The International Campaign for Tibet web site today featured a story about a new law creating the Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal Act, allowing Congress to award the Congressional Medal of Honor to His Holiness.
You can read more about this on the ITC web site, or one or more of several web sites, including Phayul.com, the International Herald Tribune (France), Hindu.com, NDTV.com.
On September 27, 2006, President George Bush signed into law the "Fourteenth Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal Act," which authorizes Congress to award the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor.
Under this legislation, the United States Congress awards this honor "in recognition of his many enduring and outstanding contributions to peace, non-violence, human rights, and religious understanding." The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States.