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house Bill H.R. 3094

Should a Federally-Designated National Pulse Memorial be Established at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida?

Argument in favor

The Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016 was a tragedy that must be memorialized to ensure it isn’t forgotten. Redesignating the Pulse Memorial as the National Pulse Memorial would give the memorial the national-level recognition it needs. This proposal has precedent, with 10 memorials across the country already having federal recognition without federal funding.

Argument opposed

Given that this bill wouldn’t provide any National Park System funding or other federal funds for the National Pulse Memorial, it’s unclear what benefit there is to redesignating the Pulse Memorial. Rather than redesignate the Pulse Memorial without making it part of the National Park System, it would be more meaningful to redesignate the memorial as part of the National Park System and provide federal funds for its maintenance.

What is House Bill H.R. 3094?

This bill would redesignate the Pulse Memorial at Pulse Nightclub, located at 1912 South Orange Avenue in Orlando, Florida, as the “National Pulse Memorial.” This federal designation would recognize the victims of, survivors of, and first responders to the June 12, 2016, shooting at Pulse nightclub. Federal funds would be prohibited from being used on any activities for any activities related to the Pulse Memorial. The Pulse Memorial would not be designated as a unit of the National Park System.

Impact

Pulse nightclub; Pulse Memorial; and the onePULSE Foundation

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3094

$0.00
The CBO estimates that this legislation would not affect the federal budget, as it specifically prohibits the use of federal funds for any activities related to the memorial it proposes and wouldn’t designate the memorial as a unit of the National Park System.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) introduced this legislation to establish the site of Pulse nightclub as a federally recognized National Memorial Site. In remarks during a press conference at the Pulse Interim Memorial, Rep. Soto said:

“Our efforts to designate the Pulse Nightclub a National Memorial site honors the lives of the 49 victims and survivors, and ensures no one ever forgets this tragedy. The Memorial will serve as a reminder of the remarkable way our community came together to heal and overcome hate. We recognize the need to preserve LGBTQ historic sites, because of cases like the Matthew Shepard Memorial which have been deliberately destroyed over time without these protections. Let the Pulse Memorial become a symbol of hope, love, and light.”

Barbara Poma, CEO of onePULSE Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to memorialize the Pulse shooting tragedy, supports this legislation:

“Establishing the site of Pulse nightclub as a National Historic Site is an important step in honoring those who were taken and ensuring we as a nation remember what happened here on June 12, 2016. In these times when acts of hate and violence are on the rise, we must remember our past and work to do better now and in the future.”

This legislation has unanimously passed the House Natural Resources Committee with the support of 46 bipartisan House cosponsors, including 44 Democrats and two Republicans.

According to Rep. Soto’s office, Florida’s senior Republican, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), was approached to support this legislation in the Senate. However, according to Sen. Soto’s office, Sen. Rubio declined to introduce this legislation in the Senate.


Of NoteIn the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, 29-year-old Omar Mateen killed 49 and wounded more than 50 people in a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At the time, this was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history up to that point.

Pulse, which had opened in 2004, was one of central Florida’s most vibrant spots for LGBTQ social life. On the night of Mateen’s attack, Pulse was hosting its popular Latin Night, which drew from a broad section of the community.

After the shooting, Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma established the onePULSE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit. This organization’s mission is to memorialize the tragedy of the shooting and ensure that Pulse’s legacy of love, acceptance, and hope will never be lost. At present, onePULSE plans to build the National Pulse Memorial and Museum, slated to open in 2022 on the site of the Pulse nightclub and nearby properties. This museum will include the Orlando Health Survivors Walkway.

Most National Memorials are owned and run by the U.S. National Park Service, but some are not. Ten national memorials, including the National Memorial for Fallen Educators, National AIDS Memorial, and David Berger Memorial, are not affiliated with the NPS.


Media:

Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: Ebyabe via Creative Commons)

AKA

To designate the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806, and for other purposes.

Official Title

To designate the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806, and for other purposes.

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    IntroducedJune 4th, 2019
    I am a Christian that personally holds to a traditional sexual ethic. But that doesn’t change the fact that American citizens were killed for exercising a freedom that this country had assured them. The tragedy and everything that followed were incredibly influential, and deserves recognition on the federal level, especially if it won’t cost the federal government a cent!
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    Yes, please build a monument to remember the lives lost. However, action is also needed. Please push for gun control in this country!!! Crimes against people who are in the LGBTQIA+ community are a hate crime and domestic terrorism. People, organizations, and spaces online that encourage hate, bigotry, and/or violence against the LGBTQIA+ community should be listed as domestic terrorists and have their platforms for communication removed and definitely no access to a gun. Ensure that comprehensive and LGBTQIA+ inclusive sex education is taught in schools and promote positive representation in the media and pass the ERA (hopefully, it can be expanded to include protections for people who are LGBTQIA+ - especially federal legal protections in all aspects of life for people regarding gender identity (especially those who fall under the nonbinary umbrella), gender expression (important for those under the gender nonconforming umbrella), and intersex status and characteristics of sex and being intersex within an attribute of sex (important for people who are intersex and let’s also push for eliminating medically unnecessary surgeries of children who happen to be intersex). Hopefully, all of these actions will help to educate people and spread a strong message that people who are LGBTQIA+ are simply people and a part of the tapestry of human diversity. We need to do whatever we can to remember the lives lost, but we must follow with concrete action in order to prevent any more tragedies.
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    I vote yes however. If this happens the argument will be well why isn’t this happening for all tragedies. I’m all for the remembrance but you’ll have some who won’t be.
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    Great idea! Memories won’t be forgotten!
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    Yes, we worship every other tragic event and its survivors, yet we have not built a monument for a large mass shooting.
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    In a fascist state we need to celebrate the lives of people slaughtered by addiction, the Pulse represents the best of American diversity and while its tragic end should be recognized as a way that we can encourage America strength and diversity
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    This was a national tragedy and deserves national attention and designation.
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