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Congressman Denny Heck

Representing the 10th District of Washington

It's about time (Editorial)

Dec 27, 2018
In The News

With the Chinese American WWII Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act now being signed into law, let freedom ring for all.

This is a wonderful holiday gift to the Chinese American community. The president’s signature on this bill on Dec. 20 reaffirms this administration’s recognition of the contributions that people of color make in protecting our nation. They put their lives on the line, pledging loyalty to our country, and proving that we are all patriots. The passing and signing into law of this act honorably recognizes the Chinese Americans who bravely served our country.

Few people know that more than 18,000 Chinese and Chinese Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII. They served in every capacity within the armed forces, even though the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act was still in force for much of the war. Many earned citations for their heroism and honorable duty to our nation.

Up until now, they were the only U.S. minority group that had not been recognized for their service.

We have lost many of these patriots in the years since the end of WWII. With precious few still alive, it’s about time that those still with us are getting honored and recognized for their selflessness and sacrifice.

Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced the bill, along with Ed Royce (R-CA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Thad Cochran (R-MS) introduced it in the Senate.

Here are the Washington senators and congressmen who cosponsored the bill:
Sen. Maria Cantwell
Sen. Patty Murray
Rep. Suzan DelBene
Rep. Denny Heck
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler
Rep. Pramila Jayapal
Rep. Derek Kilmer
Rep. Rick Larsen
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Rep. Dan Newhouse
Rep. Dave Reichert
Rep. Adam Smith