WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House on Oct. 22 passed legislation cosponsored by Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., to honor Prisoners of War and service members Missing in Action by requiring that the POW/MIA flag be displayed alongside the American flag at certain federal buildings and memorials.
The House version of the bill is led by Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H.
The bill was passed unanimously in the Senate in May.
After passing the House last week, it was headed for President Donald Trump's desk for a signature.
“We will never be able to fully express our gratitude for the selfless service of men and women in uniform and their families, and that is all the more true for Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action,” said Hassan. “But one way we can honor them at the U.S. Capitol and across the country is to display the POW/MIA flag alongside the American flag at government buildings and memorials.”
Under current law, the POW/MIA Flag is required to be displayed by the federal government on certain prominent federal properties only six days per year: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Armed Forces Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day. The National POW/MIA Flag Act will ensure that the POW/MIA Flag is displayed whenever the U.S. flag is displayed at federal locations already designated under existing law.
The bill is endorsed by Rolling Thunder Inc. National; The National League of POW/MIA Families; Veterans of Foreign Wars; The American Legion; The National Alliance of Families for the Return of America's Missing Servicemen; and American Ex-Prisoners of War.
Hassan sat down with Chad Gorman, director of the National Exercise Division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Oct. 22 to discuss how to best protect all levels of government from cyberattacks, including ransomware attacks.
FEMA has been preparing for its National Level Exercise, which includes a focus on helping all levels of government and private entities better prepare for potential cyberattacks.
Over the summer, Hassan joined members of the New Hampshire National Guard and local, state and federal officials for Cyber Yankee 2019, a training exercise to prevent cyberattacks.
Earlier in the summer, Hassan spoke with Strafford County officials about the cyberattack that had hit the county government.
Hassan has joined in introducing the bipartisan Advancing Cybersecurity Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation Act. Last year, the President signed two bipartisan bills from Hassan and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to help strengthen cyber defenses at the Department of Homeland Security.