Text: H.R.2248 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 105-51 (10/06/1997)
[105th Congress Public Law 51]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 105-51
To authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of the
Congress to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in recognition of his
enduring contributions toward religious understanding and peace, and for
other purposes. <<NOTE: Oct. 6, 1997 - [H.R. 2248]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> 1. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds that--
(1) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew--
(A) is the spiritual leader of nearly 300 million
Orthodox Christians around the world and millions of
Orthodox Christians in America; and
(B) is recognized in the United States and abroad as
a leader in the quest for world peace, respect for the
Earth's environment, and greater religious
(2) the extraordinary efforts of Ecumenical Patriarch
Bartholomew continue to bring people of all faiths closer
together in America and around the world;
(3) the courageous leadership of Ecumenical Patriarch
Bartholomew for peace in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the Middle
East, the Eastern Mediterranean, and elsewhere inspires and
encourages people of all faiths toward his dream of world peace
in the new millennium; and
(4) the outstanding accomplishments of Ecumenical Patriarch
Bartholomew have been formally recognized and honored by
numerous governmental, academic, and other institutions around
SEC. 2. CONGRESSIONAL <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> GOLD MEDAL.
(a) Presentation Authorized.--The President is authorized to
present, on behalf of the Congress, a gold medal of appropriate design
to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in recognition of his outstanding
and enduring contributions to religious understanding and peace.
(b) Design and Striking.--For the purpose of the presentation
referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter
in this Act referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall strike a gold medal
with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to be determined by
SEC. 3. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> DUPLICATE MEDALS.
The Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold
medal struck pursuant to section 2 under such regulations
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as the Secretary may prescribe, and at a price sufficient to cover the
costs thereof, including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery,
overhead expenses, and the cost of the gold medal.
SEC. 4. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> NATIONAL MEDALS.
The medals struck pursuant to this Act are national medals for
purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.
SEC. 5. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS;
PROCEEDS OF SALE.
(a) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is hereby authorized to
be charged against the Numismatic Public Enterprise Fund an amount not
to exceed $30,000 to pay for the cost of the medal authorized by this
(b) Proceeds of Sale.--Amounts received from the sales of duplicate
bronze medals under section 3 shall be deposited in the Numismatic
Public Enterprise Fund.
Approved October 6, 1997.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 2248:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 143 (1997):
Sept. 17, considered and passed House.
Sept. 24, considered and passed Senate.