H.R. 550: The WWII Merchant Mariner Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. AMMV would like to wholeheartedly thank sponsor Rep. John Garamendi (CA) and his staff for their outstanding work in the passage of this legislation. Also to be thanked are the many individual volunteers who voiced their opinions to Congress in the form of emails, letters, phone calls, and social media posts. Finally, AMMV thanks all of the U.S. maritime unions and groups for their various levels of support of our organization and in promoting the Congressional Gold Medal legislation.
The next step is to see the companion Senate bill (S. 133) passed. The bill sits with 31 cosponsors as of 9/18/19; 67 are needed to send it to the Senate Floor. Once passed, the bill will then be signed into law by the President of the United States. S. 133 is currently under the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. All supporters of this legislation are encouraged to contact their Senators as well as the committee holding the bill.
Click HERE for Congressman Garamendi’s press release on the passage of H.R. 550
Click HERE for information on Senate bill S. 133
Click HERE to download a form letter to mail in support of S. 133
Click HERE to complete a quick e-form which automatically sends an email to your Senators
Click HERE to download or view a copy of the Maritime Industry’s support letter for S. 133