H.R. 6304, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 501 North Main Street in Florence, Arizona, as the "Adolfo 'Harpo' Celaya Post Office"

H.R. 6304

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 501 North Main Street in Florence, Arizona, as the "Adolfo 'Harpo' Celaya Post Office"

Sponsor
Rep. Paul Gosar

Date
November 30, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 6304, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 501 North Main Street in Florence, Arizona, as the “Adolfo ‘Harpo’ Celaya Post Office,” under suspension of the rules. H.R. 6304 was introduced on November 14, 2016, by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent on November 16, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 6304 designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 501 North Main Street in Florence, Arizona, as the “Adolfo ‘Harpo’ Celaya Post Office.”

Background

At the age of 16, Harpo Celaya enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve his country during World War II. He was only 17 when the ship he was stationed aboard, the U.S.S. Indianapolis, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in 12 minutes, and of the nearly 1,200 sailors that been stationed aboard initially, only 317 were pulled from sea and survived. After this tragic incident, Mr. Celaya returned to his home in Arizona and continued a lifetime of service in his community. He is well-known and respected throughout the state for sharing his experiences with high school students as a part of the Veterans Heritage Project, inspiring service and courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable experiences.[1]

“Few Americans today know more about what it means to sacrifice for our country than Adolfo Celaya and the 317 survivors of the USS Indianapolis,” according to the bill’s sponsor. “Despite living through one of the darkest moments of WWII, Mr. Celaya has continued to inspire countless Arizonans through his eternal patriotism and commitment to serving all Americans. I am proud to support the Town of Florence in their endeavor to recognize Mr. Celaya for his dedicated sacrifice to our nation and his community.”[2]

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[1] See Rep. Gosar’s Press Release, November 16, 2016.
[2] Id.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate for this bill is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact John Wilson with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1811.