[Congressional Bills 115th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[H.R. 1582 Introduced in House (IH)]

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115th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 1582

To require the Secretary of Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of 
         the 100 year anniversary of the 1st Infantry Division.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             March 16, 2017

  Mr. Russell (for himself, Mr. Jones, Mr. Fleischmann, Mr. Walz, Mr. 
Cole, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Knight, Mrs. Hartzler, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. 
   Kelly of Mississippi, Mr. Marshall, and Mr. Collins of New York) 
 introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on 
                           Financial Services

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                                 A BILL


 
To require the Secretary of Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of 
         the 100 year anniversary of the 1st Infantry Division.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Duty First Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The congress finds the following:
            (1) The 1st Infantry Division was constituted on May 24, 
        1917, and is the first and oldest permanently established 
        combat division of the United States Army. 2017 is the 
        centennial of the Division.
            (2) The 1st Infantry Division has been in continuous 
        service since its organization.
            (3) The 1st Infantry Division has fought with distinction 
        in every major conflict since 1917 except the Korean War, when 
        it was on occupation duty in Germany.
            (4) In World War I, the then-First Division was the first 
        United States division to arrive in France. It fired the first 
        American shots of the war, suffered the first casualties and 
        secured the first American victory at the Battle of Cantigny in 
        May, 1918. This was also the first modern, combined arms battle 
        in American history. It fought with distinction in all 
        subsequent campaigns and, after occupation duty in Germany, was 
        the last combat division to return home in 1919.
            (5) Five division soldiers received the Medal of Honor in 
        World War I.
            (6) In World War II, the 1 ID was the first to deploy to 
        Europe. It fought in North Africa and Sicily in 1942 and 1943. 
        General George S. Patton, Jr., commander of the United States 
        7th Army in the Mediterranean, stated that he would not invade 
        Sicily without the 1 ID as the assault division.
            (7) The 1 ID was the lead assault division on Omaha beach 
        in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Against frightful odds and 
        despite multiple challenges, it secured a beach head on a day 
        when failure could have altered the outcome of the war.
            (8) The 1 ID played pivotal roles in the liberation of 
        France and Belgium; the Battle of the Bulge; the crossing of 
        the Rhine River; and the invasion and defeat of Nazi Germany. 
        After the war, the Division supported and secured the 
        International War Crimes Tribunal at Nuremburg, Germany, 
        guarding infamous Nazi officials during the courtroom 
        proceedings.
            (9) Seventeen division soldiers received the Medal of Honor 
        in World War II.
            (10) The 1 ID was the only United States combat division in 
        Europe from 1946 to 1951. It returned to the United States and 
        Fort Riley, KS, in 1955.
            (11) The 1 ID was one of the first 2 combat divisions 
        deployed to Vietnam in 1965. There it defended the vital 
        Highway 13 corridor against enemy infiltration from Cambodia to 
        the capital at Saigon. It fought gallantly in Operation 
        Junction City, the largest operation of the war, in 1967; and 
        in all 3 waves of the Tet Offensive in 1968.
            (12) Twelve division soldiers received the Medal of Honor 
        in Vietnam.
            (13) The 1 ID deterred Soviet aggression against NATO 
        Europe from 1970 to 1990 with a brigade in Germany and the rest 
        of the division deploying there annually from Fort Riley in 
        REFORGER exercises that demonstrated United States capability 
        and resolve until the Cold War ended.
            (14) The 1 ID deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1991 in 
        Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. It attacked to 
        breach the Iraqi defenses, raced across the desert with the 
        United States VIIth Corps, destroying the Iraqi Republican 
        Guard Tawakalna Division.
            (15) The 1 ID enforced international peace agreements in 
        Bosnia for 31 months between 1996 and 2000; for 4 months in 
        Macedonia (FYROM) in 1999; and for 22 months in Kosovo between 
        1999 and 2003.
            (16) The 1 ID deployed to Iraq in 2004 to 2005 in OIF II, 
        the initial occupation of Iraq, and helped achieve the first 
        free and fair elections in the history of Iraq. Its brigade 
        combat teams and other elements deployed multiple times to Iraq 
        and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2014.
            (17) The 1 ID provided the first ``regionally aligned 
        force'' (RAF) to the United States Africa Command and provided 
        military assistance to friendly governments across the 
        continent of Africa.
            (18) To combat the growing ISIS threat, 1 ID soldiers have 
        deployed to Iraq and Kuwait to assist the Iraqi Security Forces 
        and other friendly countries in that vital and unstable region.
            (19) The 1 ID will be deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and 
        Korea in 2016 and 2017, its centennial year.
            (20) Thirty-six soldiers have been decorated with the Medal 
        of Honor, and countless others have distinguished themselves in 
        combat.
            (21) The 1st Infantry Division has earned several unit 
        decorations, including 2 Meritorious Unit Commendations, 3 
        French Croix de Guerre, 1 Belgian Fourragere, Republic of 
        Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, 1 Republic of Vietnam 
        Civil Action Honor Medal, and was cited twice in the Order of 
        the Day of the Belgian Army.
            (22) The 1st Infantry Division has served the United States 
        with great valor and distinction since its organization, living 
        up to its motto, ``No mission too difficult, no sacrifice too 
        great--Duty First''.

SEC. 3. COIN SPECIFICATION.

    (a) Denominations.--The Secretary of Treasury (hereafter in this 
Act referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall mint the issue the 
following coins:
            (1) $5 gold coins.--Not more than 20,000 $5 coins, which 
        shall--
                    (A) weigh 8.359 grams;
                    (B) have a diameter of .850 inches; and
                    (C) contain 90 percent gold and 10 percent alloy.
            (2) $1 silver coins.--Not more than 100,000 $1 coins, which 
        shall--
                    (A) weigh 26.73 grams;
                    (B) have the diameter of 1.50 inches; and
                    (C) contain not less than 90 percent silver.
            (3) Half-dollar clad coins.--Not more than 200,000 half-
        dollar coins which shall--
                    (A) weight 11.34 grams;
                    (B) have a diameter of 1.205 inches; and
                    (C) be minted to the specifications for half dollar 
                coins contained in section 5112(b) of title 31, United 
                States Code.
    (b) Legal Tender.--The coins minted under this Act shall be legal 
tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.
    (c) Numismatic Items.--For the purposes of section 5134 of title 
31, United States Code, all coins minted under this Act shall be 
considered to numismatic items.

SEC. 4. DESIGN OF COINS.

    (a) Design Requirements.--
            (1) In general.--The design of the coins minted under this 
        Act shall be emblematic of the 100 year anniversary of the 1st 
        Infantry Division.
            (2) Designation and inscriptions.--On each coin minted 
        under this Act there shall be--
                    (A) a designation of the value of the coin;
                    (B) an inscription of the year 2017; and
                    (C) inscriptions of the words ``Liberty'', ``In God 
                We Trust'', ``United States of America'', and ``E 
                Pluribus Unum''.
    (b) Selection.--The design for the coins minted under this Act 
shall be--
            (1) selected by the secretary after consultation with the 
        Society of the 1st Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Center 
        of Military History; and
            (2) reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

SEC. 5. ISSUANCE OF COINS.

    (a) Quality of Coins.--Coins minted under this Act shall be issued 
in uncirculated and proof qualities.
    (b) Mint Facility.--Only the West Point Mint may be used to strike 
any particular quality of the coins minted under this Act.
    (c) Period for Issuance.--The Secretary may issue coins minted 
under this Act only during the 1-year period beginning on January 2018.

SEC. 6. SALE OF COINS.

            (1) Sale price.--The coins issued under this Act shall be 
        sold by the Secretary at a price equal to the sum of--
                    (A) the face value of the coins;
                    (B) the surcharge provided in section 7(a) with 
                respect to such coins; and
                    (C) the cost of designing and issuing the coins 
                (including labor, material, dies, use of machinery, 
                overhead expenses, marketing, and shipping).
            (2) Bulk sales.--The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the 
        coins issued under this Act at a reasonable discount.
            (3) Prepaid orders.--The Secretary shall accept prepaid 
        orders for the coins minted under this Act before the issuance 
        of such coins.

SEC. 7. SURCHARGES.

    (a) In General.--All sales of coins issued under this Act shall 
include a surcharge of--
            (1) $35 per coin for the $5 coin;
            (2) $10 per coin for the $1 coin; and
            (3) $5 per coin for the half-dollar coin.
    (b) Distribution.--Subject to section 5134 (f)(1) of title 31, 
United States Code, all surcharges received by the Secretary from the 
sale of coins issued under this Act shall be promptly paid by the 
Secretary to the Society of the 1st Infantry Division for renovation of 
existing 1st Infantry Division Memorial located in the District of 
Columbia.
    (c) Audits.--The society of the 1st Infantry Division shall be 
subject to the audit requirements of section 5134(f)(2) of title 31, 
United States Code, with regard to the amounts received under 
subsection (b).
    (d) Limitation.--Notwithstanding subsection (a), no surcharge may 
be included with respect to the issuance under this Act of any coin 
during a calendar year if, as of the time of such issuance, the 
issuance of such coin would result in the number of commemorative coin 
programs issued during such year to exceed the annual 2 coin 
commemorative coin program issuance limitation under section 5112(m)(1) 
of title 31, United State Code (as in effect on the date of the 
enactment of this Act). The Secretary of the Treasury may issue 
guidance to carry out this subsection.
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