Bill introduced to honor Prince with Congressional Gold Medal
(ABC 6 News) – A bill has been introduced by all members of the Minnesota delegation in Congress led by Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Ilhan Omar to honor Prince with a Congressional Gold Medal.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress. Only 163 have been awarded since 1776, the first going to George Washington.
According to a press release, it honors Prince for his "legacy of musical achievement and…indelible mark on Minnesota and American culture."
“Like so many, I grew up with Prince’s music. I was always proud to say he was from Minnesota,” said Klobuchar.
“The world is a whole lot cooler because Prince was in it – he touched our hearts, opened our minds, and made us want to dance. With this legislation, we honor his memory and contributions as a composer, performer, and music innovator. Purple reigns in Minnesota today and every day because of him.”
“Prince is a Minnesota icon,” said Omar.
“I remember when I first came to America being captivated by Prince’s music and impact on the culture. He showed that it was okay to be a short, Black kid from Minneapolis and still change the world. He not only changed the arc of music history; he put Minneapolis on the map. Places like First Avenue, Uptown are landmarks because of Prince. I am proud to introduce this resolution to give Prince the recognition he deserves.”
Following introduction, legislation bestowing a Congressional Gold Medal must be co-sponsored by two-thirds of the membership of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in order to be awarded.
The full Minnesota delegation serve as original cosponsors, including Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and Representatives Jim Hagedorn (R-MN), Angie Craig (D-MN), Dean Phillips (D-MN), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Tom Emmer (R-MN), Michelle Fischbach (R-MN), and Pete Stauber (R-MN).