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Congressional Gold Medal Status Update – 4/2/2014
 
351 Cosponsors - June Vote Likely
  • Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) just signed on as cosponsor # 351 for the CAP CGM (755).
  • A floor vote on HR 755 seems more likely now in the June time frame.
  • Since February 27th Legislative Day we have gained 22 new cosponsors for HR 755 (see below for names and states involved).
  • 435 meetings were held on Legislative Day which emphasized the need for a quick vote of HR 755, the CAP CGM bill in the House.
  • We are first in line for a vote whenever that takes place and we have more than enough cosponsors for that vote to be successful.
  • We are still accepting cosponsors to HR 755. 

Current Bill Status

  • House CAP CGM bill (HR 755) has the minimum number of cosponsors needed to be considered and should be voted on sometime during January 2014. Based on the fact that the bill has over 3/4 of the House as cosponsors those votes (in committee and on the floor of the House) are expected to be successful. There are currently 346 cosponsors.
  • The vote delay is because we were the third CGM bill in 2013 and the House limits CGM bills to only two a year. The good news is that we are first in line in the House for 2014 and the bill has already passed the Senate.
  • We will do everything we can to get the bill voted on earlier because our CAP WWII veterans and members are rapidly nearing the end of their lives. Time remains of the essence.
  • Wings and CAP members can continue to help by asking those Representatives who have not yet cosponsored the bill to do so now.
  • Once the bill is passed in the House it will quickly go to the President for his signature to be signed into law. It could, however, six to nine months or longer to design and mint the single CGM and replica medals as well as to plan, coordinate, schedule and execute the actual presentation ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.
 
Status of General Carr's Cosponsor Goal for Wings
 
  • Number of Wings with 70 percent or greater: 39 out of 52
  • Wing Names: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, National Capital, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Please step up to the challenge to honor those CAP members who served the nation at a time of great need during World War II.

 

 

Bill

Status

Cosponsors Signed-On

Cosponsor Goal

Cosponsors Needed

Percentage of Goal

Introduced

House HR755

Still Want Cosponsors

351

290

Please Continue

121%

2/15/2013  Rep McCaul

Senate S309

Passed May 20

83

67

None

124%

2/13/2013  Sen Harkin

 

 

 

Maj. General Chuck Carr’s Congressional Gold Medal Goal: 

 

Every wing should aim for 70 percent of its state congressional delegation as CGM cosponsors. 
 

  

State/Wing State Delegation State CGM Cosponsors
  Senate House Total Senate House Total Cosponsor %
Alabama 2 7 9 2 3 5 56%
Alaska 2 1 3 2 1 3 100%
Arizona 2 9 11 0 7 7 64%
Arkansas 2 4 6 2 2 4 67%
California 2 53 55 2 50 52 95%
Colorado 2 7 9 2 7 9 100%
Connecticut 2 5 7 2 5 7 100%
DC (NatCap) 0 1 1 0 1 1 100%
Delaware 2 1 3 2 1 3 100%
Florida 2 27 29 2 22 24 83%
Georgia 2 14 16 2 10 12 75%
Hawaii 2 2 4 2 2 4 100%
Idaho 2 2 4 2 2 4 100%
Illinois 2 18 20 2 18 20 100%
Indiana 2 9 11 1 7 8 72%
Iowa (Note 1) 2 4 6 2 4 6 100%
Kansas 2 4 6 2 1 3 50%
Kentucky 2 6 8 1 5 6 75%
Louisiana 2 6 8 2 5 7 87%
Maine 2 2 4 2 2 4 100%
Maryland 2 8 10 2 7 9 90%
Massachusetts 2 9 11 2 7 9 82%
Michigan 2 14 16 2 11 13 81%
Minnesota 2 8 10 2 8 10 100%
Mississippi 2 4 6 2 3 5 83%
Missouri 2 8 10 0 3 3 30%
Montana 2 1 3 2 1 3 100%
Nebraska 2 3 5 2 3 5 100%
Nevada 2 4 6 1 4 5 83%
New Hampshire 2 2 4 2 2 4 100%
New Jersey 2 12 14 1 9 10 71%
New Mexico 2 3 5 2 3 5 100%
New York 2 27 29 2 27 29 100%
North Carolina 2 13 15 2 10 12 80%
North Dakota 2 1 3 2 1 3 100%
Ohio 2 16 18 2 9 11 61%
Oklahoma 2 5 7 2 3 5 71%
Oregon 2 5 7 2 5 7 100%
Pennsylvania 2 18 20 2 13 15 75%
Puerto Rico 0 2 2 0 2 2 100%
Rhode Island 2 2 4 2 2 4 100%
South Carolina 2 7 9 1 1 2 22%
South Dakota 2 1 3 1 1 2 67%
Tennessee 2 9 11 1 5 6 55%
Texas (Note 2) 2 36 38 1 28 29 76%
Utah 2 4 6 0 3 3 50%
Vermont 2 1 3 1 1 2 67%
Virginia 2 11 13 2 6 8 62%
Washington 2 10 12 1 7 8 66%
West Virginia 2 3 5 2 3 5 100%
Wisconsin 2 8 10 1 6 7 70%
Wyoming 2 1 3 2 1 3 100%
 
 

Note 1: Senator Harkin (IA) introduced S 309 and is counted under cosponsors/

Note 2: Representative McCaul introduced HR 755 and is counted under cosponsors

 

New HR 755 Cosponsors since January 2014

Rep. Murphy, Tim [R-PA-18] - 01/13/2014
Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7] - 01/14/2014
Rep. Daines, Steve [R-MT-At Large] - 01/15/2014
Rep. Harper, Gregg [R-MS-3] - 02/10/2014
Rep. Rogers, Mike J. [R-MI-8] - 02/18/2014
Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2] - 02/28/2014
Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1] - 02/28/2014
Rep. McAllister, Vance M. [R-LA-5] - 02/28/2014
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27] - 02/28/2014
Rep. Weber, Randy K. Sr. [R-TX-14] - 02/28/2014
Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11] - 02/28/2014
Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11] - 02/28/2014
Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] - 02/28/2014
Rep. Gingrey, Phil [R-GA-11] - 02/28/2014
Rep. McCarthy, Carolyn [D-NY-4] - 03/04/2014
Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2] - 03/04/2014
Rep. Rooney, Thomas J. [R-FL-17] - 03/04/2014
Rep. Holding, George [R-NC-13] - 03/04/2014
Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8] - 03/04/2014
Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] - 03/04/2014
Rep. Wolf, Frank R. [R-VA-10] - 03/04/2014
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1] - 03/05/2014
Rep. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV-2] - 03/12/2014
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3] - 03/13/2014
Rep. Lankford, James [R-OK-5] - 03/14/2014
Rep. Webster, Daniel [R-FL-10] – 03/21/2014
Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1] – 04/01/2014
 
For a complete list of current cosponsors please see the master cosponsor link on the upper right side of this webpage.


Background

  • The CAP Congressional Gold Medal bills award a single medal to Civil Air Patrol in honor of the unusual service of all of our CAP World War II veterans. Those CAP members still alive as well as the families of those who have passed will receive replica medals to commemorate their service at no cost to the government
  • Our veterans, as volunteer unpaid civilians, conducted combat and humanitarian missions during a critical time of need for the nation. Amazingly, many flew their own aircraft on hazardous missions, in bad weather and often at their expense during the war. Others flew search and rescue, disaster relief, border patrol, forest fire patrol, target towing and other essential wartime missions. Still more members managed hundreds of airports and trained aviators for future service in the CAP and the military. Cadet members both trained to serve in the military as well as to serve their communities during the war. Many assisted with critical missions on the home front.
  • To be eligible for this honor CAP members must have served in the Civil Air Patrol during the period of December 7, 1941 to the end of hostilities on September 2, 1945. CAP veterans or their families must provide some evidence that shows that an individual served during this period (photos, CAP ID, orders, etc.). This information must be entered on the CAP data base (see the link "Add Gold Medal Candidate" on the left top of this webpage) and validated by someone in the wing or on the National Staff. Be sure that contact information is current and correct.
  • Neither bill will be considered in its relevant committee without a minimum number of cosponsors. The bar is set very high because this is the greatest honor that Congress can bestow on an individual or group. In the Senate that number is 69 cosponsors while in the House it is 290. Last year the Senate CGM bill (S 418) gathered 85 cosponsors and passed the Senate while the House bill (HR 719) stalled out with 205 out of the 290 necessary cosponsors. Close but not close enough.
  • Any questions concerning CAP's CGM efforts please contact John Swain at dcoffice.cap@verizon.net

 

 

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