Hawley Slams Johnson for Plan to Vote on RECA Bill Excluding Missouri, New Mexico, and Hundreds of Thousands of Americans

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) released a statement after Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-La.) office informed Senator Hawley that the House would take up a Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) bill that fails to compensate thousands of victims across the country, including in Missouri, New Mexico, and the Navajo Nation.

In March, Speaker Johnson pledged to work with interested parties on a reauthorization measure following the House’s failure to take up reauthorization legislation months before its expiration.

Last week, Senator Hawley objected to a RECA bill offered by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) on the Senator floor and pledged to hold any attempt to pass RECA reauthorization without the inclusion of compensation for Missourians. 

Senator Hawley’s legislation to reauthorize and expand RECA to Missouri and other states to include hundreds of thousands of Americans has passed the Senate twice with overwhelming bipartisan support.