Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Introduces S.1939 & S.1940

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced S.1939 and S.1940 yesterday. The bills are listed thus in the Library of Congress's Thomas Website:

S.1939
Title: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 10/27/2009) Cosponsors (4)
Latest Major Action: 10/27/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.


S.1940
Title: A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a study on the effects on children of exposure of their parents to herbicides used in support of the United States and allied military operations in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam era, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 10/27/2009) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 10/27/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

There are no details yet on either of these bills, but we understand that S.1939 is the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009, in the same form as HR 2254 in the House.

We have high hopes for the second bill as well, S.1940, which deals with the children of those exposed to Herbicides.

Let's get behind this Senator's bills and push for support to pass and fully fund both bills. Co-sponsorship is one way to show that support, and you, the constituents of the United States Senators, hold keys to to getting them to provide the Co-sponsorship and support. Call them today, tommorrow, and until they agree to Co-sponsor S.1930 and S.1940.

VNVets

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"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Bush Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous06:01

    "...we shall gain the inevitable victory." We must gain that victory with these bills in both houses of the Congress now or forever be denied and just go on and die. I have been fighting this battle for 4 times as lon as the war lasted and for me it is now or never. PLEASE help all of us gain the support needed to win the passage of the acts now before the House and Senate.

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