Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act

Floor Speech

By:  Joe Baca, Sr.
Date: April 16, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I want to recognize the gentleman from Missouri (Mr. Luetkemeyer) for his efforts on this meaningful legislation.

I rise today in support of H.R. 2453, the Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act. This legislation calls for the U.S. Mint to produce a coin in 2016--I state, in 2016--designed to honor Mark Twain's contribution to American history. William Faulkner once called Mark Twain ``the father of American literature.''

One of America's most beloved authors, Mark Twain's life and legacy have left a lasting mark on our Nation. Mark Twain, whose real name is Samuel Clemens, was beloved by many for his wit and sharp satire. Twain worked as a steamboat pilot and a reporter before finding success as a writer.

His hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, later became the setting for his most famous novels, ``The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'' and ``The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,'' which all of us have seen throughout our lives as young kids. We still love seeing it every time we see this. Twain's other well-known works of fiction include ``The Prince and the Pauper'' and ``A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.''

H.R. 2453 directs the U.S. Mint to produce a $1 and a $5 commemorative coin in 2016 and, I state, at no cost to the taxpayers. The simple price of the coin will cover the cost of production. In addition, the sale of the coin will generate revenue for the benefit of four of Mark Twain's institutions: the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut; the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley; Elmira College in New York; and the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri.

I urge my colleagues to support this responsible legislation as the recognition of one of America's greatest authors and humorists, Mark Twain.

I reserve the balance of my time.

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