CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 3224 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The bill was introduced by Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) on July 15, 2009, and referred to the Committee on House Administration, which reported the bill by voice vote on November 4, 2009. The legislation was also reported to the Committee on Transportation, which reported the bill by voice vote on July 30, 2009. Both committees reported identical bills.
H.R. 3224 would authorize $4 million in FY 2010 for the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution to plan, design, and construct a vehicle maintenance building at the vehicle maintenance branch of the Smithsonian Institution located in Suitland, Maryland. The purpose of the building would be to provide a facility to be used for housing, maintaining, and repairing vehicles and transportation equipment of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Smithsonian Institution was established by Congress in 1846 as an independent trust organization of the U.S. H.R. 2996, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010 provided $774 million for the Smithsonian Institute in FY 2010, $43 million or 6 percent above FY 2009. The funding includes $140 million for facilities and $20 million for the design of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
According to CBO, H.R. 3224 would cost $4 million over the FY 2010-FY2014 period.