H.Con.Res.138, Designating the George C. Marshall Museum and George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library

H.Con.Res. 138

Designating the George C. Marshall Museum and George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library

Date
July 11, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Molly Newell

Floor Situation

On Monday, July 11, 2016, the House will consider H.Con.Res.138, Designating the George C. Marshall Museum and George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library, under suspension of the rules. The resolution was introduced on June 20, 2016, by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Bill Summary

H.Con.Res.138 would designate the George C. Marshall Museum and George C. Marshall Research Library at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library.

Background

General George C. Marshall served as Army Chief of Staff during World War II, Special Ambassador to China, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense. He was promoted to General of the Army in 1944, one of only five Army five-star generals in the history of the United States. Marshall was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1946 for his military strategy and vital role during World War II and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for developing the European economic recovery strategy known as the Marshall Plan.

The George C. Marshall Foundation was established in 1953 and is devoted to preserving the legacy of General George C. Marshall through educational scholarship programs and facilities. The Foundation opened the George C. Marshall Museum and Research Library in 1964 in Lexington, Virginia, on the post of the Virginia Military Institute, which is Marshall’s alma mater. The Museum and Library educate the public about the military and diplomatic contributions of General Marshall through extensive exhibits and comprehensive collections of records documenting the life and leadership of the General. This concurrent resolution would designate the George C. Marshall Foundation’s museum and library as the “National George C. Marshall Museum and Library” officially recognizing General Marshall’s contributions to this country and place in history.

According to the resolution’s sponsor, “General George C. Marshall’s leadership changed the world. From engineering the Allied plan to storm the beaches of Normandy during World War II to formulating the European economic recovery strategy, known as the Marshall plan, he was a brilliant military strategist and the architect of peace for war torn nations in Europe. The history of the United States, and for that fact, the world, would be a different place if not for his contributions. With the resolution introduced today, Congress will officially recognize these contributions and General Marshall’s place in history.”[1]

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[1] Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Press Release, “Goodlatte Introduces Resolution Honoring Gen. George c. Marshall,” March 3, 2016.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is not available.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Molly Newell with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 2-1374.