Texas senator introduces bill to produce $1 coin honoring Bushes

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Booker, Cornyn introduce bill to fund school nutrition programs Three Senate primaries to watch on Super Tuesday MORE (R-Texas) introduced a bill last week to create $1 coins honoring former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara.

“President George H.W. Bush and his beloved wife Barbara left behind a legacy of service that will continue to inspire generations of Texans,” Cornyn said in a statement Tuesday. 

“I am proud to introduce this legislation so the Treasury can immediately begin issuing coins honoring their contributions to the nation they loved so dearly.”

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The bill is cosponsored by fellow Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTed Cruz takes aim at Alabama vasectomy bill: 'Yikes' 'Medicare for All' will turn into health care for none Cruz 'impresses' his daughter with Chris Evans meeting MORE (R) and Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to combat cyberattacks on state and local governments MORE (R-Ohio), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsErnst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Toward 'Super Tuesday' — momentum, money and delegates MORE (R-Maine) and Angus KingAngus KingUse of voting tabulation apps raise red flags on Capitol Hill Patrick Dempsey to star in pilot for CBS political drama 'Ways and Means' McConnell, Romney vie for influence over Trump's trial MORE (I-Maine).

The former president and first lady, who both died last year at 94 and 92, respectively, had homes in Texas and Maine.

The bill, introduced Feb. 12, would authorize the Treasury Department to mint coins honoring the couple under the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005.

Ronald Reagan was the last former president to have a coin minted, in 2016.

— Jordain Carney contributed reporting.