12.18.18

Legislation to #HonorGleason with Congressional Gold Medal Reaches 246 Supporters in House

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced his bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5499) to award Washington state native, ALS champion, and former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal has gained 190 cosponsors in two weeks and is now supported by 246 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA).

The bill (S. 2652) passed the Senate unanimously in June after garnering 73 cosponsors in just two months. It must pass the House by the end of the month in order to become law.

“Through his work to help others who are disabled, Steve Gleason has changed so many lives for the better,” said Dr. Cassidy. “The Senate unanimously supported legislation to honor Steve with the Congressional Gold Medal, and as more House members hear about Steve’s work they are supporting the bill too. I urge the House to pass it this month.”

On Thanksgiving during the New Orleans Saints game, NBC aired a look at Steve Gleason’s journey to becoming a father while fighting ALS.

Cassidy’s bipartisan legislation would recognize Gleason for his work through the Gleason Initiative Foundation to provide individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with the assistance they need to thrive, his advocacy for federal legislation ensuring people living with diseases such as ALS have access to speech generating devices, and his leadership in bringing together the single largest coordinated and collaborative ALS research project in the world.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow. Previous recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal include Orville and Wilbur Wright, Thomas Edison, Robert Frost, Bob Hope, Walt Disney, Roberto Clemente, Sir Winston Churchill, John Wayne, the 1980 U.S. Summer Olympic Team, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Ruth and Billy Graham, Frank Sinatra, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus.

A full list of House members who have agreed to cosponsor the bill is below:

 

Alabama

Robert Aderholt (R-AL)

Mo Brooks (R-AL)

Bradley Byrne (R-AL)

Martha Roby (R-AL)

Mike Rogers (R-AL)

Terri Sewell (D-AL)

 

Alaska

Don Young (R-AK)

 

American Samoa

Aumua Amata Radewagen (R-American Samoa)

 

Arizona

Andy Biggs (R-AZ)

Paul Gosar (R-AZ)

Debbie Lesko (R-AZ)

Martha McSally (R-AZ)

David Schweikert (R-AZ)

 

Arkansas

Rick Crawford (R-AR)

French Hill (R-AR)

Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

Steve Womack (R-AR)

 

California

Karen Bass (D-CA)

Ken Calvert (R-CA)

Jeff Denham (R-CA)

Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

Darrell Issa (R-CA)

Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)

Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Tom McClintock (R-CA)

Devin Nunes (R-CA)

Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)

Ed Royce (R-CA)

Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

David Valadao (R-CA)

Mimi Walters (R-CA)

 

Colorado

Mike Coffman (R-CO)

Doug Lamborn (R-CO)

Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)

Scott Tipton (R-CO)

 

Connecticut

John Larson (D-CT)

 

Delaware

Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)

 

District of Columbia

Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

 

Florida

Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)

Vern Buchanan (R-FL)

Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)

Val Demings (D-FL)

Ted Deutch (D-FL)

Neal Dunn (R-FL)

Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

Al Lawson (D-FL)

Bill Posey (R-FL)

Francis Rooney (R-FL)

Tom Rooney (R-FL)

Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

Dennis Ross (R-FL)

John Rutherford (R-FL)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

Daniel Webster (R-FL)

Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

Ted Yoho (R-FL)

 

Georgia

Rick Allen (R-GA)

Sanford Bishop (D-GA)

Buddy Carter (R-GA)

Doug Collins (R-GA)

Drew Ferguson (R-GA)

Tom Graves (R-GA)

Jody Hice (R-GA)

Hank Johnson (D-GA)

John Lewis (D-GA)

Barry Loudermilk (R-GA)

Austin Scott (R-GA)

David Scott (D-GA)

 

Iowa

Steve King (R-IA)

 

Idaho

Raul Labrador (R-ID)

Mike Simpson (R-ID)

 

Illinois

Mike Bost (R-IL)

Rodney Davis (R-IL)

Danny Davis (D-IL)

Randy Hultgren (R-IL)

Robin Kelly (D-IL)

Darin LaHood (R-IL)

Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)

Peter Roskam (R-IL)

Bobby Rush (D-IL)

Brad Schneider (D-IL)

John Shimkus (R-IL)

 

Indiana

Susan Brooks (R-IN)

Larry Buschon (R-IN)

Andre Carson (D-IN)

Luke Messer (R-IN)

Todd Rokita (R-IN)

Jackie Walorski (R-IN)

 

Kansas

Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

Roger Marshall (R-KS)

Kevin Yoder (R-KS)

 

Kentucky

Andy Barr (R-KY)

James Comer (R-KY)

Brett Guthrie (R-KY)

Hal Rogers (R-KY)

 

Louisiana

Ralph Abraham (R-LA)

Garret Graves (R-LA)

Clay Higgins (R-LA)

Mike Johnson (R-LA)

 

Maryland

Anthony Brown (D-MD)

Andy Harris (R-MD)

 

Maine

Bruce Poliquin (R-ME)

 

Michigan

Jack Bergman (D-MI)

Debbie Dingell (D-MI)

Bill Huizenga (R-MI)

Brenda Jones (D-MI)

Brenda Lawrence (D-MI)

Paul Mitchell (R-MI)

John Moolenaar (R-MI)

David Trott (R-MI)

Fred Upton (R-MI)

Tim Walberg (R-MI)

 

Minnesota

Tom Emmer (R-MN)

Jason Lewis (R-MN)

Erik Paulsen (R-MN)

Collin Peterson (D-MN)

 

Mississippi

Gregg Harper (R-MS)

Trent Kelly (R-MS)

Steven Palazzo (R-MS)

Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

 

Missouri

William Lacy Clay (D-MO)

Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)

Billy Long (R-MO)

Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)

Jason Smith (R-MO)

 

Montana

Greg Gianforte (R-MT)

 

Nebraska

Don Bacon (R-NE)

Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)

 

New Jersey

Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)

Leonard Lance (R-NJ)

Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)

Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ)

Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)

 

Nevada

Mark Amodei (R-NV)

 

New York

Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

Chris Collins (R-NY)

Dan Donovan (R-NY)

Adriano Espaillat (D-NY)

Dwight Evans (D-NY)

John Faso (R-NY)

Brian Higgins (D-NY)

Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

John Katko (R-NY)

Peter King (R-NY)

Gregory Meeks (D-NY)

Elise Stefanik (R-NY)

Thomas Suozzi (D-NY)

Claudia Tenney (R-NY)

Lee Zeldin (R-NY)

 

North Carolina

Alma Adams (D-NC)

Ted Budd (R-NC)

G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)

George Holding (R-NC)

Richard Hudson (R-NC)

David Price (D-NC)

David Rouzer (R-NC)

Mark Walker (R-NC)

 

North Dakota

Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

 

Ohio

Troy Balderson (R-OH)

Joyce Beatty (D-OH)

Steve Chabot (R-OH)

Marcia Fudge (D-OH)

Bob Gibbs (R-OH)

Bill Johnson (R-OH)

David Joyce (R-OH)

Bob Latta (R-OH)

Jim Renacci (R-OH)

Steve Stivers (R-OH)

Mike Turner (R-OH)

Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)

 

Oklahoma

Tom Cole (R-OK)

Kevin Hern (R-OK)

Frank Lucas (R-OK)

Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)

 

Oregon

Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Greg Walden (R-OR)

 

Pennsylvania

Lou Barletta (R-PA)

Ryan Costello (R-PA)

Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)

Mike Kelly (R-PA)

Tom Marino (R-PA)

Keith Rothfus (R-PA)

Bill Schuster (R-PA)

Lloyd Smucker (R-PA)

Glenn Thompson (R-PA)

 

South Carolina

James Clyburn (D-SC)

Jeff Duncan (R-SC)

Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

Ralph Norman (R-SC)

Mark Sanford (R-SC)

Joe Wilson (R-SC)

 

Tennessee

Diane Black (R-TN)

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Scott DeJarlais (R-TN)

John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN)

Chuck Fleishmann (R-TN)

David Kustoff (R-TN)

Phil Roe (R-TN)

 

Texas

Jodey Arrington (R-TX)

Brian Babin (R-TX)

Joe Barton (R-TX)

Kevin Brady (R-TX)

Michael Burgess (R-TX)

John Carter (R-TX)

Michael Conoway (R-TX)

John Culberson (R-TX)

Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX)

Kay Granger (R-TX)

Gene Green (D-TX)

Will Hurd (R-TX)

Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Sam Johnson (R-TX)

Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

Kenny Marchant (R-TX)

Michael McCaul (R-TX)

Pete Olson (R-TX)

Ted Poe (R-TX)

John Ratcliffe (R-TX)

Pete Sessions (R-TX)

Lamar Smith (R-TX)

Randy Weber (R-TX)

Roger Williams (R-TX)

 

Utah

Rob Bishop (R-UT)

John Curtis (R-UT)

 

Virginia

Dave Brat (R-VA)

Barbara Comstock (R-VA)

Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Morgan Griffith (R-VA0

Donald McEachin (D-VA)

Scott Taylor (R-VA)

Rob Wittman (R-VA)

 

Virgin Islands

Stacey Plaskett (R-VI)

 

Washington

Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Denny Heck (D-WA)

Jaime Herrera Butler (R-WA)

Derek Kilmer (D-WA)

Rick Larsen (D-WA)

Dave Reichert (R-WA)

Adam Smith (D-WA)

 

Wisconsin

Ron Kind (D-WI)

 

West Virginia

David McKinley (R-WV)