Civil Air Patrol

Congressman Reid Ribble joins others in cosponsoring Congressional Gold Medal Bill H.R. 755 – pushes bill closer to a vote

Madison, Wis. – Wisconsin’s Congressman Reid Ribble, District 8, joined Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congressmen Sean Duffy, Thomas Petri and James Sensensbrenner yesterday in cosponsoring the Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol’s WWII members.

The Senate passed the bill this week but the house still needs over 100 Congressmen to cosponsor H.R. 755 in order for it to go to the House Financial Services Committee for consideration. 

Wisconsin Wing is working to gain the support of Congressmen Paul Ryan, Mark Pocan, Ron Kind and Congresswoman Gwen Moore.

Kind 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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