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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.

Steven's Opinion
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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

GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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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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bill Progress


  • 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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    Of course
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    Once again Congress is totally wasting there time and our money on useless things.
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    I distrust anything "what a horrible woman" Nancy Pelosi endorses, due to her liberal agenda.
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    It should have been done long ago. But it will not with this Congress.
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    Especially those who were participated and were harmed or arrested on Bloody Sunday
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    Furthermore, the GOP must halt its outrageous roll back of voting rights throughly gerrymandering, voter ID laws and such!
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    Many died so that all Americans could exercise their right to vote. We should honor all that made that brave stance
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    Congress wastes too much time on this kind of thing that has NOTHING to do with running the country or the Constitution.
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    thats just small minded. voting rights are simple to achieve these days in america. its a weak easy simple cause.
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    Of course!
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    Absolutely they deserve to be honored at the highest level for their contributions. They sacrificed a lot in order to make sure that civil rights wasn't an issue that would be "swept under the rug" as they do from time to time in America.
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    Of course they should, but these are same people trying everything in their power to strip minorities of the right to vote aka the Republicans
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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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    Why stop there? Repurpose the MLK monument to include the names and or statues of all those that fought valiantly for Civil Rights.
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    The war isn't over. The renewal of this right, is a belittlement to all people of color. We have been in this country too long to hear such mean, useless, bigotry. Awarding metals from hypotrics are self serving measures so one can sleep at night. Forget about it, until justice is served to all. Besides there are a lot of foot soldiers in whom has never and likely never will have their names listed.
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    These people fought for equality in our political system. I think that it is only right to recognize them for their sacrifices.
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    Protestors risked—and lost—their lives fighting for the freedom of a people oppressed by their government. Their actions are no less worthy than that of soldiers fighting for freedom overseas.
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    They deserve it
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    These men and women sacrificed a lot fighting for the right to vote and should be appropriately recognized for such action.
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    They have transformed this country, for the better. They deserve highest honor
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