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House Honors Jack Nicklaus

House Honors Jack Nicklaus

U.S. House Honors Jack Nicklaus

Provision to award Golden Bear Congressional Gold Medal goes to Senate, where it may die again

Arnold Palmer receives the Congressional Golf Medal two years for his dedication to professional golf, philanthropy and sportsmanship. Jack Nicklaus is up for the same honor this year, again.

Arnold Palmer receives the Congressional Golf Medal two years for his dedication to professional golf, philanthropy and sportsmanship. Jack Nicklaus is up for the same honor this year, again.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a referendum this week to award Jack Nicklaus with the Congressional Gold Medal, an honor described as “the highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.”

However, while the Nicklaus bill will next go to the U.S. Senate, it may not pass since the upper chamber previously shelved an identical bill two years ago. A few critics have said while they have nothing against perhaps golf’s greatest ever, they don’t believe the honor should be reserved for those American’s who have demonstrated the greatest sacrifices. Ten members of the House voted against the bill.

Among the dissenters was Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, who explained on his Facebook page the last time around that he voted against awarding Nicklaus with the medal, which is perhaps the nation’s top civilian honor, because he thought it was “better to reserve the medal for those whose heroism and self-sacrifice was made to save the lives of others,” according to rollcall.com.

Then again, Byron Nelson and Arnold Palmer have received medal. Nicklaus was singled out “in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship and philanthropy.”

Nicklaus, 74, won 73 PGA Tour victories career and 18 Majors.

Nelson received the medal in 2006 and Palmer in 2012. Some other athletes to win the Congressional Gold Medal include Roberto Clemente, Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis and Jesse Owens, all of those men are perhaps just as well known for their iconic social-change achievements as well as whatever they accomplished in the arena or on the field.


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