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H.R. 6916 - To posthumously award a Congressional gold medal to Mahatma Gandhi in recognition of his contributions to the Nation by the promotion of nonviolence.

Introduced: 2018-09-26
Bill Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6916


    To posthumously award a Congressional gold medal to Mahatma Gandhi in recognition of his contributions to the Nation by the promotion of nonviolence.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 26, 2018

    Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York (for herself, Mr. Bera, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Khanna, Ms. Jayapal, and Mr. Krishnamoorthi) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

    To posthumously award a Congressional gold medal to Mahatma Gandhi in recognition of his contributions to the Nation by the promotion of nonviolence.

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

SECTION 1. Findings.

Congress finds the following:

(1) Few people have had as significant and as positive an impact on the world and freedom than Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

(2) Gandhi led the Indian people to independence from British rule in August 1947 through non-violent means, staging massive peaceful demonstrations against poverty while supporting women’s rights and religious tolerance.

(3) Gandhi’s legacy has inspired hundreds of millions of people around the world to pursue non-violence as a means to achieve freedom and equality, including Martin Luther King, Jr.’s movement to end racial injustice in the United States and Nelson Mandela’s fight to end apartheid in South Africa.

(4) For his efforts, Gandhi was given the title of Mahatma, or “Great Soul” and was often called Bapu in India, which means “father”.

(5) Over 2,000,000 people attended Gandhi’s funeral and his memory and teachings persist still today.

(6) October 2, Gandhi’s birthday, was declared as International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations to, “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness” and reaffirm “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, and understanding through non-violence”.

(7) Ensuring that people around the globe know about, understand, and adopt Gandhi’s principles of ahimsa (non-violence), satyagraha (appeal to, insistence on, or reliance on the Truth) and swaraj (self-rule) are more important than ever.

SEC. 2. 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 presentation, on behalf of Congress, of a gold medal of appropriate design, to Mahatma Gandhi, in recognition of his contributions to the Nation by the promotion of nonviolence.

(b) Design and striking.—For the purpose of the presentation referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury (hereinafter 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.

(c) Smithsonian Institution.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Following the award of the gold medal under subsection (a), the gold medal shall be given to the Smithsonian Institution, where it shall be available for display as appropriate and made available for research.

(2) SENSE OF CONGRESS.—It is the sense of Congress that the Smithsonian Institution should make the gold medal received under paragraph (1) available for display at other locations, particularly such locations as are associated with Mahatma Gandhi.

SEC. 3. Duplicate medals.

Under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, the Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medal struck pursuant to section 2 at a price sufficient to cover the cost of the bronze medals, including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, and overhead expenses, and the cost of the gold medal.

SEC. 4. National medals.

The medals struck under this Act are national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.


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