About the bill
H.R. 3997 waives the application fee for any special use permit for veterans demonstrations and special events at war memorials on federal land, including events to honor immediate family members of veterans (like Gold Star Mothers), in recognition of the significant sacrifices veterans have made for our country.
Special use permits are required by the National Park Service (NPS) for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group or organization, and require the use of a designated park location for a specific purpose and length of time. All applications for special use permits must be accompanied by a payment for initial processing, unless determined to be a First Amendment activity. Currently NPS charges $120 for public gatherings and special event applications, and $90 for special use applications on ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Jun 6, 2018
Length: 3 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on June 5, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.
What legislators are saying
“House Unanimously Passes Rothfus Pro-Veterans Bill”
— Rep. Keith Rothfus [R-PA12, 2013-2018] (Sponsor) on Jun 5, 2018
“VIDEO: House Passes Rothfus-Gabbard Bill that Frees Veterans from Fees at Federal War Memorials”
— Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 5, 2018
Oct 10, 2017
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Mar 21, 2018
Considered by House Committee on Natural Resources
A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.
Apr 11, 2018
A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.
Apr 27, 2018
Reported by House Committee on Natural Resources
A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.
Jun 5, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)
The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.
H.R. 3997 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3997. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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