Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Ruth Moore Act. Tester is the author of the Senate-version of the bill, which makes it easier for survivors of military sexual assault to get the veterans' disability benefits they need:
"As we fight back against the growing epidemic of sexual assault in the military, we must do everything we can to support the survivors of service-related trauma. The Ruth Moore Act makes it easier for survivors of military sexual assault to get the benefits they need without having to jump through additional hoops. I am pleased the House passed this bill today, and I will continue pushing to get it through the Senate and signed into law."
Tester joined with Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree to introduce the legislation in February. Montana Senator Max Baucus is a cosponsor of the Senate bill.
The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Tester's version of the Ruth Moore Act on Wednesday, June 12.