The legislation, named the "Burial Equity for Guards and Reserves Act," allows members of the National Guard and reserve to be eligible for burial in state veterans cemeteries without the cemetery losing funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
"Alarmingly, from April 2020 to April 2021, for the first-time in the United States, overdoses took the lives of more than 100,000 people in a one-year period," writes Rep. Kelly Armstrong. "This is an increase of 28.5% from the previous year."
The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act" on Thursday along party lines. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., and Rep. Michelle Fischbach, R-Minn., voted against the bill, which faces a much harder path in the gridlocked Senate.
Risch writes, "It’s obvious that misrepresentative Armstrong is afraid of repercussions from the has been, loser Donald Trump and his cult followers. He put politics ahead of policy and should be banned from the ribbon cuttings this bill will produce."