H.R. 503, National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act

H.R. 503

National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act

Rep. Phil Roe

May 28, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 503, the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 503 was introduced on February 5, 2013 by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.  The bill was marked up on April 9, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.[1]

[1] Committee Report 113-437.

Bill Summary

H.R. 503 authorizes the National Desert Storm Memorial Association to establish a commemorative work on federal land in the District of Columbia to commemorate and honor those who served on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield.  Consistent with the Commemorative Works Act, the memorial would be in Area I, which includes property near the National Mall reserved for memorials of “pre-eminent historical and lasting significance to the Nation.”[1]  The memorial would not be eligible for placement in “the Reserve,” the part of National Mall property between the White House and the Jefferson Memorial, the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.[2]  The memorial will be planned, built, and maintained using non-federal funds, and does not exempt the monument from any section of the Commemorative Works Act.

[1] Id. at 2.
[2] Id. at 2.


On November 7, 2012, the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission reviewed the previous version of this legislation introduced in the 112th Congress.[1]  On December 20, 2012, after confirming with DoD that Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield were major military operations, the Commission announced its unanimous support for the establishment of the memorial to the Natural Resources Committee.[2]  Under the Commemorative Works Act, any entity that receives a permit to construct a memorial in D.C. must donate ten percent of the project’s construction cost to the National Park Foundation.  That amount, and any project funds remaining after the memorial’s construction, would be available for the memorial’s maintenance.

[1] Id. at 2.
[2] Id. at 2.


According to the CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 503 would have no significant net effect on the budget in any year.

Additional Information

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