Boys Town 100th-anniversary-coins bill sent to Obama

The U.S. Senate passed H.R. 893, the Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, on a unanimous vote last week. The bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) is a companion bill to S. 301, which was introduced by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) and passed in March.

The measure authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to mint $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins and half-dollar coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Boys Town. Now that it has been passed by both chambers, the bill will be sent to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

“Today, we are one step closer to cementing Boys Town’s legacy into law,” Fischer, who garnered the support of over 70 co-sponsors and worked closely with fellow lawmakers in the House to see it through to passage, said. “For nearly 100 years, this impressive organization has worked tirelessly to nurture troubled children and heal broken families. With this bill, the Boys Town Commemorative Coin Act, we will pay tribute to this extraordinary organization and all those who have played a role in its success.”

“Nebraska is deeply proud to be home to this nonprofit, which has improved the lives of so many,” Fischer said. “I’m hopeful the president will quickly sign this bill into law so we can highlight Boys Town’s positive impact on our communities and families across the nation.”

The 100th anniversary of Boys Town will officially take place on Dec. 17, 2017. The Boys Town commemorative coins would be minted throughout 2017 and 2018 in limited quantities. All associated costs will be covered by the sale of the coins, so there will be no cost to taxpayers or the Treasury Department.