Burn Pit Registry Act of 2011 Update
On Thursday, November 3, 2011, Congressman Todd Akin announced at a press conference the introduction of the Open Burn Pit Registry Act of 2011. The bill, which has bi-partisan support, was also introduced to the Senate by Senator Tom Udall. The bill is quickly building a cast of co-sponsors as well. In the House of Representatives, these 18 representatives have signed on to co-sponsor the bill:
Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [R-MD-6]
Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [D-GU]
Rep Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]
Rep Castor, Kathy [D-FL-11]
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-14]
Rep Franks, Trent [R-AZ-2]
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-7]
Rep Hanna, Richard L. [R-NY-24]
Rep Heinrich, Martin [D-NM-1]
Rep Kissell, Larry [D-NC-8]
Rep Latham, Tom [R-IA-4]
Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [R-NJ-2]
Rep Long, Billy [R-MO-7]
Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3]
Rep Owens, William L. [D-NY-23]
Rep Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2]
Rep Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-29]
The following veteran organizations are fully supporting this important piece of legislation as well:
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
American Veterans (AMVETS)
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)
National Military Family Association (NMFA)
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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
Air Force Association (AFA)
Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)
Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees (USDR)
Association of the United States Navy (AUSN)
Lastly, here are the official bill numbers for the HoR and Senate:
Sponsor: Rep Akin, W. Todd [MO-2] (introduced 11/3/2011) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 11/3/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 11/3/2011) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 11/3/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
The bill is unofficially scheduled to be voted on some time after the New Year. The goal for DanielMeyerBlog.Com and BurnPits360.Org is to continue urging constituents to contact their representatives. We need as many co-sponsors as possible before the bill is officially brought in front of Congress for a vote.
Here’s how you can help. We have put together a letter that you can use to send to your representative. You can download the letter here. If you need help finding out who your representative is, you can use this great website.
Now it’s time to send your completed letter to your representative. This website has fax numbers and links to contact forms for all our representatives.
For myself, and all the veterans who are suffering from exposure to toxic burn pits, please make sure your Congressman or Senator is supporting this bill. All of you can make a difference and your help is greatly appreciated!