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senate Bill S. Res. 335

Designating the Week of Thanksgiving as “National Family Week”

Argument in favor

Designating Thanksgiving week as National Family Week is a great tradition that should be continued to encourage Americans to appreciate and spend time with their families.

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11/23/2017
This was originally started in 1987 and has been proclaimed by every president since then. It has nothing to do with Trump per say. Also as a Native American I can say that Thanksgiving has nothing to do with the genocide of our people. Stop knocking down things that bring back the concept of strong family and tradition. If we do not fight for these things now we will become lesser for having lost this.
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NoHedges's Opinion
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11/23/2017
Sure, if it brings awareness to the importance of families. But it is a meaningless gesture considering the actions of the GOP. Facts: Food Insecurity 48.8 million Americans—including 13 million children— live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year. Food-Insecure Families Food insecurity—the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food— exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children. Rates of food insecurity are substantially higher than the national average among households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line, among households with children headed by single parents (35.1% of female-headed households with children are food-insecure) and among Black and Hispanic households. Food insecurity is most common in large cities but still exists in rural areas, suburbs and other outlying areas around large cities − 25 % of households with children living in large cities are food-insecure. The typical (median) food-secure household spent 27 percent more for food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and composition. 59% of food-insecure households reported that in the previous month they had participated in one or more of the three largest federal food and nutrition assistance programs: SNAP (formerly food stamps), School Lunch an
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James's Opinion
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11/23/2017
As today is Thanks giving and I value family so much as I am part of a great one! Yes! Absolutely! To those of you who do not have families or come from broken or dysfunctional ones all I can say is do your best to pull together as we pray for you!
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Argument opposed

Gestures like designating Thanksgiving week as “National Family Week” are a waste of time and don’t really encourage Americans to do whatever it is they’re intended to accomplish.

Nicole's Opinion
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11/23/2017
Are we going to celebrate it with real actions like federal maternity leave policies and support for poor families or just ceremonies held by sanctimonious old white men encouraging family values while cheating on their wives and giving tax breaks to their corporate friends?
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NorthShoreBobby's Opinion
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11/23/2017
How about “National Congress-Do-The-People’s-Business Week” instead?
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IllWill's Opinion
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11/23/2017
Stop wasting time with these feel good resolutions and actually start passing legislation that will be beneficial for American families!
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    IntroducedNovember 16th, 2017

What is Senate Bill S. Res. 335?

This resolution would designate Thanksgiving week — November 19 through November 25, 2017 — as “National Family Week”. It would also encourage state and local governments to designate the week as National Family Week, and encourage the American people to observe it with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Each year since it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, the week of Thanksgiving has been designated as National Family Week -- President Donald Trump made the declaration on November 17.

As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t advance to the House if passed or become law.

Impact

Americans and their families; and state and local governments.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Res. 335

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthThis bill was introduced by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and has the support of one cosponsor, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

In his proclamation designating the first National Family Week, President Ronald Reagan wrote the following in 1987:


“The family is a source of well-being, a place to give and receive love and to learn and live our traditions and the virtues and the values of responsibility, selflessness and self-reliance, loyalty, mutual respect, fairness, and the power of faith. In families we also come to know our inherent dignity and worth as individuals and to enjoy the Godgiven rights that are the basis of freedom.
We must remember during National Family Week, and especially during the Bicentennial of the Constitution, that freedom, the family, and the individual have everything to do with each other. That is a truth that the Founders of our country knew well. The more the integrity of the family is fostered—the more social and public policy influences that weaken the family are eliminated—the stronger is freedom and the healthier is society. Let us forever remember this personally and as a people, for the good of our families and the good of our country.”


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Official Title

A resolution designating the week of November 19 through November 25, 2017, during which the holiday of Thanksgiving is observed, as "National Family Week".

    This was originally started in 1987 and has been proclaimed by every president since then. It has nothing to do with Trump per say. Also as a Native American I can say that Thanksgiving has nothing to do with the genocide of our people. Stop knocking down things that bring back the concept of strong family and tradition. If we do not fight for these things now we will become lesser for having lost this.
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    How about LOST INDIGENOUS PEOPLES WEEK
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    Are we going to celebrate it with real actions like federal maternity leave policies and support for poor families or just ceremonies held by sanctimonious old white men encouraging family values while cheating on their wives and giving tax breaks to their corporate friends?
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    How about “National Congress-Do-The-People’s-Business Week” instead?
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    Stop wasting time with these feel good resolutions and actually start passing legislation that will be beneficial for American families!
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    How about Designating it to the Indigenous people who’s land we’ve pillaged.
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    There is real work that needs to be done. This is ridiculous.
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    Many already celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family. This is a waste of time.
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    Sure, if it brings awareness to the importance of families. But it is a meaningless gesture considering the actions of the GOP. Facts: Food Insecurity 48.8 million Americans—including 13 million children— live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year. Food-Insecure Families Food insecurity—the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food— exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children. Rates of food insecurity are substantially higher than the national average among households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line, among households with children headed by single parents (35.1% of female-headed households with children are food-insecure) and among Black and Hispanic households. Food insecurity is most common in large cities but still exists in rural areas, suburbs and other outlying areas around large cities − 25 % of households with children living in large cities are food-insecure. The typical (median) food-secure household spent 27 percent more for food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and composition. 59% of food-insecure households reported that in the previous month they had participated in one or more of the three largest federal food and nutrition assistance programs: SNAP (formerly food stamps), School Lunch an
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    Absolutely, let’s give great honors to the family. (As long as it doesn’t actually help any actual family, improve their situation, give any benefit to the children) Meaningless gestures for the vast majority of Americans (after all, everyone has a family of some sort) are what the Senate does best when it wants to feel good about itself and pat itself on the back. It’s the Senate’s version of a participation award.
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    This is completely unnecessary. We have much bigger things to concern ourselves with.
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    If there is to be a “National Family Week”, will there also be a “National Singles Week”?
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    No. The word "family" has been hijacked by hate groups like "Focus on the Family," so we can expect "family" to be defined as a gender-binary couple, married in a Christian ceremony, raising gender-normative kids, and "othering" all other kinds of "families." These hateful people do not need federal recognition, they need censure.
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    Hey republicans, do the job we elected you to do.
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    It’s enough of a travesty that the Federal Government already defines what “family” is for Americans.
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    A national holiday would be better suited for Election Day. It would definitely allow for a higher voter turnout, if jobs and other commitments get in the way on the day of an election.
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    Seriously??? This is what’s being discussed? Come on- waste of time. I’m pretty sure there are bigger things to worry about than starting a “National Family Week”... ridiculous...
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    Another great reason for Senate not to meet, Congressmen to take time off, and Lawmakers in general to procrastinate working on real issues while the American people continue at their real jobs.
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    And here comes the "family values" party again with more useless legislation. Someone needs to tell them that it's easier to be known for "family values" if they stop doing the following: stop sexually harassing people and doing everything possible to sweep their actions under the rug. You don't need that secret fund to pay people off, if you don't harass people to start with. This would also save tax payer money. Stop promoting an idealized and unrealistic picture of "family". This is discrimination. Making a week to "celebrate family" but not addressing things like domestic violence and child abuse is nothing less than hypocrisy. You can't fix what's broken by ignoring it and pretending everything is wonderful. This contributes to escalating abuse and worse. Stop trying to legislate religious beliefs. There is a reason the founders included separation of church and state. Not everyone thinks the same. We have a day to "celebrate" mothers, and another for fathers, but a week to focus on family? Once again priorities are severely skewed.
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    A Thanksgiving week should be a week of gratitude and recompense to the indigenous people - and an acknowledgment of how we must tell the Truth to heal our country.
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