Text: H.R.1773 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Public Law No: 116-195 (12/03/2020)

 
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                    ROSIE THE RIVETER CONGRESSIONAL 
                         GOLD MEDAL ACT OF 2019

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Public Law 116-195
116th Congress

                                 An Act


 
 To award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the women in the 
 United States who joined the workforce during World War II, providing 
 the aircraft, vehicles, weaponry, ammunition and other material to win 
the war, that were referred to as ``Rosie the Riveter'', in recognition 
  of their contributions to the United States and the inspiration they 
  have provided to ensuing generations. <<NOTE: Dec. 3, 2020 -  [H.R. 
                                1773]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Rosie the 
Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019. 31 USC 5111 note.>> 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold 
Medal Act of 2019''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds the following:
            (1) Over 70 years ago there was a call to action, a demand 
        for workers to fill the vacancies left by the men who went to 
        fight in the war.
            (2) More than 6 million women answered the call then, 
        entering the workforce during World War II and providing the 
        equipment, weaponry and ammunition to achieve final victory and 
        end the war.
            (3) These women left their homes to work or volunteer full-
        time in factories, farms, shipyards, airplane factories, banks, 
        and other institutions in support of the military overseas.
            (4) They worked with the United Service Organizations and 
        the American Red Cross, drove trucks, riveted airplane parts, 
        collected critical materials, rolled bandages, and served on 
        rationing boards.
            (5) Our ``Rosie the Riveter'', the women who worked and 
        sacrificed to strengthen this country during World War II, are 
        among the greatest living heroines in the United States.
            (6) These women persevered, despite often facing harassment 
        from their male colleagues and disapproval from their male 
        family members, and all the while continued to maintain their 
        ``other jobs'' as caretakers of children and their households.
            (7) Minority women also overcame long-held policies of 
        discrimination and made significant contributions to the war 
        effort.
            (8) Because of the ``Rosies'', Federal, State, and local 
        agencies coordinated with business owners to develop childcare 
        programs and other supports for working mothers.

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            (9) The example that these women set during World War II 
        continues to inspire us and blaze a path for the working women 
        and young girls of today.
            (10) Specifically, the images of ``Rosie the Riveter'' and 
        the phrase ``We Can Do It'' continue to symbolize the 
        empowerment of women today, representing patriotic women who 
        want to serve and strengthen their country, and to inspire young 
        girls to become ``21st Century Rosies'' by aspiring to, and 
        attaining positions of leadership in all walks of life in 
        America.
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

    (a) Rosie the Riveter.--The term ``Rosie the Riveter'' includes any 
female individual who held employment or volunteered in support of the 
war efforts during World War II.
    (b) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the 
Treasury.
SEC. 4. CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL.

    (a) Award Authorized.--The Speaker of the House of Representatives 
and the President pro tempore of the Senate shall make appropriate 
arrangements for the award, on behalf of Congress, of a single gold 
medal of appropriate design in commemoration to Rosie the Riveter, 
collectively, in recognition of their contributions to the Nation and 
the inspiration they have provided to ensuing generations.
    (b) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  Design and Striking.--For the purposes 
of the award referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the 
Treasury (referred to in this Act as the ``Secretary'') shall strike the 
gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to be 
determined by the Secretary.

    (c) National Museum of American History.--
            (1) In general.--Following the award of the gold medal under 
        subsection (a), the gold medal shall be given to the National 
        Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution, where 
        it shall be available for display as appropriate and made 
        available for research.
            (2) Sense of congress.--It is the sense of Congress that the 
        National Museum of American History shall make the gold medal 
        received under paragraph (1) available for display elsewhere, 
        particularly at other appropriate locations associated with 
        Rosie the Riveter.
SEC. 5. DUPLICATE MEDALS.

    The Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold 
medal struck pursuant to section 4 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. 6. 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 section 5134 of title 31, 
United States Code, all medals struck under this Act shall be considered 
to be numismatic items.

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SEC. 7. DETERMINATION OF BUDGETARY EFFECTS.

    The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with 
the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by 
reference to the latest statement titled ``Budgetary Effects of PAYGO 
Legislation'' for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional 
Record by the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, provided that such 
statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.

    Approved December 3, 2020.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 1773:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD:
                                                        Vol. 165 (2019):
                                    Nov. 13, considered and passed 
                                        House.
                                                        Vol. 166 (2020):
                                    Nov. 12, considered and passed 
                                        Senate.

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