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house Bill H.R. 5598

Should the Treasury Sell Commemorative Coins to Fund Activities Honoring the 400th Anniversary of the Plymouth Colony?

Argument in favor

Making and selling these commemorative coins will generate much needed funds for the festivities planned for marking the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth Colony.

OwensRight's Opinion
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11/24/2016
Ofcourse, there's no reason not to.. People talking about us killing the Natives? How about you give up your house and personal land to let Native Americans live there since you're so concerned about us taking their land.
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Stephen's Opinion
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11/24/2016
Why is this is even an Issue? The federal government has been minting and selling commemorative coins for more than 100 years. It's a legitimate source of revenue.
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Dusty's Opinion
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11/24/2016
If it helps to pay for the celebration instead of having the taxpayers pay for it, then I say go for it.
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Argument opposed

The federal government shouldn’t be in the business of making and selling commemorative coins. Let event organizers raise funding for festivities in another way.

Ross's Opinion
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11/24/2016
Any money raised in recognition of this anniversary should go toward reparations for Native Americans.
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Nicole's Opinion
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11/25/2016
1. Give the money to the Native Americans. 2. Why is congress wasting time on this?
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MiekoG's Opinion
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11/25/2016
This is a slap in the face to indigenous and colonized peoples.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedJune 28th, 2016

What is House Bill H.R. 5598?

This bill would direct the Dept. of the Treasury to issue commemorative coins commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing and settlement of Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, the signing of the Mayflower Compact, and the role of the Wampanoag tribes in making the settlement a reality. Funds from the sale of the coins would go toward funding events surrounding the 400th anniversary celebrations in 2020 and maintaining facilities related to those events.

The coins would only be issued during the two-year period following January 1, 2020. Up to 100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins would be issued. The proceeds would be distributed in the following manner:

  • 50% would go to Plymouth 400, Inc. for commemorations surrounding the events planned in 2020-21 and go to local historical preservation and cultural organizations to support their work in educating the public about the settlement of 1620 and their continued existence for the benefit of future generations;

  • 15% to Plimoth Plantation to support its effort to maintain the replica of the 1627 Plantation, the Mayflower II, and the replica of the Wampanoag Village;

  • 15% to a Wampanoag tribal organization to continue programs educating the public about the Wampanoag people prior to the Plymouth settlement and their interactions with the settlers;

  • 10% to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants to support the restoration of the main facility in Plymouth, provide funding for the site’s research library, and educational purposes;

  • 10% to the Pilgrim Society to continue its work in displaying the story of the settlement and settlement artifacts.

Impact

People who would attend or entities organizing events marking the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth Colony; and the Dept. of the Treasury.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5598

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA) introduced this bill to give organizations commemorating the Pilgrim settlement of Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 without using taxpayer dollars:

“2020 will be a proud mark for our country as we celebrate 400 years since the very beginning of this great American experiment. With this anniversary, we celebrate the successful settlement at Plymouth by the Pilgrims and the essential contributions of the Wampanoag tribes, as well as a number of key events that followed, including the signing of the Mayflower Compact, the 50-year Pilgrim-Wampanoag peace treaty, and the “First Thanksgiving,” which has been woven into the tradition of our country.”

This bill has the support of 55 bipartisan cosponsors in Congress, including 50 Democrats and five Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Public Domain)

AKA

Plymouth 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act of 2016

Official Title

To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the landing and settlement of Plymouth Colony, the signing of the Mayflower Compact, and the role of the indigenous Wampanoag tribes in the realization of the settlement.

    Ofcourse, there's no reason not to.. People talking about us killing the Natives? How about you give up your house and personal land to let Native Americans live there since you're so concerned about us taking their land.
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    Any money raised in recognition of this anniversary should go toward reparations for Native Americans.
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    1. Give the money to the Native Americans. 2. Why is congress wasting time on this?
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    This is a slap in the face to indigenous and colonized peoples.
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    Why is this is even an Issue? The federal government has been minting and selling commemorative coins for more than 100 years. It's a legitimate source of revenue.
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    That money should be going to help the tribes affected by DAPL
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    Let's start by acknowledging the past and current genocide of First Nation peoples in the U.S. and let history finally be told not from the perspective of privilege and colonization, but from the perspective of the Native experience. Let's honor all the broken treaties to this point and give back sovereignty to each Nation. Let's take care of the sorry state that many reservations are in-- third world states-- with no running water/clean water, deplorable living conditions and astronomical suicide rates among Native youth. Let's stop the human rights abuses happening right now in Standing Rock, ND and stop the pipeline whose course is rooted in racism and fueled by greed. We don't need a coin commemorating colonization, we need the government to do right by all First Nation peoples in the U.S. with tangible actions that protect and reinforce sovereign and human rights.
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    The event organizers should set up selling coins to fund the celebration. The government should not be involved.
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    HaHaHaHaHa. Treasury has to sell commemoratives coins to support the Plymouth Colony's 400 anniversary? Sounds like a private concern working within the Treasury. Pretty sure this should not be allowed for commercial business. How far has Government ethics fallen?
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    This is stupid. We don't have to keep celebrating white people going to a place and existing there.
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    How about selling coins that would celebrate something other than white history? How about selling a coin that actually celebrates native americans and have those funds go directly to their mostly poor communities?? Do people in congress even take to think about that for a moment??
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    These funds should be reallocated to Native people.
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    No, people can celebrate this in their homes without any activity from the broke federal government.
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    If it helps to pay for the celebration instead of having the taxpayers pay for it, then I say go for it.
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    All the liberals bitching about taking Native American land, go ahead and give up your land and homes. I don't mind!
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    This would be great for a reminder of where we came from and would boost at least a little bit of economy.
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    NATIVES DESERVE THEIR REPARATIONS FROM THE LAST TIME WE HAD AN ELECTION LIKE THIS...ANDREW JACKSON. MIC DROP.
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    Let's commemorate Native/Indigenous Americans, first
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    Clearly the US mint has issued commemorative coins many times. As long as it is a profitable project, then bring it on!
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    Any celebration of our impending destruction of native populations should go toward reparations and restitution for those native populations. If people want to celebrate this, let them raise their own money to do so.
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