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H.R. 6681 - Aretha Franklin Congressional Gold Medal Act
Introduced: 2018-08-24
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
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2d Session
H. R. 6681

    To posthumously award a Congressional Gold Medal to Aretha Franklin in recognition of her contributions of outstanding artistic and historical significance to culture in the United States.


August 24, 2018

    Mrs. Lawrence (for herself, Mr. Collins of Georgia, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Plaskett, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Ms. Norton, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Payne, Mr. Brown of Maryland, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Lee, Ms. Bass, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Evans, Ms. Moore, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. David Scott of Georgia, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Lawson of Florida, Ms. Fudge, Mr. Clay, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Capuano, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Rush, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Jeffries, Mr. Schiff, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Ms. Jayapal, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Garamendi, Ms. Adams, Mr. Khanna, Mrs. Comstock, Mr. Levin, Mr. Ellison, Mrs. Dingell, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Veasey, and Mr. Carson of Indiana) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


    To posthumously award a Congressional Gold Medal to Aretha Franklin in recognition of her contributions of outstanding artistic and historical significance to culture in the United States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Aretha Franklin Congressional Gold Medal Act”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

The Congress finds the following:

(1) Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, and died peacefully at her home in Detroit, Michigan, surrounded by family and loved ones on August 16, 2018.

(2) Aretha Franklin’s musical talents have influenced generations of musicians and political leaders, creating a legacy that spans an incredible 6 decades.

(3) Aretha Franklin, dubbed the “Queen of Soul”, was the first woman ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a 2005 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was a 1999 recipient of the National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award, among other accolades.

(4) Aretha Franklin’s music served as a 1960s call to action that inspired thousands to join civil rights movements and still resonates across these movements today.

(5) Aretha Franklin’s contributions go beyond music and arts.

(6) Aretha Franklin was also a philanthropist who supported causes that advanced civil rights, human health, and gender equality.

(7) Aretha Franklin’s talents instilled hope, uplifted generations, and changed the lives of millions of people across the globe.

(8) The City of Detroit shaped Aretha’s life and music, as her father and church introduced her to local Motown artists.

(9) In return, Aretha made countless contributions to the City of Detroit, and few people have played a greater role in shaping the Nation’s culturally and socially relevant discography than Aretha Franklin.

SEC. 3. Congressional Gold Medal.

(a) Presentation authorized.—The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate shall make appropriate arrangements for the posthumous presentation, on behalf of Congress, of a gold medal of appropriate design in commemoration of Aretha Franklin, in recognition of her outstanding artistic and historical significance to the culture of the United States.

(b) Design and striking.—For purposes of the presentation referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter in this Act referred to as the “Secretary”) shall strike a gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to be determined by the Secretary.

SEC. 4. Duplicate medals.

The Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medal struck pursuant to section 3 under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, at a price sufficient to cover the cost thereof, including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, and overhead expenses, and the cost of the gold medal.

SEC. 5. Status of medals.

(a) National medals.—The medals struck pursuant to this Act are national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.

(b) Numismatic items.—For purposes of section 5134 of title 31, United States Code, all medals struck under this Act shall be considered to be numismatic items.

SEC. 6. Authority to use fund amounts; proceeds of sale.

(a) Authority To use fund amounts.—There is authorized to be charged against the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund such amounts as may be necessary to pay for the costs of the medals struck pursuant to this Act.

(b) Proceeds of sale.—Amounts received from the sale of duplicate bronze medals authorized under section 4 shall be deposited into the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund.

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