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senate Bill S. 2755

Should Congress Give Families of Fallen First Responders a Flag Flown Over the Capitol?

Argument in favor

Providing the family of a fallen first responder with a flag flown over the Capitol is a fitting way for Congress to convey its gratitude for the first responder’s sacrifice and its sympathy for the family’s loss.

Mike 's Opinion
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05/09/2016
Does Congress really have to waste time discussing this? I'm sure there are more pressing issues!
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Tylersmith's Opinion
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05/09/2016
They risk more than I do and deserve much respect. This would be a great way to show the respect we need to give to these people.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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05/10/2016
This is certainly a good step towards those who have fallen while serving our country and their communities.
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Argument opposed

While it may be a nice gesture, it’s ultimately inadequate. A flag alone cannot ease the bereavement of a first responder’s family that just lost a parent, spouse, sibling, or child.

Rachel's Opinion
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05/09/2016
Fire fighters and police are not federal employees; this would be more appropriate at the state or local level.
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Ted's Opinion
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05/09/2016
No. They deserve real benefits, not symbolic actions such as this.
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SouthernGal's Opinion
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05/09/2016
This is a nice gesture that is more appropriate coming from state government. How about a hearing and vote on Judge Garland, a budget, reforming immigration & the criminal system, labeling GMOs, the VRA, overturning citizen united? We need some REAL work done.
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    Does Congress really have to waste time discussing this? I'm sure there are more pressing issues!
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    Fire fighters and police are not federal employees; this would be more appropriate at the state or local level.
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    No. They deserve real benefits, not symbolic actions such as this.
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    They risk more than I do and deserve much respect. This would be a great way to show the respect we need to give to these people.
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    At first this question sounds like a good idea. Since there are so many first responder, maybe not so good idea. How many times does this happen in the US? Why not make this a city or country tribute.
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    This is a nice gesture that is more appropriate coming from state government. How about a hearing and vote on Judge Garland, a budget, reforming immigration & the criminal system, labeling GMOs, the VRA, overturning citizen united? We need some REAL work done.
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    This is certainly a good step towards those who have fallen while serving our country and their communities.
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    Not unless they were first responders who died in responding to a NATIONAL disaster! Otherwise, let them be honored by their state and/or county or city! Do we not yet have a National Day of Appreciation to honor our first responders?! If not, let's get on the ball and pass the bill! And before you ask, I think of a national disaster as impacting the entire nation. The 9/11 attack by Islamic jihadists was not just an attack on the city or state of NY; it was an attack on the United States! That, IMO, qualifies it as a national disaster.
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    It's a feel good bill that really does nothing and I am sure the government would find a way to spend far more money on study groups ,fact finding committees and a special purchasing group to buy flags made in in some third world country to help boost THEIR economy
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    Instead of a futile gesture, honor ALL first responders by providing for the first responders of 9/11.
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    The Counter argument is that it does not ease the bereavement of the surviving family. I don't think that that was the intention of the flag flying ceremony. I think that's the flag is a way to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The families can look at that flag and know that they are nationally recognized as heroes.
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    Commendable idea but I for one DO NOT want law enforcement linked in anyway to the federal government. Each state could manage this in an appropriate way.
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    If there is going to be a permanent memorial it should be a statue etc
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    What is this? Congress is throwing time and money down the drain with this kinda stuff.
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    Who better deserves this. If not the first responders, who?
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    A sign of respect for a fallen hero
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    Why not?
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    It's a nice gesture but a waste of money and manpower.
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    Not that we don't appreciate their services, but please keep federal and state matters seperate. If a state wants to do this over their stat capital, that would be fine.
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    State legislature
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