H.R. 3218, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 836 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, California as the “Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis ‘Lou’ J. Langlais Post Office Building”

H.R. 3218

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 836 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, California as the “Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis ‘Lou’ J. Langlais Post Office Building”

Sponsor
Rep. Lois Capps

Date
May 23, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
John Huston

Floor Situation

On Monday, May 23, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 3218, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 836 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, California as the “Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis ‘Lou’ J. Langlais Post Office Building,” under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on July 27, 2015, by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent on May 17, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3218 designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 836 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, California as the “Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis ‘Lou’ J. Langlais Post Office Building.”

 

Background

Louis James Langlais was born on October 5, 1966 in Quebec, Canada. The family moved to the United States and lived in Santa Barbara, California. Langlis joined the Navy in 1986 and spent three years on a warship until he was accepted into a SEAL and underwater demolition training program in San Diego. Langais joined San Diego-based SEAL Team 3 and fought in the first Gulf War. Later, he became part of the Navy’s precision parachute team, the Leap Frogs.

In 2000, Langis and his wife moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he joined SEAL Team Six, now officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. On August 6, 2011, Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Louis J. Langlais was killed along with 29 other Americans when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife and two sons.[1]

According to the bill’s sponsor, “Master Chief Langlais was a dedicated family man and courageous war hero killed in an effort to rescue his fellow soldiers. While we lost him too soon, I hope my colleagues will join me in renaming the Santa Barbara Post Office to serve as a tribute to his sacrifice, to honor his family, and to keep his memory alive in our community.”[2]

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[1] See LATimes “Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Louis J. Langlais dies at 44; SEAL was among 30 troops killed in downing of helicopter in Afghanistan,” August 21, 2011.
[2] See Rep. Lois Capps   Press Release July 27, 2015.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.