyone had taken any photos showing the clown outfits hanging along the walls in the room where the upheaval occurred.
· MCRC EGC 2nd Vice Chairman Aaron Borders: I have fought hard against the political machine of John McCain my whole political life. He messed in my house race against me because I stood against him. Then to deflect by saying that John McCain put me up to this when I have already sent big checks to his most formidable opponent. It kind of grinds my gears. I just think that McCain and Trump are being used as tools to deflect true responsibility. See 11-4-15-briefs
· Tom Morrissey, Immediate Past Chairman AZ GOP: MCRC Chairman Tyler Bowyer beat back another underhanded attempt by the establishment to take control of the party and stop the conservative momentum which is gaining ground thanks to the efforts of grassroots groups like the Tea Party and AzRA and as a result, now within our party. This was very reminiscent of the moves made against me when I was State Chair by the same contingent. The only difference this time was that they are more open as to who is doing what. But it is the same old, same old. The establishment believes that they and they alone have all the answers and the right to control the GOP. Fact is, that is not an absolute and the ground is moving under their feet and it’s not moving in their direction. They should take a close look at what just happened in Kentucky and Virginia (again). Their champions are going down because conservatism is no longer contained within the boundaries of a party it is now awake and has become the movement it must be, to turn this country around. We ALL make mistakes and Tyler is no exception, but his heart and principles are solid as he does the very difficult job of chairman. I made mistakes as well but in the end WE were extremely successful in the elections of 2012 despite the attacks on us by the establishment. Go Tyler! And Trump, Carson and Cruz!
· Aaron Gidwani, MCRC Western PC Coordinator and LD30 State Committeeman, has accepted a position with Concerned American Voters PAC supporting Senator Rand Paul. “I am humbled and grateful to work for a candidate who inspires daily and challenges the status quo to uphold the Constitution and defend our civil liberties. I will fight daily to bring the message of hope to those who search for viable public policy solutions for 2016,” said Gidwani
· Glenn Beck Reported The Benghazi Gun Runner Story 2 Years Ago. He was called crazy. Benghazi was an arms for insurgents covert CIA operations headquarters. What was an Ambassador doing in the middle of a hot CIA covert arms swap camp? And what were we doing swapping arms for insurgents? Don’t we all remember Ollie North? See ColRobManess/videos/
· Veteran Lance Whitford of Vets2work.us needs a couple of volunteers to help transport the unemployed veterans he has hired for Fri, Nov 6 and Sat., Nov 7. Contact him at 928-499-8391. Vets-2-Work is a local-vet-work-30 jobs in 30 days to help others veterans get hired as part of a campaign called Operation Serving Our Community. Whitford connects veterans to businesses who want to hire veterans. The week of Nov 6-10, he will use the money he makes for all of his daily jobs to hire veterans for ‘Operation Serving Our Community’ to do projects throughout the Valley.
· Building Homes for Heroes will present the keys to a refurbished home to medically retired US Army Combat Medic Spc Mason Steill at 11 am., Nov 7 at 3416 E Clifton Ave.,Gilbert, AZ 85297. Steill, is the grandson of Candy Steill, who works for Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman (District 4). Mason enlisted in the US Army in Chandler in 2009 for the benefits the GI Bill offers that would allow him to continue his college education – four years of service as a combat medic rather than take ono numerous student loans. Mason, 25, was critically injured by a IED in Afghanistan on June 1, 2012, then spent 2 ½ years in the hospital and is now under the VA system in Arizona. He has received numerous US Army medal, including the Purple Heart. Event contact call 516-684-9220 or go to www.buildinghomesforheroes.org
· Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell today released an update to the election results for the 2015 Jurisdictional Election. Approximately 365,600 early ballots were returned by mail close to Election Day and approximately 16,000 dropped off at the polls on Election Day. An estimated 31,000 early ballots remained to be processed and tabulated after Election Day. Yesterday, we tabulated 11,400 early ballots. Today and additional 19,300 early ballots were tabulated. Purcell estimates there are approximately 2,800 provisional ballots which are being processed. Those that are verified will be tabulated tomorrow. Final results will be posted Friday evening. For updated election results visit: http://recorder.maricopa.gov/electionresults/ . - See more at: http://www.maricopa.gov/pr_detail.aspx?releaseID=3082#sthash.fknQpn7S.dpuf
· The Prescott Valley Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 pm., Mon, Nov 9 at the Prescott Valley Library auditorium, 7401 E Civic Circle. www.pvaz.net/
· The Kelli Ward for Senate Rally To Honor Veterans is scheduled between 4-6 pm., Mon., Nov 9 at the Steele Indian School Park, 300 E Indian School, Phoenix. RSVP by Sunday to attend. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Arizona Project will feature incumbent Scottsdale City Councilman Guy Phillips at the 6:30 pm., Mon., Nov 9 meeting at 3375 E Shea Blvd. Contact Chairman Ron Ludders at 602-677-1496.
· The Arizona Projects’ Annual Christmas Party is scheduled for Mon, Dec 7 at the office, 3375 E Shea Blvd, Phx. Contact Chairman Ron Ludders at 602-677-1496.
· The Arizona National Guard will host the inaugural Gunfighter Fly-in at Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Ariz., through Nov. 6. Seven of the eight states in the National Guard that operate AH-64D Apache helicopters - Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, North Carolina, South Caroline, Texas, and Utah-will send two of their best company grade Apache crews to participate in the four-day event. The crews will compete head-to-head in the Gunfighter Fly-In competition, which includes a variety of scored flying and gunnery scenarios. Top teams will receive awards for their performance and bragging rights for their state.
· Services for LD13 Rep Steve Montenegro’s mother Mercedes Armida Montenegro Memorial. Services will be held at 11 am, Sat., Nov 7 at Radiant Church, 15522 W Paradise Lane, Surprise, AZ 85374. A “Home Going” Service will also be held at 10 am (coffee reception at 9 am), Sun., Nov 8 at the Surprise Apostolic Church, 12420 W Paradise Lane, Surprise, AZ 85378. Funeral Procession begins at 1 pm., Sun., Nov 8 from Surprise Apostolic Church to resting place (location pending.) In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for financial support, to help with the costs of medical bills and funeral expenses. Donations: www.FundArmida.com electronically or mail to Mercedes Montenegro Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2275 Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. You can also give at any Wells Fargo Bank Mercedes Armida Montenegro (Memorial Fund) Account Number: 3993737836.
· The Highway 69 Republicans will gather at 6 pm., Mon., Nov 9 ” in the rear dining room of the Puerta Vallarta Restaurant, 11901 E Hwy 69, Dewey, AZ 86327 to hear newly elected Yavapai County Republican Committee Chairman Mark Sensmeier talk about “How Republicans Can Work Together For The Betterment Of The Party And Country. Park at the rear of the green building. Question and Answer period to follow presentation. 5 pm social hour. RSVP for seating to June 899-3150 or email@example.com http://www.highway69republicans.com
· Volunteers Are Needed For The 13th Annual American Heritage Festival scheduled Nov 19-21 at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek! The AHF is the largest educational, living history event in the Southwestern US and is educationally focused for all ages. See Three Minutes of History video here! Needed:
1. Modern volunteers to help with various positions while dressed in their own casual, comfortable modern clothing.
2. Volunteers (ages 13 and up) who would like to be part of demonstrations in training recruits for the American Revolution and the Civil War enactment. AHF supplies uniforms and equipment for history training, including battle scenarios once you are trained. A few ladies are also needed to help with fashion and education scenes. To volunteer: email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your area of interest or see website www.familyfriendlyreenacting.com www.revolutionarywarreenacting.com For general see www.americanheritagefestival.com
· Friday, Nov 6 Is The Reservations Deadline for the Nov 11 Arrowhead Republican Women’s luncheon at the Briarwood Country Club, to hear Supt of Public Education Diane Douglas. RSVP: - http://arrowheadrw.weebly.com/luncheons See calendar for details.
· David Pizer of Yavapai County - the newest announced senate candidate - is looking for a campaign manager or consultant. Pizer can be reached at 602 790-8800.
· Arrowhead Republican Women are planning their annual membership tea from 11 am-1 pm., Wed., Feb 3 at the home of Gherrie Routzahn featuring incoming Arizona Federation of Republican Women (AzFRW) President Loraine Pellegrino and past National Federation of Republican Women President Rae Chornenky.
· Volunteers Are Needed For The Ted Cruz booth at the Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts between 10 am and 5 pm, Nov 13, 14, & 15. Contact LD15 PC Jackie Phillips at email@example.com or call 602-218-8855 .
· Arizona Citizens Defense League: The end of “instant” background checks? On Wednesday, October 28, Senate Democrats promised to file legislation that would eliminate the concept of “instant” in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Currently if the FBI does not complete a NICS check within 72 hours (the federal definition of “instant”) the retailer may proceed with the sale. Under the proposed legislation a retailer cannot transfer a firearm without FBI approval no matter how long it takes. Imagine what a President with “a pen and a phone” and carte blanche over NICS processing times could do with this new authority?
Could this proposed legislation pass given the make-up of the federal House and Senate? With the “whatever Obama wants, Obama gets” attitude of the spineless Republican leadership in both chambers, we’re not sure it would be stopped.
It’s time to rattle some cages. In 2013, AzCDL joined the National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban, composed primarily of independent, non-affiliated, state pro-rights firearms organizations. It is not controlled by any national organization. The Coalition represents what politicians should fear the most – An organized grassroots movement to defend the Second Amendment.
To remind federal politicians who they work for, the Coalition has set up an online petition, to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, demanding that they “use all means, procedural or substantive, to defeat any legislation introduced or amended to curtail, restrict or qualify private ownership of firearms, and to oppose any executive order issued to that end.”
We encourage you to join us and add your name to the Coalition petition. These alerts are a project of the Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization.
· The Arizona State Legislature concluded its special session last week and referred an education-related constitutional amendment to the ballot. The ballot measure has been assigned Proposition 123 and the special election will be held on May 17, 2016, according to Matt Roberts, Director of Communications for Secretary of State Michele Reagan. The legislature appropriated $9.3 million to cover the election-related hard costs for the special election. Contact Roberts at (602) 542-2228.
· Dr. Carl Goldberg is offering a 6-hour course on "What Non-Moslems Need to Know about Islam" in the PORA Adult Learning Center, 13815 Camino del sol, Sun City West in two-hours segments from 1-3 pm, Wed., Nov 4 (part 1), Nov 8 (part 2) and Dec 2 (part 3). Register: 623-242-6864 firstname.lastname@example.org www.poraadultlearning.org
· The Arrowhead Republican Women’s annual Christmas Party is scheduled at 11:30 a.m., Sat., Dec 12 at the Briarwood Country Club. Theme Bling Bingo. $25 per luncheon, including Bling Bingo. Details tba.
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· Grande Valley Republican Women meet at 5:30 pm at Tommy’s Bistro Garden 913 8th Street . Casa Grande.
· The SaddleBrooke Republican Club (Tucson) will meet at 10:30 am., Fri., Nov 6 in the lower level Coyote Room at the HOA#1 SaddleBrooke Club House to learn about the proposed Medical Marijuana Off-Site Cultivation in Pinal County from Adam Trenk, project manager team of the Rose Law Group, and Applicant/owner Sean Dugan, owner/operator of Sidewinder Dairy. Doors open at 10:15 am. Contact:
Vice President Communications Neil Macdonald email@example.com
· The Sun City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30 am., Sat., Nov 7 to elect new officers and hear presentations by State Treasurer Jeff DeWit on his duties and the condition of the state’s finances and former Sen Russell Pearce, author of SB1070 that addressed illegal immigration. Doors open at 8 am with coffee and donuts. $2 admission fee to cover rental expenses. The meeting is scheduled in the Quail Room of the Sun City West Foundations Building , 14465 R H Johnson Blvd. Sun City West Arizona. Contact: John Neal firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Tempe Republican Women are hosting another packing party from 10:30 am-12:30 pm., Nov 7 to prepare care packages for troops at 1201 S 7th Ave # 50, Phoenix, AZ 85007. RSVP Here!
· The 11th Annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade, honoring Korean War Veterans, will begin at 10 am., Nov 7 in Anthem, sponsored by the Daisy Mountain Veterans -- an alliance of members of the America Legion Post 128, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12031 www.daisymtnvets.org Parade route begins at Gavilan Peak Parkway and ends at the Community Center. "On the 65th anniversary of the Korean War, we honor the services and sacrifices of Korean War veterans. Please join us at this year's parade," said Lance Sherwood, parade co-chair. Contact: email@example.com. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
· The Alex Meluskey For Senate Campaign has a new campaign headquarters, at 10603 N. Hayden Rd. Suite 110. Scottsdale, AZ 85260. There will be a grand opening “Open House” on Nov 7, preceded by a press conference and open interviews with Meluskey. Contact: Comm Dir Joel Andrews Frewa www.Meluskey.com JoelFrewa (954) 907-3292.
· Congressman Paul Gosar has scheduled Town Halls at 6 pm, Nov 9 in Prescott and Dec 14 in Kingman. Details are www.GOSAR.house.gov or call 480-0882-2697.
· LD 29 will meet at 7 pm., Mon, Nov 9, at 12836 W Colter St, Litchfield Park, 85340. 6 pm social. Senate candidates Alex Meluskey and Claire Van Steenwyk will be in attendance. Contact Chairman Alan Gaugert email@example.com 623-330-3622.
· Western Pinal County Chapter Of AZRA meets at 408 N. Sacaton St. Ste. II, Casa Grande, AZ. (SE corner of W Florence Blvd. and N Sacaton St, Casa Grande. Guest Speaker: Craig McFarland, Candidate for Mayor Casa Grande.
· LD1 will meet at 7 pm., Mon., Nov 9 to hear Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the Desert Hills Community Church, 34835 N. 7th St., Phx 85086 (7th St. and Carefree Hwy). Contact: LD Chr Cathy Schwanke firstname.lastname@example.org LD1AZGOPMC.COM
· A Three-5 Mile Hike is scheduled at 9 Am, Nov 9 in the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, 44000 N. Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 with a park docent. Bring water and a snack Wear sturdy shoes Meet in the Spur Cross parking area Ph: 480-488-6601 email@example.com Ph: 480-488-6601,
· The Western Pinal County Chapter of The Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA) will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., Nov 9 in a new location - 408 N. Sacaton St. Ste. II, Casa Grande, AZ. (SE corner of W Florence Blvd. and N Sacaton St,) to hear Craig McFarland candidate for Mayor of Casa Grande. McFarland is a retired Corporate VP of Sales for Golden Eagle Distributors. Contact: Secretary Jason Hayes, 202-394-7202 firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
· The Sun Lakes Republican Club will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., Nov10 to hear Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery discuss ‘Crime and Punishment 2015’ in the Arizona Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 S Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. Rep JD Mesnard will provide an update on election news. Contact: Chr Mike Tennant at a480-802-0178.
· LD 13 will meet at 7 pm, Tues., Nov 10 in the Sahuaro Room at the Wigwam, 300 E Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 with registration starting at 6:30pm. Note change of location for meeting. Guest Speaker: Secretary of State Michelle Reagan. Pictures will be taken of each individual LD 13 PC present for your name badge. Contact: Wally Campbell, LD 13 Chairman at 623-451-1100.
· Congressmen Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Martha McSally, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert are hosting a reception honoring House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at 4 pm., Tues., Nov 10, followed by a 5 pm round table discussion, a 5:30 pm host committee reception, and general reception at the home or Robert and Penny Sarver, 5710 N Yucca Road, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Requested contribution Round-table - $10,000 per person, $5,000 per person or PAC general reception, $500 per person or PAC. RSVP to Lindsey Seitchik at 480-494-5784 .
· Superstition Mountain Republican Club meets 6:30pm at Road Haven Mobile Park, Apache Junction.
· The Arrowhead Republican Women will meet Wed., Nov 11 at Briarwood Country Club, 135th Ave/Meeker Blvd, Sun City West to hear Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas address the state’s educational issues. Adults only (no children), no jeans. $20 per lunch. Reservation deadline – noon Fri., Nov 6 to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Lezlee Alexander at 602-354-5224.
· Dr. Kelli Ward, Candidate for US Senate in 2016 will speak to the Saddlebrooke Republican Club between 3:45-5 pm, Wed., Nov11 at the Mountain View Country Club at SaddleBrooke Two, 38759 S Mountain View Blvd, Tucson, Arizona 85739. To schedule a presentation contact Jason Hayes - Central District Campaign Director, Kelli Ward for US Senate Campaign email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org 202-394-7202 www.kelliward.com
· The SaddleBrooke Republican Club Annual General/Membership meeting is scheduled a t 4 pm., Nov 11 at the Mountain View Ballroom. Doors open at 3.30 pm. 4 pm member vote and acceptance by the membership, of the Board approved new nominations. Speaker: US Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward, who is currently an Arizona State Senator, who is running against incumbent Sen John McCain. The second speaker is Quang Nguyen, who migrated to the US after the communist take-over of the Republic of South Vietnam in April of 1975. Contact: Vice President Neil Macdonald email@example.com
· A Two-Hour Exploratory Hike is scheduled at 9 am., Wed., Nov 11 in the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, 44000 N. Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 480-488-6601
· The Pima County Republican Executive Committee will meet at 5:30 pm., Thurs., Nov 12 at 17 W. Wetmore, Suite 300, Tucson, AZ 85705. Contact: Phone: (520) 321-1492 email@example.com
· LD14 will meet at 9:30 am., Sat., Nov 13 in the Benson City Council Chambers, 120 W 6th St., Benson. Sign ins opens at 9 am. Speaker Kale Kiyabu will address the "CON" Argument to the Convention of States. Contact LD14 Sec. Maureen Tozzi 520.429.1395
· The Deer Valley Tea Party Patriots meet at 6:30 pm, Nov 13 and Nov 27 at the Deer Valley Airport Restaurant (Except for holiday weekends) Meals served in meeting room if desired. (2nd and 4th Fridays). Leader: Bob Stannard, 602-531-0250.
· The Newly Formed Chicken Soup Tea Party will meet at 6 pm., Fri., Nov 13 at the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, 350 N Haskell Ave, Willcox, AZ 85643. LDl4 GOP activist and Chicken Soup Founder Peggy Judd says, “This will be a new kind of Tea Party meeting, where we are no longer protesting the actions of an overbearing government, but looking for ways we can be the solution, right here in our own communities and around the world. Prepare to come with your stories and ideas for “making a difference” and share them with the group. We will learn about running for public office and also learn about ways to serve the needy in our community.” She requests each attendee to donate a can of chicken soup that we will deliver to the local food pantry. Contact: Peggy Judd 520 507-1735
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· Congressman Matt Salmon: Shrink Our Spending Initiative Bill #1:End Federal Subsidies To Amtrak - "Amtrak, the government's perpetually uncompetitive railroad company, is praised by some as preserving passenger rail service in the United States. Unfortunately, Americans have voted with their dollars that they would prefer almost any other method of transportation to trains in most instances. America offers a robust market with numerous other transportation companies, with bountiful providers of air and land travel at competitive prices. Conversely, the market for train service is so abysmal that the only way a national provider can continue to exist is by leeching funds from the U.S. taxpayer. Our nation is a nation of innovation and creative destruction. It's time for Congress to get out of the railroad business and allow private companies to operate rail service where the market will freely support such a service instead of wasting funds where it can't compete with the countless other options available to our citizens." – Read More About Bill #1
· Sen John McCain , Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Senate Democrats voting today to block consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Defense Appropriations Bill: “For the third time this year, Senate Democrats have blocked vital legislation to give the men and women in our military the funding they need to defend the nation. Even after a bipartisan budget deal was passed and signed, Senate Democrats still can’t say yes to our troops. It seems Senate Democrats always find an excuse not to support funding our national defense. There is always some negotiating stance to defend, some procedural quibble to make, some domestic spending priority that is more important. Senate Democrats’ treatment of our national defense as little more than political leverage has become disturbingly routine, and it’s a shameful departure from the bipartisan tradition of providing for the common defense.”
· Sen John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Senate Democrats blocking consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Defense Appropriations Bill for the third time this year: “Earlier today, Senate Democrats blocked consideration of the defense appropriations bill for the third time this year, vital legislation to give the men and women in our military the funding they need to defend the nation. Then in a stunning display of confused priorities, Senate Democrats voted unanimously to consider an appropriations bill for military construction. With Veterans Day less than a week away, Senate Democrats must explain why they are willing to take better care of military buildings than military personnel, and why they believe military construction in their states is more worthy of funding than support for our troops and the defense of the nation.” Senate floor here.
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