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While Rosen Fights, Heller Misses Opportunity to Support Military Families, First Responders

While Congresswoman Jacky Rosen continues to be a voice in the House for our military families and first responders, Sen. Dean Heller didn’t show up. He declined to cosponsor two bipartisan bills that would ensure funding for a firefighter cancer registry and expand funding for efforts to locate and identify POWs and MIAs. And then yesterday he missed the votes.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:

“While Sen. Heller talks a big game about standing up for those who serve our country in the military or as first responders, he fell asleep at the wheel when it mattered. Not only did Heller fail to cosponsor two important bipartisan pieces of legislation, he missed the votes. Nevadans are left wondering whether Sen. Heller supports these commonsense measures that Jacky Rosen has been fighting for in the House.”  

BACKGROUND:

August 2018: Heller Missed A Vote To Fund The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act Of 2018. On August 20, 2018, Heller did not vote on an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act that would, “provide funding for the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018.” [S.Amdt.3705 to S.Amdt.3695 to HR 6157, Vote 186, 8/20/18]

  • Rosen Was A Cosponsor Of The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act Of 2018. On March 9, 2017, Rosen cosponsored a bill that, “requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and maintain a voluntary registry of firefighters to collect history and occupational information that can be linked to existing data in state cancer registries. The registry must be used to improve monitoring of cancer among firefighters and to collect and publish epidemiological information regarding cancer among firefighters. The CDC should seek to include specified information in the registry, including the number and type of fire incidents attended by an individual.” The bill was signed into law on July 7, 2018. [CQ, 2/7/17; HR 931, Introduced 2/7/17, Cosponsored 3/9/17]
  • Heller Failed To Cosponsor The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act Of 2018. Heller failed to cosponsor, “This bill requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and maintain a voluntary registry of firefighters to collect history and occupational information that can be linked to existing data in state cancer registries. The registry must be used to improve monitoring of cancer among firefighters and to collect and publish epidemiological information regarding cancer among firefighters. The CDC should seek to include specified information in the registry, including the number and type of fire incidents attended by an individual.  To collect information for the registry, the CDC may incorporate questions into existing public health surveys, questionnaires, and other databases.” The bill was signed into law on July 7, 2018. The bill had 39 Democratic cosponsors and 9 Republican cosponsors. [S. 382, Introduced 2/15/17]

Heller Missed A Vote To Expand Funding For Efforts To Locate And Identify Prisoners Of War And Those Marked Missing In Action. On August 20, 2018, Heller did not vote on an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act that would, “appropriate an additional $10,000,000 for Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide for POW/MIA identification within the Defense Personnel Accounting Agency, and to provide an offset.” [S.Amdt.3706 to S.Amdt.3695, Vote 187, 8/20/18]

  • Rosen Cosponsored A Similar Measure That Would Call On The Department Of Defense And Governments Of Foreign Nations To Continue To Search For Prisoners Of War And Those Marked As Missing In Action. On April 8, 2017, Rosen cosponsored a resolution that, “Calls upon: (1) the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, other elements of the Department of Defense and the federal government, and all foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, identify and account for all missing and unaccounted-for U.S. personnel; and (2) all foreign governments with information on missing U.S. personnel, or with missing U.S. personnel within their territories, to cooperate fully with the U.S. government to provide the fullest possible accounting for all missing U.S. personnel.” The resolution was agreed to in the House on February 14, 2018. [CQ, 2/15/17;  H.Res.129, Introduced 2/15/17, Cosponsored 4/8/17]

 

  • Heller Failed to Cosponsor A Similar Measure That Would Call On The Department Of Defense And Governments Of Foreign Nations To Continue To Search For Prisoners Of War And Those Marked As Missing In Action Heller failed to cosponsor, “Calls upon: (1) the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, other elements of the Department of Defense and the federal government, and all foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, identify and account for all missing and unaccounted-for U.S. personnel; and (2) all foreign governments with information on missing U.S. personnel, or with missing U.S. personnel within their territories, to cooperate fully with the U.S. government to provide the fullest possible accounting for all missing U.S. personnel.” The bill had 6 Republican cosponsors, 4 Democratic cosponsors, and 1 Independent. [S.Res. 61, Introduced 2/15/17]