Those who follow politics has watched the machinations that the House of Representatives went through before picking Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the 54th Speaker of the House of Representatives. During that time, not much else happened outside of the requisite budget battles. But there was one bill introduced that may be of interest:

S. 2185: Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act
Sponsor: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
• Introduced: October 20, 2015
• Referred to the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
• Summary:

  • 2018 Commemorative program
  • 50,000 $5 “pink gold” coins with $35 surcharge
  • 400,000 silver $1 coins with $10 surcharge
  • 750,000 clad half-dollars with $5 surcharge
  • Surcharge paid to Breast Cancer Research Foundation for the purpose of furthering breast cancer research

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iPhone 6S in Rose Gold

iPhone 6S in Rose Gold

If you think that this bill looks very much like H.R. 2722, you are a very perceptive person. The only difference between this bill and H.R. 2722 is the specification to use “pink gold.” Pink gold is actually “rose gold,” which has a pinkish hue. For the record, Apple’s new iPhone 6S comes in rose gold that looks more pink that “rose.”

Speaking of budget bills, one of those bills, S. 2132, has been reported out of committee and waiting for a Senate vote. What is significant about the bill is that it outlines how much money the U.S. Mint can withdraw from the Public Enterprise Fund, the account where the seigniorage from all coin sales is deposited. The bill states:

United States Mint – United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund
Pursuant to section 5136 of title 31, United States Code, the United States Mint is provided funding through the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund for costs associated with the production of circulating coins, numismatic coins, and protective services, including both operating expenses and capital investments: Provided, That the aggregate amount of new liabilities and obligations incurred during fiscal year 2016 under such section 5136 for circulating coinage and protective service capital investments of the United States Mint shall not exceed $20,000,000.
iPhone image courtesy of Apple.

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