by Countable | Updated on 10.15.18
UPDATE -- October 15, 2018: Today is the last day on which members of the public can submit comments on the Trump administration's proposal to limit demonstrations near the White House and the National Mall, and to impose a "First Amendment fee" for protests.
Read the details below in Countable's original story from October 10, then submit your public comment here.
“From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to the Ellipse—D.C.’s national parks have always served as a stage for groups wanting their voices heard,” NPS’ acting National Capital Regional Director Lisa Mendelson-Ielmini added. “The role the National Park Service plays in facilitating these groups’ First Amendment rights - regardless of their views - is not something we take lightly.”
“Asking for reimbursement from those who use NPS resources for weddings or parties on the National Mall, as is already practice, is one thing. But requiring money from those who wish to exercise their constitutional right to free speech in the seat of our federal government would be an egregious overstep by the NPS and could limit the potency of future demonstrations on the Mall,” they write.
Do you support the proposed changes to rallies and demonstrations on the Mall? Should Congress increase the NPS’ budget? Take action and tell your lawmakers above, then share your thoughts below.
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The right to protest is covered by the first amendment. Trump doesn't like the protests outside the White House then he should stop doing things to anger his BOSSES. Elected officials work for We The People Of the United States of America. We will not keep our opinions on how everything is ran to ourselves.
Charging a First Amendment Fee is Un-Constitutional. Before considering such a fee, I offer the following: #45 should pay the taxpayers rent for staying at the WH. The rent amount will be added to the National Parks budget. #45 should also be required to place a down payment which will be held in escrow, as well as listing a personal credit card number. Upon his exit, an inspection of the WH property, Air Force One, Marine One and the Presidential State Car would take place. Any repair costs, (outside of normal wear and tear), will be deducted from the down payment. If the amount of repair costs exceed the amount in escrow, the amount will be charged to the credit card. In addition, #45 will pay the costs of security and transportation for every trip to Mira Lago or to any of his other properties. #45 will be required to pay the charges on a monthly basis; security charges will include the costs of parking dump trucks in front of #45 Tower, Secret Service fees, etc. The monies would also be added to the National Parks Services budget.
I believe a better solution would be to better fund the NPS it will not be a significant drain and culture is worth investing in. As for limiting the area around the white house where protest can take place. I'd have to say this is a ridiculous idea and spits in the face of the ideas we've held since the founding of the nation.