H.R. 3004, to amend the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act to extend the authorization for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

H.R. 3004

To amend the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act to extend the authorization for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

Sponsor
Rep. James E. Clyburn

Date
February 24, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Robert Goad

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 3004, to amend the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act to extend the authorization for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 3004 was introduced on July 9, 2015 by Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), and was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent on February 3, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3004 amends the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act to extend the authorization for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission through October 12, 2021.

Background

Congress designated the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, an area of land stretching from North Carolina to Florida, on October 12, 2006 (Public Law 109-338). It is home to one of America’s most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendants.[1] As a National Heritage Area, the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is not part of the National Park System; however, the act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to provide technical and financial assistance for the development and implementation of a management plan.[2]

The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act authorized the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission to implement the corridor’s management plan. Although the Heritage Corridor was authorized through October 12, 2021, the Commission was only authorized through October 12, 2016.[3] Without legislative action, the Corridor will have to be managed by a different, yet un-constituted entity.

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[1] See http://www.nps.gov/guge/index.htm
[2] See Natural Resources Committee Hearing Memo on H.R. 3004
[3] Id.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office estimate is not available at this time.

Additional Information

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