H.R. 2319: Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2013

H.R. 2319

Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2013

Date
December 11, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 2319, the Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act of 2013, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) on June 11, 2013 and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2319 amends the Native American Veterans’ Memorial Establishment Act of 1994 to authorize the construction of the National Native American Veterans’ Memorial on the property of the National Museum of the American Indian.  Moreover, this legislation allows the Museum to participate in selecting the design for the Memorial, on more than just a consultative basis, with the National Congress of American Indians.  Finally, this legislation makes the Museum and the National Congress of American Indians responsible for accepting contributions and paying the expenses of the Memorial’s construction.   

Background

In 1994, Congress passed the Native American Veterans’ Memorial Establishment Act of 1994, which authorized the National Museum of the American Indian to build the National Native American Veterans’ Memorial inside the Museum.  However, due to space constraints within the Museum to build a memorial, and minimal control over the design process and raising construction funds, the Memorial has not been completed.[1]  H.R. 2319 makes amendments to the original Act in order to: (1) allow the Memorial to be placed “on the property” of the Museum; (2) allow the Museum to hold a competition to select a design; and (3) grant greater responsibility to the Museum to collect contributions and pay the expenses related to the Memorial’s construction (currently the Congress of American Indians is solely responsible for collecting contributions and paying related expenses).  

Cost

CBO estimates that implementing this legislation will have no cost.

Additional Information

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