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H.R. 2765 (115th): Perpetual POW/MIA Stamp Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 30, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2765

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 30, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Rush, Mr. Cook, and Mr. Dunn) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

A BILL

To provide for the issuance of a forever stamp to honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women of the Armed Forces who are still prisoner, missing, or unaccounted for, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Perpetual POW/MIA Stamp Act.

2.

Findings

The Congress finds that—

(1)

the Department of Defense reports that more than 83,000 service members remain missing since World War II;

(2)

the United States Government has an obligation to achieve the fullest possible accounting for the Americans who have gone missing while serving the country and to leave no one unaccounted for in future conflicts;

(3)

in 1982, the POW/MIA flag became the first flag other than the Flag of the United States to fly over the White House in Washington, DC;

(4)

on August 10, 1990, Public Law 101–355 designated the POW/MIA flag as The Symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing, and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.; and

(5)

the POW/MIA flag should maintain continued visibility as a constant reminder of the plight of America’s Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.

3.

Perpetual POW/MIA stamp

(a)

In General

In order to continue to honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women of the Armed Forces who have been prisoner, missing, or unaccounted for, the Postmaster General shall provide for the issuance of a forever stamp suitable for that purpose and depicts the National League of Families POW/MIA flag.

(b)

Definition

For purposes of this Act, the term forever stamp means a definitive stamp which meets the postage required for first-class mail up to one ounce in weight, and which retains full validity for that purpose even if the rate of that postage is later increased.

(c)

Effective Date

The stamp described in subsection (a) shall be issued beginning as soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act and shall not thereafter be discontinued.