Text: H.R.3156 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)

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Public Law 105-215
105th Congress

                                 An Act


 
       To present a congressional gold medal to Nelson Rolihlahla 
            Mandela. <<NOTE: July 29, 1998 -  [H.R. 3156]>> 

    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 the following:
            (1) Nelson Mandela has dedicated his entire life to the 
        abolition of apartheid and the creation of a true democracy in 
        the Republic of South Africa and has sacrificed his own personal 
        freedom for the good of everyone.
            (2) For nearly 30 years as a political prisoner, Nelson 
        Mandela never compromised his political principles, was a source 
        of strength and education for other political prisoners, and 
        refused offers of freedom in exchange for a renunciation of his 
        personal and political beliefs.
            (3) After his release from prison, Nelson Mandela continued 
        to pursue his goal of a free South Africa, and was elected and 
        subsequently inaugurated as State President of the Republic of 
        South Africa on May 10, 1994, at the age of 75 years.
            (4) <<NOTE: Desmond Tutu.>> Nelson Mandela's dedication to 
        freedom did not cease once the apartheid laws were lifted, as he 
        then focused his efforts toward reconciliation by creating the 
        Truth and 
        Reconciliation Commission, chaired by the Archbishop Desmond 
        Tutu.
            (5) Nelson Mandela is the recipient of many awards and 
        accolades, including the Nobel Peace Prize (which he accepted 
        with then-State President F.W. de Klerk in 1993), and more than 
        50 honorary degrees from universities around the world.
            (6) <<NOTE: Amy Elizabeth Biehl. Peter Biehl. Linda 
        Biehl.>> Millions of individuals of all races and backgrounds in 
        the United States and around the world followed Nelson Mandela's 
        example and fought for the abolition of apartheid in the 
        Republic of South Africa and in this regard the Congress 
        recognizes Amy Elizabeth Biehl, an American student who lost her 
        life in the struggle to free South Africa from racial 
        oppression, and the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation 
        displayed by her parents, Peter and Linda Biehl.
            (7) Nelson Mandela is a prime example of how to work to heal 
        the wounds of racism.

SEC. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> 2. CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL.

    (a) Presentation Authorized.--The President is authorized to 
present, on behalf of the Congress, a gold medal of appropriate design 
to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in recognition of his life-

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long dedication to the abolition of apartheid and the promotion of 
reconciliation among the people of the Republic of South Africa.
    (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 
the Secretary.

SEC. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> 3. DUPLICATE MEDALS.

    Under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, the Secretary 
may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medal struck under 
section 2 at a price sufficient to cover the costs of the medals, 
including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, and overhead 
expenses.

SEC. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> 4. NATIONAL MEDALS.

    The medals struck under this Act are national medals for purposes of 
chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.

SEC. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> 5. FUNDING AND PROCEEDS OF SALE.

    (a) Authorization.--There is hereby authorized to be charged against 
the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund an amount not to exceed 
$30,000 to pay for the cost of the medals authorized by this Act.
    (b) Proceeds of Sale.--Amounts received from the sale of duplicate 
bronze medals under section 3 shall be deposited in the United States 
Mint Public Enterprise Fund.

    Approved July 29, 1998.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 3156:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 144 (1998):
            June 16, considered and passed House.
            July 14, considered and passed Senate.

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