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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Bill Signed Into Law

August 13, 2018
Press Release
-Making it the 8th Provision Authored by Bilirakis to Become Law Since January of 2017-


Washington, DC:   Congressman Gus Bilirakis is pleased to announce that legislation he authored, the Special Priority on Aircrafts and Coverage Equity Act (SPACE-A), has been signed into law today as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.  The provision will allow Veterans, who have a 100% service-connected disability, to utilize a benefit to travel on military aircraft when there is extra space onboard.   

The Space Available Travel program is a benefit rightfully extended to all military retirees, yet it excludes those who are 100% disabled. The brave men and women who served our country, and returned home injured, have already paid a big price on our behalf.  If there is space available for travel on a military aircraft, there is no reason our 100% disabled Veterans shouldn’t be on that flight.   Like most good ideas, this legislation originated from a local constituent.  It has been my privilege to fight for this common sense provision that will assist our disabled Veterans,” said Bilirakis.

This provision is the 8th provision authored by Bilirakis that has been signed into law since January 2017.  An additional nine Bilirakis initiatives have passed the House in this time frame and are awaiting Senate action. 

“President Reagan once talked about how much we can accomplish if we don’t care who gets the credit.  That’s been my approach to ensuring that these tangible public policy improvements get enacted.  I rely on my bi-partisan relationships with committee leadership, other Members of Congress and staff to achieve consensus and have these measures placed in large must pass bills.  These are important provisions that will improve the lives of the constituents in District 12,” said Congressman Bilirakis. 


The complete listing of Bilirakis-sponsored initiatives that have been signed into law this Congress, and those which have passed the House are available at