Civil Air Patrol

Wisconsin’s Senator Ron Johnson Cosponsors S. 418 – Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Civil Air Patrol Volunteers

WisconsinWith a vote looming soon on S. 418, Wisconsin’s Senator Ron Johnson has cosponsored the bill which would award the Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol’s WWII volunteers.  Civil Air Patrol’s wartime operations were highly unusual in that they involved civilian volunteers using their own aircraft and money to fly combat, humanitarian and other critical homeland security missions during a critical time of need for the nation.

Colonel Clarence Peters, Wisconsin Wing Commander, Major Rose Hunt, Wing Vice-Commander and Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Wiswell, Wisconsin’s Government Relations Officer, recently met with Alan Elias, a Legislative Assistant on Senator Johnson’s staff, in Washington D.C. asking for support from Senator Johnson for S. 418. Elias confirmed Tuesday that Sen. Johnson cosponsored the bill.

Congressmen Sean Duffy, Ron Kind, Tom Petri, Reid Ribble  and Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin have already signed on to cosponsor H.R. 719; the house’s version of S. 418.  Wisconsin Wing members are still working to gain the support of the remaining members of the Wisconsin delegation.

With more than enough cosponsors to bring S. 418 to the floor for a vote, CAP is confident of the bill’s passage. The house version of the bill, H.R. 719 still needs 128 congressmen to cosponsor before it goes before the House.  The goal is to have the bill passed in the 112th Congress.

Visit the Congressional Gold Medal page for updated information.

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