Text: H.R.3642 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 106-225 (06/22/2000)
[106th Congress Public Law 225]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 106-225
To authorize the President to award posthumously a gold medal on behalf
of the Congress to Charles M. Schulz in recognition of his lasting
artistic contributions to the Nation and the world, and for other
purposes. <<NOTE: June 20, 2000 - [H.R. 3642]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds the following:
(1) Charles M. Schulz was born on November 26, 1922, in St.
Paul, Minnesota, the son of Carl and Dena Schulz.
(2) Charles M. Schulz served his country in World War II,
working his way up from infantryman to staff sergeant and
eventually leading a machine gun squad. He kept morale high by
decorating fellow soldiers' letters home with cartoons of
(3) After returning from the war, Charles M. Schulz returned
to his love for illustration, and took a job with ``Timeless
Topix''. He also took a second job as an art instructor.
Eventually, his hard work paid off when the Saturday Evening
Post began purchasing a number of his single comic panels.
(4) It was in his first weekly comic strip, ``L'il Folks'',
that Charlie Brown was born. That comic strip, which was
eventually renamed ``Peanuts'', became the sole focus of Charles
M. Schulz's career.
(5) Charles M. Schulz drew every frame of the ``Peanuts''
strip, which ran 7 days a week, since it was created in October
1950. This is rare dedication in the field of comic
(6) The ``Peanuts'' comic strip appeared in 2,600 newspapers
around the world daily until January 3, 2000, and on Sundays
until February 13, 2000, and reached approximately 335,000,000
readers every day in 20 different languages, making Charles M.
Schulz the most successful comic illustrator in the world.
(7) Charles M. Schulz's television special, ``A Charlie
Brown Christmas'', has run for 34 consecutive years. In all,
more than 60 animated specials have been created based on
``Peanuts'' characters. Four feature films, 1,400 books, and a
hit Broadway musical about the ``Peanuts'' characters have also
(8) Charles M. Schulz was a leader in the field of comic
illustration and in his community. He paved the way for other
artists in this field over the last 50 years and continues to be
praised for his outstanding achievements.
(9) Charles M. Schulz gave back to his community in many
ways, including owning and operating Redwood Empire Ice Arena in
Santa Rosa, California. The arena has become a favorite
gathering spot for people of all ages. Charles M. Schulz also
financed a yearly ice show that drew crowds from all over the
San Francisco Bay Area.
(10) Charles M. Schulz gave the Nation a unique sense of
optimism, purpose, and pride. Whether through the Great
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Pumpkin Patch, the Kite Eating Tree, Lucy's Psychiatric Help
Stand, or Snoopy's adventures with the Red Baron, ``Peanuts''
embodied human vulnerabilities, emotions, and potential.
(11) Charles M. Schulz's lifetime of work linked generations
of Americans and became a part of the fabric of our national
SEC. 2. CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL.
(a) Award Authorized.--The President is authorized to award
posthumously, on behalf of the Congress, a gold medal of appropriate
design to Charles M. Schulz in recognition of his lasting artistic
contributions to the Nation and the world.
(b) Design and Striking.--For the purpose of the award 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
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 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 June 20, 2000.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 3642:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD: Vol. 146 (2000):
Feb. 15, considered and passed
May 2, considered and passed Senate,
June 6, House concurred in Senate