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H.R. 4976 (116th): Supply Our Soldiers Act of 2019

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About the bill

Should you have to pay postage when mailing letters or items to soldiers in combat areas overseas?


Armed forces members in combat zones can send mail to the U.S. for free, but the reverse isn’t true. Family members, friends, or anyone else pays postage when sending letters or packages to soldiers overseas.

While the Defense Department covers the cost of shipping from the U.S. to the foreign nation, the sender still must cover the domestic transportation cost to one of five U.S. “gateway” sites: Chicago, Miami, Newark, New York, and San Francisco.

What the bill does

The Supply Our Soldiers Act would make all mail sent to armed services members serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and “other designated hostile fire areas” free of charge.

It was ...

Sponsor and status

Peter “Pete” King

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 1, 2019
Length: 7 pages
Nov 1, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on November 1, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


6 Cosponsors (5 Democrats, 1 Republican)



Nov 1, 2019

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H.R. 4976 (116th) 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. 4976. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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