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Senate passes bill to award Greg LeMond the Congressional Gold Medal

Published November 16, 2020
The bill now goes to the president's desk.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Senate has passed a bill that would award the Congressional Gold Medal to three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond. The bill, which now goes to the president's desk to be signed, would make LeMond the tenth individual athlete to receive the medal.

Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) was a bill sponsor. It passed the House in September 2019.

"Greg LeMond represents the best of American sportsmanship," Thompson said. "Throughout his career, Greg repeatedly exemplified the principles of healthy competition, honesty, and selflessness, putting team success ahead of his own. In retirement, he's dedicated his life to serving and supporting children, veterans, medical research and other causes through his charitable work.

"I am proud to see my bill to honor Greg with a Congressional Gold Medal pass the Senate and I will work to ensure it is signed into law, so we can fully honor his lifetime of success, as both an athlete and community leader."

The medals are only awarded through acts of Congress and the bills must be co-sponsored by two-thirds of the membership of both the House and the Senate before being considered for a vote. 

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