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2-4-2013
Congresswoman Kirkpatrick Explains Veterans, Farm Bills
In her monthly update, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick points out she is the first member of Congress from Arizona to have a bill signed this session, and it helps veterans.

To start this monthly update, I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for all the support and hard work that has been put into this campaign over the past year. We are in a strong position at the start of 2014, but we know we have a fight ahead with the Koch brothers and other outside groups. Thatís why I am continuing to fight hard for AZ01 and itís hard-working families, veterans and communities.

Read on to learn more about our legislative successes in Washington and how that work continues to make AZ01 a better place.

VA CORE

I was the first member of Arizonaís House delegation to have a bill signed into law this session when my VA CORE legislation -- which helps tackle the VA backlog -- was included as an amendment to the Defense Department spending bill.

This legislation will do several things to increase the speed and efficiency of the DoD and the VA in providing care to our nationís veterans. As a member of the House Veteransí Affairs committee, I have often said that delayed care is denied care and this law will help those who served our country to access the needed benefits they have earned.

Read more about the bill at AZCentral.com.

The Farm Bill and PILT

For many of the counties in rural Arizona, particularly those in AZ01, the Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) program plays a vital role in funding vital services such as school construction and fire fighting. Thatís why it was so important for my colleagues and I to see permanent funding for this program included in the recently passed Farm Bill. The PILT program allows counties who have a significant amount of federally controlled land within their boundaries to receive funds from the government since they are unable to generate property taxes in these areas.

As a result of this funding, Arizona counties will see payments totaling more than $30 million. Read more about this program in the Payson Roundup.

Lowell Observatory Receives $631k Grant

Last month, Annís office announced that the National Science Foundation awarded Northern Arizonaís Lowell Observatory a $631,000 grant to study star clusters to track the Milky Wayís chemical evolution and history of star formation.

Campaign Raises $1.2 Million and Counting

Our campaign achieved a fundraising milestone recently when we announced that since the beginning of 2013, we have raised more than $1.2 million and have nearly $825,000 in cash on hand as we begin this election year.

Representing AZ01 means more than dollars raised, though. Weíve traveled more than 20,000 miles in this state and held more than 575 meetings with individuals and groups in the same time period. Read more about our campaign by the numbers on our website.

Thanks for all you do.

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