Luján, Hawley, Leger Fernández, Moylan Host Press Conference on RECA Expansion
Washington, D.C. – Today,U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján, (D-N.M.) Josh Hawley, (R-Mo.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) and James Moylan (R-Guam) held a press conference with advocates, downwinders, and uranium workers on the extension of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) program. Earlier this year, Senators Luján and Hawley successfully led the U.S. Senate to pass a historic expansion of the RECA program in the National Defense Authorization Act. This press conference celebrated progress and drove support for the RECA legislation and discussed next steps to ensure this expansion of RECA stays in the final National Defense Authorization Act.
Link to photos available HERE. Press conference in full available HERE.
“The recent bipartisan Senate vote to extend and expand RECA was the closest we have been to strengthening this critical program, following years of persistence, organizing, advocacy, and bipartisan cooperation,” said Senator Luján. “Today, I was honored to join my colleagues to make clear that RECA expansion is a bipartisan, bicameral priority that must be included in the final National Defense Authorization Act. It’s only right that these affected individuals – who played a critical role in our national security – are finally compensated.”