Omar, Klobuchar lead charge seeking Congressional Gold Medal for Prince
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Every member of Minnesota's congressional delegation has signed on in support of a bill that would posthumously honor pop legend Prince with a Congressional Gold Medal.

Minnesota Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden huddles with group of senators on Ukraine-Russia tensions Democrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Apple warns antitrust legislation could expose Americans to malware MORE (D) and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSenate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Overnight Defense & National Security — DOD watchdog to review extremism screening Omar calls for closure of Guantánamo Bay prison after 20 years of 'lawlessness and cruelty' MORE (D) announced the bill's introduction on Monday.

"Like so many, I grew up with Prince's music. I was always proud to say he was from Minnesota," Klobuchar said in a statement. "The world is a whole lot cooler because Prince was in it — he touched our hearts, opened our minds, and made us want to dance. With this legislation, we honor his memory and contributions as a composer, performer, and music innovator. Purple reigns in Minnesota today and every day because of him."


"Prince is a Minnesota icon," Omar added in the statement. "I remember when I first came to America being captivated by Prince’s music and impact on the culture. He showed that it was okay to be a short, Black kid from Minneapolis and still change the world."

Two-thirds of the House and Senate will need to support the bill for it to pass. Should the bipartisan effort be successful, the medal would be "in recognition of his achievements and contributions to the culture of the United States," according to the Star Tribune.

In 2016, Prince died after an accidental fentanyl overdose at the age of 57.

Only 163 people have been honored with Congressional Gold Medals since 1776, the statement said. The first medal was awarded to George Washington.