H.Res. 812: Recognizing the significant contributions of the Military Working Dog (MWD) Program to the United States Armed Forces

H.Res. 812

Recognizing the significant contributions of the Military Working Dog (MWD) Program to the United States Armed Forces

Date
March 2, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 812 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, March 1, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) on October 7, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 812 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the significant contributions of the Military Working Dog (MWD) Program to the United States Armed Forces;
• "Honors retired Air Force MWD Ben C020 for his lifetime of service; and
• "Supports the adoption and care of these quality animals after their service is over."

Background

According to the resolution's findings the Military Working Dog (MWD) Program, or K-9 Corps, was developed in 1942, shortly after the United States entered World War II. All four branches of the United States Armed Forces, as well as other government agencies, including the Secret Service, Central Intelligence Agency, and Transportation Security Authority, use MWDs in service to the country.