|Date||October 21, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Ja'Ron Smith|
S.Con.Res. 43 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The resolution was introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on October 1, 2009.
S.Con.Res. 43 would authorize Congress to use the rotunda of the United States Capitol on October 28, 2009, for the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to former Senator Edward Brooke. Physical preparations for the conduct of the ceremony shall be carried out in accordance with such conditions as may be prescribed by the Architect of the Capitol.
According to the resolution's findings, Edward William Brooke III was the first African American elected by popular vote to the United States Senate and served with distinction for 2 terms from January 3, 1967, to January 3, 1979. On March 29, 2007, the United States Senate passed S. 682, sponsored by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy with 68 co-sponsors, by unanimous consent, to award Senator Brooke the Congressional Gold Medal.