H.R. 4875, United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act, as amended

H.R. 4875

United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act, as amended

January 1, 1970 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

On Tuesday, July 5, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 4875, the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act, as amended, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 4875 was introduced on March 23, 2016 by Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA), and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4875 establishes the United States Semiquincentennial Commission to plan, develop, and coordinate the commemoration of U.S. history leading up to the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. The Commission shall prepare an overall program for the commemoration; plan, encourage, develop, and coordinate observances and activities commemorating the historic events associated with the semiquincentennial; emphasize the planning of events in locations of historical significance to the United States; and give special emphasis to the role of persons and locations with significant impact on U.S. history beginning on the date of execution of the Declaration of Independence and to the ideas associated with that history.

The Department of Interior shall study appropriate actions that might be taken to further preserve and develop historic sites and battlefields. The Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Archives shall cooperate with the Commission.  Finally, the Commission will terminate on December 31, 2027.


July 4, 2026 will mark the 250th anniversary of American independence. Similar legislation, S. 2815, passed the Senate on June 16, 2016.


A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is currently not available. However, the legislation does not include an authorization for appropriations.


Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.