Legislation Protecting Military Funerals…
April 20, 2006
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) today released the following statement supporting the Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act, H.R. 5037, which will prevent disruption of military funerals at national cemeteries beginning 60 minutes before and continuing for 60 minutes after a service and keep protestors at least 500 feet away from mourners during any demonstration. It also includes a sense of Congress that all 50 states should adopt similar legislation affecting all military funeral and burial sites.
“I have cosponsored this legislation because the brave men and women of our military who have given their lives in service to our country deserve to be buried peacefully and with dignity. These fallen soldiers have helped us to fight the terrorists who seek to harm America’s families and children. The soldiers and their grieving families should not be subject to disrespect when they have died while honorably serving the United States.”
“I commend Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) for sponsoring this measure as House Republicans continue to stand with America’s troops and their families. It is my intention that we bring up and pass the Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act as soon as possible.”