October 10, 2012 in Letters, Opinion

Cathy supports military


I would like to point out a real case of voter disenfranchisement, and that is of our military personnel stationed overseas, on sea patrol, and in some cases even those stationed in the United States. This has been due to poor provisions for the timely transmittal and receipt of ballots. According to the military, less than half of the overseas ballots were counted in the last election.

In an attempt to rectify this problem, H.R. 2393, Military Voting Protection Act of 2009, co-sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, was introduced in the 111th Congress. This law would provide for the timely transmittal, collection and return of military ballots. However, the bill died in conference and never became law.

Also, Cathy, in support of the needs of military personnel and their families, is one of the founders and co-chairs of the Military Family Caucus. The goal of the caucus is to bring together members of Congress, administration officials, and service members and their families to draw attention to the needs of military families. These needs include mental health, Wounded Warrior support, homeless veterans, health care and education.

The caucus is supported by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

George Knapp

Addy, Wash.

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