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S.Con.Res. 3: A concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for the lying in state of the remains of the last Medal of Honor recipient of World War II, in order to honor the Greatest Generation and the more than 16,000,000 men and women who served in the Armed Forces of the United States from 1941 to 1945.

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About the resolution

Only five non-governmental officials have ever received the honor in American history.


In 1852, the coffin of former Speaker of the House and Sen. Henry Clay was selected to “lie in state” underneath the Capitol rotunda, the large circular room underneath the building’s famous dome. Since then, the honor has been accorded to numerous notable figures after their deaths.

The honorees mostly consist of political or military officials: 12 presidents including Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, and most recently George H.W. Bush; notable members of Congress including John McCain and John Lewis in recent years; four military generals or admirals; FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover; and two Supreme Court justices.

(Although Ruth Bader Ginsburg technically lay in state in the nearby room National Statuary Hall, as ...

Sponsor and status

Joe Manchin III

Sponsor. Senior Senator for West Virginia. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 22, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Jan 22, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 22, 2021

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 22, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.



Jan 22, 2021

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S.Con.Res. 3 is a concurrent resolution in the United States Congress.

A concurrent resolution is often used for matters that affect the rules of Congress or to express the sentiment of Congress. It must be agreed to by both the House and Senate in identical form but is not signed by the President and does not carry the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number S.Con.Res. 3. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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