Monday, August 03, 2009

Harry Mitchell recognized by President Obama

Lost in the angst over health care reform, buried in the fear-mongering that the insurance industry and their stooges in Congress have been spewing, obscured by the deceptive and divisive attacks by the Republicans on Democrats in swing districts (including CD5 here in Arizona) is the outstanding work that some of those Democrats have been doing on behalf of the nation's veterans.

On Monday, President Obama gave some well-deserved plaudits to many of those Democrats during his remarks on the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. His speech was given at George Mason University.

From the Washington Post transcript (emphasis mine) -
And of the original bill sponsors who could not be here today, we've got Senator Chuck Hagel, Senator Frank Lautenberg, Representative Harry Mitchell, Representative Bobby Scott, Representative Ginny Brown-Waite andRepresentative Peter King. All of them worked hard...
Whether it is shining a bright light on the inadequate research into Gulf War Syndrome, an ailment afflicting thousands of veterans of the first Bush's war against Iraq or holding the VA's feet to the fire for shoddy medical practices that expose their patients to life-threatening diseases, or any of dozens of other examples, Congressman Mitchell has been untiring in his efforts for America's veterans.

Every one of his constituents who reads this should contact him (online contact form here; AZ office number 480-946-2411; DC office number 202-225-2190) and thank him.

Of course, since you are contacting him anyway, while you are at it you might just find the time to urge him to support H.R. 3200,the America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.


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