H.R. 1846: Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site Amendments Act

H.R. 1846

Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site Amendments Act

Sponsor
Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez

Date
December 3, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 1846, the Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site Amendments Act, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced on May 7, 2013 by Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1846 amends P.L. 105-378, which established the Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site, to include the lower east side tenement at 103 Orchard Street to the Historic Site.

Background

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum was founded in 1988, and is responsible for preserving the history and experiences of immigrants who settled on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  On April 19, 1994, the Secretary of the Interior declared the Lower East Side Tenement a National Historic Landmark, and the site was designated as an affiliated site of the National Park System on November 12, 1998.  In 2006, the Secretary of the Interior and the National Park Service compiled a general management plan for the site.  Included in the report was a request for additional space.  The Museum obtained a neighboring tenement at 103 Orchard Street, which was renovated for use by the Museum, and the property has since been listed on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places.  The Museum is neither owned nor operated by the federal government.

Cost

The CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would not significantly increase the assistance that the Museum already receives from the National Park Service and would therefore have no significant impact on the federal budget.  This legislation would have no effect on direct spending or revenues.[1]

Additional Information

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