Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Sent By:
Colin.Finn@mail.house.gov

Dear
Colleague:

 

Please
join me as an original cosponsor in reintroducing the Burn Pits Accountability Act (
H.R.
5671
) in the
116
th
Congress, to evaluate the exposure of U.S. servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals.

Over 160,000
servicemembers and veterans

over the past three decades have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. However, since there is no mandatory reporting system, there are likely many more service members affected. Exposure can produce serious and potentially life-threatening
health effects, including neurological disorders, rare forms of cancer, lung diseases, and more—triggering some to call the crisis

the ‘Agent Orange’ of the post-9/11 generation
.

 

**We
added minor clarification language (in the form of a Rule of Construction) to last year’s bill that would further protect veterans who have left the service that are not covered by DoD evaluations.** 
 

 

Deadline:
COB January 15
th

 

Original
cosponsors in the 116th Congress (39):

Bacon*, Banks*,
Beatty*,
Bergman*,
Bishop*,
Byrne*,
Clarke*, Davis*, DeFazio*, Deutch*, Engel*,
Fleischmann*,
Foster*,
Gaetz*,
Gonzalez*,
Green*,
Holding*,
Kaptur*, Khanna*,
King*,
Kuster*,
Lamborn*,
Marino*,
Mast*,
Matsui*, McCollum*,
Meeks*,
Norman*,
Norton*, Payne*,
Pingree*,
Radewagen*,
Rutherford*,
Sablan*,
Schrader*,
Smith*,
Soto*,
Walorski*,
 Welch*

 

Cosponsors
in the 115
th
Congress (148):

Bacon, Banks,
Beatty,
Bergman, M. Bishop,

S. Bishop
,
Bordallo,
Brooks, Byrne,
Cardenas,
Chu,
Cicilline
,
Clark
,
Clarke,
Cleaver,
Cohen
, Comer,
Comstock, Costello,

Courtney
,
Cramer,

Crawford,
Crowley,
R. Davis,  
S.
Davis
,
DeFazio,
DeLauro,
Demings
,
Deutch
,
Dingell
, Donovan,
Ellison
,Engel,
Eshoo,
Faso,
 Fitzpatrick,
Fleischmann, Fortenberry,
Foster,
Gaetz,
Gabbard*,
Gallego,
Gallagher, Garrett,
Gonzalez,
Gonzalez-Colon,
Green,
Griffith,
Grijalva,
Grothman, Hartzler,
Hastings,
Heck,
Himes
,
Holding,
Jackson Lee
,
Jeffries,
Jenkins,
Hank Johnson,
Jones,
Kaptur
, Katko,
Keating,
Kennedy,
Kh
anna,
Kilmer,
Kind,
P. King, S. King,

Kuster
, LaMalfa,
Lamb,
Lamborn,
Larson,
 LoBiondo,
Lofgren,
Lowey,
Lujan Grisham,
MacArthur,
S.Maloney,
Marino, Mast*,
Matsui,
McCollum,
McGovern
,
Meadows,
Meeks,
Moore
,
Moulton
,
Napolitano
,
Newhouse,
Nolan,
Norcross,
Norton
, Norman,
 
O’Halleran,
O’Rourke,
Panetta,
Payne,
Pearce,
Pingree,
Pocan,
Poe,
Polis,
Quigley,
Radewagen,
Raskin,
Ratcliffe,
Rosen,
Ross, Rothfus,
Ruiz,
Ruppersberger,
Rush,
Rutherford,
T.
Ryan
,
Sablan,
Schrader,
 Sensenbrenner,

Shea-Porter
,
Sherman,
Shuster,
Sinema,
Sires
, J.
Smith, Smucker,
Soto,
Stefanik,
Suozzi,
Takano,
B. Thompson
,
Tipton,
Torres,
Valadao,
Vargas,
Vela,
Velázquez,
Visclosky,
Walden, Walorski,
Waters,
Welch,
Wilson,
Wittman,
Yarmuth,
David Young,
Donald Young, Zeldin.

 

Organizational
Support in the 115
th
Congress
:
Fleet Reserve Association, Military Officers Association of America, US Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Non Commissioned Officers Association, Service Women’s Action Network, US Army Warrant Officer Association, Military
Order of the Purple Heart, Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the US, The Retired Enlisted Association, Chief Warrant Officer Association- US Coast Guard, Air Force Sergeants Association, National Military Family Association, Tragedy Assistance
Program for Survivors, Wounded Warrior Project, Vietnam Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, AMSUS, American Veterans (AMVETS), Reserve Officers Association of the United States, Air Force Women Officers Associated, Disabled American Veterans,
Association of the United States Navy, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

 

The
Burn Pits Accountability Act would evaluate the exposure of servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals by:

  • Requiring
    the Secretary of Defense to record whether service members have been based or stationed at a location where an open burn pit was used or exposed to toxic airborne chemicals, including any information recorded as part of the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit
    Registry, in the Periodic Health Assessment (PHAs), Separation History and Physical Examination (SHPEs), and Post-Deployment Health Assessment (PDHAs).
  • Enrolling
    any service member who meets the above criteria in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, unless he or she opts-out.
  • Requiring
    the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to share information relating to exposure of burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals recorded in PHAs, SHPEs, and PDHAs.

If
you have questions or would like to become an original cosponsor, contact

guido.weiss@mail.house.gov
in Rep. Gabbard’s office or
barry.smith@mail.house.gov
in Rep. Mast’s office.

 

Sincerely,

 

Tulsi
Gabbard                                     Brian Mast

Member
of Congress                          Member of Congress

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