Mar 25 2015

Fischer’s Boys Town Bill Passes Senate

Legislation for Commemorative Coin Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Boys Town


For a full list of the bill’s cosponsors, click here.

WASHINGTON – Last night, the United States Senate unanimously passed S. 301 – The Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. This bill was introduced in January by Senator Fischer (R-Neb.) and would authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to mint $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and half-dollar clad coins in honor of Boys Town’s 100th anniversary. Senator Fischer released the following statement after the bill’s passage:

“I’m thrilled to announce the passage of my legislation commemorating the 100th anniversary of Boys Town – a truly remarkable organization that has rescued countless young men and women from harmful experiences.

“The Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act is a wonderful way to pay tribute to an extraordinary organization. Nebraska is proud to be home to this life-changing nonprofit and I’m pleased to see this legislation move forward so we can highlight the important work of Boys Town in helping American families.”

Father Steven Boes, National Executive Director of Boys Town, released the following statement:

“This coin is a fitting symbol of the important contributions Boys Town has made, and continues to make, as a national leader in the care and treatment of America’s children and families. When Father Flanagan founded Boys Town in 1917, he helped revolutionize the way America cares for children. Since then, Boys Town has grown from a small, local home for wayward children in Omaha, Nebraska, to one of the largest nonprofit, nonsectarian child and family service organizations in the country.

“Boys Town owes Senator Fischer tremendous and heartfelt gratitude for the incredible leadership and personal effort she put into accomplishing this bill’s passage today. We also want to thank Senate Banking Committee Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Brown for their approval and support as well as all the senators who cosponsored and supported passage of this bill.”

Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Senator Fischer’s legislation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Boys Town – which will occur on December 17, 2017. The bill would authorize the Treasury Department to mint commemorative coins that would be sold in 2017 and 2018 in limited quantities. Associated costs will be covered by the sale of the coins and there will be no cost to the taxpayer or the Treasury Department. 

Founded in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan, Boys Town is one of the largest nonprofits in the country serving underprivileged and at-risk children. The organization’s headquarters are near Omaha in the village of Boys Town. Every year, the organization serves more than 2 million children and families across the country.

Click Here to view text of The Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.