What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Protecting Rights of Congressional Minorities : H.R. 54. Congressional Gold Medal Program/Vote to Defeat an Amendment Requiring that Designation of Medal Recipients Be Evenly Divided Between the Two Political Parties. (2005 house Roll Call 11)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 54. Congressional Gold Medal Program/Vote to Defeat an Amendment Requiring that Designation of Medal Recipients Be Evenly Divided Between the Two Political Parties.
house Roll Call 11     Jan 26, 2005
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In this vote, the House defeated an amendment by Joe Crowley (D-NY) to H.R. 54, a bill sponsored by Michael Castle (R-DE), that would implement new restrictions in the Congressional Gold Medal program. (The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor awarded by Congress to persons who perform great acts of service to the country.) H.R. 54 would limit the number of Congressional Gold Medals that could be awarded to two per year, and further would only permit the Medal to be awarded to individuals, not couples or groups. Crowley's amendment would have required that the designation of Medal recipients be evenly divided between the Republicans and Democrats, which he argued would ensure that the minority party in Congress would always have at least one opportunity per year to name a worthy Medal recipient. Republicans countered that the current practice of requiring co-sponsorship by two-thirds of the Congress for any potential Medal recipient already ensures a bipartisan process. Crowley's amendment was defeated by a nearly party-line vote of 182 to 211; thus, the bill contains no official guarantee that the minority party-presently the Democrats-will be able to honor an individual of their choosing with the Congressional Gold Medal.

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