Two more Wisconsin congressmen cosponsor H.R. 719 – Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Civil Air Patrol Volunteers
Wisconsin: Two more members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation have cosponsored H.R. 719, bringing the bill closer to a vote and final passage. Congressmen Ron Kind, serving Wisconsin’s 3rd District, and Thomas Petri, serving Wisconsin’s 6th District, have cosponsored the bill which would award the Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol’s WWII volunteers.
Colonel Clarence Peters, Wisconsin Wing commander, Major Rose Hunt, wing vice-commander and Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Wiswell, Wisconsin’s government relations officer, recently returned from Legislative Days in Washington, D.C. They met with all of Wisconsin’s representatives or members of their staff, giving them an update of Civil Air Patrol and its service to the nation as well as an attempt to garner their support of H.R. 719 and S. 418.
Wisconsin Wing members are still working to get the support of the remaining three congressmen and two senators. Congressmen Kind and Petri have joined Wisconsin’s Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Congressmen Reid Ribble and Sean Duffy, who cosponsored the bill earlier this year.
“Over the course of World War II, more than 40,000 volunteers heroically served our country through their work in the CAP” stated Congressman Duffy. “The work that these aircrews performed resulted in a significant weakening of the German forces. Their service came at a great cost as well, with 64 members of the CAP giving their lives in defense of our nation.”
Currently, 79% of the needed senators and 54% of the representatives have co-sponsored the bill. With only 14 senators and 135 congressmen needed for the bills to go before the full senate and house for a vote, Civil Air Patrol members are optimistic in seeing their hard work become a reality for the WWII Civil Air Patrol volunteers. The goal is to have this measure passed in the 112th Congress.
Updated information regarding Civil Air Patrol’s efforts to have H.R. 719 and S. 418 passed in the 112th Congress, may be seen on the Congressional Gold Medal page of the CAP member website.