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house Bill H. Con. Res. 25

Should the Capitol Grounds be Used for Events Honoring Police Officers?

Argument in favor

Law enforcement officers deserve to hold their ceremonies at the Capitol.

Keegan's Opinion
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04/23/2015
The Capitol is a public building, as are the grounds. As long as events don't compromise security or interfere with official business any citizen or group of citizens has the right to peaceably assemble.
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04/22/2015
Honoring citizens who serve the community by putting their lives on the line to protect us is a national value that should be recognized and acknowledged. We may need to work on holding those who serve accountable for their actions and hold their supervisors and officials accountable for maintaining order and discipline that truly serves to protect ALL citizens, but this is a separate issue from recognizing and encouraging the important value of civil service to the wellbeing of our communities and our country as a whole.
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Robert g's Opinion
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04/21/2015
I SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH THE USE OF CAPITOL GROUNDS FOR EVENTS OF THIS NATURE WHETHER IT BE POLICE. FIREFIGHTERS VETERANS OR OTHER WORTHY CAUSES
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Argument opposed

The sponsors of these events should be able to find another venue.

Sabra18's Opinion
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04/20/2015
Police should be honored in the community where they served
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William's Opinion
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04/20/2015
This honoring of Police officers should be done at the local level of they state that they serve in
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Chester's Opinion
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04/22/2015
Police should be honored in the community where they served
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What is House Bill H. Con. Res. 25?

This concurrent resolution allows the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police  (FOP)  and its sponsors to hold two free public events on the Capitol grounds.


"What is FOP?" you might ask. It's an organization for sworn law enforcement officers — with a reported membership of over 325,000 members, spread over 2,100 local chapters at the local, state, and national (Grand Lodge) level. The group's stated goals are to improve working conditions for police officers through "education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation." 


The events to be held on Capitol grounds would be: 

Impact

Law enforcement officers across the country, their families, members, sponsors, and organizers for the Fraternal Order of Police, the public, and tourists in the D.C. area, and events that would have otherwise taken place on the Capitol grounds.

Cost of House Bill H. Con. Res. 25

$0.00
Because all costs and expenses would be taken care of by sponsoring organizations, the CBO estimates that this proposal wouldn't cost the federal government a single penny.

More Information

Of Note: 

On their "About Us" page, the Fraternal Order of Police note that their organization was born out of the poor conditions that used to define law enforcement life
"In 1915, the life of a policeman was bleak. In many communities they were forced to work 12 hour days, 365 days a year. Police officers didn't like it, but there was little they could do to change their working conditions. There were no organizations to make their voices heard; no other means to make their grievances known. This soon changed, thanks to the courage and wisdom of two Pittsburgh patrol officers. Martin Toole and Delbert Nagle knew they must first organize police officers, like other labor interests, if they were to be successful in making life better for themselves and their fellow police officers."

Media: 

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

CBO Cost Estimate

The Fraternal Order of Police


(Photo Credit: Flickr user Elvert Barnes

Official Title

Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition.

concurrent resolution Progress


  • The senate Passed April 23rd, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed April 21st, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 410 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedMarch 19th, 2015

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    The Capitol is a public building, as are the grounds. As long as events don't compromise security or interfere with official business any citizen or group of citizens has the right to peaceably assemble.
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    Police should be honored in the community where they served
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    This honoring of Police officers should be done at the local level of they state that they serve in
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    I SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH THE USE OF CAPITOL GROUNDS FOR EVENTS OF THIS NATURE WHETHER IT BE POLICE. FIREFIGHTERS VETERANS OR OTHER WORTHY CAUSES
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    Honoring citizens who serve the community by putting their lives on the line to protect us is a national value that should be recognized and acknowledged. We may need to work on holding those who serve accountable for their actions and hold their supervisors and officials accountable for maintaining order and discipline that truly serves to protect ALL citizens, but this is a separate issue from recognizing and encouraging the important value of civil service to the wellbeing of our communities and our country as a whole.
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    Police should be honored in the community where they served
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    Police are of the utmost importance to the nation, anything less would be disrespectful.
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    Bro.
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    Police should have second priority after military. Organizations that bring honor should be third and fees bonded for the groups that dishonor the capital by destroying the landscape in previous marches.
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    Public grounds should be available to all the law-abiding.
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    Local issue. Let them be honored there. The FOP should be classified as a union. Their donations drive draw millions with no accountability to anyone that I know of. Pretty sure more farmers die every year than police officers.
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    The Capitol grounds belong to the people and therefore the people should be allowed to use them. Proper permits should be applied for. The police has been getting a lot of bad press recently (some deserved & some undeserved.) and this would go far in shining a positive light upon them.
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    We're not a Police state...yet.
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    Yes, that sounds like an excellent honor.
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    Good policeman should be honored.!
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    Honoring police should be done at a local level, such as at a city hall. Not the capitol.
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    They have the right to have ceremonies in the areas they serve
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    If the respective police departments want to hold events on Capitol Grounds I don't see any issues, it's their own prerogative.
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    They die serving this country . Let the country serve them
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    The grounds belong to the American people. If they can protest and hold rallies there, than it
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