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Legislation introduced to extend the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program’s Office of the Ombudsman. Your help is needed to get it passed.

March 2, 2020

March 2, 2020

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On February 27, 2020, Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced legislation to extend the Office of the Ombudsman, H.R. 6009. The National Defense Authorization Bill for Fiscal Year 2020 provided more responsibilities to the Ombudsman’s office but did not extend the term beyond October 30, 2020.

This legislation, Nuclear Workers’ Ombudsman Extension Act, will extend the term until 2025.

Congressman Perlmutter said this of the workers,

“These workers risked their lives to protect our nation and helped end the Cold War. This has been one of my top priorities because we must ensure these patriots receive the compensation and care they need and deserve as they deal with the health consequences and other side effects related to their service to our country,” said Perlmutter.

Congressman Wilson stated the need to extend the office,

“Extending the Office of the Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program will guarantee a resource for those who have dedicated their lives to our national security,” said Wilson. “I know firsthand the extraordinary service at the Savannah River Site and am grateful for the critical work this office does to aid those in need as they navigate through the common difficulties associated with receiving these benefits.”

You can play a big part in getting this legislation passed. Contact your Representative and ask that they co-sponsor H.R. 6009 to extend the term of the Ombudsman’s office.  It’s that simple.  You can either call the local office of your Representative or fill out the contact form on their website.

Don’t know who your Representative is?  Even that information is easy to find.  Just click here.