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house Bill H.R. 3997

Waiving Permit Application Fees for Veterans Events at Federal War Memorials

Argument in favor

Veterans have sacrificed greatly to protect the freedom and liberties we enjoy, they shouldn’t have to pay an application fee when seeking a permit for an event at a federal war memorial.

DrRichSwier's Opinion
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11/11/2017
This is the least the country can do for our veterans. God bless our veterans and their families.
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Glynn's Opinion
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11/11/2017
Seriously? Who would have ever thought of charging them in the first place? Our government is insane with trying to take money from the people. When are we going to stand up and say enough is enough. Taxes on money that has already been taxed, fees, fines, etc. Take take take!
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Frank's Opinion
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11/11/2017
We should not have to pay a fee to honor our fellow veterans, we paid that fee already!
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Argument opposed

Application fees exist to help the agencies that manage public land and resources cover the cost of processing them, veterans shouldn’t get fees waived for events at federal war memorials.

Anne's Opinion
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11/11/2017
I am a product of a Vietnam war veteran and have 2 son's currently serving in the military. They deserve much respect as well as consideration when it comes to the financial sacrifices they make in addition to the personal sacrifices they make. However, the public management of these memorials is a financial sacrifice by the taxpayers and everyone who wants to rally around them should pay to do so, not only for the upkeep, but in order to keep track of to whom and how these monuments are being used to represent their cause.
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John's Opinion
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11/11/2017
Getting permits is as much about communicating what’s going on as it is for collecting fees to pay for things. This need to communicate you’re planning an event that has the potential to bring large numbers of people to a public space doesn’t go away just because the event is associated with something the present people in power like and want to encourage. This is just a politically motivated stunt to garner support from a core group of supporters. It will pass, be discovered to be unworkable and quietly go away.
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Shariq's Opinion
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11/11/2017
It’s a nice sentiment but these sites require funds for upkeep.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed June 5th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedOctober 10th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 3997?

This bill — known as the Free Veterans From Fees Act — would waive the special use permit application fee for veteran groups applying for a permit at war memorials on federal land to hold an event honoring veterans.

Impact

Veterans applying for an event permit at a federal war memorial; and relevant federal agencies.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3997

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) introduced this bill to waive the administrative fee for veterans applying for a permit at war memorials on federal land:

“Our veterans have made great sacrifices to defend the freedom and liberties that we enjoy today. This is the least we can do to help veterans and their families commemorate their service to our country. I’m grateful to Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Major in the Army National Guard, for her support of this legislation.”

Lead cosponsor Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) added:

“The Free Veterans from Fees Act is a small way to show the appreciation and respect that our country has for our veterans who have sacrificed so much both at home and abroad. We should do all we can to empower our veterans as we pay tribute to our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice.  I thank Congressman Rothfus for his dedication to serving veterans.”

This legislation has the support of two cosponsors in the House, including Gabbard and Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI).


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Summary by Eric Revell

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Free Veterans from Fees Act

Official Title

To waive the application fee for any special use permit for veterans demonstrations and special events at war memorials on Federal land, and for other purposes.

    This is the least the country can do for our veterans. God bless our veterans and their families.
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    I am a product of a Vietnam war veteran and have 2 son's currently serving in the military. They deserve much respect as well as consideration when it comes to the financial sacrifices they make in addition to the personal sacrifices they make. However, the public management of these memorials is a financial sacrifice by the taxpayers and everyone who wants to rally around them should pay to do so, not only for the upkeep, but in order to keep track of to whom and how these monuments are being used to represent their cause.
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    Seriously? Who would have ever thought of charging them in the first place? Our government is insane with trying to take money from the people. When are we going to stand up and say enough is enough. Taxes on money that has already been taxed, fees, fines, etc. Take take take!
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    We should not have to pay a fee to honor our fellow veterans, we paid that fee already!
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    Nobody should have to pay a fee to hold an event at any public site. As if they don't take enough from us in taxes to cover the "administrative costs".
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    Getting permits is as much about communicating what’s going on as it is for collecting fees to pay for things. This need to communicate you’re planning an event that has the potential to bring large numbers of people to a public space doesn’t go away just because the event is associated with something the present people in power like and want to encourage. This is just a politically motivated stunt to garner support from a core group of supporters. It will pass, be discovered to be unworkable and quietly go away.
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    They have sacrificed and paid enough for serving this great nation. So if they want to hold an event where their brother’s made the ultimate sacrifice i would suggest finding any possible way to make it easier for them to make that happen.
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    It’s a nice sentiment but these sites require funds for upkeep.
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    It’s the right thing to do.
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    Having calculated my hourly wage when I was in the Army, the majority of the time I made less than minimum wage. If veterans want to hold an event at federal war memorial, they should not have to pay for it. In response to one person, I wouldn't be averse to having a permit completed to ensure there aren't a googol events held at one memorial on the same day, but a fee should not be attached to the permit for veterans.
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    Veterans have earned the right to hold events at a federal memorial without having to pay a fee on top of it.
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    They have paid their dues
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    It is the very LEAST we can do.... they offered their lives.
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    There shouldn’t even be a debate on this. Vets served our country and the least we can do is let them hold events on a day where we honor veterans.
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    I like it, I'm a veteran, but I'm voting no. There's no reason I should have to pay less than any civilian to organize these events no matter the venue. I'm happy to support my monuments and parks with my money.
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    It's incredible they even have to think about this, always support VETS
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    It’s the least we can do.
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    They have served enough, and income levels for vets are not always sufficient for these type of fees
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    We do not do enough for our Vets and active military. Yes it’s volunteer but we honor them with the little things that make their lives a little richer.
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    We need to do more for our veterans!
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