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senate Bill S. 3989

Should the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission Be Reorganized to Exclude Private Members From Planning Celebrations of America’s 250th Birthday?

Argument in favor

The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission is an important planning body tasked with the weighty responsibility of ensuring appropriate celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the United States’ founding. As such, it is important to ensure that it has the appropriate membership and necessary authority to carry out its mission. This legislation helps ensure that is the case.

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12/17/2020
Good morning, jimK. Truly we need more info on this. Hope you, and your family have a wonderful, relaxing, safe day! 🙏🏻👍🏻👏🏻😊❤️❤️🤗
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Joseph's Opinion
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12/17/2020
By all accounts, Facebook IS a monopoly. Plus it is no longer trustworthy. And finally it has become a tool for anything other than what it was designed or intended, like most of the social media and social networking sites. Sometimes you have to get rid of the good to get rid of the bad. Bummer, but I doubt Mark will be spending any time at the corner with a sign that reads, “Will code for food”.
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CptnCavm's Opinion
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12/17/2020
Yes, It is absolutely too important to allow individuals to either use it for their own benefit or to profit off of it!
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Argument opposed

The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission’s work is already well underway, and removing its private citizens — who have been members since the commission’s establishment in 2016 — would be disruptive to its work. While it would be reasonable to add members such as the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, doing so does not need to come at the cost of removing existing Commission members.

jimK's Opinion
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12/17/2020
<< 33 days, 22 hours, 49 minutes >> I really do not understand the issue here. I agree that representatives representing various cultural aspects of America and our history must be involved in planning the celebration of our country’s 250th birthday, but really do not understand eliminating private citizen involvement without more information. If the private citizen’s are there to monetize the event for their own self-benefit; then yes, eliminate them. There is not enough information provided here to assess this and I really do not care to research it any deeper - So, I will go with the classic wisdom of ‘It ain’t broke, don’t fix it’; unless someone has more details to share regarding the nature of the private citizens involved.
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Dorothy's Opinion
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12/17/2020
Seriously this is where you think your time should be spend as the country is in multiple crises.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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12/17/2020
How about we work on passing some important things.
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What is Senate Bill S. 3989?

This bill would modify certain requirements of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, which was established to plan commemoration activities for the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States.

Specifically, this bill would:

  • Modify the commission’s membership requirements to include the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Chief Justice of the United States (or an Associate Justice or former Associate Justice appointed by them), and no private citizen members;
  • Change the deadline for the commission to report to the president with specific recommendations for semiquincentennial celebrations to March 31, 2020;
  • Grant the commission the sole power to authorize, license, and derive income from the use of official marks, imprimaturs, products, and logos of the commission and the official semiquincentennial activities sponsored or cosponsored by the commission; and
  • Establish penalties for knowingly manufacturing, reproducing, or using any logo, symbol, or mark originated under the commission’s authority in connection with the commemoration of the semiquincentennial.

This bill’s full title is the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Amendments Act of 2020.

Impact

Planning of celebrations relating to the U.S. semiquincentennial in 2026; U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission; private citizen membership in the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission; the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services; and the Chief Justice of the United States.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 3989

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who is himself a member of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, introduced this bill to streamline the commission’s operations and ensure that relevant members of the government, such as the chairpeople of national endowments for the humanities and the arts, are included in its membership.

This legislation unanimously passed the Senate with the support of one cosponsor, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA).


Of NoteThe U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission was established by Congress to inspire Americans to participate in celebrating the 250th anniversary of the United States’ founding, which will occur in 2026. The commission currently includes eight members of Congress from both political parties, 16 citizen members, and six ex-officio members from the cabinet.

In addition to federal planning efforts in anticipation of the United States’ 250th birthday, a handful of states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, have already created their own “America 250” commissions to seek federal and private funding and draw up plans for their own semiquincentennial celebrations.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

United States Semiquincentennial Commission Amendments Act of 2020

Official Title

United States Semiquincentennial Commission Amendments Act of 2020, as amended

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    IntroducedJune 17th, 2020
    Good morning, jimK. Truly we need more info on this. Hope you, and your family have a wonderful, relaxing, safe day! 🙏🏻👍🏻👏🏻😊❤️❤️🤗
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    << 33 days, 22 hours, 49 minutes >> I really do not understand the issue here. I agree that representatives representing various cultural aspects of America and our history must be involved in planning the celebration of our country’s 250th birthday, but really do not understand eliminating private citizen involvement without more information. If the private citizen’s are there to monetize the event for their own self-benefit; then yes, eliminate them. There is not enough information provided here to assess this and I really do not care to research it any deeper - So, I will go with the classic wisdom of ‘It ain’t broke, don’t fix it’; unless someone has more details to share regarding the nature of the private citizens involved.
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    Seriously this is where you think your time should be spend as the country is in multiple crises.
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    How about we work on passing some important things.
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    ?????? There is not sufficient information available in the summary material to know what this is about o even the reason for the bill author’s concerns. I’m not sure there’s much to celebrate - at 250 years we are still a VERY young country.
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    Let’s see. With the GOP actively undermining democracy while slithering around in cowardly genuflection to the Infant- in- Chief, over 300,000 persons here have died from a pandemic most of those cowards, like Pied Piper rats, refused to acknowledge or used private knowledge to enrich themselves. The rich keep getting richer, safely, on the backs of exposed workers whose hardly livable wages are daily threatened with layoffs to increase corporate profits. Congress circle jerks about Covid disaster relief while some of us wear masks and socially distance to protect whining, paranoid useless yahoos who could care less about the welfare of their neighbors. And this is the best a Senator can come with? Really? Even I’ve spent more time on this foolishness than it deserves or warrants.
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    I say no for several reasons one it’s not broke, not a good reason to exclude any group from participating and last it is proposed by a Republican they have shown they can’t be trusted with the will of the people, governing or government
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    Senators: Either table or discard this legislation, S 3989. The timing is not right; giving this legislation any serious attention recognition is out of sync with the needs of America. We are amid a years-long pandemic with many problems still needing solutions. Every Senator and their staff should be hard at work working on some aspect of the Pandemic. Millions of Americans are and will continue to be in an economic crisis, and thousands are starving. Hospitals are over capacity. Pandemic Fatigue is wearing. Congress’ Finances Committees must carefully re-examine the country’s financial situation in light of military overspending given the years during which we need to address the economic implications of the Pandemic effectively. Why is Senator Toomey concerned about the 250th-anniversary celebration of America? It's the Fourth of July, so we already have Fireworks and Flags and speeches. Some extra history programming on TV. Beyond this, whose interests are being represented by Senator Toomey? Why?! Another shameful political stunt to serve a tiny segment of the Donor Class! Perhaps a Senator needs to be impeached for misconduct and failure to do due diligence. [Edited.]
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    WTH?! STOP! We have a national emergency going on and Congress is contemplating the make-up of the country’s 250 birthday party committee! Russia has breached our cyber defenses!
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    Who fucking cares right now? Vote on something of substance
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    The Senate has time for this, but cannot stave off death, hunger, and homelessness with an adequate stimulus package?!
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    By all accounts, Facebook IS a monopoly. Plus it is no longer trustworthy. And finally it has become a tool for anything other than what it was designed or intended, like most of the social media and social networking sites. Sometimes you have to get rid of the good to get rid of the bad. Bummer, but I doubt Mark will be spending any time at the corner with a sign that reads, “Will code for food”.
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    No f***ing parties!!! Parties are in fact...like it or not...super spreaders for the Coronavirus! Why is it so hard for some people to have common sense!?! Common sense tells you this! Stupidity doesn't! No reorganization is necessary right now! Such blatant childish behavior! Blatant "I don't give a flying f*** about anyone else but me" attitude! January 20, 2021 at 12 noon is not coming fast enough! This country is so disorganized!
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    Are you kidding me? Who gives a damn?
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    Who cares ? Is this really the most important thing you can come up with ?
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    Get stimulus to the people and end unconstitutional lock downs! This incompetence and ivory tower elitism is how Revolutions start! Get it together DC.
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    Private folks may work more effectively, especially if they get no benefit. Right now we need to get Covid relief and shelter in place to get the Covid numbers down. We have a lot of work to do so people will be around for this celebration.
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    Let’s just hold off on any legislation unless it has to do with COVID helping supporting hospitals, unemployed folks, schools. Everything else can wait until the new administration assumes office.
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    With all of the Hacks from Russia into sensitive government agencies for the last 10 months, there may not be an America For its Birthday. Trump was asleep and did not care to truly govern in Americas best interest. He was too concerned about re-election and getting rich with his new and stolen powers.
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    This is one step toward "draining the swamp" of patronage and graft.
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