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house Bill H.R. 1670

Does Congress Need to Honor POW/MIA Servicemembers With a Chair in the Capitol?

Argument in favor

A commemorative chair in the Capitol funded by private contributions would be a poignant reminder to visitors of the sacrifices made by POW/MIA servicemembers and their families.

ReaganRules's Opinion
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03/21/2016
Really no reason not too, it's a small gesture, but a gesture none the less. It doesn't cost the taxpayers a cent so why not.
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Sherry's Opinion
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04/27/2016
Yes our Veterans have served this Nation and should be heard
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Burnetta's Opinion
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03/30/2016
It's a very nice gesture for those poor soldiers who never came home. Just my
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Argument opposed

Putting a commemorative chair in the Capitol building is an empty gesture that is unlikely to provide much of a reminder about the sacrifices of POW/MIA American servicemembers.

BTSundra's Opinion
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03/21/2016
These people made the ultimate sacrifice and endured torture. A chair is not enough.
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Lesia's Opinion
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03/23/2016
A stupid empty gesture. How about decent medical care for their buddies who made it home?
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StratonGarrard's Opinion
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03/21/2016
Nothing short of a monument placed adjacent to the Capital building will suffice, so that all who enter will heed the sacrifice made for freedom, and will think twice before arguing further warmongering and imperialism. The chair would be fine as an added bonus, partly because it will be privately funded.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1670?

This bill would direct the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to acquire a chair featuring the logo of the National League of POW/MIA Families and place it in a suitable permanent location within the Capitol building within two years. It would honor American service members who were held as prisoners of war (POW) and those who are or were missing in action (MIA).

The AOC would be authorized to enter into an agreement with any tax-exempt, charitable organization to solicit and accept private donations of funds, property, and services to carry this project out. All costs incurred in carrying out this project would be paid for with private donations received from such organizations.

Impact

Visitors to the U.S. Capitol; donors and volunteers involved in this project; and the Architect of the Capitol.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1670

$0.00
The CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have no significant effect on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) introduced this bill to visually honor and remember the sacrifices made by POW/MIA servicemembers within the U.S. Capitol:

“These brave men and women served our nation with valor and honor. This commemorative chair will serve as a reminder to our POW/MIA and their families that we will never forget them.”

This legislation was passed by the House Administration Committee on a voice vote, and it currently has the bipartisan support of 45 cosponsors — including 25 Republicans and 20 Democrats.


Of Note: There have been hundreds of thousands of American servicemembers who have been held as POWs, and tens of thousands who were designated as MIA since the Revolutionary War. There are still 1,622 missing and unaccounted for American servicemembers, including at least two from all 50 states.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Dick Howe Jr)

AKA

National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of 2015

Official Title

To direct the Architect of the Capitol to place in the United States Capitol a chair honoring American Prisoners of War/Missing in Action.

bill Progress


  • EnactedApril 29th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed April 14th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed March 21st, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedMarch 26th, 2015

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