Looking ahead, this resolution expresses the importance of continued cooperation and greater collaboration between the United States and Australia to share research, technology, and best practices related to wildfire mitigation and suppression and to address underlying factors driving extended and more intense wildfire years in both countries.
“We are so grateful to these American firefighters for their service to our communities and for their willingness to travel and fight fires for our friends from down under,”
“These American firefighters have travelled across the world to fight the devastating bushfires in Australia. This kind of effort deserves to be commended,”
“We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support for Australia and the Australian people as we deal with bushfire recovery. We thank the members of Congress who have sponsored today’s Resolution, especially Congressman Panetta and the Co-Chairs of the Friends of Australia Caucus. The messages of support, firefighting assistance and donations from across the U.S. in support of Australia in our time of need reflects the enduring bond between our two nations and over 100 years of true mateship,”
Original cosponsors of the legislation include Representatives Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Mark Takano (CA-41), Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), TJ Cox (CA-21), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Russ Fulcher (ID-01), Ami Bera (CA-7), Mike Bost (IL-12), Alcee Hastings (FL-20), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Ted Lieu (CA-33), David Scott (GA-13), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Paul Cook (CA-08), Haley Stevens (MI-11), Brad Sherman (CA-30), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Hank Johnson (GA-04), Mike Gallagher (WI-08), David Joyce (OH-14), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Greg Stanton (AZ-09), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02), Alex Mooney (WV-02), J. Luis Correa (CA-46), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Raul Grijalva (AZ-3), Eric Swalwell (CA-15), John Curtis (UT-03), Ken Calvert (CA-42), Filemon Vela (TX-34), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Ed Case (HI-01), Mike Levin (CA-49), Tom Suozzi (NY-03), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Greg Walden (OR-02), Adam Smith (WA-09), Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Jim Costa (CA-16), Kim Schrier (WA-8), John Garamendi (CA-3), Dean Phillips (MN-03), Harley Rouda (CA-48), Susan Davis (CA-53), Karen Bass (CA-37), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), David Trone (MD-06), Ron Kind (WI-03), Steven Horsford (NV-04), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Steve Cohen (TN-09), Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Rob Bishop (UT-01), Maxine Waters (CA-43), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Randy Weber (TX-14), Kathleen M. Rice (NY-04), Lucille Royball-Allard (CA-40), Nydia Velázquez (NY-07), Brad Wenstrup (OH-02), Denny Heck (WA-10), Judy Chu (CA-27), Mike Thompson (CA-05), and Jerry McNerney (CA-09).
On Monday, Congressman Panetta