H.Res. 497: To provide for the placement of a statue or bust of Sir Winston Churchill in the United States Capitol

H.Res. 497

To provide for the placement of a statue or bust of Sir Winston Churchill in the United States Capitol

Date
December 19, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

On Monday, December 19, 2001, the House is scheduled to consider H.Res. 497 under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval.  H.Res 497 was introduced by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) on December 15, 2011, and was referred to the Committee on House Administration.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 497 would direct the Architect of the Capitol to place an appropriate statue or bust of Sir Winston Churchill in the United States Capitol at a location directed by the House Fine Arts Board in consultation with the Speaker.

Background

According to the resolution’s findings, Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 through 1945 and from 1951 through 1955.  On December 26, 1941, Sir Winston Churchill addressed a Joint Session of Congress and said: “Sure I am that this day—now we are the masters of our fate; that the task which has been set us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our cause and an unconquerable will-power, salvation will not be denied us. In the words of the Psalmist, ‘He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.’ Not all the tidings will be evil.”   December 26, 2011, is the 70th anniversary of this speech to a joint session of Congress.  Currently, the U.S. Capitol does not currently appropriately recognize the contributions of Sir Winston Churchill or that of the United Kingdom.

Cost

A CBO score for H.Res. 497 was not available as of press time.