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posted Mar 26

Not going down without a fight on these wrong-headed postal facility closures in Petaluma and Eureka!

On Feb. 1, Megan Brennan became the 74th postmaster general in U.S. history, and the first woman to hold that position. She has taken the helm of the U.S. Postal Service during a difficult time, as the ste

posted Mar 26

It’s a good day in the House of Representatives when something significant gets done; a great day when it gets done in an orderly, bipartisan way; and a spectacular day when it improves Medicare among other good things!  After years of short-term patches, gimmicks, and uncertainty, we permanently replaced the flawed “Sustainable Growth Ratio” that has kept healthcare providers in a state of limbo as to whether they could afford to continue seeing Medicare patients.  In addition to this so-called “Doc Fix,” we reauthorized the children’s health program for two more years, and I worked with a bipartisan group of colleagues to also include a 2-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools program which is critical to education in many parts of the North Coast.  This, along with the “clean” bipartisan Homeland Security reauthorization earlier this month, provides a template for how things could and should work in Congress.  Let’s hope it continues into the other big ticket issues coming our way—including raising the debt ceiling in the weeks ahead to ensure that our country continues paying its bills, and saving the Highway Trust Fund from insolvency by the end of May.

posted Mar 26

Good news for 1,700 veterans in remote, rural parts of my district!  After months of pushing the VA, they have agreed to change the way they calculate eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program—instead of 40 miles as the crow flies, they will look at actual miles driven to determine if veterans can see local health care providers instead of being required to schlep to a distant VA clinic.  This will make a real difference for lots of veterans in need of quality healthcare.

From Sea Ranch, it’s 60.6 miles to the nearest Department of Veterans

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