CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 3967 is scheduled to be considered on the House floor on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ). The bill was referred to the Committee on Natural resources, which took no official action.
H.R. 3967 would extend the authorization of funding for the National Great Black Americans Commemoration Act through 2015. Under current law, the authorization is set to expire at the end of FY 2009.
The original National Great Black Americans Commemoration Act required the U.S. Attorney General to make grants to the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland, to be used for carrying out programs relating to civil rights and juvenile justice. According to the findings listed in the original legislation, "The Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Inc. plans to expand its existing facilities to establish the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and Justice Learning Center, which is intended to serve as a national museum and center for presentation of wax figures and related interactive educational exhibits portraying the history of great Black Americans." Under the legislation, $5 million was authorized for the museum, which was to remain available through FY 2009. The current bill being considered would extend the availability of those funds through FY 2015.
A CBO score for H.R. 3967 was not available as of press time.