Bill, S.2579, introduced by Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, a World War II veteran, would require the secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the establishment of the United States Army in 1775, to honor the American soldier.
Those honored would be the soldier "both today and yesterday, in wartime and in peace, and to commemorate the traditions, history, and heritage of the United States Army and its role in American society, from the Colonial period to today." It was introduced Jan 30, 2008, and has 83 co-sponsors. Its latest action: 10/3/2008 Held at the desk.
That's because H.R. 5714, a bill to similarly require the secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the establishment of the United States Army in 1775 had 348 co-sponsors and passed the House October 3.
It calls for a copper-nickel half dollar, a silver dollar and $5 gold commemorative piece for year 2011. This measure goes to the Senate, which is in standby mode, unlike the House which had adjourned to next year.