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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today released the following statement after being selected to serve on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees intelligence activities and programs of the United States Government:

“Our nation’s intelligence community helps protect the U.S. from potential threats and inform elected officials on how to protect our national security. Overseeing the nation’s 17 agencies that comprise the intelligence community, whose work must remain out of public view, is essential to the health of our democracy. My responsibility is to make certain covert activities adhere to the law and our nation’s secrets are appropriately protected, as well as to support the patriotic men and women who serve our nation in the shadows. I am honored to be chosen to serve on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and will work to strengthen our national security and intelligence capabilities.”

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Sen. Moran Appointed to Influential Committees for 118th Congress

Sen. Moran Continues in Key Role as Republican Leader on Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Joins Intelligence Committee

Feb 02 2023

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today announced his committee assignments for the 118th Congress. Sen. Moran will continue serving as the lead Republican on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC) in addition to a new committee assignment as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). Sen. Moran will serve on the following committees for the 118th Congress:

  • U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (Ranking Member)

“I am honored to continue serving as the lead Republican on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and remain committed to making certain our veterans have the health care, resources and benefits necessary for them to achieve success after service,” said Sen. Moran. “I will continue to use my position on these influential committees to serve and advocate for Kansans from all backgrounds and career fields, including our state’s farmers, small business owners, veterans, manufacturers, students and parents.”

Sen. Moran will continue his role on the powerful Appropriations Committee where he has made it a priority to provide farmers and ranchers with the resources they need to feed the world and make certain Kansas military bases – Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth and McConnell Air Force Base – receive the support, resources and supplies needed to play a leading role in defending our country. In addition, Sen. Moran remains committed to providing law enforcement officers with the tools they need to perform their responsibilities of keeping our communities. This committee also allows the senator to continue bolstering medical research to save and improve lives and maintaining our country’s role as a leader in medical innovation on the world’s stage. In this role, Sen. Moran will also continue advocating for support to NASA, promote STEM education through museums such as the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson and advance our nation’s goal of returning American astronauts to the Moon.

Sen. Moran will continue serving on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, allowing him to support aviation, aerospace and aviation manufacturing industries which are vital to our state. In addition, this committee oversees the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), providing critical reforms to the FAA. In Kansas, aviation and aviation-related activities support more than 90,000 jobs, making it a crucial industry for the state. The Commerce Committee plays an essential role in maintaining and advancing a thriving economy, and provides Sen. Moran the opportunity to advocate for improvements to highways, rail, shipping, space, interstate commerce, consumer issues, economic development, technology and product safety. Through this committee, Sen. Moran will also continue to work to bridge the digital divide and increase rural connectivity through oversight of federal broadband deployment programs.

As a member of the Intelligence Committee, Sen. Moran will have the opportunity to work on a number of sensitive and pressing issues facing our country’s national security, including continued threats from foreign powers, non-state actors and transnational threats. In his role on the Intelligence Committee, he will provide critical legislative oversight of U.S. intelligence activities and programs in order to make certain these functions conform to the Constitution and laws of our nation.

Sen. Moran has worked throughout his time in Congress to improve the quality of life for the nearly 250,000 veterans living in Kansas. He has served on both the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees and served as chairman of the committee. He will continue his service in the 118th Congress as the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. In this role, he will build on previous legislative accomplishments including the SFC Heath Robinson PACT Act, delivering toxic-exposed veterans with their earned health care and benefits; the John Scott Hannon Act, bolstering veterans’ access to mental health and suicide prevention resources; and the VA MISSION Act, empowering veterans and providing them with the timely and quality care they deserve.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) – members on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC) – recently introduced the Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act. This legislation would expand community-based services for aging veterans as well as improve VA support for veterans and caregivers of all ages.

The Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act exemplifies Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s passion for supporting veterans and their caregivers by expanding access to home and community-based care programs for veterans, increasing support for noninstitutional care, assessing VA’s caregiver and long-term care programs and more.

“Senator Elizabeth Dole represents the millions of caregivers who have worked behind the scenes to care for our nation’s veterans who are impacted by advanced age or catastrophic injuries,” said Sen. Moran, ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “Caregivers help veterans maintain their independence and stay in their own homes in their own communities for as long as possible as they age. The Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act expands access to home and community-based services. It is fitting we name this legislation after an honorary Kansan – Elizabeth Dole – who has worked as an advocate to honor and recognize our veterans and their caregivers.”

“In rural states like Montana where folks often have to travel great distances for health care services, making sure our aging and disabled veterans have access to convenient and quality long-term care options is critical,” said Sen. Tester, chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “That’s why I’m proud to join my colleagues in our bipartisan effort to provide veterans the flexibility to be cared for by their loved ones or providers of their choosing, from the comfort of their own home.”

“Caregivers provide invaluable support to veterans – helping to ensure that they can maintain their independence and stay active in our communities,” said Sen. Hassan. “The Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act helps recognize the vital work of caregivers, while also expanding home and community-based services for our country’s veterans. This bipartisan bill is an important way to support veterans so that they can live healthy and dignified lives and recognizes the extraordinary sacrifices that they and their families have made to keep us safe, secure, and free.”

“Senators Moran and Tester are longstanding champions of military caregivers and have brought caregiver issues to the forefront as leaders of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee over the last decade,” said Steve Schwab, CEO, Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “We are heartened by the 118th Congress's dedication to this critical population and continue to urge Congress to provide caregivers with the support and relief they deserve."

Sens. Moran, Tester and Hassan also introduced this legislation in the 117th Congress.

The Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act:

  • Increases the expenditure cap for noninstitutional care alternative programs from 65 percent to 100 percent of nursing home care costs;
  • Expands access to home and community-based alternative care programs to veterans at all VA medical facilities, as well as to veterans living in U.S. territories and Native veterans enrolled in IHS or tribal health programs;
  • Requires the creation of a centralized website to disseminate information and resources related to home and community-based programs and help veterans and caregivers determine their eligibility;
  • Requires VA to review staffing and resource needs, accessibility, and other aspects of the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care and Caregiver Support Program Office to make certain they are appropriately serving veterans and caregivers;
  • Creates a pilot program to provide home health aide services for veterans that reside in communities with a shortage of home health aides; and
  • Requires VA to establish a warm handoff process for veterans and caregivers who are discharged from or ineligible for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee – today introduced legislation to improve the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) by creating fair and commonsense processes for evaluating and assessing veterans who need a caregiver and providing additional support to caregivers themselves.  

The Reinforcing Enhanced Support through Promoting Equity for Caregivers Today (RESPECT) Act would amend the PCAFC to make certain mental health professionals and neurological specialists participate in the evaluation and assessment process for veterans. Additionally, this bill would create an assessment waiver process for caregivers of veterans with chronic or degenerative conditions. The RESPECT Act would also make certain caregivers have access to valuable mental health resources in the community.

“Our nation’s veterans, who require a caregiver because of a mental health condition or brain injury, deserve an evaluation and assessment process that works for them, and their caregivers deserve support as close to home as possible,” said. Sen. Moran. “Receiving input from a veteran’s previous health care provider and providing access to a thorough history of a veteran’s treatment will help the VA provide timely resources to veterans, and allowing caregivers to seek mental health care outside of VA will help them stay healthy, strong and able to continue supporting their veteran loved ones. The RESPECT Act was born out of conversations with Kansas veterans and caregivers, and I am glad that I could take their concerns back to the Senate and make meaningful change on their behalf. ”

Sen. Moran previously introduced this legislation in the 117th Congress.

The RESPECT Act would:

  • Require VA to include qualified mental health professionals and neurological specialists in the evaluation, review and assessment process for veterans enrolling in PCAFC.
  • Require VA to create a process and requirements for treating clinicians to properly document certain mental health episodes when eligible veterans present at VA medical facilities and to ensure such documentation is shared with the PCAFC.
  • Allow caregivers to seek mental health support outside VA while establishing a grant program to ensure capacity in the community for caregivers.
  • Require VA to take non-department documents and medical records into account when determining eligibility.
  • Require VA to consult with treating providers to determine an appropriate time limit for active veteran participation during any given 24-hour period within the assessment process.
  • Clarify portions of the assessment and evaluation process that solely require caregiver participation can be conducted without requiring the veteran to be present.
  • Create a “duty to assist” similar to the Veterans Benefits Administration duty to assist and requires VA to make a good faith effort to assist the veteran in obtaining supporting documents within and outside of VA.
  • Create an assessment waiver in instances where a participating veteran’s serious injury is due to a chronic or degenerative condition and there is a high probability that the veteran’s dependency on personal services will not diminish.
  • Requires the Comptroller General to submit a report to Congress on the options for mental health support for veteran caregivers.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – co-chair of the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus and member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation with jurisdiction over the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – along with Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) introduced legislation this week to study and help prevent FAA system outages.

On January 11, 2023, the FAA’s Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system failed, grounding flights nationwide. The senator’s legislation, the NOTAM Improvement Act, would require the FAA to establish a task force to strengthen the resiliency and cybersecurity of the NOTAM system, which alerts pilots of safety and location hazards on flight routes. U.S. Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives earlier this month.

“The FAA has a responsibility to make certain air travel in the U.S. is as safe and efficient as possible,” said Sen. Moran. “The complete failure of the NOTAM system stranded millions of Americans and was a warning of the need to strengthen and modernize our air travel system. This legislation will help meet the demands of 21st century travel and help prevent a similar failure in the future.”

“Travelers in the United States deserve safe and dependable air travel service, not nationwide ground stops caused by system failures,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “By upgrading and modernizing the FAA’s NOTAM system, our bipartisan legislation would improve aviation safety and prevent system outages from derailing travel. As co-chair of the bipartisan Travel and Tourism Caucus, I look forward to working with Representative Stauber and my colleagues in the Senate to advance this bill and strengthen our air travel infrastructure.”

“After the Notice to Air Missions system failure grounded air traffic in the United States on January 11th, it is imperative that a group of aviation experts be assembled to look at ways to improve this vital safety system,” said Sen. Capito. “That’s exactly what our legislation would do, and I am proud to help lead this effort that will help strengthen the NOTAM system for pilots and essential personnel. I look forward to working with my colleagues to get this bill passed quickly and sent to the president’s desk.”

The task force would be comprised of representatives from air carriers, airports, airline pilots, aircraft dispatchers, air traffic control specialists and FAA personnel unions, general and business aviation representatives, as well as aviation safety and cybersecurity experts.

Earlier this month, Sens. Moran and Klobuchar spoke with FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen following the NOTAM system failure to discuss his agency’s efforts to identify the factors behind the system outage and prevent similar breakdowns from happening again.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined his colleagues this week in introducing legislation that would prohibit the sale of American crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to any company under the control of the Chinese Communist Party.

The Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act would also prohibit the export of any crude oil from the SPR to China. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed similar legislation with overwhelming, bipartisan support.

“After high inflation and crippling energy policies contributed to record-high gas prices, the Biden administration chose to release oil from the nation’s emergency supply,” said Sen. Moran. “Rather than unleashing American energy production, the Biden administration sold American crude oil from the SPR to the Chinese Communist Party. This decision has left our emergency energy supply critically low, risking our national security and aiding the Chinese government.”

In order to stem rising fuel prices, the Biden administration released more than 250 million barrels of oil from the SPR, which was created to store oil in the event of an emergency or natural disaster disrupting oil and gas production. As a result of the administration’s action, the SPR is at its lowest level since 1986, and Chinese-controlled companies have successfully purchased at auction two million barrels, despite having one of the world’s largest stockpiles of oil.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) – co-chairs of the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus and members of the Senate Commerce Committee – released the statement below after speaking with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Billy Nolen about the U.S. Notices to Air Missions (NOTAM) system outage that grounded flights nationwide today:

“Travelers in the United States deserve safe and dependable air travel service. As co-chairs of the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus, we had a constructive conversation with FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen who said that his agency is working to determine what caused today’s breakdown to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We are committed to working together in a bipartisan way to strengthen and modernize our air travel system and meet the demands of our 21st century economy.”

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – co-chair of the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus and member of the Senate Commerce Committee with jurisdiction over the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – today released the following statement after the FAA grounded all domestic flights due to a computer outage:

“Our nation's travelling public deserves safety and continuity of service. Today’s failure to provide that highlights the importance in identifying the root cause of this system failure to ensure it does not happen again. As co-chair of the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus and a member of the Senate Commerce Committee with jurisdiction over the FAA, I will speak with FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen to ensure the root cause of this failure is identified. As demand for travel returns at an unprecedented rate, our economy is dependent on ensuring a reliable air travel system.” 

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