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.

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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.