September 18, 2015 - Issue: Vol. 161, No. 135 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 1st Session
NATIONAL POW-MIA DAY; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 135
(House of Representatives - September 18, 2015)
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[Page H6168] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] NATIONAL POW-MIA DAY (Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize today as National POW-MIA Recognition Day, in honor of missing servicemen and -women across our Nation. Sadly, more than 80,000 American soldiers ranging from World War II, the Korean war, and Vietnam are still unaccounted for. While we are thankful that several nations have worked to assist the United States in research and recovery efforts, there are still hurdles to clear when it comes to negotiations and operations. That is why I drafted H. Con. Res. 56, entitled ``Keeping Our Promise to MIAs and POWs.'' This bipartisan, noncontroversial resolution seeks to increase cooperation with nations that we enter into trade agreements in the research and recovery of our unaccounted soldiers. With so many servicemen and -women still unaccounted for, we need to do everything we can to bring them home with the honor and dignity that they deserve. I encourage all my colleagues to sign on to H. Con. Res. 56. ____________________