Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Most Powerful Person

I find it amazing that in this country of ours that one PERSON has so much power that he can decide on his own if a Bill won’t become law.
Let use look at how a Bill becomes law;
1.     A member of Congress introduces a bill.
2.     Committees review and vote on the bill.
3.     The Senate and the House debate and vote on the bill.
4.     The President signs the bill—or NOT. 

Now the last step mean the President can SIGN or VETO the BILL.  BUT if over 290 of the House of Representatives votes to override the VETO and at least 67 Members of the Senator votes to overturn the VETO then the Bills because law. Seems Fair to me that because ONE Person decide that the bill should NOT become law then a Super Majority can over ride the VETO.

Now if you think I am talking about the President, you would be wrong. Let me give you an example.

There is a Bill in the House of Representative, HR-969, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act that has 334 Members of the House of Representative that support the Bill. Now when I went to school I did learn the 334 is greater than 290. YET in the House Veterans Affairs Committee ONE PERSON, the Honorable Congressman Jeff Miller is deciding, since he is the Chairman that HR-969 should not go to the Floor for a VOTE, EVEN if there is more than a SUPERMAJORITY already in the House SUPPORTING the Bill.

In the Senate there is ONLY 45 Members Supporting S-681, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. This is 45% of the Senate that supports the Bill. I find it hard to believe that there wouldn’t be at least 6 more members of the Senate would vote for the Bill, but that is a guess. It would be nice if Senator Johnny Isakson would also bring the Senate Version to the Floor for a VOTE.

Now to be fair to both of them I understand they were waiting for the CBO score of the Bills. The CBO has stated that the Bills will cost about $2.4 Billion over the period of 10 years. So that excuse is over. They are also waiting for a Write Up from Secretary McDonald of the VA and the VA was waiting for a Write Up from the Navy. Well the Navy has provided the Write Up telling the VA there were no way they can test a Ship that may have been exposed to Agent Orange back in the 60’s and early 70’s.  Too much time has passed for anything to still be there.

All members of Congress are sworn in with the following oath:
‘I AB do solemnly swear (or Affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or
purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.’

It's easy for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans to understand this oath because it is very similar to the oath we had to take when we joined the Navy. So the oaths states they are going to follow the Constitution. It some what easy to understand, well, if you can understand the Constitution.
Now MY UNDERSTANDING of the Constitution is that both the Members of the
House and Senate are elected to represent the will of the people that not only elected them but who they represent. This is easy enough for me to understand. Now of course not all constituent are going to agree so they should do as a majority of the constituent want, which is if they are in favorite of the Bill it would seem that their constituent are in favorite of the Bill.
Now to me it seems that at least Chairman Jeff Miller is either Breaking the Law or Violating the Constitution by not allowing the Bill to go to a floor for a vote.  They are deciding what they want and not what a majority of the fellow Members of Congress are wanting. So it seems that the most Powerful Person in OUR government is NOT the President of the United States but the Chairman of the Veterans Affair Committees.

These are my opinion. I’m not a lawyer; this is done with some research and guessing. I have been working for about two years helping to get the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act along with many others. I started the Blue Water Awareness Group on Facebook under 2 years ago and there we have many great members working towards the same cause in getting the Members of Congress to understand why we feel they should bring back the benefits that were taken away from Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans in 2002.

Many of us have the effect of being exposed to Agent Orange; in my case I have Prostate Cancer, which is on the list of diseases that Agent Orange cause. I also have Thyroid Cancer, which there is now finding evidence that Agent Orange may cause problem with the Thyroid. Yet the VA says that I couldn’t have been exposed to Agent Orange since I was stationed on a ship. Yet there are studies both here in the US and in Australia those shows that members of the Navy may have been exposed to Agent Orange by the way of the way the water on Naval Ships distilled for cooking, cleaning, bathing and all the other reason water is used. BUT the VA along with Congressman Jeff Miller don’t believe it.

Mike Yates
Blue Water Navy Awareness

thebluewaternavyawarenss@gmail.com

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Update fon Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

Update from Blue Water Navy Awareness

Supporting Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act
House: 334
Senate: 45

This is NOT a Political Post, this is a Veterans Issue.

I know it has been a long time since I have provided an update and I am sorry for that. We have had more Members of Congress sign onto to support the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. We now have 334 Members of the House and 45 Members of the Senate supporting the bills. These are good number and we are working hard on getting more support in the Senate so we can get it over the 50% mark. However there are two Members of Congress that are holding back the Bills. We have Congressman Jeff Miller, who is the Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Senator Johnny Isakson who is the Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
We have almost 77% of the House and 45% of the Senate supporting the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act yet two Members of Congress are using their power to prevent the Bills from going to the floor of Congress for a vote.
We are asking everyone to help us in Contacting these two and requesting that they allow the Bills to be sent to the Floor for an vote. Also we are still asking everyone to Contact their own Members of Congress and ask them to Contact the Veterans Affairs Committee and ask them to bring the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act to a vote.
We at Blue Water Navy Awareness on Facebook are still working hard to get these two Bills passed. Weekly we are asking all our Members to Contact specific Members of Congress so we can put Respectful pressure on them. So far we believe it has worked. In the last year there have been over 100 House Members signed on and 31 Senate Members. We would love to get the Number of Senators up above 66. Please help use, we are asking not only for ourselves but for all the Other Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans that are suffering from the effect of Agent Orange.
These two Bills are not the only thing we work on, but it is what we are focusing on.

Please feel free to share this information and if you have any questions please feel free to Message Me, email me at thebluewaternavyawareness@gmail.com or come over to Blue Water Navy Awareness on Facebook and post the questions.

You can go to my website at http://www. bluewaternavyawareness. com/senators-not-supporting-s-681.html (remove the two spaces)

Thanks for your time.

Mike

Blue Water Navy Awareness

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 18 - Please make this phone call


ON MAY 18TH, CALL (202)224-3121, GIVE THE OPERATOR YOUR STATE AND/OR ZIP CODE AND THEY WILL CONNECT YOU WITH YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS OFFICE. ASK TO SPEAK WITH THE LA FOR VETERANS AFFAIRS...MAKE IT CLEAR YOU ARE CALLING AS A CONSTITUENT ASKING FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF HR 969 and S 681, THE BLUE WATER NAVY VIETNAM VETERANS ACT"

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Washington DC Rally

I have a request. On May 18th I will be in Washington DC attending a Rally and New Conference being held by Senator Gibson from New York.
I am asking all my friend to please read the following and please Contact your member of Congress and request they support these if they aren't. We have 41 Senators and 320 House Members supporting them.
Also Please share this information. We Make the calls and please let any one you know that served in the Navy during the Vietnam War about the following;

ON MAY 18TH, CALL (202)224-3121, GIVE THE OPERATOR YOUR STATE AND/OR ZIP CODE AND THEY WILL CONNECT YOU WITH YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS OFFICE. ASK TO SPEAK WITH THE LA FOR VETERANS AFFAIRS...MAKE IT CLEAR YOU ARE CALLING AS A CONSTITUENT ASKING FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF HR 969 and S 681, THE BLUE WATER NAVY VIETNAM VETERANS ACT"


RALLY IN SUPPORT OF THE BLUE WATER NAVY LEGISLATION
On May 18, there will be a gathering in Washington, DC, of veterans, friends and family members. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to come. We will be having a Rally in Support of the two bills that are languishing in both the House and Senate Veterans Committees. Hopefully, this will bring some attention to the subject and help get those Bills brought to the Floors of both House and Senate for a vote.
Our exact meeting place is yet to be announced, but we will perhaps be visiting the Congress as well as showing up in other locations. Anything you can do to let your local press know about this, the better.
We are simultaneously asking veterans, friends and family to Rally in Support at their own locations, because the trip to DC is long and expensive. So if one or more individuals supporting our legislation (HR-969 and S-681) can make a sign indicating their Support for the Blue Water Navy, they should go walk around outside their nearest VA facility and join in this National Effort. It is a peaceful, compliant, and non-trespassing walk that brings attention to the problems of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and to the legislation that can fix that problem. Every event should be covered by your local newspaper, radio and TV stations.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Update

On 11/16/15 we reach a mile stone. We hit the 290 Co-sponsors mark. What this means is that if the Bill is taken to the Floor for a vote, there would be no debating since there is a Super Majority supporting the bill.
 As of now we are are 291 cosponsors in the House and 34 in the Senate.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH A NEW PROJECT


WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH A NEW PROJECT
The regulations that the VA needs to write regarding Blue Water Navy veterans due to the Gray v. McDonald have been or soon will be delivered to the White House for approval. We don’t know what it says, but we do know the VA is always inclined to inflate cost figures. What we need to do is send hundreds of letters to the White House asking that they move forward with the VA regulations. I believe that after they get White House approval, VA may bring John Wells back into the picture to review things before they release the new Regulations.
Please go to the link below and send a note to the White House so they know there are people out here in the real world who care about this issue! Send it directly to the President. An example of what you might say is included. Use as is or modify as you see fit.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
"I have heard that the VA is working on a regulation to help Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans who have diseases caused by Agent Orange. Please support these new VA regulations. Blue Water Navy vets lost their presumption of exposure to Agent Orange in 2002 after it was granted to them by the Agent Orange Act of 1991. Tens of thousands of veterans deserve their earned benefits. It shouldn’t matter what the cost is; these are American lives we are talking about! Please ask the VA to restore these benefits."
Beside using the Contact Form I am also suggesting that we light up the White House Switch board on Monday morning. PLEASE call 202-456-1111 and ask them to support the New Regulations and remind them that the VA has a history of not exactly telling the truth at all times.
One more thing……PLEASE PLEASE SHARE SHARE this on ANY FB or Yahoo group you belong to. Let’s get as many people as we can to do this.
I know some have already started to post this or a similar request on others sites, please post again if you have to. We ALL need to get our point across.
Please make sure you make that call on Monday and SHARE….tell your family, friends, coworkers, enemies, people you barely know, any one and ask them to Contact the White House.
Thanks…remember SHARE