Texas senator introduces bill to produce $1 coin honoring Bushes

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynConservatives wage assault on Mueller report Senate GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Trump picks GOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 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 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.