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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Applauds Passage of Legislation Honoring President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush

Washington, January 13, 2020
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) applauded House passage of the bipartisan President George H.W. Bush and First Spouse Barbara Bush Coin Act.  In honor of the life and legacy of President Bush and the First Lady, the bill requires the issuance of one-dollar coins bearing their images for a one-year period.  Congresswoman Fletcher, who currently represents the same district that President Bush represented in Congress, was the first democrat to cosponsor the House version of this bill, H.R. 1173.  The bill, which passed the House earlier today and passed the Senate last month, now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
 
“The Bushes demonstrated a commitment to public service throughout their lives,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher.  “As the representative for the Congressional district that President Bush once represented, I was proud to join my Texas colleagues and support legislation to honor their lives and legacy through this commemorative coin.”  
 
President George Herbert Walker Bush served as President of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and represented Texas’ Seventh Congressional District from 1967 to 1971.  First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush dedicated her life to promoting literacy across the United States, founding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which continues its important work from its headquarters in Congressional District Seven.  The Bushes were active in the Houston community and the district until their deaths in 2018.
 
H.R. 1173 was sponsored in the House by Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), and was also co-sponsored by Representatives Colin Allred (TX-32), Jodey Arrington (TX-19), Michael Burgess (TX-26), Dan Crenshaw (TX-02), Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Lance Gooden (TX-05), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Kenny Marchant (TX-24), Pete Olson (TX-22), Chip Roy (TX-21), and Randy Weber (TX-14).