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S. 3359 (115th): Aretha Franklin Congressional Gold Medal Act

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Should Aretha Franklin receive a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal?


The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor that Congress can bestow on an individual. The very first one ever bestowed went to none other than George Washington.

In recent years, recent honorees have included former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole last December, Filipino veterans of World War II last October, and the “Monuments Men” who saved priceless works of art from getting destroyed during World War II.

The award has gone to 19 entertainers over time. The first was ...

Sponsor and status

Kamala Harris

Sponsor. Junior Senator for California. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 21, 2018
Length: 5 pages
Aug 21, 2018
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on August 21, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.



Aug 21, 2018

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S. 3359 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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