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Bill to Rename Atlanta VA Office for Isakson Heads to the President’s Desk

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff’s bipartisan legislation last week to rename the Atlanta VA Regional Office in honor of Georgia’s late U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson.

Sen. Ossoff’s bipartisan Senator Johnny Isakson VA Regional Office Act of 2022 will designate the VA facility in Decatur, Georgia, as the “Senator Johnny Isakson Department of Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Office” to honor Isakson for his work to relentlessly advocate for our nation’s veterans and servicemembers.

The bill passed the U.S. Senate earlier this year and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

In June, Sen. Ossoff spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge his colleagues to pass the legislation and honor the late Sen. Isakson.

“Senator Isakson’s courtesy, collegiality and integrity will forever serve as an example to all of us who serve in this body today and in the future. And that is why in recognition of Senator Isakson’s tremendous contributions to American veterans, to the state of Georgia, and to the United States, it has been my privilege to introduce alongside my distinguished Republican colleague from Missouri Senator Blunt, and the presiding officer Senator Warnock, the Senator Johnny Isakson VA Regional Office Act to rename the VA’s Atlanta Regional Office after Senator Isakson as part of our nation’s ongoing recognition of his service and as an example to those who follow in his footsteps of the virtues that his representation embodied,” Sen. Ossoff said on the Senate floor.

Sens. Ossoff and Blunt introduced the bipartisan legislation earlier this year alongside Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), VA Committee Chair Jon Tester (D-MT), VA Committee Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Rob Portman (R-OH).

Johnny Isakson served Georgia in the U.S. Senate from 2005 to 2019. He served as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs from 2015 to 2019, where he continuously worked to improve benefits and services for veterans and their families.

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