Portman Joins Cornyn to Introduce President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Coin Act

February 12, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) joined Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to introduce the President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Coin Act. In honor of the country’s 41st President and First Lady’s lives and service to the Nation, the President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Dollar Coin Act authorizes the immediate issuance of coins that bear their image. Other original cosponsors of the legislation include Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Angus King (I-ME). 

“An early boss and mentor, President Bush was one of the most decent and honorable men I’ve ever known, and a model that I have tried to follow in my years in public service,” said Portman.  “Meanwhile Barbara Bush was one of only two women in history who was both First Lady and the mother of a president, and she consistently used her role and influence in positive ways. She was a champion of empowering people through literacy and an eloquent voice for bipartisanship and national unity. Their partnership in service to the country was an inspiration and I’m pleased to join Senator Cornyn in introducing this legislation to ensure the timely issuance of coins honoring their legacy.”

NOTE: In 2005, Congress passed the Presidential $1 Coin Act, requiring the U.S. Treasury to issue new $1 coins in honor of the nation’s deceased former presidents. The Presidential $1 Coin Act also directed the Treasury to issue, concurrently with the Presidential coins, pure-gold bullion coins depicting the First Spouses. The coin series was terminated in 2016 after honoring Ronald Reagan, the last president eligible for the honor at the time of the Presidential $1 Coin Act’s passage. Authorizing the production of coins for those presidents not yet honored, including President George H.W. Bush, requires an Act of Congress.

Former President George H.W. Bush served the country as a war hero, Congressman, CIA Director, Vice President, and President. Barbara Bush devoted her time as First Lady spearheading and highlighting important issues, including family literacy, for the country.