03 June 2009

Rep. Howard Berman signs on as a cosponsor to HR 569

Yesterday Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif) signed onto the Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2009, HR 569 as a cosponsor. Thomas lists Berman's name here. This brings the total to 19 cosponsors. Berman is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and also a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Notably the bill now has several House Congressional leaders as cosponsors. Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Bob Brady (D-Penn.) chairman of House Administration Committee are all cosponsors. With Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Berman signing on there are now four of the 19 cosponsors who hold chairmanships of one of the 20 standing House committees. In other words, almost one quarter of chairs of House standing committees support HR 569. And it doesn't stop there. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn.) a second term Congressman, retired active duty Navy vice admiral (aka three star admiral) and vice chair of the House Committee on Small Business is a cosponsor. Sestak is the highest ranking military veteran presently serving in either house of Congress. Two of the bills cosponsors are co-chairs to the Congressional Progressive Caucus: Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Az.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.).

No GOP lawmakers have signed onto the House bill as cosponsors in this Congress.

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