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Congress Passes Patriarch Gold Medal Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- SEPTEMBER 17, 1997

U.S. CONGRESS PASSES LEGISLATION

TO HONOR ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill that authorizes the President of the United States to award a Congressional Gold Medal to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. This bill, which reached the required threshold for moving such special legislation on September 5, was formally adopted this afternoon by unanimous consent.

"It is a real tribute to His All Holiness that this bill broke the record for number of cosponsors. A total of 327 members of Congress asked to associate themselves with this honor by cosponsoring the bill. The average bill introduced in the House of Representatives receives approximately 40 cosponsors," said Andrew E. Manatos, national chairman of the Patriarchal Gold Medal project. This legislation was introduced by the chairman and ranking Democrat of the House Banking Committee, Congressmen Jim Leach (R-IA) and Henry Gonzalez (D-TX), respectively, along with Congressmen Michael Bilirakis (R-FL), Bobby Rush (D-IL) and John LaFalce (D-NY).

Yesterday the House of Representatives also overwhelmingly passed a resolution authorizing the use of the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building to honor Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with this Congressional Gold Medal. This legislation, introduced by Congressman Bilirakis (R-FL), was adopted by a vote of 421 for and 0 against. This ceremony in the Capitol Building is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 21, 1997.

The final official list of the 327 cosponsors of the Patriarch Bartholomew Congressional Gold Medal Bill is attached. For more information, please contact Mike Manatos at (202) 393-7790.

COSPONSORS OF ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW GOLD MEDAL BILL

Final

[TOTAL HOUSE COSPONSORS: 327 ]

Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)
Gary Ackerman (D-NY)
Rob Andrews (D-NJ)
Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
Richard Baker (R-LA)
John Baldacci (D-ME)
James Barcia (D-MI)
Thomas Barrett (D-WI)
Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
Charles Bass (R-NH)
Herbert Bateman (R-VA)
Ken Bentsen (D-TX)
Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
Doug Bereuter (R-NE)
Marion Berry (D-AR)
Howard Berman (D-CA)
Brian Bilbray (R-CA)
Michael Bilirakis (R-FL)
Sanford Bishop (D-GA)
Rod Blagojevich (D-IL)
Thomas Bliley (R-VA)
Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY)
John Boehner (R-OH)
Henry Bonilla (R-TX)
David Bonior (R-MI)
Sonny Bono (R-CA)
Robert Borski (D-PA)
Rick Boucher (D-VA)
Allen Boyd (D-FL)
Corrine Brown (D-FL)
George Brown (D-CA)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Dan Burton (R-IN)
Sonny Callahan (R-AL)
Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Tom Campbell (R-CA)
Charles Canady (R-FL)
Chris Cannon (R-UT)
Walter Capps (D-CA)
Julia Carson (D-CA)
Steve Chabot (R-OH)
William Clay (D-MO)
Eva Clayton (D-NC)
Bob Clement (D-TN)
James Clyburn (D-SD)
Howard Coble (R-NC)
Gary Condit (D-CA)
John Conyers Jr. (D-MI)
Merrill Cook (R-UT)
John Cooksey (R-LA)
Jerry Costello (D-IL)
Chris Cox (R-CA)
William Coyne (D-PA)
Robert Cramer (D-AL)
Philip Crane (R-IL)
Michael Crapo (R-ID)
Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
Randy Cunningham (R-CA)
Pat Danner (D-MO)
Danny Davis (D-IL)
Jim Davis (D-FL)
Thomas Davis (R-VA)
Nathan Deal (R-GA)
Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
Diana DeGette (D-CO)
Bill Delahunt (D-MA)
Rosa Delauro (D-CT)
Tom Delay (R-TX)
Ronald Dellums (D-CA)
Peter Deutsch (D-FL)
Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Jay Dickey (R-AK)
Norm Dicks (D-WA)
John Dingell (D-MI)
Julian Dixon (D-CA)
Calvin Dooley (D-CA)
John Doolittle (R-CA)
Mike Doyle (D-PA)
David Dreier (R-CA)
John Duncan (R-TN)
Jennifer Dunn (R-WA)
Chet Edwards (D-TX)
Vernon Ehlers (R-MI)
Robert Ehrlich (R-MO)
Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
Eliot Engel (D-NY)
Philip English (R-PA)
John Ensign (R-NV)
Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
Lane Evans (D-IL)
Terry Everett (AL-R)
Sam Farr (D-CA)
Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
Harris Fawell (R-IL)
Vic Fazio (D-CA)
Bob Filner (D-CA)
Mark Foley (R-FL)
Mike Forbes (R-NY)
Harold Ford (D-TN)
Tillie Fowler (R-FL)
Jon Fox (R-PA)
Barney Frank (D-MA)
Bob Franks (R-NJ)
R. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
Martin Frost (D-TX)
Elizabeth Furse (D-OR)
Elton Gallegly (R-CA)
Sam Gejdenson (D-CT)
George Gekas (R-PA)
Richard Gephardt (D-MO)
James Gibbons (R-NY)
Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD)
Ben Gilman (R-NY)
Newt Gingrich (R-GA)
Bill Goodling ((R-PA)
Henry Gonzalez (D-TX)
Virgil Goode Jr. (D-VA)
Bart Gordon (D-TN)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Kay Granger (R-TX)
Gene Green (D-TX)
Gil Gutknecht (R-MN)
Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
Ralph Hall (D-TX)
Tony Hall (D-OH)
Lee Hamilton  (D-IN)
James Hansen (R-UT)
Jane Harman (D-CA)
Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ)
Wally Herger (R-CA)
Rick Hill (R-MT)
Van Hilleary (R-TN)
Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
David Hobson (R-OH)
Tim Holden (D-PA)
Darlene Hooley (D-OR)
Steve Horn (R-CA)
Amo Houghton (R-NY)
Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Kenny Hulshof (R-MO)
Henry Hyde (R-IL)
Bob Inglis (R-SC)
Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL)
William Jefferson (D-LA)
William Jenkins (R-TN)
Eddie B. Johnson (D-TX)
Jay Johnson (R-CT)
Nancy Johnson (R-CT)
Walter Jones (R-NC)
Paul Kanjorski (D-PA)
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Sue Kelly (R-NY)
Joseph Kennedy (D-MA)
Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
Barbara Kennelly (D-CT)
Dale Kildee (D-MI)
Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI)
Jay Kim (R-CA)
Peter King (R-NY)
Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
Gerald Kleczka (D-WI)
Ron Klink (D-PA)
Joe Knollenberg (R-MI)
Jim Kolbe (R-AZ)
John LaFalce (D-NY)
Ray LaHood (R-IL)
Nicholas Lampson (D-TX)
Tom Lantos (D-CA)
Tom Latham (R-IA)
Steven LaTourette (R-OH)
Rick Lazio (R-NY)
Jim Leach (R-IA)
Shela Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Sander Levin (D-MI)
Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
John Lewis (D-GA)
Ron Lewis (R-KY)
William Lipinski (D-IL)
Bob Livingston (R-LA)
Frank LoBiondo (R-IN)
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Nita Lowey (D-NY)
Frank Lucas (R-OK)
Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
James Maloney (D-CT)
Thomas Manton (D-NY)
Donald Manzullo (R-IL)
Edward Markey (D-MA)
Matthew Martinez (D-CA)
Frank Mascara (D-PA)
Robert Matsui (D-CA)
Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)
Karen McCarthy (D-MO)
Bill McCollum (R-FL)
Jim McCrery (R-LA)
Joseph McDade (R-PA)
James McGovern (D-MA)
Paul McHale (D-PA)
John McHugh (R-NY)
Scott McInnis (R-CO)
David McIntosh (R-IN)
Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
Howard McKeon (R-CA)
Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)
Michael McNulty (D-NY)
Marty Meehan (D-MA)
Carrie Meek (D-FL)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Jack Metcalf (R-WA)
John Mica (R-FL)
J. Millender-McDonald
(D-CA)
Dan Miller (R-FL)
George Miller (D-CA)
Patsy Mink (D-HI)
Joe Moakley (D-MA)
Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
James Moran (D-VA)
Connie Morella (R-MD)
John Murtha (D-PA)
Sue Myrick (R-NC)
Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
Richard Neal (D-MA)
Bob Ney (R-OH)
Eleanor Holmes Norton
(D-DC)
James Oberstar (D-MN)
David Obey (D-WI)
John Olver (D-MA)
Mike Oxley (R-OH)
Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
Michael Pappas (R-NJ)
Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)
Donald Payne (D-NJ)
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
John Peterson (R-PA)
Thomas Petri (R-WI)
Owen Pickett (D-VA)
Joseph Pitts (R-PA)
Richard Pombo (R-CA)
John Porter (R-IL)
Glenn Poshard (D-IL)
Deborah Pryce (R-OH)
Jack Quinn (R-NY)
George Radanovich (R-CA)
Nick Rahall (D-WV)
Jim Ramstad (R-MN)
Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Sylvestre Reyes (D-TX)
Frank Riggs (R-CA)
Bob Riley (R-AL)
Lynn Rivers (D-MI)
Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Steve Rothman (D-NJ)
Marge Roukema (R-NJ)
Edward Royce (R-CA)
Bobby Rush (D-IL)
Martin Sabo (D-MN)
Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
Max Sandlin (D-TX)
Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Thomas Sawyer (D-OH)
Jim Saxton (R-NJ)
Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
Dan Schaefer (R-CO)
Steven Schiff (R-NM)
Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Robert Scott (D-VA)
J. Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI)
Jose Serrano (D-NY)
Pete Sessions (R-TX)
John Shadegg (R-AZ)
E. Clay Shaw Jr. (R-FL)
Christopher Shays (CT)
Brad Sherman (D-CA)
John Shimkus (R-IL)
Norman Sisisky (D-VA)
Joe Skeen (R-NM)
Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
Adam Smith (D-WA)
Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Victor Snyder (D-AR)
Gerald Solomon (R-NY)
Mark Souder (R-IN)
Floyd Spence (R-SC)
John Spratt (D-SC)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Fortney Stark (D-CA)
Louis Stokes (D-OH)
Bart Stupak (D-MI)
John Sunnunu (R-NH)
James Talent (R-MO)
Ellen Tauscher (D-CA)
W.J. Tauzin (R-LA)
Charles Taylor (D-MS)
Gene Taylor (R-NC)
Bill Thomas (R-CA)
John Thune (R-SD)
Karen Thurman (D-FL)
Todd Tiahrt (R-KA)
John Tierney (D-MA)
Esteban Torres (D-CA)
Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
James Traficant (D-OH)
Frederick Upton (R-MI)
Bruce Vento (D-MN)
Peter Visclosky (D-IN)
James Walsh (R-NY)
Zach Wamp (R-TN)
Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Wes Watkins (R-OK)
J.C. Watts (R-OK)
Henry Waxman (D-CA)
Curt Weldon (R-PA)
David Weldon (R-FL)
Jerry Weller (R-IL)
Robert Wexler (D-FL)
Robert Weygand (D-RI)
Robert Wise (D-WV)
Frank Wolf (R-VA)
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
Albert Wynn (D-MD)
Bill Young (R-FL)

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