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New Legislation Would Add 9 More Diseases to Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions List
Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would add nine more diseases to the list of conditions that the government presumes the herbicide Agent Orange causes. The Keeping Our Promises Act would add prostate cancer, bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, hypertension, stroke, early-onset peripheral neuropathy, AL amyoloidosis, ischemic heart disease and Parkinson-like syndromes to the list, according to a Stars and Stripes report.

Major Blue Water Navy Push Coming Soon: Report
Lawmakers are getting ready to make a big push to settle the Blue Water Navy-Agent Orange issue once and for all in the wake of the Procopio decision earlier this year. Military Times reports that Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Steve Daines (Mont.) have "announced plans to reinforce that ruling and establish a permanent fix for those veterans," and the chairman and ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee have introduced similar plans, with the House panel preparing for an "expansive" hearing on the topic in early May. The Department of Justice has until the end of the month to appeal Procopio, but reports indicate that Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie has advised against it.