Joe Paterno

U.S. senators rescind support for Medal of Freedom for Paterno

U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said in a statement Thursday they have rescinded their support for the nomination of Joe Paterno for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

They issued the following statement:

"In light of the recent events in State College, we are rescinding our support for the nomination of Joe Paterno for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. We hope the proper authorities will move forward with their investigation without delay. Penn State is an important institution in our commonwealth. We should turn our attention to the victims of these atrocious crimes and ensure they get the help they need. Our hearts and prayers go out to them and their families."

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, nominated Paterno for the honor last August and 16 Pennsylvania representatives, most of the state delegation, supported it at the time.

The honor is the nation's highest civilian award.

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