Monday, February 16, 2009

Congressman Joe Sestak (PA07)

A very nice and encouraging letter I received from Congressman Joe Sestak (PA-07)
February 15, 2009

Dear Mr. Terwilliger,

Jason Marmon of my staff shared with me your email regarding the Cold War Medal. Two years ago I supported a proposal to establish such a medal. The language passed the House in the FY 2008 National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA) but was ultimately stripped following President Bush's veto.

Last year, it did not make it to the floor last year due to budgetary concerns and competing priorities and that fact that it has faced opposition from several Senators. Senator Clinton and Rep. Andrews have been driving it these past two years.

My staff has learned that there is an effort to work with the Obama Administration to have the medal added as a part of the defense budget. I have voiced my support for such an effort. Should that effort fail, I will support a legislative effort to have it added.

Please do not respond to this email.
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