H.R. 4812, The Honor Flight Act

H.R. 4812

Honor Flight Act

Sponsor
Rep. Cedric Richmond

Date
July 22, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4812, the Honor Flight Act, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4812 was introduced on June 9, 2014 by Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and was referred to the House Homeland Security Committee.  The bill was marked up on June 11, 2014 and was ordered reported by voice vote.[1]

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[1] Committee Report 113-516.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4812 directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to work with the Honor Flight Network and similar non-profit organizations to establish a process for expedited and dignified screening services for veterans traveling to visit war memorials built in their honor.

Background

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization that works to transport veterans on charter flights operated by commercial airlines to Washington, DC, in order to visit memorials built and dedicated in honor of their service.[2]  The organization began when Earl Morse, a Retired Air Force Captain working at a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic, realized that many of his World War II veteran patients would never have the opportunity to visit the memorial built in honor of their service.[3]  The first Honor Flight occurred in May of 2005, when six small planes flew twelve veterans to Washington, DC.[4]  In 2006, the organization shifted exclusively to commercial flights, due to the extensive waiting list of interested veterans.[5]  “Through the end of 2012, [the Honor Flight Network] transported more than 98,500 veterans to Washington, DC,” and “the program presently has 127 hubs in 41 states.”[6]

TSA supports the Honor Flight Network by expediting the screening process for veterans visiting their memorials, saving the veterans time and showing them due respect and appreciation.[7]  H.R. 4812 authorizes this ongoing collaboration between TSA and the Honor Flight Network, as well as with other non-profit organizations that transport veterans to visit memorials, so that the agency’s proactive approach to ensuring expedited and dignified screening for veterans continues.

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[2] Honor Flight Network: History of Honor Flight.
[3] Id.
[4] Id.
[5] Id.
[6] Id.
[7] Committee Report 113-516 at 1-2.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, the cost of implementing H.R. 4812 would be negligible.  The bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

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