Lawmakers push to award Aretha Franklin the Congressional Gold Medal
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A group of lawmakers is aiming to show some “Respect” to the late Aretha Franklin, awarding the “Queen of Soul” a Congressional Gold Medal.

Democratic Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris criticized by Jamaican father over marijuana joke Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Coast Guard lieutenant arrested, accused of planning domestic terrorism MORE (Calif.), Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowLand conservation tax incentives should inspire charitable giving, not loopholes Four names emerge for UN position: report Democrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal MORE (Mich.) and Gary PetersGary Charles PetersDems seeking path to Senate majority zero-in on Sun Belt Lawmakers push to award Aretha Franklin the Congressional Gold Medal Congress sends bill renewing anti-terrorism program to Trump MORE (Mich.), and Rep. Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrenceDem lawmaker says Trump administration has kicked ethics standards 'to the curb' Dem lawmaker calls for investigation of Fairfax over assault allegations Dem responds to ‘trolls’ who said wearing white made female lawmakers look like nurses MORE (D-Mich.) say the Aretha Franklin Gold Medal Act would honor the singer’s “role in shaping the nation’s culturally and socially relevant discography, and highlight her life as an example of how one person’s talents can make a difference in the lives of millions of people across the globe.”


Franklin died in August at 76.

The legislation to posthumously award the “Think” singer, who grew up in Detroit, was originally introduced in 2018, shortly after her death.

“Aretha was simply a legend,” Harris said in a Wednesday statement. “Her work and impact will be felt for generations to come, and it’s long past time Congress honors her with the Congressional Gold Medal.”

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor given by Congress. Past recipients include former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kansas), golfer Jack Nicklaus, Martin Luther King, Jr. and comic artist Charles Schulz, among many others.