WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, with U.S. Senators Baldwin, Blumenthal, Cardin, Carper, Casey, Cortez Masto, Duckworth, Durbin, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Hirono, Kaine, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Reed, Rosen, Shaheen, Smith, Stabenow, Udall, Van Hollen, Warren and the House Democratic Women’s Caucus, introduced legislation to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s service and dedication to our country by establishing a monument in the U.S. Capitol Complex. The bill requires the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library (JCL), in consultation with the Senate Rules Committee and the Committee on House Administration, to procure a monument that honors Justice Ginsburg within 2 years of the enactment of the legislation. In honor of Justice Ginsburg’s legacy, the legislation also requires the JCL to consider selecting an artist from underrepresented demographic groups to create the monument.
“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 the 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.”
Presently, there are five sculptures and one painting honoring former Supreme Court Justices in the Capitol.