Some serious coin: Blackburn bill commemorating 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote passes

Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn speaks at a business forum in Nashville on Aug. 15, 2018 (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s bill to to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote is on its way for the president’s signature. The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, cosponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), creates a silver $1 coin minted by the U.S. Treasury.

Here’s the full release from Blackburn’s office:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn’s (R-Tenn.) bipartisan legislation honoring the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote with a commemorative coin has passed Congress and is on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), will create a silver $1 coin minted by the U.S. Treasury. Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) led companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

“Every woman in Congress has the women of the suffrage movement to thank for our right to represent our constituents today,” said Senator Blackburn, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in Tennessee. “The 2020 centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment is a rare moment to celebrate the milestone in American history that made it possible for women to finally have a voice in government. Ninety-nine years after women gained the right to vote, I became the first woman from Tennessee to serve in the United States Senate. I am honored to have worked with Senator Gillibrand and Reps. Stefanik and Lawrence to commemorate the pioneers and trailblazers who made it possible for us to be members of these chambers.”

“Almost a century ago, after women across the nation spoke out and fought for their right to vote, the 19th Amendment was finally passed. It was one of the greatest milestones in American history, and we should do everything we can to celebrate it,” said Senator Gillibrand. “As a New Yorker, I am especially proud to celebrate a historic movement that was born and planned in our state. Though there is still work to be done to ensure that every vote is counted, I’m thrilled that our bipartisan bill to create a commemorative coin in honor of the suffragists has passed Congress. I urge the President to quickly sign this bill into law and pay tribute to the unparalleled contributions that the suffragists had to our nation’s history.”

“I am honored to celebrate the important work of women’s suffrage activists through the Women’s Suffrage Commemorative Coin Act,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “One of the most vocal advocates for women’s suffrage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was born and raised in Johnstown, New York, and I am looking forward to celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment in my district next year. I’m grateful to my colleagues for supporting this bipartisan legislation, and it is my hope that this bill will encourage women across the country to continue to be active participants in civic life.”

“Ninety-nine years after women gained the right to vote, the 116th Congress brought in a record number of women members and the most diverse Congress in history,” said Representative Lawrence. “As the Chair of the Bipartisan Women’s Caucus and the Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, I‘m proud to stand on the shoulders of the suffragists who played a vital role in rallying support for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. As we approach the historic suffrage centennial, it is my hope that this bipartisan legislation will not only tell the story of the courageous activists who played a pivotal role in the fight for women’s rights, but will remind all Americans that the right to vote was a decades-long struggle.”

28 Responses to Some serious coin: Blackburn bill commemorating 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote passes

  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    She did something besides fund a war or the opioid crisis!!

    • James White says:

      She also votes for Increased Debt and Less Freedom, but hey, anything for publicity….
      http://mickeywhite.blogspot.com/2009/09/tn-congressman-marsha-blackburn-votes.html

      • Lenny says:

        The Bernie Sanders of the “far-right,” an innefective Congressman looking for media time.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Marsha has a long history of introducing legislation either as amendments to bills or in the form of stand alone bills that attempted to cut government spending 1% to as much as 5%. Last Monday she introduced across-the-board spending cuts of 1%, 2% or 5% as amendments to the 2020 miinibus appropriations package. That’s why Marsha’s Heritage Action Score is up to 85%.

        • Cannoneer2 says:

          I remember when she did that in the Tennessee GA. Her efforts always affected the little guy. Spending at the top levels rolled right along, or even increased. The definition of “across the board” was always selective.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I see your problem Beatrice. You obviously didn’t know that Erik Schelzig is a liberal. You should never expect conservatives like Marsha (Heritage-85%) to get a fair representation in a blog authored by a liberal. Or to put it another way, when they do you should be pleasantly surprised. For example, Marsha has introduced legislation supporting ICE and opposing sanctuary cities. I may have missed it, but I don’t recall Erik highlighting Marsha’s action here. Instead, he highlights what I agree is trivial legislation no doubt to trivialize Marsha and give the impression that is the type of legislation about which she is exclusively concerned. May I suggest the Tennessee Star as well as this blog if you want to end up with an even handed feel for what is really going on in this state and with its officeholders.

      • Lenny says:

        She can sponsor all she wants, but she’s second only to Bernie Sanders in the least amount of bills actually being signed into law.

      • MARLE says:

        She RAN on only deporting those who committed a crime (besides the obvious illegal entry). How in the Hell is that “supporting ICE”.

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Marsha wants to accomplish something regarding our immigration problem. So long as all too many women, in exercising their rights under the 19th Amendment, insist on electing liberal Democrats there is a limited amount that can get done insofar as liberals look upon illegal aliens as future votes for at least two generations.

          The only possibility of getting liberal support that is essential for getting legislation passed in Congress Marsha realizes that any legislation supporting ICE has to be limited to CRIMINAL illegal aliens. In this case, requiring local entities receiving federal funding to hold and detain criminal illegal aliens while notifying ICE so that they can be taken into federal custody. That’s just like Marsha, getting as much done as possible given the liberal majority in the House, and the small Republican majority in the Senate containing any number of “wets” who just love that cheap labor.

          • John says:

            Maybe Republicans could get more women votes if they stopped nominating people like Roy Moore and Trump and the biggest Roy Moore and Trump defenders around: Marsha Blackburn, Sethi, Hagerty, Bill Lee, Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani, etc.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Of course John, another possibility is for more women to use their intelligence to discern what is in the best interest for themselves and their family rather than be such suckers for the emotional appeals of liberal politicians. Another improvement in our body politic would occur if critics like yourself would turn in their broad brushes for smaller ones so they wouldn’t slop charges all around.

            For example John, can you cite specific instances when any of the politicians you mentioned supported Roy Moore much less be his “. . .biggest. . defenders around”? Please exclude Trump who only gave Moore a perfunctory endorsement when he was the Republican nominee running against soon to be defeated Doug Jones while Republicans starved Moore of funds so Jones outspent him 5 to 1 in order to eek out a 2% victory.

          • John says:

            Cite an example of any of them denouncing Trump or Moore for molesting young girls.

            Here’s another one for the list:

            https://cdn.nashvillepost.com/files/base/scomm/nvp/image/2017/11/640w/mark_and_roy_2.5a0a214cbd920.jpg

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            You got one John, congratulations. Of course, in order to be Moore’s biggest defender as you charged the politicians you mentioned would have had to give a full throated endorsement of Moore for the hotly contested 2017 Alabama primary when conservatives like me supported Mo Brooks and the “wets” supported Luther Strange. After Moore won the runoff it is only to be expected that Republican officeholders like the great Mark Green would support Moore so any woman who votes for liberal Democrats based on such perfunctory endorsements is not thinking clearly.

            Again, it appears you have not been able to bring that broad brush of yours under control. Moore was never charged with “molesting young girls.” Rather it was alleged that in his 30’s, many decades before the 2017 election, he had showed unseemly interest in teenage girls. Between a resolute conservative who some 30 years before showed odd sexual preferences and some flaming liberal I would unhesitatingly prefer the former to be my U. S. Senator. I have no doubt the people of Alabama will correct their mistake next fall.

          • John says:

            Roy Moore, the Republican nominee who Trump held campaign rallies with, lost in Alabama to a Democrat. And you’re still defending the child molester.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            I will always defend someone who is charged with a crime that is alleged to have occurred decades before the charges were made especially when they have led an unblemished life since the alleged incident(s) occurred. It is what is known as due process and is the reason we have statute of limitations laws. I am a conservative who values freedom so that is what I do. You are apparently a liberal so you value power as exercised by government run by your ideological brethren so there is nothing that you won’t use if it will move you even a step closer to your goal – POWER. Call it simply a difference in approach and emphasis.

          • MARLE says:

            She wants to accomplish “Something”!!!! on immigration. Now there’s a conservative pledge for ya. Hope Heritage puts that lil piece of vagueness and “candidate speak” right at the top of their priority list. ( In fact they have deteriorated to a point where, sadly, it probably is).

  • MARLE says:

    That’s some heavy lifting, right there! Should add significant points to her Heritage Score.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Not necessarily! Considering that upper middle class women in the suburbs of our major cities have used their powers of reason to vote for liberals who will bring the dystopia that characterizes those cities to their suburbs as well as the taxes that will soon deprive them of their upper middle-class lifestyle conservatives are still very conflicted as to whether the 19th Amendment was such a good idea after all. Until there is more of a consensus as to the long-term effect of the 19th Amendment among solid conservatives I don’t think this legislation will be on the Heritage Scorecard at all.

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    Who is going to buy this coin? Since commemorative coinage was re-introduced in 1982, Congress has flooded the numismatic world with poorly designed coins that also sell poorly.

  • Donna Locke says:

    “We are sowing winter wheat which the coming spring will see sprout and which other hands than ours will reap and enjoy.”

    “The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.”

    — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    • James White says:

      “Many are hacking at the branches of evil, few at the root” -Thoreau

    • MARLE says:

      Great quote,. Problem with most folks today is that they are so woefully ignorant of the facts, relying rather on propaganda spewed from either the left or right media chasing Ratings, that there is little “truth that is in us”.

  • James White says:

    I see spendaholic Blackburn is talking out of the Right side of her mouth, but all along she voted with her left hand for More Spending, More Debt, Bigger Budgets and all of the the Omnibus spending bills.

    “WASHINGTON’S SPENDING PROBLEM America is currently $22 TRILLION in debt (and counting!). The government just can’t get enough taxpayer money: if you send it, they will spend it. Our current level of spending is unsustainable, so in this week’s government funding bill, I gave my colleagues three options to cut that spending by 1%, 2% or 5% across the board. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to get our spending under control. “

  • James White says:

    I see she wants MORE Government Control of the internet:

    “SHEDDING LIGHT INTO BIG TECH’S BACK ROOM Confusing algorithms, a lack of transparency, and data manipulation: the stark reality of surfing the internet. The Filter Bubble Transparency Act, on which I joined Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), will let Americans choose to opt-out of curated content. It empowers consumers with more control over what content they see by requiring large-scale internet platforms–that collect data from more than one million users and gross more than $50 million per year–to provide greater transparency to consumers. “

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