WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced today that they will hold a U.S. Capitol ceremony next month to present Professor Muhammad Yunus with a Congressional Gold Medal.

The Gold Medal represents Congress’s highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.  Congress awarded the medal to Professor Yunus in 2010 in recognition of his efforts to combat global poverty.  Professor Yunus has won international acclaim for developing the concept of microcredit and using that model of lending to promote economic and social opportunity.  For his work, Professor Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.  A complete list of Congressional Gold Medal recipients is available at House.gov.

The Gold Medal ceremony for Professor Yunus will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in the Capitol Rotunda.  Additional details are forthcoming.