The men and women who don our country’s uniform deserve our full support – during their service and beyond.
In 2019, the House passed dozens of bipartisan veterans’ bills. Together, we are getting results for veterans on healthcare, housing insecurity, and key benefits across the board – including passing legislation to correct a decades-long injustice and deliver benefits to Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange.
Rep. Dean has also cosponsored legislation to address the challenges of homelessness and suicide among our veterans – as well as to help returning servicemembers transition from the battlefield to the classroom and continue to be leaders in their community.
In addition, we have launched the Women Veterans Task Force to make sure that more than two million women veterans have access to healthcare, benefits, and resources they have earned. Rep. Dean is also a member of the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus.
And with more women, LGBTQ, minority, and Native American veterans than ever before, we are legislating to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs is ready to care for our increasingly diverse community of veterans.
Perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals are linked to a range of health consequences, including certain types of cancers and impaired immune system performance. The chemicals have long been used in a range of consumer products, and the military continues to use aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) in firefighting training exercises. Across the country, these chemicals flow from military bases into community water supplies, exposing tens of millions of people to health risks.
In Pennsylvania’s Fourth Congressional District – Montgomery and Berks Counties – the epicenter of the PFAS problem is Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, where unchecked contamination continues to harm surrounding municipalities. In May, Rep. Dean toured the base with members of the Congressional PFAS Task Force and witnessed this ongoing contamination.
From day one of her term, Rep. Dean has worked closely with other Members of Congress to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish an enforceable Maximum Contaminant Level for PFAS – an essential element in any effort to protect our servicemembers, veterans, and communities.
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JENKINTOWN, PA – Today, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) announced that the Air Force has disbursed $2.8 million in funds that will allow Horsham Air Guard Station (formerly Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove) to partner with the Warminster Municipal Authority to build a permanent containment and filtration system for PFAS-contaminated surface water.
WASHINGTON – On Friday, November 8, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) introduced the Fair Debt Collection Practices for Servicemembers Act. This legislation addresses a variety of abusive debt collection practices targeting members of the military.
“Our servicemen and servicewomen make extraordinary sacrifices on our behalf. The last thing they need is harassment from manipulative debt collectors who take advantage of their service,” said Rep. Dean. “This legislation will put a stop to those practices.”