U.S. Rep. Cori Bush, D-St. Louis, is calling for an immediate vote on a U.S. Senate bill that would extend the life of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and expand coverage to radiation victims in the St. Louis area.

The bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO, was left out of the most recent budget bill signed by President Biden.

“For decades, radioactive waste has tainted our communities, silently lurking many times unnoticed or unknown and continuing to be unaddressed,” Bush said during a press conference Friday. “To this day, World War Two is still killing us here in St. Louis.”

St. Louis was one of the sites selected by the Manhattan Project to build atomic bombs during World War Two. Bush said she’ll continue her push to get the bill passed when the U.S. House reconvenes this week.

“It also bears mentioning that within this timeframe the (U.S.) House is only in session for 28 days,” she said. “In that time frame, only 28 legislative days to pass this bill before time runs out.”

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act is set to expire in just under two months, on June 7th.

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