Owens Advocates for Reauthorizing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) yesterday participated in a House Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee hearing on examining the need to reauthorize and expand eligibility under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
RECA, first introduced by former Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and passed into law in 1990, attempts to correct the problem that the U.S. government’s atomic bomb testing created. Rep. Owens is proud to stand with “Downwinders” and their families, whose lives were lost and livelihoods forever changed.
“We have a responsibility to every single “Downwinder” and victim of radiation exposure—and their families—to right these wrongs and reauthorize the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act,” said Rep Owens. “This is a problem created by the federal government and one that I hope to solve in a bipartisan, fair, and responsive manner. We can’t just walk away from RECA.”
Watch the full hearing here.