The Americanisim Division is mailing the Summary of Americanism Resolutions booklet and the Americanism Commission Fall Meeting Digest of Proceedings to all members of the National Americanism Commission, Americanism Council, National Committee on Education and the Counter-Subversive Activities Committee.
Legion Legislative Division Director Tim Tetz is attending a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing today on two bills. One would direct the secretary of the Interior to install a plaque in the national World War II Memorial inscribed with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the nation on the morning of D-Day, June 6, 1944. The other piece of legislation to be discussed would authorize the Gold Star Mothers National Monument Foundation to establish a national monument in Washington, D.C.
Forty-two Legionnaires from across the nation are on Capitol Hill today visiting members of the Joint Congressional Deficit Reduction Committee from their respective home states. The Legion lobbyists are counseling lawmakers to protect Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs budgets as they seek ways to reduce government spending. Among the Legionnaires on The Hill today is Past National Commander Clarence Bacon of Maryland. He will meet with Sen. Chris Van Hollen.
Legislative Division director Tim Tetz is presenting testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on a bill that defines the role of American Legion posts by adding the following to the Legion's charter, "...provide guidance and leadership to the individual Departments and Posts, but may not control or otherwise influence the specific activities and conduct of the independent, autonomous Departments and Posts..." Since the Legion is congressionally chartered, any change to its charter requires congressional action.
Fifty-two Legionnaires from 32 departments will go through the 2011 National Legion College graduation ceremony in Indianapolis. Legion College prepares Legionnaires for leadership positions in posts, districts,
Legion Legislative Division assistant director Shaun Reiley is attending a House Foreign Affairs Committee session titled "Afghanistan and Pakistan Transition," while deputy director Ian de Planque monitors a hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.