|Sponsor||Rep. Barrow, John|
|Committee||Transportation and Infrastructure|
|Date||September 15, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)|
|Staff Contact||John Gray|
H.R. 5282 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) on May 12, 2010.
The bill would request the Army Corps of Engineers to establish a Veterans’ curation program to hire veterans and members of the Armed Forces to assist the Corps with its curation and historic preservation activities. The bill would authorize to be appropriated $35 million.
Training and Employment for Veterans’ and Members of the Armed Services in Curation and Historic Preservation:
The Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers shall develop a Veterans’ Curation Program to hire veterans and members of the Armed Forces to assist the Corps with its curation and historic preservation activities.
The bill would authorize for appropriation, beginning in fiscal year 2010, $10,000,000 for each fiscal year.
The Army Corp of Engineers is required to preserve and catalogue artifacts and any items of historic significance that are uncovered during the course of their work. The program was created with $3.5 million that was provided in the original stimulus bill (Recovery Act of 2009) which employees veterans in archaeological processing.
Possible Member Concerns:
Increased Spending: The bill would cost $32 million over a five year period.
CBO estimates that if Congress appropriates the amount authorized in the bill, H.R. 5282 would cost $32 million over the 2011-2015 periods.