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IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 4, 2016 No. 16-4 Contact: Mokie Porter 301-585-4000, Ext. 146 Presidential Candidates Voice Support for S.901 and H.R.1769 The Toxic Exposure Research Act (Wash., D.C.)–
“All five presidential candidates who responded to questions posed by Vietnam Veterans of America voiced their support for the enactment of VVA’s top legislative priority, the Toxic Exposure Research Act—S.901 and H.R. 1769,” said John Rowan, VVA National President. Former Governor and Republican candidate Jeb Bush stated, “Military families serve, too. I don’t think anyone objects to studying the generational effects of noxious chemicals.” Pledging her support for the enactment of the Toxic Exposure Research Act,
Hillary Clinton wrote: “[A]s President, I will dedicate research funding and promote collaborative efforts to facilitate the development and expansion of evidence-based diagnostic tools and treatment for these conditions.
Republican candidate Jim Gilmore, a U.S. Army veteran responded: “One of the great concerns of veterans is their exposure to toxic chemicals such as Agent Orange and the clouds of burning oil from Kuwaiti oil wells ignited by Saddam Hussein’s troops in the 1991 Gulf War. Legislation such as S.901, to study and determine the level of exposure and what the VA should do to ensure treatment of these veterans and their sons and daughters who also may have been affected, is also essential.”
Democratic candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders, a cosponsor of S.901, responded, “I strongly believe the cost of war must include the cost of caring for the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line defending the country. Exposures to toxins like Agent Orange can negatively impact the health of the veterans exposed and have also been shown to cause birth defects in their children. I fully understand the value in creating a national center at the Department of Veterans Affairs that can serve as a centralized, specialized location to research, diagnose, and treat veterans and their family members suffering from the effects of exposure to toxins.”
“Yes, I do support the legislation,” wrote Republican candidate Donald Trump, noting the legislation is “long overdue and should be a top priority for the next President. Said Trump, “Taking care of veterans is not just about taking care of them as individuals—it entails taking care of their families, as well.”
Contact your Representative, listed below, NOW and ask them to Co-Sponsor H.R. 1769 The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015
These Representatives HAVE NOT signed on to the bill. Please call them ASAP
Note: # indicates the District they represent, the letters D, R is obvious.
Membership: Please call your family members who live in these states and have them contact thier Representative to support this Legislation. Thanks
Arkansas (AK) 1Crawford, Rick R, 3Womack, Steve R, 4Westerman, Bruce R
Arizona (AR) 2 McSally, Martha R 4 Gosar, Paul A. R 5 Salmon, Matt R 6 Schweikert, David R 8 Franks, Trent R
California (CA) 4 McClintock, Tom R 6 Matsui, Doris O. D 7 Bera, Ami D 9 McNerney, Jerry D 10 Denham, Jeff R 11 DeSaulnier, Mark D 12 Pelosi, Nancy D 14 Speier, Jackie D 15 Swalwell, Eric D 16 Costa, Jim D 17 Honda, Mike D 20 Farr, Sam D 21 Valadao, David R 22 Nunes, Devin R 23 McCarthy, Kevin R 25 Knight, Steve R 27 Chu, Judy D 29 Cárdenas, Tony D 30 Sherman, Brad D 31 Aguilar, Pete D 32 Napolitano, Grace D 34 Becerra, Xavier D 35 Torres, Norma D 36 Ruiz, Raul D 37 Bass, Karen D 38 Sánchez, Linda D 39 Royce, Ed R 40 Roybal-Allard, Lucille D 42 Calvert, Ken R 43 Waters, Maxine D 44 Hahn, Janice D 45 Walters, Mimi R 46 Sanchez, Loretta D 47 Lowenthal, Alan D 48 Rohrabacher, Dana R 49 Issa, Darrell R 50 Hunter, Duncan D. R 51 Vargas, Juan D 53 Davis, Susan D
Colorado (CO) 1 DeGette, Diana D 3 Tipton, Scott R 4 Buck, Ken R 5 Lamborn, Doug R 6 Coffman, Mike R
Connecticut (CT) 1 Larson, John B. D 3 DeLauro, Rosa L. D 4 Himes, Jim D
District of Columbia (DC) At Large Norton, Eleanor Holmes D
Florida (FL) 1 Miller, Jeff R 2 Graham, Gwen D 4 Crenshaw, Ander R 5 Brown, Corrine D 6 DeSantis, Ron R 7 Mica, John R 9 Grayson, Alan D 10 Webster, Daniel R 14 Castor, Kathy D 16 Buchanan, Vern R 17 Rooney, Tom R 18 Murphy, Patrick D 23 Wasserman Schultz, Debbie D 24 Wilson, Frederica D 25 Diaz-Balart, Mario R 26 Curbelo, Carlos R 27 Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana R
Georgia (GA) 1 Carter, Buddy R 3 Westmoreland, Lynn A. R 4 Johnson, Henry C. "Hank" Jr. D 5 Lewis, John D 6 Price, Tom R 7 Woodall, Robert R 9 Collins, Doug R 10 Hice, Jody R 11 Loudermilk, Barry R 12 Allen, Rick R 13 Scott, David D 14 Graves, Tom R
Hawaii (HI) 1 Takai, Mark D
Idaho (ID) 1 Labrador, Raul R. R 2 Simpson, Mike R
Illinois (IL) 2 Kelly, Robin D 3 Lipinski, Daniel D 4 Gutierrez, Luis D 6 Roskam, Peter J. R 7 Davis, Danny K. D 9 Schakowsky, Jan D 10 Dold, Bob R 11 Foster, Bill D 12 Bost, Mike R 13 Davis, Rodney R 14 Hultgren, Randy R 15 Shimkus, John R 16 Kinzinger, Adam R 18 LaHood,Darin R
Indiana (IN) 1 Visclosky, Peter D 3 Stutzman, Marlin R 4 Rokita, Todd R 5 Brooks, Susan W. R 6 Messer, Luke R 7 Carson, André D 8 Bucshon, Larry R 9 Young, Todd R
Iowa (IA) 1 Blum, Rod R 2 Loebsack, David D 3 Young, David R 4 King, Steve R
Kansas (KS) 1 Huelskamp, Tim R 4 Pompeo, Mike R Kentucky (KY) 1 Whitfield, Ed R 2 Guthrie, S. Brett R 3 Yarmuth, John A. D 5 Rogers, Harold R 6 Barr, Andy R
Louisiana (LA) 1 Scalise, Steve R 2 Richmond, Cedric D 4 Fleming, John R 5 Abraham, Ralph R 6 Graves, Garret R
Maine (ME) 2 Poliquin, Bruce R
Maryland (MD) 1 Harris, Andy R 5 Hoyer, Steny H. D 7 Cummings, Elijah D
Massachusetts (MA) 3 Tsongas, Niki D 4 Kennedy III, Joseph P. D 7 Capuano, Michael E. D 8 Lynch, Stephen F. D 9 Keating, William D Michigan (MI) 1 Benishek, Dan R 2 Huizenga, Bill R 3 Amash, Justin R 4 Moolenaar, John R 5 Kildee, Daniel D 6 Upton, Fred R 10 Miller, Candice R
Minnesota (MN) 2 Kline, John R 3 Paulsen, Erik R 5 Ellison, Keith D 6 Emmer, Tom R
Mississippi (MS) 1 Kelly, Trent R 2 Thompson, Bennie G. D 3 Harper, Gregg R 4 Palazzo, Steven R
Missouri (MO) 1 Clay Jr., William "Lacy" D 3 Luetkemeyer, Blaine R 4 Hartzler, Vicky R 6 Graves, Sam R 7 Long, Billy R 8 Smith, Jason R
Montana (MT) At Large Zinke, Ryan R
Nebraska (NE) 3 Smith, Adrian R Nevada (NV) 1 Titus, Dina D 3 Heck, Joe R 4 Hardy, Cresent R
New Hampshire (NH) 1 Guinta, Frank R
New Jersey (NJ) 3 MacArthur, Tom R 5 Garrett, Scott R 8 Sires, Albio D 9 Pascrell Jr., Bill D 10 Payne Jr., Donald D 12 Watson Coleman, Bonnie D New Mexico (NM) 2 Pearce, Steve R 3 Lujan, Ben R. D
New York (NY) 7 Velázquez, Nydia M. D 8 Jeffries, Hakeem D 10 Nadler, Jerrold D 12 Maloney, Carolyn D 16 Engel, Eliot D
North Carolina (NC) 2 Ellmers, Renee R 4 Price, David D 5 Foxx,Virginia R 6 Walker, Mark R 8 Hudson, Richard R 9 Pittenger, Robert R 10 McHenry, Patrick T. R 11 Meadows, Mark R 12 Adams, Alma D 13 Holding, George R Northern
Mariana Islands (MP) At Large Sablan, Gregorio D
Ohio (OH) 1 Chabot, Steve R 2 Wenstrup, Brad R 4 Jordan, Jim R 7 Gibbs, Bob R 8 Vacancy R 10 Turner, Michael R 11 Fudge, Marcia L. D 12 Tiberi, Pat R 14 Joyce, David R 16 Renacci, Jim R
Oklahoma (OK) 2 Mullin, Markwayne R 5 Russell, Steve R
Oregon (OR) 1 Bonamici, Suzanne D 2 Walden, Greg R 3 Blumenauer, Earl D 5 Schrader, Kurt D
Pennsylvania (PA) 2 Fattah, Chaka D 4 Perry, Scott R 8 Fitzpatrick, Michael G. R 9 Shuster, Bill R 10 Marino, Tom R 13 Boyle, Brendan D 16 Pitts, Joseph R. R 18 Murphy, Tim R
South Carolina (SC) 1 Sanford, Mark R 2 Wilson, Joe R 3 Duncan, Jeff R 4 Gowdy, Trey R 5 Mulvaney, Mick R 6 Clyburn, James E. D 7 Rice, Tom R
South Dakota (SD) At Large Noem, Kristi R
Tennessee (TN) 1 Roe, Phil R 2 Duncan Jr., John J. R 3 Fleischmann, Chuck R 4 DesJarlais, Scott R 5 Cooper, Jim D 6 Black, Diane R 7 Blackburn, Marsha R 8 Fincher, Stephen R
Texas (TX) 1 Gohmert, Louie R 2 Poe, Ted R 3 Johnson, Sam R 4 Ratcliffe, John R 5 Hensarling, Jeb R 6 Barton, Joe R 7 Culberson, John R 8 Brady, Kevin R 9 Green, Al D 10 McCaul, Michael T. R 11 Conaway, K. Michael R 12 Granger, Kay R 13 Thornberry, Mac R 14 Weber, Randy R 15 Hinojosa, Rubén D 17 Flores, Bill R 18 Jackson Lee, Sheila D 19 Neugebauer, Randy R 20 Castro, Joaquin D 22 Olson, Pete R 23 Hurd, Will R 24 Marchant, Kenny R 25 Williams, Roger R 26 Burgess, Michael R 27 Farenthold, Blake R 28 Cuellar, Henry D 29 Green, Gene D 30 Johnson, Eddie Bernice D 31 Carter, John R 32 Sessions, Pete R 33 Veasey, Marc D 34 Vela, Filemon D 35 Doggett, Lloyd D 36 Babin, Brian R
Utah (UT) 2 Stewart, Chris R 3 Chaffetz, Jason R 4 Love, Mia R
Virgin Islands (U.S.V.I.) At Large Plaskett, Stacey D
Virginia (VA) 1 Wittman, Robert J. R 3 Scott, Robert C. D 4 Forbes, J. Randy R 5 Hurt, Robert R 6 Goodlatte, Bob R 7 Brat, Dave R 9 Griffith, Morgan R 10 Comstock, Barbara R
Washington (WA) 3 Herrera Beutler, Jaime R 4 Newhouse, Dan R 5 McMorris Rodgers, Cathy R 7 McDermott, Jim D 8 Reichert, David G. R 9 Smith, Adam D 10 Heck, Denny D
West Virginia (WV) 1 McKinley, David R 2 Mooney, Alex R 3 Jenkins, Evan R
Wisconsin (WI) 1 Ryan, Paul D. R 5 Sensenbrenner, F. James R 6 Grothman, Glenn R 7 Duffy, Sean P. R 8 Ribble, Reid R
Wyoming (WY) At Large Lummis, Cynthia M. R
As you see there is a lot of work to be done in following up on these individuals. Contact your families and friends from these states and request they help us out with this Legislation. This could be our Last Harrah!!
Check the Secretary's link to find out which State and Senators have not signed on to The Toxic Research Act of 2015 - S. 901
Actually this is first. Learning how to do.
NY Congressman who have signed 1769
Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-1) Rep. Peter King (NY-2) Rep. Steve Israel (NY-3) Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4) Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY-5) Rep. Grace Meng (NY-6) Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-9) Rep. Dan Donovan (NY-11) Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-13) Rep. Joseph Crowley (NY-14) Rep. Jose Serrano (NY-15) Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-17) Rep. Sean Maloney (NY-18) Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-19) Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-20) Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21) Rep. Richard Hanna (NY-22) Rep. John Katko (NY-24) Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (NY-25) Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26) Rep. Chris Collins (NY-23) Tom Reed
THANKS to all those that have co-sponsor this important HR 1769 Legislation
Not signed, Velazquez,Jefferies,Nadler,Maloney,Engel,
If your Representative has not signed on, please, contact them as soon as possible.
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