Text: H.R.2245 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 111-44 (08/07/2009)
[111th Congress Public Law 44]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 111-44
To authorize the President, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of
the historic and first lunar landing by humans in 1969, to award gold
medals on behalf of the United States Congress to Neil A. Armstrong, the
first human to walk on the moon; Edwin E. ``Buzz'' Aldrin, Jr., the
pilot of the lunar module and second person to walk on the moon; Michael
Collins, the pilot of their Apollo 11 mission's command module; and, the
first American to orbit the Earth, John Herschel Glenn, Jr. <<NOTE: Aug.
7, 2009 - [H.R. 2245]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress <<NOTE: New Frontier Congressional
Gold Medal Act. 31 USC 5111 note.>> assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``New Frontier Congressional Gold Medal
SEC. 2. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> FINDINGS.
The Congress finds that--
(1) as spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned
lunar landing mission, Neil A. Armstrong gained the distinction
of being the first man to land a craft on the moon and first to
step on its surface on July 21, 1969;
(2) by conquering the moon at great personal risk to safety,
Neil Armstrong advanced America scientifically and
technologically, paving the way for future missions to other
regions in space;
(3) Edwin E. ``Buzz'' Aldrin, Jr., joined Armstrong in
piloting the lunar module, Eagle, to the surface of the moon,
and became the second person to walk upon its surface;
(4) Michael Collins piloted the command module, Columbia, in
lunar orbit and helped his fellow Apollo 11 astronauts complete
their mission on the moon;
(5) John Herschel Glenn, Jr., helped pave the way for the
first lunar landing when on February 20, 1962, he became the
first American to orbit the Earth; and
(6) John Glenn's actions, like Armstrong's, Aldrin's and
Collins's, continue to greatly inspire the people of the United
SEC. 3. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note. President.>> CONGRESSIONAL GOLD
(a) Presentation Authorized.--The President is authorized to
present, on behalf of the Congress, to Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E.
``Buzz'' Aldrin, Jr., Michael Collins, and John Herschel Glenn, Jr.,
each a gold medal of appropriate design, in recognition of their
significant contributions to society.
(b) Design and Striking.--For purposes of the presentation referred
to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury shall
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strike gold medals with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to
be determined by the Secretary.
SEC. 4. <<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 3 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 medals.
SEC. 5. <<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. 6. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> AUTHORITY TO USE FUND
AMOUNTS; PROCEEDS OF SALE.
(a) Authority To Use Fund Amounts.--There is authorized to be
charged against the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund, such
amounts as may be necessary to pay for the costs of the medals struck
pursuant to this Act.
(b) Proceeds of Sale.--Amounts received from the sale of duplicate
bronze medals authorized under section 4 shall be deposited into the
United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund.
Approved August 7, 2009.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 2245 (S. 951):
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 155 (2009):
July 20, considered and passed House.
July 21, considered and passed Senate.