President Trump signs coin, medal legislation into law
- Published: Nov 29, 2019, 9 AM
President Trump signed into law Nov. 25 H.R. 2423, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.
The bill, originally introduced in the Senate, moved forward quickly as the centennial looms.
Several other pieces of legislation relating to congressional gold medals saw legislative action as well.
H.R. 2423, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, is a companion bill to the Senate’s S. 1235.
The Senate and House bills were both introduced on April 30. The Senate bill was introduced by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and the House bill by Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.
H.R. 2423 passed the House Oct. 30 and the Senate the next day. The Treasury Department is now directed to design, strike, and issue commemorative silver dollars honoring the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which allowed women to vote.
The program joins another 2020 commemorative coin program, one celebrating the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
In addition to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Coin Act, President Trump also signed H.R. 1396, the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act, in November.
The bill will present four congressional gold medals to specific women of color and a collective medal to all the women who served the United States as scientists, mathematicians and computers during the Space Race. It was introduced Feb. 27 by Rep. Eddie Johnson, D-Texas.
It passed the House on Sept. 19, and the Senate on Oct. 17. An identical bill, S. 509, was also introduced in the Senate on Feb. 27 and passed on March 27.
Ultimately, the House bill made its way through the legislative process and was signed by President Trump on Nov. 8. The bill’s name is drawn from a 2016 book and movie about the scientists and mathematicians.
Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the Riveter, that ubiquitous symbol of women’s participation in the American war effort, is one step closer to having a congressional gold medal awarded to her after Nov. 13.
H.R. 1773, which passed the House on Nov. 13, will, if enacted, present a single congressional gold medal collectively to the women who joined the work force during World War II, serving in defense industries that proved crucial to victory. It was introduced by Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
A bill was introduced in the House seeking to present a congressional gold medal to the “Harlem Hellfighters,” African-American soldiers of the 369th Infantry Regiment who fought in France during World War I.
H.R. 5248 was introduced on Nov. 21 by Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-New York) “in recognition of [the Hellfighters’] bravery and outstanding service...”
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