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Toomey Measure Honoring Prisoners of War, Those Missing in Action Passes Senate Unanimously

May 3, 2019
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Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, a bipartisan measure introduced by U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that honors prisoners of war and those missing in action (POW/MIA) was passed unanimously in the Senate.

"Over the course of our nation's wars and conflicts, more than 82,000 American service members have been listed at POW/MIA or unaccounted for," said Senator Toomey. "We owe it to those service members and their families to ensure that our nation never forgets their sacrifices. Once the House passes and President Trump signs this bipartisan measure into law, the POW/MIA flag will be permanently displayed at certain federal sites. I appreciate my colleagues' support in honoring and recognizing our nation's heroes."

The bill now awaits consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Background:

The National POW/MIA Flag Act requires the POW/MIA flag to be displayed at certain federal sites such as: the U.S. Capitol, the White House, certain war memorials, every national cemetery, buildings containing the official offices of the Secretaries of State, Defense, and Veterans Affairs (VA), the office of the Director of the Selective Service System, each major military installation, VA medical centers, and all U.S. Postal Service offices whenever the U.S. flag is flown.

The National POW/MIA Flag Act has been endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., the American Legion, Rolling Thunder, and the National League of POW/MIA Families.

Other co-sponsors include Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and John Thune (R-S.D.).