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Lawmakers want Congressional Gold Medal for Aretha Franklin

A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers is introducing legislation to honor Aretha Franklin posthumously with the Congressional Gold Medal.

The "Queen of Soul," who died last week at 76, "instilled hope, uplifted generations, and changed the lives of millions," according to the bill introduced Tuesday by Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. They were joined by Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, a Republican, Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan and the senators from her home state of Tennessee.

Harris called Franklin's songs "the soundtrack of my childhood."

Hatch said she...

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