Text: H.R.6084 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (08/10/2010)

2d Session
H. R. 6084

To award a congressional gold medal to Greg Mortenson, in recognition of his humanitarian work in Asia and elsewhere.


August 10, 2010

Mrs. Bono Mack (for herself, Mr. Mack, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Yarmuth, Mr. Putnam, Mr. Paulsen, Mr. Schock, Mr. Ryan of Wisconsin, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mrs. Lummis, Mr. Dent, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Terry, Mr. Bachus, Ms. DeGette, Mr. Holt, Mr. Petri, Mr. Royce, Mr. Rohrabacher, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Gutierrez, Mr. Serrano, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Shuster, Mr. Roe of Tennessee, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Rooney, Mr. Jordan of Ohio, Mr. Chaffetz, Mr. Luetkemeyer, Mr. Turner, Mr. Farr, Mrs. Schmidt, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Engel, and Mr. McCaul) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


To award a congressional gold medal to Greg Mortenson, in recognition of his humanitarian work in Asia and elsewhere.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Findings.

The Congress finds the following:

(1) Greg Mortenson has worked tirelessly to build schools in rural areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan for children, especially girls, for over 15 years.

(2) Greg Mortenson has uniquely worked with local village and tribal leaders to develop schools in a community-led manner that respects local customs.

(3) Greg Mortenson has promoted education as a key to building peace in the Middle East.

(4) Greg Mortenson has overcome great adversity to continue his important life work of promoting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

(5) Greg Mortenson established the Central Asian Institute in 1996, to assist in promoting public health and conservation in northern Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia.

(6) Greg Mortenson established the Pennies for Peace program to educate American children on the world and how they can make a positive impact “one penny at a time”.

(7) Greg Mortenson has received many prestigious honors and awards, including Pakistan's highest civil award, the Sitara-e-Pakistan (“Star of Pakistan”), for his humanitarian efforts.

(8) Greg Mortenson has earned global recognition for his peace-building, humanitarian efforts, especially through his best selling non-fiction book, “Three Cups of Tea”, and his new book, “Stones into Schools”.

SEC. 2. Congressional gold medal.

(a) Presentation authorized.—The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate shall make appropriate arrangements for the presentation, on behalf of the Congress, of a gold medal of appropriate design to Greg Mortenson, in recognition of his humanitarian work in Asia and elsewhere.

(b) Design and striking.—For purposes 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. 3. Duplicate medals.

The Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medal struck pursuant to section 2, 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 medal.

SEC. 4. Status of medals.

(a) National medals.—The medals struck pursuant to this Act are national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.

(b) Numismatic items.—For purposes of sections 5134 and 5136 of title 31, United States Code, all medals struck under this Act shall be considered to be numismatic items.

SEC. 5. Authority to use fund amounts; proceeds of sale.

(a) Authority To use fund amounts.—There are 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 3 shall be deposited into the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund.