H.R. 1473, John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization Act of 2015

H.R. 1473

John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization Act of 2015

July 21, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 1473, the John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization Act of 2015, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 1473 was introduced on March 19, 2015 by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) and was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote on April 15, 2015.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1473 reauthorizes appropriations for maintenance, repairs, security, and capital projects at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for fiscal years 2016 through 2020.


The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Center) was originally established in 1958 as the National Cultural Center and was designated as a memorial for President John F. Kennedy in 1964. The Center operates primarily on privately raised funds with only the operations, maintenance and capital repairs of its facility funded through federal appropriations.[1]

The Center is one of the nation’s busiest performing arts facilities and includes eight stages that attract audiences and visitors totaling three million annually. The Center presents performances of music, dance, and theater; supports artists in the creation of new work; and serves the nation as a leader in arts and arts management education. Through education and other arts programs and activities, the Center reaches all 50 states, the District of Columbia and internationally.[2]

The House passed a similar bill (H.R. 5448) by voice vote on November 19, 2014.  The Senate did not consider that bill before the 113th Congress adjourned.

[1] House Report 114-105 at 1.
[2] Id.


The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the bill would authorize additional appropriations totaling about $190 million for fiscal years 2016 through 2020 (reflecting amounts rising from $37 million in 2016 to $40 million in 2020). Assuming appropriation of those amounts, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1473 would cost $170 million over the 2016 to 2020 period. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jerry White with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.