H. R. 4069
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 16, 2012
Mr. Rohrabacher (for himself, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Bartlett, Mr. Stearns, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Royce, Mr. Coble, Mr. Farenthold, and Mr. Gohmert) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services
To award a Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Shakeel Afridi.
Congress makes the following findings:
Dr. Shakeel Afridi bravely risked his life to identify Osama Bin Laden so that the United States could bring him to justice.
Before the May 2, 2011, raid which resulted in Osama Bin Laden’s death, Dr. Afridi, acting courageously, used the cover of conducting a vaccination program in Abbottabad in order to gain access to Bin Laden’s compound and identify who was living there.
Dr. Afridi did this at the greatest personal risk, as the discovery of his true mission likely would have led him, and possibly his family, to be killed.
The Government of Pakistan subsequently arrested Dr. Afridi at his home on May 22, 2011, and he has been unjustly jailed since that time.
In January 2011, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that Dr. Afridi is “an individual who in fact helped provide intelligence that was very helpful with regards to this operation [to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden].”
Dr. Afridi’s acts to help the United States were extremely valiant and daring, and his subsequent imprisonment by and suffering on account of the Government of Pakistan for the exemplary deeds he undertook for the United States is shameful.
Pakistan’s Inquiry Commission on the Abbottabad Operation, the United States mission which killed Osama Bin Laden, has recommended that Dr. Afridi be tried for treason for helping the United States.
If convicted, Dr. Afridi could be executed, and so his life continues to be in jeopardy on account of his work that helped further the interests of the United States.
Dr. Afridi played a pivotal and vital role in the final operation to bring Osman Bin Laden to justice after nearly a decade of unrelenting effort.
The attacks of September 11, 2001, and the murder of 3,000 Americans, were avenged the day of the raid that resulted in Osama Bin Laden’s death, and the world is a safer place because of Dr. Afridi’s selflessness, courage, and willingness to help the just cause.
All Americans are grateful for Dr. Afridi’s bold actions.
Congressional Gold Medal
The President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall make appropriate arrangements for the award, on behalf of Congress, of a gold medal of appropriate design in honor of Dr. Shakeel Afridi, in recognition of his activities to identify and provide intelligence regarding the location of Osama Bin Laden.
Design and striking
For the purposes of the award referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury shall strike the gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to be determined by the Secretary.
Under such regulations as the Secretary of the Treasury may prescribe, the Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medal struck under this Act, at a price sufficient to cover the costs of the medals, including labor, materials, dyes, use of machinery, and overhead expenses.
The medals struck pursuant to this Act are national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.
Authorization of appropriations; proceeds of sale
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be charged against the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund, an amount not to exceed $30,000 to pay for the cost of the medals struck pursuant to this Act.
Proceeds of sale
Amounts received from the sale of duplicate bronze medals under section 3 shall be deposited in the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund.