In November, the U.S. Senate, in a bipartisan bill (H.R. 8276) introduced by U.S. Representatives Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), and Michael Waltz (R-FL), authorized the president to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe for his actions in Iraq on October 17, 2005. 

The Legislative Work Has Been Done

The bill waived a federal law that generally requires a Medal of Honor to be awarded within five years of the actions that form the basis for the award. Then-President Trump, in December 2020, signed legislation that waived the five-year limit for awarding the military’s highest medal for valor in combat.

However, Trump’s White House team, coordinating on the official announcement for the Medal of Honor, determined that a potential ceremony wouldn’t come until after the inauguration in January 2021.

The change of administration means that although the bill has passed, new paperwork authorizing the president to sign off on the bill has to be generated. The Biden administration has now been in office for more than 100 days. If there is any piece of legislation left over from the Trump administration that unabashedly must be followed through, it is the bipartisan Medal of Honor push for SFC Alwyn Cashe.