'Monuments Men' bill passes House vote for Congressional Gold Medal

Miami Herald 20 May 2014
By Maria Recio

M. SGT Harold Maus of Scranton, PA is pictured with the Durer engraving, found among other art treasures at Merker. 13 May 1945.

Washington - The House voted overwhelmingly Monday in favor of a bill sponsored by Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, to grant a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the Monuments Men, the World War II corps of art experts who rescued over 5 million pieces of art from the Nazis.

The House voted on a voice vote under a suspension of the rules, which requires that two-thirds of the chamber be in favor of it. Although there were only a handful of members in the chamber during the debate, Granger’s bill had solid support – it has 297 co-sponsors. There was no audible opposition.

The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the nation’s highest civilian awards, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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