The United States House of Representatives on March 28 passed a bill to build statues of former Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Capitol grounds.
The House approved the bill in a 349 to 63 vote after the Senate passed it by unanimous consent last December.
“Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor opened doors for women at a time when too many insisted on keeping them shut. The House just passed our bill to honor that legacy by placing their statues in the Capitol,” Senator Amy Klobuchar, one of the Congressional Democrats who proposed the bill, said on Twitter.
The bill now heads to President Joe Biden for his signature.
The bill requires the statues to be erected within two years of approval and to be placed in a “prominent location” on Capitol grounds.
The statues are expected to be built near the Old Supreme Court Chamber.
The bill also encourages the selection of underrepresented artists to create the statues.
O’Connor and Ginsburg were the first two women to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Former President Ronald Reagan nominated O’Connor in 1981 and she received a 99 to 0 vote for confirmation in the Senate.
O’Connor retired in 2006 due to her husband’s worsening health.
In 1993, former President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg, who received a 96 to 3 vote for confirmation in the Senate.
Ginsburg died in September 2020.
According to the Architect of the Capitol website, the statues for O’Connor and Ginsburg will join a few others that depict female pioneers on the Capitol.
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