Several readers asked about the timeline for the president’s signature on H.R. 6192, 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary Act, and whether he signed the bill.
- H.R. 6192: 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary Act
Sponsor: Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY)
Passed the House of Representatives — Sep 22, 2020
Passed the Senate with amendments — Dec 17, 2020
LAST ACTION: Presented to President. — Dec 24, 2020
According to the Government Printing Office, the United States government’s official publisher, H.R. 6192 was presented to the president on December 24, 2020. The U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 7, Clause 2 says that the president has ten days to act. If the president does not sign the bill and Congress is in session, the bill becomes law without the president’s signature. If Congress adjourns during that ten-day period, an unsigned bill is vetoed, called a pocket veto.
Documents from the Justice Department notes that the ten-day period does not include Sunday. A follow-up call to the Justice Department noted that Christmas Day does not count as part of the ten days, but New Years Day counts. The Clerk of the House’s office confirmed this information.
The president has until Wednesday, January 6, 2021, to act on the bill. If he does not sign H.R. 6192 into law, it will be the victim of a pocket veto since the 116th Congress formally adjourned sine die (without a date) the morning of Sunday, January 3, 2021, as constitutionally required.
Since watching numismatic legislation has been a feature of the Coin Collectors Blog (since 2005), the White House Press Office would post bill signings on whitehouse.gov. Unfortunately, the current administration has provided uneven coverage of bill signings not in the news. The GPO will probably publish this news before the White House releases the information.
I have a minority opinion on this. Why are we honoring coins that were unwanted by the public and sat in bags for decades? These coins were just a subsidy for the silver mining industry.
I might be finding a new hobby. Numismatics annoys me too much. Who needs aggravation?
Trump signed the bill yesterday, and the bill has become law. See http://www.congress.gov.
If you look at the article, I updated it at noon yesterday when my contact told me the WH sent a message to Congress announcing the signing. The website must have been updated overnight since it was not updated yesterday.
I hope the Mint produces enough 2021 Peace dollars to satisfy public demand
The law is written without mintage limits. Hopefully, the U.S. Mint will do the right thing. Personally, I would love to see what they can do with an enhanced uncirculated coin!!