H.R. 2615, Virgin Islands Centennial Commission Act

H.R. 2615

Virgin Islands Centennial Commission Act

Sponsor
Rep. Stacey Plaskett

Date
April 26, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Robert Goad

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 2615, the Virgin Islands Centennial Commission Act, under suspension of the rules. The resolution was introduced on June 2, 2015 by Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent on April 12, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2615 creates a federal commission to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Virgin Islands becoming an unincorporated territory of the United States.

Background

The transfer of the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States in 1917 was a significant historic and cultural event.[1] H.R. 2615 creates a bipartisan federal commission that will develop, plan, and execute formal commemorative activities to honor the rich heritage of the U.S. Virgin Islands and celebrate the 100th anniversary of its status as a U.S. territory.[2]

The bill’s sponsor, “expects the Commission to not only bring a national awareness to the events commemorating the Transfer, but to also assist the local Virgin Islands Centennial Commission with the efforts already underway.”[3]

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[1] See House Report 114-486
[2] Id.
[3] See Plaskett’s Congressional Centennial Legislation Passes Committee

Cost

An official Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is not currently available, but they estimate implementing the bill would have no significant net effect on the federal budget.

 

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Rob Goad with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1831.