Civil Air Patrol

Congressman Petri Cosponsors H.R. 755 – Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Civil Air Patrol Volunteers

Wisconsin: U.S. Congressman Thomas Petri, Wisconsin 6th Congressional District, recently cosponsored H.R. 755. If passed it would award the Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol’s World War II volunteers.

To date, a total of 114 Congressmen have cosponsored the bill bringing Civil Air Patrol to 39% of their goal of 290 cosponsors. Obtaining enough signatures would mean that the measure could come out of committee for a vote in the full House.

Because of the heroic efforts of their predecessors in CAP, today’s members wish to give honor by seeking the Congressional Gold Medal for those CAP senior members serving during WWII. One medal would be awarded and kept in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Those CAP members still alive as well as the families of those who have passed will receive replica medals to commemorate this honor at no cost to the government in honor of their service.

The current Senate version of the bill, S. 309 has 22 cosponsors, bringing it to 33% of the goal of 67 cosponsors. The measure in last year’s Senate had enough cosponsors and passed the full Senate.

Petri, as well as five other Wisconsin Congressmen, cosponsored H.R. 719 last year in the 112th Congress; however the bill was short by 85 cosponsors and could not be brought to the floor for a vote.

Congressman Sean Duffy cosponsored the bill earlier in March of this year. Others have pledged to do so when they return to another session of Congress which resumes next week.

Updated information regarding Civil Air Patrol’s efforts to have H.R. 755 and S. 309 passed in the 113th Congress, may be seen on the Congressional Gold Medal page of the CAP member website.

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