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house Bill H.R. 431

Should Congress Award Their Highest Honor To Those Who Fought For Voting Rights?

Argument in favor

The Foot Soldiers who fought against voting discrimination are the reason all Americans can participate in the democratic processes that defines our nation. They deserve the highest honor.

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12/18/2015
It needs to be recognized and acknowledged so we don't have to repeat it.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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01/20/2016
They should be awarded for what they have done for their community, the ability to vote is such a big deal, as they can get their voices heard.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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01/18/2016
These people pushed for equality and deserve the very highest honor and respect we can give them.
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Argument opposed

Awarding a Gold Medal to Foot Soldiers discounts the contributions of other people and organizations that contributed to the Voting Rights Movement

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08/09/2015
Politicians love this stuff for gaining votes. Do your job and run the country, defend the Constitution and stop wasting time with this crap. Next will be Cecil the lion. Of course you'll continue to ignore Planned Parenthood selling baby parts.
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Curmudgeon's Opinion
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08/01/2015
What personal risk comparable to storming a beach head did this entail? Gimme a break?
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Brad's Opinion
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05/01/2015
That is in the past and is not a good use in resources as we as a country are trying to balance the budget.
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  • EnactedMarch 7th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed March 2nd, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • The house Passed February 11th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 420 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedJanuary 21st, 2015

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Official Title

To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in March of 1965, which served as a catalyst for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the House passed version is repeated here.) (Sec. 2) This bill directs the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate to arrange for the presentation, on behalf of Congress, of a gold medal to the Foot Soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March during March of 1965, which served as a catalyst for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Sec. 4) The medals struck pursuant to this Act are national medals.
    Politicians love this stuff for gaining votes. Do your job and run the country, defend the Constitution and stop wasting time with this crap. Next will be Cecil the lion. Of course you'll continue to ignore Planned Parenthood selling baby parts.
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    It needs to be recognized and acknowledged so we don't have to repeat it.
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    What personal risk comparable to storming a beach head did this entail? Gimme a break?
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    That is in the past and is not a good use in resources as we as a country are trying to balance the budget.
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    Honoring the sacrifice and courage of those who paved the way is important, though a better tribute might be to ensure we keep moving forward and that we don't slide backwards or get stuck as we have a demonstrated tendency to do. We need to ensure nothing they did and suffered was in vain.
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    People were beaten and killed in their fight for the right to vote. They should be honored for their courage and tenacity.
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    They should be awarded for what they have done for their community, the ability to vote is such a big deal, as they can get their voices heard.
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    The gold medal is awarded to people who helped in cornerstones of American progress. Voting equity is one such thing, and therefore the brave people who stood up to adversity deserve the medal's honor.
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    Give me one good reason why not. I mean, seriously.
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    These people pushed for equality and deserve the very highest honor and respect we can give them.
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    Voting rights are in important part of American history and should be honored.
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    These are men and women that stood in dangerous situations against terrible hatred and bigotry to change these laws. It's hard to believe anyone could in good consciousness vote against it!
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    This country is the story of democracy. Let's celebrate those who acted to realize that ideal.
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    One of Congress' duties is to ensure the ability for each citizen to provide input to the electoral process is a free of barriers as possible. The Congressional Medal of Honor should absolutely be awarded to those who fight to ensure the barrier free exercise of their constitutional right to select representation.
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    These people stood bravely for the cause of freedom and equality, and deserve credit for the changes they helped bring about, but cheap political grandstanding is not the way to honor them.
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    There was a lot of people involved in the voting rights of others yes I mean whites contributed significantly
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    This is really a no-brainer. As Rep Terri states: "We cannot appreciate how far we have come without acknowledging from where we came.”
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    I distrust anything "what a horrible woman" Nancy Pelosi endorses, due to her liberal agenda.
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    I am not a raciest, I love all men no matter their ethnic back ground, there have been a lot of great leaders in our past and I hope for more in the near future, but enough is enough. Will medals heal the wounds of our fore fathers, we must do the healing, and move on to a better nation and be thankful for those in the past
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    Of course
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