Civil Air Patrol

Senator Tammy Baldwin cosponsors Congressional Gold Medal Bill S. 309 – helps push bill to a vote; cosponsors still needed for H.R. 755

Madison, Wis. – This past week saw Wisconsin’s Senator Tammy Baldwin with an additional 34 cosponsors of the Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol’s WWII members in the Senate, pushing the bill towards a vote in the full Senate soon.

The House currently has 159 cosponsors and still needs another 131 Congressmen to cosponsor H.R. 755 in order for it to go to the House Financial Services Committee for consideration. 

While Wisconsin’s Congressmen Sean Duffy, Thomas Petri and James Sensenbrenner have cosponsored the bill this year, Wisconsin Wing strives to gain the support of Congressmen Paul Ryan, Mark Pocan, Ron Kind, Reid Ribble, and Congresswoman Gwen Moore.

Kind, Ribble and Moore cosponsored the bill last year in the 112th Congress, but have yet to renew the pledge to do so this year in the 113th Congress. Congressman Pocan is new this year while Ryan makes it a matter of practice to not cosponsor bills that must come before his committee. None of this however has deterred the membership to keep contacting the offices of the Congressmen asking for their support.  

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 away, will receive replica medals to commemorate this honor at no cost to the government in honor of their service.

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 national CAP member website.

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