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Sunday, May 14, 2006

PELOSI LETTER SUPPORTING REINSTATEMENT OF VETERANS COMMITTEE


Washington---Bouse Democratic Leader nancy Pelosi sent the following Commanders of leading veterans and military organizations in support of their efforts to reinstate the Committee legislative haerings. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Buyer (R-IN) terminated hearings earlier this year. Nelow is the text of her letter: May 12, 2006

Thomas L. Bock, National Commander, The American Legion

James R. Mueller, Commander-in-Cheif, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.

Edward W. Kemp, National Commander, AMVETS

Paul W. Jackson, Mational Commander, Disabled American Veterans

Dear Commanders:

Thank you and the members of your organizations for your efforts to reinstate the joint Veterans Committee hearings. As you know, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Buyer unilartally and midguidedly terminated these hearings this year.

These long-standing joint hearings provide a vital forum to review the legislative priorities of veterans and military service organizations and allow veterans to directly express their views and interact with Congress. Chairman Buyer's decision, made without even consulting the House veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Lane Evans, comprehend the impact such a decision will have on the veterans' community, which uses these hearings to hear and protect the interests of the brave men and women who have defended our freedom. Specifically, the joint hearings allow veterans and military service organizations to directly present both timely budgetary and legislative recommendations.

Commanders, please be assured my commitment to our troops, veterans, and military families is strong. Indeed, in addition to holding many veterans and military issue-focused roundtable discussions, I will encourage Chairman Buyer to reverse his decision ending the joint hearings. Moreover, if given the opportunity to lead the House of Representatives, one of the first orders of business of the Democratic Caucus will be to reinstate the joint hearings and begin anew the valuable dialogue that occurs during these events.

Thank you for your service to the nation. I look forward to working with you to provide out troops, veterans and military families the benefits and health care they have earned and deserve.

Sincerely, NANCY PELSOI, Democratic Leader

Source: National Desk
U.S. Newswire Releases
5/12/2006

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