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Senator, United States Senate

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2018 — 2021

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Defense

Doug introduced bipartisan legislation to eliminate the “Widow’s Tax” on veterans’ spouses. Currently, a tax provision prevents military spouses from receiving full survivor benefits if their deceased service member was enrolled in any additional survivor benefits programs. Doug’s bill has received a record number of bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate.

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Defense

Doug also introduced the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, which would provide tax relief on survivor benefits for children who lose a parent during military service.

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Education

Doug is dedicated to supporting our Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs. Alabama boasts 15 HBCUs, more than any other state in the country. He is proud to have helped secure a 14% increase in federal funding for HBCUs in the 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill, bringing funding from $244.7 million in 2017 to $279.6 in 2018.

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Education

Doug reaffirmed his commitment to supporting HBCUs and introduced the bipartisan FUTURE Act, which would reauthorize funding for all minority-serving higher education institutions and provide continued support for HBCUs whose funding for 2020 is up in the air.

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Education

Doug’s push for better rural broadband access is closely tied with education. He remains adamant that internet access is key to ending the “homework gap” between rural and urban school districts -- and allowing rural students to be able to access the same resources online as their urban counterparts.

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Economy

As part of an effort to expand and introduce new apprenticeship programs nationwide, Doug is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Apprenticeship Hubs Across America Act.

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Economy

As a member of the Senate Banking Committee, Doug’s work includes common-sense reforms that facilitate access to capital, reduce unnecessary regulations, and support new and growing businesses.

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Healthcare

Doug introduced the Rural Health Liaison Act, a bill designed to improve rural health care by boosting communication and efficiency. The legislation achieved bipartisan support and was signed into law as part of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Healthcare

Doug remains committed to Medicaid expansion in Alabama, which could bring health care to as many as 340,000 Alabamians and generate much-needed funds for our rural hospitals. Doug has introduced a bill that would reset the clock for states that did not initially expand Medicaid, allowing states like Alabama to enjoy the full benefits of opting into the program.

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Healthcare

In a bipartisan effort with Senator Shelby, Jones helped secure more robust payouts for Alabama hospitals by fixing the Medicare Wage Index formula, which helps close a decades-old payment gap for our state’s hospitals.

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