Serial No. 103-24: National Academy of Sciences Report on Health Effects of Agent Orange, Hearing Before the Committee on Veterans Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, First Session, August 4, 1993 [open pdf - 196MB]
From the opening statement of Thomas A. Daschle: "Let me just begin by commending the 16-member NAS [National Academy of Sciences] panel. As everyone on this committee knows, they worked for no compensation. They didn't get a penny, and I think that needs to be emphasized. That they did this because they believe in what they are doing. We chose them because we wanted to ensure that there was no charge of some kind of subjectivity here in the analysis. And I think under the circumstances and given the time they had, they did an extraordinary job. The report, as most of the members, I am sure, know, confirms the association between exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used in Vietnam and five specific diseases, and suggests that there may be a relationship with additional diseases. The NAS scientists indicate that more research is necessary, and, as the chairman so well knows, that is the reason why we called for the series of bienniel [sic] reviews over the next 10 years." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gillespie V. Montgomery, Bob Stump, Lane Evans, Michael Bilirakis, Joseph P. Kennedy, II, Christopher H. Smith, Steve Buyer, Thomas J. Ridge, Jack Quinn, David E. Bonior, Jesse Brown, Susan Mather, Mary Lou Keener, R.J. Vogel, Dennis M. Cullinan, Thomas A. Daschle, Paul S. Egan, David W. Gorman, John Hanson, Betty Mekdeci, Kenneth I. Shine, Bryan C. Smith, David Tollerud, Graham Colditz, and E.R. Zumwalt.
Serial No. 103-24
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