IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 22, 2021
Mr. Van Hollen (for himself, Mr. Coons, Mr. Brown, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Tillis, Mr. Casey, Mr. Crapo, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Risch, Mr. Blumenthal, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Peters, Mr. Moran, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Scott of South Carolina, Mr. Young, Mr. Romney, Mrs. Fischer, Mr. Lankford, Ms. Baldwin, Mr. Carper, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Merkley, Mr. Booker, Ms. Cortez Masto, Mr. Tester, Ms. Duckworth, Ms. Sinema, Ms. Warren, Mr. Reed, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Wyden, Ms. Rosen, and Mr. Luján) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To award a Congressional Gold Medal to Officer Eugene Goodman.
This Act may be cited as the
Officer Eugene Goodman Congressional Gold Medal Act.
The Congress finds the following:
On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol Building was attacked by armed insurrectionists.
Members of the United States Capitol Police force were quickly overrun, enabling insurrectionists to breach the Capitol at multiple points.
Around 2:14 in the afternoon, United States Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman confronted an angry group of insurrectionists who unlawfully entered the Capitol, according to video footage taken by Igor Bobic, a reporter with the Huffington Post.
Officer Goodman, alone, delayed the mob’s advance towards the United States Senate Chamber and announced the location of the incursion.
Upon reaching a second floor corridor, Officer Goodman noticed the entrance to the Senate Chamber was unguarded.
As the mob approached, Officer Goodman intentionally diverted attention away from the Senate entrance and led the mob to an alternate location and additional awaiting officers.
At 2:15 in the afternoon, a Washington Post reporter from inside the Senate Chamber noted
Senate sealed with Senators, staff, and members of the press inside.
Officer Eugene Goodman’s selfless and quick-thinking actions doubtlessly saved lives and bought security personnel precious time to secure and ultimately evacuate the Senate before the armed mob breached the Chamber.
Amidst a shocking, unpatriotic attack on the Capitol, Officer Goodman’s heroism is recognized not only from Members of Congress and staff but also from the American people they represent.
By putting his own life on the line and successfully, single-handedly leading insurrectionists away from the floor of the Senate Chamber, Officer Eugene Goodman performed his duty to protect the Congress with distinction, and by his actions, Officer Goodman left an indelible mark on American history.
Congressional gold medal
The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate shall make appropriate arrangements for the presentation, on behalf of the Congress, of a gold medal of appropriate design to Officer Eugene Goodman.
Design and striking
For the purposes of the presentation referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury (referred to in this Act as the
Secretary) shall strike the gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to be determined by the Secretary.
The Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medal struck pursuant to section 3 under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, at a price sufficient to cover the cost thereof, including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, and overhead expenses, and the cost of the gold medal.
Status of medals
The medals struck pursuant to this Act are national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.
For purposes of section 5134 of title 31, United States Code, all medals struck under this Act shall be considered to be numismatic items.