Interesting move by Booker to do so. Don’t have a strong opinion on Booker, but it’s possible that he’s using the opportunity to salvage liberal brownie points from what seems like a largely ceremonial confirmation hearing. Here’s a quote from an article I just read:
“I feel blessed and honored to have partnered with Sen. Sessions in being the Senate sponsors of this important award,” Booker said Feb. 24, 2016 at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for the “foot soldiers” of the 1965 Voting Rights marches.