CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, April 16, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 4040 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 and good sportsmanship in golf, under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The bill was introduced by Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) on February 15, 2012, and referred to the Committee on Financial Services.
H.R. 4040 would direct the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to make appropriate arrangements for the presentation of a congressional gold medal to Jack Nicklaus in recognition of his service to the nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship. The bill would also direct the Secretary of the Treasury to strike such gold medal and to strike and sell duplicate bronze medals at a price sufficient to cover the costs of the gold and bronze medals.
According to the findings of the bill, Jack Nicklaus is a world famous golf professional, a highly successful business executive, a prominent advertising spokesman, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and a man with a common touch that has made him one of those most popular and accessible public figures in history. Jack Nicklaus amassed 118 victories in professional competition of national or international stature by the end of 2005, 73 of which came on the Professional Golf Association Tour, and 18 professional major-championship titles. He is the only player in golf history to have won each major championship at least three times and is the only player to complete a career “Grand Slam” on the regular and senior tours.
Jack Nicklaus has been the recipient of countless athletic honors and has received numerous honors outside the world of sports, including several architectural awards for his work in golf course designs. Jack Nicklaus was honored by President George W. Bush in 2005 by receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given to any U.S. civilian.
Nicklaus has a long standing commitment to numerous charitable events such as supporting the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, which provides pediatric health care services in a five county area including Palm Beach County, Florida, has assisted in raising over $12 million in just five years for the cause, and continues to support several scholarship foundations, other children's hospitals, and junior golf initiatives. Nicklaus continues to manage The Memorial Tournament in his home state of Ohio, in which contributions generated through the support of over 2,600 volunteers are given to Nationwide Children's Hospital fund. This has garnered more than $5.7 million for programs and services at this hospital since 1976, so that Central Ohio will continue to have one of the best children's hospitals in the United States.
There was no Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate available for this bill.