Text: H.R.3392 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 107-136 (01/24/2002)
[107th Congress Public Law 136]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 107-136
To name the national cemetery in Saratoga, New York, as the Gerald B.H.
Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Jan.
24, 2002 - [H.R. 3392]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds the following:
(1) Gerald Brooks Hunt ``Jerry'' Solomon of Glens Falls, New
York, served in the House of Representatives for 10 terms, from
January 3, 1979, to January 3, 1999, and during that service
gained a reputation for being outspoken and tenacious in
presenting his views on a wide range of issues.
(2) Congressman Solomon was born in Okeechobee, Florida, and
grew up there during the Great Depression before moving to New
York in 1945.
(3) Congressman Solomon enlisted in the United States Marine
Corps at the onset of the Korean War and served in the Marine
Corps for 8\1/2\ years on active and reserve duty.
(4) Before being elected to Congress in 1978, Congressman
Solomon was a businessman in Glens Falls, New York.
(5) During his 20-year congressional career, Congressman
Solomon served as the ranking Republican on the Committee on
Veterans' Affairs, where he was recognized by the veterans
community as one of its strongest advocates. Among his other
accomplishments for veterans, Congressman Solomon spearheaded
the effort to create the Cabinet-level Department of Veterans
Affairs and successfully led a 15-year drive to establish the
Saratoga National Cemetery in Saratoga, New York, where he is
(6) Congressman Solomon was also recognized for his efforts
to promote pride, patriotism, and volunteerism, and when the
Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting the burning of the
United States flag were unconstitutional, Congressman Solomon
was given the assignment to pass a constitutional amendment to
prohibit desecration of the flag. The Solomon Amendment passed
overwhelmingly in the House, but failed by one vote in the
(7) As chairman of the Committee on Rules of the House of
Representatives, Congressman Solomon revamped the rules under
which the House operates, abolishing proxy voting, opening all
meetings to the media and the public, and making Congress
subject to the same laws that the American people live under.
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(8) During his congressional career, Congressman Solomon was
the recipient of dozens of major awards from many national
veterans organizations, including the coveted ``Iron Mike
Award'', presented to him by the Marine Corps and Marine Corps
League, and the Distinguished Citizen Award, presented to him by
the National Congressional Medal of Honor Society for his
legislative successes on behalf of the United States military
and veterans issues.
SEC. 2. NAME OF THE NATIONAL CEMETERY IN SARATOGA, NEW YORK.
(a) Name.--The national cemetery located in Saratoga, New York,
shall after the date of the enactment of this Act be known and
designated as the ``Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery''.
Any reference to such national cemetery in any law, regulation, map,
document, record, or other paper of the United States shall be
considered to be a reference to the ``Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga
(b) Memorial.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall provide for
the placement in the national cemetery referred to in subsection (a) of
a suitable memorial to honor the memory of Gerald B.H. Solomon and his
service to the United States.
Approved January 24, 2002.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 3392:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 147 (2001):
Dec. 4, considered and passed House.
Dec. 20, considered and passed Senate.