Two Republicans have introduced legislation to shine light on the burial practices of the Department of Veterans' Affairs for unclaimed veterans' remains.

The bill offered by Rep. Bill ShusterWilliam (Bill) Franklin ShusterEx-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm Anti-corruption group hits Congress for ignoring K Street, Capitol Hill 'revolving door' Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties MORE (R-Pa.), the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns MORE (R-Pa.), would direct the VA to conduct a study on how it deals with unclaimed remains.


About 47,000 veterans' remains are still unclaimed, according to the Missing in America Project, a nonprofit that helps locate and inter unidentified veterans' remains.

The study required by the legislation would focus on how remains are identified and interred, estimating the number of unclaimed remains, and any bureaucratic obstacles between the VA and veterans' organizations to find the deceased soldier's next of kin.

"The services and sacrifices of our veterans should never be forgotten," Shuster said in a statement. "Each one of them should be treated with the proper respect they deserve, and Congress needs to act to address this clear problem."

Toomey and Shuster previously introduced the bill in the last Congress, but it never received legislative action.