Hawley Urges House to Pass His RECA Proposal After Johnson Backtracks on Dirty Extension Bill

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Today, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) released the following statement after Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) confirmed the House will no longer vote on a gutted version of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) that would fail to compensate thousands of radiation victims across the country, including Americans in Missouri, New Mexico, and the Navajo Nation.

Senator Hawley’s latest statement urging the House to pass his RECA reauthorization and expansion bill comes after Speaker Johnson flip-flopped on sending a narrow extension of RECA to the House floor amid bipartisan, bicameral backlash.

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 compensation for Missourians. 

Senator Hawley’s legislation to reauthorize and expand RECA to compensate radiation victims in Missouri and across the country has already passed the Senate twice with overwhelming bipartisan support.