H.R. 4120, To amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date

H.R. 4120

To amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date

Sponsor
Rep. Steny H. Hoyer

Date
April 28, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, April 28, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4120, To amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4120 was introduced on February 28, 2014 by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.  The bill was marked up on April 9, 2014 and was ordered reported by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4120 amends the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend from November 9, 2013 to November 9, 2016 the date by which construction of the museum must commence.

Background

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund was authorized in 1984 by an act of Congress “to build the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. . . .  The Fund is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that represents all of the major law enforcement organizations in the country . . . .  [Its] mission is to tell the story of American law enforcement and make it safer for those who serve.”[1]

The National Law Enforcement Museum Act, enacted in 2000, authorized the Memorial Fund to build a National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. across from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. [2]  “The legislation mandated that construction commence by November 9, 2010.   In 2010, Congress amended the Museum Act . . . extending the time for construction to commence to November 9, 2013.”[3]  Substantial progress has been made on the project, which is now “shovel ready.”  Necessary design approvals have been obtained, the site has been prepared for construction, and contracts have been entered for construction of the building and installation of the exhibits.[4]  Difficulty obtaining financing in 2013, however, caused a delay, preventing construction from beginning by November 9, 2013.  A “commitment for full construction financing from National Real Estate Advisors” was recently obtained and formal approval for the loan is expected by the end of April, which would allow construction to begin in June of 2014.[5]  H.R. 4120 amends the law to extend the date by which construction on the museum must begin.

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[1] Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee on Mar. 25, 2014.
[2] Id. at 2.
[3] Id.
[4] Id. at 2.
[5] Id. at 4.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 4120 would have no impact on the federal budget, as the museum would be established with nonfederal funds.  The bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

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