Civil Air Patrol

Cloture invoked on H.R. 933 – CAP members making voices heard on Amendment 50

Madison, Wis. – Don Rowland, Civil Air Patrol’s chief operating officer, has provided the following update to the passage of Amendment 50 to H.R. 933, the full-year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 for Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

“With 126 amendments now being considered for H.R. 933, the Senate was forced to invoke cloture in its consideration of the bill.  This means that the time the Senate has to consider this bill is limited to 30 hours for votes, quorum calls, reading of amendments and things like responses to the Chair.  It also means that there cannot be a filibuster of the bill” explained Rowland.

“It is unclear however how the Senate will handle the large number of amendments or what method they will use, if any, to limit the number of amendments that will be discussed.  The McCain amendment is germane to H.R. 933 so it could still be brought up for consideration.”

“It is important that we don’t let up our efforts on this issue” said Rowland.

With the country’s flooding and tornado season knocking on the door, and spring storms already wreaking havoc in the south, the capability of CAP to help with search and rescue and cleanup may be drastically cut if this amendment is allowed to go through.

CAP members are encouraged to keep spreading the word to fellow members, as well as others who support CAP via phone, email or social media, asking them to contact their Senators if they have not done so already. Those who have already contacted their Senators, do not need to contact them again as their opinion has been heard and duly noted.

Rowland suggested that “When contacting your senator, please refer to Senator McCain’s proposed amendment #50 to HR 933, the full-year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 for Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.  A no vote will ensure that CAP’s budget is not reduced for the rest of Fiscal Year 2013.”

Colonel John Swain, CAP’s government relations consultant, visited most of the Senate offices yesterday. It was clearly noted that in a majority of the offices, CAP members had voiced their concern and their voices are being heard.

“Everyone who called, emailed or communicated using Facebook and other social media should be very proud of their efforts” said Rowland.

Thank you for all your help with this important legislative matter.  If you have questions, please contact John Swain, cell (703) 887-1749 or e-mail dcoffice.cap@verizon.net.

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