And another thing on that Congressional Gold Medal initiative…

It happens to be that besides the U.S. Senate’s S.1555 (described below in posting “For Their Service” of 16 November 2015), the U.S. House of Representatives also has an identical version of this bill in committee, which is designated as House Resolution (H.R.) 2737 – Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015. You can view it at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2737/related-bills

The H.R. was sponsored by Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). Action this far is described as follows: “06/11/2015 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.”

The resolution has so far gathered 39 co-sponsors from members of the House. More are welcome, so please review the list and see if your representative is, or isn’t, a co-sponsor, at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2737/cosponsors

If you wish to contact your representative and ask them to support this legislation, you can get in touch with him or her by phone, letter or email. And if you don’t know who that person is, check here to find your Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

And the same goes for your senators, contact info for whom you can find at: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Please support this effort if you are interested at all! Given that there is a new Speaker of the House, it is time for a push on this in the House while the 2015-2016 114th Congress is still in session. Our Congressional representatives often only respond to such matters when they get an earful and other encouragements from citizens!

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