Wednesday, December 04, 2013

New Cosponsors for Blue Water Navy Bills

We are finally getting some Republicans to sign on to the bill - HR 543.  Two in the last two days have added their names as co-sponsors, one from North Dakota and the other from Indiana.  Let's hear it for the Heartland!  We now have 159 Cosponsors, less than a third of which are Republicans...a real disaster in a House with a Republican majority.  Let's get cracking out there folks!  Congress will be at home soon.  GO SEE  YOUR REP!

Additionally, the companion bill, HR 1494 has also picked up two new cosponsors from the Right side of the aisle.  This brings to 40 the number of cosponsors for this bill.  This bill requires the DoD to review the logs of all ships operating in or near Vietnam to record the dates and locations of each ship's presence inside the territorial waters of VIetnam.

This bill seems to signal that the VA will eventually allow Congress to pass HR 543, but likely not until next year.

All the more reason to GO SEE YOUR REP and get in his ear about BOTH bills!  Call to make an appointment to see him at his closest office to you.  Don't write, it takes months for letters to reach them.  CALL!  Make an appointment.  KEEP the appointment!  Don't leave his office until you have HIS COMMITMENT to becoming a cosponsor for BOTH BILLS!

If your Rep has already signed on, send him a "thank you" in a Christmas Card, and tell him it is for HR 543 and HR 1494.



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