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house Bill H.R. 1702

Waiving Permit Application Fees for Veterans Events at Federal War Memorials

Argument in favor

Veterans have sacrificed greatly to protect the freedom and liberties we enjoy, they shouldn’t have to pay an application fee when seeking a permit for an event at a federal war memorial.

burrkitty's Opinion
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05/27/2019
Sure. I thought they did this already a couple years ago. Why didn’t it pass the last time?
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Zoe jane's Opinion
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05/27/2019
We already paid our fees to hold these events celebrating our warrior kin. We did so in blood. From the revolutionary war, to today. Veteran events should be exempt from any and all fees.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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05/27/2019
👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻Why the Heck NOT.....the “Free Veterans From Fees Act” 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 I STRONGLY agree with and recommend the passage of the House bill H.R. 1702 AKA known as the Free Veterans From Fees Act which would waive the special use permit application fee for veteran groups applying for a permit at war memorials on federal land to hold an event honoring veterans. SneakyPete......... 👍🏻👍🏻HR.1702👍🏻👍🏻. 5.27.19.....
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Argument opposed

Application fees exist to help the agencies that manage public land and resources cover the cost of processing them, veterans shouldn’t get fees waived for events at federal war memorials.

Ray's Opinion
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05/27/2019
This is a political bill to further divide us and to say the the congressman is doing something. Mr. Congressman, why don’t you do something 99% of people want you to do, ie protect free and fair election, our democracy, our clean air and water, our healthcare, unfair tax laws that benefits the 1% and large corporations.
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Eric's Opinion
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05/27/2019
A meaningless bill to pad a politician's resume. Give veterans real support out of the bloated military budget, not this token garbage.
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CaptJack's Opinion
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05/27/2019
I want to support this. But why have the government give an advantage to one subject of speech over another? If the government can have double standards for different types of public events it serves as a tacit endorsement of one group’s speech over others.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1702?

This bill — known as the Free Veterans From Fees Act — would waive the special use permit application fee for veteran groups applying for a permit at war memorials on federal land to hold an event honoring veterans.

Impact

Veterans applying for an event permit at a federal war memorial; and relevant federal agencies.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1702

$0.00
In the 115th Congress, the CBO estimated that implementing this bill would affect a small number of permit applications and would increase net discretionary spending by an insignificant amount.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to waive application fees for special use permits for veterans’ demonstrations and special events at war memorials on federal land:

“It’s important that we do all we can to honor our nation’s veterans. Our nation has long valued giving our Veterans the opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital to visit national war memorials through national honor buses and honor flights. This bill would waive the various administrative and processing fees associated with visiting these memorials. These men and women made a valiant sacrifice by serving in the armed forces and giving them the opportunity to visit the memorials in their honor without pesky fees is the least we can do to recognize their service.”

Last Congress, Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) introduced this bill to waive the administrative fee for veterans applying for a permit at war memorials on federal land:

“Our veterans have made great sacrifices to defend the freedom and liberties that we enjoy today. This is the least we can do to help veterans and their families commemorate their service to our country. I’m grateful to Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Major in the Army National Guard, for her support of this legislation.”

Last Congress, lead cosponsor Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) added:

“The Free Veterans from Fees Act is a small way to show the appreciation and respect that our country has for our veterans who have sacrificed so much both at home and abroad. We should do all we can to empower our veterans as we pay tribute to our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice.  I thank Congressman Rothfus for his dedication to serving veterans.”

This bill has seven bipartisan cosponsors, including six Republicans and one Democrat, in the 116th Congress. Last Congress, it passed the House by voice vote with the support of four bipartisan cosponsors (three Republicans and one Democrat) but didn't receive a Senate vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Free Veterans from Fees Act

Official Title

To waive the application fee for any special use permit for veterans demonstrations and special events at war memorials on Federal land, and for other purposes.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
    IntroducedMarch 12th, 2019
    Sure. I thought they did this already a couple years ago. Why didn’t it pass the last time?
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    This is a political bill to further divide us and to say the the congressman is doing something. Mr. Congressman, why don’t you do something 99% of people want you to do, ie protect free and fair election, our democracy, our clean air and water, our healthcare, unfair tax laws that benefits the 1% and large corporations.
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    👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻Why the Heck NOT.....the “Free Veterans From Fees Act” 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 I STRONGLY agree with and recommend the passage of the House bill H.R. 1702 AKA known as the Free Veterans From Fees Act which would waive the special use permit application fee for veteran groups applying for a permit at war memorials on federal land to hold an event honoring veterans. SneakyPete......... 👍🏻👍🏻HR.1702👍🏻👍🏻. 5.27.19.....
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    We already paid our fees to hold these events celebrating our warrior kin. We did so in blood. From the revolutionary war, to today. Veteran events should be exempt from any and all fees.
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    A meaningless bill to pad a politician's resume. Give veterans real support out of the bloated military budget, not this token garbage.
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    Yes & how about doing more than just token gestures. How about giving veterans complete healthcare, including mental health? How about education, job placement & housing? What is being done to address homelessness, substance abuse & suicide of those who have served?
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    I’m strongly in favor and recommend passage of this bill as written. #MAGA
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    Sounds like a plan. Ok, you liberals, what’s your injection of this proposal?
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    Of course we should.
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    Of course.
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    Why not? I'm as liberal as they come, and completely anti-war, but remembering those who died in service to their nation is not a liberal-vs-conservative issue, no matter how hard some my want to twist this issue to "own the libs."
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    Vets shouldn’t have to pay to see their own monuments.
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    Why would veterans have to get a permit to honor veterans of the past in the first place. Haven’t those that gave their lives for the US and those veterans still alive and serving presently paid enough???
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    I want to support this. But why have the government give an advantage to one subject of speech over another? If the government can have double standards for different types of public events it serves as a tacit endorsement of one group’s speech over others.
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    Any Veteran event should be free.
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    Last Congress, lead cosponsor Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) added: “The Free Veterans from Fees Act is a small way to show the appreciation and respect that our country has for our veterans who have sacrificed so much both at home and abroad. We should do all we can to empower our veterans as we pay tribute to our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice. I thank Congressman Rothfus for his dedication to serving veterans.”
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    Absolutely. Make it so🗽
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    Why is this not already the case? This is not a partisan issue. Get it done.
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    It is the least we can do for our Vets.
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    If these men and women who have served their country already sacrificed so much time and effort for their country, then they should definitely gain benefits like this.
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