Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Collins Calls on Congress to Stop Funeral Protests

Collins Calls on Congress to Speed Legislation for Our Fallen Soldiers

(Washington, D.C.)-Congressman Mac Collins today called on the Majority Leader and Chairman of the Veterans Affairs committee in the House of Representatives to bring H.R. 5037, “The Respect for Fallen Heroes Act” to the floor for a vote immediately.

The bill would prohibit protesting at military funerals and ensure that the men and women that give their lives for our county are laid to rest with the respect they deserve.

“Congressman Buyer of Indiana has proposed important legislation in the Congress that, if passed, will once and for all put an end to the actions of people who wish to dishonor our armed forces and their families as they are laid to rest. I call on my former colleagues in Congress to act in a bi-partisan fashion to expedite the passage of Congressman Buyer’s legislation.

The bill which is currently held up in the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs requires a discharge petition with 218 signatures to move immediately to the house floor.

No family, after losing a loved one in defense of our great nation, should have to endure the indignity of having picketers mar their final remembrances. Members of Congress must not allow ‘The Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act’ to languish in committee. There should be no delay in making this very important legislation the law”, Collins stated.