This bill would affirm the President Obama's authority to revoke Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom (and urge him to do so). The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor, is awarded to honor contributions of:
security or national interests of the United States;
cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Bill Cosby received the medal from George W. Bush in 2002 for achievements including:
“revolutioniz[ing] the portrayal of African Americans on television.”
“Bill Cosby admitted under oath that he bought Quaaludes to dope the women he wanted to grope—and slipped the sedative to at least one lady.”
In December, prosecutors in Pennsylvania charged him with a 2004 sexual assault.
According to the bill, “Cosby has admitted to drugging women with the intention to satisfy his sexual desires, and, therefore, the Federal Government should not recognize Cosby with an honor like the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”In addition, the legislation would make it illegal for anyone has had their Presidential Medal of Freedom revoked to wear it or put it on public display. Punishment would be a fine or imprisonment.