H.J.Res. 105, Conferring honorary citizenship on Bernardo de Galvez y Madrid, Viscount of Galveston and Count of Galvez

H.J.Res. 105

Conferring honorary citizenship on Bernardo de Galvez y Madrid, Viscount of Galveston and Count of Galvez

Committee
Judiciary

Date
July 28, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, July 28, 2014, the House will consider H.J.Res. 105, Conferring honorary citizenship on Bernardo de Galvez y Madrid, Viscount of Galveston and Count of Galvez, under suspension of the rules.  H.J.Res. 105 was introduced on January 9, 2014 by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) and was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.  The bill was marked up on July 10, 2014 and was ordered reported by voice vote.[1]

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[1] House Committee Report 113-548.

Bill Summary

H.J.Res. 105 confers honorary U.S. citizenship posthumously on Bernardo de Galvez y Madrid, Viscount of Galveston and Count of Galvez.

Background

Congress has granted honorary citizenship to only seven individuals, five of whom received it posthumously.[2]  Honorary citizenship is a “symbolic gesture” and “an extraordinary honor not lightly conferred.”[3]  Previous recipients include Winston Churchill, Mother Theresa, and the Marquis de Lafayette.[4]

Bernardo de Galvez “was a hero of the Revolutionary War who risked his life for the freedom of the United States people and provided supplies, intelligence, and strong military support to the war effort.”[5]  “[D]ue to the British blockade of seaports on the Eastern Seaboard, then-Governor Galvez’s secretly-coordinated smuggling operation, and efforts to clear the Mississippi River of British influence, helped ensure that George Washington’s Continental Army received necessary weapons and other provisions.”[6]  Further, Galvez recruited 7,500 fighters and led Spain’s efforts to assist the U.S. in fighting Great Britain.[7]  “Galvez’s forces were victorious in every battle into which he led them.”[8]  Galvez also “led the successful 2-month siege of Pensacola, Florida, where his troops captured the capital of British West Florida and left the British with no naval bases in the Gulf of Mexico.”[9]  According to historians, “There is no question that keeping the British occupied on a second front during the war was critical to the success of General Washington’s campaign.”[10]  George Washington recognized Galvez’s victories against the British “as a deciding factor in the outcome of the Revolutionary War.”[11]  Though Galvez’s contribution to America’s victory in the Revolutionary War was immense, he has not received the level of recognition and honor that others have received.

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[2] Id. at 2.
[3] Id.
[4] Id.
[5] H.J.Res. 105.
[6] House Committee Report 113-548 at 2.
[7] Id.
[8] Id.
[9] H.J.Res. 105.
[10] House Committee Report 113-548 at 3.
[11] Id.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.J.Res. 105 would not significantly impact the federal budget.  In addition, the resolution would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.