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Re: Question on H.R. 23, S.663 Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2009

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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council
    Ahoy Sandy, In short ...referred to the (Senate) Committee on Veterans Affairs where it sits and sits and sits. History and S. 663 text below, Heave Ho,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 29 12:18 PM
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      Ahoy Sandy,
       
      In short "...referred to the (Senate) Committee on Veterans' Affairs" where it sits and sits and sits.
       
      History and S. 663 text below,
       
      Heave Ho,
       
      Phelps
       
       
       
      S. 663:
      Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2009
      111th Congress 
       
       2009-2010

      A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II.

      Occurred: IntroducedMar 19, 2009
      Occurred: Referred to CommitteeView Committee Assignments
      Not Yet Occurred: Reported by Committee...
      Not Yet Occurred: Senate Vote...
      Not Yet Occurred: House Vote...
      Not Yet Occurred: Signed by President...
      This bill is in the first step in the legislative process. Introduced bills and resolutions first go to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee. [Last Updated: Jun 27, 2010 8:51PM]
       
       
       
       
       
      H.R.23
      Title: Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2009
      Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 1/6/2009)      Cosponsors (168)
      Related Bills: S.663
      Latest Major Action: 5/13/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
      House Reports: 111-99
       
       
      S.663
      Title: Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2009
      Sponsor: Sen Nelson, E. Benjamin [NE] (introduced 3/19/2009)      Cosponsors (51)
      Related Bills: H.R.23
      Latest Major Action: 4/29/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.
       

       
       
      Bill Text
      111th Congress (2009-2010)
      S.663.IS
       
      S.663 -- Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2009 (Introduced in Senate - IS)

      S 663 IS

      111th CONGRESS

      1st Session

      S. 663

      To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II.

      IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

      March 19, 2009

      Mr. NELSON of Nebraska (for himself, Mr. BROWNBACK, Mr. KENNEDY, Mrs. LINCOLN, Mr. GRASSLEY, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Mr. INHOFE, Mr. WYDEN, Mr. CARDIN, Mr. KERRY, Ms. MURKOWSKI, Mr. SPECTER, Mrs. MURRAY, Ms. COLLINS, Ms. STABENOW, Mr. ROBERTS, and Mr. COCHRAN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


      A BILL

      To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II.

        Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

      SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

        This Act may be cited as the `Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2009'.

      SEC. 2. PAYMENTS TO INDIVIDUALS WHO SERVED DURING WORLD WAR II IN THE UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE.

        (a) Establishment of Compensation Fund- Subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

      `Sec. 532. Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund

        `(a) Compensation Fund- (1) There is in the general fund of the Treasury a fund to be known as the `Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund' (in this section referred to as the `compensation fund').

        `(2) Subject to the availability of appropriations for such purpose, amounts in the fund shall be available to the Secretary without fiscal year limitation to make payments to eligible individuals in accordance with this section.

        `(b) Eligible Individuals- (1) An eligible individual is an individual who--

          `(A) before October 1, 2009, submits to the Secretary an application containing such information and assurances as the Secretary may require;

          `(B) has not received benefits under the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 (Public Law 78-346); and

          `(C) has engaged in qualified service.

        `(2) For purposes of paragraph (1), a person has engaged in qualified service if, between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946, the person--

          `(A) was a member of the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) serving as a crewmember of a vessel that was--

            `(i) operated by the War Shipping Administration or the Office of Defense Transportation (or an agent of the Administration or Office);

            `(ii) operated in waters other than inland waters, the Great Lakes, and other lakes, bays, and harbors of the United States;

            `(iii) under contract or charter to, or property of, the Government of the United States; and

            `(iv) serving the Armed Forces; and

          `(B) while so serving, was licensed or otherwise documented for service as a crewmember of such a vessel by an officer or employee of the United States authorized to license or document the person for such service.

        `(c) Amount of Payments- The Secretary shall make a monthly payment out of the compensation fund in the amount of $1,000 to an eligible individual. The Secretary shall make such payments to eligible individuals in the order in which the Secretary receives the applications of the eligible individuals.

        `(d) Authorization of Appropriations- (1) There are authorized to be appropriated to the compensation fund amounts as follows:

          `(A) For fiscal year 2010, $120,000,000.

          `(B) For fiscal year 2011, $108,000,000.

          `(C) For fiscal year 2012, $97,000,000.

          `(D) For fiscal year 2013, $85,000,000.

          `(E) For fiscal year 2014, $75,000,000.

        `(2) Funds appropriated to carry out this section shall remain available until expended.

        `(e) Reports- The Secretary shall include, in documents submitted to Congress by the Secretary in support of the President's budget for each fiscal year, detailed information on the operation of the compensation fund, including the number of applicants, the number of eligible individuals receiving benefits, the amounts paid out of the compensation fund, the administration of the compensation fund, and an estimate of the amounts necessary to fully fund the compensation fund for that fiscal year and each of the three subsequent fiscal years.

        `(f) Regulations- The Secretary shall prescribe regulations to carry out this section.'.

        (b) Regulations- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall prescribe the regulations required under section 532(f) of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a).

        (c) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item related to section 531 the following new item:

          `532. Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund.'.


      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2010 10:52 AM
      Subject: Question on H.R. 23, S.663 Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2009

      Hi Phelps,
       
      I looked up where H.R. 23 had been sent up to the Senate after passing the House in '09.  Do you know what the status of the bill is currently?   That was a great read by Captain O'Brien! 
       
      Thanks!
       
      Sandy Chavez
       
      Merchant Marine Affairs Chair
      Long Beach Navy League Council


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