VETERAN VOTING SUPPORT ACT -- (Extensions of Remarks - September 18, 2008)
HON. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2008
* Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 6625, the Veteran Voting Support Act. I want to thank my colleague, Chairman Brady, for sponsoring this important legislation.
* We have a special duty to make it easier, not harder, for all our citizens to participate in this great democracy. I was utterly appalled to learn that earlier this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs was blocking non-partisan voter registration organizations from its facilities.
* Congressional and public outrage forced the VA to revise its policy. However, their ``new'' directive still falls short of providing the voting assistance our veterans deserve. This is simply unacceptable. H.R. 6625 requires the VA to actively offer voter registration and assistance opportunities to our veterans.
* Every day our soldiers risk life and limb to protect our liberties and defend our freedoms. When they come home, we owe them the most sacred of freedoms--the right to vote. We must do everything in our power to help them register and participate in this historic election.