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House Foreign Affairs Committee Advances No Passport Fees for Heroes’ Families Act

March 5, 2020
Press Release

 WASHINGTON – This week the House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced the No Passport Fees for Heroes’ Families Act (H.R. 2847), which waives passport fees for family members obtaining a passport to visit an injured servicemember overseas. This bill was introduced in May of 2019 by Congressman Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA).

 

Congressman Mitchell said “I am grateful Chairman Engel and the House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced my bill that supports our nation’s servicemen and women – as well as their families. This issue has directly affected my constituents and it is great to see Congress taking action to address this problem. This bipartisan bill is a way we can show our collective appreciation for our servicemembers and ensure these families can be with their loved ones.”

 

“I am grateful to be an original cosponsor of Rep. Paul Mitchell’s H.R. 2847, the No Passport Fees for Hero’s Families Act. This bill waives passport fees for family members of U.S. armed forces traveling abroad to visit their enlisted loved ones in the hospital. This is the very basic respect a grateful nation can give to these families who put everything on the line for our country’s safety.” Congressman Wilson commented.

 

“No family should have to worry about the hurdles and cost of a passport when trying to visit an injured servicemember. The No Passport Fees for Heroes Act is a small measure of our gratitude so that families can be with their loved ones in their time of need,” said Congressman Connolly.

 

“When our servicemembers are injured in the defense of our country, they deserve the highest standard of care. And when these brave men and women receive treatment at U.S. facilities abroad, this care can often include a visit from a family member to comfort them,” said Congresswoman Spanberger. “I’m proud to see our bipartisan legislation moving forward, because the families of our servicemembers have sacrificed enough as it is, and they shouldn’t have to worry about the extra cost of a passport. By waiving these fees, we are making sure our military families have an opportunity to be with their loved ones during difficult circumstances—and it’s just one way to provide those who keep us safe with the benefits and support they’ve earned through their selfless service.”

 

Congressman Mitchell authored this legislation after a family in his district could not visit an injured loved one. See full story below.

 

Click here to read the story that inspired the creation of this legislation.

Click here to read the text of the No Passport Fees for Heroes’ Families Act.

Click here to read the original press release on the introduction of the bill.

 

 

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