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house Bill H.R. 4588

Creating the Abraham Lincoln Medal for Public Sacrifice for Federal Employees Killed or Wounded in the Line of Duty

Argument in favor

There’s currently no medal awarded to federal employees who aren’t in law enforcement or the military who are wounded or killed in the line of duty. Creating an Abraham Lincoln Medal for Public Service is a thoughtful way of changing that and honoring their sacrifice.

Lola's Opinion
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02/19/2018
It seems like this could be one tiny bipartisan beginning!
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Austin's Opinion
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02/19/2018
As a paramedic that has had friends die in the line of service I am very much in favor of this.
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02/20/2018
It is so sad to see such a powerful body as our legislature struggling to find even the smallest ways to work together across the isles, but I applaud and support any effort they make, as long as it does not distract too heavily from the real and necessary business of the country. I have not seen these four sponsors’ names together on another bill as yet, so their co-sponsorship offers an opportunity for greater understanding of each other that may benefit later more difficult negotiations.
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Argument opposed

There shouldn’t be an equivalent to the Purple Heart that’s available to federal employees killed or wounded in the line of duty who don’t work in law enforcement or the military. Creating a medal to honor their sacrifice would be a waste of time and resources.

Michelle's Opinion
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02/19/2018
How about a Medal of Honor for teachers and students who die protecting others in school shooting? Let’s pass some important legislation like gun control!
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As's Opinion
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02/19/2018
A medal for Federal workers who put their safety on the line for public service and US citizens... But the Trump Administration and GOP Congress want to cut ALL career Federal Employees and retirees pay and benefits drastically. This includes hits on pay, promotions, cutting all cost of living raiseds permanently, reduce retirement benefits and medical leave Let’s skip the award and treat our Federal public servants and retirees with respect for the services they perform for citizens and our nation everyday. They could could be making much more salary, benefits and retirement in the private sector, but chose government service. Skip the award and stop targeting Federal workers and attempting to balance tax cuts for the rich on their backs!
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Preston's Opinion
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02/19/2018
Absolutely not. Proper accolades can be celebrated on an individual basis. This is such a waste of time.
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    It seems like this could be one tiny bipartisan beginning!
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    How about a Medal of Honor for teachers and students who die protecting others in school shooting? Let’s pass some important legislation like gun control!
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    Hate to be a cynic, but this seems like more feel good legislation to show congress doing something, anything, when they should be tackling matters of substance.
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    Not the focus right now
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    A medal for Federal workers who put their safety on the line for public service and US citizens... But the Trump Administration and GOP Congress want to cut ALL career Federal Employees and retirees pay and benefits drastically. This includes hits on pay, promotions, cutting all cost of living raiseds permanently, reduce retirement benefits and medical leave Let’s skip the award and treat our Federal public servants and retirees with respect for the services they perform for citizens and our nation everyday. They could could be making much more salary, benefits and retirement in the private sector, but chose government service. Skip the award and stop targeting Federal workers and attempting to balance tax cuts for the rich on their backs!
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    As a paramedic that has had friends die in the line of service I am very much in favor of this.
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    Absolutely not. Proper accolades can be celebrated on an individual basis. This is such a waste of time.
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    It is so sad to see such a powerful body as our legislature struggling to find even the smallest ways to work together across the isles, but I applaud and support any effort they make, as long as it does not distract too heavily from the real and necessary business of the country. I have not seen these four sponsors’ names together on another bill as yet, so their co-sponsorship offers an opportunity for greater understanding of each other that may benefit later more difficult negotiations.
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    What a waste of time and resources
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    Useless symbolism
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    Focus on more pressing matters, like gun control, real health reform, helping the homeless (and especially veterans), controlling the cost of living, limiting congressional pay... or anything, really.
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    It seems so much easier to thank someone after they’ve been injured or killed than it does to give them the large scale systematic resources and support they need to prevent it in the first place.
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    We need to focus on the more important things!
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    Empty gestures distract from solving actual problems.
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    What about recognition for teachers and children who are continuously murdered? This is unnecessary.
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    So typical of Congress to spend time on things no one is asking for. Sounds like they are afraid people are going to start shooting members of Congress more and more, and they want to make sure they get a medal for it. Although I appreciate any one who gives their life for their country, there are much more urgent things to deal with like gun control so that no one who isn’t in law enforcement or the military ever loses their life while working for the federal government. Plus you should be ashamed that you voted to make it easier for mentally ill people to get guns.
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    There are so many important things to be focusing on right now. This is not a good use of government time.
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    Stop creating different levels of AMERICANS. We are all equal. A policeman, fireman, steel mill worker, coal miner or anyone else's life is just important.
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    Gun control first.
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    Not until we get one for school children who lay down their lives to protect people’s right to freely buy assault rifles. Since we want to protect those rights before we protect our children and citizens it only seems right to me.
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