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14-H4041 on Feb 11, 2014

Bill Sponsorship: Congressional Gold Medal for the Freedom Riders
Source: H.R.4041
Congressional summary:: A BILL to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Freedom Riders, collectively, in recognition of their unique contribution to Civil Rights, which inspired a revolutionary movement for equality in interstate travel. The Congress finds the following:
  • In 1960, the Supreme Court ruled in Boynton v. Virginia that segregated bus and rail stations were unconstitutional.
  • The rigid system of racial segregation that prevailed in the United States during the 1960s did not permit a Black person to sit next to a White person on any bus traveling through interstate commerce and in most locations in the South. Bus stations had 'Whites Only' waiting areas and Blacks were not permitted to wait in those areas despite the Supreme Court making it the law of the land.
  • The Freedom Riders, with the intent to end segregation in public transportation throughout the South, paved the way for full racial integration of the US transit system. They overcame prejudice, discrimination, and violence. They sparked a movement that changed our Nation.
  • The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) selected 13 volunteers for nonviolent response training. The Freedom Riders used their strategies of nonviolence to challenge the South's Jim Crow laws directly by riding from Washington DC to New Orleans.
  • On the morning of May 4, 1961, the 13 Freedom Riders, comprised of 7 Blacks and 6 Whites, boarded two buses, with Blacks and Whites seated together.
  • Initially, the Freedom Riders had encountered only minor clashes until a stop in South Carolina. In Rock Hill, an angry mob severely beat John Lewis, now a Congressman from Georgia, when he entered the bus station. Additional mobs fought the group in Alabama and Mississippi.
Congress shall present a gold medal of appropriate design to the Freedom Riders, collectively. The gold medal shall be given to the Smithsonian Institution, where it will be available for display & research.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Question 2: Legally require hiring women & minorities Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Civil Rights
  • Headline: Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored recognizing 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 14-H4041

Karen Bass s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Joyce Beatty s1oOhio DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Sanford Bishop s1oGeorgia DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Corrine Brown s1oFlorida DemocratFeb 11, 2014
G.K. Butterfield s1oNorth Carolina DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Andre Carson s1oIndiana DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Judy Chu s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 18, 2014
Yvette Clarke s1oNew York DemocratFeb 11, 2014
William Lacy Clay s1oMissouri DemocratFeb 11, 2014
James Clyburn s1oSouth Carolina DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Steve Cohen s1oTennessee DemocratFeb 11, 2014
John Conyers s1oMichigan DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Danny Davis s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Suzan DelBene s1oWashington DemocratFeb 18, 2014
John Dingell s1oMichigan Democrat (retiring 2014)Feb 11, 2014
Donna Edwards s1oMaryland DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Marcia Fudge s1oOhio DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Janice Hahn s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Alcee Hastings s1oFlorida DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Ruben Hinojosa s1oTexas DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Hakeem Jeffries s1oNew York DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1oTexas DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Hank Johnson s2pGeorgia DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Marcy Kaptur s1oOhio DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Robin Kelly s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Sander Levin s1oMichigan DemocratFeb 18, 2014
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts DemocratFeb 18, 2014
Gregory Meeks s1oNew York Dem./Working-FamiliesFeb 11, 2014
Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-FamiliesFeb 11, 2014
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012)Feb 11, 2014
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-FamiliesFeb 11, 2014
Cedric Richmond s1oLouisiana DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Bobby Rush s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Terri Sewell s1oAlabama DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Bennie Thompson s1oMississippi DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Paul Tonko s1oNew York DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Marc Veasey s1oTexas DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Maxine Waters s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 11, 2014
Frederica Wilson s1oFlorida DemocratFeb 11, 2014



Republicans participating in 14-H4041

Doug Collins s1oGeorgia RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
Joseph Pitts s1oPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 11, 2014



Independents participating in 14-H4041

Donna Christensen s1oVirgin Islands Governor candidate 2014Feb 11, 2014



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 52
Republicans: 2
Independents: 1


















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