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H.R. 4867 (116th): General James N. Mattis Congressional Gold Medal Act

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Should Jim Mattis receive the top honor Congress can give?


The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor that the legislative branch can bestow. Among its most famous recipients are Neil Armstrong, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Pope John Paul II, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Jackie Robinson and 11-year-old Roland Boucher, who saved four friends from drowning in a Vermont lake.

President Trump’s first Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has been widely praised across the political spectrum for “containing” some of Trump’s more impulsive instincts. Mattis had publicly broken with Trump on several issues related to the military, including a troop reduction in Afghanistan, a ban on transgender people openly serving, and the creation of a Space Force branch. …

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Dan Newhouse

Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 28, 2019
Length: 8 pages
Oct 28, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on October 28, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


64 Cosponsors (50 Republicans, 13 Democrats, 1 Independent)



Oct 28, 2019

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H.R. 4867 (116th) 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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4867. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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