CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the House will likely consider H.R. 4564, the Robert Emmet Park Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 4564 was introduced on February 12, 2016, by Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) and was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which ordered the bill reported on September 8, 2016, by unanimous consent.
H.R. 4564 re-designates the park located on the corner of 24th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. as “Robert Emmet Park”. The legislation also authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to post signage on or near the park that provides information on Robert Emmet.
H.R. 4564 redesignates a small triangular property in Washington, D.C., currently designated by the National Park Service as Reservation 302, as Robert Emmet Park. Robert Emmet is a prominent historical figure known for his role in the Irish Rebellion of 1803 and his classic “Speech from the Dock” that inspired future efforts to gain Irish Independence. The small property redesignated by this bill is located just a few blocks from the Irish Embassy and currently features a nearly 100 year-old statue of Robert Emmet, a source of pride for America’s Irish Community.
According to the bill’s sponsors, “While Robert Emmet’s initial effort did not succeed, there is no question his work succeeded in inspiring a movement for Irish independence for generations to come. For decades, the Robert Emmet statue has stood in Washington, D.C. as a source of pride and meaning for America’s Irish community. It is fitting that the statue find its home in Washington as America’s struggle for freedom and independence greatly inspired Emmet’s struggle in Ireland. As we honor the anniversary of the 1916 uprising, let us honor Emmet and his patriotism with the designation of the Robert Emmet Park,”
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that any cost associated with implementing H.R. 4564 would be negligible, and would be subject to the availability of appropriations. Enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues, and would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.
For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.