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Encyclopedia > Congressional Gold Medal
Congressional Gold Medal presented to Navajo Code talkers in 2000
Congressional Gold Medal presented to Navajo Code talkers in 2000
The Congressional Gold Medal should not be confused with the Medal of Honor (commonly called the Congressional Medal of Honor), which is also awarded by Congress, but only to military members as the highest military decoration of the United States.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award which may be bestowed by the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the United States government. The decoration is awarded to any individual who performs an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States. The recipient need not be an American citizen, for example Kenneth D. Taylor a Canadian was awarded it. Cong Gold Medal of Honor File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Cong Gold Medal of Honor File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Navajo Nation (Dineé in Navajo language) is a Native American sovereignty. ... Page one of Navajo recommendation letter, 1942. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ... Type Bicameralism Houses Senate House of Representatives United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D, since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D, since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups (as of November 7, 2006 elections) Democratic Party Republican... The government of the United States, established by the United States Constitution, is a federal republic of 50 states, a few territories and some protectorates. ... Kenneth Douglas Ken Taylor, OC , BA , MBA , LL.D (born October 5, 1934 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) was a Canadian ambassador to Iran. ...


The Congressional Gold Medal is considered the Congressional equivalent to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Both decorations are generally considered to hold the same degree of prestige (though significantly fewer Gold Medals have been awarded), with the difference being that the Freedom Medal is personally awarded by the President of the United States and the Congressional Gold Medal is awarded in the name of the Congress. Type Bicameralism Houses Senate House of Representatives United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D, since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D, since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups (as of November 7, 2006 elections) Democratic Party Republican... The Presidential Medal of Freedom The Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of the two highest civilian awards in the United States and is bestowed by the President of the United States (the other major civilian award which is considered its equivalent is the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, which... The presidential seal was first used in 1880 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii The President of the United States of America is the head of state and head of government of the United States. ...


Per committee rules, legislation bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal to a recipient must be co-sponsored by two thirds of the membership of both the House of Representatives and the Senate before their respective committees will consider it. Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... Seal of the U.S. Senate Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      Senate composition following 2006 elections The United States Senate is...


The Congressional Gold Medal is created by the United States Mint to specifically commemorate the person and achievement for which the medal is awarded. Each medal is therefore different in appearance and there is no standard design for the Congressional Gold Medal. The Congressional Gold Medal is also considered "non-portable", meaning that the medal is not meant to be worn on a uniform or other clothing, but rather displayed much like a trophy. Seal of the U.S. Mint The United States Mint primarily produces circulating coinage for the United States to conduct its trade and commerce. ... Some loving-cup trophies seen in the London Irish clubhouse at Sunbury in 2002. ...


The Congressional Gold Medal is a completely separate decoration from the Medal of Honor which is a military award for extreme bravery in action. Another similarly named decoration is the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, presented by NASA for extreme accomplishment to the mission of United States space exploration. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ... Congressional Space Medal of Honor The Congressional Space Medal of Honor was authorized by the United States Congress in 1969 to recognize any astronaut who in the performance of his duties has distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious efforts and contributions to the welfare of the Nation and mankind. ... The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an agency of the United States Government, responsible for the nations public space program. ...


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External links

  • List of recipients
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports regarding Congressional Gold Medals
  • PDF of CRS Report RL30076, Congressional Gold Medals, 1776-2006, Updated December 20, 2006

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Congressional Gold Medal of Honor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (360 words)
The Congressional Gold Medal of Honor is considered the United States Congress equivalent to the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The Congressional Gold Medal of Honor is created by the United States Mint to specifically commemorate the person and achievement for which the medal is awarded.
The Congressional Gold Medal of Honor is a completely separate decoration from the Medal of Honor which is a military award for extreme bravery in action.
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