This week I was proud to cosponsor some important bills that will greatly benefit the lives of 19th District residents.
H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017, grants automatic Agent Orange exposure status to U.S. veterans who served on naval ships in waters around Vietnam during the Vietnam War. This legislation ensures that all veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange can receive the appropriate care for medical issues that are directly related to that exposure. I am concerned that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has not done enough to protect these veterans who came into contact with harmful substances while serving our nation. H.R. 299’s primary sponsor is Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), and is currently cosponsored by 67 Republicans and 81 Democrats.
H.R. 502, will permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. I am proud to support this measure which permanently ensures funding that will be used to protect our forests, wildlife, recreational access and water quality. Protecting New York’s most cherished spaces and safeguarding recreational access for our outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen will remain a top priority for me. H.R. 502’s primary sponsor is Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and is currently cosponsored by 41 Democrats and 9 Republicans.
I look forward to supporting both of these bills as they move through the legislative process and hopefully become enacted laws.