Milestone reached with Congressional Gold Medial Initiative
Wisconsin – Major General Charles Carr, Jr., Civil Air Patrol’s national commander, announced Friday that CAP’s pursuit of the Congressional Gold Medal recognizing their World War II heroes has reached a major milestone. This week a record 16 senators signed on as cosponsors for S. 418 bringing the total number to 69.
“Today, thanks to your tenacity and hard work, we have obtained the number of cosponsors needed in the U.S. Senate to bring the bill forward for action by the committee” Carr stated. “Once the committee acts on the bill, the next steps are a full vote in the Senate and then on to the House for action.”
Wisconsinites have two confirmed WWII CAP volunteers who are eligible for the Congressional Gold Medal should it pass the legislation; Major William Bruring, still active at the La Crosse Composite Squadron and Gilbert Scott, formerly of Tomah, Wis.
With over 67 cosponsors from the Senate, the bill can now be considered by the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee (the committee of jurisdiction).
Wisconsin Senators Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson have yet to cosponsor the bill. Kohl has indicated he would vote in favor of the bill should it come to a vote. He is also a member of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.
Members are not giving up on obtaining more cosponsors. The more senators that cosponsor the bill the better the chance it has of making it to the senate floor for a vote. Wisconsin Wing members continue working to obtain the senator’s signatures to cosponsor the bill, ensuring it will make it out of committee to the floor.
There are still another 135 Congressmen who need to cosponsor H.R. 719, the house version of S. 418. Congressmen Ron Kind and Tom Petri were the latest from Wisconsin who recently joined Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Congressmen Reid Ribble and Sean Duffy in cosponsoring the bill.
Efforts are under way to obtain Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Congressman Paul Ryan and James Sensenbrenner to cosponsor the bill in order to ensure it makes it to the House floor for a vote.
December 1, 2011 Civil Air Patrol celebrated its 70th Anniversary. In honor of the anniversary, members have been working hard to enlist members of the Senate and House to cosponsor the Congressional Gold Medal for their WWII volunteers who served their country in the war effort on the home front.
If you know of any current or former WWII CAP volunteers, please fill out the WWII Congressional Gold Medal Form. For more information on the Congressional Gold Medal initiative, please visit the Civil Air Patrol member’s website.