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137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed – it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.

Doc Hastings

As efforts to fix this failure at the Veterans Administration continue, I also intend to persist in demanding answers and action on the establishment of a new clinic to serve the veterans in North Central Washington.

Doc Hastings

As long as every generation rises to its challenges and stands up in defense of liberty – as Americans have done in the past and as our men and women continue to do today – our nation will remain free and strong.

Doc Hastings

I am confident that in the end freedom and democracy will prevail over terror and tyranny. We will win this war on terror – and when we do Americans, the British, Iraqis, and people around the world will be more secure.

Doc Hastings

I hope that the Senate acts quickly to pass this legislation so that Americans will no longer worry about having to sell the family farm or business to pay taxes after the death of a loved one.

Doc Hastings

In 2001, Congress passed much needed tax relief to allow Americans to keep more of their hard earned money and spend it as they see fit – rather than how the federal government sees fit.

Doc Hastings

In addition to demanding answers and accountability from the Veterans Administration, Congress had to act to ensure veterans do not suffer because of the actions of a federal agency.

Doc Hastings

In mid-May, the House of Representatives approved the full amount of money that the Veterans Administration said was needed for next year – plus an additional $1 billion increase for veterans’ health care.

Doc Hastings

In remembering those who lost their lives in the London attacks and the September 11th attacks we continue our commitment to fighting for freedom, democracy and justice.

Doc Hastings

In six short years, small business owners and family farmers will once again be assessed a tax on the value of their property at the time of their death, despite having paid taxes throughout their lifetime.

Doc Hastings

In the over two centuries since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, millions of Americans have bravely served our nation in uniform so that all generations can continue to enjoy those same liberties.

Doc Hastings

In the summer of 1776 our Founding Fathers sought to secure our independence and the liberties that remain the foundation of our nation today.

Doc Hastings

Leaving Iraq without military assistance during its transition, and before it is stable enough to ensure its own citizens’ security, would pose a tremendous risk. We must complete our mission.

Doc Hastings

Like many Americans my thoughts and prayers are with the people of London. My deepest sympathies are extended to those who lost a loved one in the recent terror attacks.

Doc Hastings

Like the American soldiers who went before them, they are putting their lives on the line to protect ours.

Doc Hastings

Logan was talking about the Civil War, which claimed the lives of more than 500,000 Americans. He wanted to provide Civil War veterans with a day to pay respects to their fellow soldiers who did not live to see the end of the war, without losing a day’s pay.

Doc Hastings

Now Congress learns that the Veterans Administration failed to provide complete, accurate information on the money it needs for both this year and next year.

Doc Hastings

Our region’s economy was built upon their entrepreneurial spirit, and our economy still depends on the continued success of the enterprises they have worked so hard to create.

Doc Hastings

Since September 11th Congress has created the Department of Homeland Security, more than doubled the homeland security budget and implemented a bipartisan overhaul of our intelligence systems.

Doc Hastings

The men and women on the front lines of the war on terror continue to risk their lives to save ours – and for that we owe them a debt that we can never truly repay. Thanks to their efforts we have made tremendous progress. Yet, the job is not done.

Doc Hastings

The most basic obligation we have to our veterans is that we keep the promises that were made to them. That is what makes the recent failures of the Veterans Administration so shameful.

Doc Hastings

The need for this clinic is clear to me, to the veterans who are currently forced to travel hours to receive care, and even to the Veterans Administration that itself identified creation of a clinic in this part of our state as a priority to be completed by 2006.

Doc Hastings

The road ahead is not easy. Iraq is currently the center of the war on terror.

Doc Hastings

This is a form of double taxation and it’s simply unfair.

Doc Hastings

Those who committed these cowardly acts may believe that they have shaken our resolve to defeat terrorism. They could not be more wrong.

Doc Hastings

Unfortunately, actions taken by the Senate ensured that relief from the death tax would only be temporary and that it would come back to life at the full rate again in 2011.

Doc Hastings

V-J Day, or Victory in Japan Day, marks the date of the Japanese surrender that ended fighting in the Pacific.

Doc Hastings

We know we must win the war on terror to protect innocent people and the freedoms that define our way of life.

Doc Hastings

We owe our World War II veterans – and all our veterans – a debt we can never fully repay.

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We remain united with the British, and our allies around the world, in our resolve to defeat terrorism and bring those who commit these acts to justice.

Doc Hastings

We will never forget and we will not relent until our job is done.

Doc Hastings

With my support, the House of Representatives recently voted to permanently repeal the death tax so that family farms and businesses can be passed down to children and grandchildren.

Doc Hastings

With the permanent elimination of this tax, farmers and business owners will have the sense of security they need to plan for the financial future of their business or farm and their family.

Doc Hastings

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