H.R. 1264: To designate the property between the United States Federal Courthouse and the Ed Jones Building located at 109 South Highland Avenue in Jackson, Tennessee, as the "M.D. Anderson Plaza" and to authorize the placement of a historical/identification marker

H.R. 1264

To designate the property between the United States Federal Courthouse and the Ed Jones Building located at 109 South Highland Avenue in Jackson, Tennessee, as the "M.D. Anderson Plaza" and to authorize the placement of a historical/identification marker

Date
December 13, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

On Monday, December 12, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1264 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  H.R. 1264 was introduced by Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) on March 30, 2011, and was referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Bill Summary

This bill would designate the property between the U.S. federal courthouse and the Ed Jones Building located at 109 South Highland Avenue in Jackson, Tennessee, as the "M.D. Anderson Plaza,” and allow the West Tennessee Health Care Foundation to place a historical marker and statue in said Plaza commemorating M.D. Anderson.

The design of any such marker or statue to be erected by the Foundation shall be subject to the approval of the Administrator of General Services.  Furthermore, the expenditure of any federal funds in connection with such marker and statue shall be prohibited.

Background

This bill would name a plaza and allow for the erection of statue in Jackson, Tennessee to honor Monroe Dunaway Anderson, a native son of Jackson who made his fortune in the cotton business and subsequently became a dynamic force in the fight against cancer.  Anderson started his cotton business in Jackson with his brother and a partner in 1904, and by 1945 Fortune magazine was calling it the largest in the world.  The M.D. Anderson Foundation, created in 1936, helped to establish the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, which is still regarded as one of the world’s premier cancer hospitals.  This bill aims to memorialize in his hometown a man whose impact has been felt around the world. 

Cost

According to CBO, any costs related to the enacting of this legislation are not significant.