CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider S. 1541, a bill to revise the Federal charter for the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. to reflect a change in eligibility requirements for membership, under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority for passage.
S. 1541 was introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) on September 12, 2011, and was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. The Senate approved S. 1541 on November 18, 2011, by unanimous consent.
S. 1541 would revise the federal charter for the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. to reflect a change in eligibility requirements for membership. The bill would redefine “mother” to mean “a woman who filled the role of birthmother, adoptive mother, step-mother, foster-mother, grandmother, or legal guardian” of a person who is serving in the Armed Forces or has served in, or has been honorably discharged from it.
The bill would repeal the limitation to service in World War II or the Korean hostilities of the Armed Forces service of the eligible mother’s son or daughter, and would allow the eligible mother to be a U.S. citizen living outside of the U.S. Current eligibility requirements are that the mother live in the U.S.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not released a cost estimate for S. 1541 as of press time.