Legislation introduced on the first day of Women’s History Month
WASHINGTON – To celebrate the start of Women’s History Month, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, with U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NV), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and the House Democratic Women’s Caucus, introduced legislation to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by establishing a monument in the U.S. Capitol Complex in her honor.
“Justice Ginsburg’s dedication to our country’s values and ideals is an example for every American,” Klobuchar said. “She was an icon and a trailblazer who dedicated her life to opening doors for women at a time when so many insisted on keeping them shut.”
“The Capitol is our most recognizable symbol of Democracy, a place where people from across our country have their voices represented and heard. It is only fitting that the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives honor her life and service by establishing a monument in the Capitol.”
In honor of Justice Ginsburg’s legacy, the legislation also requires the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library (JCL) to consider selecting an artist from underrepresented demographic groups to create the monument. Presently, there are five sculptures and one painting honoring former Supreme Court Justices in the Capitol.