Help recognize 100 years of service by advocating for the United States Foreign Service Commemorative Coin Act, S.789/H.R.3537
Background: On March 14, 2023, Senators Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sullivan (R-AK) introduced United States Foreign Service Commemorative Coin Act. On May 18th, 2023, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) introduced the House companion bill H.R.3537 with a bi-partisan group of co-sponsors. TThis budget neutral legislation calls on the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the United States Foreign Service.
In honoring this important centennial, the coin will recognize a century of Foreign Service contributions to American diplomacy, from the passage of the Rogers Act in 1924 to the first entry classes in 1925 to today. It will also commemorate the sacrifice made by the 321 of its members who gave their lives while serving, and the many more who continued to serve in the face of a range of dangers.
The sale of the coins will support the modernization of ADST’s invaluable foreign affairs oral history collection, and the sharing of United States diplomatic history via oral history, books, social media and other means. ADST is spearheading an advocacy effort to get the necessary two thirds co-sponsorship of S.789 and H.R.3537, United States Foreign Service Commemorative Coin Act in both Houses with the backing of AFSA, DACOR, UAA, ABAA and all our sister foreign affairs organizations.
Our Ask: ADST, with the backing of AFSA and our sister Foreign Affairs organizations, sought and got the support of Senators Chris Van Hollen and Dan Sullivan. We promised them to help get the support needed for passage of Senate Bill S789 ––two-thirds of both houses. So we need your help in getting get cosponsors, as soon as possible. Please contact your senators and representatives to urge them to cosponsor S.789 and H.R.3537 now. Commemorative coin bills require 290 House and 67 Senate cosponsors. There is no floor vote. Not cosponsoring is in essence a NO vote. This needs to be made clear as many staffers are not familiar with the commemorative coin legislation program.
Getting 67 senators and 290 representatives to co-sponsor this bill is a challenge, but TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT. Constituent mail on this kind of bill makes a critical difference. If you have a personal connection with your senator or representative, please use it for this cause and urge them to cosponsor.
Resources to help in contacting your Member of Congress
1. Constituent letter template you can personalize and send to your representatives:
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