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Dear Neighbor,
Last week, I offered two amendments to the Military Construction, Veteran and Related Agencies (MilCon/VA) Appropriations bill, both of which passed the House unanimously by voice vote.
POE Amendment No. 4
“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to hire a new director of a national cemetery who is not a veteran.”

POE Amendment No. 5
“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to prohibit a veterans service organization that is participating in a funeral or memorial service of a veteran from reciting any words as part of such service or memorial.”
The amendments would protect veterans and their First Amendment rights in light of the censorship of religion and speech that occurred at Houston VA Cemetery last summer when veterans were prohibited from using the word “God” in their prayers and Bibles were removed from the chapel.
I am pleased that my colleagues in the House agree that what happened at the Houston VA Cemetery must never happen again.
When I first learned from the VFW last summer that the VA was censoring free speech and preventing the free exercise of religion at the National Cemetery in Houston, I didn’t want to believe it. But, it was true. No American should be denied their constitutional rights of speech and religion, especially not our veterans who fought and died for those very freedoms.

Former Houston VA Cemetery Director Arlene Ocasio’s poor judgment reflects that she not only disregards constitutional liberties, but she does not respect the needs of veterans. Only those who have served and really understand the needs of veterans should be allowed to oversee veteran’s cemeteries.
My amendments will ensure that veterans receive the respect they deserve.
And that's just the way it is.
God and Texas,

TED POE
Member of Congress
TEXAS




Jun 3, 2012 - 12:09 pm
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Ted Poe for President!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 3, 2012 - 12:32 pm
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Wow someone with common sense in the government.

Jun 3, 2012 - 01:32 pm
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He is a good guy! 

Jun 3, 2012 - 03:06 pm
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These things are nice and touch the heart, but shouldn't he be focused on things like the economy?

Jun 3, 2012 - 04:11 pm
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he apparently tacked them on to an Appropriations bill......so there was some form of economics involved....

Jun 3, 2012 - 04:31 pm
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These things are nice and touch the heart, but shouldn't he be focused on things like the economy?


@Retired_Engineer:

I like the way you think.

Jun 3, 2012 - 05:02 pm
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These things are nice and touch the heart, but shouldn't he be focused on things like the economy?


@Retired_Engineer:

I like the way you think.


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Me too. I mean, what he said is all well and good but there are some more pressing issues.

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