S. 229, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Act of 2013

S. 229

Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Act of 2013

Sponsor
Sen. Patrick J. Toomey

Committee
Veterans Affairs

Date
December 8, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, December 8, 2014 the House will begin consideration S. 229, the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Act of 2013, under suspension of the rules.  S. 229 was introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) on February 7, 2013.  The bill passed the Senate without amendment on December 3, 2014 by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

S. 229 designates the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs located at 3900 Woodland Ave. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the “Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.”

Background

“Corporal Crescenz was awarded the nation’s highest military honor for his actions on Nov. 20, 1968, in Vietnam’s Hiep Duc Valley.  His Medal of Honor citation states that Corporal Crescenz gave his life when he, ‘left the relative safety of his own position, seized a nearby machine gun and, with complete disregard for his safety, charged 100 meters up a slope toward the enemy’s bunkers which he effectively silenced . . .  As a direct result of his heroic actions, his company was able to maneuver freely with minimal danger and to complete its mission, defeating the enemy.’”[1]  Crescenz was “Philadelphia’s only Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War era.”

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[1] Toomey’s Bill to Rename Philly VA Medical Center for Medal of Honor Recipient Clears Senate, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (Dec. 4, 2014).

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is not available.

Additional Information

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