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Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights, H.R. 5428
Earlier today, NAAOP learned that Congressman Filner (D-CA), Chairman of the
House VA Committee, combined NAAOP’s bill, H.R. 5428, into another bill for
which he also serves as chief sponsor, the Women Veterans Bill of Rights
(H.R. 5953). He made no amendments to the bill language but included the
entire bill as introduced. He then placed the bill on the House “suspension
calendar.” This means that if two thirds or more of the House does not
object, it passes. If this occurs, a similar procedure would be necessary in
the U.S. Senate.
This afternoon, as the bill was scheduled to come to the floor and the
ranking Republican on the committee, Congressman Buyer (R-IA), strongly
objected to the process, Chairman Filner pulled the bill from consideration
and said he intends to put the bill up for a vote tomorrow!
We, therefore, have tonight and tomorrow morning to get as many calls into
House Republicans to urge them to vote FOR H.R. 5953 (which contains our
Contact your Congressman today or tomorrow morning by calling the U.S.
Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121.
Tell your Congressman to:
… PASS H.R. 5953, the Women Veterans Bill of Rights, which includes H.R.
5428, the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights.
… The bill will help injured and amputee veterans get the prosthetic and
orthotic care they need to be healthy, functional, independent and employed.
… The bill will make access to high quality prosthetic and orthotic care
more consistent throughout the country.
… The bill does not cost a dime and simply informs veterans of their rights
so they can be empowered to get the care they need.
… The bill is widely supported by Veteran Service Organizations as well as
over 35 national disability organizations.
… VOTE FOR H.R. 5953, which contains the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill
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