Alexander Applauds House Passage of Bill to Reunite Family of “American Hero” Sgt. Michael Ferschke, Jr.

Posted on December 15, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) praised the House of Representatives’ passage today of S. 1774, a bill Alexander introduced last year to grant Hotaru Ferschke, wife of the late Sgt. Michael Ferschke, Jr., of Maryville, Tenn., permanent residency in the United States, saying the bill “fulfills the last wish of an American hero that his wife and son be allowed to live near his family in Tennessee.”

Alexander continued: “I thank the House of Representatives, where Congressman Duncan has worked hard on behalf of Sgt. Ferschke’s family, for passing this bill to unite Michael’s wife Hotaru and their son with their family in Tennessee where they belong. This is the way Congress is supposed to work—seeing the need and finding a solution—a job that is never more important than when it honors the sacrifice of a service member who died in combat and helps reunite the family that suffered his loss.”

The Senate passed S. 1774 earlier this month. Senators Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Alexander introduced the bill last year along with Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.). The bill now heads to the President’s desk for his signature, at which point it will become law.

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