Our freshman representative to Congress, Tulsi Gabbard, is making quite a splash in Washington, D. C., in her first year in office.
Friday, the first piece of legislation authored by Gabbard passed both houses of Congress unanimously and is headed to the president for his signature.
According to The Associated Press, the Helping Heroes Fly Act will help the injured and disabled military - both active duty and veterans - get expedited treatment by the Transportation Security Administration.
Gabbard also is working in a bipartisan manner to get other legislation through Congress. Because she is a veteran herself, she has been instrumental in working on measures for military personnel.
One of those pieces of legislation that Gabbard is pushing and gathering backing for is the Military Justice Improvement Act. According to a news release from her office, this bill would address sexual assaults in the military. Gabbard introduced the bill in the House and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced it in the Senate.
"This issue comes down to basic fairness, transparency and creating an objective military justice system," Gabbard said in the news release.
"By taking the decision to prosecute a sexual assault crime out of the chain of command, and into the hands of trained professionals, our proposal aims to eliminate any potential bias or fear of retaliation, while maintaining a commander's authority and ability to lead troops effectively. I look forward to continuing to build bipartisan support for the Military Justice Improvement Act, and passing this legislation."
And she is again getting bipartisan support. The same news release said the act now has the backing of Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.
Rep. Gabbard is making a fast showing in Washington. She is demonstrating that by working for serious causes like veterans' access and the treatment of women in the military, bipartisan bridges can be built.
She is off to a very impressive start.
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