SEMIQUINCENTENNIAL COMMISSION LAW PASSED; BODY IN FORMATION

Ten years before the nation’s 250th anniversary in July 2026, both chambers of Congress unanimously passed the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016, led by U.S. Senators Bob Casey, Pat Toomey, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Ron Wyden, and by U.S. Representatives Patrick Meehan, Robert Brady, Brendan Boyle, and Ryan Costello. President Barack Obama signed the bill into Public Law 114-196 on July 22.

“The nation’s Semiquincentennial is an opportunity for all Americans to engage in a shared project of national unity, celebrating what brings us together while striving toward the best version of ourselves that we can be, as individual citizens, families, and communities,” says Andrew Hohns, USA250 Board Chair and newly-appointed Semiquincentennial Commissioner. “We thank the legislators from both parties who championed this legislation to enable the national planning to begin.”


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Speaker Paul Ryan sends HR4875 to President Obama. With Congressman Patrick Meehan. Photo courtesy of the US House of Representatives.
From left to right: Jon Grabelle Herrmann (USA250), Congressman Brendan Boyle, Congressman Patrick Meehan, Congressman Robert Brady, Andrew Hohns (USA250), photo courtesy of US House of Representatives
From left to right: Jon Grabelle Herrmann (USA250 Executive Director), Congressman Brendan Boyle, Congressman Patrick Meehan, Congressman Robert Brady, Andrew Hohns (USA250 Board Chair), photo courtesy of US House of Representatives
From left to right: Andrew Hohns (USA250 Board Chair), Senator Pat Toomey, Jon Grabelle Herrmann (USA250 Executive Director), photo courtesy of USA250
From left to right: Andrew Hohns (USA250 Board Chair), Senator Pat Toomey, Jon Grabelle Herrmann (USA250 Executive Director), photo courtesy of USA250

VIDEO: Full House debate HR4875

USA250 welcomes the new commission and thanks the bipartisan team of U.S. legislators who introduced and championed the bill and its passage into law. Key highlights:

 

  • The 33-member body will be comprised of 8 Members of Congress, 16 private citizens, and 9 federal officials. To date, announced appointments include:

United States Senate:
Hon. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania
Hon. Tom Cotton, Arkansas
Hon. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
Hon. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

United States House of Representatives:
Hon. Robert Aderholt, Alabama

Hon. Robert Brady, Pennsylvania

Hon. Joseph Crowley, New York
Hon. Patrick Meehan, Pennsylvania

Private citizens:

David L. Cohen, Pennsylvania
Val Crofts, Wisconsin
Daniel DiLella, Pennsylvania
Cathy Gillespie, Virginia
Andrew Hohns, PhD, Pennsylvania
Jim Koch, Massachusetts
Lucas Morel, PhD, Virginia
Wilfred McClay, PhD, Oklahoma
Heather Murren, Nevada
James Swanson, Washington, DC

Richard Trumka, Maryland
Thomas Walker, Alabama
Lynn Forney Young, Texas

Ex Officio:
Secretary of Interior
Secretary of State
Attorney General
Secretary of Defense
Secretary of Education
Librarian of Congress
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
Archivist of the United States
Presiding officer of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities

 

  • The Commission shall develop a report with recommendations to the President and to Congress within two years of its formation.
  • The Commission observes and commemorates not only the Revolution, but also the full history of the United States leading into our 250th anniversary
  • Official meetings will be convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
  • Click here to read the full text of the legislation HR4875/ Public Law 114-196.

USA250 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization making big plans for America’s 250th anniversary in 2026. The Pennsylvania-based group was founded by private citizens to promote a celebration of the Semiquincentennial and to facilitate a conversation on the nation’s future, driven by the values and philosophy articulated in the Declaration of Independence. 

Contact:

Jon Grabelle Herrmann, USA250, 267-307-2446, jon@usa250.org