Text: H.R.3557 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 106-175 (03/05/2000)
[106th Congress Public Law 175]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 106-175
To authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of the
Congress to John Cardinal O'Connor, <<NOTE: Mar. 5, 2000 - [H.R.
3557]>> Archbishop of New York, in recognition of his accomplishments
as a priest, a chaplain, and a humanitarian.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds the following:
(1) His Eminence John Cardinal O'Connor is a man of deep
compassion, great intellect, and tireless devotion to both
spiritual guidance and humanitarianism.
(2) John Joseph O'Connor was born on January 15, 1920, in
southwest Philadelphia, the son of Thomas J. O'Connor and Mary
(3) John Cardinal O'Connor joined the Navy Chaplains Corps
in June 1952 during the Korean Conflict, served with elements of
both the Navy and the Marine Corps, and saw combat action in
Vietnam. He later served as chaplain of the United States Naval
Academy and was appointed as Chief of Chaplains of the Navy with
the grade of rear admiral, from which position he retired four
years later, in May 1979. He was ordained a Bishop by Pope John
Paul II on May 27, 1979. He then served as Vicar General of the
Military Ordinariate (now the Archdiocese for the Military
Services) until 1984.
(4) John Cardinal O'Connor became Bishop of Scranton,
Pennsylvania, on May 10, 1983, was named Archbishop of the
Catholic Archdiocese of New York on January 31, 1984, and was
elevated to the rank of Cardinal by Pope John Paul II on May 25,
(5) John Cardinal O'Connor has demonstrated an unwavering
commitment to public and parochial school education. He has
supported and strengthened Catholic schools in their mission to
provide a quality education to students of all races, ethnic
backgrounds, and religions in the Archdiocese of New York and
throughout the Nation.
(6) John Cardinal O'Connor has provided comfort and care to
the sick, the elderly, and the disabled and provided millions of
people with spiritual and emotional support. He lead the effort
to open New York State's first AIDS-only unit at St. Claire's
Hospital, remaining a frequent visitor and volunteer at the
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(7) Throughout his life, John Cardinal O'Connor has also
served on behalf of the poor and the oppressed, as exemplified
by his assistance on behalf of famine victims in Ethiopia and
victims in war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina.
(8) Throughout his career, John Cardinal O'Connor has been a
strong advocate of interfaith healing and understanding,
particularly among individuals of the Catholic and Jewish
faiths, and has played a significant role in helping to
establish diplomatic ties between the Vatican and Israel.
(9) John Cardinal O'Connor took the inspiring words of the
Declaration of Independence--``Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
Happiness''--and transformed them into a statement of purpose.
He has dedicated his life's work to protecting and defending
these inalienable rights of all people.
(10) John Cardinal O'Connor celebrated his 80th birthday on
January 15, 2000, and has displayed remarkable courage and the
true power of his faith in carrying on his life's work in the
face of life-threatening illness.
SEC. 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 John Cardinal O'Connor, Archbishop of New York, in recognition of his
accomplishments as a priest, a soldier, and a humanitarian.
(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. 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, overhead expenses,
and the cost of the gold medal.
SEC. 4. NATIONAL MEDALS.
The medals struck under this Act are national medals for purposes of
chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.
SEC. 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 March 5, 2000.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 3557:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 146 (2000):
Feb. 15, considered and passed House.
Mar. 1, considered and passed Senate.