H.R. 2939, To Award the Congressional Gold Medal to Shimon Peres

H.R. 2939

To Award the Congressional Gold Medal to Shimon Peres

Sponsor
Rep. Joseph Kennedy III

Date
May 19, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, May 19, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 2939, a bill to Award the Congressional Gold Medal to Shimon Peres, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 2939 was introduced on August 1, 2013 by Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) and was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.  The bill has 294 cosponsors.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2939 authorizes the striking and award of a single gold medal in recognition of the work of Shimon Peres and of Congress’ continual support for Israel.  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.

Background

Shimon Peres was born in Poland in 1923, and emigrated to Tel Aviv in 1934.[1]  Involved in the independence movement of Israel from a young age, Peres is credited as the only surviving member of the founding generation of the State of Israel.  Peres served in several positions in the Israeli government, including Minister of Defense, Foreign Minister, and Prime Minister, in a career spanning over 70 years.[2]  He was elected President of Israel in 2007.  President Peres has emphasized the importance of strong bilateral relations between the United States and Israel since he began working with the United States during the Kennedy Administration.

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[1] http://www.ayotte.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1064
[2] Id.

Cost

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. 2939 will have no significant impact on the federal budget.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.