Rep. Cunningham Helps Pass Burn Pit Bill after Speaking on the House Floor

March 5, 2019
Press Release


Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Joe Cunningham helped pass H.R. 1381, the Burn Pits Registry Enhancement Act, after urging his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support the bill in a speech on the House floor. This important bipartisan legislation improves the burn pits registry by allowing entries to be updated with the cause of death after a registered veteran passes away, improving and expanding the data available for studies related to burn pits.

“For years, servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan tossed every variety of waste into massive pits to be set on fire, without knowing the harmful chemicals they were likely breathing in as a result,” said Rep Joe Cunningham. “Now, our veterans are developing debilitating and often fatal illnesses that are likely linked to their exposure to toxic burn pits. Improving and expanding the burn pits registry will help us gather important information to ensure veterans receive the answers they are owed and the treatment they deserve. I am proud that we came together to pass this important legislation and I urge my colleagues to do the same in the Senate.”

You can watch the floor speech here.

Rep. Cunningham serves on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The Lowcountry has the highest amount of veterans in the state of South Carolina.