H.J.Res. 120, Approving the location of a memorial to commemorate the more than 5,000 slaves and free Black persons who fought for independence in the American Revolution

H.J.Res. 120

Approving the location of a memorial to commemorate the more than 5,000 slaves and free Black persons who fought for independence in the American Revolution

Sponsor
Rep. G, K. Butterfield

Date
September 8, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Emily Leviner

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 8, 2014, the House will consider H.J.Res. 120, a resolution approving the location of a memorial to commemorate the more than 5,000 slaves and free Black persons who fought for independence in the American Revolution, under suspension of the rules. H.J.Res. 120 was introduced on July 23, 2014 by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. The resolution was marked up on July 30, 2014.

Bill Summary

H.J.Res. 120 approves the location in “Area I” in Washington, D.C. of a memorial to commemorate the more than 5,000 slaves and free Black persons who fought for independence in the American Revolution.

Background

Proposals for establishing new commemorative works in Washington, D.C. are governed by the Commemorative Works Act.[1] The Act divides D.C. into three areas for monuments and memorials: 1) “the Reserve,” where new commemorative works are prohibited; 2) “Area I,” where new commemorative works require congressional authorization; and 3) “Area II,” which includes all other land owned by the National Park Service or the General Services Administration.[2] A new commemorative work in Area I[3] may be authorized only if a formal recommendation for the location is approved within 150 calendar days of Congress receiving notification of the recommendation.[4]

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[1] Jacob R. Straus, Monuments and Memorials in the District of Columbia: Analysis and Options for Proposed Exemptions to the Commemorative Works Act, Congressional Research Service (Sep. 24, 2013) at Summary.
[2] Id.
[3] “Area I is reserved for commemorative works of ‘preeminent historical and lasting significance to the United States,’ and roughly bounded by the West Front of the Capitol; Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (between 1st and 15th Streets, N.W.); Lafayette Square; 17th Street, N.W. (between H Street and Constitution Avenue); Constitution Avenue, N.W. (between 17th and 23rd Streets); the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts waterfront area; Theodore Roosevelt Island; National Park Service land in Virginia surrounding the George Washington Memorial Parkway; the 14th Street Bridge area; and Maryland Avenue, S.W., from Maine Avenue, S.W., to Independence Avenue S.W., at the United States Botanic Garden.” Id. at 2.
[4] H.J.Res. 120.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.J.Res. 120 would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.