Cornyn, Cruz Propose Creation of $1 Coins to Honor George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush

WASHINGTON -- Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn introduced a bill last week to authorize the creation of $1 coins to honor former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara."President George H.W. Bush and his beloved wife Barbara left behind a legacy of service that will continue to inspire generations of Texans," Cornyn said in a prepared statement. "I am proud to introduce this legislation so the Treasury can immediately begin issuing coins honoring their contributions to the nation they loved so dearly."Co-sponsors of the bill include Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rob Portman of Ohio and Susan Collins of Maine, along with independent Sen. Angus King of Maine.The couple, who owned homes in Texas and Maine, died last year. The former president was 94, and the former first lady was 92. Last June, the Senate passed an amended version of the “American Innovation $1 Coin Act” the House passed in January 2018. The bill requires the treasury secretary to mint $1 dollar coins over a 14-year period beginning last month to recognize “pioneering individuals or groups” from all states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories.In recent years, the U.S. Mint has produced coins to honor Native Americans and former presidents. Ronald Reagan was the last former president to have a coin minted, in 2016.  Continue reading...

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