Sunday, September 20, 2009

BWN Bill Moving Forward in both Houses?

There are unconfirmed reports that the work of several Veterans Service Organizations and some individual advocates for the passage of Blue Water Navy bills in Congress may have sewed up a sponsor for the Senate version of HR 2254, the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009.

HR 2254 now has 137 sponsors in the US House of Representatives, and should shortly move out of the House Veterans Affairs Sub-committee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. An introduction into the Senate to move concurrently with the House bill would shorten the time needed for enactment.

Needless to say, we will confirm this news when and if it actually happens, but the sources of the possible news on the bill are trusted.

We hesitated to post this before confirming the news, but feel quite strongly that those Vets, spouses, Survivors, and advocates who have worked so hard for over a year to keep Congress aware of and supportive of the legislation deserved to get their hopes up.

Hang in, turn the heat up a notch on the Senate, and keep pressing for sponsorship of the bill, which includes support for the bill and funding for it.


”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"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

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

"It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

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