S. 2234, Office of Strategic Services Congressional Gold Medal Act

S. 2234

Office of Strategic Services Congressional Gold Medal Act

Sponsor
Sen. Roy Blunt

Date
November 30, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the House will consider S. 2234, the Office of Strategic Services Congressional Gold Medal Act, under suspension of the rules. S. 2234 was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) on November 4, 2015. The Senate passed S. 2234 without amendment by unanimous consent on February 22, 2016, and the bill was subsequently referred to the House Committee on Financial Services, and in addition the House Committee on Administration.

Bill Summary

S. 2234 requires the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to arrange for the presentation of a Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the Office of Strategic Services in recognition of their service and contributions during World War II.

Background

The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was in charge of training several leaders and personnel who helped eventually form the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after World War Two. In fact, four directors of the CIA – Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, William Colby, and William Casey – began their careers within the ranks of the OSS. Senator Roy Blunt introduced this legislation in an effort to recognize members of the OSS for their superior service and important contributions during World War Two.[1] The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award that Congress can bestow.

According to the bill’s sponsor, “The 13,000 members of the OSS played a critical role in the success of the Allied campaign in World War II, establishing intelligence networks deep behind enemy lines and bolstering resistance organization throughout Europe and Asia. Their actions saved thousands of lives, and it is only right that we honor their courage and accomplishments with the Congressional Gold Medal.”[2]

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[1] See Sen. Blunt’s Press Release, November 5, 2015.
[2] Id.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate for this bill is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact John Wilson with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1811.