S. 309, To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol

S. 309

To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol

Sponsor
Sen. Tom Harkin

Committee
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

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

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, May 19, 2014, the House will consider S. 309, a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 2939 was introduced on February 13, 2013 by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and passed in the Senate, as amended, by unanimous consent.  The House companion has 353 cosponsors.

Bill Summary

S. 309 authorizes the striking and award of a single gold medal in recognition the military service of the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.  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

Established on December 1, 1941, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was a group of unpaid volunteers who provided humanitarian, combat, and national services during World War II.  CAP members used their own aircraft to perform their tasks, including attack on enemy submarines off the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.  After the war, CAP became a valuable public service organization dedicated to providing essential emergency, operational, and public services to communities, States, the Federal Government, and the military.  Today, CAP conducts many of the same missions it performed during the War, and continues to play a role in homeland security efforts.

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 S. 309 will have no significant impact on the federal budget.

Additional Information

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