BREAKING: Ft. McClellan Health Registry Act Re-Introduced in House

PolitiChicks.comFor months, PolitiChicks has been following the development of the Ft. McClellan Health Registry Act and the Department of Defense’s attempts at keeping the legislation from becoming law.

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) re-introduced his Ft. McClellan legislation. Rep. Tonko has been known to introduce the Ft. McClellan legislation at the beginning of every Congressional session since he took office in 2009. Under the Ft. McClellan Health Registry Act, veterans who were stationed at Ft. McClellan, Alabama would be contacted about their potential exposure to toxins. These toxins have been known to cause severe health concerns, such as cancer, fibromyalgia and infertility in women.

The legislation, introduced in the 115th Congress, is known as H.R.2622 and has been referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently updated their website explaining the potential exposure at Ft. McClellan, including fact sheets on an array of chemicals and environmental cleanup programs.

“Congressman Tonko reintroduced the Ft. McClellan Health Registry Act this week, and continues to urge McClellan vets to take advantage of the VA’s new website and to contact their local VA Environmental Health Coordinator for the most immediate and comprehensive attention to their service-connected health problems,” said Sean Magers, Communications Director for Rep. Tonko. “He looks forward to working together with veterans, their families, and the VA to ensure those who fought for our nation receive the care they deserve.”

Ft. McClellan Veterans can visit the Veterans Affairs’ website to find their local Environmental Health Coordinator.

Everyone is encouraged to call their Congressman and ask them to cosponsor H.R.2622.

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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