Text: H.R.2657 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 104-111 (02/13/1996)
[104th Congress Public Law 111]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
Public Law 104-111
To award a congressional gold medal to Ruth and Billy
Graham. <<NOTE: Feb. 13, 1996 - [H.R. 2657]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> FINDINGS.
The Congress hereby finds the following:
(1) Ruth and Billy Graham have made outstanding and lasting
contributions to morality, racial equality, family,
philanthropy, and religion.
(2) America's most respected and admired evangelical leader
for the past half century, Billy Graham's crusades have reached
100,000,000 people in person and reached over 2,000,000,000
people worldwide on television.
(3) Billy Graham, throughout his 76 years of life and his
52-year marriage to Ruth Graham, has exemplified the highest
ideals of teaching, counseling, ethics, charity, faith, and
(4) Billy Graham's daily newspaper column and 14 books have
provided spiritual counseling and personal enrichment to
millions of people.
(5) Ruth and Billy Graham have been the driving force to
create the Ruth and Billy Graham Children's Health Center at
Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, whose
vision it is to improve the health and well-being of children
and to become a new resource for ending the pain and suffering
SEC. 2. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL.
(a) Presentation Authorized.--The Speaker of the House of
Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate are
authorized to present, on behalf of the Congress, to Billy and Ruth
Graham a gold medal of appropriate design, in recognition of their
outstanding and enduring contributions toward faith, morality, and
(b) Design and Striking.--For purposes of the presentation referred
to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury shall strike a gold
medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions to be determined
by the Secretary.
(c) Gifts and Donations.--
(1) In general.--The Secretary of the Treasury may accept,
use, and disburse gifts or donations of property or money to
carry out this section.
(2) No appropriation authorized.--No amount is authorized to
be appropriated to carry out this section.
SEC. 3. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> DUPLICATE MEDALS.
The Secretary of the Treasury may strike and sell duplicates in
bronze of the gold medal struck pursuant to section 2 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.
SEC. 4. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> STATUS OF MEDALS.
(a) National Medals.--The medals struck pursuant to this Act are
national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States
(b) Numismatic Items.--For purposes of section 5134 of title 31,
United States Code, all medals struck under this Act shall be considered
to be numismatic items.
Approved February 13, 1996.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 2657:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 142 (1996):
Jan. 23, considered and passed House.
Feb. 1, considered and passed Senate, amended. House
concurred in Senate amendment.