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Rep. Don Bacon’s First Bill Passes the House

Gold Star Family Support and Installation Access Act Passed with Unanimous Consent

Washington, DC, November 7, 2017

Today, Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) released the following statement after his first bill, H.R. 3897 the Gold Star Family Support and Installation Access Act passed on the House floor:

“This is an important day for America’s Gold Star families. I introduced this legislation after meeting with Gold Star spouses and families in Nebraska, and learned of their personal challenges and the gaps in current law. As a Commander in the Air Force, I’ve seen firsthand the pain Gold Star families feel when they lose a loved one, and as a Congressman, I’ve learned of the ways Gold Star families are disenfranchised. The core of this bill is about commitment, a commitment for life, and ensuring as a legislative body we support our Gold Star families and extend to them a small measure of compassion, dignity, and respect that their tremendous sacrifice deserves. I’m glad to see the House of Representatives support our Gold Star families by passing this bill. I thank each of the many cosponsors for their support and eagerness to honor military families who have given so much for our freedom.” 

The Gold Star Family Support and Installation Access Act was introduced on October 2, 2017 and passed the House with 89 bipartisan cosponsors. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.