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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 342


To provide for the issuance of a “Gold Star Families Forever Stamp” to honor the sacrifices of families who have lost a loved one who was a member of the Armed Forces in combat.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 8 (legislative day, February 6), 2017

Mr. Blumenthal (for himself and Mrs. Ernst) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


A BILL

To provide for the issuance of a “Gold Star Families Forever Stamp” to honor the sacrifices of families who have lost a loved one who was a member of the Armed Forces in combat.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Gold Star Families Forever Stamp Act”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds that—

(1) Gold Star mothers and fathers and families are true national heroes, who deserve our deepest gratitude and respect; and

(2) the extraordinary contribution of Gold Star mothers and fathers and families is beyond measure, not merely for their loss, but the comfort they selflessly provide others and their model of service and sacrifice.

SEC. 3. Gold Star Families Forever Stamp.

(a) In general.—In order to continue to honor the sacrifices of families who have lost a loved one who was a member of the Armed Forces in combat, the Postmaster General shall provide for the issuance of a forever stamp suitable for that purpose.

(b) Definition.—For purposes of this Act, the term “forever stamp” means a definitive stamp that—

(1) meets the postage required for first-class mail up to 1 ounce in weight; and

(2) retains full validity for the purpose described in paragraph (1) 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 enactment of this Act and shall not thereafter be discontinued.