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house Bill H.R. 4875

Does Planning for America’s 250th Birthday Need to Begin 10 Years in Advance?

Argument in favor

Turning 250 as a country is a pretty big deal and the federal government needs to do something special to celebrate, so why not start planning in advance? This bill doesn’t even let them spend money on anything and as a result it’s harmless.

Barbara's Opinion
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07/05/2016
A great way to celebrate? Strengthen our nation's physical infrastructure...roads, bridges, levees, and more.
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Grant's Opinion
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07/04/2016
Maybe by planning ahead, Congress can actually accomplish something!
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03/15/2017
I mean, it takes 10 years to conduct and compile the Census information, so I suppose that this would be helpful. I'd prefer that this bill set the planning to 6 years or maybe less. It takes only 4 years to plan each Olympics...
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Argument opposed

Does this really need to be planned so far in advance? Letting a dysfunctional Congress choose this commission’s members could lead to a party planning disaster on a level unseen since Newman didn’t know when the new millennium began.

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07/04/2016
10 years to plan for 250th anniversary? Someone is looking for a long time job. And who says the US will last. Everyone knows Progressive Liberals will have a Socialistic America celebrating our new Dictator Hillary if she gets elected. Let's revisit this Planing Phase closer to the big event. I'm all for a great chicken fry, but maybe we should wait for the chickens to hatch.
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07/04/2016
If it takes anyone 10 years to plan for anything, even if it is for America's 250th Birthday celebration, then somebody else needs to be put in charge of the preparations.
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Jake's Opinion
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07/04/2016
We have more important issues to worry about and bigger things to focus on
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What is House Bill H.R. 4875?

This bill would establish the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission which would plan, develop, and coordinate the commemoration of American history leading up to the 250th anniversary of the country’s founding in 2026.

The commission would be made up of eight members of Congress evenly divided between the House and Senate, with two members each for the majority and minority from each chamber. Congress would also appoint 16 private citizens to the commission, dividing up their responsibility in the same way to ensure bipartisanship.

It would be responsible for the following:

  • Preparing an overall program for the commemoration;

  • Plan, encourage, develop, and coordinate activities to commemorate historic events related to America’s founding;

  • Emphasize the planning of events in historically significant places;

  • Give special emphasis to people and places that had a significant impact on U.S. history beginning with the Declaration of Independence and the ideas of the time.

Several federal entities would be directed to cooperate with the commission, including the:

  • Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities;

  • National Endowment for the Humanities;

  • Library of Congress;

  • Smithsonian Institution;

  • National Archives.

The commission would be directed to enter into an agreement with USA 250, Inc. to house the commission’s administrative offices and its funds, and provide related services.

Impact

People who would partake in the semiquincentennial festivities and the organizations that planned the events; relevant federal entities; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4875

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Given that Philadelphia was America’s first capital and is the place where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written, it’s no surprise that Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) is excited about showcasing his state’s history during the 250th anniversary celebrations:

“Pennsylvania has a rich history in the story of America’s founding as the home of the Continental Congresses and Constitutional Convention. Now, we invite our colleagues from all fifty states to build an anniversary initiative that carries the spirit of our founding era to future generations.”

This legislation has the support of four bipartisan cosponsors — all of whom represent districts in the state of Pennsylvania.



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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Flickr user timkelley)

AKA

United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016

Official Title

To establish the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • EnactedJuly 22nd, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed July 12th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed July 6th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedMarch 23rd, 2016

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    10 years to plan for 250th anniversary? Someone is looking for a long time job. And who says the US will last. Everyone knows Progressive Liberals will have a Socialistic America celebrating our new Dictator Hillary if she gets elected. Let's revisit this Planing Phase closer to the big event. I'm all for a great chicken fry, but maybe we should wait for the chickens to hatch.
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    If it takes anyone 10 years to plan for anything, even if it is for America's 250th Birthday celebration, then somebody else needs to be put in charge of the preparations.
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    We have more important issues to worry about and bigger things to focus on
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    Ten years to plan something just sounds like you need a better planning committee, not more taxpayer dollars.
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    Why on Earth would it take 10 years to plan for America's 250th. birthday?! I have to agree with what Countable member Operaman said: If Hillary gets elected, the Socialists will see to it that there's not much, if anything, left in the Land of the "Free" and the Home of the Brave to celebrate! As it is, der Führer Obama and our gutless, witless Congress have really put a damper on our 240th. birthday, as far as I'm concerned! Do I sound bitter and pessimistic? Yeah, I'm sick to my stomach because of what has happened to my country! Congressman James Garfield on the 100th. anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1876: "Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature... If the next centennial does not find us a great nation... it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces." Read more at: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1108762609255&ca=d0437b18-5e5a-48ce-8093-da2f6909c560
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    My assumption is that this will be used as a career for a large number of people. No thanks. Let's plan ahead 2 years so the country can have 1 year of promotion before the event. Individual organizations and states can make their own plans as well.
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    A great way to celebrate? Strengthen our nation's physical infrastructure...roads, bridges, levees, and more.
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    Agree with Operaman. At our current pace America will be "Berned" and the Clinton crime family will have fleeced the country from their White House headquarters for their money laundering Clinton Foundation. On the bright side, we will not have to listen to Michelle Obama whine about having to wake up everyday in a house built by slaves. Did not hear her complain about the 16 million the taxpayers paid for 8 years of luxury vacations. Hate to rant on, but how these people can be so ungrateful is amazing. And how can any citizen proudly say they would support someone who is under federal investigation, and has a 20 year record of corruption is beyond belief.
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    Our current congress isn't the group for the job
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    Barbecue, beer, and fireworks. You're welcome, America.
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    Maybe by planning ahead, Congress can actually accomplish something!
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    No, it's to far in advance.
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    Having Congress drive the 250th celebration planning sounds a bit self-congratulatory, like arranging a party for other people to praise your accomplishments. America is not a collection of politicians and politicos, despite what they may think. It is the people themselves. Any celebration of the Declaration of Independence ought to be planned and carried out by the people, the private sector, and be as big or small as their enthusiasm dictates.
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    Don't wast the money. The way things are going if Hillary is elected we won't be celebrating our Independance
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    Taking 10 years to plan a celebration seems extremely unnecessary. This country landed on the moon in less time.
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    I mean its contingent on how widespread the anniversary/celebration is. Although, it's almost an absurd proposal on the House of Representatives behalf. The bottom line is congress should be properly hiring the right souls to complete the iconic task in our society. Additionally, planning ten years in advanced for events such as these could possibly evolve an ordeal and exploit our federal spending. In other words, taking ten years to coordinate Our nations patriotic 250th anniversary would be incorporated with some advancement in technology, reliable groups, and possibly construction to fulfill the intension by wasting unnecessary regulations would evidently require relinquishing a surplus of money that desperately needs to be invested in the economy! Congress needs to dedicate their time to proposing implementations that will alleviate the current radical terrorist (jihadist) threat we have, in our GENERALLY SPEAKING OVERALL CRUMBLING ECONOMY. To reiterate, I believe and i highly encourage the American people do so as well that attempting to implement legislation that would require a surplus of spending and a hindering factor for truly alleviating the current foreign and economic threats that face us in present day then most certainly its a BIG RED "NAY" IN MY BOOK! "Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make"- Donald J. Trump. Source for more inspirational quotes:http://mobile.brainyquote.com, thank you for your time.
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    I'm sorry, but this is a useless bill. Congress has proven they are incapable of passing any bill that benefits anyone except their Corporate masters, so what do we really have to celebrate?? Our attempt at Democracy has failed. We hit oligarchy in under 250 years.
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    no. we have much bigger things to focus on.
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    We have more important things to spend our time, attention, and money on. Let's improve our policies and practices and then celebrate that victory when we earn it.
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    We have enough problems as it is, doing a celebration of America has too many variables and will do more harm than good. Best celebration would be to get effective legislation
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