Several bills have been introduced in Congress recently seeking
gold medals to be presented to a variety of Americans for their accomplishments.
Bills introduced in the House and Senate with identical wording
seek a gold medal to be presented to professional golfer Jack Nicklaus
in recognition of “his service to the nation in promoting excellence,
good sportsmanship, and philanthropy.”
Both bills, H.R. 2203 by Rep. Patrick Tiberi, R-Ohio, and S. 1040
by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, were introduced May 23.
All of the profiled bills would also authorize production and sale
of bronze duplicate medals.
A long list of findings in the legislation outlines Nicklaus’
accomplishments as a world-famous golfing professional. He has also
been an advocate and fundraiser for a number of charities.
The bills have been sent to the House Financial Services Committee
and the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, respectively.
Rabbi Arthur Schneier
H.R. 2387, introduced June 14 by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y.,
seeks a gold medal to be awarded to Rabbi Arthur Schneier in
recognition of his pioneering role in promoting religious freedom and
human rights throughout the world for close to half a century.
He was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1930 and lived under Nazi
occupation in Budapest, Hungary, during World War II. He moved to the
United States in 1947.
Schneier has been the spiritual leader of the Park East Synagogue
in New York City since 1962. He is also the founder and president of
Appeal of Conscience Foundation.
The legislation, co-sponsored by six other members of the New York
House congressional delegation, was referred to the House Committee on
Sally K. Ride
Rep. Scott H. Peters, D-Calif., introduced H.R. 2422 on June 18,
which seeks a gold medal for Sally K. Ride, to posthumously honor her
exemplary service as an astronaut, physicist and science education advocate.
In 1983, Ride became the first American woman in space, flying
aboard the space shuttle Challenger. She left NASA in 1987 to work at
Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control.
Ride, 61, died July 23, 2012, 16 months after being diagnosed with
The legislation was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
Constance Baker Motley
Constance Baker Motley, an attorney who worked in the early days
of the Civil Rights movement, would be posthumously awarded a gold
medal with the passage of S. 1150, introduced June 12 by Sen. Richard
She became a staff attorney at the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc.
She was the only female attorney on the team that won the landmark
case Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.
According to the legislation, Motley argued 10 major civil rights
cases before the United States Supreme Court, winning all but one. In
1966 she was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a judge on
the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Motley
died Sept. 28, 2005. ■