Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Actby Representative Tammy Duckworth
Posted on 2015-01-12
DUCKWORTH. Mr. Speaker, I was pleased that my colleagues
unanimously agreed during the 113th Congress that we must act to combat
Veteran suicide and I am grateful that we are acting quickly in the
first days of the 114th Congress to address this critical unfinished
business. The statistics are heartbreaking. An average of 22 Veterans
commit suicide every day. So each day that we delay action is a day we
cannot afford. I was proud to help introduce HR. 5059, Clay Hunt
Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act with Chairman Jeff Miller
and Representative Tim Walz. While there is no bill that will
completely end Veteran suicide, this comprehensive measure is a step in
the right direction. It will remove barriers that prevent our nation's
heroes from getting the quality, timely mental health care that they
deserve. It is my sincere hope that my colleagues in the Senate will
take note of the momentum in the House and bring this legislation to
the Senate Floor as soon as possible.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from Florida (Mr. Miller) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, H.R. 203.
The question was taken.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. In the opinion of the Chair, two-thirds being in the affirmative, the ayes have it.