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Rep. Bryan Steil, R-1st District, has introduced a bill that would increase federal spending on veterans cemeteries.
Steil co-introduced HR 5487, the Veterans Cemetery Grants Improvement Act, with Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan of the Northern Mariana Islands and member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, according to a Steil news release.
Sablan is an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.
MILWAUKEE -- Cemeteries for our veterans could be getting more funding. A new bill introduced by Congressman Bryan Steil on Monday, Feb. 3 could double the amount of grant money dished out by the federal government each year.
Right now, there is a budget of $5 million to assist every veteran cemetery in the country with upkeep projects. It is clearly not enough. But the bill being proposed hopes to address that issue.
You would never know from looking at the snow-covered Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove that it is a busy place.
WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- A bipartisan bill in Washington could help improve the condition of state-run veteran cemeteries.
Congressman Bryan Steil introduced the Veterans Cemetery Grants Improvement Act in December.
Flanked by veterans, the Janesville republican outlined specifics of the bill at a press conference in Union Grove Monday, Feb. 3.
He says the legislation would double the amount of federal grants available to state-run veteran cemeteries.
More than 16,000 veterans and their family members have been laid to rest at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in the town of Dover since it was established in 1998.
With approximately 1,000 more interments per year, it is considered the fifth busiest state cemetery in the U.S.
With veterans from the Vietnam War and other 20th century conflicts aging, Congress is keeping an eye and working on making sure these state-run veterans cemeteries can continue to be sustainable.
UNION GROVE, WISCONSIN—Today, following a press conference at American Legion Post 171 in Union Grove, Steil rolled out H.R. 5487, the Veterans Cemetery Grants Improvement Act. Steil co-introduced the legislation with Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan of the Northern Mariana Islands and member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
RACINE, WISCONSIN—Following a press conference at the Racine County Sheriff Patrol Station, Bryan Steil announced Retired United States Navy Commander Richard “Dick” Vallin as Wisconsin’s First Congressional District’s Veteran of the Year.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, with Bryan Steil’s support, the House of Representatives passed the Homeless Veteran Families Act. Steil is a cosponsor of the bill and it now awaits passage in the Senate.
JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN—Bryan Steil is seeking nominations for Wisconsin’s First Congressional District’s Veteran of the Year Award. The Veteran of the Year Award is an opportunity for a veteran to be honored for his or her service and contributions in the First District.
RACINE, WISCONSIN—Following two press conferences, Bryan Steil announced the hiring of Ryan Vishaway, Wisconsin’s First Congressional District’s Wounded Warrior Fellow. Through the House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, Vishaway serves as the Director of Veterans and Military Affairs in our office. Vishaway is responsible for veteran outreach, veteran and military casework, and service academy nominations.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Bryan Steil’s budget-neutral amendment providing funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ suicide prevention and treatment programs passed the House of Representatives.
Watch the floor speech here.