For the Congressional Gold Medal to be awarded, overwhelming congressional support is necessary. While the average bill in Congress typically receives approximately 40 cosponsors in the House and eight in the Senate, a Congressional Gold medal requires at least 290 cosponsors in the House and 40 in the Senate before it can be considered for adoption. The number of members of Congress cosponsoring the legislation bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal on Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew grew to 327, exceeding the number on all other bills in the Congress in recent years.
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Reference from the US Government Print Office, Public Law105-51 of the 105th Congress, October 6, 1997: An act to authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of the Congress to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in recognition of his outstanding and enduring contributions toward religious understanding and peace, and for other purposes.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014
It is with great pain and sorrow that we have learned of the tragic crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, and the tragic loss of so many lives, citizens mostly from your country, men and women, young and old. On behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we wish to convey our deepest condolences to Your Majesty and through You, to the leaders and people of the Netherlands, most especially to the families of the victims. Read more...
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