A bipartisan pair of U.S. representatives want the fight against
breast cancer to get its own commemorative coin from the U.S. Mint.
U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions,
R-Texas, have introduced in the U.S. House the Breast Cancer Awareness
Commemorative Coin Act, which would clear the way for the production
and release of gold, silver and clad commemorative coins in 2018.
"There are only a handful of ways Congress can raise money to
assist this fight at no cost to taxpayers and creating a commemorative
coin is one," Maloney said. "If we pass this bill, we can
provide millions of dollars to raise awareness and accelerate research."
According to GovTrack.us, the bill was assigned
to committee on June 10.
Production of the coins would be fully covered by their sales, with
additional proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation,
headquartered in New York, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure,
headquartered in Texas. The bill has been cosponsored by 306 Members
of the House.
"I am proud to join Congresswoman Maloney in supporting this
important initiative," Sessions said, "and I applaud the
integral role that both the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and
Susan G. Komen have played in the fight against breast cancer."
The bill would have the U.S. Treasury issue up to 50,000 gold $5
coins, 400,000 silver dollars, and 750,000 clad half-dollars.
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