CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, May 19, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 2203, a bill to provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Jack Nicklaus, in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship, and philanthropy, as amended, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 2203 was introduced on May 23, 2013 by Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. The bill has 304 cosponsors.
H.R. 2203 authorizes the striking and award of a single gold medal to Jack Nicklaus, in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship, and philanthropy. The bill would additionally authorize the creation of bronze Congressional Gold Medal duplicates at a price intended to recoup the costs of designing and striking the gold medal.
Jack Nicklaus amassed 120 victories in professional competition of national or international stature, including 73 wins on the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour. Nicklaus won 18 professional majors, the most of any golfer in history. He was named one of the 10 Greatest Athletes of the Century by ESPN, and has been named golfer of the Century by every major national and international media outlet. Nicklaus has been involved the design of over 290 golf courses worldwide. In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Moreover, he has a long-standing commitment to charitable causes, including the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, which provides pediatric health care services throughout South Florida and in other parts of the country. In 2012, the Miami Children’s Hospital opened the Nicklaus Outpatient Center to provide pediatric urgent care, diagnostic service, and rehabilitation services in Palm Beach County. Nicklaus also supports numerous junior golf initiatives and serves as an honorary chair of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Tacoma, Washington, which is designed for the rehabilitation of wounded and disabled veterans.
The total cost of issuing a Congressional Gold Medal and its duplicates is $35,000. However, the Gold Medal is paid for by the sale of duplicate bronze medals, which will fully offset the cost of creating the medals. Implementing H.R. 2203 will have no significant impact on the federal budget.
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