Davis Honors Service of POW/MIA on House Floor
Bill Authorizing Commemorative Chair in U.S. Capitol Passes House
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), member of the House Administration Committee, today spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 1670, the National Prisoner of War/Missing In Action (POW/MIA) Remembrance Act. H.R. 1670 authorizes a commemorative chair with the National League of POW/MIA Families insignia to be placed in the U.S. Capitol in honor of the sacrifices made by these brave men and women in uniform. This bill passed the House with unanimous support this afternoon and now heads to the Senate for consideration.
Text of remarks as prepared:
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 1670, The National Prisoner of War/Missing In Action Remembrance Act.
This bipartisan bill authorizes the placement of a commemorative chair on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol that would serve as a reminder to all of us of the great sacrifice our brave men and women in uniform have made to keep our country safe and promote our values around the globe.
These commemorative chairs, which carry the POW/MIA insignia and are purchased with privately raised funds, remain perpetually unoccupied as a solemn reminder of the 91,000 brave service members still waiting to be brought home.
Mr. Speaker, ensuring that our veterans are properly cared for is one of my top priorities as a member of Congress; and while the veterans administration continues to require significant reforms, having a commemorative chair in the Capitol will remind all members of the commitments we have made to our veterans and ensure we hold the veterans administration accountable when mistakes are made.
Mr. Speaker I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 1670 so that families of POW/MIA service members know that the United States of America will never forget their loved ones who served this country with valor and honor.