Urgent Action Needed: Support RECA Ahead of Vote March 5, 2024

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The Time To Act Is Now

We have a crucial opportunity to make an impact in the lives of those affected by radiation exposure. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has successfully negotiated a Senate vote on the Radiation Exposure Compensation Reauthorization Act (RECA), likely scheduled for this week, with the exact date yet to be confirmed by leadership.

Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium and one of PSR’s 2023 Health Heroes, will be a special guest at this week’s State of the Union address, calling attention to this important legislation, along with Dawn Chapman of Just Moms STL.

This bill, S. 3853, a modified version of the compromise legislation we supported last year, is estimated to cost $50-60 billion. It’s a vital step forward, but it will be a challenge to reach the required 60 votes – a threshold that was met in July when a larger RECA bill received 61 votes.

Key Bill Features Include:

  • Extension of RECA by 6 years.
  • Expansion of downwinder eligibility areas, including ID, MT, CO, NM, NV, AZ, UT, and Guam.
  • Inclusion of certain communities in MO, AK, TN, and KY exposed to nuclear waste and/or contaminants from production sites.
  • Inclusion of Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, chronic kidney illnesses for uranium miners, and more.
  • A grant program for studying the impacts of uranium mining.
  • Increased compensation for affected individuals.

[Full Bill Text]

Immediate Action Steps:

  • Email Your Senators: Click the Take Action button below to send a message to your Senators.
  • Especially Previous Co-Sponsors: If you live in AK, AZ, CA, GA, ID, CO, MA, MN, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, WA, WY, one or both of your Senators is a previous co-sponsor of a RECA bill. Please encourage them to co-sponsor again.
  • For Even More Impact, Call Your Senator’s Office: Call the Congressional switchboard to connect with a Senate staffer and tell them to support RECA – (202) 224-3121.
  • Spread the Word: Share this information with your networks. Every voice counts in this critical moment.

Your support and swift action can make a substantial difference in the lives of many. Let’s stand together for justice and health safety.

Thank you for your dedication and prompt action.

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