S.Con.Res. 36, A concurrent resolution permitting the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for a ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the next of kin or personal representative of Raoul Wallenberg

S.Con.Res. 36

A concurrent resolution permitting the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for a ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the next of kin or personal representative of Raoul Wallenberg

Sponsor
Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand

Date
June 9, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, June 9, 2014, the House will consider S.Con.Res. 36, a concurrent resolution permitting the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for a ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the next of kin or personal representative of Raoul Wallenberg, under a suspension of the rules.  S.Con.Res. 36 was introduced on May 22, 2014 by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and passed in the Senate by unanimous consent.  The bill was referred to the Committee on House Administration.

Bill Summary

S.Con.Res. 36 authorizes the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for a ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the next of kin or personal representative of Raoul Wallenberg, in recognition of his achievements and heroic actions during the Holocaust.  The ceremony will occur on July 9, 2014.

Background

In 1944 during World War II, Raoul Wallenberg was sent from his home country of Sweden on a diplomatic mission to save the last remaining Jews in Budapest, Hungary.[1]  Wallenberg developed a large system of safe-houses, and placed many Hungarian Jews under the protection of neutral Sweden by distributing protective passports to tens-of-thousands of people.[2]  He is estimated to have saved the lives of approximately 100,000 people.

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[1] http://wallenberg.umich.edu/raoul-wallenberg/
[2] Id.

Cost

A CBO score is not available, but no cost is expected.

Additional Information

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