Columbia River Chapter MOAA

Legislative Affairs

President Evelyn Brady and Dave Casteel (not pictured) meet with Dale Lewis (L) and Parker Truax (R) members of Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s staff. They discussed ending Sequestration and the unfair “Widow’s Tax” (SBP-DIC offset).

President Evelyn Brady and Dave Casteel pose with Dale Lewis (L) . Dale is member of Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s staff. They discussed ending Sequestration and the unfair “Widow’s Tax” (SBP-DIC offset).
Evelyn and Dave also met with Dave Hodges and Bryan Stebbins in Senator Murray’s SW Washington office to discuss the same issues.

 

MOAA’s Top 10 Goals for 2017

MOAA published their Top 10 legislative goals for 2017 which are listed below. These are the issues about which we can expect to be asked to respond to Legislative Alerts concerning. Storm the Hill is scheduled to be a little earlier this year (first week in April) and will likely focus on two or three issues in the top five.

  1. Remove the Sequester

  2. End disabled/survivor financial offsets and penalties

  3. Ensure TRICARE reform sustains access to and performance of top-quality care

  4. Prevent disproportional TRICARE fee hikes and inordinate program changes

  5. End military pay-raise caps and restore pay comparability with private sector

  6. Guard against erosion of earned compensation and commissary benefits

  7. Sustain wounded warrior programs and expand caregiver support

  8. Credit Guard and Reserve call-ups for retirement purposes

  9. Improve and sustain spouse and family support

  10. Assure timely access to VA care and eliminate claims backlog

Note.  This list came from page 36 in the January issue of Military Officer Magazine

 

US  DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS–SECRETARY MCDONALD CABINET EXIT MEMO JAN 5, 2017

Secretary McDonald VA-Exit-Memo

FY17 NDAA SASC Summary–Senate Armed Services Committee

FY17 NDAA Bill SASC Summary

 

August Recess

August 23, 2016

1VP Jeremy Baenen (left), and President Evelyn Brady, meet with David Hodges and Bryan Stebbins on Senator Murray's staff

1VP Jeremy Baenen (left), and President Evelyn Brady, meet with David Hodges and Bryan Stebbins on Senator Murray’s staff

 

L-R: 1VP Jeremy Baenen and President Evelyn Brady, pose with Jonathan Egan and Dale Lewis on Congresswoman Herrera Beutler's Staff

L-R: 1VP Jeremy Baenen and President Evelyn Brady, pose with Jonathan Egan and Dale Lewis on Congresswoman Herrera Beutler’s Staff

 

President Evelyn Brady, 1VP Jeremy Baenen and past president Dave Casteel met with Senator Murray’s and Congresswoman Herrera Beutler’s staffs to discuss:

FY17 Defense Authorization Bill Key Issues

  • ISSUE #1:  Reject Military Housing Allowance Cuts

  • ISSUE #2:  Troops Deserve Full Pay Raise and Force Increases

  • ISSUE #3:  Oppose Disproportional TRICARE Fee Hikes

  • ISSUE #4:  Reduce Military “Widows Tax,” Don’t Just Maintain It (We thanked Senator Murray for co-sponsoring SB 979, and asked Congresswoman to please co-sponsor House equivalent bill HR 1594)

 

2016 Storm the Hill

April 11:

Maj Gen Les Burger, MD, USA, Ret, and President Evelyn Brady and Past President Dave Casteel met with Senator Murray’s Veterans Affairs assistant Bryan Stebbins to discuss two main issues:

April 8

Past President Dave Casteel called Senator Cantwell’s Veterans Affairs assistant, Sam Mack in Tacoma office to discuss:

 

 

MOAA Legislative Goals for 2016

 

2015 Storm the Hill

April 2015

April 14, President Casteel visits the offices of Senator Murray and Cantwell, and Congresswoman Herrera Beutler dropping off Storm the Hill Point Papers and Brochures

President Casteel notifies chapter membership of Storm the Hill dates and issues and asks them to call MOAA toll free capitol hotline to support our Council and national MOAA staff.

February 2015

Maj Gen Buck Marr and Chapter President, Dave Casteel meet with Senator Murray’s staff to discuss President’s Budget and MCRMC

Maj Gen Buck Marr, USAF, Ret, MOAA Government Relations Chair, meets with Senator Murray's staff, David Hodges and Amie Cullop

Maj Gen Buck Marr, USAF, Ret, MOAA Government Relations Chair, meets with Senator Murray’s staff, David Hodges and Amie Cullop

Chapter President, Dave Casteel, meets with Senator Murray's staff, David Hodges and Amie Cullop

Chapter President, Dave Casteel, meets with Senator Murray’s staff, David Hodges and Amie Cullop

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Chapter President Dave Casteel and Chapter Legislative Affairs Chair Roy Korkolo meet with 3rd US Dist Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler September 2014 to discuss FY15 Def Auth Act and issues in the Act affecting our service members

Chapter President Dave
Casteel and Chapter Legislative Affairs Chair Roy Korkolo meet with 3rd US Dist Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler September 2014 to discuss FY15 Def Auth Act and issues in the Act affecting our service members

MOAA Legislative Goals for 2015

MOAA Legislative Gains for 2014