H.R. 433, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 523 East Railroad Street in Knox, Pennsylvania, as the “Specialist Ross A. McGinnis Memorial Post Office”

H.R. 433

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 523 East Railroad Street in Knox, Pennsylvania, as the “Specialist Ross A. McGinnis Memorial Post Office”

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. 433, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 523 East Railroad Street in Knox, Pennsylvania, as the “Specialist Ross A. McGinnis Memorial Post Office,” under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on January 21, 2015, by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) 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. 433 designates the United States Postal Service located at 523 East Railroad Street in Knox, Pennsylvania, as the “Specialist Ross A. McGinnis Memorial Post Office.”

 

Background

Ross Andrew McGinnis was born on June 14, 1987. His family moved to Knox, Pennsylvania when he was three and he attended Clarion County public schools. He graduated Keystone Junior-Senior High School in 2005. On his 17th birthday, Ross went to the Army recruiting station and joined through the delayed entry program. After initial entry training at Fort Benning, Georgia, McGinnis was assigned to 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment in Schweinfurt, Germany. The unit was deployed to Eastern Baghdad in August 2006.

On December 4, 2006, McGinnis’ platoon was on patrol when an unidentified insurgent positioned on a rooftop nearby threw a fragmentation grenade into the Humvee. Without hesitation or regard for his own life, McGinnis threw his back over the grenade, pinning it between his body and the Humvee’s radio mount. McGinnis absorbed all lethal fragments and the conclusive effects of the grenade, saving the lives of four other soldiers. McGinnis, who was a private first class at the time, was posthumously promoted to specialist. Specialist Ross A. McGinnis was awarded the Medal of Honor that was presented to Tom and Romayne McGinnis at a June 2, 2008 White House Ceremony. Specialist Ross A. McGinnis is survived by his parents Tom and Romayne McGinnis and his sibblings Becky Gorman and Katie McGinnis.[1]

According to the bill’s sponsor, “Specialist McGinnis sacrificed his life in order to protect his fellow soldiers. The naming of this post office is a fitting tribute to his legacy of patriotism, courage, and devotion to others, which will be remembered as an example and inspiration to all for years to come.”[2]

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[1] See Army Medal of Honor, “The Story of SPC Ross A. McGinnis”
[2] See Rep. Glenn Thompson Press Release, “Toomey, Thompson Introduce Bill to Designate U.S. Post Office After Pennsylvania Medal of Honor Recipient” January 22, 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.