The purpose of the Legislative Commission is to promote the legislative mandates of the Legion before Congress. These mandates are dictated by resolutions adopted at a national convention or any meeting of the National Executive Committee. Neither the Legislative Commission nor its staff can make policy decisions.
The Legion’s legislative portfolio covers a large spectrum of issues, such as the global war on terrorism, juvenile delinquency, veterans employment and education, military preparedness, immigration, flag protection and veterans health care. The Legion’s mandates are promoted by oral and written testimony at congressional hearings, writing and mailing letters, and lobbying Congress through countless hours of telephone calls, emails and meetings. The National Legislative Council, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of The American Legion are critical allies in the Legion’s grass-roots lobbying program.
The Legion’s legislative focuses include fiscal-year appropriations for VA, homeland security and national defense; continued support for legislation to eliminate the disabled-veterans tax, and passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the U.S. flag.