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4.24.2008

senate passes filipino veterans bill

It's on. Today, the Senate passed S. 1315 (96 affirmative, 1 against): U.S. Senate OKs measure benefiting Filipino veterans. The Filipino Veterans Equity Act would give veterans' benefits to Filipinos who fought on the side of the U.S. troops during World War II. Fortunately, Senate Republicans were unsuccessful in their attempt to strip the bill of the provisions for the Filipino veterans.

Like I've said before, this never should have been under debate in the first place. Filipino veterans having been waiting for justice for over 60 years, after they were promised the same benefits given to other World War II veterans, but Congress took them away in 1946. This bill would restore some of those benefits. Now, the fight moves on to the House of Representatives...