Although many as said a lot about what Congress is doing, numismatically, there is nothing to report. It is typical for Congress to adjourn during October to allow members to campaign. If Congress takes up any business, they believe that it is beneficial to their campaign. Numismatic-related legislation does not make for compelling campaign ads.
The slowdown in paperwork for the Government Printing Office, who is responsible for publishing Congress’s documentation, uses the time to catch up. Several bills whose text was not posted to the Library of Congress’s website are available for review. As a result, the updates from October are adjusting titles and summaries based on the publishing of the bills’ text.
The 2020 Lame Duck session will be interesting. I do not expect any numismatic legislation to be considered until clean-up sessions in December.
H.R. 8242: National Women’s Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act of 2020
S. 4663: Coin Metal Modification Authorization and Cost Savings Act of 2020
- reduce costs incurred by.taxpayers;
- be seamless, which shall be determined by verifying that the coins will work interchangeably in most coin acceptors using electromagnetic signature technology; and
- have as minimal an adverse impact as possible on the public and stakeholders.
The Mint must notify Congress before making the modification and provide a justification for the modification.