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106th Congress Report
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
1st Session 106-205
CONGRATULATING AND COMMENDING THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
June 29, 1999.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the
State of the Union and ordered to be printed
Mr. Stump, from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, submitted the
R E P O R T
[To accompany H.J. Res. 34]
The Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to whom was referred the
joint resolution (H.J. Res. 34) congratulating and commending
the Veterans of Foreign Wars, having considered the same,
reports favorably thereon without amendment and recommends that
the joint resolution do pass.
The organization which today is known as the Veterans of
Foreign Wars of the United States traces its origin to the
establishment in 1899 of a number of different veterans
organizations following United States participation in the
Spanish-American War. Today, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
is an organization with 2,000,000 members involved in community
and civic activities throughout the United States. Through such
programs and activities as:
LThe Voice of Democracy scholarship programs
for high school students;
LCharitable and disaster relief programs;
LVeterans service officers who handle
thousands of veterans claims each year;
LCo-sponsorship of the National Veterans
Golden Age Games; and
LVoluntary service at veterans hospitals and
thousands of other local community functions;
the VFW, whose motto is to ``honor the dead by serving the
living'', has contributed immeasurably to the improvement of
the United States of America, the well-being of its veterans,
and all of its citizens. Accordingly, the Committee believes it
is appropriate to recognize the 100th anniversary of the VFW's
establishment and recommends that H.J. Res. 34 be favorably
considered by the House.
No oversight findings have been submitted to the Committee
by the Committee on Government Reform.
The Committee projects that the reported bill would have no
Inflationary Impact Statement
The enactment of the reported bill would have no
Applicability to the Legislative Branch
The reported bill would not be applicable to the
legislative branch under the Congressional Accountability Act,
Public Law 104-1, because the bill would only affect certain
Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor, and U.S.
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims programs and
Statement of Federal Mandates
The reported bill would not establish a federal mandate
under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, Public Law 104-4.
Statement of Constitutional Authority
Pursuant to Article I, section 8 of the United States
Constitution, the reported bill is authorized by Congress'
power to ``provide for the common Defence and general Welfare
of the United States''.