Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) introduced H.R. 406, Alice Paul Women&rsqou;s Suffrage Congressional Gold Medal Act. The bill authorizes “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 in commemoration of Alice Paul, in recognition of her role in the women’s suffrage movement and in advancing equal rights for women.” The US Mint would be authorized to “sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medal.”
The other bill, H.R. 621, Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, was introduced by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA). It calls for the minting of $1 silver uncirculated and proof coins “in commemoration of the centennial of the Girl Scouts of the USA” in 2011.
All three bills have been referred to the House Financial Services Committee. With the current fiscal crisis, they may be be on hold in that committee for a while.