s 20016 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD-SENATE December 11, 1970
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, this
morning, I have received a number of
communications from Montana, one
from the commander in chief of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United
States. In brief, the tenor of these telegrams
from the vet.erans organizations
of the State, the veterans, those who are
interested in veterans' welfare, as well as
Mr. Rainwater, are under the impression
that the veterans• pension bill, H.R.
15911, has been reported separately by
the Finance Committee and they are, to
quote Mr. Rainwater:
Shocked to learn there is no indication
Senate will bring this bill up before Congress
adjourns . If this legislation Is not approved
by 91st Congress. 150,000 vl>terans, mostly
older World War I veterans, will have their
VA pension cut or canceled.
Curgently request every effort be extended
to have H.R. 15911 considered Immediately.
This measure has not been reported
from the Senate Finance Committee,
which has been working for months on
very complicated legislation dealing with
social security, welfare reform and import
quotas. I have been informed, however,
that a similar bill has been attached
as an amendment to the social security,
import quota, family assistance, et cetera,
bill which should be reported to the
Senate by next Monday . .
The fate of this measure is unknown
at this time. If, however-and I speak
on behalf of the joint leadership in this
respect-H.R. 15911 is reported to the
Senate as a separate measure, we want
to assure all of those concerned that we
will make every possible effort to see that
it is considered expeditiously and passed.
Mr. ·scoTT. We will, indeed.
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I ask
unanimous consent that a number of
t~legrams which I received all of a sud-den
from Montana he p~inted in the
There being no objection, the telegrams
were ordered to be printed in the
RECORD, as follows:
Hon. MIKE MANSFIELD,
The Veterans of Foregn Wars of the
United States Is pleased that Veterans Pension
Bill, H.R. 15911, has been reported
separately by Finance Committee. Shocked
to learn there is no indication Senate will
bring this btU up before Congress adjourns.
If this legislation Is not approved by 91st
Congr~ss, 150,000 veterans, mostly older
World War I veterans, will have their VA
pensions cut or canceled .
Urgently re qul.'~t every effort be extended
to ha,·e H .R. 15911 considered immediately.
H .R . R.o\INWATER,
Commander in Chief,
Veterans oj Foreign Wars.
HOll. MIKE MANSFIELD,
Senate Office Building,
The Social Security increase enacted last
year will result in approximately 150,000
needy and disabled veterans suffering reductions
In non-service connected VA pension
benefits on January 1, 1971, if the. Pension
Bill H.R. 15911 Is not enacted prior to
adjournment to the 91st Congress we therefore
urge that you schedule H .R. 15911 for
early considerat ion on the Senate fioor.
JOHN E. SLOAN,
DA V National Ser11ice Officer.
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