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--- On Mon, 6/22/09, <> wrote:

From: <>
Subject: Responding to your message
Date: Monday, June 22, 2009, 3:34 PM

Dear Ms. Embry:

 Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to proposals to increase health insurance costs for TRICARE, the Department of Defense's health care program.  I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your comments.

 I am very pleased to report that both President Obama's budget proposal and the budget resolution for fiscal year 2010 passed by Congress contain no increases in fees and copayments for TRICARE recipients.  Additionally, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has stated that the Department of Defense (DOD) intends to fully fund military healthcare in the fiscal year 2010 budget.

 In recent years, I have repeatedly opposed any attempt to raise health insurance costs for the thousands of active duty service members and military retirees who depend on the DOD for their health care.  I joined with my colleagues in rejecting the Bush Administration's proposals to charge higher fees, and I have co-sponsored legislation to prevent increases in DOD pharmacy co-payments and TRICARE fees.

 I share your concern about the burden any fee increases would impose on our military families, and I remain committed to ensuring that all veterans and their families continue to have access to quality, affordable health care. 

 Again, thank you for writing to me.  Please do not hesitate to contact me again about this or any other issue of concern to you.
Barbara Boxer
United States Senator


Response from Representative Tauscher

Friday, January 9, 2009 2:05 PM


US House Seal

2459 Rayburn HOB - Washington, D.C. 20515 - (202) 225-1880
2121 North California Blvd. Suite 555, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 - (925) 932-8899

Dear Mr. Embry:

Thank you for sharing your support for free shipping privileges for soliders stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the 110th Congress has adjourned, bills are no longer being considered by the House of Representatives. However, please know that I will keep your support for this measure in mind should it be introduced in the 111th Congress. 

Correspondence from constituents like you is essential to my work in Congress, and I hope that you will continue to inform me of your concerns. I value your input as I work to shape national policies to reflect the views of California 's 10th District. To learn more about what I'm doing in Washington, please visit my website,, and sign up for my e-newsletter. If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact my office at 925-932-8899 or 202-225-1880.


Ellen O. Tauscher
Member of Congress


Saturday, December 27, 2008 7:39 PM


Your Letter to Congress

Maria Elizabeth, thanks for taking action on behalf of 970 WFLA radio. Your emails are on the way to Capitol Hill.

An individual copy of your letter will be sent to each official:

December 27, 2008

Dear Representative Tauscher,
Dear Senator Boxer,
Dear Senator Feinstein,

We ask you to join us in urging our U.S. Senators and Representatives to support the effort to pass a law that would allow for the free mailing of letters and packages to our military personnel in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operation.

Representatives Kathy Castor and Gus Bilirakis have already committed to co-sponsoring a bill that would achieve our goal. They must get the support of the remainder of their colleagues, particularly those in the Senate.

Families and organizations attempting to ship goods to our military have discovered that the cost can be onerous. That should not be a factor in our attempts to make their lives more bearable in the most trying circumstances.

Keep in mind that the members of Congress enjoy the right of free mailing, called “franking” privileges. It is only proper that our fighting men and women who are in harm’s way be granted the same rights.


Ms. Maria Elizabeth Embry
Antioch, CA 94509-5745


Responding to your message

Friday, March 6, 2009 3:13 PM


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Dear Ms. Embry:


Thank you for contacting my office to express your views on proposals to waive postage fees for letters and packages sent to military personnel serving in overseas operations.  As you may know, the Home Front to Heroes Postal Benefits Act (H.R.707) was introduced in the House of Representatives on January 27, 2009.  This bill would establish a program of postal benefit vouchers for members of the Armed Forces serving overseas or who are hospitalized due to service-connected injuries.

I believe that all citizens should become involved in the legislative process by letting their voices be heard, and I appreciate the time and effort that you took to share your thoughts with me.  One of the most important aspects of my job is keeping informed about the views of my constituents, and I welcome your comments so that I may continue to represent California to the best of my ability.  Should I have the opportunity to consider legislation on this or similar issues, I will keep your views in mind.

For additional information about my activities in the U.S. Senate, please visit my website,  From this site, you can access statements and press releases that I have issued about current events and pending legislation, request copies of legislation and government reports, and receive detailed information about the many services that I am privileged to provide for my constituents.  You may also wish to visit to track current and past legislation.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.  I appreciate hearing from you. 

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

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