Civil Air Patrol

Congressional Gold Medal bill, H.R. 755 at 99 percent of cosponsor goal

Madison, Wis. – According to Colonel John Swain, director of government relations, Civil Air Patrol, the Congressional Gold Medal bill (H.R. 755) now has 288 cosponsors, just shy of the 290 needed for it to be considered in the House Financial Services Committee.
 
“It is important to hit that mark and to go over it in order to show the House the importance of this bill” said Swain. “If your Representative has not yet cosponsored the bill please call him/her to ask that they do immediately.”
 
In Wisconsin, six of the eight congressmen have cosponsored the bill thus far.  Members of Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol are still seeking to have Congressmen Mark Pocan and Paul Ryan support the bill.
 
“Even if you do not live in these Congressmen’s districts, please contact these Represenatives and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 755” encourages Captain Jeri Gonwa, Wisconsin Wing public affairs officer.  “It is important to get this bill to the House Financial Services Committee for an up or down vote.  We have worked for years now and we are extremely close to seeing the WWII members honored.”
 
The Senate has already unanimously passed their version of the bill (S. 309) back in May.  Once H.R. 755 passes the House, the bill will go to President Obama for his signature.
 
Follow the bill’s progress at http://capmembers.com/cap_national_hq/goldmedal/ . This bill, which will award a single Congressional Gold Medal to the CAP, will honor collectively the thousands of unpaid civilian volunteers who flew their own aircraft on combat, humanitarian and operational missions during World War II.
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