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Tiger Woods Won't Get Congressional Gold Medal

(AP)
In March, Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) introduced a measure to give the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest civilian award that Congress can bestow – to Tiger Woods.

Today, perhaps unsurprisingly, he said he was giving up that effort.

"In light of the recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family, I will not pursue legislation awarding him the Congressional Gold Medal this session," Baca, who is described as "an avid golfer," told The Hill.

The bill proposed by Baca was to recognize Woods for "his service to the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship, and in breaking barriers with grace and dignity by showing that golf is a sport for all people."

According to the Hill, President Obama signed into law a Baca-backed measure to honor golfer Arnold Palmer in September. The Woods measure was originally referred to the House Financial Services Committee, but Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) did not take action on it.

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*Correction: This post has been changed to reflect the fact that the medal in question is the Congressional Gold Medal, not the Medal of Honor.

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