Meet The Congresspeople Who Voted Against Jack Nicklaus
By mustang6560 on 4/26/12
The United States House of Representatives recently voted 373-4 to award Jack Nicklaus the Congressional Gold Medal. Even though the overwhelming majority of congresspeople voted AYE, the four congresspeople who voted NAY caught the eye of writer Patrick Burns, who decided to find out who voted against the bill and why.
Rep. Justin Amash:

"The Congressional Gold Medal originally was awarded for acts of heroism, especially during war. George Washington was the first recipient, and until the Civil War, the medal was given only to members of the Armed Forces. In the late 1800s, Congress began awarding the medal to civilians in recognition of other talents or achievements. In the 1900s, Congress awarded many more medals, sometimes to celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and John Wayne. I think the original purpose of the Congressional Gold Medal is better than Congress's modern practice. Jack Nicklaus had a legendary golfing career. But I think it's better to reserve the medal for those whose heroism and self-sacrifice was made to save the lives of others. I voted "no."

Spokeswoman for Rep. Jason Chaffetz:

"Congress has better ways to spend their time and more important things to do than making and passing resolutions for golfers."

Spokesman for Rep. Scott Rigell:

"The Congressman believes these awards should only be handed out to those who have sacrificed their lives protecting our freedom."

Rep. Reid Ribble:

"As members of Congress we need to be doing real work, not just filling time—especially when our economy is struggling and our nation is $15 trillion in debt. As a golfer myself, I love Jack Nicklaus, but I love my grandchildren more."
It makes sense to bestow the Golden Bear, who is one of the best (if not THE best) golfer of all time, with one of the highest civilian awards, especially if you consider the fact Arnold Palmer and Byron Nelson are among the recipients. But, as the saying goes, "Hatas gon hate.

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cvargo says:
Rep Jason Chaffetz is a rep here in Utah and I can't stand him. Just google him and you will see why, all he cares about is being in the news
BlameMe says:
In all honesty I don't have a problem with any of the reasons given above and if the award in the past was for those that have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the USA then maybe a new type of award should be made.

A new civilian award for people dedicating their lives to a given field I'm sure would be acceptable.

For the record all politicians are self serving parasites.
Duke of Hazards says:
@cvargo - I hear you on despicable politicians. there's this young 33yo guy near where I live running for congress that's currently on the school board in the district where my wife teaches. typical career politician and huge d-bag. always late to the board meetings and during her school's graduation ceremonies (middle school), he was texting on his phone the whole time sitting under a canopy that him and some other school board members demanded from the principal while everyone else got to stick it out in the sun.

sorry for rant. some politicians try to serve the public and make things better, others are just, as BlameMe so eloquently put it... self-serving parasites
Dusty23 says:
To Rep Reid Ribble, you say "As members of Congress we need to be doing real work...", so when are you going to start ?
KVSmith59 says:
I agree with the 4 who voted against it. IMHO, the "highest" civilian award should not be given to someone because of their acting skills, athletic ability or popularity. According to Wikipedia:

"A Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by the United States Congress and is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. The decoration is awarded to an individual who performs an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States."

Who's next? Snookie?
homermania says:
I wonder if Sir Nick Faldo would agree.
GolferAnt says:
yea i agree with KVSmith59
Matt F says:
+1 for KVSmith
larrynjr says:
I think Rep. Justin Amash is confused with the Congressional Medal of Honor, given to Military hero's. As stated the Gold Medal is a civilian award.....As a Nation we need to encourage and support our citizens and Congress taking 5 min. to vote to give one of our great golf ambassador's to the world our highest civilian honor...I have no problem with that.
Kurt the Knife says:
I admire Jack for what he has achieved.
I served our country vowing my life in service.
I don't know that Jack lay his life on the line for this honor.
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